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Cloud: security threat or solution?

Cloud: security threat or solution? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Can cloud computing tackle new and emerging cyber threats – or is this just a new round of security industry marketing hype?
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The Internet of Things and the currency of privacy

The Internet of Things and the currency of privacy | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

As the Internet of Things (IoT) proliferates, providing us with more connected gadgets, marketers will get to know you even better. Consider what your watch, your light bulbs, and your refrigerator can add to the conversation.

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The Financial Times created an online calculator to estimate how much your data is worth down to the penny. Mine is worth $1.15.

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Five ways cloud service providers are making manufacturers more competitive

Five ways cloud service providers are making manufacturers more competitive | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Enterprises are only realizing 35% of the total potential value of their cloud deployments according to a recent Bain & Company study.
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Companies that moved development to IaaS and PaaS clouds from Amazon Web Services (AWS) reduced downtime by 72% and improved application availability by 3.9 hours per user per year.

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Microsoft gears up for cloud domination

Microsoft gears up for cloud domination | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Microsoft will reveal more pieces of its cloud master plan at the upcoming Build conference, , but the outlines are already there -- and maybe even a little scary
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.......... Only one is a quadruple play, delivering IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS, as well as the on-premises software to build a hybrid cloud.

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Here's how Outlook 2016 looks on Windows 10

Here's how Outlook 2016 looks on Windows 10 | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Swiping is very much in
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The apps, which will debut inside Windows 10 in July, give a brand new mail and calendar experience that promises to be richer and offer a higher level of integration across Office 365, according to the latest episode of Office Mechanics, Microsoft's inhouse video channel.

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The apps, which will debut inside Windows 10 in July, give a brand new mail and calendar experience that promises to be richer and offer a higher level of integration across Office 365, according to the latest episode of Office Mechanics, Microsoft's inhouse video channel.

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Review: Docker Swarm soars, and the sky's the limit

Review: Docker Swarm soars, and the sky's the limit | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Docker Swarm makes Docker clustering blissfully simple, while providing lots of control over container scheduling -- no HA or fail-over yet, however.

 

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It's a well-known fact that deploying and managing anything at scale is hard. Docker is no different. However, the engineers at Docker recognize this and are working on three products to help: Docker Machine, Docker Compose, and Docker Swarm.

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New Office 365 features appease the cloud-wary

New Office 365 features appease the cloud-wary | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
With a slate of new management, encryption, and data-security features for Office 365, Microsoft hopes to eliminate excuses for not using the cloud
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To overcome emotional barriers to cloud computing, cloud providers often give customers complete control over their data, including encryption keys. Microsoft has been unveiling features in that vein for Azure, and yesterday, the company took a few more steps in that direction with Office 365.

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Big data has changed things less than you think

Big data has changed things less than you think | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
According to a new survey, 75 percent of enterprise data remains structured, although modern data technologies are growing fast
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After all, as the report notes, among respondents in companies with both Hadoop and NoSQL installed, DBAs are responsible for managing the nonrelational technologies 72 percent of the time.

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2015 Healthcare Cloud Computing Forecast Growth Leads To Need For Storage

2015 Healthcare Cloud Computing Forecast Growth Leads To Need For Storage | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Research And Markets has announced its 2015 look at the global healthcare cloud computing market, Global Healthcare Cloud Computing Market...
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According to PR Newswire, the market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 21.95 percent between 2014 and 2019, mostly driven by industry-wide increased adoption of IT.

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Salesforce Launches Sales Cloud with B2B Marketing Automation

Salesforce Launches Sales Cloud with B2B Marketing Automation | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Technology has always played a big part in customer relationship management, but it has still remained a fairly labor-intensive job. Two new tools from Salesforce, however, are aiming to make the process a little more automated.

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Typically, B2B marketers only receive basic behavioral data such as e-mail open rates without prospect sales stage data. Intelligent Engagement Studio, on the other hand, will provide marketers with both behavioral marketing and sales stage data points.

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ERP in the Era of Cloud Computing

ERP in the Era of Cloud Computing | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Yes, you can implement cloud ERP applications one step at a time. Here's how.

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Gaining speed with cloud ERP

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Google Expected to Face Antitrust Charges in Europe

Google Expected to Face Antitrust Charges in Europe | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Europe’s antitrust chief is expected to accuse the search giant of using its dominant position to favor its own services, a case that could force a change in its practices.
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More than two dozen companies and organizations have filed antitrust complaints in Europe against Google. Many are in Germany, where powerful publishing groups and online firms have called on the European regulator to stop the American search giant from blocking competition in sectors like online mapping, travel services and shopping.

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Dropbox? When is it OK to say 'yes'?

Dropbox? When is it OK to say 'yes'? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
A healthcare CIO reverses course and lets doctors use the cloud service, but only with a layer of data encryption for security.
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St. James Hospital Group, which has hospitals in Malta, Hungary and Libya, is greatly concerned about ensuring data privacy and security, but it also needed a way to speed up collaboration and workflows.

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The Cloud Could Be Your Best Security Bet

The Cloud Could Be Your Best Security Bet | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
In fact, if a cloud service has proper controls, it could be safer than running your own datacenter. Amazon, Google, Salesforce and Box to a company have..
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Yet if you think about every major data breach over the last two years, whether Anthem, Sony, JPMorgan or Target, all involved on-premises datacenters, not the cloud.

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Mobile-Only Internet Users Surpass Desktop-Only Users

Mobile-Only Internet Users Surpass Desktop-Only Users | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
ComScore reports that, for the first time ever, the amount users who use the internet exclusively on mobile devices has exceeded the amount of users who ex
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....... this does not mean the the internet is being accessed more frequently on mobile overall. This data only tracks users who exclusively use one type of device.

 

Thanks to Mila for the article.

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Mitchell Hashimoto follows up Vagrant with Vault key encryption

Mitchell Hashimoto follows up Vagrant with Vault key encryption | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Vault not only stores encryption keys and credentials, but generates them automatically for use in services and APIs
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Vault, as HashiCorp's new open source product is called, generates and keeps such data in an encrypted key/value store. Secrets stored in the vault have a lifetime, or a lease, after which the secret automatically expires and is revoked, making it easy for admins to grant provisional access to a user or app.

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VIDEO: Why Red Hat is tackling BPM

VIDEO: Why Red Hat is tackling BPM | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Red Hat has embedded a business resource planner to help developers build applications to solve complex optimization and scheduling problems.
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Check out Red Hat's business resource planning video below the article.

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Considerations For Your Business' Cloud Computing Plans

Considerations For Your Business' Cloud Computing Plans | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud Computing Plans - While you can easily access your cloud data from any spot in the world, you must be rather cautious when using it
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Your plans for cloud computing need to be explored with care. As great as it can be, you must make sure you are cautious when allowing people to access whatever you have on your cloud network.

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Considerations For Your Business' Cloud Computing Plans

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Backup Windows and the Challenge of Large Datasets

Backup Windows and the Challenge of Large Datasets | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
As dataset sizes increase, the amount of data that needs to be transferred in nightly backups can be more than the backup solution can handle.
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For example, if you need to transfer 200GB between 8pm and 8am, but your backup solution can’t finish backing up all of that data in those 12 hours, you run into some trouble. .....

 

Guest post: Thanks to @Elena M for the article

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New Azure PaaS aims to make Microsoft the microservices maestro

New Azure PaaS aims to make Microsoft the microservices maestro | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
With Azure Service Fabric, the same PaaS that Microsoft uses to build and deploy microservices applications on Azure will be offered to the world
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Service Fabric will also support Windows Server Containers and Hyper-V Containers, both of which will debut in the next version of Windows Server scheduled to ship in 2016.

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Cloud continues to be important to businesses – but there’s no strategy in place

Cloud continues to be important to businesses – but there’s no strategy in place | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Latest survey research from Cloud Sherpas has revealed while seven in 10 IT leaders view enterprise cloud software as central to their company’s success, only half have a formal cloud strategy in place.
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“Security concerns have prevented one or more of my company’s business functions from adopting cloud technology”, 28% strongly agreed ...................

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Google Boosts Cloud Services To Tackle Big Data

Google Boosts Cloud Services To Tackle Big Data | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

On Thursday, Google announced significant updates to two of its cloud  services. The changes will facilitate the processing of large quantities of data  and open up the company's services to European data centers.

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"Today, nothing stands between you and the satisfaction of seeing your processing logic, applied in your choice of streaming or batch mode, executed via a fully managed processing service. Just write a program, submit it, and Cloud Dataflow will do the rest," Vambenepe said.

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Google made major announcements at the Hadoop Summit in Brussels; including significant updates to Google Cloud Dataflow and Google BigQuery. Facilitating the processing of large quantities of data.

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I believe that the future of Data Analysis, Big Data and the like is in the cloud.

 

"Big data the cloud way means being more productive when building applications, with faster and better insights, without having to worry about the underlying infrastructure", said Google Product Manager William Vambenepe.

 

Google Data Flow is now in beta and publicly available to any software developer.

 

Google BigQuery got upgraded, now able to process 100k rows in a second.

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Build? Buy? Another Perspective on Data Center Ownership

Build? Buy? Another Perspective on Data Center Ownership | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
MSPmentor research has found most IT service providers have opted out of running their own data centers. What’s more, many MSPs say if they were starting over today they’d start as a born-in-the-cloud company. So who is providing these clouds? We spoke with one data center provider that works with MSPs.
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In that case “it always comes back to a total cost of ownership discussion,” he told me. “What is the best use of their talent that they have on staff?”

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3 key focuses for a successful Windows admin career

3 key focuses for a successful Windows admin career | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Microsoft-centric IT pros can remain in the thick of the jobs action by digging deep into these three areas
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What constitutes relevance? In your current IT position, it can be easy to become complacent, thinking that your skills are ubiquitous.

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The End of The Web Hosting Industry

The End of The Web Hosting Industry | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Just when the Web hosting industry seemed more stable and entrenched than ever, announcements last week by Google, Microsoft and Amazon gave an official stamp of approval to the technological shift that is about to send it all swirling done the drain, and the specialist WordPress hosts may be the first disappear.
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......Anyone can now go to Linode or Digital Ocean and fire up their own VPS (Virtual Private Server) within half a minute, for a fraction of the approximately $30 cost of the most basic, one-WordPress-installation package from a specialist WordPress host. The VPS user can then use Docker ............

 

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Peter Azzopardi's curator insight, April 13, 4:47 PM

Anyone can now go to Linode or Digital Ocean and fire up their own VPS (Virtual Private Server) within half a minute, for a fraction of the approximately $30 cost of the most basic, one-WordPress-installation package from a specialist WordPress host. The VPS user can then use Docker or a similar technology ..........

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Dawn of the data center operating system

Dawn of the data center operating system | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
How microservices architecture and Linux containers will tame distributed computing for developers and ops

 

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Virtualization has been a key driver behind every major trend in software, from search to social networks to SaaS, over the past decade. ........

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