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Social media, cloud computing hold promise for Indian IT in 2013

Social media, cloud computing hold promise for Indian IT in 2013 | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Flat IT budgets and uncertain macro environment may continue to challenge the Indian IT-BPO industry, but as technology becomes more central to everyday lives of consumers and corporate alike, 2013 promises to be a good year for the $100 billion...
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4chan user reportedly hacks iCloud with nude celeb pics – as Google strengthens security

4chan user reportedly hacks iCloud with nude celeb pics – as Google strengthens security | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
An anonymous hacker on the 4chan site has published a series of naked photos of more than 100 celebrities, including Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, after reportedly hacking into the users’ iCloud accounts.
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Elsewhere, while iCloud accounts were being hacked, Google announced its Cloud Platform had received an upgraded set of security certificates.

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Holiday Extras turns IT from a ‘no' department to a ‘yes' department with cloud

Holiday Extras turns IT from a ‘no' department to a ‘yes' department with cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The holiday and travel add-on company picked public cloud services to overcome its IT problems and make IT a business enabler
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The cloud-based infrastructure has helped the company reduce IT hardware spend by more than half and cut user response times by 20%.

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Silver lining

Silver lining | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

In 2004 Amazon, then a $7 billion-a-year online retailer, was starting to build up a technology infrastructure to serve other companies as well as itself. Ten years later, Amazon Web Services (AWS), launched in 2006, is adding enough servers and other gear every day to power the Amazon.com of ten years ago.

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Good article on how the market leaders will push prices so low no IT department will be able to sell itself as being the cheaper alternative. The cloud is such a reality that no cost conscience company can ignore it.

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Dropbox offers 1TB Pro plan for $9.99

Dropbox offers 1TB Pro plan for $9.99 | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The new Dropbox for Business plan does away with previous options maxing out at 500GB
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In addition to a terabyte of storage, the new plan includes several features for collaborating with clients. There's "view-only" permissions, which an interior designer could use to let a client see a mockup of a design but not make changes to it, for instance.

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Making a stress-free migration to the cloud

Making a stress-free migration to the cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
What are some ways you can ensure a smooth move to the cloud?
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The four things you can do to ensure a smooth transition: Know what you want from the cloud, choose the right cloud platform, give security serious consideration and finally, have the right people on board.

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I am a domain investor.
I would like to develop cloudquery.com to allow people to search the for cloud data and  other information about the cloud. If possible the site could serve as a search portal in general.
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Chameleon: Cloud computing for computer science

Chameleon: Cloud computing for computer science | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Cloud computing has changed the way we work, the way we communicate online, even the way we relax at night with a movie. But even as 'the cloud' starts to cross over into popular parlance, the full potential of the technology to directly impact science, medicine, transportation, and other industries has yet to be realized.

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Chameleon is designed to support a variety of cloud research. To support users building cloud services and platforms, Chameleon will include persistent infrastructure clouds.

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Free beer! Now Amazon has cloud developers' attention

Free beer! Now Amazon has cloud developers' attention | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The AWS pop-up loft in San Francisco is the latest indication that cloud developers are a hot commodity -- and have choices
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A year ago, AWS seemed to be the logical choice, but today the services provided by both Microsoft and Google have become much more compelling, so the choice is much harder to make.

 

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INFOGRAPHIC: The Cloud, The Internet and International Business

INFOGRAPHIC: The Cloud, The Internet and International Business | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

The Internet has been recognized as an important tool for modern international business. It can revolutionize international commerce. Not only can the Internet help small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) access easily to market and compete but it can also enable SMEs to respond flexibly to new international market opportunities.

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The infographic The Rise of the Internet of Things was provided by Jabil.com

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What You Must Know About the Cloud Hosting Services

What You Must Know About the Cloud Hosting Services | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud server hosting, private and public alike, is the next big thing in the world of web server hosting. This trend is currently attracting the e-com,Cloud Computing
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The advantages of cloud server hosting

 

There are quite a few advantages of using the cloud computing technology for the large enterprises. However here are some of the most common ones. ...

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Hybrid cloud: is it right for your business?

Hybrid cloud: is it right for your business? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Hybrid cloud computing is getting increasing attention from IT professionals as it helps organizations find a balance between their IT infrastructure and public cloud service.

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Deciding whether to choose public, private or hybrid cloud can depend on a number of factors such as business data protection requirements, what applications you use etc. ..............

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VMware Adds Apps Deployment Features with CloudVolumes Buy | Cloud Computing Mergers and Acquisitions content from Talkin' Cloud

VMware Adds Apps Deployment Features with CloudVolumes Buy | Cloud Computing Mergers and Acquisitions content from Talkin' Cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
VMware has acquired CloudVolumes, which will provide VMware's customers with a simpler way to deploy native applications on its cloud.
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The CloudVolumes technology will also enable VMware to build real-time application delivery across its three technology focus areas, including .......

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Enabling a new future for cloud computing

Enabling a new future for cloud computing | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The National Science Foundation (NSF) today announced two $10 million projects to create cloud computing testbeds—to be called 'Chameleon' and 'CloudLab'—that will enable the academic research community to develop and experiment with novel cloud architectures and pursue new, architecturally-enabled ...
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"Today's clouds are designed with a specific set of technologies 'baked in', meaning some kinds of applications work well in the cloud, and some don't," said Robert Ricci ...

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Cloud computing: Potential, pitfalls for people with disabilities

Cloud computing: Potential, pitfalls for people with disabilities | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud computing can help empower people with disabilities by offering increased independence and opportunities to participate in the workforce, according to a new report.
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Given that in this country we currently have, to use blind and vision impaired as an example, about 65 per cent unemployment, then cloud could be revolutionary in providing an accessible working environment

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Cloud now mainstream and delivering significant benefits - WhaTech

Cloud now mainstream and delivering significant benefits - WhaTech | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud computing has graduated from hype to reality and is now a mainstream IT delivery mechanism for the enterprise, delivering significant benefits and becoming the norm.
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"Cloud computing has clearly become an accepted part of the enterprise computing environment with 70 percent of respondents having adopted some form of cloud."

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6 powerful Google Drive features you're probably not using

6 powerful Google Drive features you're probably not using | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Don't overlook these little-known features of Docs, Sheets, and Slides.
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Some of the newest features and hidden gems that can help save you time and anguish and create documents that are sure to impress your professors, colleagues, and most importantly, your boss.

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How to decipher cloud computing jargon

How to decipher cloud computing jargon | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
If your business is considering moving to the cloud, one of the biggest challenges that you will face is your ability to understand all the terms that cloud vendors and “techies” throw around.
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In this article you can find "some of the most commonly used cloud terms, starting with Amazon’s most popular Compute, Storage and Database offerings in the Cloud, followed by some other generic, but seemingly confusing terms".

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Twitter Now Shows You Exactly How Many People See Your Tweets — And It's Mesmerizing

Twitter Now Shows You Exactly How Many People See Your Tweets — And It's Mesmerizing | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Tweeting is like gazing into the abyss. Now you can find out whether the abyss is retweeting you.
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About 232,000 people saw my tweets in the past four weeks — not bad!

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The Most Simple Explanation Of Cloud Computing Ever, From Google

The Most Simple Explanation Of Cloud Computing Ever, From Google | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Google employs 450 full-time engineers to stop hackers and other snoopers from breaking into its data centers and cloud services. And today, Google published a report card of sorts on how well they are doing in those matters.

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The new report explains how Google’s cloud computing services work and why they are safe (Edward Snowden be darned).

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Data Encryption and Law Firms, a Match Required by Law

Data Encryption and Law Firms, a Match Required by Law | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Much of the discussion on law firm security has focused on data encryption. The idea of “encryption” can generally be broken down into two types, encryption in motion and encryption at rest. Encryption in motion refers to the process of securing data while the data is sent and received so that the data cannot be intercepted. Encryption at rest refers to the practice of securing the data itself so that, even if intercepted, the data is unreadable.

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Many law firms address security of their client and firm information by hosting it with cloud providers. Cloud business models often comprise data security protocols audited by third-parties.

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VIDEO: Experts guide businesses to cloud computing

VIDEO: Experts guide businesses to cloud computing | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud World Forum: Cloud computing is at a crossroads so industry leaders offer their perspective on how companies should best adopt the technology.
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Very useful tips that a must be dealt with before committing to the cloud.

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The case for the hybrid cloud

The case for the hybrid cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Almost half of large enterprises could be using hybrid cloud within the next three years, says Gartner. What exactly is the appeal behind the platform?
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Businesses of all sizes are constantly looking to cut costs, and adopting the hybrid cloud could be a way of achieving this on the computing front.

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Box, Dropbox and Hightail Pivot to New Business Models

Box, Dropbox and Hightail Pivot to New Business Models | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Box, Dropbox and Hightail are rethinking their core business models, focusing on specific industries or bolstering customer service.
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“These guys will drive prices to zero,” said Aaron Levie, co-founder and chief executive of Box. “You do not want to wait for Google or Amazon to keep cutting prices on you. ‘Free’ is not a business model.”

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Has the operating system become a modern day utility?

Has the operating system become a modern day utility? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
As we make the shift to the cloud era, computing’s traditional building blocks are increasingly abstracted away.
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The operating system has also evolved to become such a utility. It is pervasive and ubiquitous, and we don’t notice it because it just works.

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SMB Cloud Adoption Changes the Playing Field

SMB Cloud Adoption Changes the Playing Field | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Cloud adoption by small and midsize businesses (SMB) continues to march forward and is projected to reach almost 80 percent by 2020, according to an Emergent Research and Intuit report detailed in Forbes.

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The flexibility of cloud platforms to scale resources or services quickly is allowing SMBs to compete where only larger businesses with extensive resources have historically been able to deliver.

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HEALTHCARE: Community health systems, HIPAA, and cloud hosting: The facts

HEALTHCARE: Community health systems, HIPAA, and cloud hosting: The facts | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

On the heels of the recent Community Health Systems (CHS) data breach, in which 4.5 million Personal Health Records (PHI) were compromised, the industry is abuzz about data security in the HIPAA Compliant cloud businesses.

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The massive security breach at CHS shows just how important it is to be proactive with all aspects of data security. PHI can no longer be secured with traditional security technologies and methodology- even up to date antivirus and firewall technologies are not enough to protect sensitive data from professional hacking teams.

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