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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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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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Big data is all about the cloud

Big data is all about the cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Picking between Spark or Hadoop isn’t the key to big data success. Picking the right infrastructure is
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........ the cloud is emerging an increasingly popular option for the development and testing of new analytics applications and for the processing of big data that is generated "outside the four walls" of the enterprise.

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First look: Microsoft's Azure App Services sweeten cloud development

First look: Microsoft's Azure App Services sweeten cloud development | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Polished integration of Azure Websites, Mobile Services, and BizTalk Services is a big step forward for cloud-oriented developers
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Apparently Microsoft has a “full employment for freelance reviewers covering Azure” policy, because the company has already introduced a new level of back-end integration for Web and mobile services.

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Tape vs. Cloud: No Contest

Tape vs. Cloud: No Contest | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
It’s not King Kong vs. Godzilla. And it’s certainly not an epic encounter, as the upcoming Mayweather vs. Pacquiao bout promises to be. In fact, tape vs. the cloud is more like UFC fighters Ronda Rousey against Cat Zingano--it’s no contest.
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The mechanics of tape make it susceptible to a host of potential failure points.

 

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6 reasons why improving security is so hard

6 reasons why improving security is so hard | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

The best practices for enterprise security are well known. So why are so few companies implementing them?

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Security awareness has climbed to extraordinary heights as a result of these breaches, yet one of the safest predictions you can make is that we'll see more high-profile disasters this year.

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Joyent's Docker host runs containers on bare metal without VMs

Joyent's Docker host runs containers on bare metal without VMs | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Triton Elastic Container Infrastructure is the latest example of a third party solving Docker's problems
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Apart from ease of management, the other big boon is the performance gained by running on bare metal.

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Adobe says new cloud service will end 'document disconnect'

Adobe says new cloud service will end 'document disconnect' | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Adobe has announced Adobe Document Cloud, promising a seamless and unified document experience across desktop, mobile and the Web.
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"Just like the Creative Cloud and Marketing Cloud where we transformed those businesses, we're looking to take our heritage in the document space and transform it," says Mark Grilli, vice president of Product Marketing at Adobe.

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Sydney Clutterbuck's curator insight, March 25, 6:12 PM

In this article Thor Olavsrud examines the unveiling of the Adobe Document Cloud. Adobe proposed that this service will end the reign of pervasive processes that are still prevalent in vast majorities of businesses today. They plan to deliver “Seamless and unified document experience across desktop, mobile and the Web” through the reimagining Acrobat from the ground up with many anticipated enterprise document management capabilities. 

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Security guru Bruce Schneier: Your privacy is already gone

Security guru Bruce Schneier: Your privacy is already gone | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
In 'Data and Goliath,' one of the world's foremost security experts piles on the evidence that privacy is dead -- and proposes a detailed plan to restore it
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One of my favorite quotes from the book: “If something is free, you’re not the customer, you’re the product.” ........

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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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The VirtualBox 5.0 beta is finally here

The VirtualBox 5.0 beta is finally here | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Oracle's desktop virtualization software gets its first major point revision in almost five years, but the changes are more evolutionary than revolutionary
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Among the biggest changes for VirtualBox 5.0 is support for more instruction set extensions that run with hardware-assisted virtualization. ........

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Web Vs Cloud Apps

Web Vs Cloud Apps | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The eternal battle, web or cloud apps
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With Cloud apps (SaaS) providers own the software while the customers “rent the apps” in a pay per use model.

 

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What is Cloud Backup and why should you go for it

What is Cloud Backup and why should you go for it | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
As the term itself suggests, cloud backup is nothing but backing up your resources and saving it to cloud. Cloud backup improves efficiency and decreases
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........ cloud backup is really quite different from cloud storage.

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LibreOffice's next big version is in the cloud

LibreOffice's next big version is in the cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
A key LibreOffice developer is preparing to turn the productivity site into a competitor for Google Apps and Microsoft Office Online
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Dubbed LibreOffice Online, the application is intended to guarantee complete document cross-compatibility with the desktop version of LibreOffice; any document created in one can be edited in the other without loss of features or data.

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A Cloud with a Mind of Its Own – Artificial Intelligence and Cloud Services

A Cloud with a Mind of Its Own – Artificial Intelligence and Cloud Services | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Even the cloud with all its compute power cannot reproduce the complexity, randomness and creativity of the human mind. Or can it? Ever since Alan Turing suggested his test, the line between human and artificial intelligence (AI) has become increasingly blurred.

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AI-based cloud services that could soon be available include:

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Chris Mackinga's curator insight, March 27, 3:05 AM

This article is mostly clickbait, but I was more dismayed than I expected to be upon reading the article. It claims that Eugene Goostman passed the Turing test in 2014, however this is not only untrue but an inaccurate representation of facts. The program was pretending to be a foreigner with English as a second language which would account for a lot of the logical inconsistencies that spawn when you attempt to have a sentient mind interact with an artificial one. Overall, this article was as disappointing as its opening premise. 

Patrick Bolter's curator insight, March 27, 3:53 AM

As cloud based technology grows along side with other technologies such as artificial intelligence, it tends to cross over with each other where possible. Chips designed to operate like the human brain may become more common in the future as we understand more and more just how our brains work to transmit, store and translate data.

Liam Southwell's curator insight, March 31, 12:48 AM

An incredible description on where we stand now. The article briefly covers Alan Turing's humanity test - essentially a human speaks to another entity, and if they make the guess that the entity they are speaking to is human - then it is. It has feelings and a mind. Recently, we passed this test with artificial intelligence we have created. Moore's law suggests that this technology will be readily available in as little as five years, due to the exponential expansion of technology. Once a proof of concept is shown (as in this article), the steps to take it to consumer availability become shorter and shorter as each day passes. 

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HTTP/2: The future of the Web demystified

HTTP/2: The future of the Web demystified | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Making the most of HTTP/2 will take a lot of work on the part of Web designers, IT admins, and server jockeys. Here's what to expect
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HTTP/2 aims to provide three distinct advantages over HTTP/1. .......

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