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Cloud Computing: Fast Facts | Business 2 Community

Cloud Computing: Fast Facts | Business 2 Community | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Making the switch from hardware to the cloud is a decision that requires a lot of thinking. While there are a lot of pros that can be said, there are also some
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As Cloud Arrives On Main Street, We Need A New Set Of Metrics For Cloud SLAs

As Cloud Arrives On Main Street, We Need A New Set Of Metrics For Cloud SLAs | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
A lot can happen in a year, and in the world of cloud computing, 2014 was a breakout one. Cloud adoption finally experienced a tornado of demand that swept up large enterprises en masse.
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The main objective of a Service Level Agreement (SLA) is to clearly define relationships and set expectations for adequate service levels between the buyer and the seller.

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Here's Why IBM Is Still Building Mainframes (IBM)

Here's Why IBM Is Still Building Mainframes (IBM) | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

IBM spent $1 billion developing a new refrigerator-sized mainframe. It makes sense. For companies that require 100% uptime, public clouds simply aren't feasible.

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IBM's mainframes have also kept up with the times. The systems have long supported Linux, and they also support OpenStack, a popular open-source cloud computing platform. This means a private cloud can be run directly on a mainframe, with the z13 supporting up to 8,000 Linux virtual machines simultaneously.

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Cloud computing guidelines needed by financial services companies, says EU agency

Cloud computing guidelines needed by financial services companies, says EU agency | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Banks, insurance companies and other financial services businesses need new guidelines that better explain how they can make use of cloud-based services and applications without falling foul of legal and regulatory requirements, according to a research paper published by an EU agency.

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The paper recommended that the European Banking Authority (EBA) and ENISA "define the conditions for adoption of cloud-based services and applications in the finance sector".

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Understanding cloud storage models

Understanding cloud storage models | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The roles of instance, volume, and object storage in the modern, virtualized data center
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At the root of all storage is some set of physical storage protocols, so I’ll begin with a quick recap of physical storage.

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The best computer security advice you'll get

The best computer security advice you'll get | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The world is awash in bad security advice that distracts from addressing the real threats. Here's what you really need to know
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Forget every past computer security advice you've ever read -- even from me. This is the real deal. Everything else is wasted cycles.

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Big data is simply another name for complicated business intelligence

Big data is simply another name for complicated business intelligence | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Big data promises to upend the business intelligence market, but it won't do so until the tools around it become easier to use
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"Analysts can use BI tools, SAS, SQL command line, or even free-text search to access Hadoop now. Many options for all kinds of users."

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Big data promises for big business

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How cloud providers can prevent data loss: A guide

How cloud providers can prevent data loss: A guide | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud service providers find themselves in a struggle balancing responsibility for maintaining data integrity with delivering cost effective solutions to their customers, all the while protecting their own data assets and bottom line.
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Due to the complexities around data centre and cloud security, this article will deal destruction and corruption of data only.

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Farid Mheir's curator insight, January 23, 10:56 AM

A guide to help cloud data center operators determine the impact of data loss, and what to do to prepare against it.

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Cloud Concerns - 4 Reasons Businesses Should Ease Their Mind

Cloud Concerns - 4 Reasons Businesses Should Ease Their Mind | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud Concerns - Moving to the public cloud means adopting services that have to work well with a company’s existing programs and operations
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If your business is still unsure about moving to the cloud, here are some reasons for you to consider that will hopefully set your mind at ease.

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Google Opens Cloud Monitoring Service to Developers

Google Opens Cloud Monitoring Service to Developers | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

A new, free tool for Google Cloud Platform customers promises the ability to streamline their work operations. Google Cloud Monitoring, a tool developers can use to track the performance of application components, is now available for Google Cloud Platform customers to try out.

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Google said customers can use Cloud Monitoring to streamline work in a number of areas, including: User resource groups ...........

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IBM to Restructure in Order to Focus on Cloud Computing

IBM to Restructure in Order to Focus on Cloud Computing | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

IBM (IBM) is undergoing a massive structural reorganization under the leadership of CEO Ginny Rometty in order to parallel the rise in cloud computing.

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Plans to restructure the company have not seemed to hinder IBM’s innovation for the past year as the company received more patents in 2014 than any other company.

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Marcus Gruenwald's curator insight, January 18, 6:29 PM

Over time, IBM has successfully reinvented several times, thus avoiding the fate other tech giants faced. If nothing else, it is more proof for the sceptics, that cloud - or utility computing - is here to stay!

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Which cloud providers had the best uptime last year?

Which cloud providers had the best uptime last year? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Amazon and Google recorded impressive statistics for how reliable their public IaaS clouds were in 2014
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That Microsoft outage contributed to a difficult year for Azure in terms of availability.

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Docker or Rocket for containers? Why not both?

Docker or Rocket for containers? Why not both? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
While Docker and CoreOS have been fighting to own the container market, the two offer different approaches that complement as much as they compete
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The meteoric rise of containers is a recent phenomenon, ..........

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VIDEO: Seagate Personal Cloud: An Easy Way to Enjoy Photos, Videos and Data on All Your Devices, at Home or Away

VIDEO: Seagate Personal Cloud: An Easy Way to Enjoy Photos, Videos and Data on All Your Devices, at Home or Away | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Seagate Technology today unveiled two new storage products for the home, Seagate Personal Cloud and Seagate Personal Cloud 2-Bay.
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Seagate Personal Cloud will be shipping to retailers later this month in 3TB, 4TB, and 5TB capacities ...

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Windows 10 and the mystery of the missing cloud

Windows 10 and the mystery of the missing cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Azure, one of the strongest cards in Microsoft's hand, was absent from the Windows 10 preview event
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The cloud would be the connector of our lives, company officials said .....

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The never-ending quest to dethrone email

The never-ending quest to dethrone email | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Pretenders to the messaging throne have been many, but email still reigns. Here’s how that might change
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Devising an entirely new protocol for email would be the most effective way to move email forward. The problem is, it’s the most difficult path to success.

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Dropbox Buys Israeli Mobile Document Firm CloudOn

Dropbox Buys Israeli Mobile Document Firm CloudOn | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Cloud storage provider Dropbox continued with its streak of acquisitions on Wednesday, announcing that it has acquired Israeli startup CloudOn. Based in Herzliya, CloudOn provides tools to enable users to edit Microsoft Office documents from their mobile  devices.

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In the last year, Dropbox has acquired companies such as Hackpad, a tool for collaborative note-taking; Zulip, a messaging app designed for the workplace; and Loom, a tool for managing photo collections.

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Think local: The struggle for municipal broadband

Think local: The struggle for municipal broadband | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Who wants to legislate bans on municipal broadband? The big ISPs and the politicians they bankroll
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The prospect of an open Internet and competition in broadband services may send a frisson of horror through the Telecom industry, but consumers and businesses that rely on the Internet can cheer these developments.

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Thank the cloud for making big data and IoT possible

Thank the cloud for making big data and IoT possible | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The ability to analyze massive amounts of data and to connect devices as the Internet of things became a reality when the cloud coalesced
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.... many of today’s concepts we call new and innovative are based on much older concepts popular a long time ago ...... The ones that immediately come to mind are big data and Internet of things (IoT).

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Department of Defense Launches New Cloud Computing Security Requirements

Department of Defense Launches New Cloud Computing Security Requirements | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) released the Department of Defense’s new Cloud Computing Security Requirements Guide this week. The Service Requirements Guide (SRG) is meant to assist cloud service providers in looking to be included in the Department of Defense (DoD) Cloud Service Catalog. Read More
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“The SRG is designed to ensure that DOD can attain the full economic and technical advantages of using the commercial cloud without putting the departments data and missions at risk,”

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Intelishift's curator insight, January 19, 12:39 PM

Designed to ensure full economic gain... but I wonder if they are thinking privacy as well.

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Q&A: Backup Trends For 2015

Q&A: Backup Trends For 2015 | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Big backup and recovery trends for 2015 and how these trends are providing new data protection approaches.
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As the steady growth continues, IT administrators will be challenged with having to reduce complexity and resources of managing large number of snapshots, incremental changes and backup images generated by highly virtualized environments which affects overall backup efficiency and capacity.

 

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Analyst report shows where the value lies for buying a cloud computing solution

Analyst report shows where the value lies for buying a cloud computing solution | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
A report from infrastructure as a service performance monitoring analysts Cloud Spectator has found that Amazon EC2 offers “significant” cost advantages over a long term investment.
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In all, 10 IaaS providers were vetted – AWS, CenturyLink, DigitalOcean, Google, HP, Joyent, Microsoft Azure, Rackspace, SoftLayer and Verizon – with Cloud Spectator analysing a wide variety of metrics.

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9 Linux distros to watch in 2015

9 Linux distros to watch in 2015 | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Predictions are fun. We all enjoy tech predictions at the beginning of each year.

 

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This is a list of the nine Linux distributions that I feel will be the most interesting to watch during 2015. We're talking both desktop and mobile here because, let's face it, Linux is everywhere.

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The Cloud and the Internet of Things

The Cloud and the Internet of Things | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
In 2014 the "Cloud" gained some valuable traction with mature product offerings as well as clarity in service expectation and pricing models e...
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 So where is IOT heading and where does "The Cloud" fit in?

 

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Apple blocks tool that brute-forces iCloud passwords

Apple blocks tool that brute-forces iCloud passwords | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The tool allowed attackers to try a large number of passwords for Apple ID accounts
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It worked by trying out a large number of passwords for the targeted Apple IDs.

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What is RaaS in Cloud Computing?

What is RaaS in Cloud Computing? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
RaaS is one of the cloud computing services and it stands for Recovery as a Service. It is sometimes also referred to as DRaaS, short for Disaster Recovery
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How does RaaS work?

 

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