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Amazon Web Services: What's It Good For?

Amazon Web Services: What's It Good For? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
A lot, even if it still gets damned with faint praise for its enterprise cloud services.
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A good article on what AWS is all about. "... AWS's unique characteristics to deploy applications unimaginable for traditional IT infrastructures and processes. These applications run on hundreds or thousands of virtual machines ..."

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Ransomware may be a big culprit for data loss – but it’s the wrong fall guy

Ransomware may be a big culprit for data loss – but it’s the wrong fall guy | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
With researchers seeing a 3500% increase in the use of net infrastructure which criminals use to run ransomware campaigns, it’s not surprising that ransomware has been making big headlines.
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......... fraud and human error are costing UK organisations £98.6 billion a year.
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Read my lips, says Docker: Containers aren't VMs

Read my lips, says Docker: Containers aren't VMs | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
A major form of confusion about containers says that they're a next-generation, lightweight replacement for VMs. But container advocates say that's never been the goal
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........ Not now, and not any time soon, either.
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VMware Expands Cloud Partnership with IBM to Include Desktop Services

VMware Expands Cloud Partnership with IBM to Include Desktop Services | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
VMware (VMW) Horizon Air customers can utilize the company’s cloud-hosted desktop and application services through the IBM Cloud.
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The news marks the latest development in VMware and IBM’s decade-long collaboration
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How IoT relates to the cloud and PaaS: Pace and flexibility

How IoT relates to the cloud and PaaS: Pace and flexibility | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
IoT reliance on the cloud and the benefits of the 'as a service' model has made companies re-examine their available tools in search of solutions that are as flexible, scalable, and economical as their own products.
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"Why does PaaS fit with IoT?"
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FBI pushes for more power to crush your privacy

FBI pushes for more power to crush your privacy | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The FBI continues its push to greatly expand government surveillance and exempt that spying from constitutional safeguards and privacy rules
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"With a treasure trove of digital information tantalizingly within reach, the FBI doesn't want to be slowed down by inconveniences like Fourth Amendment protections."
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The days of long, complicated passwords are over

The days of long, complicated passwords are over | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
As threats evolve, so does the advice on creating passwords to foil the bad guys. Here are the latest recommendations
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"Along with this unconventional advice comes a bunch of useful suggestions"
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Ansible 2.1 gets a grip on Microsoft Azure and Docker

Ansible 2.1 gets a grip on Microsoft Azure and Docker | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Automation framework Ansible's second point revision adds management for Microsoft Azure and Docker containers, and so far avoids being just a Red Hat support tool
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"This means Ansible now has more control over the deployment infrastructrure used to run containers, as well as the ability to interface closely with how containers are built and managed."
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Beware zero ratings, the new threat to Net neutrality

Beware zero ratings, the new threat to Net neutrality | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
'Zero ratings' let users stream some sites without incurring bandwidth charges, but not others. So what happened to Net neutrality?
Peter Azzopardi's insight:
"Music and video streaming services take a lot of bandwidth, and now that most people have cellular plans that charge by the amount of data they use, streaming becomes a lot less attractive."
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Data sovereignty: How to shield your business from changing regulations

Data sovereignty: How to shield your business from changing regulations | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Classifying information that is subject to data privacy regulations, from information that is not, can be a difficult task - one that requires businesses to implement a sound information governance strategy.
Peter Azzopardi's insight:
..... When choosing a cloud provider, IT and business professionals should ensure that the company can address data privacy requirements. With the invalidation of the “Safe Harbour” agreement .....
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Library, new from InVision

Library, new from InVision | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Effortlessly connect your team’s design universe with Library, by InVision.
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The Cloud has caught up with InVision, via a Design Tool Library that allows a cloud-based collaboration for its users.
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alveolienjoin's comment, May 19, 3:16 AM
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Apple's SAP deal means more iOS enterprise apps

Apple's SAP deal means more iOS enterprise apps | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Apple continues to make headway in the business world. This week it landed a significant partnership with SAP that could have a major impact on mobile productivity.
Peter Azzopardi's insight:
"The SDK is designed to let SAP's more than 2.5 million developers build native iOS apps that can tap into SAP systems and access data in real time. ...."
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Public cloud megaguide: Amazon, Microsoft, Google, IBM, and Joyent compared

Public cloud megaguide: Amazon, Microsoft, Google, IBM, and Joyent compared | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The top five public clouds pile on the services and options, while adding unique twists
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Thats sweet
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In rare unanimous move, House passes bill to protect email and cloud privacy

In rare unanimous move, House passes bill to protect email and cloud privacy | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a bill to strengthen privacy protections for email and other data stored in the cloud.
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Hear, hear! Following the Snowden spying incident, with PRISM and the NSA taking centre stage, it had become hard for anyone to feel safe holding sensitive data in the cloud.

This news is welcome .... of course few will be jumping in so quickly .... trust is not some switch that can be simply turned on. A period of healing must follow before there can, again be conviction.
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Why APIs beat proxies for cloud security

Why APIs beat proxies for cloud security | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud access security brokers that take an API approach can provide more comprehensive security without impacting network performance
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"How can you successfully enforce internal policies and industry compliance mandates under these conditions, particularly when another entity now controls part of your hosting environment?" ........... Try a CASB!
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Research shows greater uptake in virtualised environments for regulated industries

Research shows greater uptake in virtualised environments for regulated industries | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
According to the latest research from virtualisation technology provider HyTrust, the software defined data centre (SDDC) is moving further towards the mainstream, with many regulated industries moving around half of their critical workloads over to SDDC and virtualisation.
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The study ............ surveyed more than 500 executives across a wide variety of company sizes
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Microsoft to Buy LinkedIn for $26.2 Billion

Microsoft to Buy LinkedIn for $26.2 Billion | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Microsoft said it would pay $196 a share to acquire LinkedIn, the business social network site.
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Microsoft is buying LinkedIn, the business social networking site, for $26.2 billion. It's one of the the biggest tech deals ever.
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Salesforce puts Lightning in a tightly sealed bottle

Salesforce puts Lightning in a tightly sealed bottle | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The LockerService architecture isolates components in their own containers and stops them from calling undocumented or private APIs
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"Looking to take cloud app security to a new level, Salesforce is rolling out its LockerService architecture for its Lightning apps platform."
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Cloud Optimization: How to Enhance the Efficiency of Your Cloud Usage

Cloud Optimization: How to Enhance the Efficiency of Your Cloud Usage | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud Optimization: How to Enhance the Efficiency of Your Cloud Usage
Peter Azzopardi's insight:
"Some people think of it as just being a server someone else operates. This is the wrong way to look at cloud because cloud is much more than just a server or a processor."

Thanks to Mihai Corbuleac for the article.
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The future of AWS’ cloud: Infrastructure as an application

The future of AWS’ cloud: Infrastructure as an application | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The movement of 'infrastructure as code' (IaC) is in many ways mimicking the evolution of web development as web 'sites' became web 'applications'.
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" ................. CloudFormation, enables engineers to manage infrastructure through the use of declarative templates, utilising the data format language, JSON."
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Apple to Sell Personal Cloud Storage Device Starting Next Month

Apple to Sell Personal Cloud Storage Device Starting Next Month | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Starting on June 7, Apple will be the exclusive retailer for the Apollo personal cloud storage device, a consumer play from Promise Technology.
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"According to Promise Technology, unlike other cloud services, there are no recurring fees with Apollo. According to a review by Mac Rumors, the Apollo is priced at $299."
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Don’t blame the cloud for your shoddy IT plans

Don’t blame the cloud for your shoddy IT plans | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
If you've layered on technology willy-nilly, moving to the cloud won't prevent the resulting complexity -- unless you do some planning
Peter Azzopardi's insight:
"Complexity is not the fault of the technology, cloud or not -- it's the fault of IT leaders who don't think strategically about how all this stuff needs to come together."
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Cloud Computing Security Vendors for Healthcare

Cloud Computing Security Vendors for Healthcare | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Reviewing the various cloud computing security options is essential for organizations of all sizes.
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...... in a highly regulated industry, organizations cannot choose a cloud vendor simply for the sake of having one. Healthcare cybersecurity threats are becoming more sophisticated, and as such, covered entities have to find solutions that optimize workflow and keep sensitive information secured.
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Review: AWS, Microsoft, Databricks, Google, HPE, IBM machine learning

Review: AWS, Microsoft, Databricks, Google, HPE, IBM machine learning | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Amazon, Microsoft, Databricks, Google, HPE, and IBM machine learning toolkits run the gamut in breadth, depth, and ease
Peter Azzopardi's insight:
"What we call machine learning can take many forms. The purest form offers the analyst a set of data exploration tools, a choice of ML models, robust solution algorithms, and a way to use the solutions for predictions."
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The European Cloud Initiative: A silver lining for data sharing?

The European Cloud Initiative: A silver lining for data sharing? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

The European Commission launched the Digital Single Market Strategy (the DSMS) last year with the aim of opening up digital opportunities for businesses across the EU.


The DSMS is a response to the significant increase in the amount and variety of data being produced.

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The EC has published proposals for a new cloud initiative – part of a package of measures designed to enhance the EU’s position in the global, data-driven economy
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Microsoft is making big data really small using DNA

Microsoft is making big data really small using DNA | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
A gram of DNA could store close to a trillion gigabytes of data
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OnPage.com / Critical Alerts's curator insight, May 2, 10:15 AM

Microsoft has partnered with a San Francisco-based company to encode information on synthetic DNA to test its potential as a new medium for data storage. 

 

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