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Constructech magazine | Save on Software in 2012

It’s safe to say the ‘cloud’ has fully begun to cover the construction industry. In 2011, many construction technology providers came to market with SaaS (software-as-a-service) offerings and managed services programs for cloud computing for the industry, giving contractors the option to choose between on-premise applications and hosted solutions. While some construction companies are still going the way of traditional desktop applications, more and more firms are latching onto the concept of the cloud.

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Cloud computing: an essential guide to what could go wrong

Cloud computing: an essential guide to what could go wrong | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Turbulent web connections, logistical nightmares and the possibility of your provider going bust are all pitfalls of cloud services, according to Benjamin Robbins
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Before you go all in with the cloud there are some real-world challenges you should consider.

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Migrate to the cloud and watch your business take flight

Migrate to the cloud and watch your business take flight | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Think cloud computing is about getting rid of IT infrastructure to save money? Think again.

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Becoming digital has two aspects. One is about rethinking business for the cloud and mobile era, and the other is about internal systems.

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China launches “Great Firewall” attack against iCloud

China launches “Great Firewall” attack against iCloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
According to a report by web censorship watchdog Great Fire, China's infamous state firewall is performing a MITM (Man-in-the-Middle) attack against users of Apple's Cloud-based services.
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Authorities everywhere are concerned about the new lack of access to mobile devices which has - on several occasions - helped with serious prosecutions and/or implementing preventive measures.

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Compare Business Intelligence Cloud Costs

Compare Business Intelligence Cloud Costs | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

As an IT provider, I am overwhelmed with all the options for Business Intelligence in the cloud and very confused by how to compare service offerings in order to effective provide the best solutions. In the article we will discuss some of the different offerings on the market and why all business are racing toward the cloud for Business Intelligence Solutions.

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Why Business Intelligence in the Cloud makes sense.

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Cloud May Be The New Outsourcing, But The Same Due Diligence Must Apply

Cloud May Be The New Outsourcing, But The Same Due Diligence Must Apply | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

In times gone by, when enterprises sought to shave costs off non-core processes, or add capabilities not immediately available in their organizations, they turned to third-party providers.

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As the IBM study’s authors, Marsha Trant and Romala Ravi put it, there are five rules of the road worth keeping in mind:

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OpenStack Juno Release Brings Big Data to the Cloud

OpenStack Juno Release Brings Big Data to the Cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

A new version of open-source cloud Relevant Products/Services computing platform OpenStack became available on Friday. The latest version, Juno, features over 3,000 bug fixes, with upgrades to the way it handles big data Relevant Products/Services applications and network Relevant Products/Services function virtualization Relevant Products/Services (NFV).

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Data Processing for Hadoop and Spark

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Cloud computing myths debunked

Cloud computing myths debunked | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
If you’re a small business owner and concepts like ‘the cloud’ fly over your head or send you into a flat panic, Darlene Menzies, CEO of SMEasy, says stop, breathe and embrace it because the cloud is a beneficial tool for SMEs
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Contrary to popular belief, Menzies says that cloud-based products could actually save small business owners money as the products are “typically” charged on a monthly basis and are not upfront-lump-sum based.

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Cloud computing is going to absorb your big data workloads, too

Cloud computing is going to absorb your big data workloads, too | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
There has been a spate of product announcements and integrations over the past few weeks signaling that many big data workloads — including, and especially, Hadoop — will soon be ready to run reliably in the cloud.
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The broader goings on around the data community paint an even clearer picture of where we’re headed. All around, big, well-funded companies are putting some serious effort into blurring the lines between big data platforms and cloud computing platforms:

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A cold wind is blowing through Microsoft

A cold wind is blowing through Microsoft | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The winds of change are pushing the Microsoft ecosystem further into the cloud -- don't let your career get blown off course
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Microsoft may be sucking the air out of on-premises Exchange
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VMware Launches vCloud Air Data Center in Germany

VMware Launches vCloud Air Data Center in Germany | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Cloud and virtualization Relevant Products/Services software Relevant Products/Services provider VMware opened its three-day VMworld Europe 2014 trade show with a flurry of announcements.

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.. the biggest news was the opening of a new data Relevant Products/Services center in Germany as part of the ongoing expansion of vCloud Air, the service formerly known as vCloud Hybrid Cloud Services.

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Sprint Aims at Business with Google Apps for Work

Sprint Aims at Business with Google Apps for Work | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

To enable better collaboration between employees, Sprint is offering a mobile-focused version of Google Apps for Work that will offer a cloud-based single sign-on powered by Ping Identity.

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Sprint's offer of Google Apps for Work includes a range of deployment and support services, called Carefree Cloud, so all employees can use the solution.

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Salesforce unveils Wave, its play in cloud analytics

Salesforce unveils Wave, its play in cloud analytics | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Wave uses a search-like medium along with extensive visualizations
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The new service is different from other approaches to analytics: It's search based, with data stored in a schema-less fashion. This allows for rapid, iterative exploration by users who are in search of answers to questions .....

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Dataguise Extends Big Data Reach into the Cloud

Dataguise Extends Big Data Reach into the Cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The majority of Big Data platforms are being deployed on premise, but as storage costs rise, more of that data will be stored in the cloud.
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.... it is starting to look as though there soon might be a lot more Big Data deployments on public cloud computing platforms.

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Coming of Age in Cloud Computing

Coming of Age in Cloud Computing | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud computing, particularly in the big rental businesses of Microsoft and Amazon, has been criticized as undependable and tough to manage. A number of recent announcements suggest that some companies are trying to address the issue.
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Microsoft also announced a partnership with Dell to sell a kind of “cloud in a box,” or hardware and software that created a mini-version of Microsoft’s cloud, called Azure, inside a company.

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Review: Dell's 13G PowerEdge R730xd, a workhorse server with a kick

Review: Dell's 13G PowerEdge R730xd, a workhorse server with a kick | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Hardware improvements, rich storage options, and plenty of room for expansion add up to a very fast, flexible 2U workhorse
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It's not uncommon for the next generation of servers to track new releases of Intel's processors. Intel's latest Haswell processor coupled with DDR4 memory bring more speed and lower power requirements in the same 2U form factor. My review unit came equipped with 64GB of DDR4 RAM and two Intel Xeon E5-2690 v3 processors, which run at 2.6GHz.

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SEO Study: New gTLD Domains DO Boost SEO Rankings

SEO Study: New gTLD Domains DO Boost SEO Rankings | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

A SEO study looking into the search impact of new gTLDS vs .COM and other TLD domain extensions. The new gTLDs DO effect search engine rankings.

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Very interesting article especially on how Google ranks new gTLDs & EMDs.

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Peter Azzopardi's curator insight, October 21, 12:57 AM

Very interesting article especially on how Google ranks new gTLDs & EMDs.

 

Thanks to @Cody Hendrix for the scoop.

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Why your future is in the public cloud

Why your future is in the public cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Liftoff to an all-cloud future may come sooner than you think, with Salesforce Wave as the latest sign
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It's not a question of if, but of when: Most of enterprise computing will eventually be sucked up into the public cloud, kind of like the rapture in slow motion.

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Really, not what I hear.

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10 Trends Transforming Enterprise IT

10 Trends Transforming Enterprise IT | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
When it comes to corporate IT, revolution is in the air. The way companies buy, build, manage, optimize and secure information technology is changing..
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Here’s a look at 10 important trends changing the face of enterprise computing:

 

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Cloud computing is coming for your DNA, and it will lead to better drugs and health care

Cloud computing is coming for your DNA, and it will lead to better drugs and health care | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
DNAnexus is adding Regeneron Genetics Center to its group of partners. DNAnexus will convert 1,000 exomes a week into usable data in the cloud.
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While the time and cost to sequence an entire genome has dropped to a day — or hours — and $1,000, from the 13 years and nearly $3 billion it took to complete the internationally-run Human Genome Project, more obstacles remain.

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Cloud service providers and end users: Let's lose the rigidity of the SLA, argues exec

Cloud service providers and end users: Let's lose the rigidity of the SLA, argues exec | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
A senior executive at cloud services provider Claranet has claimed that most cloud services providers and end users are relying too much on the standard service level agreement.
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Marland notes that if the SLA is technically exceeding customers’ expectations yet the CSP is still getting complaints over service, .......

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Microsoft Says Windows Will Run Docker, the Next Big Thing in Cloud Computing

Microsoft Says Windows Will Run Docker, the Next Big Thing in Cloud Computing | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The next big thing in cloud computing doesn’t work with Microsoft’s Windows operating system. But Microsoft wants to change that. As part of its ongoing effort to embrace the latest tech trends, Microsoft says it’s building a version of Windows that will offer something akin to Docker—a technology originally created for the Linux operating system…
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To build a modern online service ...... you’re typically forced to run software across dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of computer servers, and Docker provides a way of doing this ...

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IBM, SAP partner on enterprise cloud software, infrastructure

IBM, SAP partner on enterprise cloud software, infrastructure | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The two tech giants see businesses increasingly moving their data to the cloud. A new partnership will help reinforce their positions.
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For SAP, it’s an acceleration of an existing strategy to offer its applications worldwide—and a small concession that the data center buildout it recently completed wasn’t sufficient to meet its larger goal.

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States Turn to Cloud Computing for Cost Savings

States Turn to Cloud Computing for Cost Savings | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Seven years ago, the state of Delaware started moving computer servers out of closets
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Nearly three-quarters of the states, 73 percent, say they already have some applications in the public cloud and are considering others.

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VIDEO: Cloud-Computing brings new challenges

VIDEO: Cloud-Computing brings new challenges | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The NSA Prism spying scandal risks undermining trust in U.S. cloud computing businesses, the EC's vice-president, Neelie Kroes, has warned in a speech today. Kroes also reiterated calls for "clarity and transparency" from the U.S. regarding the scope...
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In order for cloud-computing not to be a legal jungle the big players are using open-source software, the license-free method for a creating a product.

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The Myth Of The Green Datacenter

The Myth Of The Green Datacenter | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Here's the reality when it comes to datacenter energy consumption: If the cloud industry were a country, according to a recent study, it would be the fifth largest energy consumer in the world.

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Nevertheless, it cites calculations that wireless networks connecting users with the cloud services consume the equivalent energy in 1 pound of coal to transport 1 GB ...........

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