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What is the real cost of cloud computing?

What is the real cost of cloud computing? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
451 Research has launched a Cloud Price Index in order to examine how much cloud computing costs over time.
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The 451 Cloud Price Index (CPI) is based off industry pricing data from from the period October 1st to November 1st 2014. 451 Research looked at quotes and estimates of a typical multi-service cloud applications from a range of cloud providers.

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Amazon Web Services to Open German Center

Amazon Web Services to Open German Center | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Amazon says it is opening the center to answer customer demand, but part of that demand is compliance with German laws around privacy. It’s evidence that even tech companies have to learn to live with the rules.
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Revelations by Edward Snowden about the National Security Agency spying on online systems have made it harder for United States companies to say they won’t violate privacy.

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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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AT&T Partners with Amazon Web Services on Cloud Solutions

AT&T Partners with Amazon Web Services on Cloud Solutions | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Telecom giant AT&T and Amazon are finding common ground in the cloud services arena. AT&T has teamed up with the e-commerce company to extend NetBond, its network-enabled cloud technology, to Amazon Web Services (AWS).

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This partnership is largely about security ............

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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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Have you got your head around the cloud?

Have you got your head around the cloud? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Cloud Technology; there’s nothing nebulous about it. It’s a game-changer, and it’s here to stay.

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Jobs needing specific cloud computing skills, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) expertise or Google App Engine development skills, ....

 

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Microsoft Azure, the world's biggest cloud? Someone's fudging

Microsoft Azure, the world's biggest cloud? Someone's fudging | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Microsoft Azure is on a tear, but only bad math makes Azure's numbers add up to the industry’s largest cloud
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Though neither Microsoft nor Amazon break out their cloud services revenues, Microsoft noted in its last earnings call that cloud revenue grew 147 percent year-over-year.

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What is cloud computing?

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What is cloud computing? | Technology | National | Bdaily UK | Business News
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True cloud technologies are about the technology itself and how it’s provided commercially. ..............

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The Era of Cloud Computing

The Era of Cloud Computing | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Analysts estimate that over the next six years 90 percent of new spending on Internet and communications technologies will be on cloud-based technology.
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.......... He added: “Historically, we’ve been in a world where computing was a scarce resource. Now it is moving to being an abundant resource. ..........

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Why user experience and ecosystem will rule the cloud

Why user experience and ecosystem will rule the cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
It’s easy enough to start offering a cloud platform, but doing so successfully is a lot more difficult. James Urquhart explains how Amazon Web Services, Cloud Foundry and others are capitalizing on great user experiences and great ecosystems.
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Ecosystems are important because they extend the ability of your service to address the needs of a broader range of customers — without having to take all of that work on yourself.

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Soon, cloud capacity will be available in a spot market

Soon, cloud capacity will be available in a spot market | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Infrastructure as a Service marketplace will enable organizations to acquire IaaS cycles, as well as potentially sell excess capacity.
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In a few months, it may be possible to buy cloud infrastructure capacity on an open market, just as energy or physical commodities are now traded.

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How Boeing is using the cloud

How Boeing is using the cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
There's a lot of talk about the cloud, but how are businesses really using it?
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In order to protect proprietary Boeing data the company uses a process called "shred and scatter." Using software supported by a New Zealand firm, Greenbot, Boeing takes the data it plans to put in the cloud and breaks it up into the equivalent of what Nelson called puzzle pieces.

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New advances in technology allow for major buisnesses to record vital information easier and more effective with the cloud.

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Cloud 2014: Top 10 Trends to Watch in The Year Ahead

Cloud 2014: Top 10 Trends to Watch in The Year Ahead | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud computing is more than just a buzzword. It's a mega-trend that has become an umbrella term for the ongoing shift from in-house data centers to third-party facilities.
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Here’s a look ahead at the trends that cloud thought leaders believe will be the most significant in 2014.

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The internet of things is becoming the next cloud battleground

The internet of things is becoming the next cloud battleground | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
As the competition among cloud computing providers steps up, so is interest in the internet of things. More connected devices — perhaps especially by governments rolling thousands at a time — should increase the competitive environment as providers fight to be the best possible IoT platforms.
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As part of its broader home-automation plans, for example, Google is already buying up large AWS users such as Nest and Dropcam. Dropcam Co-founder and CEO Greg Duffy told me last year that his company runs “the largest inbound streaming service on the entire internet”

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Snowflake's Data Warehouse Runs on Relational Database in the Cloud

Snowflake's Data Warehouse Runs on Relational Database in the Cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Snowflake's Elastic Data Warehouse service is built on a relational database it developed specifically for that purpose—a game-changer for the cloud services game.
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Snowflake Computing announced it has picked up an additional $26 million in funding, part of which will be used to create a customer and partner ecosystem around the new cloud service.

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No, Really, Oracle Does Cloud Computing - Datamation

No, Really, Oracle Does Cloud Computing - Datamation | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Oracle may be late to the cloud, or perhaps it’s right on time. Either way, it faces big challenges ahead.
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In his press conference, Mark Hurd seemed determined to promote Oracle as a cloud leader. He delivered his remarks with great conviction. As he spoke, a screen appeared announcing that Oracle offered a “more complete cloud solution than any IT vendor in the world.” At this point that’s more ambition than fact.

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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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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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How to Survive 4 Cloud Horror Story Scenarios

How to Survive 4 Cloud Horror Story Scenarios | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
For all its promise, the cloud still brings some peril (like sleepaway camp or that dirt-cheap fixer-upper on the outskirts of town). Here are four cloud horror stories – along with spoilers so you know how to make it out alive.
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While vendors claim that cloud services are secure and reliable, that's not always the case. A better way than relying or vendor promises? Make sure your migration plans, budgets, existing infrastructure, security and any ancillary services all match up before making the jump to the cloud.

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VIDEO: Amazon Web Services Moves Beyond Developer Tools

VIDEO: Amazon Web Services Moves Beyond Developer Tools | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Amazon Web Services is known for many things, but all of those have to do with developer services like cloud computing instances, databases and storage...
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While Amazon itself has long offered some kinds of web apps for its e-book and music service, for example (and one could probably argue that Amazon.com is also a web app), Zocalo is a step in a very new direction for AWS.

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The Cloud-Computing Market Could Be Much, Much Bigger Than We Thought

The Cloud-Computing Market Could Be Much, Much Bigger Than We Thought | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Cloudability just passed $1 billion in managed cloud spending, suggesting that the cloud market may be even bigger than we thought.

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The growing amount of dollars going into enterprise cloud deployment is why a company like Cloudability can exist.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Saving Means Sacrificing

INFOGRAPHIC: Saving Means Sacrificing | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
One of the biggest deciding factors in selecting a cloud service provider is costs. Companies want to save money and saving money is not only good thing - but a great thing!
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Good Infographic on the Myth vs Fact of the Cloud.

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Public cloud can provide huge set of opportunities to financial services sector: AWS VP

Public cloud can provide huge set of opportunities to financial services sector: AWS VP | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The agility, cost savings and faster response times that public cloud services offer can provide financial services enterprises with huge business opportunities: AWS VP
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Launching a 10-node Hadoop cluster on AWS costs $0.15 per hour. Amazon EMR has tuned Hadoop for the cloud and it monitors users’ cluster

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Is cloud computing about to get cheaper because of Linux?

Is cloud computing about to get cheaper because of Linux? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Elastichosts claims its by-the-hour billing system is 50% cheaper than Amazon.
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Elastichosts' IaaS solution, Elastic Containers, charges by real-time usage, measured every 15 minutes, meaning customers would pay less when the servers are less busy, such as overnight.

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Using SaaS Tools For Efficiency, Metrics And Scale

Using SaaS Tools For Efficiency, Metrics And Scale | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
As a small business, getting work done in a measurable and efficient manner is critical. At Pixlee we use over 20 different services across our business, product, and engineering teams to help our company operate and scale more effectively. These tools range from Amazon Web Services to social media listening tools, [...]
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What are your favorite tools for efficiency and scale?

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