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79% of CIOs Are Concerned About Hidden Costs of Cloud Computing | CloudTimes

79% of CIOs Are Concerned About Hidden Costs of Cloud Computing | CloudTimes | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud computing has gained leverage over the last decade as businesses are compelled to migrate to this new platform. Virtualization has capitalized on cost efficiency as its main strength for any industry.
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These are valid concerns, but I believe that they will be ironed out over time as the industry gains trust.

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Does cloud computing threaten patient privacy, data security? | HealthITSecurity.com

Does cloud computing threaten patient privacy, data security? | HealthITSecurity.com | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The rise of cloud computing has created a host of new challenges for patient privacy and data security, according to two Seton Hall School of Law professors.
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Interesting perspective! Worth a read

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Cloud Infographic: Turning Big Data Overload Into Big Sales - CloudTweaks

Cloud Infographic: Turning Big Data Overload Into Big Sales - CloudTweaks | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Big Data - Big data is about capturing, storing and analyzing large pools of data from customers/consumers, suppliers, partners, operations, employees etc.
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Another Big Data infographic, this one focusing on Volume, Variety, Velocity and (the missing) Viability.

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Secret For Sales Leads Success Of Cloud Hosting Firms? Focus

Secret For Sales Leads Success Of Cloud Hosting Firms? Focus | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud computing firms are numerous, that is a fact. And you have to find a way for your brand to stand out from the rest. How will you incorporate that in your lead generation campaign?
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Guest post: Belinda Summers discusses ways in which cloud hosting companies can "stand out in the b2b lead generation game"

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Amazon vs. IBM: Big Blue meets match in battle for the cloud | Reuters

Amazon vs. IBM: Big Blue meets match in battle for the cloud | Reuters | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The tech industry maxim that no one ever got fired for buying IBM is a testament to how Big Blue has been the gold standard in computing services for decades.But IBM faces an...
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Interesting article, but the dust has far from settled.

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The promise and perils of replacing your hard drive with Dropbox

The promise and perils of replacing your hard drive with Dropbox | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Dropbox's plan to replace your hard drive with seamless storage in the sky sounds awesome—except for the for the parts that don't.
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I thought that the above graphic best depicted the story. I think, a user perceives it to be a greater disaster if it happened in the cloud. Almost like a hard disk crash would have been less to worry about. But who can blame them?

 

Although users are scared to blindly trust the cloud, many don't realise how much they already use the Public Cloud, and they do that without the slightest worry. It will happen in time, but not for this moment.

 

Noneheless, Dropbox is postioning to be first, which is good.

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Box, Dropbox vie for developers' loyalties

Box, Dropbox vie for developers' loyalties | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Moving beyond online storage, Box and Dropbox offer tools and APIs to lure developers seeking an app ecosystem
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Cloud storage already has, possibly, too many players. With all of the big players (Google, Microsoft, Amazon etc) positioning themselves to grab a piece of this pie, these more traditional cloud storage companies must become more specialised if they are to survive.

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Cloud Computing Set to Take the European Healthcare Industry by Storm

Cloud Computing Set to Take the European Healthcare Industry by Storm | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
/PRNewswire/ -- Like many other verticals, the intensely competitive and dynamic healthcare industry is looking to cloud computing as a means to improve quality of services while reducing costs.
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The storage of patient data, accessible form anywhere, will benefit the Healthcare tremendoulsy.

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INFOGRAPHIC: The Adoption Of Cloud Services

INFOGRAPHIC: The Adoption Of Cloud Services | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud Services - Nice infographic provided courtesy of Aerohive Networks Surveying 200 IT professionals, notable stats include:
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Cloud Computing Market May Become An Oligopoly of High-Volume Vendors

Cloud Computing Market May Become An Oligopoly of High-Volume Vendors | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Oligopoly: A market in which there are a limited number of providers providing the same service. Its political counterpart, oligarchy, means rule by a few.
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Not sure what to say, but there is more than a bit of truth in this article.

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Standard Bank embraces cloud computing

Standard Bank embraces cloud computing | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
South African lender plans to move its human resources application into the cloud as a low-risk first step before moving other services
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This is a good showcase. "He said regulators’ main fear was that confidential data would be exposed, but security issues had already been addressed."

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Dropbox aims to replace the hard drive altogether

Dropbox aims to replace the hard drive altogether | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
With Dropbox Platform, announced at its first developer conference Tuesday, the company continues the build-out of its own cloud ecosystem. Read this article by Rachel King on CNET News.
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Dropbox are first, but the competition will be hot on their heals.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Unlocking Mobile Cloud

INFOGRAPHIC: Unlocking Mobile Cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Mobile - The plethora of mobile devices with smartphones and tablets leading the wave of a new era of computing, CIOs and IT managers
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This should not come as much of a surprise. The cloud's importance today is a result of the requirement of services on the move by smartphone and tablet users.

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Jim Doyle's curator insight, July 14, 2013 1:23 AM
INFOGRAPHIC: Unlocking Mobile Cloud
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Gmail Changes, How Marketers Should Respond

Gmail Changes, How Marketers Should Respond | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Gmail tabs: What you need to know about these new Gmail tabs, what it means for your business and discover a few ideas on what you can do now.
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Gmail is indeed an incredible email cloud client and undoubtedly has great potential for Marketeers.

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First look: Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V shines on

First look: Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V shines on | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Preview editions of Hyper-V 2012 R2 and System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2 pick up where the strong initial releases left off
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The list of features in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V R2 fills in many missing pieces from the initial release. It's still just a preview, and bugs are to be expected. That said, I can attest it's a remarkably stable release, based on a number of weeks of heavy testing. In times past, you'd expect to have regular blue-screen crashes with an initial "preview," but that has not been my experience so far.

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Cloud computing: the path to transforming the workplace

Cloud computing: the path to transforming the workplace | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
As the cloud transforms the workplace, the IT department is evolving to become a value creation centre
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A very good rendition on the benefits that the entire computing  world will gain once cloud computing becomes the norm. Basically, what life will be like.

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5 Benefits Of Cloud Computing You Aren't Likely To See In A Sales Brochure

5 Benefits Of Cloud Computing You Aren't Likely To See In A Sales Brochure | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cost savings... elasticity....  scalability....  load "bursting"....  storage on demand...  These are the advertised benefits of cloud computing, and they certainly help make for a solid business case for using either third-party services or a...
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Mr McKendrick is spot on, if we could be allowed to forget that privacy and security are issues right now. And who is to say that what happened in the US cannot happen elsewheere. Time will heal of course but it would help better if encryption keys are passed over from service providers to the users.

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Cloud vs traditional software - Part 1 of 2

Cloud vs traditional software - Part 1 of 2 | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Most material comparing cloud-based solutions to traditional software concentrate on features such as lower costs, painless upgrades and a variety of other benefits; what’s not been discussed, however, is the software development experience...
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The author is correct there are huge advantages about being in the cloud, save one, privacy. Until the NSA incident is well and truly behind us.

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App Data Management over the Cloud – DOs and DON’Ts

App Data Management over the Cloud – DOs and DON’Ts | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
App data management is not a simple task if your App is having a high volume of users' activity. There are different ways of managing App data based on the types of data your App is generating in the cloud.
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More info on APP42 BaaS.

 

Readers of the ShepHertz blog are invited to share their views on the blog.

 

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GeoSpatial Features for Mobile Applications

GeoSpatial Features for Mobile Applications | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

The statistical analysis of data which has a geographic or geospatial information is called as Geospatial analysis. There are plenty of tools available in the market that enable users to access and manipulate data to provide valuable information.

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Some very interesting mobile Apps from ShepHertz.

 

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Two thirds of UK firms ignoring cloud computing but mobile services on the up

Two thirds of UK firms ignoring cloud computing but mobile services on the up | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud faces uphill struggle, while mobile development shines
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Businesses in the financial sector that hold large amounts of very sensitive client data will be the last to move into the cloud. It is totally understandable! Security and privacy are their livelihood and go through great lengths to building their own Fort Knox. The NSA's PRISM incident certainly didn't do the industry any favours. Until the cloud is well and truly tested, the UK will lag.

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Half of Internet users want a social media vacation

Half of Internet users want a social media vacation | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
More than 50 per cent of Internet users, suffering from social media overload, have either taken or have considered taking a 'vacation' from social networking, a new US study has found.
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Hard not to imagine, future holidays advertising internet free hotels :)

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Betty Hancock's curator insight, November 3, 2014 8:49 PM

When I took a break from Facebook last spring, it was FANTASTIC! Facebook was making me so depressed, and it was so liberating... not to mention it gave me so much of my free-time back.

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How IT can learn to stop worrying and love the cloud

How IT can learn to stop worrying and love the cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
PaaS speeds dev times and lowers risk for new apps -- so why does so much IT bureaucracy stand in the way?
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This story of Core IT is so true!

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Insurers lagging on cloud cover

Insurers lagging on cloud cover | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud computing presents businesses with a new set of risks the insurance sector is finding hard to comprehend.
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"‘In the past the cloud has been seen as something just ‘out there’ – beyond jurisdiction. That is completely wrong. Rather than escaping from jurisdiction in the cloud, you are actually subject to many jurisdictions. And those jurisdictions might not be what you expect.’’

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MIT's Gmail Visualization Tool: How It Works

MIT's Gmail Visualization Tool: How It Works | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
A new tool created by MIT's Media Lab takes a record of your Gmail past and turns it into art.
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I have made Gmail my primary email since 2005, so I am looking forward to the Immersion experience once it is made available to me.

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