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10 new AWS cloud services you never expected

10 new AWS cloud services you never expected | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
From data scooping to facial recognition, Amazon’s latest additions give devs new, wide-ranging powers in the cloud
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"....... no company has done more to create feature-rich bundles of services for the cloud than Amazon."
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VMware on AWS: A one-way ticket to the cloud

VMware on AWS: A one-way ticket to the cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
VMware private clouds will gain elasticity from the Amazon-VMware offering, but customers may eventually wonder why they need a private cloud at all
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"Techies who live in the future are likely to greet VMware Cloud on AWS with a shrug. The private cloud (whatever that is) and on-premises computing in general are on the wane, they will say, as even the C-suite embraces the public cloud."
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As Adobe, Microsoft Azure ink cloud partnership, Amazon looms

As Adobe, Microsoft Azure ink cloud partnership, Amazon looms | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

To kick off his company’s Ignite conference in Atlanta this week, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced that Adobe will run three of its most popular software as a service apps on the Microsoft Azure IaaS cloud. The move is a power play by Microsoft, but it should be taken with a grain of salt: Adobe uses Azure competitor Amazon Web Services heavily, too. 

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"As part of the agreement, Adobe will make Microsoft Azure its preferred cloud platform for the Adobe Marketing Cloud, Adobe Creative Cloud and Adobe Document Cloud."
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Microsoft's pivot and the importance of Windows containers

Microsoft's pivot and the importance of Windows containers | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Micrsoft is in the midst of a historic strategic pivot to embrace Linux as a first-class supported platform. We explore the implications for enterprise IT and business decision-makers, and recommend practical steps to position your organization for a cross-platform Microsoft strategy
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Azure has emerged as an alternative to AWS, and Microsoft has partnered with Docker to deliver container support for Windows Server 2016.
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Amazon's Elastic File System is now open for business

Amazon's Elastic File System is now open for business | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Users of the cloud storage service can create file systems that grow or shrink as needed
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"EFS is designed for a wide range of file workloads, including big data analytics, media processing, and genomics analysis, AWS said."
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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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Cloud computing: What's coming next

Cloud computing: What's coming next | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The development of cloud computing is still at a relatively early stage. Here's how it's likely to evolve over the next few years.
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............. "As hyper-scalers -- like Google, Amazon, and Microsoft -- pull away from the rest of the market, the other firms will be left swirling around in a morass and will struggle to respond,"
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Big data is all about the cloud

Big data is all about the cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Picking between Spark or Hadoop isn’t the key to big data success. Picking the right infrastructure is
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........ the cloud is emerging an increasingly popular option for the development and testing of new analytics applications and for the processing of big data that is generated "outside the four walls" of the enterprise.

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Azure vs AWS vs Rackspace vs Google: Which Cloud Provider Had the Least Downtime in 2014

Azure vs AWS vs Rackspace vs Google: Which Cloud Provider Had the Least Downtime in 2014 | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Wondering who amongst the big four had the most downtime? Check out our breakdown of Azure vs AWS vs Rackspace vs Google and their 2014 massive blackouts.

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We looked at Azure, Amazon Web Service, Rackspace, and Google to see what their downtime rate was and how it affected consumers.

 

Guest post: Thanks to @Amit for the article.

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Amazon rolls out Config to manage cloud resources

Amazon rolls out Config to manage cloud resources | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
AWS Config records and tracks changes made to EC2 setups, with ample room for both Amazon and third parties to monetize results
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AWS Config does two main jobs. It takes a snapshot of the state of your AWS resources and how they are wired together, then tracks changes that take place between them.

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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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Peering into the future of software development

Peering into the future of software development | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Now is the best time ever to be a software developer – in terms of employment, organizational impact, and the amazing breadth of tools and platforms available. The future seems even brighter:

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That future is already taking shape on Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and other clouds, so we've launched a fresh InfoWorld Insider blog to chart this progress:

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Australian companies are spoilt for choice in a hot cloud market

Australian companies are spoilt for choice in a hot cloud market | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Australia is now awash with public cloud providers. Here's what you need to know to make a decision.
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With so many options on hand, cloud is fast becoming part of the standard enterprise IT diet. But what should customers prioritise when choosing a provider?

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Cloud is a battle you can't win

Cloud is a battle you can't win | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
You think your datacenter offers a better solution than AWS, Azure, or Google Cloud Platform? Fuggedaboutit
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"Ultimately, there's no way you can keep up with the relentless economies of scale of an Amazon, Google, or Microsoft."
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Multi-cloud increasingly popular among enterprises – but not without its faults

Multi-cloud increasingly popular among enterprises – but not without its faults | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
More and more enterprises are moving towards multi-cloud environments, but data encryption and security remain a stumbling block, according to the latest research from workload security provider HyTrust.
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"When it comes to security, 44% encrypt data using a cloud provider solution, while 28% deploy a separate data encryption solution."
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3 strikes against the public cloud

3 strikes against the public cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
AWS, Azure, Salesforce, and the rest enable you to build and/or deploy stuff in record time -- but those clouds aren't killing on-prem IT for good reason
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"If the IT department is a dinosaur .............  then why is it taking so long for the giant lizard to die?"
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Google cloud computing services are ready for corporate clients, company says

Google cloud computing services are ready for corporate clients, company says | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Google Cloud Platform today announced a major release of three database services from beta, signaling that they’re ready for production use. Google Cloud Platform will now be positioned to handle the routine but vital database needs of corporate clients as AWS and Microsoft have been doing exclusively until now. Cloud SQL, Cloud Bigtable and Cloud Datastore are all now in general release, Google said in a blog post.
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Big words from Dominic Preuss "...... making Google Cloud Platform the best public cloud for your enterprise database workloads,”
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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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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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Replace your NAS with cloud storage: 8 key requirements

Replace your NAS with cloud storage: 8 key requirements | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
For cloud storage to be useful for unstructured data, it needs to provide equivalent flexibility, performance, and productivity as enterprise storage systems
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Hyperscale cloud storage providers like AWS, Google and Azure dropped prices by up to 65 percent last year and promised a Moore's Law pricing model going forward.

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First look: Microsoft's Azure App Services sweeten cloud development

First look: Microsoft's Azure App Services sweeten cloud development | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Polished integration of Azure Websites, Mobile Services, and BizTalk Services is a big step forward for cloud-oriented developers
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Apparently Microsoft has a “full employment for freelance reviewers covering Azure” policy, because the company has already introduced a new level of back-end integration for Web and mobile services.

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How to Mitigate the Security Risks Associated with the Public Cloud

How to Mitigate the Security Risks Associated with the Public Cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Cloud computing, with its promise of reduced CAPEX and OPEX, presents a compelling business case. In IaaS, computation resources are rented from a cloud service provider (CSP). There is no server hardware or software to purchase and maintain, and organizations benefit from reduced IT expenses and improved flexibility. Enterprises have fewer IT headaches to deal with and can focus on their core business.

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Public cloud providers… wish to make it clear to you that security is a shared responsibility

 

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Amazon hits 5-year high in cloud market

Amazon hits 5-year high in cloud market | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Microsoft and Google make strong surges in the cloud while IBM holds steady
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Amazon Web Services (AWS) had 25 percent revenue growth from the third quarter to the fourth quarter, giving it a 30 percent global market share in the last quarter of 2014 .....

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2015 Forecast: The Sun is Out for Cloud Computing

2015 Forecast: The Sun is Out for Cloud Computing | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The cloud space continues to evolve at an astounding pace. As recently as 12 months ago, we were still educating many clients about what they could achieve with cloud computing. We tirelessly explained the differences and benefits of options such as Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). We also debated the suitability of various architectural alternatives, like private, public or hybrid cloud. While there continues to be some mystique Topic: Information Management.
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According to PC World, cloud has become mainstream with adoption to some degree by nearly 90 percent of businesses.

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Amazon's Directory Service isn't an Azure killer yet

Amazon's Directory Service isn't an Azure killer yet | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Amazon's new directory services offering guns for Azure Active Directory users, but it works best with other Amazon IT replacements
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The newly unveiled AWS Directory Service provides Samba-based directory services in small (up to 10,000 objects, 5 cents per hour) and large (up to 100,000 objects, 15 cents per hour) incarnations.

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