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Google Cloud sharpens its enterprise strategy

Google Cloud sharpens its enterprise strategy | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Google used to rely mainly on its technical bona fides to sell its cloud, but now it's meeting customers halfway with new enterprise-friendly capabilities and support
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"By most estimates, Google Cloud remains a distant No. 3 behind AWS and Microsoft Azure."
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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
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"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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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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2016: The year we see the real cloud leaders emerge

2016: The year we see the real cloud leaders emerge | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Amazon, Google, and Microsoft know what it means to run hyperscale public clouds, while IBM is learning. Which will capture the enterprise as it lurches skyward?
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........ AWS, whose long lead seems to grow and grow, pulled in more than $7 billion in 2015, a year-over-year expansion rate of around 80 percent.

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IaaS Security - Comparing IaaS Providers

IaaS Security - Comparing IaaS Providers | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Our state-of–the-industry public IaaS security research compares leading Cloud Providers' data and network security. Click to see the Infographic.
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The state-of-the-industry public IaaS security research examines a number of features, which are .................

 

Guest post: thanks to @Esther Levine for the article.

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Google offers NoSQL knowledge with Cloud Bigtable

Google offers NoSQL knowledge with Cloud Bigtable | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud Bigtable, a management-free approach to NoSQL, is a version of Google's core data-processing system
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Google Cloud Bigtable is a productized version of the NoSQL database that stores Google's bits and bytes. The big selling point: It doesn't require the maintenance traditionally needed for compatible on-prem NoSQL solutions.

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Google Expected to Face Antitrust Charges in Europe

Google Expected to Face Antitrust Charges in Europe | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Europe’s antitrust chief is expected to accuse the search giant of using its dominant position to favor its own services, a case that could force a change in its practices.
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More than two dozen companies and organizations have filed antitrust complaints in Europe against Google. Many are in Germany, where powerful publishing groups and online firms have called on the European regulator to stop the American search giant from blocking competition in sectors like online mapping, travel services and shopping.

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Cloud Computing Wars 2015 - Google, Microsoft, Docker, Sphere 3D And VMware

Cloud Computing Wars 2015 - Google, Microsoft, Docker, Sphere 3D And VMware | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud computing has gradually entered the second phase of the product life cycle. Naturally, several players have established strong reputations and economies of scale. Although companies with innovative technologies and supe
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Docker is an open platform for developers and sysadmins to build, ship, and run distributed applications. Consisting of Docker Engine, a portable, lightweight runtime and packaging tool, and Docker Hub, a cloud service for sharing applications and automating workflows, Docker enables apps to be quickly assembled from components and eliminates the friction between development, QA, and production environments.

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Riordan Kelly's curator insight, March 29, 2015 5:37 AM

Google and Microsoft are two heavyweight fighting for the title of world heavyweight cloud champion. The effects of this bought will be felt by all the players in the market. Finding the right fighter to back will make of break many fortunes. 

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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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IBM says 2014 ‘breakthrough year’ for its cloud computing business

IBM says 2014 ‘breakthrough year’ for its cloud computing business | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

IBM aims to expand the number of data centers it offers clients around the world by 25 percent to meet fast-rising demand for internet-based services, after what a company executive said has been a "breakthrough year" in 2014 for its cloud computing business, according to Reuters.

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So far this quarter IBM has set major deals with airline Lufthansa, Dutch bank ABN AMRO, advertising giant WPP, audio electronics maker Woox Innovations in Hong Kong and the Dow Water arm of Dow Chemical.

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Wiktor Helak's curator insight, January 9, 2015 6:07 PM

Jak wspomniałem we wcześniejszej publikacji rok 2014 był dla IBM rokiem skoncentrowanym na rozbudowie infrastruktury typu cloud computing. W minionym roku firma zwiększyła czterokrotnie ilość placówek oferujących te usługi. Rozszerzyła zasięg na cały glob, a już w roku 2013 jej dochód w tym sektorze wyniósł 4,4 miliarda dolarów. Dzięki zwielokrotnieniu zasobów szacowany dochód za rok 2014 to około 10 miliardów dolarów. Pokazuje to doskonale jak w przeciągu zaledwie jednego roku powiększył się popyt na tego rodzaju usługi.

Alexandra Minks's curator insight, March 21, 2015 3:07 AM

Cloud computing was a huge success in 2014 so there is no doubt that the technology will continue to move forward and become one of the most important technologies of the next ten years. Cloud computing increases a user's accessibility to their files over a number of devices and also reduces the amount of storage required on hard drives, making it a very useful technology for the future.

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The Biggest Thing in Cloud Computing Has a New Competitor

The Biggest Thing in Cloud Computing Has a New Competitor | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Docker is the hottest new idea in the world of cloud computing, a technology embraced by Silicon Valley’s elite engineers and backed the industry’s biggest names, including Google, Amazon, and Microsoft. Based on technologies that have long powered Google’s own online empire, it promises to overhaul software development across the net, providing a simpler and…
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The trouble, he says, is that the software that runs Docker containers—known as the Docker Engine or Docker runtime—has evolved into something that’s far more complex than it was in the past.

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nubit's curator insight, December 5, 2014 5:59 AM

¿Un nuevo competidor en la nube?

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Serious question: Who will win the 'race to zero' in the cloud?

Serious question: Who will win the 'race to zero' in the cloud? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
As the public-cloud market enters its adolescence, the pervasive concept of a “race to zero” has created an impression that only the established leviathans can compete in the space. On their path to dominance the likes of Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Compute Engine, and Microsoft Azure gobble up nascent software-as-a-service startups and lesser infrastructure-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service providers as they aggressively drive down costs and make it seem unattractive for customers to not be in the cloud. Google’s latest round of price cuts on an array of services and applications have reaffirmed this popularly held belief.
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What does this mean for the race to zero? Is the cloud price war effectively over with only Google and Microsoft left playing a game of “how-low-can-you-go” chicken?

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AWS squares up against Google in the Docker war

AWS squares up against Google in the Docker war | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Docker is too new to get massive enterprise adoption, but Amazon joins Google in providing the technology for when that time comes
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Container Service's focus is on scheduling, which is difficult when using containers. As it stands, you have to assign the right resources per container. When you try to roll them back, mistakes can ensue. AWS wants to solve that part of the container problem.

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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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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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Now raging: The 3 cloud battles that matter most

Now raging: The 3 cloud battles that matter most | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
AWS, Microsoft, and Google have won the public cloud wars, clearing the space for more meaningful battles over security, APIs, and reporting to play out
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The battlegrounds: Security, API management and Monitoring and reporting
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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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Google Slashes Cloud Computing Prices, Introduces Pre-emptible Virtual Machine

Google Slashes Cloud Computing Prices, Introduces Pre-emptible Virtual Machine | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Google has reduced prices of its Compute Engine hosted infrastructure service and also launched the Pre-emptible Virtual Machine.
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“We are reducing prices of all Google Compute Engine Instance types as well as introducing a new class of preemptible virtual machines that delivers short-term capacity for a very low, fixed cost. When combined with our automatic discounts, per minute billing, no penalties for changing machine types, and no need to enter into long-term fixed-price commitments,” Urs Hölzle, Senior Vice President, ....

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The Internet of Things and the currency of privacy

The Internet of Things and the currency of privacy | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

As the Internet of Things (IoT) proliferates, providing us with more connected gadgets, marketers will get to know you even better. Consider what your watch, your light bulbs, and your refrigerator can add to the conversation.

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The Financial Times created an online calculator to estimate how much your data is worth down to the penny. Mine is worth $1.15.

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Brandon Borden's curator insight, May 13, 2015 9:35 PM

At what point is too much information, too much information? Everyday appliances can become tools for spying on citizens without their consent or knowledge. We can not sacrifice our humanity for accessibility 

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The End of The Web Hosting Industry

The End of The Web Hosting Industry | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Just when the Web hosting industry seemed more stable and entrenched than ever, announcements last week by Google, Microsoft and Amazon gave an official stamp of approval to the technological shift that is about to send it all swirling done the drain, and the specialist WordPress hosts may be the first disappear.
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......Anyone can now go to Linode or Digital Ocean and fire up their own VPS (Virtual Private Server) within half a minute, for a fraction of the approximately $30 cost of the most basic, one-WordPress-installation package from a specialist WordPress host. The VPS user can then use Docker ............

 

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Peter Azzopardi's curator insight, April 13, 2015 4:47 PM

Anyone can now go to Linode or Digital Ocean and fire up their own VPS (Virtual Private Server) within half a minute, for a fraction of the approximately $30 cost of the most basic, one-WordPress-installation package from a specialist WordPress host. The VPS user can then use Docker or a similar technology ..........

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We talked to the head of Google's next multibillion-dollar business. Here's what he told us

We talked to the head of Google's next multibillion-dollar business. Here's what he told us | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Amit Singh, the man who runs Google's enterprise business, looks back on a stellar 2014 and tells us his plans for the future.
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Singh: "I believe we’re ready for all of them, both in the product and the readiness to support them," ......

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Your PaaS has Docker ... so what?

Your PaaS has Docker ... so what? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Docker is becoming standard issue in PaaS offerings, but merely 'Docker-washing' a service is no longer enough
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There's little question that Docker all by itself is a strong draw for any cloud platform offering. Microsoft, Google, Amazon, and IBM have all scrambled to add it to their respective clouds.

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The consortium that's against your privacy

The consortium that's against your privacy | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
A cabal of communications companies wants to kill a new Internet standard that will make your Web experience faster and safer
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The so-called Open Web Alliance was formed back in April, led by Verizon and Cisco at industry consortium ATIS. They describe their mission as "to meet the service needs of all stakeholders in the Web ecosystem while supporting the goals of encryption and privacy," but at the heart of their crusade is angst concerning Google’s new SPDY protocol, suggesting those goals are at best selective.

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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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What Cloud Computing Means to Your Job

What Cloud Computing Means to Your Job | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The next big technology migration will change how workplaces are organized. Bad news, middle managers: You’re going to get less important.
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A corporate organizational chart from 100 years ago looks like a factory, with little workers at the base like parts, assembled by managers into units that interact with or fit into larger parts.

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Wiktor Helak's curator insight, December 2, 2014 2:22 PM

Wybrałem temat szerokopojętej "Chmury" ze względu na jej wielki potencjał oraz ekspansję w różnych dziedzinach życia. Powyższy artykuł mówi o wpływie "Chmury" na rynek pracy. Wybrałem go ze względu na rzetelne informacje poparte statystykami oraz opinie pracowników czołowych korporacji IT na świecie. Można tam znaleźć także przykłady firm, które obecnie dzięki "Chmurze" mogły zmniejszyć zatrudnienie, szczególnie menadżerów średniego szczebla.