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Cloud Computing Glossary: 21 Terms You Need to Know Before Splurging on the Cloud

Cloud Computing Glossary: 21 Terms You Need to Know Before Splurging on the Cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Rapid evolution of both the technology and terminology around this trend can easily lead to a state of confusion. This mini cloud computing glossary will help you navigate your way through all the jargon as you size up different vendors and solutions.
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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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Every cloud needs a home - but not just any home

Every cloud needs a home - but not just any home | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

For any Managed Services or Software as a Service (SaaS) provider looking for a data centre to support this critical new business model and meet 99.999% customer Service Level Agreements (SLA), issues such as the resilience of connectivity and power, as well as security are clearly critical

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These are the five keys to finding the right home for the cloud .....

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Cloud Based Phone System Leads in IAAS Model

Cloud Based Phone System Leads in IAAS Model | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Learn benefits of Cloud Based Phone System. Get in touch with Fonebell, a leading business communication solution provider, for consultation and deployment. Contact @ sales@fonebell.in.
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...... cloud based phone system has evolved as an advanced, economical, convenient methods of internal business communication.

 

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Is PaaS as dangerous as it seems? Cloudbees bust some cloud computing myths

Is PaaS as dangerous as it seems? Cloudbees bust some cloud computing myths | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Is cloud computing as dangerous as it seems? From open source do-it-yourself types to organizations who fear the lack of standards, there are plenty of myths to dispel. Here Cloudbee's Sacha Labourey provides the truth behind the cloud computing FUD.
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Six tips, written by the Cloudbees CEO, effectively dispel some of the most common myths and misconceptions people have about PaaS and SaaS based offerings, and each article is well worth the read:

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PaaS shoot-out: Cloud Foundry vs. OpenShift

PaaS shoot-out: Cloud Foundry vs. OpenShift | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud Foundry shines with broad application support and stellar ease of use, but OpenShift has the edge in management and automation
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PaaS includes infrastructure, storage, database, information, and process as a service.

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How the cloud aids business growth

How the cloud aids business growth | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

The generally accepted definition of cloud computing comes from the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which says it should enable convenient, on-demand access to a shared pool of computing resources - like networks, servers, storage, applications and services.

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As well as lower costs, business agility, flexibility and ease of use are still the main attractions for using the cloud. European Commission research, which questioned almost 500 companies, showed that over 80 per cent of those who were already using the cloud, saw a reduction in IT costs of between 10 and 20 per cent. 12 per cent saw an impressive 30 per cent or more reduction.

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Why Google Cloud Dataflow is no Hadoop killer

Why Google Cloud Dataflow is no Hadoop killer | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Google's new data processing service may look like it's designed to lure users away from Hadoop, but its focus is more selective
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Google bills the service as "the latest step in our effort to make data and analytics accessible to everyone," with an emphasis on the application you're writing rather than the data you're manipulating.

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Cloud's Direction Is Very Strategic And Very Hybrid, Survey Shows

Cloud's Direction Is Very Strategic And Very Hybrid, Survey Shows | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

When it comes to cloud, we've come a long way in three short years. Back in the stone age of 2011, cloud was this promising but relatively novel way to access services on a subscription basis. Only a handful of organizations used cloud services in a big way at the time.

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Almost half of respondents, 49%, report they are using cloud to support revenue generation or new product creation. Another 45% of businesses say they already, or plan to, run their company from the cloud.

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Industry’s Largest Cloud Computing Survey Reveals 5X Adoption of SaaS

Industry’s Largest Cloud Computing Survey Reveals 5X Adoption of SaaS | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

North Bridge Venture Partners, in conjunction with Gigaom Researchand a record 72 collaborating organizations, today released results for its fourth annual Future of Cloud Computing survey.

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"With four years of data, we're now really beginning to see some interesting trends, such as the five-fold increase in SaaS adoption to 74% and the nearly six-fold increase in PaaS adoption to 41%."

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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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IBM's cloud strategy: Will it become the best in the business?

IBM's cloud strategy: Will it become the best in the business? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
IBM wants your cloudy dollars - and it's making an extremely aggressive play to be the market leader in enterprise cloud computing.
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Big Blue has shelled out $7bn on 15 acquisitions. From IaaS provider SoftLayer, to a developer-friendly PaaS offering called BlueMix. Then on its own merits, from PureSystems, which gives a ‘cloud-in-a-box’ styled capability for those looking for a quick fix, to SmartCloud Orchestrator which standardises services allowing traditional IT and cloud to work in harmony. ...

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Private, Hybrid and Public Cloud Explained

Private, Hybrid and Public Cloud Explained | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

There are plenty of definitions for “cloud computing” and for the most part, they generally point to the same thing: taking applications and running them on infrastructure other than your own.

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Cloud computing comes in three forms: public clouds, private clouds and hybrids clouds.

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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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2014 Talkin' Cloud 100: Cloud Service Providers Post Big Gains | Cloud Computing content from MSPmentor

2014 Talkin' Cloud 100: Cloud Service Providers Post Big Gains | Cloud Computing content from MSPmentor | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Who were the top cloud service providers, cloud aggregators and cloud brokers in 2014? Would it surprise you to learn that one of the top MSP 501 companies made Talkin' Cloud's 2014 list of top 100 Cloud Service Providers? Would it surprise you that CSPs on the 2014 TC100 list saw cloud services revenue gains of 48 percent year over year? Want to know more? Details here.
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The Top 100 CSPs generated more than $23.4 billion in combined cloud services revenues in 2013, up 48 percent from what they reported the previous year.

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Databarracks survey shows slow uptake of DRaaS – but that will change

Databarracks survey shows slow uptake of DRaaS – but that will change | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The latest survey from cloud provider Databarracks has found that small businesses are lagging behind when it comes to disaster recovery planning and cloud exit strategies.
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The most popular cloud service was backup as a service (BaaS) and software as a service (SaaS) with 21% of the vote, followed by IaaS, PaaS (18%) and DRaaS (16%).

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XaaS: The future of cloud or marketing fluff?

XaaS: The future of cloud or marketing fluff? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

As cloud computing becomes ever more pervasive, future models will begin to revolve around XaaS. Anything as a service, everything as a service, more as a service, call it what you will. The overall effect is that a new type of service will deliver IaaS, PaaS and SaaS in one package.

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...... however, there’s a sense that the ‘as a service’ terms are becoming outdated, and that they only serve to cause confusion.

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X as a service (XaaS): What the future of cloud computing will bring

X as a service (XaaS): What the future of cloud computing will bring | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

What is XaaS? Is this just more marketing fluff? Why do we need to define yet another model to fully describe cloud services? I contest that XaaS is a legitimate term, and that it is useful to describe a new type of cloud services — those that make use of IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS all neatly delivered in one package. Such packages are intended to fully displace the delivery of a commodity IT service.

 

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The organization providing DaaS would design, assemble, and manage the product out of best-of-breed offerings in this case.

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Cloud Computing: Investing Essentials

Cloud Computing: Investing Essentials | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Everything you need to know about the cloud computing industry. - Evan Niu, CFA - Tech and Telecom
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The Motley Fool's article on what is the cloud and what to look out for when investing.

 

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The growth of on-demand cloud computing

The growth of on-demand cloud computing | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

This HP whitepaper charts the development of the cloud on-demand computing concept and shows how important it is for addressing the demand for business agility and growth.

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Cloud services are built around the on-demand software-as-a-service (SaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) delivery models. ......

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What does PaaS really mean? Let us know if you find out

What does PaaS really mean? Let us know if you find out | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
As PaaS picks up steam, enterprises are finding that part of the cloud computing space is bit difficult to nail down
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...... not so much for PaaS, a terms that remains confusing and is used confusingly.

 

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MSPs: Essential Cloud Computing Terminology for Prospects

MSPs: Essential Cloud Computing Terminology for Prospects | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud terminology can be fairly daunting for those that are unfamiliar (like many prospective clients). However breaking down the verbiage and understanding why it is important to know each will help MSPs in their cloud discussions with clients who may be less knowledgeable.
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.............. critical cloud terms and why it is a good idea for MSPs to brush up on them. (For the comic and full glossary of terms take a look here.)

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SaaS continues to dominate enterprise cloud computing market

SaaS continues to dominate enterprise cloud computing market | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
While the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model remains dominant in terms of market share, growth and breadth of coverage, a new research report says
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The report, titled “Cloud Computing – Enterprise Markets: SaaS, PaaS & IaaS, 2014-2018,” SaaS will remain the dominant cloud model .....

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Finally, Google Melds the Two Types of Cloud Computing Into One

Finally, Google Melds the Two Types of Cloud Computing Into One | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
There have always been two kinds of cloud computing. One was called an infrastructure cloud. The other was called a platform cloud. It was a distinction that frustrated and confused many software developers. But this morning, Google took a step towards combining these two worlds.
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One was called an infrastructure cloud. The other was called a platform cloud. And each carried its own advantages. An infrastructure cloud had less of a learning curve, but the platform cloud provided a glimpse of the future, a place where you wouldn’t have to worry as much about your software once it was built.

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Six questions to ask before jumping into cloud computing

Six questions to ask before jumping into cloud computing | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Partners are being bombarded from all angles these days about cloud computing, and are under pressure to get onboard before the train leaves the station.

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Before you jump into the cloud, make sure you consider these six key questions.

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