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How To Optimize Your Private Cloud For The Collaboration Era

How To Optimize Your Private Cloud For The Collaboration Era | I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you. | Scoop.it
(Note: This is an excerpt from Avaya’s recently-published e-book, The 2013 Guide To Collaboration Trends.
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Cloud Computing Strategy: 4 Steps To Scare Away The Shadows

Cloud Computing Strategy: 4 Steps To Scare Away The Shadows | I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you. | Scoop.it
Shadow IT is a growing issue. As departments, tired of waiting for IT and dealing with the processes involved in product creation, turn to third-party cloud computing vendors for innovative products that solve the problem quickly and relatively...
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enterprise + cloud + open

enterprise + cloud + open | I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you. | Scoop.it
Last December, I gave a brief presentation at the first CloudStack Collaboration Conference on the open source cloud stuff in the enterprise.
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Cloud Computing For Collaboration

Cloud Computing For Collaboration | I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you. | Scoop.it
It’s not just about cutting costs, cloud computing can also help your employee’s productivity and collaboration levels, even if they’re in pajamas.
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Cloud app integrations extend the Do social platform's value

Cloud app integrations extend the Do social platform's value | I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you. | Scoop.it
The Do app now integrates with cloud applications, including Dropbox and Google Drive. Find out how the integrations promote better project/task management and collaborations.
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VMware Takes the Cover Off Its Public Cloud | Forrester Blogs

VMware Takes the Cover Off Its Public Cloud | Forrester Blogs | I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you. | Scoop.it

Sometimes you can only coax a reluctant partner and I&O customer community for so long before you feel you have to take matters into your own hands. That is exactly what VMware has decided to do, to become relevant in the cloud platforms space. The hypervisor pioneer unveiled vCloud Hybrid Service to investors today in what is more a statement of intention than a true unveiling.

VMware's public cloud service - yep, a full public IaaS cloud meant to compete with Amazon Web Service, IBM SmartCloud Enterprise, HP Cloud, Rackspace and others - won't be fully unveiled until Q2 2013, so much of the details about the service remain under wraps. VMware hired the former president for Savvis Cloud, Bill Fathers, to run this new offering and said it was a top three initiative for the company and thus would be getting, "the level of investment appropriate to that priority and to capitalize on a $14B market opportunity," according to Matthew Lodge, VP of Cloud Services Product Marketing and Management for VMware who spoke to us Tuesday about the pending announcement. 

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VMware Announces New Hybrid Cloud Service | Forrester Blogs

VMware Announces New Hybrid Cloud Service | Forrester Blogs | I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you. | Scoop.it

So VMware is not afraid of the public cloud after all. With the announcement of a forthcoming (later in 2013) VMware vCloud Hybrid Service, the virtualization leader reboots its cloud message for the enterprise. VMware will offer its own public cloud infrastructure service built on the same technology stack it offers to vCloud Datacenter service provider partners. That includes the vSphere foundation and the vCloud Director (with vCloud Connector) multi-tenancy and on-boarding tools, plus vCloud Networking and Security. VMware will add on a new public-focused portal and additional provisioning tools, and promises to share those capabilities with service providers as well, but it's not yet clear how and where VMware will differentiate and compete. If VMware offers better access controls and financial management tools, for example, than its partners, on the same platform, why would the partners not look to an open source alternative? That’s certainly a risk.

But it’s a risk VMware is willing to take to reclaim its credibility as a cloud (not just data center) infrastructure management leader. The company is betting on a shift in who buys cloud services and what those new buyers want – and wants to both enable and accelerate that shift. Most public cloud buying in the enterprise has been driven by business-aligned development teams who use public clouds like Amazon AWS to build quickly, test, and deploy new web-centric apps. Once cloud apps are in production, however, someone’s got to operate them. That’s where VMware’s traditional buyer, the I&O professional, comes in. I&O buyers want to use the tools they know and love to provision, maintain, secure, optimize, and control cloud apps, and for many that means VMware VMs and management tools.

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2013 RX? Inject Your Mobile Strategy With A Good Dose Of Cloud

2013 RX? Inject Your Mobile Strategy With A Good Dose Of Cloud | I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you. | Scoop.it
Bill Laberis, Editorial Editor for Enterprise CIO Forum, recently posted a video called “Cloud-enable your mobile strategy.” I believe these two technology trends, mobile and cloud, will fundamentally change computing over the next ten years.
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Cloud strategy: Four steps to win back control from shadow IT

Cloud strategy: Four steps to win back control from shadow IT | I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you. | Scoop.it
The increase in inhouse departments going their own way and buying on-demand software - shadow IT - makes it all the more important for tech to impose some order.
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Gartner Says Cloud and CRM Will Drive Enterprise Software Spending in 2013 and 2014

Gartner Says Cloud and CRM Will Drive Enterprise Software Spending in 2013 and 2014 | I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you. | Scoop.it
Gartner Says Cloud and CRM Will Drive Enterprise Software Spending in 2013 and 2014

Public Cloud Is Growing in North America and Western European Markets, but Private Cloud Remains the Preference in Emerging Markets

Analysts to Discuss Future Trends in CRM at Gartner Customer Strategies & Technologies Summit 2013, June 5-6 in London, UK and the Gartner Customer 360 Summit 2013, May 1-3 in Orlando

Greater adoption of on-premises and software as a service (SaaS) will drive a modest increase in worldwide software spending through 2014, according to a recent survey by Gartner, Inc. Gartner conducted the large-scale enterprise IT spending study through the third quarter of 2012 for analysis of enterprises' IT budget spending plans for 2013 and 2014.

"Results from the survey indicate that software spending will increase modestly worldwide through the 2014 budget year, with new software sales (on-premises) and SaaS driving this increased spending," said Hai Hong Swineheart, research analyst at Gartner. "However, significant regional differences in priorities and drivers will require vendors to pursue market-specific strategies." 

Regions with higher IT maturity, such as North America and Western Europe, expect lower or no budget increases over the next two years, while developing countries with immature IT infrastructure, such as Eastern Europe, Latin America and Asia/Pacific, will experience the largest budget increases in software spending.

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Columns from the Edge: Perspectives on Hot Technologies

Columns from the Edge: Perspectives on Hot Technologies | I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you. | Scoop.it
Our contributors to the Industry Perspective channel this week shared thoughts on cloud-ready apps, data warehouse strategy, brokering IT services internally and today's outlook on the vendor scene.
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Cloud Enabled ALM: Continuous Integration & Automated Testing

Cloud Enabled ALM: Continuous Integration & Automated Testing | I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you. | Scoop.it
How can developers and testers use their preferred ALM tools and processes in place today and seamlessly integrate on-premise and cloud infrastructure to achieve sustained increases in speed, agility, and team productivity?
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Gartner Says Worldwide Public Cloud Services Market to Total $131 Billion

IaaS Continues as Fastest-Growing Market Segment

The public cloud services market is forecast to grow 18.5 percent in 2013 to total $131 billion worldwide, up from $111 billion in 2012, according to Gartner, Inc. Infrastructure as a service (IaaS), including cloud compute, storage and print services, continued as the fastest-growing segment of the market, growing 42.4 percent in 2012 to $6.1 billion and expected to grow 47.3 percent in 2013 to $9 billion.

Cloud advertising continues to be the largest segment of the cloud services market, comprising 48 percent of the total market in 2012. Gartner predicts that from 2013 through 2016, $677 billion will be spent on cloud services worldwide, $310 billion of which will be spent on cloud advertising.

"The continued growth of the cloud services market will result from the adoption of cloud services for production systems and workloads, in addition to the development and testing scenarios that have led as the most prominent use case for public cloud services to date," said Ed Anderson, research director at Gartner. "Evidence of this growth is found in the increasing demand for cloud services from end-user organizations, met by an increased supply of cloud services from suppliers."

Although there is wide variation between cloud services market subsegments, strong demand is anticipated for all types of cloud services offerings. The cloud business process services segment (BPaaS) is the second-largest market segment after cloud advertising, comprising 28 percent of the total market in 2012, followed by cloud application services (software as a service [SaaS]) at 14.7 percent, cloud system infrastructure services (IaaS) at 5.5 percent, cloud management and security services at 2.8 percent, and cloud application infrastructure services (platform as a service [PaaS]) at one percent.

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Can a Multi-Cloud Strategy Save The Day?

Can a Multi-Cloud Strategy Save The Day? | I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you. | Scoop.it
Maybe your business has developed and implemented a cloud strategy, and those operations are truly making it a cloud-based business. You may have cut down on some costs, increased efficiency, and have access to data from just about anywhere.
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Strategy Analytics: iCloud, Dropbox and Amazon top cloud media in the US

Strategy Analytics: iCloud, Dropbox and Amazon top cloud media in the US | I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you. | Scoop.it
We often focus on market share for hardware, but cloud media services increasingly dictate our lives after the devices have reached our bags and pockets. Wouldn't it be nice to know who rules the online media landscape?
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Microsoft’s Cloud Strategy and Roadmap Evident at Convergence 2013

Microsoft’s Cloud Strategy and Roadmap Evident at Convergence 2013 | I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you. | Scoop.it
Kirill Tatarinov’s keynote this morning at Microsoft’s Convergence 2013 marks a subtle, yet very significant shift in how this technology leader is marketing itself to partners and the outside world.
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Cloud | Ex-Googlers Train Machine Army to Sift Out Crooks

Cloud | Ex-Googlers Train Machine Army to Sift Out Crooks | I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you. | Scoop.it
Here’s a tidbit for the online retailers out there: If a shopper on your website is using Firefox with Windows XP, the odds of him being a fraudster go up sixfold. That’s a trend mined by the machine learning geeks ...
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Cloud and Big Data, Together: A Huge Springboard to Innovation

Cloud and Big Data, Together: A Huge Springboard to Innovation | I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you. | Scoop.it
"Big data is the new cloud computing."
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Storage QoS Is A Must-Have Feature for Enterprises and the Cloud | Forrester Blogs

Storage QoS Is A Must-Have Feature for Enterprises and the Cloud | Forrester Blogs | I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you. | Scoop.it

Later this year, many of the established storage players will finally be adding Storage QoS (Quality of Service) functionality to their systems.  Though startups such as SolidFire and NexGen Storage (and some platforms such as IBM's XIV) have been touting this functionality for a few years now, most storage systems today currently lack Storage QoS.  If your primary storage vendor does not have Storage QoS on its roadmap, now is the time to start demanding it.

Normally, when I bring up the topic of Storage QoS with All-Flash Array startups or other high-end array vendors, the typical response I get is "We don't need Storage QoS. Our system is so fast - there are IOPS for everyone!"  While this statement may or may not be true (it isn't!), even if a system had a seemingly infinite amount of performance, this would only solve part of the problem with storage performance provisioning.  Here are a few things to keep in mind as you evaluate StorageQoS:

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The Next Trend, Cloud Computing In Retail

The Next Trend, Cloud Computing In Retail | I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you. | Scoop.it
Hi, my name is Lindsey and I am a shopping addict. I love the thrill of a deal and coming home with new things. I love the quick pace of the industry, how much change happens in it, and the therapy of spending a day buying.
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Continuous Delivery in the Cloud Case Study for the Sea to Shore Alliance: Part 1

Continuous Delivery in the Cloud Case Study for the Sea to Shore Alliance: Part 1 | I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you. | Scoop.it
We help companies deliver software reliably and repeatedly using Continuous Delivery in the Cloud. With Continuous Delivery (CD), teams can deliver...
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Cloud Computing: A Web Designer’s Perspective

Cloud Computing: A Web Designer’s Perspective | I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you. | Scoop.it
Innovation is the way to progression. The way technologies have emerged and changed the entire scenario over the past few years is commendable. Cloud computing is one such technology that has helped change the way people interact with the Web.
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Brain Drain At Skype? Tech Leader Jonathan Rosenberg Latest To Leave, Now At Cisco As CTO, Cloud Collaboration

Brain Drain At Skype? Tech Leader Jonathan Rosenberg Latest To Leave, Now At Cisco As CTO, Cloud Collaboration | I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you. | Scoop.it
Some change at Skype, the messaging giant that is now a part of Microsoft: Jonathan Rosenberg, the chief technology strategist, and then later GM of product strategy and research at Microsoft who was behind the creation of Skype’s Facebook video...
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Weekly IT Highlights on Virtualization, Analysts, DevOps, and trends for Cloud and More

Weekly IT Highlights on Virtualization, Analysts, DevOps, and  trends for Cloud and More | I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you. | Scoop.it
As Friday comes around, we want to recap some of the best stuff from our blog on Virtualization, Analysts, DevOps and trends for cloud and any other topics that we found interesting and shared over the week.
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Lacking Clouding Innovations Will Plummet Productivity

Lacking Clouding Innovations Will Plummet Productivity | I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you. | Scoop.it
For every mega corp there are hundreds of small businesses owned, managed and run by individuals, alone or with minimal assistance. Medium and large enterprises have moved from networked environments to private and public cloud services.
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