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How IoT relates to the cloud and PaaS: Pace and flexibility

How IoT relates to the cloud and PaaS: Pace and flexibility | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
IoT reliance on the cloud and the benefits of the 'as a service' model has made companies re-examine their available tools in search of solutions that are as flexible, scalable, and economical as their own products.
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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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Five ways cloud service providers are making manufacturers more competitive

Five ways cloud service providers are making manufacturers more competitive | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Enterprises are only realizing 35% of the total potential value of their cloud deployments according to a recent Bain & Company study.
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Companies that moved development to IaaS and PaaS clouds from Amazon Web Services (AWS) reduced downtime by 72% and improved application availability by 3.9 hours per user per year.

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New Azure PaaS aims to make Microsoft the microservices maestro

New Azure PaaS aims to make Microsoft the microservices maestro | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
With Azure Service Fabric, the same PaaS that Microsoft uses to build and deploy microservices applications on Azure will be offered to the world
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Service Fabric will also support Windows Server Containers and Hyper-V Containers, both of which will debut in the next version of Windows Server scheduled to ship in 2016.

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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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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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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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Learning from the PaaS

Learning from the PaaS | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Container services are redefining PaaS by giving enterprises the freedom to choose best-of-breed tools and services to compose their own platforms
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What's changed? Most PaaS solutions use containers to define an application unit, and to isolate and manage application runtimes. However, in a traditional PaaS the application containers are kept hidden from users and controlled by the platform.
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What's changed? Most PaaS solutions use containers to define an application unit, and to isolate and manage application runtimes. However, in a traditional PaaS the application containers are kept hidden from users and controlled by the platform.
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Anything-as-a-service – what XaaS means for cloud computing contracts

Anything-as-a-service – what XaaS means for cloud computing contracts | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
More and more industries, from accountancy firms to zoological societies, are adopting cloud computing services. Every day, millions of users are…
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In contrast to traditional cloud computing services, XaaS (pronounced ‘Zaas’) combines separate cloud services into one online virtual service. An XaaS offering could include: .........

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Microsoft gears up for cloud domination

Microsoft gears up for cloud domination | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Microsoft will reveal more pieces of its cloud master plan at the upcoming Build conference, , but the outlines are already there -- and maybe even a little scary
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.......... Only one is a quadruple play, delivering IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS, as well as the on-premises software to build a hybrid cloud.

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What is the new stack?

What is the new stack? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Docker and other container technologies will eventually provide a new software-based foundation for enterprise computing
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Containers are much lighter weight than VMs and enable applications to be packaged and moved with ease, without the hassle of conventional installation.

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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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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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Excellent resource! Worth bookmarking.

 

Guest post: Thanks to @Darshik Jariwala for the article.

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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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