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The days of long, complicated passwords are over

The days of long, complicated passwords are over | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
As threats evolve, so does the advice on creating passwords to foil the bad guys. Here are the latest recommendations
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"Along with this unconventional advice comes a bunch of useful suggestions"
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Ansible 2.1 gets a grip on Microsoft Azure and Docker

Ansible 2.1 gets a grip on Microsoft Azure and Docker | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Automation framework Ansible's second point revision adds management for Microsoft Azure and Docker containers, and so far avoids being just a Red Hat support tool
Peter Azzopardi's insight:
"This means Ansible now has more control over the deployment infrastructrure used to run containers, as well as the ability to interface closely with how containers are built and managed."
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Beware zero ratings, the new threat to Net neutrality

Beware zero ratings, the new threat to Net neutrality | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
'Zero ratings' let users stream some sites without incurring bandwidth charges, but not others. So what happened to Net neutrality?
Peter Azzopardi's insight:
"Music and video streaming services take a lot of bandwidth, and now that most people have cellular plans that charge by the amount of data they use, streaming becomes a lot less attractive."
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Data sovereignty: How to shield your business from changing regulations

Data sovereignty: How to shield your business from changing regulations | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Classifying information that is subject to data privacy regulations, from information that is not, can be a difficult task - one that requires businesses to implement a sound information governance strategy.
Peter Azzopardi's insight:
..... When choosing a cloud provider, IT and business professionals should ensure that the company can address data privacy requirements. With the invalidation of the “Safe Harbour” agreement .....
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Library, new from InVision

Library, new from InVision | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Effortlessly connect your team’s design universe with Library, by InVision.
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The Cloud has caught up with InVision, via a Design Tool Library that allows a cloud-based collaboration for its users.
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Apple's SAP deal means more iOS enterprise apps

Apple's SAP deal means more iOS enterprise apps | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Apple continues to make headway in the business world. This week it landed a significant partnership with SAP that could have a major impact on mobile productivity.
Peter Azzopardi's insight:
"The SDK is designed to let SAP's more than 2.5 million developers build native iOS apps that can tap into SAP systems and access data in real time. ...."
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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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In rare unanimous move, House passes bill to protect email and cloud privacy

In rare unanimous move, House passes bill to protect email and cloud privacy | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a bill to strengthen privacy protections for email and other data stored in the cloud.
Peter Azzopardi's insight:
Hear, hear! Following the Snowden spying incident, with PRISM and the NSA taking centre stage, it had become hard for anyone to feel safe holding sensitive data in the cloud.

This news is welcome .... of course few will be jumping in so quickly .... trust is not some switch that can be simply turned on. A period of healing must follow before there can, again be conviction.
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Office 365’s corporate takeover is imminent

Office 365’s corporate takeover is imminent | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Exchange Online is IT's biggest reason for shifting from on-premises Microsoft servers to the Office 365 cloud services
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Considering the move to Office 365? Take these crucial steps before, during, and after for a successful migration.
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Private, public, or hybrid: Microsoft's cloud flavors

Private, public, or hybrid: Microsoft's cloud flavors | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Microsoft's approach is ultimately to remove the cloud location as a consideration in what you develop and how you manage it
Peter Azzopardi's insight:
Whether you take the private cloud or public cloud approach -- or use a combination of the two -- service providers offer the customization you likely want or need.
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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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To Legacy Computing with Love - Saying the Final Farewell in the Cloud Is Never Easy

To Legacy Computing with Love - Saying the Final Farewell in the Cloud Is Never Easy | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud computing can get confusing sometimes. For IT professionals who have been part of technology for the last years, sometimes new terminology is just ...
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Today you are able to monetize your business offering based on a yearly, monthly, weekly or daily consumption values. Ever heard about pay per use?

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Patch now! Unix bug puts Linux, Android, and iOS systems at risk

Patch now! Unix bug puts Linux, Android, and iOS systems at risk | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Google and Red Hat researchers released a patch for a critical remote code execution flaw in glibc 2.9 and later
Peter Azzopardi's insight:

"Software using this function may be exploited with attacker-controlled domain names, attacker-controlled DNS servers, or through a man-in-the-middle attack," Serna and Stadmeyer wrote in an advisory.

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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'.
Peter Azzopardi's insight:
" ................. CloudFormation, enables engineers to manage infrastructure through the use of declarative templates, utilising the data format language, JSON."
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Apple to Sell Personal Cloud Storage Device Starting Next Month

Apple to Sell Personal Cloud Storage Device Starting Next Month | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Starting on June 7, Apple will be the exclusive retailer for the Apollo personal cloud storage device, a consumer play from Promise Technology.
Peter Azzopardi's insight:
"According to Promise Technology, unlike other cloud services, there are no recurring fees with Apollo. According to a review by Mac Rumors, the Apollo is priced at $299."
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Don’t blame the cloud for your shoddy IT plans

Don’t blame the cloud for your shoddy IT plans | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
If you've layered on technology willy-nilly, moving to the cloud won't prevent the resulting complexity -- unless you do some planning
Peter Azzopardi's insight:
"Complexity is not the fault of the technology, cloud or not -- it's the fault of IT leaders who don't think strategically about how all this stuff needs to come together."
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Cloud Computing Security Vendors for Healthcare

Cloud Computing Security Vendors for Healthcare | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Reviewing the various cloud computing security options is essential for organizations of all sizes.
Peter Azzopardi's insight:
...... in a highly regulated industry, organizations cannot choose a cloud vendor simply for the sake of having one. Healthcare cybersecurity threats are becoming more sophisticated, and as such, covered entities have to find solutions that optimize workflow and keep sensitive information secured.
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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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The European Cloud Initiative: A silver lining for data sharing?

The European Cloud Initiative: A silver lining for data sharing? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

The European Commission launched the Digital Single Market Strategy (the DSMS) last year with the aim of opening up digital opportunities for businesses across the EU.


The DSMS is a response to the significant increase in the amount and variety of data being produced.

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The EC has published proposals for a new cloud initiative – part of a package of measures designed to enhance the EU’s position in the global, data-driven economy
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Microsoft is making big data really small using DNA

Microsoft is making big data really small using DNA | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
A gram of DNA could store close to a trillion gigabytes of data
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OnPage.com / Critical Alerts's curator insight, May 2, 2016 10:15 AM

Microsoft has partnered with a San Francisco-based company to encode information on synthetic DNA to test its potential as a new medium for data storage. 

 

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OpenStack by the numbers: Who’s using open source clouds and for what?

OpenStack by the numbers: Who’s using open source clouds and for what? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
IT vendors and telecos are the heaviest users of the open source cloud software, bi-annual survey data shows
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.... Businesses in many sectors use OpenStack but it's clear that a couple of core industries stand out. Sixty-eight percent of respondents work for Information Technology companies; 14 percent for telecommunications providers and 9 percent for academic institutions.
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Docker goes native for Windows and Mac

Docker goes native for Windows and Mac | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Docker for Windows and Docker for Mac incorporate OS virtualization, thus establishing a bridge to true native containers on the platforms
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Initially available in a private beta, Docker for Mac and Docker for Windows are meant to address the fact that working with Docker on the platforms involves setting up first- and third-party tooling.
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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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Darshik Jariwala's curator insight, March 10, 2016 11:18 AM
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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Why security is really all about trust

Why security is really all about trust | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Once you lose faith in a company and its products, no amount of security will restore your trust
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Security, compliance, privacy, and transparency are the foundations of trust in computer security, but there are two more: expectations and perception.
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4 no-bull takeaways about Docker Cloud

4 no-bull takeaways about Docker Cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Multicloud app delivery service Docker Cloud means a lot for users, the company, and their ecosystem
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Reasons why Docker Cloud is a bigger deal than its low-key release might suggest.
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