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Plano and Round Rock, Texas: March 28, 2016 - NTT DATA, Inc. and Dell Inc. today announced they have entered into a definitive agreement for NTT DATA to acquire Dell Services, an IT services provider recognized for its depth in vertical industries and for its offerings around infrastructure services, cloud services, application services, and business process outsourcing....

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NTT DATA, Inc. today announced the company’s existing relationship with Oracle is expanding to include end-to-end cloud capabilities for Oracle’s Healthcare Foundation, a unified healthcare analytics platform. The platform provides data integration and warehousing of clinical, financial, administrative and -omics modules in a cloud solution to customers worldwide....

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Datapipe, a leader in secure managed hosting and cloud solutions for the enterprise and government, today announced its Datapipe Access Control Model for Amazon Web Services (DACMA) was named a 2015 Storage, Virtualization, Cloud (SVC) Awards winner in the Security Project of the Year category....
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Datapipe, a leader in managed cloud services for the enterprise, has been named a global managed service provider (MSP) partner of Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group. Global organizations entering China and Chinese organizations venturing abroad can now rely on Datapipe’s expertise in designing, building, and managing best-practice Alibaba Cloud environments....
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CINCINNATI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Convergys Corporation (NYSE: CVG), announced today that its CFO Andre Valentine will be presenting at Citi’s 2016 Global Technology Conference in New York City, New York.The Convergys presentation is scheduled for Wednesday, September 7th at 2:55 PM Eastern time.Anyone wishing to hear the Convergys presentation at that time may visit the following website: http://www.veracast.com/webcasts/citigroup/technology2016/04210581841.cfm. The presentation will then be a...
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NTT Communications has launched the latest version of its Enterprise Cloud this week, with immediate availability in Japan and availability in the UK, Singapore, US, Australia, Hong Kong and Germany to follow. NTT Comm said the improvements were driven by enterprise challenges, which include having to grapple with migrating traditional ICT operations to the cloud while simultaneously deploying cloud-native applications at a rapid pace. Based on OpenStack, the Enterprise Cloud solution includes d...
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NTT Communications sets sights on taking on bigger cloud rivals with expanded capabilities of its Enterprise Cloud service Japan’s NTT Communications is expanding its cloud services in the hope of matching bigger rivals such as IBM, Microsoft, Amazon, and Oracle.
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Teradata a leading analytics solutions company, today announced Teradata Everywhere™, an industry first that brings the world’s most powerful massively parallel processing (MPP) analytic database to multiple public clouds, managed cloud, and on-premises environments including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Teradata Managed Cloud, VMware® virtualization software, and the Teradata IntelliFlex™ platform. As companies move toward hybrid cloud architectures, Teradata is l...
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Teradata, a leading analytics solutions company, is delivering on the promise of Hybrid Cloud with new technology advancements that provide extreme flexibility, resource agility and analytic freedom. Teradata is breaking down the borders of yesterday’s single system, single technology analytics and empowering companies to analyze data where they want, when they want, and across the data and platforms they need regardless of where they reside. The Teradata “Borderless Analytics”...
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Data warehouse business Teradata is to focus more on hybrid cloud services, as the company continues to try to deal with declining sales revenue while praying for an IoT tsunami of cash. At the Teradata Universe conference in Hamburg this morning the business announced it would launch a massively parallel processing architecture, dubbed IntelliFlex, alongside its Teradata Database which is already available on Amazon Web Services, and a regional expansion of its managed cloud services into Europ...
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Ingram Micro Australia will distribute Acronis cloud backup and disaster recovery via its cloud marketplace. Lee Welch, Ingram Micro Australia's general manager for cloud and software services, said: “Considering that backup and disaster recovery is a core need for many companies in the evolving data protection landscape, the addition of Acronis data protection products in our cloud portfolio offers greater revenue opportunities for our channel partners. “The combination of the c...
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NTT Communications Corporation, the ICT solutions and international communications business within the NTT Group, announced that it has unveiled dramatic enhancements to its innovative cloud solution, Enterprise Cloud. The enhanced Enterprise Cloud is immediately available in Japan, and will be rolled out in the UK, Singapore, US, Australia, Hong Kong and Germany this year. NTT Com is launching its enhanced Enterprise Cloud to help enterprises meet the complex requirements of digital transformat...
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NTT Europe, a wholly owned subsidiary of NTT Communications Corporation , the ICT solutions and international communications business within the NTT Group (NYSE: NTT), announced today that it is now a supplier on the G-Cloud 7 framework in the UK. NTT Europe will offer cloud services to UK's public sector organisations in three categories: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Specialist Cloud Services. The G-Cloud framework, an agreement between the government...
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NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), the ICT solutions and international communications business within the NTT (NYSE: NTT) Group, announced today that it has expanded the geographic availability and service menu of its Enterprise Cloud service for hosted-private and multi-tenant clouds. The three new service areas — West Japan ("JP2"), Hong Kong ("HK1") and Germany ("DE1") — are available immediately. New functions in the existing East Japan ("...
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NTT Communications unveiled an entirely revamped version of its Enterprise Cloud on Tuesday in a push to win global enterprise customers with a diverse hybrid portfolio, vendor interoperability and advanced networking capabilities. In making its play to expand its base of multinational business users, the telecommunications arm of Tokyo-based NTT Group adopted two of the most popular open-source technologies on the market: OpenStack for the infrastructure layer of its public cloud, and Cloud Fou...
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NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com) has released enhancements to its Enterprise Cloud solution which is now available in Japan, and will be rolled out in the UK, Singapore, US, Australia, Hong Kong and Germany this year. The platform now offers functionality for both traditional and cloud- native communication and communications technology (ICT), as well as network connectivity, colocation service and third-party cloud. The OpenStack-based micro service architecture of Enterprise Cloud enab...
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NTT Communications has revealed what it has dubbed 'dramatic enhancements' to its Enterprise Cloud solution. Included in the enhancements is a hosted private cloud for traditional ICT, which will now offer dedicated bare-metal servers that the company says will offer pay-as-you-go flexibility and options of a multi-hypervisor environment. Further enhancements made with the Enterprise Cloud also include a multi-tenant cloud that is based on the OpenStack architecture. This will give customers an ...
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More than two years after launching its Global Solutions Channel Partner Program, NTT Communications is shifting its focus from master agents to sub-agents, and readying the channel for updates to its Enterprise Cloud offering, according to an announcement this week at the Channel Partners Conference & Expo this week in Las Vegas....
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The company will participate in the seventh iteration of G-Cloud, the government’s digital procurement network launched in 2012. Services offered to the public sector organizations will include Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), cloud consultancy and project management. “NTT Europe’s specialists offer cloud services that range from scoping an organization’s cloud readiness to service design and delivery. Our cloud solutions are positioned in Gartner Magic Quadrants...
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NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), the ICT solutions and international communications business within the NTT (NYSE:NTT) Group, announced that it has become the first Japanese company to have a platform certified by Cloud Foundry Foundation, home of the industry-standard multi-cloud platform....
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the information and communications technology (ICT) solutions business within NTT Group (NYSE: NTT), today announced the deployment of managed private cloud solutions to Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and NTT Com customers in the United States. Joint customers in the United States are able to buy NTT Com’s Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) portfolio solutions....
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NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), the ICT solutions and international communications business within NTT (NYSE: NTT), announced today that its Cloud Management Platform is now available in Europe. It offers customers using multiple clouds, a single-pane view of their resources to help them take control over the management of their ICT estates....
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NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), the ICT solutions and international communications business within the NTT (NYSE: NTT) Group, announced today that it has expanded the geographic availability and service menu of its Enterprise Cloud service for hosted-private and multi-tenant clouds. The three new service areas — West Japan (“JP2”), Hong Kong (“HK1’) and Germany (“DE1”) — are available immediately....
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ClearDATA unveiled Wednesday at HIMSS16 a cloud-based system designed to monitor HIPAA compliance levels throughout a healthcare organization’s IT environment. The ClearDATA Active Compliance and Security Monitoring Dashboard offers providers, pharmaceutical organizations, payers and their business associates transparency to quickly identify and remediate physical, technical and administrative safeguards that have drifted out of compliance in their IT settings, the vendor said....
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The onset of cloud computing brought with it an information technology revolution, allowing organizations to have their IT resources hosted off site, reducing their costs and simplifying operations. Unfortunately, the move to the cloud did not mean organizations could forget about requirements for a successful security profile....
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The good news is that another parallel development negates the need for pharmaceutical companies to spend a small fortune on replacing inadequate IT infrastructure with nimble, secure hardware and software applications. It’s called “infrastructure-as-a-service,” the hosting of data and applications on cloud-based servers....
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ClearDATA today announced the first cloud-based system to monitor actual HIPAA compliance levels throughout an organization’s IT environment. The ClearDATA Active Compliance and Security Monitoring Dashboard gives providers, pharma, payers and their business associates unprecedented transparency to quickly identify and remediate physical, technical and administrative safeguards that have drifted out of compliance in their IT environments....
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In the 1990s and 2000s, the options for hosting data on the Internet were archaic, suffering from availability outages, performance issues and the inability to scale. In addition to these technical issues, most healthcare CIOs at that time demanded the ability to “touch and feel” their data. The notion of moving to the cloud was not one that brought a great deal of peace of mind....
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the big data analytics and marketing applications company, today announced innovative Hybrid Cloud advancements across its data warehouse product line, offering the next generation of agility, flexibility, and integration between systems. Teradata Hybrid Cloud is a customer environment using a mix of on-premises, managed cloud, and public cloud resources orchestrated to deliver ease-of-use benefits such as automatic synchronization, optimized query routing, and end-to-end management across the ...
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Several major technology companies have backed Microsoft in a legal action against the US government over laws that could have major implications for cloud computing services....
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HUAWEI CONNECT 2016 held in Shanghai, Huawei launched the Cloud Fabric 5.0 Solution for cloud services, with a Huawei Fabric Insight Refined Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Solution as its core....
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Apple reportedly brokered a deal with Moscow's IXcellerate to host Russian user data locally, according to local newspaper Kommersant, as discovered by The Moscow Times. Apple's compliance ensures that its online services won't be blocked in Russia....
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Apple iCloud users have been warned to be on their guard against phishing attacks targeting the UK that seek to gain account information, including credit card data. Security company FireEye uncovered evidence of the attacks after noticing that 86 domains were set up in the first quarter of 2016 to host pages that pose as the Apple iCloud log-in page....
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QTS Realty Trust (NYSE: QTS), one of the nation's largest and fastest-growing data center providers, announces one of the world's largest cloud provider companies has doubled its custom data center agreement to support its rapid growth....
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Apple is not content with creating an iPhone into which even it can’t hack. The Cupertino-based company is now working on encrypting iCloud backups in such a way only the account owner would have access....
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Since February, a number of Apple users have reported locked devices displaying ransom demands written in Russian. Earlier this week, a security professional posted a message to a private email group requesting information related a possible compromise of at least 40 million iCloud accounts....
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As part of a security presentation given at this year's Black Hat conference, Apple today announced that it would be starting up a bug bounty program in the fall. The program will reward security researchers who uncover vulnerabilities in Apple's products and bring them to the company's attention....
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Samsung is slowly rolling out a new app meant to centralize your photo management. For those using storage with multiple cloud services, Samsung Cloud Together might be a good option for dealing with the mess....
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Informatica, the provider of data management solutions, announced five new Informatica Cloud offerings at an affordable hourly price, as well as by annual subscription, available in Amazon Web Services Marketplace (AWS Marketplace)....
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As part of its recent aggressive acquisition spree, Salesforce.com Inc.(CRM) has purchased cloud-based word-processing application, Quip, for a reported $750 million. The acquisition is part of Salesforce's strategic initiative to expand product offerings beyond basic customer relationship management and into cloud-based services and apps....
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Google's cloud has grown more database options. The big move for those in the former camp is the addition of Microsoft's SQL Server to Google Compute Engine, a decision the company says was made because “Our top enterprise customers emphasize the importance of continuity for their mission-critical applications.”...
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Google's managed databases now come with a guarantee in the form of a Service Level Agreement, or SLA. On Tuesday, Cloud SQL, Cloud Bigtable, and Cloud Datastore -- databases offered through the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) -- are set to shed their beta designation, a scarlet letter among enterprises, and enter general availability....
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Google is making a number of announcements around its Cloud Platform today. Most of these focus on its various cloud database services, but the company is also making a major update to its low-cost Nearline cloud storage service for cold data, making its disk volumes faster, and allowing its users to bring their own encryption keys to Cloud Storage....
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Google Cloud Platform on Aug. 16 released to general availability the database storage solutions (Cloud SQL Second Generation, Cloud Datastore and Cloud Bigtable) it announced a few months ago....
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Drulogic has teamed up with Stratoscale to provide data center solutions to customers throughout India, the company has announced. Drulogic's IT distribution will use Stratoscale's PartnerFirst program to use web-scale environments....
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Microsoft researchers hope that one day organizations won't have to sacrifice usability for security when jointly working with encrypted data in the cloud. Encrypting data is an effective and time-tested way of keeping sensitive or confidential information out of the hands of unauthorized users and hackers. The problem, at least in scenarios involving partners or multiple parties, is that encryption can stand in the way of unearthing new insights and making scientific breakthroughs....
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Dell, a leading end-to-end technology solutions provider has been chosen by NxtGen datacenter & cloud technologies to support its rapid expansion and growth plans in providing enterprise cloud and datacenter services to its customers....
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Microsoft India today inaugurated the first edition of Machine Learning & Data Sciences (ML&DS) Conference in India. This two-day conference is aimed at exploring the tremendous possibilities with Big Data, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and Open Source technologies to enable a rich set of platforms, intelligent apps, services and experiences to accelerate economic growth, empower people and drive real impact. The conference will host 600 participants, including data scientists, stude...
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ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal on Thursday inaugurated the Cloud Data Centre at the Higher Education Commission....
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The great cloud build-out continued Wednesday with news that Google is adding more cloud computing capacity available from in its Dalles, Oregon data center....
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This cloud data centre will support Deskera's cloud-based integrated business management software and provide business-focused Internet Service Provider (ISP) services....
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Amazon Web Services has added a number of new features to its AWS Database Migration Service (DMS), including enhanced database compatibility, SSL-enabled endpoints, improved support for continuous data replication....
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Capital One is one of the nation's largest banks. It started as a credit card company, really as a startup in the late 1980s. Its founder, Richard Fairbank, is still its CEO today. Fairbank's idea was to build a better financial services company by using information and data to make better decisions and build better products and services for customers—making Capital One an early "big data" company. The company launched around the notion of an information-based strategy, which in that era was a p...
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"Another busy week in the tech world saw Microsoft hit the headlines several times, not always for the most positive reasons. Top story of the past week concerned a problem with the firm's spam filters that meant Outlook and Hotmail email accounts were deluged with spam, and V3 readers were keen to find out what was going on."...
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"A decade ago, Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst predicted that open source tools and platforms would become pervasive in IT. Fast-forward to today, and that prediction has come true, with profound implications for the employment market. “Today, it is almost impossible to name a major player in IT that has not embraced open source,” Whitehurst noted in a LinkedIn post. “Open source was initially adopted for low cost and lack of vendor lock-in, but customers have found that it also results in better in...
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Modern data science can unlock new innovation in healthcare, bioinformatics, genetic research, and other related fields. New personalized medicine programs, for instance, can identify previously unrecognized disease risk factors by applying analytics to vast amounts of genomic and clinical data. Hospitals can pore through EMR and operational data to pinpoint sources of infection. Public health agencies can use longitudinal population data to more accurately inform policy....
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"Businessman Scott Hicks is one of those behind the cloud data project and said it was the only facility of its kind in South Australia, and in premises which used to be used to manufacture car exhaust systems. The 800 secure racks will allow 2,400 petabytes of storage, which is about the amount 150 million smartphones could hold."...
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"Adopting a digital transformation strategy in the face of tight budgets and cuts could save the NHS from becoming increasingly burdened and possibly collapsing as the healthcare service we know. Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has committed £4bn to invest in technology for the NHS, but the level of digital transformation and its maturity across 239 trusts is mixed at best. Achieving a data-sharing, paper-free NHS appears a little way off."...
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"Organisations operating in today’s highly competitive and lightning-speed world are constantly looking for new ways to deliver services to customers at reduced cost. Cloud technologies in particular are now not only being explored but are becoming widely adopted, with new Cloud Industry Forum statistics showing that 80 per cent of UK companies are adopting cloud technology as a key part of their overall IT and business strategy. "...
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Microsoft is prepping the update to its database management system, SQL Server 2016, for a June 1 general availability that will deliver hybrid cloud capabilities, better security, and the ability to query unstructured data sources including information stored in big data technologies such as Hadoop....
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Gulf Air has created a private cloud to support a big data engine that will enable it to monitor consumer sentiment about the airline on social media....
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Microsoft on Monday revealed that hospitals and other IT shops should expect the next generation of its database to be available on June 1. Dubbed SQL Server 2016, the forthcoming iteration brings a focus on analytics, cloud capabilities, data encryption and security, as well as the usual raft of features database vendors typically market as mission-critical....
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Use of the cloud (compute and storage) tops IT departments’ to-do lists, while storage and backup for virtualised environments is still a key priority, although declining. Meanwhile – and somewhat surprisingly – flash storage deployment appears to have plateaued. Those are the findings of the ComputerWeekly.com/TechTarget IT Priorities Survey for 2016, which questioned 194 IT professionals in the UK and Ireland....
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Rackspace has updated its OpenStack-powered cloud server, OnMetal, focusing its new features on building connectivity between public cloud and dedicated hardware. The company highlighted it delivers enhanced compute power, and is designed for customers aiming to run workloads such as Cassandra, Docker and Spark, which require intensive data processing as well as the ability to quickly scale and deploy....
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IBM has announced a five-year $200 million contract with Indosat Ooredoo to develop and deliver solutions on IBM’s cloud platform, Bluemix. As part of the deal, IBM and Indosat Ooredoo will build an integrated command centre to serve local clients, of both organizations. The move forms part of IBM’s expansion plans for the cloud business, which coincides with the company’s recent win in South Africa, where it will open its first cloud data centre in the country....
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Google has continued its expansion plans in the public cloud sector after announcing it will open 12 new data centres by the end of 2017. In recent weeks, Google has been expanding its footprint in the cloud space with rumoured acquisitions, hires of industry big-hitters and blue-chip client wins, however its new announcement adds weight to the moves. With two new data centres to open in Oregon and Tokyo by the end of 2016, and a further ten by the end of 2017, Google is positioning itself to ch...
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Research from Kroll Ontrack has stated cloud-back backup solutions are increasing in popularity, though hardware based options still account for the majority. The survey, which was only open to participants who have experienced loss of valuable data, highlighted 51% of respondents are still using hardware based options, though this figure is down from 68% in 2015. Cloud-based solutions are currently being considered by 23%, an increase from 18% over the last 12 months. What could cause concern...
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Dutch water company Brabant Water wants to use data to improve the service it provides to customers, as well as identify problems on its distribution network. Brabant Water has been working with smart meters for large business customers for several years, but households in its service area are not yet fully equipped with smart meters. Meter readers are fitted with equipment that allows them to be read remotely, and Brabant Water produces large amounts of data with one million meters in use. The ...
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Cabinet Office minister Matt Hancock has called for the development of a cluster of big data expertise in south Wales. Speaking at the launch of a new website for the Office for National Statistics (ONS), Hancock highlighted the concentration of public sector bodies in the field of big data near to the Newport base of the ONS. According to the Cabinet Office, south Wales is the fastest-growing tech cluster in the UK. “We’re in the foothills of a data revolution,” said Hancock. “Data is no longer...
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The UK insurance industry is making big data a strategic priority in 2016. Research commissioned from censuswide by data warehousing company Teradata has found that 82% of UK insurance companies with more than £500m turnover are prioritising big data strategies in 2016. The survey polled 300 senior decision makers from the insurance industry, split evenly between the UK, France and Germany. In the UK, 42 respondents were from companies with turnover between £50m and £500m and 22 from companies w...
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Before Salesforce’s $110 million IPO in 2004, Frederic Kerrest helped turn its cloud computing business from a David into a Goliath. Now, he’s trying to disrupt it. “I’ve always had the entrepreneurial bug,” says the big data entrepreneur, who co-founded Okta out of MIT Sloan School of Management. The Silicon Valley start-up provides cloud software that ties together the myriad applications that enterprises and employees use. As well as Salesforce, it is taking on Microsoft and VMWare. And it’s...
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A recent report on Managed Datacenters and Cloud Services in Saudi Arabia, issued by Communications and Information Technology Commission, indicated that cloud computing services ranked third among the three services that witnessed the most tremendous growth between 2011 and 2014. Spending on cloud services totaled SR189 million with a growth rate of 373 percent. The study also showed that cloud computing services are expected to grow rapidly over the next five years, surpassing SR476 million ...
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The surging demand for business analytics talent is fuelling Silicon Valley’s tech hiring binge at elite business schools. Since the financial crisis tech outfits including Google, Amazon, and Apple have emerged as some of the top employers of MBAs, usurping in many instances investment banks like Goldman Sachs or consultancies like Bain. At the same time an insatiable appetite for analytics has emerged across industries and tech has been ahead of the curve in deploying big data to command marke...
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How much of your public cloud do you need to log? According to enterprise managers, everything. And why not? They have access to virtually unlimited processing and storage resources, so they turn on all logs. Logging comes in different flavors. You can log the use of storage systems, such as Amazon Web Services' S3, log the use of databases, log the use of server instances, log the network, log security, and log governance. Moreover, you can choose the granularity with which the logs record even...
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Silicon Valley startup Rubrik has designed hardware that can take care of boring but necessary processes usually reserved for software, like backup, compression, deduplication, and version management. Now investors are throwing $41 million in funding behind the startup, just a couple of months after it announced an initial funding round and started an early-access program....
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Those in IT have a sense for when parts of the market are driving higher salaries and better job security, and we position our careers accordingly. The hot zone currently covers cloud, devops, and big data, but in the past it was data warehousing, client/server, EAI, B2B, and so on. The problem comes when those looking to reinvent their careers end up cloud-washing their CVs and are even able to talk their way into significant cloud-related jobs. They don’t have the core skills required and inst...
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Duh, right? We've seen such surveys for years, with no new info. Why mention it? Because what's changed is who is doing the surveys: Nowadays, the establishment technology companies and analyst firms create these surveys to state the benefits of the cloud. Part of the shift comes from the establishment tech firms trying to join the cloud bandwagon, so they want to be associated to the cloud in buyers' minds. Of course, some of these establishment companies are simply hedging their bets. Look at ...
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Several file-sharing cloud providers build clouds within clouds, using Amazon Web Service's Simple Storage Service (S3). It’s a solid concept: Why place your own equipment in a data center when another cloud service can do it for you? It makes economic sense because you’re not buying the hardware and software, and most important, you don’t have to absorb the costs of the people, technology, and processes needed to maintain it. There are even clouds built on clouds that in turn build on clouds. L...
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Enterprises are migrating to the cloud in big ways these days. However, the number of moving parts leave many people in IT a bit perplexed -- and fearful that they could be making major mistakes. The reality is that cloud migration is new, so best practices and enabling technologies have yet to emerge. Moreover, there is the added complexity of devops, big data, and the Internet of things. How the heck do you fit those in too? Having done a ton of these migrations in the last few years, I can gi...
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Expect this headline very soon: "Public cloud used to hack government systems." I'm sure aspects of this are happening right now, and I'm sure we will see more widespread use of public clouds as the platforms for hackery. What should we do with the public clouds used as hacking venues? Do we seize the physical servers? Shut down the offending data center? All of the above? And if criminals use the same cloud infrastructure as enterprises, how do enterprises know that their data won't get seized ...
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Cloud providers and users are facing a real dilemma: The Safe Harbor agreement between the United States and European Union was struck down in October by EU courts, and a new agreement under review to replace it may not provide the ease of user-data transfer that U.S. companies seek -- and it may not protect user privacy enough either. That means uncertainty all around. The EU is the latest government to voice concern that data stored on U.S. cloud servers would be subject to U.S. government sei...
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From what company officials said this week at EMC VMware’s annual VMworld conference held in San Francisco, you'd think that its public cloud vCloud Air was in the same market tier as Amazon Web Services or Microsoft Azure. It's not. vCloud Air simply doesn't come up in my conversations with organizations looking to move some, most, or all servers to the cloud. AWS and Azure do. There’s no point to dwell on missing the public cloud infrastructure. Instead, it appears VMware will focus on the mar...
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Big data isn't about real-time vs. batch processing. It's not a question of either/or, as Ovum analyst Tony Baer and others stress. Given the broad range of options and workloads that make up a successful big data strategy, this isn't surprising or controversial. More controversial, though perhaps not surprising, is the nature of the infrastructure required to get the most from big data. For example, AWS (Amazon Web Services) data science chief Matt Wood warns that, while "analytics is addictive...
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At first glance, big data analytics seems to be the perfect sort of workload for the public cloud. Particularly for batch jobs, the hyperscalable infrastructure of the cloud is ideal -- pay for the powerful server clusters you need while crunching data and stop paying when you’re done. No wonder that after EC2 and S3, one of the first major services AWS added was its Hadoop-based Elastic MapReduce service, followed by Redshift data warehousing a couple of years later. But there’s a problem: Big ...
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Apple has given developers a new option in CloudKit, a new application programming interface (API) into its servers. The new feature is announced on the Apple developer news blog. The new web interface gives users access to the same data as a developer’s app. It also makes it easier to read and write to the CloudKit public database from a server-side process or script with a server-to-server key, says Apple. The interface is designed to help developers to extend the use of the iCloud CloudKit da...
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IBM today announced that it has acquired Compose, a startup that operates multiple types of NoSQL databases as cloud services on behalf of companies. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. The deal comes a year and a half after IBM bought Cloudant, a startup that played in the same database as a service (DBaaS) market but supported a database based on open-source CouchDB....
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Google today announced the general availability of two of its cloud services for handling big data: Cloud Dataflow and Cloud Pub/Sub. Google first talked about both of those services at the Google I/O developer conference in June 2014. Cloud Dataflow, which can perform complex computations like extract-transform-load (ETL) on large quantities of data in batches or in streaming mode, became available in beta in April. Cloud Pub/Sub, a tool that can send and receive data to and from applications i...
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It has been estimated that more than 30 billion connected devices will exist by 2020. If a business isn’t capturing and analyzing all the ‘born on the cloud’ data in this emerging Internet of Things, then they are not getting a 360-degree view of their customers — in fact, they are not even getting a 180-degree of their customers....
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A recent business conversation led to the establishment of the fact that the data centre business is becoming more cutthroat than ever. Price wars, advanced offerings, upsells and what not are the usual tactics that have been used, but now competing forces are pressuring data centre providers to go beyond the usual and utilise something new.Data centre businesses are now relying more and more on leveraging strategic footprints, global presence and larger capabilities to educate and work with cus...
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Cisco Systems' "Intercloud" platform for interoperable cloud services could be combined with remote-computing technology to define the so-called Internet of Things from the weather-ravaged, intermittently connected edge to regional and global data centers. The Intercloud is Cisco's vision for a "cloud of clouds" that encompasses both Cisco data centers and those of its partners. The system, to be based on OpenStack, would be able to handle any workload on any hypervisor and work with any public ...
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Big data analytics are driving rapid growth of public cloud computing. Why? It solves real problems, delivers real value, and is pretty easy to implement on public clouds. Don't take my word for it. Revenues for the top 50 public cloud providers shot up 47 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013, to $6.2 billion, according to Technology Business Research. TBR's latest figures reveal the extent to which public cloud providers are using big data to drive their own operations, get new customers, and ...
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Emarsys, an all-in-one marketing cloud for predictive marketing, personalization, analytics, and marketing automation today is announcing a $33 million equity investment from San Francisco-based Vector Capital. Emarsys has more than 500 employees serving more than 1,300 clients in 140 countries from 16 global offices. The funding will be used to further develop the platform and allow for a full operational buildout of teams in the U.S. and Latin America. It’s the first investment in the company’...
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It’s a new day, and Google has a new cloud service for storing and processing big data. Google Cloud Dataproc, which is being launched in beta today, is a managed service for running Hadoop and Spark. Independent startups like Qubole, Altiscale, and Xplenty offer commercial software for running open-source Hadoop on top of public clouds, but now there’s an option that’s native to the Google Cloud Platform....
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The term "cloud" has different meanings to different people. It's so broadly defined with so many meanings that it really does not mean much at all. However, several cloud concepts are gaining more interest, whether in cloud contexts or not. By focusing on these concepts, rather than the more general notion of cloud computing, you can get more value in your organization's technology, cloud and otherwise. Three concepts in particular stand out: devops, management and governance, and data analytic...
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ClearSky Data, a startup with a cloud service for storing companies’ data in various tiers based on customers’ needs, is announcing today a $27 million round of funding, with content distribution network Akamai participating. ClearSky Data’s service keeps companies’ primary, important data offsite in block storage on hardware that the startup maintains. ClearSky sticks less frequently accessed data in a public cloud — specifically with the Amazon Web Services S3 object storage service....
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The fact that mobile devices like smartphones and tablets are becoming cloud devices is nothing new. What is new is that we seem to be nearing the point of feature saturation on those devices. When that happens, the use of the cloud by mobile applications and providers will accelerate. Smartphones and tablets are getting about as fast as we need them to get, the platforms are more capable, and the apps more sophisticated. This is not to say that mobile devices are now as good as they can ever ge...
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Not all cloud infrastructures are built the same way, and not all applications, services, and frameworks are built for cloud computing. The public cloud is finally gaining acceptance. Freed from the shackles of the IT department, employees and their business units can now obtain the resources they need at a low cost of entry and hassle. But what's good for the individual is not necessarily good for the enterprise. As familiarity with cloud architectures rises, so does the awareness that the publ...
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The idea is pretty simple and actually pretty old: Use a distributed architecture on large databases to quickly return the data requested. This approach runs the database query across many servers at the same time, then combines the results as they return from hundreds, perhaps thousands of servers in the cluster. This idea has gotten new attention because it is the core idea behind MapReduce, the parallel processing model used by Hadoop in big data analytics. These types of distributed workload...
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Cloudability, a startup with a tool that helps companies track their spending on public cloud infrastructure, is announcing today that it has acquired DataHero, a startup with an easy-to-use data-visualization service. The deal is interesting because both cloud software startups emerged at around the same time but have been operating in different markets....
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IBM dispelled any notions of fear, uncertainty, or doubt as it relates to its future in cloud computing, announcing last week that it will invest another $1.2 billion this year to expand its global cloud infrastructure. Big Blue is no stranger to spending the cash on the emerging cloud technology market. Last June, IBM made another commitment to the cloud with the $2 billion acquisition of SoftLayer, a global cloud infrastructure platform and services company. Since 2007, IBM has acquired more t...
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Pivotal, the ambitious big data venture led by former VMware CEO Paul Maritz, has finally pulled back the curtain on Pivotal One, a platform for building data-intensive cloud applications. Key elements include Pivotal CF, Pivotal's distribution of the Cloud Foundry PaaS, and Pivotal HD, the company's distribution of Apache Hadoop. Among its selling points: It makes deployment and management of Hadoop -- normally a pain -- a snap. That's one of the ways Pivotal could stack up against the rest of ...
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Dispelling any lingering doubt that IBM sees cloud computing as the way of the future, the company announced that it will invest $1.2 billion this year in expanding its global cloud infrastructure. "Having lots of data centers in lots of different countries around the world will be important in the long term," said IBM SoftLayer CEO Lance Crosby. "We want the world to understand that cloud is transformational for IBM." The company plans to open 15 new data centers this year, more than doubling t...
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Bit by bit, IBM's cloud empire has come together, and it's aimed most directly at Fortune 500 folks with heavy business needs, especially by way of its Softlayer acquisition. IBM's latest acquisition, Cloudant, is shaping up as a way to add a key ingredient to the services portfolio: NoSQL-style database as a service. NoSQL's been enjoying a massive surge of interest, but adopting it has come with a host of difficulties....
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One of the funny things about the cloud is that it's often difficult to know what's behind the curtain. Before IBM bought IaaS provider SoftLayer in June, we were hard-pressed to determine precisely what sort of IaaS Big Blue was offering. Yes, the company had a virtual server configurator similar to Amazon's, but the self-service stopped there: You'd tally up your config, submit it, and IBM would get back to you. Then there was that fuss in July about the SEC investigating IBM to discover exact...
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In the beginning, there was one block of bytes that was called "the application." Perhaps you toggled it into the front panel of the computer, perhaps you handed someone a deck of punch cards, or perhaps you dragged a single EXE file into your favorite folder. But there was one thing that was the application -- one tangible, immutable, unopenable thing -- and it was relatively easy to move or duplicate. Those days are ancient history now. Today's applications are multilayered, multitiered, servi...
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2014 was an extremely busy year for cloud computing, as more and more businesses migrate and cloud increasingly becomes the de facto setting for IT. The competition between vendors for infrastructure as a service continued ferociously, with Microsoft and IBM cutting back some of AWS’ market dominance....
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Three quarters of businesses in the financial sector are still concerned about adopting cloud-based applications, according to survey data from the NCC Group. The research, which surveyed CIOs from financial services firms with more than 1000 employees, saw that 72% of respondents fear the cloud because of concerns over data not being backed up, and issues of disaster recovery....
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When you run your queries via BigQuery, you put a giant cluster of machines to work for you. Although the BigQuery clusters represent only a small fraction of Google’s global fleet, each query cluster is measured in the thousands of cores. When BigQuery needs to grow, there are plenty of resources that can be harnessed to meet the demand....
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Feature Cloud service providers find themselves in a struggle balancing responsibility for maintaining data integrity with delivering cost effective solutions to their customers, all the while protecting their own data assets and bottom line....
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We all like to complain about services going down when bad weather strikes. The ‘wrong kind of snow’ can wreak havoc with trains and the road network can get snarled up fast, while power lines can come down in more remote areas. Where are the backup and recovery plans, we ask – but could our own customers or internal sponsors and colleagues be saying the same about us if we fail to deliver as we should?...
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It's that time of year again when we give thanks. We can be thankful for at least three aspects of cloud computing -- and think about a few others. Knock on wood, right? All the major hacks -- including Sony Pictures, Home Depot, and Target -- didn't involve cloud computing. The ability to secure the cloud depends on how much effort goes into designing the right security and using the right technology. Fortunately, we can maintain high security levels in the cloud. By contrast, traditional syste...
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As of last week, the National Security Agency can no longer cull through Americans' phone records, but it can continue to eavesdrop on our emails, video chats, and documents. The NSA can keep metadata already collected until Feb. 29, 2016, and your phone data will continue to be collected by telecom companies. But the fact that phone records can no longer be easily searched is nearly meaningless to the world of cloud computing. If the data is still up for grabs -- and it is -- then we're likely ...
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Apple’s huge data center build-out might be setting the stage for a jump into cloud computing services for enterprise customers, speculates Oppenheimer. Apple’s capital spending is expected to jump some 34% in 2016 to $15 billion, with about $4 billion going to warehouse-sized data centers packed with computer servers. Morgan Stanley this week said Apple might shift some cloud business away from AWS as competition in consumer products intensifies with parent Amazon.com (AMZN)....
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We live in a world where data center breaches are in the headlines almost monthly, much to the consternation of corporate IT -- the same corporate IT that fears the public cloud due to fears around data security. The truth is that the public cloud is more secure than the typical data center, and IT would get better security if it got past its prejudice against the cloud. Of course, because IT manages its own data resources, it believes it's doing a better job than other people might -- especiall...
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Equinix has announced that app hosting provider Cloud365 has selected its first Melbourne data centre to consolidate its push in Australia. With Cloud365’s infrastructure deployed across Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and the US, the deal makes sense geographically as the Melbourne ME1 data centre can allow a high-speed, low latency and high availability cloud environment for its customers....
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I get this a lot: People approach me at conferences and ask about the hottest cloud skills. Why? Because they want to learn more, declare their expertise, and get a new and higher-paying gig. I can’t blame them. In the past, it was enough to understand the differences among SaaS, IaaS, and PaaS, but now companies are looking for very specific cloud skills. As their needs grow more specialized, qualified candidates are harder to find, so salaries go up and large signing bonuses are common. Contai...
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The phenomenal growth in cloud based service delivery and managed services is changing essential data centre requirements. 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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SAP and IBM have announced a major partnership with SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud being delivered through IBM’s cloud. The two firms, who have had a fruitful partner relationship for over 40 years, gives users the choice to run SAP’s HANA in-memory database across either SoftLayer, the IaaS firm acquired by IBM last year, or IBM’s cloud managed services....
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A senior executive at cloud services provider Claranet has claimed that most cloud services providers and end users are relying too much on the standard service level agreement. Paul Marland, Claranet director of account management, believes that cloud service today is far more dynamic. Contracts can – and should – change dependent on the customer’s need, and the classic SLA prohibits that....
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Cloud computing is about 10 years old. We're not talking the technology -- that's decades old -- but the term "cloud computing" itself. When it got a name, the cloud became a real phenomenon, and after all this time, it's gone from being the enfant terrible of enterprise computing to the assumed platform for new enterprise computing. That change was clear at this week's AWS Re:Invent cloud show. Although computing as a service -- what we call the cloud -- remains an evolving notion, it is now fu...
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According to findings from Tariff Consultancy, the average cloud computing price for enterprises has dropped by two-thirds since 2014. Tariff found that an average entry-level cloud computing instance is currently valued at 12 cents per hour for Windows users, with cloud services now employed by enterprises across a range of crucial applications. The cost of the public cloud appears to have stabilized. Amazon Web Services, Google, and Microsoft offer comparable entry-level compute-instance prici...
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Cloudy giant Salesforce has announced Wave, the Salesforce Analytics Cloud, as its Dreamforce event in San Francisco. The platform is designed to make it easier than ever before to explore data, and take action from any device....
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SAP plans to increase its total revenue to at least a!22 billion (US$30 billion), with revenue from its cloud business expected to grow up to a!3.5 billion by 2017. The business software maker reported Tuesday that total revenue for 2013 was a!16.8 billion, up 4 percent from the previous year, with revenue from its HANA in-memory database up 69 percent at constant currencies to a!664 million, from its 3,000 HANA customers. The company said the fast growing cloud business and anticipated growth i...
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The terms "cloud" and "data center" may sound like interchangeable technical jargon or trendy buzz words referring to the same infrastructure, but the two computing systems have less in common than the fact that they both store data. The main difference between a cloud and a data center is that a cloud is an off-premise form of computing that stores data on the Internet, whereas a data center refers to on-premise hardware that stores data within an organization's local network. Although both typ...
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This publication has often banged the drum for organisations to ensure their cloud disaster recovery plans are in order. Now cloud service provider Databarracks has put together a series of resources designed to be the “complete DR toolkit.”...
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Another day, another report bemoaning shadow IT for cloud computing. SafeNet’s Challenges of Cloud Information Governance study, conducted by the Ponemon Institute, is the latest to put the blame of compromising data at the door of unapproved IT activity....
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By 2018, 78% of workloads will be processed by cloud data centres, while annual global cloud IP traffic will reach 6.5 zettabytes (ZB). These are the two main takeaways from Cisco’s latest Cloud Index study, which aims to show the extent of growth of global data centre and cloud-based IP traffic....
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Rackspace’s recent decision to discontinue its pure infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offering in favour of “managed cloud” services is further evidence that it is the cloud rather than the data centre providers most at risk of becoming commodities – as I originally predicated here back in May....
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Uploading data, ingesting data, getting insights from data -- we typically associate all three capabilities with cloud workloads. Amazon's Wednesday keynote announcements at Re:Invent unveiled new services for doing all of the above -- with creative wrinkles all around. Why sync data over the wire to Amazon, for instance, when you can instead mail it? And given how much data gets socked away in Amazon for analysis, how about a tool aimed at business folks, not IT personnel, for getting value fro...
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InfoWorld’s Technology of the Year Awards have celebrated the most important technology trends and the best IT products for 15 years now. Our awards have marked the rise of everything from 64-bit hardware to hardware virtualization, from Java servers to JavaScript servers, from XML Web services to REST APIs, and from Microsoft Word for Windows to Microsoft Word for iOS. We’ve seen a lot of changes. And the changes keep coming. Among this year’s winners, handpicked by InfoWorld editors and produc...
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Cloud computing continues to change the way businesses work. It creates a new way to facilitate collaboration and information access across great geographic distances while reducing the overhead associated with maintaining what was once an expensive series of resources. As a result, software companies are more flexible and cost-effective and allow consumers to purchase only what they use rather than off the shelf as a large initial investment. Despite how many companies regularly use cloud-based...
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Updated It’s every CIO’s worst nightmare. Your employees are collaborating and getting stuff done, sharing files on cloud software. But what if a device was lost, or the files ended up in the wrong hands? Meet Veradocs. The Mountain View based startup, until today operating in stealth, has announced a $14 million (£8.95m) round of funding despite not having a product, with the aim of “creating an entirely new way to secure and share information.”...
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Nearly half of organisations polled in a recent survey admitted they had failed or stalled their cloud hosting implementations, with a further half claiming they had to alter their budget and a whopping 70% force to make changes to their design. These are the latest figures from a study of 358 respondents conducted by INetU and THINKStrategies entitled “The Adventures of Moving to the Cloud”, which aims to show CIOs and business managers it’s not a “walk in the park” to migrate over....
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Cloud computing has been named as one of 12 disruptive technologies which will change the relationship between the CIO and the boardroom, according to a report by Advanced 365.The evolving role of the CIO, and the C-suite in general, has long been a feature of modern business. Opinions differ, whether it’s a wag who proclaims CIO to mean ‘career is over’, or whether it’s a report which advocates more fluency and fluidity between executives....
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Data is what makes today's business world go 'round, and IBM on Thursday launched a suite of new tools designed to help companies make the most of what they've got. Targeting developers and data scientists, the four new offerings are part of IBM's Cloud Data Services portfolio. First, IBM Graph is a fully managed graph database service built on the open-source Apache TinkerPop graph-computing framework. Developers can use it to extend business-ready apps with real-time recommendations, fraud det...
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Amazon Web Services (AWS) has dramatically cut its rates for several types of data transfers, as well as changing how it prices reserved EC2 instances. In a blog post published yesterday by Jeff Barr, AWS chief evangelist, the firm is reducing its rates for outbound data transfer, along with data transfer to and from CloudFront, AWS’ content delivery network. Data transfer from AWS to CloudFront is now free of charge....
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The majority of Microsoft’s service errors in the first quarter of 2014 were advisory, while there were significantly more service interruptions in the following three quarters, according to analysis carried out by CloudEndure. The figures, taken from Azure’s Service Health Dashboard across last year, saw three full service interruptions in Q1, a whopping 28 in Q2, 16 in Q3 and zero in the final quarter. The highest number of errors came in Q1 (259), yet also produced the lowest number of partia...
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Risk management consulting provider Leviathan Security Group has released a whitepaper discussing the issues in choosing local and cloud storage, as well as potential vulnerabilities and risks. The paper on the value of cloud security, and vulnerabilities in storage, assumes three scenarios, based on small, medium and large businesses, and outlines solutions based on their business needs....
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Microsoft has announced it is the first major cloud provider to adopt the ISO/IEC 27018 standard, claimed as the world’s first international standard for cloud privacy. The standard, which was published by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) last year, sets out to establish “commonly accepted control objectives, controls and guidelines for implementing measures to protect personally identifiable information in accordance with the privacy principles in [previous framework] IS...
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76% of organisations surveyed by CDW in its Cloud 401 report say at least one cloud vendor failed to meet their SLAs. The report, released in February, found reliability (43%) as the most important metric for cloud service providers, far ahead of cost (28%) and ability to integrate with existing infrastructure (27%), meaning a double whammy for providers who couldn’t meet their uptime figures....
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Along with social, mobile and analytics, cloud technologies and models have earned a place as one of the core disruptors of the digital age. And while the cloud market has matured over the years, its interaction with the rapidly growing data and analytics landscape suggests there are plenty more disruptive opportunities for cloud in 2016. As 2016 gets underway, five insiders share their predictions for what 2016 holds in store for the cloud. The race is on for your data, Smith says. From Salesfo...
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IBM has announced the launch of the first SoftLayer cloud data centre in Germany, joining an ever growing list of cloud service providers (CSPs) setting up roots in the European country. The move, to Frankfurt, had been coming, with Germany and France on Big Blue’s confirmed list of targets after launching a London data centre back in July, Paris already having been opened....
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The data center is transforming -- modernizing to meet business demand as technologies such as software-defined architecture, cloud and virtualization take hold. This modernization is also being driven by CIOs and IT executives taking a hard look at their computing needs and asking whether they want to own and/or operate data centers any longer, industry experts say. It's a big issue. According to new research by Synergy Research Group, spending on enterprise data center equipment is static whil...
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Newly released figures from the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) show that cloud computing adoption rate in the UK currently stands at 84%, with that number expecting to sizeably increase due to the shutdown of Windows Server (WS) 2003....
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As enterprises turn to public cloud services and managed service providers to meet their IT needs, colocation providers have seen their customer base gradually diminish. Infact, managed service providers now bring in five-times more revenue....
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Cloud benchmarking provider CloudHarmony has updated its metrics, and found AWS, Google and SoftLayer to be among the most reliable public cloud providers in 2014. The figures, which can be found on its service status page here, saw Amazon’s S3 register 23 outages across nine regions resulting in a 2.69 hour downtime across the year, while Amazon EC2 clocked up 12 outages resulting in a just over two hour outage time....
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86% of cloud apps used by enterprises fall under the category of shadow IT, while nearly three quarters aren’t ‘Safe Harbour’ approved, according to an industry report from CipherCloud.The research findings, coming amidst worries of more sophisticated mobile malware and vulnerabilities, suggest organisations need to do more to assess what’s going on in their internal IT. One major US enterprise polled estimated it had 10 to 15 file sharing applications in use; the real number was almost 70....
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A new report from government IT network MeriTalk has assessed how federal agencies are keen on the concept of cloud computing, but are reticent to migrate their full IT estate over for the moment. This is not to say federal firms aren’t completely against the idea, however. Nearly one in five (19%) of the 150 respondents say they deliver more than a quarter of their agency’s IT services through the cloud. The most popular choice to move was email (50%), followed by web hosting (45%) and servers ...
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Updated Over the weekend, Verizon’s cloud service, Verizon Cloud, was offline as it looked to add ‘seamless upgrade functionality as well as other customer-facing updates.’ The maintenance period was put in to improve the service and to ensure further updates went ahead without any hitches to customers. The telco giant warned the fixes could take up to 48 hours, but was completed after 40, with Verizon taking the bizarre step of issuing a press release to announce the work had been done....
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Fewer than 10% of companies polled in the latest Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) survey are aware of their employees’ shadow IT activity. The survey, created in conjunction with Skyhigh Networks, gave a definition of shadow IT as “technology spending and implementation that occurs outside the IT department, including cloud apps adopted by individual employees, teams, and business units.”...
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Pamela Dyson is shepherding a determined, if incremental, effort to move her agency's applications to the cloud. Dyson was named the CIO at the Securities and Exchange Commission in February, after having joined the agency in 2010, when she joined an ambitious initiative to modernize and improve efficiencies in the SEC's IT infrastructure. Dyson shared her thoughts on the cloud-enabled Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model during a recent presentation hosted by Federal Computer Week, explaining tha...
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It may seem counterintuitive, but enterprises and smaller firms can standardise their way to their own hybrid cloud model through smart use of modular data centres. Large enterprises (and the rest of us) have tended to see pre-fabricated modular data centres (or containers) as an emergency option for extra capacity or one-off events. However, they have one crucial advantage over installed data centres: whilst the majority of data centres are designed, installed and tested in situ and therefore, ...
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It continues to be an extremely busy time for CenturyLink Cloud. Amidst a plethora of news and acquisitions, one stood out: the buyout of disaster recovery as a service software provider DataGardens.As this publication has previously examined, cloud disaster recovery is certainly one of the more popular buzzwords in the IT industry right now, yet a lack of clarity still pervades. There are degrees of severity, from a short outage to a full blown DDoS attack, and there are different strategies ve...
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Latest survey research from Cloud Sherpas has revealed while seven in 10 IT leaders view enterprise cloud software as central to their company’s success, only half have a formal cloud strategy in place. 82% of the more than 200 global respondents to the2015 Enterprise Cloud Report said cloud technology was a key part of their IT strategy. 36% of those polled said they were currently using multiple applications, while 31% said they were regularly using cloud daily. 52% of high tech and manufactur...
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Imagine an agribusiness that never had access to a modern commodities market and had never used any real information technology. Suddenly, it had the opportunity to leap into high tech and potentially enjoy whole new economies of scale -- a pure greenfield proposition. What would happen? With new international and state legalization, as well as a current moratorium on federal enforcement, marijuana is that agribusiness. Untouched by the traditions of an internal IT practice, it's creating a road...
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The benefits of cloud computing have already been well documented, from increased productivity among employees to giving companies added capabilities to expand their business. While the benefits are certainly helpful, that doesn’t mean the innovation that drives the cloud has gone away. If anything, new innovations are propelling the cloud to new levels, and one of those breakthroughs may be the next big thing in cloud computing: ARM (Advanced RISC Machine) processors. While ARM processors are a...
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Is more sensitive data being kept in the cloud? According to the latest report from Vormetric, in association with analyst house Ovum, 60% of US IT decision makers and 54% of respondents globally say they store sensitive data in the cloud....
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It’s the morning after the night before. You’ve had a bit too much, your head’s pounding, and you’re frantically searching your brain for anything you might have said or did that you’ll be paying for later. We’ve all been there. Yet according to new research from Sungard Availability Services, it’s a similar effect at work when the IT department buys cloud solutions. 87% of the 150 UK-based senior IT decision makers polled say they have encountered some form of unplanned cloud spend....
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The Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) has called on cloud service providers (CSPs) to do more to assist with the process of cloud migration for their customers after new research reveals difficulties associated with moving to the cloud. The CIF survey, which polled 250 senior IT and business decision-makers from the public and private sectors, found only 10% of respondents saying their transition to cloud services “could not have been improved.” 38% of those polled said they had issues relating to the ...
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Even though the majority (83%) of organisations have a SLA goal of 99.9% or better, this doesn’t often translate into actual results. 44% of firms said they had at least one outage in the past three months, with 27% admitting their systems had gone down within the past month. 9% of respondents said their systems had never gone down....
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IT administrators in organisations which have migrated to Google Apps or Office 365 argue they spend much less time doing mundane activities – but it’s not exactly ‘put your feet up’ time either. That’s the key finding from the latest study by BetterCloud on the state of the cloud office. Back in July, the first set of results was revealed, which showed a clear trend for larger organisations to move to Office 365, as opposed to SMEs running Google....
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Today, even the most ardent naysayers are coming out and proclaiming cloud as the only way to do computing. This is especially true in my own jurisdiction of Jersey in the Channel Islands. With technology suppliers suddenly telling you to use cloud, does it really matter which one you use, who owns the service provider, and where it stores your data? The quick answer to all three questions is ‘yes’ – but let’s look at each one...
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More and more small businesses are moving to the cloud. According to a recent survey from BT Business and the British Chambers of Commerce, cloud usage among UK SMBs has grown by 15% year on year to 69%, while more than half of respondents cite cloud computing as crucial in driving business flexibility....
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“We change our behaviour when the pain of staying the same becomes greater than the pain of changing. Consequences give us the pain that motivates us to change”. Successful businesses require the ability to change and increasingly to adapt quickly, to be agile to new approaches and technologies and be flexible to the needs of the business and customers....
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The amount of data that all businesses are generating themselves and storing on their clients is growing all the time. The infamous statistic from 2013 that 90% of the world’s data has been generated over the last two years continues to be quoted and I suspect if we looked closer now in 2015 we’d find the numbers astounding. Being able to know what data you want to keep, what you want accessible now and what you can file away is going to become increasingly difficult....
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