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Jul 16, 2013   //   by Cary Landis   //   Cloud Computing News  //  Comments Off

How talent acquisition is changing the dotcloud world – Thu, 24 Jul 2014
Recruiting, especially for positions within the IT industry, has always been more of an art than a science. But Oz Rashid, Juan Gaitan and Sam Jaddi are managing directors and co-founders of MSH Group, a global talent acquisition, outsourcing and management consulting firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale and Miami, …

Ultimate Next: Your Life Is In Your Hands – Wed, 16 Jul 2014
We live our lives with our phones in our hands. While holding an entire schedule in the palm, it’s still strangely easy to forget things and let things slip through the cracks.  That’s especially true when putting events into the smartphone’s default calendar is a dull, time-consuming experience with software …

‘Bama, Beer, and Biotech: Huntsville Spotlight – Wed, 16 Jul 2014
Military tech, drone advertising, yeast for craft brews and biotech – sounds like a booming scientific, culturally rich and diverse town!  One might think of naming off hot towns in the Northwest and on the coasts, but this is definitely Huntsville, Alabama. In our last short feature about Huntsville, native …

New app development checklist from DCI – Wed, 09 Jul 2014
Dotcom Infoway, a global IT firm based in India, has just launched the 11th infographic in an information graphic series, which details the nitty-gritty of app development and marketing that app creators will need to look into to be successful in their efforts.
10-Step Checklist to Build & Market a Successful …

Buyer Beware: The Hidden Costs of Free Software for Nonprofits – Wed, 09 Jul 2014

When it comes to purchasing new software, many organizations do so to increase efficiency, save tim, and reduce costs. This is particularly true of nonprofits, which often have limited staff and busy schedules.
Enter “free” software: on its surface, a simple, cost-effective solution. However, free software isn’t always free, and nonprofit …

Indiana joins the ranks of “crowdfunding law” states – Mon, 30 Jun 2014
Among the many new state laws that go into effect around the United States on July 1 is one that – though buried a little in the fine print – facilitates local investment, and permits Indiana residents and businesses to work together on small business investment opportunities more easily and …

Our Top Ten useless mobile apps … Just for fun – Thu, 26 Jun 2014
Meaningless has made a splash in the news lately, and the “Yo” app has made the most recent wave in the sea of mobile apps arguably deemed most useless. Yo is an app that sends the simple, two-letter greeting/harassment to another user. There’s nostalgia in the word “yo.” There are also …

Emerging 100: boxuno – Tue, 24 Jun 2014 is pleased to reveal the next of its “Emerging 100” winners. We’ll be featuring these emerging companies – and their innovative products and plans – frequently on the site. The companies you find here have been chosen on the basis of their vision and their plans to achieve it. …

Emerging 100: Suvola – Mon, 23 Jun 2014 is pleased to reveal the next of its “Emerging 100” winners. We’ll be featuring these emerging companies – and their innovative products and plans – frequently on the site. The companies you find here have been chosen on the basis of their vision and their plans to achieve it. …

Emerging 100: Azuga – Fri, 20 Jun 2014 is pleased to reveal the next of its “Emerging 100” winners. We’ll be featuring these emerging companies – and their innovative products and plans – frequently on the site. The companies you find here have been chosen on the basis of their vision and their plans to achieve it. …

How Risky Are Your APIs? – Mon, 28 Jul 2014
It is a mistake to think we can secure APIs using the same methods and technology that we used to secure the conventional, browser-centric web.
Andi Mann from CA Technologies recently pointed out that, at every turn, customers are interacting more and more with businesses through applications. “Think of real estate businesses like Trulia, Zillow and,” he wrote in Wired’s Innovation Insights. “Or think about restaurants. It used to be that we’d call a restaurant to make a reservation, or even drop in and make a reservation. Now it’s all on-line, through OpenTable, or Foursquare.” This is the emergence of the Application Economy, where the application becomes the primary point of contact between the business and the customer.
Much of this is being made possible through the use of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to link front-end applications to back-end information systems. This approach is exploding in popularity because it builds on well-understood techniques from the web and leverages some existing infrastructure.

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What We Really Mean by Digital Transformation – Mon, 28 Jul 2014
Even Cloud-driven transformation isn’t the end of the story. The move to Agile Architecture is a move to continuous business transformation – where the organization is as agile as it wants to be, and is able to deal with change as a routine part of how it does business. Continuous business transformation, of course, has always been the center of the Agile Architecture story – and is what we really mean when we say we want Digital Transformation.

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Harnessing Big Data for Product Improvement – Mon, 28 Jul 2014
By adopting HP Vertica, Systems Mechanics improved how their products best deliver business intelligence, analytics streaming, and data analysis.
Three years ago, Systems Mechanics Limited used relational databases to assemble and analyze some 20 different data sources in near real-time. But most relational database appliances used 1980s technical approaches, and the ability to connect more data and manage more events capped off. The runway for their business expansion just ended.

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Esri Named “Bronze Sponsor” of Cloud Expo Silicon Valley – Mon, 28 Jul 2014
SYS-CON Events announced today that Esri has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON’s 15th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Esri inspires and enables people to positively impact the future through a deeper, geographic understanding of the changing world around them.
For more information, visit

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My Mini-Manifesto for the IoT – Mon, 28 Jul 2014
We are formally announcing the IoT Project Framework at @ThingsExpo Nov 4-6 in Santa Clara, CA. it will feature four overriding goals for the IoT in the year 2040:

1. To reduce poverty & disease
2. To eliminate violence as a way of settling disputes
3. To spur beneficial economic development in all corners of the world
4. To produce political and societal leaders who will maintain progress

You can participate by joining our list. There is no cost, no obligation, and we will not share this information with anyone! We will merely keep you informed about our progress & let you know of opportunities to participate further as they arise.

We realize that achieving even small, incremental global progress is a difficult task. But why not try?

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Monitor App Performance Early and Often – Sun, 27 Jul 2014
“Vote early and vote often.” Back in the 1920s and ’30s, when neither election technology nor oversight were as effective as they are today, and the likes of Al Capone were at work gaming the system, this phrase wasn’t a joke. It was a best practice.
If you want guaranteed results, what better way than to get people to the polls early, and then repeatedly, to vote for your candidate?
None of this sitting around until the end of the day, hoping that the election goes the way you want. Capone would tell you, “That’s for saps.”
What does this have to do with cloud computing? All too often we see IT teams taking a “buy it and hope it works” strategy when it comes to adopting cloud-based apps. They migrate their entire user base to the cloud on faith, assuming that they can worry about performance and availability issues later, if ever. After all, everybody in the company accesses the Internet today without issues so your cloud apps should work just fine, right?

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Toward a More Confident Cloud Security Strategy – Sat, 26 Jul 2014
The cloud has hit the mainstream. Businesses in the United States currently spend more than $13 billion on cloud computing and managed hosting services, and Gartner projects that by 2015, end-user spending on cloud services could be more than $180 billion worldwide. It is estimated that 50 percent of organizations will require employees to use their own devices by 2017, which will depend on shared cloud storage. All of this requires encryption.
Organizational deployment of encryption has increased significantly in recent years. Its use spans everything from encrypting data in databases and file systems, in storage networks, on back-up tapes, and while being transferred over a public and internal networks. Although this might seem that we are moving in the right direction when it comes to enterprise data protection, there’s a real risk of creating fragmentation and inconsistency – referred to as encryption sprawl – as different organizations deploy diverse technologies in different places to secure different types of data. Adding fuel to the fire, the cloud poses its own unique threats and challenges. With an undeniable value proposition, it seems clear that the cloud is inevitable and that protecting data within it will be a top priority.

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The New IBM-Apple Partnership – Fri, 25 Jul 2014
We live in interesting times for sure. Who would have thought ten years ago that IBM and Apple would become partners? Here is the announcement as reported in eWeek:
Apple and IBM surprised many on July 15, announcing a global partnership that will see the companies attempt to “transform enterprise mobility.” The announcement, punctuated with comments from Apple CEO Tim Cook and IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, served notice of the companies’ intentions to make Apple smartphones, tablets and mobile services pre-eminent in the enterprise, replacing the BlackBerry devices and security services that long held the dominant position in that market. The partnership only confirms what Apple has been doing for years with its smartphones, tablets and even its notebook and desktop PCs, moving deeper into enterprises. The company has been touting its success in the corporate world, saying that many of the top companies in the world are now using its iPhones and iPads. In the IBM announcement, Apple’s Cook said that the company’s iPhones and iPads are now running in more than 98 percent of the Fortune 500 and 92 percent of the Global 500. Both Apple and IBM expect those figures to grow with this new partnership.

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OpenNebula 4.8 Beta Released – Thu, 24 Jul 2014
OpenNebula has just announced the beta release of its version 4.8, code named Lemon Slice, which brings significant improvements in different aspects. Sticking with its vision of bringing simplicity to cloud management, this release comes with improvements in the recently added Cloud View portal, designed for end users. One significant advantage of the new portal is the ability to control flows, groups of interconnected Virtual Machines that conform a service. Based on this Cloud View, a Virtual Datacenter administrators view has been included (VDCAdmin View), which enables VDC admins to easily manage the VDC users and resources.

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Philip Carty Joins GoodData as Chief Revenue Officer – Thu, 24 Jul 2014
GoodData on Thursday announced the addition of sales leadership veteran Philip Carty as Chief Revenue Officer. Carty joins GoodData with over 30 years of experience building and leading competitive sales organizations at top technology companies. In this role, Carty will oversee strategy for GoodData’s sales, account management and business development to drive dramatic growth for the business.
Carty joins GoodData from MongoDB, where he served as Worldwide Vice President of Sales. While at MongoDB, he expanded the company’s international footprint in EMEA and APAC and established the Global Strategic and Volume businesses. Prior to MongoDB, Carty served as Global Vice President of Sales at SuccessFactors, an SAP company. During Carty’s tenure at SuccessFactors, the company announced its initial public offering, ran at an annual growth rate of more than 85 percent and completed an acquisition by SAP for $3.6 billion. Prior to SuccessFactors, Carty led successful teams at ADP, Veritas, Oracle and Red Hat.

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Why Acquiring InMage Made Sense for Microsoft – Sat, 26 Jul 2014
A Microsoft exec sheds light on the rationale behind the acquisition of cloud data protection specialist InMage. VMware played an indirect role in the decision.

How to Use Google Maps to Find Weather, Environmental Data – Fri, 25 Jul 2014
Google Maps Gallery’s crisis maps section provides storm, wind and earthquake data (and much more) for analysis from across the United States.

Microsoft Entices Oracle Shops With SQL Server 2014 Migration Tool – Fri, 25 Jul 2014
The company focuses on SQL Server 2014′s in-memory capabilities in its bid to siphon enterprise database workloads from rival Oracle.

Rackspace Announces OnMetal Server Availability, Pricing – Fri, 25 Jul 2014
The company is offering customers bare-metal cloud servers that can be spun up as quickly as VMs and bring better performance.

New Rumor: YouTube Really Buying Twitch This Time – Fri, 25 Jul 2014
Two months after YouTube was rumored to be buying video game streaming vendor Twitch for $1 billion, now the deal is really happening, according to the latest rumor.

Amazon Fire Phone Has a Few Bugs to Work Out – Fri, 25 Jul 2014
REVIEW: The Amazon Fire Phone, packed with Firefly, Mayday and Dynamic Perspective, is totally neat but not all there yet.

Mobile Ad Spending Surges With Big Shift to Smartphone, Tablet Use – Thu, 24 Jul 2014
NEWS ANALYSIS: Mobile advertising is poised to surpass newspapers and radio advertising in 2014 as the amount of time people work with their smartphones and tablets keeps rising.

Google Maps Apps Updated With Explore Button to Find Places – Thu, 24 Jul 2014
The new button will make it easier for users to find interesting places to visit, dine and explore on their travels or while they are in their hometowns.

IBM, California Launch CalCloud Government Cloud Service – Thu, 24 Jul 2014
IBM and the California Department of Technology announced a new state government service platform known as CalCloud.

Businesses Flock to Microsoft’s Cloud – Wed, 23 Jul 2014
Making all the right moves? Microsoft reports that healthy demand for its cloud-based offerings is improving its bottom line.

Don’t believe false alarms about Docker containers – Tue, 22 Jul 2014

As Docker picks up steam, a few people are suggesting that this approach to cloud workload portability and management may have an Achilles’ heel.

Docker containers sit on a shared Linux implementation, which creates the potential for significantly more vulnerabilities that can affect the operation of every container on a server, especially if the underlying OS goes down. In such an event, all containerized workloads could go down as well.

VMware dangles dollars for mobile, apps, and virtualization migration – Mon, 21 Jul 2014

VMware dangles dollars for mobile, apps, and virtualization migration

VMware’s newest offering isn’t a product so much as an escape hatch.

Sparc and Windows get more love in Oracle VM update – Wed, 02 Jul 2014

The latest release of Oracle’s software for managing virtual machines offers the same set of features to Sparc users as to those who manage virtual machines on x86 servers.

“With [Oracle VM] 3.3, a big part of the improvement is on the Sparc side,” said Wim Coekaerts, Oracle senior vice president for Linux and virtualization engineering. “Both x86 and Sparc servers are on par in terms of functionality from the management console.”

VMware opens up testing of next-gen vSphere to anyone – Wed, 02 Jul 2014

VMware is for the first time inviting anyone to beta test the next version of vSphere, the company’s virtualization platform.

The company is hoping to learn more about how organizations use vSphere under real-world conditions and test cases, it said. As VMware has expanded beyond server virtualization to set its sights on the whole datacenter, it has become more important for the company to get feedback from a larger group.

How-to: Get started with Docker – Wed, 02 Jul 2014

Docker is an open source framework that provides a lighter-weight type of virtualization, using Linux containers rather than virtual machines. Built on traditional Linux distributions such as Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Ubuntu, Docker lets you package applications and services as images that run in their own portable containers and can move between physical, virtual, and cloud foundations without requiring any modification. If you build a Docker image on an Ubuntu laptop or physical server, you can run it on any compatible Linux, anywhere.

Joyent vows to beat OpenStack at its own game – Tue, 24 Jun 2014

Joyent vows to beat OpenStack at its own game

Most folks who know the name Joyent associate it with Node.js.

Red Hat bets $95 million on OpenStack dominance – Thu, 19 Jun 2014

Red Hat bets $95 million on OpenStack dominance

On the face of it, Red Hat’s near-$100-million purchase of eNovance is all about

Docker could threaten cloud providers’ portability plans – Fri, 13 Jun 2014

Docker could threaten cloud providers' portability plans

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4 reasons why Docker’s libcontainer is a big deal – Thu, 12 Jun 2014

4 reasons why Docker's libcontainer is a big deal

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Of all the news that’s come out this week around app containerization system Docker’s 1.0 release, the details abut what’s inside Docker may be most crucial.

Docker all geared up for the enterprise – Mon, 09 Jun 2014

Docker 1.0 has officially arrived, giving organizations a proper chance to use the emerging cloud technology to create and run applications with even more agility.

Docker declared its namesake virtualization software ready for full production use Monday.

Hands-on with Amazon’s Fire Phone: A closer look at the hardware – Mon, 28 Jul 2014
Amazon’s Fire Phone has the design quality you might expect from Apple’s iPhone, or Samsung’s Galaxy S5. It’s a strong contender in the Android space, even if it misses a few enterprise targets.

Hands-on with Amazon’s Fire Phone: Gimmicks over purpose – Mon, 28 Jul 2014
The Fire Phone has one flagship feature: a display with three-dimensional aspects. Other software elements in the retail giant’s debut smartphone are gimmicky at best. This device feels like a work in progress.

Swirl beacons land in Hudson’s Bay, Lord & Taylor department stores – Mon, 28 Jul 2014
The deployment marks the first time a major department store chain rolled out iBeacon-based technology across its units.

Chinese regulators drop in on Microsoft – Mon, 28 Jul 2014
Chinese government investigators dropped in on multiple Microsoft offices throughout the country, according to reports.

Amazon opens web store for customizable 3D printed products – Mon, 28 Jul 2014
The storefront offers pretty basic products, like jewelry, knickknacks and bobble heads, but the draw is that shoppers can personalize item details.

Samsung indefinitely puts the brakes on Tizen launch – Mon, 28 Jul 2014
It’s the Android-rival mobile operating system that never was. At least for now, anyway.

Rackspace tacks on more open source database support – Mon, 28 Jul 2014
Rackspace’s senior product director touted the expanded support should make “scaling and performance problems a thing of the past.”

Apple-Beats deal gets the nod from Europe – Mon, 28 Jul 2014
The European Commission saw no major barriers to the iPhone and iPad maker snapping up the headphone and music subscription service for $3 billion in cash and stock.

AWS worry misplaced: Welcome to the maturing cloud – Mon, 28 Jul 2014
Amazon’s earnings spurred a flurry of worry about Amazon Web Services’ growth. The larger takeaway that the cloud service game is maturing.

Apple’s next patent war? Bose slaps Beats with a lawsuit – Fri, 25 Jul 2014
The Apple-Beats deal is expected to close during the current quarter, ending mid-September.


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