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

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
Techie.com 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 Techie.com 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
Techie.com 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 Techie.com 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
Techie.com 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 Techie.com site. The companies you find here have been chosen on the basis of their vision and their plans to achieve it. …

Dude, your personal life is showing – Wed, 18 Jun 2014
Let your inner Narcissus, gym rat, and/or self-admiring ego breathe a little easier. Seriously, take a deep breath, because now you can have more control over who finds your personal selfies or your photos of the Trekkie convention you secretly had a wild time at. Handing over your cellphone to …

Monitor App Performance Early and Often – Wed, 23 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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Demand Revs Up Avaya’s Fast-Track to the Cloud Initiative – Wed, 23 Jul 2014
Avaya has escalated its efforts to get customers to fast-track to the cloud with the first of several sweeping initiatives that will optimize solutions and processes for delivery of collaboration as a service (CaaS) via the Avaya Collaborative Cloud. Strong demand for Avaya communications and collaboration applications from large and midsize enterprises is driving a focus on expanded scale and reach as well as simpler, faster provisioning that requires fewer resources.
Avaya collaboration solutions, including unified communications, video and contact center via the cloud, offer a new path to greater business agility. While many other areas of IT have successfully adopted cloud-based solutions, the communications infrastructure is one of the last remaining hold-outs due to complexity and concerns around reliability, security and privacy. As the business environment changes, however, new communications solutions and delivery models must support a mobile, flexible workforce that characterizes today’s rapidly changing economic landscape. The Avaya Collaborative Cloud fills this need.

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A Cloud Computing ‘Nutrition Label’ – Tue, 22 Jul 2014
Like most maturing industries, standards are required to achieve broad adoption and maximum value. For the cloud, in particular cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offerings like Amazon Web Services and Rackspace Cloud, it’s time for a standard method for presenting these services so buyers can reasonably compare and contrast and make better buying decisions.
At the moment, purchasing IaaS is similar to how groceries were bought decades ago – very difficult to compare – both the product contents and the price/value vary from one vendor to another. A recent study conducted by the Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) – involving Intel, Appnomic Systems and a number of other ODCA enterprise members – illustrates just how difficult the situation is today.

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Domestic and Foreign Spying Threaten Cloud Data Security – Mon, 21 Jul 2014
If your organization’s got a lot riding on the continued security of its confidential or proprietary data, then you need to stay informed on the threats and how to address them. One of the most worrying threats of late, especially when it comes to cloud data security, is government spying – both foreign and domestic.
Foreign spying and corporate and economic espionage are, of course, not new concepts, but the enterprise’s increasing reliance on the Internet and cloud computing make them more of a concern than ever before. Just this week, the Wall Street Journal reported that the U.S. Justice Department has indicted five officers of the Chinese military on charges that they “hacked U.S. companies’ computers to steal trade secrets” from firms including U.S. Steel Corp. and Westinghouse Electric Co. Wang Dong, Gu Chunhui, Sun Kailiang, Huang Zhenyu, and Wen Xinyu are the first “employees of a foreign power [to be charged] with cybercrimes against American firms,” according to the WSJ, but they won’t be the last.

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How the Data Science of Email is Solving Today’s Business Problems – Sun, 20 Jul 2014
There are 182 billion emails sent every day, generating a lot of data about how recipients and ISPs respond. Many marketers take a more-is-better approach to stats, preferring to have the ability to slice and dice their email lists based numerous arbitrary stats. However, fundamentally what really matters is whether or not sending an email to a particular recipient will generate value. Data Scientists can design high-level insights such as engagement prediction models and content clusters that allow marketers to cut through the noise and design their campaigns around strong, predictive signals, rather than arbitrary statistics.
SendGrid sends up to half a billion emails a day for customers such as Pinterest and GitHub. All this email adds up to more text than produced in the entire twitterverse. We track events like clicks, opens and deliveries to help improve deliverability for our customers – adding up to over 50 billion useful events every month. While SendGrid data covers only about 2% of all non-spam email activity in the world, it gives SendGrid a unique snapshot of email activity spanning from the senders to the recipients and inbox providers like gmail and yahoo. To cope with data of this scale SendGrid has designed and implemented custom data structures to store 10s of billions of items in memory on a single commodity machine.

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Should Cloud Be Part of Your Backup and Disaster Recovery Plan? – Sun, 20 Jul 2014
The introduction of the Cloud has enabled the fast and agile data recovery process which is effectively more efficient than restoring data from physical drives as was the former practice. How does this impact Backup & Recovery, Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity initiatives?
Cloud backup is the new approach to data storage and backup which allows the users to store a copy of the data on an offsite server – accessible via the network. The network that hosts the server may be private or a public one, and is often managed by some third-party service provider. Therefore, the provision of cloud solution for the data recovery services is a flourishing business market whereby the service provider charges the users in exchange for server access, storage space and bandwidth, etc.

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Web Host Industry Review “Media Sponsor” of Cloud Expo Silicon Valley – Sun, 20 Jul 2014
SYS-CON Events announced today that the Web Host Industry Review has been named “Media 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.
Since 2000, The Web Host Industry Review has made a name for itself as the foremost authority of the Web hosting industry providing reliable, insightful and comprehensive news, reviews and resources to the hosting community. TheWHIR Blogs provides a community of expert industry perspectives. The Web Host Industry Review Magazine also offers a business-minded, issue-driven perspective of interest to executives and decision-makers. WHIR TV offers on demand web hosting video interviews and web hosting video features of the key persons and events of the web hosting industry. WHIR Events brings together like-minded hosting industry professionals and decision-makers in local communities. TheWHIR is an iNET Interactive property.

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O’Reilly Media Named “Media Sponsor” of Cloud Expo Silicon Valley – Sat, 19 Jul 2014
SYS-CON Events announced today that O’Reilly Media has been named “Media 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.
O’Reilly Media spreads the knowledge of innovators through its books, online services, magazines, and conferences. Since 1978, O’Reilly Media has been a chronicler and catalyst of cutting-edge development, homing in on the technology trends that really matter and spurring their adoption by amplifying “faint signals” from the alpha geeks who are creating the future. An active participant in the technology community, the company has a long history of advocacy, meme-making, and evangelism.

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Verizon Named “Gold Sponsor” of Cloud Expo Silicon Valley – Fri, 18 Jul 2014
SYS-CON Events announced today that Verizon has been named “Gold 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.
Verizon Enterprise Solutions creates global connections that generate growth, drive business innovation and move society forward. With industry-specific solutions and a full range of global wholesale offerings provided over the company’s secure mobility, cloud, strategic networking and advanced communications platforms, Verizon Enterprise Solutions helps open new opportunities around the world for innovation, investment and business transformation. Visit verizonenterprise.com to learn more.

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Psst – the Cloud Is Easy – Fri, 18 Jul 2014
What inspired this piece is “Complicating the Cloud,” a recent, insightful article by industry guru Jeff Kaplan. Kaplan makes a number of trenchant points, many of them coalescing around the idea that the vendor community has a vested interest in complexity. That meshes with my belief that it really is easy to get into the cloud — if the decision makers don’t allow the vendors to make it difficult.
Here’s what Kaplan has to say: “I have to admit that the cloud industry is doing a great job of making it increasingly difficult for… corporate decision makers to feel confident about making the move,” he writes. “The initial success of the cloud movement has created a series of problems. First, there’s the proliferation of players… some of whom rebrand or ‘cloud-wash’ legacy systems for this new market… [They want to] join the ‘cloud rush,’ [by] adding more solutions to their portfolios…” And these tendencies, as he sees them, have made migration to the cloud needlessly convoluted.

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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.

Google Reveals ‘Little Box Challenge’ Rules for Contest’s $1M Prize – Wed, 23 Jul 2014
The Challenge seeks designs for a smaller, better and more efficient solar power inverter, which is used to collect renewable energy to be used by consumers.

IBM SoftLayer Provides Platform for Supercomputing in the Cloud – Wed, 23 Jul 2014
IBM announced that its SoftLayer cloud infrastructure now supports InfiniBand, which enables high performance computing in the cloud.

Sprint Courts the Enterprise With Google Apps for Business – Wed, 23 Jul 2014
Sprint is adding its support services to Google Apps for Business, in a move to help customers adjust to shifting work styles.

KDE 5 Delivers New Linux Desktop Environment – Wed, 23 Jul 2014
Among the most popular open-source desktop environments for Linux and Unix users, KDE has been updated to Plasma 5. We examine some key features.

How to Survive and Thrive on the New Google+ – Tue, 22 Jul 2014
NEWS ANALYSIS: There have been big changes to Google+ recently and there are a number of things you need to do consistently to get the most out of this social media community.

Robust Cloud Demand Lifts Microsoft’s Fourth Quarter – Tue, 22 Jul 2014
Strong cloud momentum helps the software giant book strong revenue, but it’s not enough to avoid an earnings-per-share miss.

Google Upgrades LiquidFun 2D Tool for Game Developers – Tue, 22 Jul 2014
Google updated LiquidFun, a C++ 2D rigid-body physics library that makes it easier for developers to add realistic physics to their games.

Microsoft and Equinix Add Azure ExpressRoute Regions – Tue, 22 Jul 2014
The new Azure ExpressRoute regions include Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, New York and Seattle, all of which are serviced by data center operator Equinix.

Google Maps Available in Hindi Language Translations – Tue, 22 Jul 2014
Google Maps is now available for users in India and worldwide who want to use the service with automatic Hindi translations.

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.

Facebook makes strides with SMBs, Internet.org, emerging markets – Wed, 23 Jul 2014
Small businesses, in particular, seem to have a fondness for the Facebook secret sauce.

Twitter workforce diversity report: ‘We have a lot of work to do’ – Wed, 23 Jul 2014
Twitter promises it is working with organizations like Girls Who Code as well as historically black colleges and universities to diversify its workforce.

AT&T hits 4G LTE deployment finish line; Q2 mixed bag – Wed, 23 Jul 2014
On the wireless front, AT&T performed well with 1 million net postpaid additions and a postpaid churn of 0.86. Wireless revenue was up 3.7 percent from a year ago.

Earnings roundup: Citrix, Polycom, CA Technologies – Wed, 23 Jul 2014
Another busy day in Silicon Valley and on Wall Street after markets closed on Wednesday. Here’s what happened in tech earnings.

Qualcomm delivers blowout Q3, but cuts outlook over China woes – Wed, 23 Jul 2014
Mobile processor giant Qualcomm said a regulatory investigation in China and licensees that aren’t reporting sales of licensed products will hurt fourth quarter results.

Facebook nears $3 billion in quarterly revenue while crushing Q2 estimates – Wed, 23 Jul 2014
CEO Mark Zuckerberg offered a succinct, if not humble, reflection in prepared remarks: “We had a good second quarter.”

Google teams with Sprint on Apps, touts new Drive security API – Wed, 23 Jul 2014
Sprint will start offering its own “mobile-centric” version of Google Apps for Business soon.

Stratasys 3D prints giant creature, invades Comic-Con – Wed, 23 Jul 2014
It’s named Bodock, and 3D printing powerhouse Stratasys will march the giant, 14-foot, 2,000-pound creature into the event Thursday.

Cook ‘not worried’ about iPad declines: Here’s why – Wed, 23 Jul 2014
iPad sales are strong, but declining. Apple may have the bulk of the Fortune 500 in its portfolio, but penetration rates are low. Why isn’t Cook worried?

Docker acquires London startup Orchard Laboratories – Wed, 23 Jul 2014
Orchard Laboratories makes the Orchard and Fig applications – popular projects to come out of the Docker open source ecosystem.

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