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Solving the Cloud Mystery for Small Businesses

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Feb 182016
 

Solving the Cloud Mystery for Small Businesses

By Nicole Dyess

What “cloud” really means is using Internet services for file sharing, email, document sharing, etc. Rather than storing files on your local network, the files get stored back up on the remote server. The remote server is maintained by the cloud services company. Email has been used this way for years: you purchase email hosting on a monthly basis and never think about the server housing its contents. All of that server side storage is done remotely through an Internet connection. Cloud services are generally cheaper and the costs to implement and maintain are much lower than housing your own internal server.

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                                        Solving the Cloud Mystery for Small Businesses

An in-house server is good for those types of systems where you want to keep your data on site, within your own business network. A good example is a hospital which houses its own data center. Some services may be used online, but those services that require 24/7 access are maintained on campus. Unless you have redundant Internet connections, there is always a possibility you can lose your connection. Additional costs are associated with housing a server; you need to pay for the hardware, keep backups of it, and hopefully have off-site redundancy in case of a fire/flood/etc.

The advantages of owning a server in-house include minimal downtime, and better application performance and speed, (depending on the type of applications you are using. ) If its important for you to control your own system and have the data at your place of business, owning a server may be the way to go. The disadvantage is the costs to maintain (including back ups, up keep, security, end of life, etc) for the server. You also need to make sure you have redundant power in case of a power failure. Usually, this is minimalized by purchasing a UPS that the server plugs into, as well as the regular power from an outlet.

The first step for a small business is to write out a list of business functions/problems an IT solution would solve for you. For example, a small business may require the following:

Types of Services

  • email
  • document sharing
  • Video conferencing
  • Database application

Important questions to ask

  • Do any of these systems hold confidential data which needs extra security or encryption?
  • What are your up time requirements? Is minimal downtime acceptable or unacceptable?
  • Can the systems be accessed in-house and remote, or are they only accessible to be accessed in-house?
  • Are there hidden costs or fees associated with the cloud computing services? Be sure to ask about maintenance contracts and the type of technical support available.
  • What are the hardware/software requirements for accessing the cloud computing services?

Some cloud companies offer a package that addresses each solution, or you can choose bits and pieces of each. As far as housing your own server goes, one modern day server would be sufficient to manage several types of small business applications.

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Cloud Computing Market in K-12 in the US 2016-2020

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Dec 252015
 

Cloud Computing Market in K-12 in the US 2016-2020

NEW YORK, Dec. 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Market outlook of the cloud computing market in K-12 in the US
Technavio’s market research analyst predicts that the cloud computing market in K-12 in the US will grow at a remarkable CAGR of around 24% by 2020. The growing need to integrate up-to-date technologies in educational institutions will lead to the alteration of traditional teaching methodologies. This alteration of the traditional teaching methodologies will result in the augmented adoption of cloud computing services as it plays a vital role in reducing the costs of building and maintaining the infrastructure associated with the traditional form of teaching.

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               Cloud Computing Market in K-12 in the US 2016-2020

Reduction in the total cost of ownership is the primary growth driver for this market. Since cloud computing solutions simplify the creation and management of on-premise systems, education organizations can solely focus on the teaching process. The ability of cloud-based solutions to outsource work to third-party service providers rather than the end-user will result in its augmented adoption during the predicted period.

Competitive landscape and key vendors
The cloud computing market in K-12 in the US is highly fragmented owing to the presence of numerous small, medium, and large players. The vendors in this market continually strive to provide innovative features to consumers as it helps them to increase their market share. This market is also expected to witness the entry of numerous pure-play vendors and local cloud vendors, which in turn will lead to increased market competition during the forecast period.

The top six vendors in the market are-
• Adobe
• Cisco
• EMC
• NetApp
• Salesforce.com
• SAP

Other prominent vendors in the market include IBM, KoçSistem, Google, Microsoft, Rackspace, and Amazon Web Services.

Segmentation by services and analysis of the cloud computing market in K-12 in the US
• SaaS
• IaaS
• PaaS

Technavio market research analysts estimate the IaaS services segment to be the largest market segment during the predicted period. The ability of this service model to aid in accessing, monitoring, and managing data center infrastructures is a critical factor that will bolster the computation, storage, and networking capabilities of educational institutions. The ability of this service model to reduce the need for hardware support will lead to its augmented adoption during the predicted period.

Segmentation by deployment model and analysis of the cloud computing market in K-12 in the US
• Public
• Private

In this market study, analysts have estimated the public deployment sector to account for more than 66% of the total market share by 2020. The ability of this deployment model to reduce the total cost of operation will result in its steady growth during the forecast period.

Key questions answered in the report include
• What will the market size and the growth rate be in 2020?
• What are the key factors driving the cloud computing market in K-12 in the US?
• What are the key market trends impacting the growth of the cloud computing market in K-12 in the US?
• What are the challenges to market growth?
• Who are the key vendors in this market space?
• What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the vendors in the cloud computing market in K-12 in the US?
• What are the key outcomes of the five forces analysis of the cloud computing market in K-12 in the US?

Technavio also offers customization on reports based on specific client requirement.

Related reports:
• K-12 Technology Spend in the US 2015-2019
• Learning Management System (LMS) Market in the US 2015-2019
• Virtual Schools market in the US 2015-2019

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IT Green With Cloud Computing : Facts Every CEO/CFO Should Know

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Sep 092015
 

How To Turn Your IT Green With Cloud Computing: Facts Every CEO/CFO Should Know

By Nick Graham

“Going Green” in your company means making a reduction in the overall environmental impact of your business. Typically there are a number of areas that you will be looking at: energy inefficiency and consumption, materials (stopping waste and using sustainable/renewable materials), and finally making sure you use “Green” products, equipment and services. Some of the things you do will save you money; other things may cost you more.

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IT Green With Cloud Computing : Facts Every CEO/CFO Should Know

Luckily there is one aspect of your business that you can change that will have the benefit of being “Green” and will also save you money: moving your IT to The Cloud. IT is frequently not focused on when thinking “Green” because companies may not appreciate the very large impact that their data processing is having on their carbon footprint – and their bottom line.

Did you know, for example:

  •  A medium-sized server has the same carbon footprint as an SUV achieving 15 miles to the gallon (Gartner Analyst Sept 2006)
  •  100 PCs left on without power save settings will consume up to $11,000 of electricity per year (Global Action Plan 2007) and for every unit of electricity consumed around another half a unit is required to dissipate the heat generated.
  •  Servers typically require as much energy to cool them as they directly consume.
  •  A typical PC has a carbon footprint of around 620 lbs of CO2/yr, which is the same as driving 611 miles ( HP Website).

So what is Cloud Computing? How can The Cloud help you make your company greener and at the same time save you money?

Cloud Computing is computing which is delivered over the internet rather like a utility service that delivers water or electricity. It can be accessed by pretty much any device that has an internet connection. The computing horsepower is located and occurs outside the business on external servers, so no computing hardware needs to be owned and operated by the business.

Moving your IT to the cloud is less difficult that most CEOs/CFOs imagine. It involves a relatively straightforward migration of vital enterprise applications, desktop systems and any custom server environments onto new servers set up and run from a secure datacenter. Employees will access all their computing over a safe encrypted Internet connection.Ideally a company will replace PCs with virtual Microsoft Windows desktop environments, complete with Microsoft Office software. Each user will be able to access their own desktop using a PC, tablet, laptop, Thin Client, or virtually any Smart Device with a network connection. People will enjoy a truly mobile work environment and can access their desktop directly at any time and from anywhere!

Once the transition is made, all your servers are gone, you don’t need a server room. Because you no longer need to power and cool these servers, big savings are made and you have lowered your carbon footprint. And as the new servers created for the business at the secure data center are virtualized, this allows for great energy and computing efficiencies which in turn translates to savings that are passed on to you, the company.

Once you have moved your IT to The Cloud, the next greenest thing to do is to replace all PCs with Thin Clients. A Thin Client is small, has no moving parts, no hard drives, or noisy fans. Compared to the typical office PC is uses 1/10th of the energy or less and has three times the life expectancy. It is simply a local terminal for plugging in the keyboard, mouse, monitor and network connection. Users have a normal desktop experience when connecting with their Thin Client with none of the reliability headaches. By using Thin Clients, a company with 100 PCs can save energy costs of up to $5,000 a year directly without counting the HVAC savings made from not having to deal with the heat emissions from the PCs.

Now your company’s IT infrastructure is in The Cloud, it is easier for your employees to work in a flexible way. Anyone with an internet connection and the correct secure link will be able to access their desktop exactly as if they were in their office. CEOs could take the decision to allow workers more flexible work schedules, for example allowing them to work from home, telecommuting. They could allow employees to stagger travel time to miss inefficient and tiring peak time commutes, knowing that the employees can start work efficiently at home on their desktops. These options are Green options and help reduce the company’s CO2 footprint.

The move to Cloud Computing is underway. The Green and cost saving benefits of moving your IT infrastructure to The Cloud are too substantial to ignore. By the end of 2012, Gartner project that “20% of all companies will own no IT assets”. CEOs and CFOs would be wise to look at the option for their companies.

Nick Graham is VP at Consilien LLC, a company that has been delivering Information Technology Services since 2001, in the LA, Riverside and Orange County area. Nick invites you to take a closer look at how easy it is to divest your company’s IT infrastructure and move it to a private managed cloud. http://www.consilien.com

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The Right Way For CIOs To Think About The Cloud

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Aug 162015
 

What’s The Right Way For CIOs To Think About The Cloud?

By Dr. Jim Anderson

As the person with the CIO job, you now live in a world that is filled with lots and lots of real-time data. It comes from your customers, your manufacturing, your partners, and, of course, your company’s web site. Having access to this much data via the arrival of cloud computing is great news. However, now it’s going to be your responsibility, because of the importance of information technology, to determine what to do with it and how to gain knowledge from all of it.

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The Right Way For CIOs To Think About The Cloud

What Big Data Will Teach Us

It’s just a little bit too easy to get caught up in the “newness” of big data. However, as CIO what we need to understand is that the data is just not all that valuable to us. It’s the knowledge that we can derive from that data that will be valuable to the company.

One of the things that we need to realize is that since the era of big data has arrived, many of the things that we used to believe just based on gut feel may be wrong. A case in point is the value of running an efficient business and offering our customers the lowest price. Yes, these things are important, but they may not be as important as we used to think that they were.

What big data can teach us is that having a responsive company – one that can change and adapt to changing market conditions is actually more valuable than being able to become even more efficient. The market is littered with companies that won awards and did a great job in becoming more efficient only to end up going out of business. Having the ability to adapt to changes in your market is more profitable and more valuable.

It’s All About The Little Things

So what is the real value of the cloud and the big data that lives there? I must confess that when I first encounter big data, I thought that it was going to hold the answers to all of my “big” questions. Should we be making this product? Should we move into that new market? However, the reality is that outside of some magazine articles, big data generally does not provide answers to questions like this.

Instead, what big data can do is provide answers to a lot of much smaller questions. You can use all of that data that you’ve collected to identify ways to make your company even more valuable to its customers. This will include such things as making your products and services easier to order, easier to pay for, and perhaps even easier to both budget and plan for.

Ultimately what the arrival of cloud computing and big data can do is to finally provide you with a way to transform the company from a vendor into a true partner for your customers. The way that this will happen will be when you take the time to analyze the data that you have and you discover how you can start to offer your customers what they really want. Your company’s secret to long term financial success will be the ability to customize your offering to meet each customer’s needs.

What All Of This Means For You

The era of big data has arrived. Those of us in the CIO position now need to come to grips with what the rest of the company is going to be expecting us to do with all of this data. What they need us to do is to turn it into knowledge.

As we start to process the various data streams that we now have available to us, we’re going to make some important breakthroughs. What we’re going to discover is that what used to work for the company, being more efficient and offering products at lower prices, may no longer be what our customers want from us. Likewise, our analysis of the data that we have available to us needs to reveal the collection of specific things that we can do to become our customer’s most valuable supplier.

No, collecting, processing, and analyzing all of the various data streams that are now available to us is not going to be an easy task. However, it does hold the promise of great rewards. What we need to do is to pick though this data and locate those nuggets of information that can help the company become more competitive in a changing world. Big data is here, let’s meet it head on!

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5 Ways Cloud Computing Will Disrupt Your Job

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Jul 312015
 

5 Ways Cloud Computing Will Disrupt Your Job5 Ways Cloud Computing Will Disrupt Your Job

By Harish Desai

A recent research by IDC, predicted that cloud computing would create about 14 million jobs worldwide. These will all be direct jobs like those of developers. There will be an equal number of indirect jobs which will be affected by this concept. This means cloud computing will start pervading each and every job in every organization. Every job will either be enhanced or diminished with the introduction of the cloud. The effect of the cloud will be so intense that with time to come; many job descriptions will integrate the cloud in their profile. There are five ways in which this concept will reshape the way business is conducted.

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5 Ways Cloud Computing Will Disrupt Your Job

Information technology is going to become a shared responsibility which will not be confined to a particular department but will include all the departments in the organization. Executives, managers, and professionals will have an increasing access to new and improved computing resources which can be easily procured using the humble credit card. Simultaneously, the continuous evolution in IT, IT professionals will start being embedded within the core lines of businesses, vis-a-vis their roles in separate IT departments. Also IT budgets of businesses will shoot up even more than that of standalone IT departments.

More and more innovation is possible on the job, with failure becoming just an option. With cloud computing having laboratories for its research and testing, continuous improvements will result in the concept. As it is, this concept has lowered the entry barriers for start-ups for exploiting computing resources, with a reduction in the cost of cloud computing infrastructure brought down as a result of the continuous research and development. With new ideas being incubated and tested and new initiatives being introduced, it will not be long before businesses disentangle themselves from the corporate budget cycles.

End-users are designing their own applications. Using the cloud computing platform, even non-tech professionals would quickly and easily be able to construct interfaces using Google Maps to plot the data points. “Self-service business intelligence” is a capability that each business dreams of. But, IT departments who are overworked often take weeks or even months to deliver interfaces to solve urgent business problems. But, now with cloud computing, even non-tech people are designing their own applications using designated templates and application programs. For example, a sales manager needing a portal to access the regional sales data from a newly acquired subsidiary can easily do it from an internal or public cloud system.

Cloud computing has given rise to a DIY economy in which outsourcing is becoming passe. With the advent of cloud computing, services like outsourcing are now rendered redundant. This is because, it is omnipresent. Organizations now rely on an increasingly diverse bouquet of services provided in-house and from outside service providers. There will be more stress on service brokerages who can leverage the capabilities of the cloud to deliver services tailored to client requirements. They are not owners of any methods or services of production, but are merely service providers.

The final disruption that cloud computing will cause will be in the fact that everyone will become a technology company, regardless of their core business. Whatever your business model or product or service, embracing cloud computing will give you tech capability which in turn will prove advantageous for your business. Many vendors will use the cloud to provide cutting edge services and products to their customers, not to mention that some of them may even let out their own cloud computing capabilities to third-party vendors for a decent amount in the process, making the cloud a profitable asset.

The writer of this article is a graduate civil engineer and a freelance writer. After working for 15 years in the construction industry, he took up content writing in order to showcase case his experience. He started writing so much that he took up writing on other niches too. He can be contacted on hary12121973@gmail.com

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Cloud Analytics Market Expected to Reach $16.52 Billion by 2018

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Jan 052015
 

Cloud Analytics Market Expected to Reach $16.52 Billion by 2018 at a CAGR 25.8% – New Report by MarketsandMarkets

The report provides the closest approximations of the revenue numbers for the overall Cloud Analytics Market. It also provides information on key market drivers, restraints, challenges, and opportunities.

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The market research report “Cloud Analytics Market (Cloud BI, Cloud Business Intelligence) – Text, Web, Speech, Machine, Video, Predictive Analytics – Global Advancements, Delivery Models, Market Trends, Enterprise Road-map, Forecasts and Analysis 2018”, analyses and studies the major drivers, restraints, and opportunities in North America, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Middle East, Africa, Japan, Asia-Pacific and Latin America.

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Cloud Analytics Market Expected to Reach $16.52 Billion by 2018

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The study reports that the global Cloud Analytics market is expected to reach $16.52 billion by 2018, at an estimated CAGR of 25.8% during the forecast period.
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The global Cloud Analytics Market is driven by the emergence of Big Data and cloud computing technologies. Over the last few years, businesses have begun cloud computing extensively in 2010. Big players and new start-ups have shifted towards cloud BI, business analytics and cloud based business intelligence. Traditional BI and analytics solutions are striving to meet the requirements of today’s business needs. Enterprises are struggling with high operating costs, lack of IT expertise and increasing employee mobility. This trend has forced BI vendors to use new ways of delivering business analytics. Analytics on cloud is an emerging term that is a complete combination of services and enables enterprises to move their BI, data warehousing and OLAP workload over the cloud platform.

The adoption of cloud BI or business analytics enables enterprises to collect, access, monitor and share key performance indicators (KPIs) virtually, through any mobile device. Cloud BI utilizes the software-as-a-service (SaaS) licensing model and is also based on a pay-as-you use model, which doesn’t need software and hardware installations. Cloud BI services are accessed by using log-in credentials in a browser. These services are easily scalable, allowing enterprises to include anyone with an authentic email ID in their BI solution.

The report also draws the competitive landscape of the cloud analytics market, providing an analysis of the technological and marketing strategies that the key players are adopting in order to gain an edge over their competitors. Some of the major players in this market are IBM, HP, Oracle, Adaptive Planning, Cloud9 Analytics, Google, Host Analytics and Microsoft.

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IBM Adds 12 Cloud Centers to its Global Cloud Computing Network

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Dec 172014
 

IBM Adds 12 Cloud Centers to its Global Cloud Computing Network

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IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced a continued expansion of its global cloud computing network to 40 cloud centers with 12 new locations serving a growing roster of enterprise clients looking to move to hybrid cloud computing.

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IBM Adds 12 Cloud Centers to its Global Cloud Computing Network

IBM will reach customers in 12 new locations including IBM Cloud centers in Frankfurt, Mexico City and Tokyo, and nine more centers through a strategic partnership with Equinix in Australia, France, Japan, Singapore, The Netherlands and the US.

IBM’s agreement with Equinix provides direct access to the full portfolio of SoftLayer cloud services via the Equinix Cloud Exchange™ in nine markets worldwide spanning the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific, including Amsterdam, Dallas, Chicago, Paris, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo and Washington, D.C.  Through this partnership, SoftLayer provides customers with the ability to easily move production workloads in and out of the cloud, thus better enabling them to fully realize their hybrid cloud strategies.

The new IBM Cloud centers in Frankfurt, Mexico City and Tokyo mark the latest delivery of  IBM’s $1.2 billion commitment announced in January 2014 commitment to grow IBM’s cloud presence around the world to meet these local mandates with performance, security and data controls built in.

Hybrid Cloud Growth in Enterprises

Enterprise cloud deployments, specifically hybrid cloud, are growing at a significant rate.  According to leading technology research firm, Gartner, Inc., nearly half of all enterprises will have a hybrid cloud deployed by 2017.  Chief among the driving forces behind the adoption of cloud computing worldwide including hybrid cloud, are requirements for businesses and governments to store certain data locally to comply with data residency regulations, as well as a growing desire for startups to expand their businesses globally.  IBM estimates about 100 nations and territories have adopted laws that dictate how governments and private enterprises handle personal data.

The new centers further expand IBM’s global cloud footprint which includes facilities in Mumbai, London, Amsterdam, Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore, Melbourne, Toronto, Dallas and Raleigh, N.C., opened this year. This effort includes IBM’s business consulting division, which features thousands of cloud experts with deep industry knowledge who are located around the globe to help clients to move to cloud.   IBM consultants are dedicated to working face-to-face with clients to address all of their industry specific needs as they transform to the cloud era.

Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the new facilities offer an array of solutions including proven cloud resiliency services. These services guarantee customers up times of 99.99 percent across any IT environment, including traditional IT, public, private, or hybrid cloud deployments. In the event of an outage, the centers’ support team can recover data in minutes to ensure that is has little to no impact on business operations while going virtually unseen by customers.

Clients around the world are using IBM cloud centers spread across every major market to help them adopt cloud for growth and innovation.  Since the start of November, IBM has announced more than $4 billion worth of cloud agreements with major enterprises around the world including Lufthansa in Germany, ABN AMRO in the Netherlands, WPP in the UK, Woox Innovations in Hong Kong,Dow Water and Thomson Reuters.

IBM today announced that  global transport operator National Express Group PLC is delivering a data-driven railway to improve both operational performance and customer experience on the IBM Cloud to provide up-to-the-minute train information and allow postcode-to-postcode journey planning – a first in UK rail.

In addition, born-on-the-web innovators are increasingly choosing to build their business on the IBM Cloud. In just the last month, IBM has announced wins with Diabetizer and Preveniomed in Germany, Hancom in South Korea, Musimundo in Argentina and Nubity Inc.in Mexico. Collectively these wins reflect IBM’s unique ability to deliver a full range of services through the cloud in ways that other cloud providers cannot match.

“IBM recognizes that businesses and governments need the cloud to help them innovate, grow and operate more efficiently in concert with their existing IT investments,” said Jim Comfort, General Manager, IBM Cloud Services.   “Everything IBM does is designed to help companies transition to the cloud in a responsible way at a pace that best fits their business model and industry.   Just as we helped major organizations transform in each preceding era of IT, IBM now serves as the cloud platform for the enterprise.”

IBM has announced key cloud investments throughout 2014.   In addition to expanding its global cloud footprint and the establishment of the Bluemix PaaS to bring enterprise developers into the hybrid cloud era, IBM also launched a new Cloud marketplace that brings together IBM’s vast portfolio of cloud capabilities and new third-party services in a way that delivers a simple and easy experience for the enterprise. The IBM Cloud marketplace serves as a single online destination serves as the digital front door to cloud innovation bringing together IBM’s capabilities-as-a-service and those of partners and third party vendors with the security and resiliency enterprises expect.

IBM Cloud Growth through Strategic Partnerships

Today’s announcement with Equinix further extend the reach IBM has achieved through its own cloud portfolio and well as a string of recent cloud partnerships with other notable companies including:

  • SAP selected IBM as a premier strategic provider of Cloud infrastructure services for its business critical applications to accelerate customers’ ability to run core business in the cloud. SAP applications are now available through IBM’s highly scalable, open and secure cloud and enables SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud to major markets with the addition of the IBM cloud data centers.
  • IBM and Microsoft are working together to provide their respective enterprise software on Microsoft Azure and IBM Cloud. This relationship will give clients, partners and developers more choice in the cloud, helping them drive new business opportunities, spur innovation and reduce costs.
  • IBM and Tencent Cloud recently signed a business cooperation memorandum to collaborate on providing public cloud with Software-as-a-Service solutions for industries. The companies will focus on emerging small and medium enterprises in the smarter cities, healthcare industries and other fields to enable these industries to utilize mobile, cloud computing and big data tools to transform internal processes and operations, thus achieving cloud transformation in the era of mobility.
  • AT&T and IBM are collaborating to speed business adoption of cloud services by extending AT&T NetBondSM services to the SoftLayer platform for stronger security and performance. This extension of the IBM and AT&T alliance will allow businesses to easily create hybrid-computing solutions.
  • IBM and Intel worked together to make SoftLayer the first cloud platform to offer its customers bare metal servers powered by Intel® Cloud Technology that provides monitoring and security down to the microchip level. Through this agreement, the Intel®Trusted Execution Technology provides hardware monitoring and security controls that help assure businesses that a workload from a known location on SoftLayer infrastructure is running on trusted hardware.

In addition to these partnerships, IBM is also contributing Private Computing services from IBM Cloud OpenStack Services platform to the OpenStack and Cloud Foundry Foundations.  The initial usage of these services will offer expanded capabilities to enable automated integration, reduced cycle time and increased quality for software distribution. This will accelerate time to market for all uses of OpenStack based infrastructure.

By better enabling the open community, partnering with key companies that provide even greater value to the IBM Cloud portfolio and continuing to make financial and technological investments that has helped IBM achieve significant growth in its cloud business:

  • IBM reported cloud revenue of $4.4 billion for 2013 – up 69 percent year-to-year
  • IBM cloud revenue has increased 50 percent through the third quarter 2014 with a $3.1 billion run rate in as-a-service revenue.
  • IBM Cloud supports 47 of the top 50 Fortune 500 companies
  • For two years in a row, IBM has been named a leader in the IDC MarketScape on Cloud Professional Services.  (IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Cloud Professional Services 2014 Vendor Analysis, doc #250238, August 2014)
  • Businesses across the U.S. recently ranked IBM the as the number one cloud computing provider, according to an IDC survey of US market preferences for infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS). *Source: IDC’s U.S. Outsourced Cloud Services Survey, 4Q13
  • In addition to overall top ranking, IBM was also rated the leader in six of eight major industries covered in the study including Financial Services, Manufacturing, Healthcare, Professional Services, Wholesale and Retail and Public Sector (government).*Source: IDC’s U.S. Outsourced Cloud Services Survey, 4Q13
  • IBM also finished in the top three in Transportation and Telecommunications, the only vendor to lead in as many industries and rank no lower than third in any industry. *Source: IDC’s U.S. Outsourced Cloud Services Survey, 4Q13
  • Synergy Research Group recently ranked IBM among the top three cloud providers and the leader in hybrid and private cloud engagement in a market analysis of public, private and hybrid IaaS and PaaS.
  • IBM received the 2014 Innovation Award for Operational Improvement from the International Association for Contract and Commercial Management (IACCM) for boldly and rapidly transforming its cloud computing contract process – an achievement that significantly improved the company’s ability to quickly serve cloud computing clients around the world.

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SmartDataCenter and Manta are now open source

Joyent Inc, virtualization and cloud computing company based in San Francisco, California, to open sources its container technologies SmartDataCenter and Manta. Joyent CTO Bryan Cantrill publishes a following post on Joyent’s blog.

November 06, 2014 – by Bryan Cantrill

 Today we are announcing that we are open sourcing the two systems at the heart of our business: SmartDataCenter and the Manta object storage platform. SmartDataCenter is the container-based orchestration software that runs the Joyent public cloud; we have used it for the better half of a decade to run on-the-metal OS containers — securely and at scale. Manta is our multi-tenant ZFS-based object storage platform that provides first-class compute by allowing OS containers to be spun up directly upon objects — effecting arbitrary computation at scale without data movement. The unifying technological foundation beneath both SmartDataCenter and Manta is OS-based virtualization, a technology that Joyent pioneered in the cloud way back in 2006. We have long known the transformative power of OS containers, so it has been both exciting and validating for us to see the rise of Docker and the broadening of appreciation for OS-based virtualization. SmartDataCenter and Manta show that containers aren’t merely a fad or developer plaything but rather a fundamental technological advance that represents the foundation for the next generation of computing — and we believe that open sourcing them advances the adoption of container-based architectures more broadly.

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Joyent Open Source its SmartDataCenter and Manta

Without any further ado — and to assure that we don’t fall into the most prominent of my own corporate open source anti-patterns — here is the source for SmartDataCenter and the source for Manta. These are sophisticated systems with many moving parts, and you’ll see that these two repositories are in fact meta-repositories that explain the design of each of the systems and then point to the (many) components that comprise them (all now open source, natch). We believe that some of these subcomponents will likely find use entirely outside of SDC and Manta. For example, Manatee is a ZooKeeper-based system that manages Postgres replication and automates failover; Moray is a key-value service that lives on top of Postgres. Taken together, Manatee and Moray implement a highly-available key-value service that we use as the foundation for many other components in SDC and Manta — and one that we think others will find useful as well.

In terms of source code mechanics, you’ll see that many of the components are implemented in either Node.js or by extending C-based systems. This is not by fiat but rather by the choices of individual engineers; over the past four years, as we learned about the nuances of Node.js error handling and as we invested heavily in tooling for running Node.js in production, Node.js became the right tool for many of our jobs — and we used it for many of the services that constitute SDC and Manta.

And because any conversation about open source has to address licensing at some point or another, let’s get that out of the way: we opted for the Mozilla Public License 2.0. While relatively new, there is a lot to like about this license: its file-based copyleft allows it to be proprietary-friendly while also forcing certain kinds of derived work to be contributed back; its explicit patent license discourages litigation, offering some measure of troll protection; its explicit warranting of original work obviates the need for a contributor license agreement (we’re not so into CLAs); and (best of all, in my opinion), it has been explicitly designed to co-exist with other open source licenses in larger derived works. Mozilla did terrific work on MPL 2.0, and we hope to see it adopted by other companies that share our thinking around open source!

In terms of the business ramifications, at Joyent we have long been believers in open source as a business model; as the leaders of the Node.js and SmartOS projects, we have seen the power of open source to start new conversations, open up new markets and (importantly) yield new customers. Ten years ago, I wrote that open source is “a loss leader — minus the loss, of course”; after a decade of experience with open source business models, I would add that open source also serves as sales outreach without cold calls, as a channel without loss of margin, and as a marketing campaign without advertisements. But while we have directly experienced the business advantages of open source, we at Joyent have also lived something of a dual life: Node.js and SmartOS have been open source, but the distributed systems that we have built using these core technologies have remained largely behind our walls. So that these systems are now open source does not change the fundamentals of our business model: if you would like to consume SmartDataCenter or Manta as a service, you can spin up an instance on the public cloud or use our Manta storage service. Similarly, if you want a support contract and/or professional services to run either SmartDataCenter or Manta on-premises, we’ll sell them to you. Based on our past experiences with open source, we do know that there will be one important change: these technologies will find their way into the hands of those that we have no other way of reaching — and that some fraction of these will become customers. Also based on past experience, we know that some (presumably much smaller) fraction of these new technologists will — by merits of their interest in and contributions to these projects — one day join us as engineers at Joyent. Bluntly, open source is our farm system, and broadening our hiring channel during a blazingly hot market for software talent is playing no small role in our decision here. In short, this is not an act of altruism: it is a business decision — if a multifaceted one that we believe has benefits beyond the balance sheet.

Welcome to open source SDC and Manta — and long-live the container revolution!

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Oct 202014
 

JTC 1 Announces Two Key International Standards for Cloud Computing

NEW YORK, Sept. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and theInternational Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) will release two new International Standards for cloud computing in the coming weeks:

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Two Key International Standards for Cloud Computing

  • ISO/IEC 17788, Cloud Computing – Overview and Vocabulary
  • ISO/IEC 17789, Cloud Computing – Reference Architecture

These standards were developed as a collaborative project between JTC 1 – ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee 1, Information Technology – and ITU-T – the International Telecommunication Union’s Telecommunication Standardization Sector.

Cloud computing is recognized by governments and private-sector organizations as major, game-changing technology. Over 30 countries participated in JTC 1 Subcommittee (SC) 38 to develop these two cloud computing standards. The Overview and Vocabulary standard provides definitions of common cloud computing terms including those for cloud service categories such as Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), as well as for cloud deployment models such as public cloud, and private cloud. The Reference Architecture standard includes diagrams and descriptions of how the various aspects of cloud computing relate to one another.

“Cloud computing is a shift in the paradigm for providing IT capabilities to users that may impact a great deal of future IT products, systems, and services,” said Dr. Donald Deutsch, chair of ISO/IEC JTC 1 SC 38. “These first international cloud computing standards provide a sound foundation for follow-on standards as needs become more clear in this area.”

According to Karen Higginbottom, JTC 1 chair, “These International Standards for cloud computing will enable better communication between vendors and customers and will provide a basis for emerging and future cloud computing standards.”

These two cloud computing International Standards will serve as the basis for three new projects in JTC 1 SC 38:

  • Cloud Computing – Service Level Agreements
  • Cloud Computing – Interoperability and Portability
  • Cloud Computing – Data and their Flow across Devices and Cloud Services 

JTC 1 SC 27, which focuses on security, also has several projects that build upon the fundamentals laid by the two new standards.

The U.S. plays a leading role in JTC 1, with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) holding the secretariat and Karen Higginbottom, director of standards initiatives at Hewlett-Packard, serving as JTC 1’s chair. Dr. Donald Deutsch, vice president, standards strategy and architecture for Oracle, chairs JTC 1 SC 38, the subcommittee responsible for the development of these two new International Standards. The ANSI-Accredited U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to JTC 1 SC 38 is administered by INCITS, the InterNational

Committee for Information Technology Standards, with Steve Holbrook of IBM serving as chair of the U.S. TAG.

About JTC 1
The Joint Technical Committee (JTC) 1, Information technology, of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), is a consensus-based, globally relevant, voluntary international standards group. More than 2,000 experts from 163 countries come together to develop mutually beneficial guidelines that enhance global trade while protecting intellectual property.

About ANSI
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a private non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance U.S. global competitiveness and the American quality of life by promoting, facilitating, and safeguarding the integrity of the voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system. Its membership is made up of businesses, professional societies and trade associations, standards developers, government agencies, and consumer and labor organizations. The Institute represents the diverse interests of more than 125,000 companies and organizations and 3.5 million professionals worldwide.

The Institute is the official U.S. representative to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and, via the U.S. National Committee, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

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IBM and SAP Accelerate Enterprise Cloud

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Oct 202014
 

IBM and SAP Partner to Accelerate Enterprise Cloud Adoption

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16/10/2014

SAP SE and IBM today announced that SAP has selected IBM as a premier strategic provider of cloud infrastructure services for its business-critical applications — accelerating customers’ ability to run core business in the cloud. The SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud service is now available through IBM’s highly scalable, open and secure cloud. SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud will expand to major markets with the addition of the IBM cloud data centers. This is expected to enable customers to deploy their SAP software around the globe in a faster and more secure environment that is backed by IBM’s proven cloud capabilities.

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IBM and SAP Accelerate Enterprise Cloud

“We look forward to extending one of the longest and most successful partnerships in the IT industry,” said Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP. “The demand for SAP HANA and SAP Business Suite on SAP HANA in the cloud is tremendous and this global agreement with IBM heralds a new era of cloud collaboration. We anticipate customers will benefit from this collaboration and expansion of SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud.”

“This announcement is a significant milestone in the deployment of enterprise cloud,” said IBM Chairman, President and CEO Ginni Rometty. “It builds on our two companies’ long history of bringing innovation to business, and extends IBM’s position as the premier global cloud platform. Our secure, open, hybrid enterprise cloud platform will enable SAP clients to support new ways to work in an era shaped by Big Data, mobile and social.”

Together, IBM and SAP have the expertise, solutions and cloud infrastructure to deliver SAP business solutions on the IBM Cloud. SAP brings the power of real time through in-memory computing capabilities of SAP HANA combined with the ability to run mission-critical business applications, like SAP Business Suite, in a cloud environment. IBM brings enterprise depth and the open architecture of IBM Cloud Managed Services and SoftLayer — enabling customers to securely manage SAP workloads from trial to production on a consistent infrastructure, with transparency and control over where data resides. In addition, customers will benefit from the technology and services from both companies that offer industry-specific best practices, enabling customers to transform their organizations. SAP and IBM customers of all sizes will benefit from this joint collaboration of two of the most trusted companies in the industry.

Key Benefits to Enterprises of All Sizes Are Expected to Include:

  • Customers can take advantage of SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud with the global footprint of IBM Cloud. This enables customers to put data to work with SAP HANA and business applications in the IBM Cloud built for speed, transparency and control.
  • SAP HANA will run on IBM Cloud to provide an open-standards-based approach that will help create the foundation to more easily integrate existing technology investments with new workloads.
  • IBM and SAP are committed to security for enterprise customers in the cloud. The IBM Cloud provides visibility and control to enable enterprises to apply and extend their security best practices into a cloud environment.
  • Companies will now have additional reach and scale to more easily start locally and scale globally with cloud capabilities and also comply with data residency and other regulatory mandates.

For more information, visit the SAP News Center. Follow SAP on Twitter at @sapnews.

About IBM Cloud Computing
IBM is the global leader in cloud with an unmatched portfolio of open cloud solutions to enable clients for the hybrid cloud era with integration, control over data and expertise. Since the $2 billion acquisition of SoftLayer, IBM has continued to make significant investments in building out a comprehensive cloud portfolio including $1.2 billion to expand its global footprint to 40 data centers and $1 billion investment to establish Bluemix, a cloud platform-as-a-service on Cloud Foundry, to help millions of developers. IBM Cloud has helped more than 30,000 clients around the world. Today, IBM has 100+ cloud SaaS solutions, thousands of experts with deep industry knowledge helping clients transform and a growing global network of data centers. Since 2007, IBM has invested more than $7 billion in 17 acquisitions to accelerate its cloud initiatives. IBM holds 1,560 cloud patents focused on driving innovation. In fact, IBM for the 21st consecutive year topped the annual list of US patent leaders. IBM processes more the 5.5M client transactions daily through IBM’s public cloud. For more information about cloud offerings from IBM, visit http://www.ibm.com/cloud. Follow us on Twitter at @IBMcloud and on our blog at www.thoughtsoncloud.com. Join the conversation #ibmcloud.

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