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CloudTweaks Collaborates With Fortune Magazine

CloudTweaks Collaborates With Fortune Magazine

As Official Cloud Computing Partner In 2013

New York, NY (PRWEB) March 07, 2013 CloudTweaks, the leading cloud computing resource on the web has signed a partnership agreement with Fortune as the official partner of the well-established magazine’s cloud computing sections.

We are constantly focusing on delivering quality content and relevant news on cloud computing to our readers, and are a keen supporter of the cloud industry. The agreement signed with Fortune is the result of all the passion and efforts dedicated to informing, promoting and sustaining the cloud computing industry and technology related companies for the future in the cloud”, said Richard Mainhout, publisher and owner of CloudTweaks.com.

CloudTweaks will support the editorial team of Fortune in launching two custom sections focused on cloud computing. These sections will appear in the June 10th and November 18 issues of Fortune.

CloudTweaks is known and trusted for the quality of the editorial content covering and supporting the cloud industry. We are looking forward to launching these sections on cloud computing with their help,” said Newell Thompson, Executive Director of Custom Content at Fortune.

Established in 2009, CloudTweaks.com is recognized as the authority in cloud computing and one of the fastest-growing cloud resources on the web. The site publishes contributions by their own writers as well as authors from around the globe including CEOs, CIOs, technology bloggers, and cloud enthusiasts. The site offers in-depth articles, interviews, event listings, whitepapers, infographics and much more.

Fortune is a global leader in business journalism with a domestic circulation of over 830,000 and a global readership of nearly 5 million, and their marquee franchises include the Fortune 500 and 100 Best Companies to Work For.

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Cloud Infographic: Companies Fighting For Data

Cloud Infographic: Companies Fighting For Data

Cloud Infographic: Companies Fighting For Data

The amount of data in our world increases massively day-by-day. Big data is about capturing, storing and analyzing large pools of data from customers/consumers, suppliers, partners, operations, employees etc. According to a McKinsey  report, US companies from almost all industry sectors have, on average, hundreds of terabytes of data stored per company. The amount of data is growing as companies gather more and more information with each transaction and interaction with their customers.

Read More: Big Data & The Cloud

 

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Infographic Source: Evault

Cost Effective And Flexible Solution For Companies To Meet Their IT Needs – Part 1

Cloud Computing – Cost Effective and Flexible Solution for Companies – Part 1

What is Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is gaining popularity since last few years. It is a computing model that uses shared infrastructure to provide computing resources to companies dynamically over a cloud, such as internet. It enables companies to use data storage, software applications, and computer processing power owned and maintained by cloud service providers through the internet or proprietary network of the service provider.

The cloud computing services are broadly divided into three categories:

1. Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

2. Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS)

3. Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)

Alternatively, some providers use some different nomenclature, e.g. Hardware-as-a-Service (HaaS) for IaaS and only SaaS for later two categories.

Cloud computing allows enterprises and small businesses to user a shared infrastructure as a service. It brings freedom from maintaining and configuring local servers by allowing the usage of distributed servers and computers maintained and configured by cloud computing service providers. These service providers are essentially well equipped and capable of operating distributed computing infrastructure than a small business or enterprise that does not specialize in IT infrastructure and services thereby allowing them to concentrate on their core business.

The cloud also allows companies to use the computing resources as needed by making them a service. For example, a retail business that requires more computing resources say the number of servers for certain months of a year due to the high volume of business while its needs drop to a few servers for the rest of the year. By using cloud from a cloud service provider, such retail business can save capital investment that remains idle most the year.

The same is true about ‘Software as a Service’ (SaaS) provided by cloud computing providers. Companies can purchase monthly or quarterly subscriptions instead of purchasing complete license and become worry free from its becoming obsolete in a few months or a year. Traditionally, newer versions of software require companies to purchase them again, and sometimes these newer versions also need enhanced infrastructure due to added functionalities, and thus add up to investments in infrastructure. Cloud services, both infrastructure and software allow companies to cut cost on repurchase of newer versions and upgrading of infrastructure.

How Companies Benefit from Cloud Computing

Companies can readily benefit from cloud computing. Some of the benefits cloud offers to companies are:

1. Time to start using the infrastructure and services is significantly reduced. Since cloud providers can extend services quickly, companies do no longer need lead time for bidding, purchasing, installation, and configuration of hardware and software

2. Costs on software licensing are reduced as companies can use online services in the cloud

3. Companies no longer need dedicated human resources for IT infrastructure and thus save administrative costs

4. Since cloud service providers specialize in infrastructure and software, they can offer more availability and reliability than a small in-house IT team could provide

5. Companies no more need to maintain their servers. This reduces maintenance cost

By Krishan Lal Khatri,

Krishan is a technology researcher and writer with over 12 years experience in telecommunication industry. He has a masters degree in Electronic Engineering and is member of IEEE and ISOC. He has worked with leading telecommunication service providers in Pakistan and United Arab Emirates for 10 years and then switched to teaching and research by joining a public sector university. He is currently pursuing PhD in Electrical Engineering.

The Fine Line Between SaaS Business Optimization And Innovation

The Fine Line Between SaaS Business Optimization and Innovation

Let’s take a minute to talk about optimization vs. innovation, especially where it applies to software, namely SaaS software. There is a very clear and distinct difference between these two core concepts, and not understanding this difference can doom you from the start. Often, people will label optimization of a design to be a form of innovation, and will often even go as far as to market it as such.

They rarely get called out on this, as consumers aren’t tech experts, though they’re far from stupid. Oh, they know something’s up, they just couldn’t point out exactly what, and so they remain silent and contemplative, tolerating the nonsense as best as they can. Well, this isn’t right, so tech people, consumers, everyone else – let’s talk about the differences between them.

Let’s cite a couple hypothetical scenarios, one is innovation and the other is optimization. Examples are the best way to learn and demonstrate, obviously, and they’re much more pleasant to read. Pleasant reading is of course retained reading.

Let’s begin. We will be looking at the fictional company, BlueRodent Graphics, a respected and successful developer of SaaS graphical development tools for cooperative cloud GD.


Case #1 – Innovation

The R&D lab at BlueRodent has been watching the trends with graphics and graphical needs. They see the forthcoming need for vastly easier 3D modeling, a feature their suite, GoldenRing, doesn’t even support. They’ve stayed away from 3D design for the longest time due to the extreme computing cost of modeling, coupled with past SaaS latency, along with the difficulty inherent to 3D modeling software on a usability end.

Alas, graphics design software is beginning to be judged not just for its 2D capacities, but for its 3D, and so BlueRodent can no longer refrain from trying to support the burgeoning medium. Conventional 3D modeling interfaces are baffling and difficult, and while modern web tech will allow for responsive interface at long last, they don’t want their famously easy-to-use GoldenRing suite to become a mess.

The brilliant R&D lab, in accompaniment with a team of UX experts, has come up with a novel new idea to represent 3D as a series of 2D sheets. In order to shape basic 3D models, all that must be done is for the user to draw lines and curves onto this sheet. They can then cut them and fold them with easy 3D motions, like origami. Anyone who’s ever made a paper airplane can easily get the basics of this modeling concept in a few minutes. Those serious about 3D, and who are used to the sleek design GoldenRing already has …  well, they can master yet more innovating 3D modeling in days or weeks, rather than months or years. The origami modeling system is innovative, new, and completely changes the way 3D is to be approached. In the following years, everyone will try to imitate BlueRodent’s origami modeling technique.

Case #2 – Optimization

While the R&D lab toils to solve the 3D barrier for GoldenRing, the rest of the development staff sees another issue that’s a little more pertinent for them to address. Why is the vector graphics engine so slow and non-responsive? Pixel-based art works at lightning speed and the latency between cooperative users through the server is less than 5/1000 of a second, and yet, vectors are slow. Vectors use less data, since they’re just geometry and math, not boxes of individual colors.

This is a problem, given how popular vectors are, and how otherwise lauded GoldenRing’s vector design interface and capacity is. If it just didn’t lag so much when more than one user was working on a design in unison.

And then, one single programmer, on his third cup of coffee, has an epiphany. The pixel data for regular graphics is being handled by relaying a color and coordinate directly to the server where it echoes it back to other live users. Vectors are being sent to a secondary block of PHP where it renders the image, and redraws it for everyone. It’s still giving everyone pixels, just way too many way too quickly.

And so, the rest of the BlueRodent team listens with much eagerness as he outlines a plan to shift the vector rendering to the local interface, using HTML5 to draw the vectors live, client side, just as it has been doing for pixels the whole time. No longer will PHP draw the entire image every time, and then require it to be re-loaded by clients. And as such, the vector methods for GoldenRing become faster than Flash or Illustrator with a simple optimization of how it is handled.

This is optimization, the refinement of an existing structure to remove inefficiencies and make it perform much better.

And thus, as we followed two issues that BlueRodent addressed, we see clearly the demonstration of innovation – a new, never before conceived concept, even to solve a known issue. And we see a demonstration of optimization, to make something already in place work better just by shifting the strategy for how it is handled.

Guest Post By Omri Erel,

Marketing director at WalkMe and lead author of SaaS Addict

Using The Cloud For Better Business Continuity

Using The Cloud For Better Business Continuity

Using The Cloud For Better Business Continuity

Planning for your cloud application or website to go down seems like it should be a no brainer. We assume that every business is aptly prepared; in fact most people reading this probably believe theirs is. It is, right? Right? Turns out it only takes one extreme incident to show us that keeping websites and applications online no matter what the circumstance really is an after thought for many organizations. For instance, sites like Gawker, Gizmodo, and Huffington Post all went down during Hurricane Sandy last fall, as did hundreds of other businesses’ critical infrastructure. While I can’t speculate as to what kinds of IT practices these businesses had in place, we can assume their business continuity planning wasn’t as strong as it could have been – despite being in a region of the country that gets hit with hurricanes on an annual basis.

Now it’s one thing for websites to go down, it’s another thing for applications that house critical data – that needs to be accessed on a dime – to suddenly be inaccessible. Depending on the industry, the risks of this inaccessibility can be grave. For instance, the stakes for healthcare, eCommerce platforms and SaaS/PaaS solutions providers are extremely high if data suddenly becomes unavailable.

Think about it – natural and unnatural disasters strike every day, everywhere in the world. We can count on it. Yet businesses still leave their data at risk of being “lost,” if even for a short time. In an era when about everything lives in the cloud, BCP can no longer be left on the back burner. Here are some ways businesses can leverage the cloud for smarter BCP.

Resources on Demand

Businesses used to balk at BCP simply because of the time it took to implement such a plan. Ordering new hardware, provisioning circuits and signing contracts with a colocation provider could literally take months. The cloud removes all of those steps. Organizations can literally spin up a virtualized machine within minutes in another location, resulting in very little to no downtime. The instant spin up and switch down aspect of the cloud is particularly handy when preparing for seasonal events like hurricanes. These tend to hit the coast at about the same time every year and subside a couple of months later. An IT director could replicate his environment a month before the hurricane season starts, stand it up in a region that is untouched by hurricanes (like Arizona), and turn the deployment down a month or two later. If the season is a little prolonged than usual, there is no need, as with a traditional hosting contract, to sign up for another year, when the environment could be used for only a couple of weeks.

Better and more resources for efficient failover means cloud infrastructure is perfect for replicating applications and databases across a multitude of environments and geographically diverse infrastructure. This enablement means enterprises can easily redirect their traffic to any number of failover facilities using DNS management, thus greatly lowering the risk. This amazing agility can make the preplanning and nominal additional cost worthwhile. The geographical diversity of cloud providers is key here. Tornado risk in the mid-west? Move the workload to an east coast cloud node. Hurricane risk on the east coast? Replicate the workload to a cloud node in Arizona. Earthquake risk in California? Re-locate to a node in Texas. None of this is a hassle with cloud infrastructure.

Redundancy no longer costs an arm and a leg

Cost has been a huge factor that prevents businesses of every size from implementing effective business continuity plans. The cloud makes this a moot (or at least much more palatable) point.

Hot / Cold business continuity configuration – As mentioned, when the cloud is used for BC solutions, resources like processors, RAM, and storage allocations can remain practically dormant until the moment the business needs them, at which time, these resources can be scaled up quickly to manage the production load. A cloud business continuity solution can be deployed so quickly that active users (on the website or application) don’t even notice a blip. With cloud, enterprises and SMBs alike can now have BC plans with global infrastructure in place without breaking the budget.

Hot / Hot business continuity configurationDNS management tools enable IT stakeholders to mirror a production hosting environment, in its entirety, to a secondary location. The geo-location features of DNS can play a role here too, providing a performance boost as requests can be routed via load-balancing to the most local production node. Running two deployments ‘live-live’ where Web servers and possibly even data base servers share the load between the two locations, is a good option for highly transactional businesses, where even a moment of interruption leads to revenue loss.

It’s remarkable how many companies still rely on traditional (dare I say outdated) back up practices such as weekly back up to tape. Cloud can be a game changer for IT, lowering the price of a business continuity solutions, while at the same time providing more businesses better access to robust and protective options quickly.

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By Daniel Beazer

Daniel Beazer has an extensive history of research and strategy with hosting and cloud organizations.  As director of strategy at FireHost, Daniel Beazer oversees interactions with enterprise and strategic customers. In this role, he identifies pain points that are unique to high-level customers and utilises his significant knowledge of cloud computing and hosting to help them. 

 

BYOD And Mobile Device Management

BYOD And Mobile Device Management

As businesses grow so too does the need for constant connection to the technology that will make your business a success. Ever since smartphones, tablets, and laptops have become the business norm in our world, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) has been implemented into business, as many companies do not feel the need to provide their own communication devices. Yet, security and reliability have become extremely important while conducting business on a third party device.

For businesses moving to a mobile management strategy with BYODs, the Mobile Enterprise 360 community is built around four important content pillars:

  1. Mobile Workforce: Focuses on providing a reliable network at anytime, with any device, on any location, and with any device experience that users demand, in a secure and scalable fashion. The community content on this topic will review the best BYOD policies for each organization’s needs.
  1. Mobile Collaboration: Looks at virtual meetings, workspaces, secure file sharing, and data and files transfers on a growing number of mobile devices.
  1. Cloud Services: Concentrates on best practices for integrating applications, data, security, working with third parties, and other strategies for cloud-enabling the mobile infrastructure. The relationship between the cloud and mobility strategies will be significant and the orchestration of mobile cloud services will dominate the discussions within this topic as data storage and sharing will become essential to the growth of your mobile management business philosophy.
  1. Mobile Management: While understanding mobility, moving it away from the pure device management realm and incorporating it into the broader and more strategic realm of mobile data management to emphasize both device and platform independence is the next step in business technology. This is a very key item for IT managers moving forward as they seek out all the necessary pieces to manage and secure mobile applications, content and devices.

It is obvious that mobile technology will dominate the means of communications completely in the next few years as it becomes more affordable to use, with faster communication speeds and easy access. With so many wanting to use the technology that they already possess it would only make sense to invest with a BYOD technology network to better facilitate your employees and your customers. To understand more of the BYOD mobile management process and networking visit Mobile Enterprise 360 to see what is the best option for your business.

By James Farrington

Sponsored post with expert opinions from the Mobile Enterprise 360 community

A „Spoon“ Full Of Cloud Gaming

A „Spoon“ full of Cloud Gaming

Cloud service provider Spoon offers a compelling product for those who are always on the run and lack constant access to their own computer. You are granted access to your own sandbox, a digital desktop on the Spoon servers, and you can access it from every computer anywhere. While synchronizing your data and apps on the server, you even have the possibility to use your data and virtual desktop offline. The newest addition to the services of spoon are games and online storage of game saves, but you might not find the same amount of quality here like on OnLive – both for better and worse.

Spoon is excited to bring app virtualization technology to the gaming community,” said Kenji Obata, founder and CEO of Spoon. “Gamers can now enjoy graphically rich desktop games in the cloud without the latency issues associated with other cloud technologies.” The trick behind this appealing mix of graphic quality and solid performance is the use of a hybrid model using both the cloud servers and the user server. Shared resources reduce the usage of bandwidth and internet connection and allow a higher level of efficiency and service than regular cloud gaming, which solely relies on own servers and full usage of your precious internet connection. This truly is a welcome solution against hardware incompatibility and loss of saved games and game discs with additional offline playing options.

Too bad Spoon can’t yet supply its customers with the real deal in gaming. The range of games available for your own sandbox server is rather limited and only covers open source games, which are available for free already, and niche puzzle and adventure games from studios of lesser renown. One would wonder how well the hybrid technology could cope with AAA-titles and if it is able to offer greater graphical pleasure than the competition does at this very moment. It is probably a question of money as well: Spoon delivers every app and game for free, only the size of the storage space available is determined by the level of your subscription plan. As always, money is a key factor in the gaming industry and both the developers and the service providers alike seek a compensation for their efforts. OnLive charges the user with a handful of dollar for a time-limited usage for the desired game and even grants him a lifetime usage for the full store price of the game. Spoon could sell access to games separately – or advance their subscription options with gaming bundles. In the end, negotiations with the developer will determine the business model used for future gaming on Spoon.

By Robert Baumert

Cloud Infographic: Cloud Computing Compliance

Cloud Infographic: Cloud Computing Compliance

Cloud Infographic: Cloud Computing Compliance

More and more cloud services launched by the IT industry to support HIPAA compliance are now available. For example, Verizon Enterprise Solutions has launched a new cloud service that enable health care providers to comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.  NaviSite/TimeWarner along with other Enterprise Cloud hosting vendors also offer HIPAA compliant cloud solutions.

Included is an excellent infographic which covers the Continuity & Compliance of cloud computing.

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Infographic Source: Paycomonline.com

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Is The Fintech Industry The Next Tech Bubble?

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10 Trending US Cities For Tech Jobs And Startups

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How Data Science And Machine Learning Is Enabling Cloud Threat Protection

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Data Science and Machine Learning Security breaches have been consistently rising in the past few years. Just In 2015, companies detected 38 percent more security breaches than in the previous year, according to PwC’s Global State of Information Security Survey 2016. Those breaches are a major expense — an average of $3.79 million per company,…

The Storytelling Machine: Big Content and Big Data

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Bridging The Gap Between Big Content and Big Data Advances in cloud computing, along with the big data movement, have transformed the business IT landscape. Leveraging the cloud, companies are now afforded on demand capacity and mobile accessibility to their business-critical systems and information. At the same time, the amount of structured and unstructured data…

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How Formal Verification Can Thwart Change-Induced Network Outages and Breaches

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Cloud Security Risks: The Top 8 According To ENISA

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Cost of the Cloud: Is It Really Worth It?

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