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Cloud Education: What Web Access Means To Students

Cloud Education: What Web Access Means To Students

What Web Access Means to Students

For decades, students have been feeling pressure to succeed earlier and earlier in their academic careers. It is also considered a universal truth that academic success is a key stepping stone in breaking the cycle of poverty.

Although upper-middle class and “rich kids” naturally enjoy access to more educational resources, the public library has always been an equalizing factor. In recent years the Internet has largely replaced the brick and mortar library as an educational resource.

The Internet is The New Library, Where Ever You Can Find It

As the Internet becomes a more important tool for student’s to research and make contact with their teachers, access to the ‘net is increasingly important to student success. This access shows serious holes in universal access for rural poor students.

Students in homes with 24 hour access to the net are simply able to do more and better homework than those who have to leave the house to acquire a WiFi signal. Educators are using cloud based lessons and tools to extend the learning day, but students who do not have web access simply miss out.

Drive In Restaurants Are For More Than Cheap Dates

Across the country, managers of McDonald’s fast food restaurants (which offer free WiFi) report an upsurge in business from students using the Internet, especially in the hours after the public libraries close. The cliché of young professionals hanging out in Starbuck’s does not fit as well for these underprivileged students for no other reason than there are more items on the McDonald’s menu that fall into the price point of a poor student than at Starbuck’s. (WiFi is available for free at both McDonald’s and Starbuck’s, and it is the corporate policy of both chains that purchase is not needed to use the service, but most students feel obligated to purchase something.)

Education and Cloud based technology are a natural fit, and educators are quick to recognize that Internet and computer skills are as important to students as arithmetic and reading. It seems criminal that the students who stand to receive the greatest benefit from Internet based education opportunities will miss out due to the geography of Web Access.

The FCC reports that strides are being made in bringing broadband availability to all Americans, including the rural poor. The technology exists to make this a truly wired nation, all that lacks is the political and financial will to make it so.

By Peter Knight

PaaS And IaaS: Rising Champions Of Cloud Computing

PaaS And IaaS: Rising Champions Of Cloud Computing

PaaS and IaaS: Rising Champions of Cloud Computing

In the cloud conversation, Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) appear much less than the famed Software as a Service (SaaS). This is not surprising when you consider that a world already populated with built platforms and infrastructure has but to operate on them. However, offering Platforms and Infrastructure through the cloud has been a boon to the software development field, especially with the recently growing push toward increased collaboration between developers and admins, commonly referred to as Development Operations (DevOps).

Distinctions and Utilization

Though somewhat easy to confuse the two, it may be best to view PaaS as a subset of IaaS with fewer responsibilities in terms of provision of infrastructure. Specifically, choosing PaaS over IaaS moves the responsibility of managing the database, runtime, and middleware from an organization to the vendor of the service. PaaS and, to a lesser degree, IaaS are a direct route via the cloud to facilitating the work of software developers, though IaaS may be more desirable in cases where an organization has a suitable existing infrastructure and prefers more control over those elements.

Increasing Agility

Over recent years, the rise of DevOps has highlighted a push toward agile development, which is a model that favors multiple updates to software over a shorter period of time as opposed to the traditional waterfall method. Cloud computing and virtualization enhance this approach by speeding processes and increasing flexibility. In a quickly evolving business environment, agility is a most sought after quality.

Demand for agility requires a streamlined approach that lowers costs in terms of manpower and time. As such, many large companies have taken to the automation in the cloud by employing application deployment software that takes care of application delivery and updates. In order to understand the path application development (AD) is on and how this gives rise to PaaS and IaaS, it is best to look at the market as a whole.

Application Development Drivers

According to Gartner’s principle research analyst, Asheesh Raina, “Application modernization and increasing agility will continue to be a solid driver for AD spending, apart from other emerging dynamics of cloud, mobility and social computing.” Cloud and Mobile technologies are also cited as largely driving the direction of AD.

The prolific use of smart phones and tablets has led to widespread adoption of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to increase efficiency in the workplace. As such, much of the AD market is expected to focus on mobile devices. Gartner predicted that applications developed for mobile devices would outnumber those developed for PC at a 4:1 ratio by 2015.

The vast majority of application development is expected to happen in the cloud in coming years as well, largely thanks to BYOD and the cloud. Even development that takes place on premise is largely aimed at being cloud-ready. It is undeniable that AD will be central to the growth of cloud computing.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports for projected employment growth through 2020 show a growth in software development related jobs that is approximately twice the national average. According to Forrester’s VP and Principal Analyst John Rymer, “PaaS holds the key to the full use of cloud computing.” This is because applications are the driving force of our technological advancement into cloud computing and PaaS offers, “easy development, fast deployment, focus on your business problem, reach, elasticity, and self-service,” Rymer says.

Still, PaaS has only recently gained significant recognition as a cloud computing category. It is built on IaaS, so it stands to reason that it has come into play only as we delve deeper into the cloud. Businesses have to take a pragmatic approach to emerging technologies and IaaS is often a logical step in migrating an existing application stack into the cloud. Questions and concerns have to be addressed before becoming deeply invested. However, just as with cloud computing in general, businesses become increasingly comfortable utilizing PaaS as they attempt to take advantage of its proposed benefits. Given the growth of industries that stand to reap the benefits of IaaS and PaaS, early projections of the growth of these services may be modest in terms of investment in cloud technology.

By Arthur Nichols

Arthur Nichols is a Systems Analyst with a passion for writing. His interest in computers began when Deep Blue beat Garry Kasparov in a regulation chess tournament. When Arthur isn’t drawing up diagrams and flow charts, he writes for BMC, leading supplier of cloud software solutions.

Wetting Our Toes In The Big Data Sea

Wetting Our Toes In The Big Data Sea

World population has reached 7 billion, and as of the middle of 2012, it is estimated that worldwide there are 2.4 billion Internet users, more than a third of the Earth’s population.

As universal as the Internet has become, it is perhaps not a completely understood thing. Perhaps it can be thought of as the logical extension of the Neolithic cave paintings.

In the history of media, the Internet is not only the simplest means to disseminate large amounts of information, but it is really the first time that there is a truly practical way for the recipients of the information to participate in the conversation. In Radio and Television, the only practical feedback a the audience could give was to turn the channel on undesirable programing. The Internet encourages audience participation to not only create feedback, but to contribute content.

Data and More Data

This has led to an explosion in the amount of data, not just on the Internet, but anywhere there is an electronic input, your water meter, the cash register at the corner store, every time your use the GPS Navigation system in your car. Sooner or later, all of that data will wind up on the Internet.

According to IBM, everyday 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are created, so much that 90% of the data in the world was created in the last two years. This is Big Data. By definition, Big Data is any data set that is so large that traditional data management tools are inadequate to handle it.

What Big Data Means and Will Mean

The implications of Big Data are just beginning to be understood. They will be felt across business, politics, science, and even social interaction.

Some of most immediate effects of Big Data are felt in business. Every hour 50 million filing cabinets worth of customer information is collected at the check-out counters of Wal-Mart Stores, approximately 167 times all the information contained in all the books in the Library of Congress. The true value of Big Data will probably be seen in predicting business trends. Amazon CEO Werner Vogels recently pointed out that when mistakes are made in his organization, it is usually because there is insufficient data to back up a suggestion or idea.

We are standing on the shores of a sea of unlimited potential. There are uncharted reefs in that sea as well. There is not time to cautiously dampen our toes, our ship is sailing into the Sea of Big Data. The choice to remain on the shore is beyond us, but as we sail, we can choose whether we are hidden below decks in steerage or on deck, basking in the sunshine.

By Peter Knight

Wall Of Confusion And The DevOps Tea Party

Wall Of Confusion

As an I.T management model that expands on the Agile Development framework, DevOps has seen much increase in hype in the last two years. In contrast to how Social Media and the Web 2.0 concept defined content generation and content consumption, the collective approach to I.T operations and software development systems looked to enhance the systems based approach to building and operating software systems.

The critical acclaim that DevOps received beyond its initial steps were further endorsed by movements like DevOps Days and DevOps Meetups, with each of these movements consistently gaining momentum towards standardization.

As a discipline that brings development and I.T operations together, there are a few things we believe merit discussion –

1) As a practical I.T model, DevOps is more than a mere cultural change. It also seeks to play a role in lowering the proverbial wall of confusion between Operations (Ops) and Software Development Engineers (Dev). It does this through collaboration on an enterprise level.

2) The wall of confusion is one factor that separates devs from ops. This wall, if brought down, can contribute towards a more harmonious acceptance of what each party holds near and dear. For example, developers are more prone to working on change – as in continuous innovation and product enrichment. Ops, on the other hand, are more inclined towards a more stable environment that streamlines the whole software development life cycle processes. For example, business continuity via active release management principles to maintain business integrity may be valued more over change.

3) When it comes to Cloud Computing, DevOps and developers go hand in hand. DevOps are quite resourceful and can generate improved productivity and great application features by way of keeping control and core access for necessary customizations in large-scale business applications.

4) In the Software as a Service (SaaS) environment, DevOps are increasingly being taken into confidence as real-time Cloud requirement change at break-neck speeds, and Cloud availability, reliability, scalability, automation and security all come to play at the same table.

5) Puppet, Chef, or ControlTier all contribute to the focus on a unified wisdom of tooling to enable a solution to a given problem rather than concentrating on forming a census on the problem itself. Quite naturally, that would be the first gut instinct, both for technology players as well as for expert opinions on unifying a new concept. The case, no matter how similar, must be given credence to take its own natural path, while we must be careful of all observations in the process.


While this article also borrows from a variety of sources, it is now known that the DevOps model for a more collaborative and shared approach to integrating development with system administration / operation is the way forward.

Notwithstanding organizational change management challenges, the DevOps model of running I.T operations along with development pods is moving ahead. Whether organizations can successfully align their existing methodologies to this phenomenon or not, is, at best, a guess.

In the meanwhile, organizations that are already successfully running operations under this umbrella have a tale of their own to tell – if anyone wants to listen!

By Pere Hospital

Pere Hospital (CISSP & OSCP) is the CTO and co-founder at Cloudways Ltd. He has over two decades of experience in IT Security, Risk Analysis and Virtualization Technologies. You can follow Pere on Twitter at @perehospital or learn more about Cloudways at

Industry Experts Lead The Way At The 5th Annual Cloud World Forum

Industry Experts Lead The Way At The 5th Annual Cloud World Forum

Hundreds of technology experts will give their views on the state of the cloud computing industry in London, next June, at the 5th Annual Cloud World Forum –

Keynote speakers including Dr. Jeff Jaffe, CEO of World Wide Web Consortium; Francisco Garcia Moran, Directorate General of Informatics of European Comission; and Tony McAlister, CTO of Betfair will be joined by more than 5,000 delegates to share the latest trends and products from the world of cloud computing.

Following on the huge success of last year’s conference, the 5th Annual Cloud World Forum will be held At London’s National Hall Olympia.  The event offers free passes to delegates and features all the latest cloud computing trends, including security, applications, communications, virtualization, Big Data, M2M, CDN, CRM, and many others.

Over 200 heavy-weight speakers will feature at the event, including:

• Dr. Jeff Jaffe, CEO, World Wide Web Consortium
• Francisco Garcia Moran, Directorate General of Informatics, European Commission
• Tony McAlister, CTO, Betfair
• Paul Coby, IT Director, John Lewis
• Richard Harris, CIO, ARM

Further big names from the world of technology will be announced by the Cloud World Forum team in the first week of February.
Alongside these seminars, delegates attending the Cloud World Forum will also have access to three co-located events; the CDN World Forum – – the Big Data World Congress – – and the M2M Forum

These conferences provide a fantastic opportunity for delegates to discuss the latest trends and technologies related to Content Delivery Networks (CDN), M2M and the rise of big data in the enterprise.

The Cloud World Forum also includes an exhibition hall featuring over 150 leading solution providers. All the major players from the enterprise IT world will be represented, including Microsoft, Google, HP, and many others.The forum is the ideal opportunity for anyone looking to network with fellow industry experts, make valuable business connections and learn about the leading trends and topics in the cloud space. So whether you’re an IT vendor, government official, telco representative or you work within the enterprise, the 5th Annual Cloud World Forum is an opportunity not to be missed.

The 5th Annual Cloud World Forum takes place at National Hall Olympia on 26th-27th of June 2013.  Free passes for the event are available. Get in contact with or contact a member of our team on +44 (0)845 519 1230 for further information.

Big Data: Automation At Sea

Big Data: Automation At Sea

As fascinating as we find big data’s potential as a management tool, the sources of big data also need to be considered. Anywhere an electronic signal or impulse is recorded, there is a potential data point. In isolation, these data points can be used to increase process efficiency. Collectively, they are making cultural and societal changes, increasing efficiency but eliminating jobs.

Anyone who has watched Discovery Channel knows that an aircraft carrier is an incredibly complex device. My service in the Navy was on a ship much simpler in scope than a nuclear powered carrier, but in my time aboard I was able to see the collection, as well as the transformations made by big data.

“Beans, Bullets, and Bulk Fuel”

My ship was a Fast Combat Support Ship, basically the fuel and grocery delivery system for the fleet, and I worked in the engineering department. The only hulls in the fleet larger than ours were the carriers, although we did our job with one fifteenth of the crew.

With their nuclear power plant, the carrier can stay at sea indefinitely. However, her aircraft needs fuel, parts and ammunition, and her crew needs food. The fleet supporting the carriers’ mission needs these same things, and it was our job to deliver them.

The Watch-Stander’s Lot

As part of the engineering crew, my job was to assist in monitoring and maintaining the ship’s machinery, both for propulsion and auxiliary functions. Most of the equipment, ranging from the gas turbine main propulsion engines and huge diesel generators, to boilers and water distillation plants, refrigeration equipment, and air compressors to fuel and oil pumps, had to be kept in operation 24 hours a day while the ship was underway. The only way to keep all the equipment pieces running at peak efficiency is to constantly monitor their performance so that potential faults can be repaired before there is a catastrophic failure.

Monitoring meant that every hour of every day, someone like me had to go around and read every gauge on every piece of machinery, and record the readings on a log sheet. Some pieces of gear had only a pressure and a temperature gauge, others had as many as fifty different gauges and parameters that needed to be recorded every hour.

Automation Comes to Sea

Near the end of my tour on the ship, the Navy began installing sensors in the place of most of the gauges on the machinery. The readings that would take a team of watch-standers most of an hour to complete before they had to be taken again are now constantly recorded electronically, more completely and accurately than live sailors could keep them, not to mention the reams of paperwork eliminated.

While I was aboard, the ship had a hardworking crew of around 380 sailors and officers. Today the same ship spends even more of her time at sea with a crew of 176 civilian mariners. Automation and the use of what is essentially big data analysis are the factors that keep her at sea, performing her mission.

The sailors whose jobs were eliminated by automation were all reassigned to other vital tasks, but how many jobs in industry have been eliminated by automation, and more importantly, what has happened to the middle-class wage earners who held the jobs?

By Peter Knight

IBM Delivers New Services To Help Clients Move Enterprise Applications To The Cloud

IBM Delivers New Services to Help Clients Move Enterprise Applications to the Cloud

Financial, healthcare, government and electronics clients tap IBM SmartCloud Enterprise+; IBM SmartCloud for SAP applications is now available globally

ARMONK, N.Y. – 29 January 2013: IBM (NYSE:IBM) today announced global availability for its cloud service on five continents—plus a new center opening in Spain– based on its industry-leading sourcing business to host SAP® applications and other core operations. Now clients can turn to cloud computing for enterprise applications while they reduce the overall cost of IT and at the same time, expand online access, while they invest in innovative analytics, social business and mobile computing.

Many organizations are eager to leverage the economic advantages of cloud computing to run their critical applications on the cloud. Their applications require deep technical expertise, around-the-clock customer service, tight security and ongoing maintenance — features typically found in IT sourcing arrangements but not in the “one-size-fits-all” model of self-service clouds.

To address this, IBM developed an infrastructure-as-a-service cloud built on decades of hosting experience gained by being the world’s largest provider of IT sourcing services with more than 1,000 clients. Called IBM SmartCloud Enterprise+ (SCE+), the service combines the best features of sourcing– high service level agreements, security and reliability– with the best features of cloud – elasticity and subscription-based pricing.

This service offers the same level of assurance normally associated with a hosted service to make sure clients can always access their core applications for ERP, CRM, analytics, social business and mobile computing from the cloud. The new service goes beyond the infrastructure offered as a service with typical public clouds. With this cloud service, IBM also helps manage patch updates and identity management, improving security, which analysts often cite as an inhibitor to cloud adoption.

This is a logical evolution of IBM’s sourcing business that gives us an advantage both in our services relationships and the cloud market as we define a new enterprise-grade cloud today,” said Jim Comfort, general manager of IBM SmartCloud Services. “Our clients want sophisticated, economical cloud-based services that provide the same quality and service level as a private, hosted IT environment. With that assurance, they can focus more on driving business value from their data and operations, and less on managing their IT.”

An Enterprise-Grade Cloud Service—SmartCloud for SAP Applications

IBM today is announcing SmartCloud for SAP applications, an enterprise service unique to IBM, is available globally.

As customers expand their use of SAP applications to more business processes, such as marketing campaigns based on Big Data, they often will benefit from more systems and greater management. Operating and managing IT environments running SAP solutions requires an advanced infrastructure and strong SAP operational skills.

IBM SmartCloud for SAP applications automates and standardizes provisioning of IT environments, and can accelerate service delivery with expert certified staff. The SmartCloud services for SAP applications delivers 99.7 percent availability based on a global delivery model to support cloud-based systems around the clock. This service is available for SAP Business Suite software and the SAP BusinessObjects™ solution portfolio as an enterprise-class, fully managed Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering for running SAP solutions in a production environment.

IBM’s new cloud service for SAP applications exemplifies our two companies’ work together in the last 40 years in delivering enterprise value to thousands of clients,” said Dr. Vishal Sikka, member of the SAP Executive Board, Technology and Innovation. “Cloud computing is helping our clients transform their IT infrastructures and businesses. We are confident that our partnership with IBM — using their SmartCloud platform and our business applications – will help drive differentiated value to clients around the globe.”

In addition, IBM is marrying its Global Business Services deep expertise, tools and processes with SmartCloud for SAP applications to deliver LifeCycle as a Service. This can transform implementations of SAP applications end to end—from sandbox to production. With this service, IBM takes responsibility and control of the SAP applications and provides management, including software patching of SAP solutions as well as support for the underlying operating system, database and middleware.

Clients may set up their SAP solutions development and test operations on IBM’s public cloud service—SmartCloud Enterprise. Then those SAP applications can be transitioned to the SCE+ platform for production to further assure higher availability of the operations.

Client wins

IBM has clients in finance, manufacturing, telecommunications, electronics, government and healthcare using SCE+.

For example, IBM SCE+ is the cloud platform powering the Philips Smart TV platform for Internet services, which delivers greater interactive services to millions of TV viewers in more than 30 countries in Europe, as well as Brazil and Argentina.

We needed a cloud computing environment resilient enough to support unexpected demands at any given time when millions of TV viewers access a variety of services on our network,” said Albert Mombarg, head of Philips Smart TV at TP Vision, a joint venture between Philips and TV manufacturer TPV. “IBM SmartCloud Enterprise+ provides an economic, flexible way to create new services for our viewers and we expect it to transform the way we deliver Philips Smart TV and drive ongoing business innovation.

Heathcare is also well suited for SCE+. Summit Health, a health care management company, is tapping IBM SCE+ to support the company’s growth plans around health care management and proactive wellness programs. The Generalitat de Cataluña, a regional government in Spain, is planning on using SCE+ in a new IBM cloud datacenter in Spain to improve its healthcare system and share resources among its universities and town halls.

Details on SmartCloud Enterprise+

SCE+ is offered from IBM’s cloud centers in Japan, Brazil, Canada, France, Australia, the U.S. and Germany, giving clients broad geographic choice of where their data resides. IBM announced today the opening of its first cloud center in Spain, located in Barcelona, to service clients worldwide, which will be operative by mid-2013.

The SCE+ environment can have service levels that guarantee availability for each single OS-instance from 98.5 percent up to 99.9 percent.

New also is IBM Migration Services for SmartCloud Enterprise+, which helps clients migrate to cloud more quickly and cost effectively by determining which workloads are best suited to the SmartCloud Enterprise+ environment. Standardized and automation-assisted, IBM Migration Services are economically priced, aim to deliver ROI in 6 to18 months.

About IBM Cloud Computing

IBM has helped thousands of clients adopt cloud models and manages millions of cloud-based transactions every day. With cloud, IBM helps clients rethink their IT and reinvent their business. IBM assists clients in areas as diverse as banking, communications, healthcare and government to build their own clouds or securely tap into IBM cloud-based business and infrastructure services. IBM is unique in bringing together key cloud technologies, deep process knowledge, a broad portfolio of cloud solutions, and a network of global delivery centers. For more information about cloud offerings from IBM, visit Follow us on Twitter at and on our blog at

Source: IBM

Whitepaper: Enterprise Cloud Development (ECD) Platforms

Whitepaper: Enterprise Cloud Development (ECD) Platforms

Achieving Competitive Differentiation Through Agility

With cloud-based agile software development, organizations can respond to fast-changing needs at the speed their business demands.


Organizations are finding that a cloud-based platform for agile software development provides the speed and flexibility they need to respond to opportunities and market changes. But this will not happen overnight. To support cloud adoption, enterprise cloud development (ECD) platforms can provide a secure path for managing development and deployment in a hybrid cloud environment. This research report highlights how organizations are implementing and benefiting from cloud-based agile software development.

In today’s competitive business landscape, a convergence of game-changing trends is placing new value on immediacy. With rampant social media use, mobile device proliferation and an exponential increase in data, “now” is the only time that matters.

Companies are responding by gradually and selectively moving data and applications into the cloud (which enables elastic and instant application provisioning and deployment) and by embedding agile concepts and practices into their corporate cultures and software development processes. Using agile practices, developers can quickly and easily collaborate on applications that enable workers to gather, access, analyze and act immediately on information drawn from widespread and disparate sources.

Consider the following:

▪ Business users and consumers expect to instantly access and intuitively interact with information via digitally connected mobile devices.

▪ Vital information and services are contained on multiple platforms, and companies must develop applications that support them all. “Cloud, mobile, Web, legacy systems—it’s what we call multimodal development, and it’s changing the way companies develop and deploy software,” says Melinda Ballou,  program director for Application Life-Cycle Management and Executive Strategies research at IDC.

▪ Data is available from device sensors, social media sites and corporate legacy systems.

▪ Companies need applications to help them quickly find and analyze pertinent information to support rapid decision-making and execution.

▪ A shaky economy has emphasized the need to find new growth opportunities within the exist.

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