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Cloud Infographic – Mobile Users Global Growth

Cloud Infographic – Mobile Users Global Growth

Mobile Users Global Growth

Cloud Computing, Wearable Tech, Internet of Things, BYOD are all areas covered here on CloudTweaks on a daily basis. One thing they all have in common – is mobility. The ability to utilize, execute and perform tasks remotely from gaming to collaboration to turning off your stove can be accomplish remotely.

So how much growth is there in the mobile market? Attached is an infographic by Cisco exploring the global mobile marketplace and its expected growth over the next 4-5 years.


Cloud Infographic – Capitalizing On Convergence In Your City

Cloud Infographic – Capitalizing On Convergence In Your City

Capitalizing On Convergence In Your City

Plan for the Future

“Cloud implementations must address immediate needs but a successful cloud strategy must be flexible enough to respond to rapidly changing business conditions.

By 2020, there will be more than 50 billion devices and objects connected through the Internet of Things and the Internet of Everything (IoE). With this and similar trends in mind, CIOs must anticipate how this will impact their business in terms of cost, security, customer expectations, speed of execution, and the ability to quickly adapt.”

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In 2013, less than 20% of data was “touched” by the cloud. By 2020, that number is expected to double to 40%. There is $4.6 trillion in potential value that can be harnessed by utilizing the capabilities of the Internet of Things (IOT).  Included is an infographic discovered at GovTech which illustrates the impact and future growth potential of IOT in this burgeoning new industry.

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Cloud Infographic – 21st Century Schools

Cloud Infographic – 21st Century Schools

Cloud Infographic – 21st Century Schools

Teachers have existed since the beginning of time and the practices used by modern instructors have been tried and tested over hundreds of years. Yet now we have cloud linked computers that are changing the way we do business and the way we learn. Students are becoming more versed in technology than even the instructors, so how can we keep up with this increase in technological knowledge?

Knowledge is the rising commodity in our age and being able to instruct and share that knowledge is becoming even more valuable. Here is a snapshot from Nova Southeastern University of a few ways technology is revolutionizing the way we, our children and our children’s children will be taught.

By Sam Hudgins


Cloud Pinup: Cloudorado Updates Comparison Service

Cloud Pinup: Cloudorado Updates Comparison Service

Cloudorado Updates Comparison Service


With the proliferation of cloud-based computing services (from dedicated cloud servers to hosting and consumer storage), it has become increasingly important for customers to have tools for comparing one service against another. That’s why Cloudorado created its line of comparison engines. Cloudorado takes basic specifications on each customer’s needs and returns a comparison of different cloud services based on price, including possible discounts. Customers can search services by RAM, disk size, CPU power, operating system, and location, and transfer system.


Cloudorado is separated into four distinct comparison engines: cloud server, cloud hosting, cloud providers, and cloud storage. Each of these has its own separate control panel for selecting the option best suited to the customer’s needs. For example, the cloud storage engine allows customers to enter specifications for storage, transfer out, PUT requests, and GET requests. In addition to these specifications, there are several filters that can be applied.

marcinAs Cloudorado’s founder, Marcin Okraszewski, points out, “companies will often go with the first provider they find, just because comparing manually is a hard task and can take days or even weeks.” As a result, these companies may be missing out on important details that might make another service a better fit. And, at the very least, skipping the comparison step means that businesses are unlikely to find the best value for what they’re looking for. (On a broader level, this means that cloud providers are less incentivized to lower their prices, since customers are not as savvy about value – this is probably keeping the prices on cloud services artificially high across the board.)

Recently, Cloudorado upgraded its software with a significant new design and added features to make the comparison process easier. The main update is a significant expansion of Cloudorado’s comparison categories. There are now 117 different features that customers can use to filter their results, and many of these features have been added in new categories such as security, certifications, billing system, management features, etc.

The update also affects the view for the “cloud providers” engine – it now shows each provider’s services and features across multiple categories, in a long two-dimensional table. This is particularly helpful for companies that need many different types of cloud services, and want to bundle those services together with a single provider. From this one table, a customer can discover which providers offer the greatest number of relevant services and features, significantly expediting the comparison process.

Overall, it’s a very useful tool for those looking to price shop for the growing number of cloud based services.

By Gustav Steinhardt

Predictions For 2015: Social Media, IoT, NFV and Data Center Growth

Predictions For 2015: Social Media, IoT, NFV and Data Center Growth

Predictions For 2015

Social Media Use and IoT Spurs SDN, NFV and Data Center Growth

Social media continues to drive Internet growth worldwide with the market leader, Facebook, surpassing one billion registered accounts last year. The social media giant’s growth was fueled in large part by growing mobile user access in the Asia-Pacific region, with 52 million mobile social network users in Indonesia, 72 million in India and 660 million in China. Other growth factors include mobile retail revenue, which is expected to reach $626 billion in the U.S. by 2018;

Statistic: Leading social networks worldwide as of January 2015, ranked by number of active users (in millions) | Statista

and greater use and variety of connected devices and wearables, which will create a $19 trillion Internet of Things (IoT) analytics market within the next decade. Recent events indicate the Big Data explosion is just beginning. In January 2015, Bank of America announced it had added 1.1 million user cards to Apple Pay. Initially launched in September 2014, this secure method of paying for purchases using Apple devices is gaining rapid acceptance by 200 million iPhone users and retailers alike.

All of these factors are fueling the need for faster, more flexible networks and increased data center capabilities. It’s an exciting and dynamic time to be in the data center industry, as greater acceptance of cloud-based solutions begins to gain market traction with security-conscious medical, insurance and finance organizations and a greater number of enterprise companies. Combined with the launch of new capabilities such as 100G optical technology, Software- defined Networks (SDNs) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), a major disruption within existing deployment models is occurring, developing into a much more nimble and responsive set of solutions to handle the high-bandwidth demands of Big Data analysis and the IoT. While the exact impact of IoT, mobile usage demands and social media is difficult to measure, what is clear is that traditional processes, operating models and network infrastructure are no longer meeting the demand. Combine these factors with the impact of geo-political and socio-economic conditions such as greater penetration of lower-cost smartphones and devices in emerging markets as well as changes to data sovereignty legislation, and we find ourselves in a brand new world. This translates into big changes in the data center market.

Here are a few predictions for 2015:

The Internet of Things Will Increase Demand for Data Center Capacity and Growth


(See: 50 billion interconnected devices

Consumer-based connected products, while growing in number, may just represent the tip of the iceberg. Big on the radar for 2015 is concern over the threat of business interruption and the supply chain. IoT devices such as Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) tags are being developed and deployed to collect data in order to track products through the supply chain management process, thereby preventing loss, ensuring margin recovery and improving product quality for retailers and manufacturers alike.

Machines are also generating a tremendous amount of data that is used to improve safety and quality. Rolls-Royce Aircraft Division has changed how it operates its business model based on Big Data analytics. They now manage all maintenance and rent rather than sell engines to customers because they are able to track and predict failure rates and respond before problems occur. The change has resulted in a 70% increase in rental revenues for the division. GE recently developed software to help the airline industry monitor gas turbine engines. One sensor on a gas turbine blade generates 520GB of data per day, enabling the airline industry to be proactive with maintenance and save billions of dollars.

Big Data analytics enables operators to understand business products and processes at a much deeper level, allowing for greater efficiency as long as customers have the necessary access to the torrent of data collected. Large, well-connected data centers are in the best position to take advantage of this fast-growing trend. SDN topology improves access and customer satisfaction through rapid scaling and lower customer CAPEX and OPEX while creating distributed localized systems and data processing at the edge of the network. This results in less latency, greater nimbleness and reduced network loads for system operators.

Increased Capacity Key to APAC Data Center Growth

Asia, representing the world’s most populated continent, is home to more than three billion people. Populations are shifting to urban centers, prompting city planners to incorporate connected technology to ensure building construction accommodates growth and safety standards. Big Data, together with business applications and the continued strong penetration rate of smart phone use and other connected devices, has created a stronger need for more data centers. China’s main cities, for example, are gaining more representation as additional network providers enter the region. The potential is great when comparing market sizes. The U.S. has 66 million square feet of data center space, compared to the city of London, England, which boasts an estimated seven million square feet. Singapore, one of the better served markets in APAC, has just two million square feet of data center space, which is not enough to accommodate all of the connected technology and demand for cloud services. I predict more cloud providers will enter the region in 2015 to provide enhanced cloud solutions to meet growing demand.

Secondary Emerging Markets Offer New Opportunities


(Infographic Source: Forrester – 2013)

Today, other secondary markets in the APAC region as well as sparsely populated areas of China are under-represented and offer the potential for growth in the coming year. Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia, for instance, are seeing increased use of inexpensive smart phones. At the same time, these new users expect to be able to connect to the Internet, which presents an opportunity for growth in the data center market. Updating network infrastructure in this diverse geo-political region offers its challenges, particularly in light of data sovereignty legislation. However, there are benefits as well. Consider Malaysia, which provides incentives for companies to build new network infrastructure. Data center growth in this region is beginning to gain ground although the end result has been the introduction of more private data centers rather than colocation space. Because of the high demand for connectivity and bandwidth solutions for smart phones and business applications needed for these large population centers, new market opportunities are opening up for companies willing to make the investment.

The Software-defined Network Offers Redundancy for Standard Network Infrastructure

In the past, maximum uptime was achieved by building multiple, highly resilient facilities. Today, with the introduction of SDN and NFV, data center networks are no longer confined to this development model. SDN separates network hardware from the control plane, providing a programmable software framework to extend network ubiquity beyond the physical layer while enabling software to take the place of hardware in the event of a single facility failure. SDN offers the scalability needed for rapidly changing storage, capacity and analytics demands of Big Data while reducing the environmental impact of building, heating and cooling a greater amount of facility space along with the equipment required to handle today’s data transport and storage needs.

By Giles Proctor

Cloud Infographic – Data Breaches In The United States

Cloud Infographic – Data Breaches In The United States

Data Breaches In The United States

The growing prevalence of widely publicized data breaches and the end of 2014 brings reflection, as well as a chance to pause and look at what happened during the year in cybersecurity incidents. 27001 Academy, the largest online learning center where you can get training and documentation for implementing the international standard for information security management, ISO 27001, has created an infographic showing the state of data breaches in 2014.

Here are some stats:

  • 2014 has seen an increase of over 27.5% in data breaches in the U.S.
  • Total incidents in 2014: 783
  • Total incidents in 2013: 614
  • 2014 vs. 2013: 27.5% increase

Although the number of breaches increased, the reported number of compromised records declined by 7.1%.

  • Total records in 2014: 85,611,528
  • Total records in 2013: 91,982,172
  • 2014 vs. 2013:  7.1% decrease

The peak in security breaches was registered in January, with more than 100 incidents.

Breaches by industry

For banking and government sectors, the risk of experiencing a data breach was higher than ever, with a 50% to 80% increase in security incidents in the last year. The healthcare sector also sees a persistent and growing threat of breaches, being the most affected out of all sectors analyzed.


By Dejan Kosutic

VMware and Google Expand Agreement – Public Cloud Services

VMware and Google Expand Agreement – Public Cloud Services

VMware and Google Expand Agreement

PALO ALTO, CA–(Marketwired – January 29, 2015) – VMware (NYSE: VMW) today announced an expanded agreement with Google to deliver greater enterprise access to public cloud services via VMware vCloud® Air™. As part of this agreement, Google Cloud Platform will be tightly integrated into vCloud Air, providing enterprise customers with greater access to industry-leading cloud services on VMware’s hybrid cloud platform.

The initial set of Google Cloud Platform services that will be available on vCloud Air include:

  • Google Cloud Storage – Google’s distributed low-cost object storage service
  • Google BigQuery – A real-time big data analytics service suitable for running ad-hoc business intelligence queries across billions of data points in seconds
  • Google Cloud Datastore – Google’s schema-less, document-based NoSQL database service with automatic scale and full transactional integrity
  • Google Cloud DNS A globally distributed low-latency DNS service

“Our collaboration will provide customers with a unique hybrid solution that combines the power and efficiencies of VMware virtualization and the hyperscale of Google Cloud Platform,” said Murali Sitaram, managing director, Global Partner Strategy & Alliances, Google. “As a result of this agreement, enterprise customers will be able to combine their VMware cloud environments with the security, scalability, and price performance of Google’s public cloud, built on the same infrastructure that allows Google to return billions of search results in milliseconds.”

“We are excited to expand our relationship with Google, and offer customers the ability to use Google’s rich portfolio of services while running their mission critical applications on the vCloud air platform,” said Bill Fathers, executive vice president and general manager, Cloud Services Business Unit, VMware. “Through this agreement, customers will gain the benefit of both vCloud Air and Google Cloud Platform in a single hybrid cloud service, supported by VMware, and fully compatible with their existing vSphere®-based data center infrastructure.”

Expected to be available later this year, existing VMware vCloud Air customers will have access to the new services under their current service contract and existing network interconnect, and simply pay for the Google Cloud Platform services they consume. The two companies also announced they are exploring extended management support for Google Cloud Platform as part of VMware’s award-winning vRealize Cloud Management Suite.

About VMware, Inc.
VMware is the leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions that enable businesses to thrive in the Cloud Era. Customers rely on VMware to help them transform the way they build, deliver and consume Information Technology resources in a manner that is evolutionary and based on their specific needs. With 2014 revenues of $6.0 billion, VMware has more than 500,000 customers. The company is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the world and can be found online at

Cloud Migration – 10 ‘Do it Right’ Tips

Cloud Migration – 10 ‘Do it Right’ Tips

Cloud Migration – 10 ‘Do it Right’ Tips

Businesses continue to adopt the cloud at break neck speed. Inherent benefits like lower operational costs, no infrastructure overheads, and quick access to better technology make cloud a very attractive proposition for businesses, especially start-ups and SMEs.

However moving from legacy to the cloud environment has its own challenges; the ‘do’s and ‘don’ts’ of cloud migration should be kept in mind before you make the switch. So, how do you get your cloud migration right?

Here are ten tips that will help you migrate to the cloud the right way:


Source: Megapath

1. Figure out how and what to move to the cloud

When it comes to cloud migration do not jump onto the bandwagon because others are doing so. Carefully weigh all the pros and cons of cloud transition. Explore and minutely examine the cloud environment and analyze how moving to the cloud will benefit your business.

Once you are done with that, take the next step; figure out what to move to the cloud. It can be your data, an application(s); a portion of your IT infrastructure or the entire spectrum of IT operations (if you want to completely revamp your infrastructure).

It is great to start a new business without costly IT infrastructure and staff expenses. Cloud saves you a lot of money there.

Many established businesses are also moving to the cloud to cut operational costs and speed up the time to market their products and services. By doing so, they ensure they retain their competitive edge.

So take your time and introspect what to move, when to move and how to move to cloud before you really make the move.

2. Understand the underlying risks

Carry out a risk analysis study prior to the cloud-shift. If you are moving to the public cloud, your cloud service will be shared by many subscribers and your provider will not be able to offer you a service customized to suit your needs and requirements. Confirm with the provider or find the one who can do that for you.

Make sure that your legacy application(s) function smoothly in the cloud environment. If not, explore whether tweaking it a bit or making subtle changes will make it compatible with the cloud. Do that before you migrate. You will save time and money.

Moving your data to the cloud can be a time consuming job because of the voluminous nature of the data involved. Keep that in mind too!

3. Partner with the Right Cloud Services Providers

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There are many cloud service providers and hundreds of thousands of cloud apps to choose from. So, how will you find the right cloud partner for your needs?

Choose from well-established names in the cloud domain. Make sure that your prospective partner will enable smooth cloud migration and guarantee services that work in the best interest of your business.

Billing should be transparent with no hidden costs. Take a good look at the pricing structure and check the kind of services covered under a particular plan before you subscribe.

You will naturally opt for the most competitive offer but ensure you sign up for a business-specific service with complete clarity on how you will be billed for the service. If your business needs larger RAM-heavy, virtual machines (VM) s then subscribing to cheaper-priced, but smaller VMs will serve no purpose. Act wisely and do not compromise on quality for the sake of getting cheaper service.

Fully evaluate vendor pricing before you commit. Compare prices from different vendors before you zero on the best pricing model for your business.

4. Have a rollback plan ready

Things can go wrong and failure is always a possibility. So keep an escape route open while you migrate. Your prospective cloud partner should be completely transparent and agreeable on this aspect.

Seek a confirmation (in written SLA) from the provider that in the event of a disaster or untoward happening or even if you want to quit cloud, you have complete control over your data. You should be able to access and retrieve it in usable form.

Even if something goes wrong during the migration process, you should be able to safely undo the process and recover all the data intact.

5. Security

Businesses are comfortable with being physically close to their data and have apprehensions about storing it virtually in the cloud. It is a mindset that needs to be changed.

The security of your cloud has nothing to do with where your data is located. It has everything to do with how you access your data.

Cloud providers are now spending more on enhancing the security of their cloud and adopting ISO benchmarks. Major cloud players like Google, Amazon and Microsoft provide public cloud services as per as per ISO/IEC 27018:2014. Treat it as a benchmark and ask for the same level of security from your provider.

6. Transparent outage or downtime reporting

Subscribe to a cloud service that notifies your system outages via alerts, through emails or SMSes on your smartphone. The record of the details of outages is important from the operational cost control point-of -view. It allows you to ascertain the reliability of your cloud provider.

Confirm a transparent downtime reporting mechanism as a prerequisite to service subscription or else keep the exit door open in event of non-compliance. Get a nod from your provider on this aspect because your business should not be the victim of disruptions in the cloud.

7. Understand how migration will impact your staff


If you have a large infrastructure then you might opt for software as a service (SaaS) or platform as a Service (PaaS). Before doing so, consider the impact it will have on your staff.

Your organization may have database administrators, application experts and IT networking staff to manage operating system (OS), servers and backup. They might not be needed if you move to the cloud. Many countries have regulations to protect employees – Transfer of Undertakings (TUPE) regulations. If you cannot redeploy, you may face negative consequences.

8. SLA for Cloud Compliance

Getting to the cloud is much easier than staying compliant, so get a written agreement in form of service level agreement (SLA) signed up with your vendor before you move to the cloud.

Mention all your requirements in the written SLA and make it clear to your provider on how you expect the service to satisfy your needs. The agreement should clearly spell out how your virtual environment is segmented from other customers and where your data can (and can’t) be geographically located.

Though a written SLA, does not guarantee compliance from the service provider end, it can empower you to put pressure on the provider if you believe he is not doing what he agreed to do. Below are the various cloud compliance acts that have overlapping clauses which you can use according to the domain of your business.

  • Sarbanes Oxley Act (SOX)
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
  • Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI- DSS)
  • Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA)
  • Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act
  • SB-1386
  • European Union Data Protection Directive

9. Prefer managed cloud services

Managed cloud service might cost more, but it takes the entire IT infrastructure and management burden off your shoulders so that you can focus completely on your core business.

If your provider is new, insist on going through the run book, which is a written set of procedures for the routine and exceptional operation of the system or network by an administrator or operator. It will tell you, how your provider will be able to handle stressful situations like migration or technical failure.

10. Train staff before and after

You or somebody in your team needs thorough knowledge about how the cloud system works. Take up training sessions with the service provider because the skills required to migrate are quite different from the skills to keep your cloud based system up and running.

Plan in advance to hone skills of your operations team. Invest time and money to balance normal routine work with incremental training as you progress with your migration. It will make your transition smooth with no post-migration hassles.


Cloud transition begins right from the day you carry out research, examine cloud options and test the chosen provider before the migration day (D-day) arrives. So, you need to get it right from day one.

By Stan Roach

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