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Cloud Infographic: The Mobile Business Boom

Cloud Infographic: The Mobile Business Boom

The Mobile Business Boom

Mobile computing is big business and here to stay. Not too long ago telecommuting was a concept to the mobile job seeker which consisted of questionable ‘work at home’ offerings such as envelope stuffing, paid surveys, transcriptions etc..etc… Much of this is starting to evolve today with the explosion of mobile devices, low cost cloud based services and the growing acceptance of BYOD (Bring your own devices). Start-ups can run as virtual businesses hiring mobile workers without the need to spend thousands of dollars on traditional Brick & Mortar infrastructure.  This is the power of cloud computing. It will create hundreds of thousands of jobs and provide the virtual infrastructure to help businesses grow and succeed in an inexpensive manner.

Included is an infographic discovered on Jobvite which illustrates some prime examples of who the 2014 mobile job seeker is.

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Yet Another Bitcoin Bank Goes Bust

Yet Another Bitcoin Bank Goes Bust

Cloud News Round Up March 5th

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Canadian Bitcoin Bank ‘Flexcoin’ Shuts Down After $600,000 Theft – The digital storage of things doesn’t just offer problems for data, as cloud-based cryto-currencies (a peer-to-peer digital currency that relies on cryptography) can also be built on shaky ground without the right security measures. As Bitcoin, a crypto-currency, is based in the ether and isn’t a physical form of money, it can be stolen or hacked away, just as it was recently with Canadian Bitcoin bank, Flexcoin, who have seen $600,000 worth of Bitcoins stolen. All of the coins in Flexcoin’s ‘hot wallet’ (funds that are connected to the Internet) were taken and as Flexcoin say that they do not “have the resources, assets, or otherwise to come back from this loss”, the bank will be closing down, raising further questions about Bitcoin’s future and the security it offers its users.

Security Firm Elastica Announces Funding – A key problem with embracing SaaS technology, particularly in this era of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is that there are an incredible amount of security risks posed by large amounts of employees having access to company data. This is a problem that Elastica would like to solve, with the SaaS security firm being in stealth mode for quite a while as they worked on their offering. However, they are now out in the public and have now announced funding, with the company securing $6.3 million in venture funding from Mayfield Fund. Rehan Jalil, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Elastica explains that “[They] are focused on enabling the elastic enterprise , where companies can achieve business agility, collaborative capability and cost efficiencies to effectively compete in today’s market,” which Elastica help with “by harnessing advanced data science and machine learning”.

Opower Files for $100 Million IPO – Utility SaaS provider Opower provides customer engagement solutions for the utility industry, working since its founding in 2007 to do so. Cloud technology is big business and big business means that there’s plenty of money to be both invested and raised and having made $89 million in sales for the fiscal year that ended December 31, 2013, it perhaps signals exactly why Opower have now made a filing with the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) to raise up to $100 million in an IPO (initial public offering). There’s no word on when shares will become available to buy but it has been revealed that Opower plans to list on the NYSE (New York Stock Exchange) under the symbol ‘OPWR’.

By Jennifer Livingstone

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DataCore Unveils Industry’s First Software-Defined Storage Benefits Calculator

DataCore Unveils Industry’s First Software-Defined Storage Benefits Calculator

DataCore Unveils Industry’s First Software-Defined Storage Benefits Calculator

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Web App Instantly Estimates Operational and Financial Benefits from SANsymphony™-V Storage Virtualization

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.– DataCore, a leader in software-defined storage, today launched the industry’s first software-defined storage benefits calculator, as a part of its revamped website. By providing a few details about an organization’s storage environment, the benefits calculator instantly provides a personalized savings report, which details the benefits of using DataCore for storage virtualization, covering six categories:

  • Financial savings over five years
  • Reduce downtime in hours
  • Centralize management
  • Pool tiered resources
  • Reclaim free space (TBs)
  • Extend functional coverage

As the software-defined storage market continues to grow at a rapid pace, we felt there was a void in the industry in providing organizations with the tools necessary to realize the full benefits of storage virtualization,” said Paul Murphy, vice president of worldwide marketing, at DataCore. “The benefits calculator is designed to instantly show the real business impact storage virtualization can have on an organization, something our customers – across more than 10,000 sites – have experienced for the past 16 years.

DataCore partnered with Alinean – the leading ROI and TCO experts – to develop the software-defined storage benefits calculator. The calculator estimates savings based on: industry estimates for costs associated with downtime (planned and unplanned); the reduction of downtime customers experience after introducing DataCore; industry averages for the cost of storage and the staff to manage it; the improvement in the utilization of once stranded capacity is pooled, provisioned, cached and auto-tiered using DataCore; and the extended functional coverage that DataCore’s software-defined storage platform brings through infrastructure-wide services.

In addition to the benefits calculator, the DataCore website now features hundreds of real-world customer case studies from different industries and a number of new video testimonials demonstrating the real life benefits that customers are experiencing as a result of using DataCore. The most recent video testimonial highlights how Englewood Hospital reduced downtime, increased performance, improved IT responsiveness and decreased storage-related spending. The site also features a two minute video that exposes the secret that hardware vendors have been keeping from their customers for years – how software-defined storage will change the IT industry forever.

For more information and to view the revamped website please visit, www.datacore.com.

About DataCore Software

DataCore is a leader in software-defined storage. The company’s storage virtualization software empowers organizations to seamlessly manage and scale their data storage architectures, delivering massive performance gains at a fraction of the cost of solutions offered by legacy storage hardware vendors. Backed by 10,000 customer sites around the world, DataCore’s adaptive and self-learning and healing technology takes the pain out of manual processes and helps deliver on the promise of the new software defined data center through its hardware agnostic architecture. Visit http://www.datacore.com or call (877) 780-5111 for more information.

DataCore, the DataCore logo and SANsymphony are trademarks or registered trademarks of DataCore Software Corporation. Other DataCore product or service names or logos referenced herein are trademarks of DataCore Software Corporation. All other products, services and company names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Cloud Infographic: 25 High Paying Internships

Cloud Infographic: 25 High Paying Internships

Cloud Infographic: 25 High Paying Internships

We’ve covered most areas pertaining to Cloud Computing information on CloudTweaks over the last several years. One of the most popular areas of interest has always been education and employment.   To add to this, we’ve come across an interesting infographic courtesy of Glassdoor for those looking for high paying internships. You will quickly notice that several of these companies are involved in Cloud Computing in some capacity or another.

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Infographic Source: GlassDoor

Hybrid Cloud Testing For Mobile Development

Hybrid Cloud Testing For Mobile Development

Hybrid Cloud Testing for Mobile Development

Although the growing market for cloud-based mobile device testing is fostering increased use of outsourced, standalone testing services, some companies are realizing that fully cloud-based testing is not the answer. Some have concerns about security while others need their testers to have “hands-on” time with devices themselves.  In either case, they find that cloud-based automation tools are not sufficient.

At the same time, the lure of cloud-based testing for mobile applications and services is undeniable. This paradox is leading some firms to adopt a hybrid testing approach. In these scenarios, the company purchases or contracts for some combination of cloud-based testing tools but runs them inside the company’s own LAN in a virtual cloud environment.

This approach not only streamlines policy and security management; it also enables organizations to connect their on-premise devices to the same virtual cloud. This creates a single pool of devices (both physical and virtual through emulation) from which testers at any location can run remote cloud-based scenarios.

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Best of all, the devices are still available locally to testers, who can remove them from their cloud connections as necessary and test actions or gestures on them as they would with a handheld device.

How Hybrid Cloud Testing Works

To achieve a hybrid cloud testing environment, a company would contract with a third-party cloud-testing-tool provider for time or packages, but would host the testing tool on its own internal server. Testers needing to perform automated testing could use the cloud-based devices directly. However, for those few cases when a tester needed to physically touch the phone―to test actions such as swiping a card or pinching/expanding a display, the tester could walk over to the rack and physically pick up the phone or tablet.

During the time that device was in use, it would be unavailable to testers in other locations for cloud-connected testing. As soon as the first tester returned the device to its connection dock, it would again appear in the pool of available devices that testers in all locations could use to run scripts.

Orasi encountered such a situation with a major financial institution that was testing an application’s functionality for bar-code scanning and check scanning. With a cloud and testing tools set up in the company’s own hosted environment, and on-premise phones connected to the cloud and the automation tools, anyone could test any functions or actions where automation worked―tests that did not require a physical action. When testers did need to test bar code and check scanning functionality, they had access to the physical devices themselves.

In our experience, testers were able to rely on automation 80% of the time. For manual testing (20% of cases), three-quarters of the time testers could achieve their goals by accessing the company’s connected devices remotely, through the cloud. However, for the remaining 25% (5% of total test cases), having the physical devices present ensured that testing could be completed quickly and accurately.

Defining the Structure

Of course, such a hybrid environment provides this extensive flexibility only for those testers working in the same location with the physical phones. Consequently, it makes sense to structure these hybrid clouds based upon tester needs.

For some companies, it might make sense to have all on-premise devices located in a central location where the majority of testers work. Testers in outlying areas could run automated and/or remote cases against those devices, but would need to contact testers at the device location and ask for assistance (or gain access to another physical device) to manually test specific hand gestures or other actions.

In other cases, where different groups of testers are working on projects with specific, unique manual testing requirements, it would make more sense to distribute devices based upon those requirements―equipping each location with the devices on which users would likely perform the gestures or activities most often.

Research firm IDC predicts that the use of third-party testing services and tools is going to grow considerably―nearly 15% per year, on a compound rate, until 2017. It ascribes much of this growth to the explosion of mobile and Web-based applications and services. Companies interested in using a hybrid cloud approach should evaluate their third-party partners with this functionality in mind, making sure that the tools or services they wish to use can be hosted on their own internal clouds.

By Joe Schulz

joe-schulzJoe is a seasoned developer with more than 25 years of professional application development and quality assurance experience.  Joe is the AVP, Mobile Testing at Orasi Software, one of the largest and most successful HP Software sales and services partners in the quality assurance space. With Orasi, he helps global organizations improve their development and QA processes around mobile device and application testing. For more information, visit www.orasi.com.

Microsoft Buys Two Japanese Bit Barns

Microsoft Buys Two Japanese Bit Barns

Cloud News Round Up February 26th

Microsoft Buys Two Japanese Bit Barn In an Effort to Expand Their Cloud Empire – The cloud may be ever present and accessible, provided that users have an Internet connection, but to make the process of connecting to the data a lot easier for their customers in Asia, Microsoft have now purchased two Japanese bit barns; Saitama Prefecture (Japan East) and Osaka Prefecture (Japan West). Thanks to this buy, Microsoft is able to strengthen the delivery of its cloud services around the world, following several other forays into key markets, including four facilities in the US, two in Europe and the two new Japanese companies rounds the number of its Asian facilities up to a total of four. In a statement, Takeshi Numoto, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President of Cloud says that “These new regions will help fulfil the current and future needs of our cloud customers with secure and highly available services that help them grow their business” and as Microsoft has launched this in somewhat direct competition to Amazon and Google’s cloud offerings, it will be interesting to see how the three companies continue to compete next.

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IBM Announces Plans to Further Expand into the Cloud Market – Using Pulse 2014 as the platform for its announcements, IBM have now announced their renewed commitment to the cloud sector, detailing further expansion into the market. The announcements follow statement from IBM in January explaining that they would be investing $1.2 billion into their cloud services this year. That money amounts to the following: 15 new data centres (to make a total of 40), expanding their cloud network worldwide and porting existing hardware and software asset to SoftLayer, in an effort to offer increased support. Not only this, but IBM also revealed that they are a founding member of the Cloud Foundry Organisation, in partnership with EMC, HP and several other members, to ensure that cloud technology is completely open. Erich Clementi, SVP of Global Technology Services at IBM also said that “Those companies that can succeed at exploiting data for business advantage will be the winners in the market”, so we can expect IBM to continue to do just that in the future.

Disney Launches Cloud Viewing Service – Perhaps the most unlikely company to get into cloud technology, given that their speciality is family friendly movies and animated TV shows, Disney has defied the odds by announcing plans to launch a cloud service of its own. To increase the likelihood that Disney fans will watch their films outside of the cinema, the streaming service will allow people to view Disney offerings via mobile or online viewing, in a move also said to increase digital sales as DVD sales drop. The service allows people to buy over 400 Disney titles via the Apple iTunes store and the Disney Movies Anywhere website and app, with purchased movies then able to be watched on a laptop, desktop computer, Apple iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch or Apple TV box. Disney also say that they are in talks with other retailers to offer the service outside of iTunes, so stay tuned for more information on that in the future.

By Jennifer Livingstone

Moving Beyond Cloud Management To Cloud Portfolio Management

Moving Beyond Cloud Management To Cloud Portfolio Management

Moving Beyond Cloud Management to Cloud Portfolio Management

Virtually every enterprise will be leveraging a portfolio of public and private clouds – whether by strategy or circumstance. In the 2013 – State of the Cloud survey, RightScale found that larger organizations are choosing multi–cloud (77 percent) with the majority of those (47 percent) choosing hybrid cloud strategies.

The ability to successfully manage and optimize your portfolio of applications across your portfolio of clouds will make the difference in how much business value IT can deliver to your organization. Cloud Management is an important piece of the puzzle, but companies are looking for more.

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In order to deliver the significant business value
 that a cloud portfolio can provide while ensuring the necessary level of governance, enterprises require new approaches. Cloud Portfolio Management (CPM) is a new type of solution — designed to help companies capitalize on this growing array of cloud technologies.

Cloud Portfolio Management solutions provide a comprehensive set of management capabilities
 that span all aspects of cloud usage across a broad variety of cloud options, going well beyond what vendor-specific public or private cloud management features provide. CPM solutions are designed to provide the enterprise with a single pane of glass to manage a portfolio of applications and optimize usage across a portfolio of clouds. They enable companies to choose the right cloud — public
 or private — for each application and to move applications between clouds as circumstances change. And they prevent lock-in and provide investment flexibility.

Here are six key characteristics of a Cloud Portfolio Management (CPM) solution. 

1) Abstracting Multiple Clouds

For the greatest efficiency and control, large companies abstract the significant differences between public and private clouds – and use a consistent management solution across these disparate environments. A Cloud Portfolio Management (CPM) solution allows you to operate seamlessly across varied cloud services and private cloud environments. Each cloud will differ in a wide variety of characteristics, including APIs, behaviors (for example how clouds provision storage differently), resource sizes and types, and security capabilities.

2) Delivering Self-Service IT

A critical requirement of enterprise cloud initiatives is to provide developers and application teams with self-service access to cloud services. Enterprise developers often face 4-8 week delays for the approval, purchasing, and provisioning of servers. Shadow IT has emerged as a reaction by developers and the business units they serve to these significant delays. Self-service access to cloud decreases the time it takes to access infrastructure from months to minutes, unleashing innovation and helping to speed new products to market. In order to deliver self-service capabilities and bring shadow IT into the fold, central IT organizations need to provide the same easy access to infrastructure that developers have come to expect from public cloud services. Internal users are unlikely to be satisfied with modest improvements to lengthy waits when they can take advantage of ever-increasing public cloud options.

3) Providing Governance and Controls

Many CIOs have little or no visibility into existing shadow use of cloud resources. As enterprises embrace self-service access to cloud infrastructure, IT organizations also need to ensure that they have visibility and governance across their portfolio of public and private clouds. The first challenge is to gain visibility across all cloud usage. Enterprises need a comprehensive view of which applications have been deployed in which clouds. In addition, they want to easily see how each application is architected, which technology components were used, and what security configurations are in place. To comply with regulations and internal policies, companies also need access to detailed audit trails that track every change.

The second challenge is putting in place appropriate governance controls. This includes identity and access controls that define what each user can do as well as budget controls that ensure costs stay within approved budgets.

4) Automating Lifecycle Management

Cloud Portfolio Management (CPM) provides a platform to manage cloud-based applications across their entire lifecycle — from development and test to staging and production – with full visibility and version control. CPM also supports modern practices including agile development, continuous deployment, dynamic configuration, and DevOps. As organizations seek to gain control over VM sprawl, best practices for application deployment have evolved to dynamic configuration of servers using such tools as Chef, Puppet, and Salt. These tools enable the creation of consistent, repeatable, and clone-able servers and deployments. CPM solutions will support a choice of configuration management tools while providing support for the unique requirements of multiple clouds. CPM solutions should offer out-of-the-box configuration templates with the ability to customize or create new templates that meet the specific requirements of the organization. Version control helps companies to manage changes over time and ensure consistency from development through production.

5) Deliver Application SLAs

Cloud environments require new and innovative approaches to ensure that applications meet required SLAs. A CPM solution helps organizations to architect and automate applications to deliver both scalability and reliability. Cloud-based applications can be scaled horizontally by adding more instances to an application tier and scaled vertically by upsizing instances. Cloudbursting among cloud resource pools can help to provide additional flexibility as application demands grow. CPM solutions can act as a key foundation by enabling all three scaling options. In addition, cloud experts know that it is critical to plan for failure. Outages are inevitable – whether you are using a public cloud, your data center, or an outsourced provider. Spreading risk across vendors is a critical requirement for your CPM solution. In addition, to ensure that you can automate failover and DR strategies in the event of a cloud outage, a SaaS-based CPM solution will ensure that your management plane is operating even if your private or public cloud is experiencing problems. As a result, you can increase reliability and deliver SLAs.

6) Managing and Optimizing Costs

Cost management is an essential component of managing the financial options and impacts of a cloud portfolio strategy. As business units embrace the value that cloud delivers, usage and costs can easily spiral if not carefully managed and continuously optimized. The variable cost model of cloud computing introduces significant opportunities for savings, but also requires new approaches to minimize waste and optimize your spend. Users can often overprovision capacity or forget to de-provision temporary resources. A cloud cost analytics solution provides visibility into past, present, and future cloud usage and provides the critical information needed to manage spend. A cost management solution enables enterprises to do “what if” analysis on different deployments, clouds, and purchase options (on-demand cost vs. pre-purchased cost scenarios, for example).

Cloud Portfolio Management is a critical technology foundation that will support enterprise multi-cloud strategies and help drive innovation, growth, and efficiency. By implementing a CPM solution, IT teams can deliver self-service access to cloud services while maintaining the necessary governance, control, and cloud cost optimization. Understanding the role of CPM will help you deliver on your multi-cloud strategy and help your organization innovate and grow.

By Bret Clement,

Bret Clement manages global communications at RightScale. With RightScale Cloud Management, IT organizations can deliver instant access to a portfolio of private, public, and hybrid cloud services across business units and development teams while maintaining enterprise control.

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Cloud Infographic: Programming Languages To Build Your Cloud

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Unusual Clandestine Cloud Data Centre Service Locations

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Choosing IaaS or a Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting Provider?

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