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Scalability, Simplicity And Velocity On The Cards Of IBM’s New PureSystems Upgrade

Scalability, Simplicity and Velocity on the Cards of IBM’s New PureSystems Upgrade

Last week, International Business Machines (IBM) had rolled out an upgrade of its PureSystems in a push towards handling gargantuan terabytes of data with an ease and scalability not apparent in the previous edition. The team behind the upgrade has given a green light that the capacity for rummaging through major big data projects, like in stock exchanges, will seem like a walk in the park.

The major limb of the new product is the PureData System for Analytics, which is a marvelous offering for compiling information as well as analyzing historical strata of data on major niches. The NY Stock Exchange for example will be able to go back to the almost one decade’s worth of its past file repository and analyze a terabyte each twenty-four hours. The velocity is simply amazing, not forgetting that it will be eight hours on the edge in comparison with the existing framework.

The velocity of the IBM new system will have bedfellows in the scalability department. Companies now will have an agile way to pile up more information in margins of 50% over the previous. This means that each rack will be having a treasure-trove of data that one can crunch without experiencing system failure or slow response like never before. Thus scaling up the company’s financial or pure data potential will be a sell-out factor of efficiency.

The score of simplicity is now a settled matter for not just the large companies pitted with huge chunks of information, but new ones, too. This is what efficiency, as the PureSystem is scaling it, is all about. The System for Analytics will bring up a greater handling capacity while still keeping the information at manageable levels for the machines that are working at the given facility. Indeed, even small corporations can utilize this system which will enable them complete the following concrete steps:

  1. Test.

  2. Deploy and Orchestrate.

  3. Scale up and expand.

Many companies take herculean effort and unredeemable expense to test before deploying systems. With the new IBM product, this test is not necessary because it has surpassed the hacker-developer stage. In terms of deploying and orchestrating, speed quotient as it relates to efficiency has been the big issue to contend with. At least IBM comes with two solutions for this: scaling the rack capacity by a 50-percent margin in comparison with the forgoing provision and secondly, improving the speed by a factor of three times the current dispensation. The final answer, a point that most companies would consider the ultimate breakthrough, is to expand. Without having deployed successfully, there is no way a company can dream of expanding. Luckily, the scale up quotient of IBM has made it possible to make this a reality.

IBM foresees its PureSystems upgrade as a bridge towards hitting new markets including MSPs, where big data rules. It is no wonder then that a major Stock Exchange on the East Coast is making it big with this technology.

The upshot of the entire development is the fact that IBM has laid bare firms’ cloud weaknesses, big and small, and ensured that none goes it alone testing on unguaranteed services. In its 2010 report, IBM showed that at a time when the tech (big data) milieu of companies will have grown to $16.9b by 2015, ¾ of chief executives will have adopted cloud in their departments.

By John Omwamba

Rackspace Has Nipped Vendor Lock-in By Hiring Executive From ‘Land Down Under’

Rackspace Has Nipped Vendor Lock-in by Hiring Executive from ‘Land Down Under’

The global technology giant in cloud hosting and computing, Rackspace, has had its brimful of technological firsts, but it now has an even more clear-sighted breakthrough after hiring the former Chief Information Officer at Altium, Alan Perkins.

Alan Perkins will now major as the Director of Technology & Product, in the Australian wing of Rackspace. This will be just over four years after the experienced new talent, who has majored in systems analysis, made it to the shortlist of a prestigious award in Australia.

Analysts are tracing Perkins’ connections with his new employer, at least for having used the service, during his more than ten-year tenure at Altium, as the boon that has had Rackspace spot him and bring him back to the fold. As CIO in his immediate firm, he had helped transition from the computing systems of Amazon to the open source Rackspace.

As he would explain later, IaaS, which most providers specialize on, does not meet the fiscal and performance dictates as PaaS, which Rackspace provides, does. Other than the Customer Relationship Management software of PaaS, one can also factor in quality assessment, and also do some licensing work, all because this is a platform that evolves, and always needs new patents.

The Australian cloud talent also explained that he preferred Rackspace during his previous tenure in other firms because of the fact that cloud ought not to be all about the ‘incremental’ hypothesis that most online providers of the service perpetuate. In lieu, it is all about collaboration on the hi-tech side of Platform as a Service. This is only available on an open cloud dispensation like the one of his current firm.

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The hiring of the Aussie will be a great boost in meeting up the challenge of vendor lock-in that happen even in open systems. Statistics for example show that the Land Down Under is attracting a lot of developers, which has the disadvantage of creating conflicting systems, which lead to a cloud that is hard to crack. It is against this that Perkins will be flexing his tech muscle by adjusting the tendons of Rackspace into greater flexibility.

Australia is one of the select countries in the globe where IT, cloud computing and hosting, are becoming bread and butter necessities, with the word ‘CIO’ almost on every department person’s lips.

Indeed, the country head of Rackspace in the Oceania region has reiterated that cloud and related framework are becoming indispensable to the performance of companies, and for this reason, tech firms like his need a brain at the helm that has multi-faceted experience besides authority to rally the staff behind.

Alan Perkins’ office will be in the capital Sydney, the city which is hosting the initial data facility for Rackspace in Australia, which came up not long ago. This makes the exponential expansion of the company that recently announced intentions to train and employ a thousand Texans in the US, in the coming 24 months, a feasible reality.

By John Omwamba

A Cloud Computing Super Drive: Creating Traction Of Auto Parts

A Cloud Computing Super Drive: Creating Traction of Auto Parts

Software as a Service (SaaS) is the main ingredient for the traction of auto parts from manufacturing to distribution stages. Many companies in the auto industry are using this budget-worthy provision of cloud computing to help make a cheap, highly efficient vehicle whose every part is superb. The supplying channels or the engineers in the industry represent the main point of focus here because they deal directly in the fixing of auto parts and accessories.

The first thing one has to understand is that every assembly plant for auto parts requires storage devices. This machinery is expensive to run and may even go for tens of years, which makes them older as company-based computer infrastructure tends to lose efficacy due to excessive use. Furthermore, the logistics of identifying supply bases, fast-tracking on demand cycles, regulating production and selling costs as well as a horde of other considerations, require highly smart technology. To avoid this backlog, auto makers are using the private cloud to manage their accessory businesses with peace of mind.

Using the pay-as-you-go resource of the cloud to tract auto parts helps to keep a large database containing orders of raw materials and fasten the grip on the right use of the materials therewith in all the major steps of vehicle assembly. There will be data during the construction, distribution, auditing and recalling phases- if any of the parts is recalled-all bearing hard on the database.

Cloud computing also helps to keep the technology in full swing when experimenting with auto parts and accessories. One of the worthwhile mentions around SaaS providers is that they make it a point to bring only the most recent smart apps for the specific industry. If for example there is a desktop manager for helping sketch auto parts or even another for testing how an engine will perform on an actual vehicle, one can be sure to find the application in a database. The wonderful thing about this data facilitation is that it comes with only operating overheads attached but no capital for the equipment. All IT costs usually go to the provider of the service in question.

Supplying channels of automotive equipment are migrating more and more to Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) platforms so as to fast-track their production efficiency. This implies three factors. First, the tool must be of acceptable standards to the auto industry and cloud resources help to undertake the research necessary to come up with superb parts. Secondly, the design must be vehicle-specific and the more minimalist it is, the better. This calls for the use of the most modern computer programs to facilitate the outcome. Finally, the providers of accessories, like everyone else, are eager to stem the cost. The only way out is the cheap but quality cloud provisions.

To add on the industry traction, happenings on the ground are also defining the crossroads between the cloud and the auto parts industry. There are now more seminars than ever before that are trying to come up with ways on how software and IT in general can improve the performance of a vehicle through its parts. Most of them seek compatible programs that can help various auto brand manufacturers experiment on the same platform.

Thus, it is only a matter of time before vehicles begin to cost cheaply to the level of the low-tier middle class consumer. This is because the revolution of how parts are availed can affect pricing of entire vehicles considering the fact that parts alone account for much of the cost. It is only through budget-worthy and resourceful cloud computing platforms that this can happen expeditiously.

By John Omwamba

Cloud Trend: Global Logistics Companies In Search Of Optimal Performance

Cloud Trend: Global Logistics Companies In Search Of Optimal Performance

Though logistics has always been an inherent part of Information Technology, supply and transportation niches, it has never been as international as it is now. Due to the emergence of the cloud as the preferential storage and communication network, changes are coming knocking. One may no longer hear in the next few years that a logistics entity wants to merely network a certain continent or neighboring nation. Rather, as the economic crunch takes toll of operations internationally, focus now shifts to optimal performance. Only the self-supporting infrastructure of the cloud can supply a working background.

According to Gartner’s report for the year 2013 and beyond, global logistics will reduce in profitability with relation to the world’s Gross Domestic Product. Why is this so? First of all, it is essential to remember that the sector has picked quite significantly during the half-way mark of the year and improved the world’s cumulative economy. Nevertheless, shippers are no longer setting on proliferating. They want to do so knowing the risks to face ahead, the kind of policies to find there and the amount of profit, if any, they are likely to amass. Cloud computing will help to concentrate on these performance issues. Though, this will be at the expense of holistic penetration which facilitates growth in the sector.

In four years’ time, a mere 10% of companies will feature risk personnel in their ranks. This will not be a surprise because the risk part, though highly fragmented due to many geographical and regulatory demographics in the sector, does not seem very important. Organizations feel like they have very many multi-tier risks to handle, individually, rather than cumulatively.

According to Gartner, supply mechanisms that are currently poor due to use of independent and close-ended apps will meet with a challenge in form of open source structures. Companies will also form amalgamations in order to supplement their diverse apps and software. The cloud perhaps will help to provision and bring other data in one environment for more convenient performance-based operations.

As part of bridging apps, cloud trends are playing an important part in the logistics sector. There are now end-to-end models where different aspects of staff administrative work ranging from distribution to dealing with banks, government and insurers are all happening within the cloud.

Logistics in power management is also becoming a feasible reality even before the project comes alive due to performance tests via the cloud and the computer. Scientists use MMS methods to create simulating environments before flagging off an undertaking.

Thus, global logistics are not only becoming more international and performance-oriented in scale, but are concentrating on feasible outcomes. The cloud, with its cheap, remote solutions may be the vital resource that has been lacking all along.

By John Omwamba

What Governments Are Thinking About Cloud Security

What Governments Are Thinking About Cloud Security

The take of any government on cloud security is an interesting and vital issue towards better safety standards. Analysts define the governmental role as important in integrating multi-tenancy app development, access layers and infrastructure parts of the cloud through firm policies. Governing the keeping, utility and accessibility of information, and also isolating between owners and consumers of information, without breaching on privacy protocols are also other definitions of a state’s take on data. Firstly, here is a look at an insider view where governments tackle the issue of data safety from a narrow perspective, followed by a universal outlook.

In the first month of 2012, the US government’s CIO departments helped draw the policy paper for how deployment should happen in cloud-based operations of the e-government. These guidelines illuminated on fundamentals that software providers had to meet before provisioning. There were also security measures that cloud corporations creating orchestration and provisioning networks across public domains had to adopt in order to pass the test.

The above measures are some of the drafts that the American administrators have implemented in the search for a cloud security standard that can help solidify data access within the government. It helps deal with issues of multiple tenants within the same server as well as how far the clients- the administration, in this case- have power over deployed infrastructure. Finally, they also define how to collaborate in developing applications and sharing these provisions remotely without compromising on each other’s privacy.

The marines on the other hand are developing systems like the Cyber Command, whose role is to support an ever-deteriorating data framework from terrorists. The main focus is to develop an in-house cloud security tool in collaboration with major IT giants to help meet this demand. Even as this happens, the marines are also thinking about broadening the commercial aspect of the cloud into a beneficial sector within their own controls. Important features of this are cellular apps that help meet field communication demands, while the aforementioned cyber security tool will safeguard against information leaks or compromises.

Universal Outlook

State administrations usually adopt a holistic approach to cloud security when they work together with major software providers. They ensure that their systems are solid enough and that they operate only where the service has trustworthy nodes. They also ensure that all computers, in a LAN, if need be, have firewalls to offer intranet-based safety to single tenants. There are universal programs as well to consider like anti-malware products that all machines, private or civil, always embrace. The states then impose their own policies such as those that they use to isolate data streams from one department to another, so that either does not infiltrate the other’s documents, even if they share the same ministry or server.

Indeed the major breakthrough of government policies is to make cloud security a standardized item. Even when they are protecting their state-based information, they indirectly influence the policies of software vendors who maintain the same standards even in the private sector. There are even situations where finance strategies and commercial applications influence government security measures, because finance is at the heart of most cyber attacks.

By John Omwamba

The Big Bang Theory Of The Cloud And Educational Resources

The Big Bang Theory of the Cloud and Educational Resources

Educational resources on the cloud are almost theoretical in scope because they comprise of hitherto unexploited beginnings. Look at pedagogy for example which faces the challenge of defining an instructional methodology in schools using new software resources and methods like the interactive Student Information Systems. At best, research has to go first into developing such curriculums which tutors and educators have to experiment at a localized level. Each will seek to acclimatize tools to their university campus before they go to the mainstream.

There are several approaches to expand this theory of integrating the educational system and cloud resources.

Open-ended Learning Tools

Open-ended software is a rather new phenomenon in the education sector because before this, conventional, generic programs were the in-thing. Generic software was on the computer to facilitate learning other subjects but is now a subject in itself. Now, these new tools can help concentrate the learner on a certain talent like editing his or her voice, synchronizing audio and also creating virtual paintings out of photos using smart phones. The problem with these kinds of learning apps for a would-be virtual learner is that he or she should have to understand them first. Furthermore because of their very open-ended features, there has not been time to develop policies to work with when seeking to make them part of instructional pedagogy in class.

Industry Desktop Resources

One of the supporting elements to further the assertion that cloud resources can finally be available in readymade form and even allow pedagogical changes is the fact that some dynamic platforms have always been there in the industry. For example, Adobe has its own system for enhancing creativity in learners. It also helps to make teaching a more interactive operation using the desktop as the offline chalkboard.

Though effective on its own merits, the above platform comes short because hitherto it is considerably commercial. It requires subscription as it is in package form. It is also yet to gain mandatory inclusion in the typical syllabus rather than being a learner’s alternative engagement tool. However, this can be offset by the fact that it is now a fully-fledged cloud utility.

Resourceful Case Studies

The way to tackle education in the cloud using resources that have hitherto been a prerogative of IT has also gained reinforcement through case studies. Computer giants like Microsoft have presented instances where their systems together with those of others have gained leverage in certain campus settings. They show how certain institutions of higher learning took a daring approach by combining an operating system’s cloud products with the infrastructure of another provider and eventually offset expenditure by as high as six hundred thousand dollars. Such cases reinforce the theory of originating new ideas that can work in the educational sector. The problem is that the above is an isolated study. More institutions need to try such resourceful experiments.

Authoritative Blueprints

Ukrainian education scientists have been endeavoring to plan a structure where learning resources can fit into the new cloud education model. They seek to show how pedagogy, where teachers integrate IT into their basic instruction kits, can help define policies on making cloud computing a basis of learning. They use various steps, beginning with researching on app development using IT as a Service as the guiding light. They also seek to introduce datacenters where students and researchers can find information about their new tools and other related resources.

It is only through purposive approaches, such as the above; that existing theories about making education available easily though cloud technologies can come true. It may even eradicate the Big Bang theory where things begin from chaos to a clearer hypothesis where things emerge from an orderly process.

By John Omwamba

Top 25 European Rising Stars 2012 – Adpoints

Top 25 European Rising Stars 2012 – Adpoints

Top 25 European Rising Stars 2012 – Adpoints

……Adpoints Adds Points Advertising Videos Selectively in the Cloud

TV station…? Internet website…? Adpoints, to be sure, straddles both worlds. It might be a television channel to some whereas to others it is a cloud tool with a site of its own for selective ad viewing. It is located in Britain where it has earned recognition as one of the finest startups to come from the British Isles for being “cutting edge in our use of technology” as its CIO Jonathan Dunham explains.

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The premise of the advertising startup is to provide intuitive ad-watching prizes for its subscriber base. It promotes four stages of amassing points as a reviewer of a catchy commercial on TV or the web.

These include:

*Watching a commercial.

*Replying to quizzes about the same.

*Paying a courtesy call to the ad site.

*Amassing the points.

Basically, it is almost like another survey out there but with an exception: the client has the power to select either the advertisement or hours in which to commit to viewing. Unlike typical television, the technology immerses itself into cloud computing as the selective venue of choosing promotional content. The only downturn is that the Nectar Adpoints package that came up October 8 of this year operates on invitational basis, though this may change. There are also other subscription details on the table to gamble with like providing emailing details and owning an Adpoints card.

Though Adpoints bestows viewership control to the T/A, who has a guarantee that the site will not favor some advertisers? The answer is that, as the homepage states, the software will just holistically hint on relevant commercials from all over the Big Spider for the T/A to grapple with at their own time. It enhances interactivity, by virtue of making the promotional videos not only fun to watch but also refreshing for the audiences that go on to review them and gain points.

How does it compare with YouTube’s TrueView? The one for YouTube is a little commercialized though it also works on the cloud. It usually concentrates more on how ad placers manipulate their pay per click budgets. If a viewer opts not to pay any attention to a given clip, then it gets without saying that the ad creator gets a blackout of information but correspondingly does not pay for the click. Alternatively, if there is a click, he or she pays the medium for this. In short, the click means that viewers have found the clip creative, a cross-line that one also finds in Adpoints’ viewership. The only difference here is the fact that Adpoints targets the end-user more than the advertiser. The former will even have to create a write up, based on a quiz regarding the watching experience.

But does the advertiser benefit at all? Arguably, Adpoints maybe a T/A’s boon, if there is anything like Target Audience on the variegated Internet, but it also helps ad placers to master their products’ true ratings. If a visitor comes and selectively chooses a certain commercial before reviewing it, the provider of the product maximizes on the feedback. This, according to the ad startup might help to improve on the product through this indirect feedback, right from the horse’s mouth.

There is also a commercial edge to AdPoints’ campaign that might appear subjective to some and cognitive to others. This is the quizzing phase whereby the visitor encounters dual queries, all of which are proposals by the creator of the advert. A promotional gimmick? Cognitive minds, on the other hand may say that there is logic in leaving the querying to the advertiser who knows best the Achilles Heel of the product. For example, they may target the comparative merit of the merchandise against another to establish its weak point and improve it later.

Adpoints says that its commercials that are on air at a given moment attract a 52 percent direct viewing attraction. The firm also says that 90 percent of answers from the T/A has so far aided companies to improve on their customer outcomes. The publishing part is a score because it relies on cloud technologies like monetization. This helps to provide points and turn them into cash, in transit, through the sites of Adpoints and the given ad provider.

The team behind the British startup, Adpoints, is Terry Hunt and Jason Froggett, in the Chairman and CEO positions respectively, among others.

By John Omwamba

Top 25 Rising European Stars 2012 – Besol Tapp

Top 25 Rising European Stars 2012 – Besol Tapp

Top 25 Rising European Stars 2012 – Besol Tapp

…Tapp Scores a Hat Trick via Semi-Autonomous Cloud Management Interface

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After making it to the prestigious shortlist, the firm’s Chief Executive Officer Hector Rodriguez said:There are the realists and then there are the wannabes. Besol, a startup, just a year-old from Spain is not one of the wannabes, if its acclaim so far is anything to go by. Through its Tapp framework, Besol has been able to earn early recognition by GigaOm’s LaunchPad, which honored the most versatile European tech startups in mid-October, 2012

Tapp.in is an innovative cloud brokerage on steroids.”

To second this view, one finds out that the place where Tapp.in has chosen for its fodder is already full to the brim. It underscores cut-throat rivalry from trail blazers like RightScale and thus the need for novel solutions. As such, Tapp has scored a hat trick by being a go-between the source machine and the public cloud. There is that thin line between the CPU in an office and the remote host of its data, an often unnecessary line that renders the cloud almost excruciatingly cold and fixed. Knowing that many entities are clamoring for the other side of the cloud which not only stores data but allows freedom of choice between one vendor and another, Tapp, steps in. Though it is not a fully-fledged multiplatform hopper like Cedexis, another European Rising Star, it however shines with its cohabitation features. Via its inter-datacenter transfer tool, it helps to map out which cloud provider is at the optimal best, at the given moment, for tapping into.

dns-admin-cloudBesol Tapp also configures an online workspace, through its access shell penetration capabilities. Like Cedexis, it almost eliminates the need for a physical machine on which to undertake documentation work. Real-time office events like creating a document, putting a signature, deploying data and the like can occur in a jiffy online, with no privacy hitch.

Other than Sever Management?

Tapp.in is also a tool for managing the DNS interface especially for entities that have multiple Internet Protocol issues to deal with. It might be streamlining the codes of various sites and blogs under its behest. It might also be synchronizing the servers to suit the action of the domain or portal on which a company’s site operates. Via its Software as a Service (SaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) dispensations, taming conflicting domain programs has never been easier.

One of the ways that Besol Tapp has managed to revolutionize its floating layer, which sandwiches it between the source machine and the cloud, is by eliminating vendor lock-tapp-2-cloud-monitoringin. If there should be any breakthrough in open-ended management, then open source synchronization of apps should be the one catalyst necessary. Tapp’s ‘vendor unlock’ is the score by which it saves over-reliance on a single provider in the cloud. What if that infrastructure failed from the effects of a super storm, a deluge, outage or any other natural calamity? For Tapp.in, management means opening OS’s, so that the data sways between Linux, Windows, iOS, Android and other coding multiplicities that limit cohabitation in multiple platforms.

On the market side of things, Tapp helps to monitor the entire data network and even visualize it. It presents a web map encapsulating the Central Processing Unit, the memory capacity, the remote data center and the broadband necessary. It audits results which can help leverage on costs, especially for pay-as-you-use clientele.

The above monitoring model comes short, in comparison with existing autonomous cloud hoppers available in terms of lacking a studious aspect to enhance its practical survey into the needs of the network. RightScale, a longtime provider in this niche, for instance, produces whitepapers that detail on the entire ecosystem of the cloud rather than concentrating on the cocoon of management alone. For example, it offers information on such important starting points as, initializing a private, public or hybrid cloud. This exemplifies how tools like Tapp should also expand their scope to improve on general outcomes rather than specializing too much on semi-autonomous management.

There’s Brokerage

Still, Tapp is a superb tool as far as server brokerage is concerned. It has, in its behest, important service providers in the industry like Amazon WS and Rackspace. This means that interchanging infrastructures becomes as easy as anyone can wish. This, however, does not happen on a silver platter: it requires system configuration through iterative scripting but this may change as the startup is about to score its next positive trick. Its “Migration Broker”, coming soon, will make the switch more automatic than it is now.

In summation, it is fair to say that the definitive moment of Besol as one of the top 25 European Rising Stars for 2012 is its spirit of introducing novelty into a cut-throat scene. It straddles the world of multiplatform cloud sandwiches and that of independent remote management, the latter being the one aspect it has firm grip on. Thus, if ever caught up between the source and the remote data center, here is a friend indeed.

By John Omwamba

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Secure Third Party Access Still Not An IT Priority Research has revealed that third parties cause 63 percent of all data breaches. From HVAC contractors, to IT consultants, to supply chain analysts and beyond, the threats posed by third parties are real and growing. Deloitte, in its Global Survey 2016 of third party risk, reported…

Don’t Be Intimidated By Data Governance

Don’t Be Intimidated By Data Governance

Data Governance Data governance, the understanding of the raw data of an organization is an area IT departments have historically viewed as a lose-lose proposition. Not doing anything means organizations run the risk of data loss, data breaches and data anarchy – no control, no oversight – the Wild West with IT is just hoping…