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Cloud Computing Adoption Continues

Cloud Computing Adoption Continues

Cloud Computing Adoption Continues

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Nowadays, many companies are changing their overall information technology strategies to embrace cloud computing in order to open up business opportunities.  There are numerous definitions of cloud computing. Simply speaking, the term “cloud computing” comes from network diagrams in which cloud shapes are  used to describe certain types of networks. All the computing of more than one computer via a network or the service gained from the host computer via a network is considered cloud computing. Through different types of devices such as PCs, smart phones users can access to services and computing resources in clouds. According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), ‘‘Cloud computing is a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction’’.  Cloud computing represents a convergence of two major trends (IT efficiency and business agility) in information technology. The term IT efficiency refers to using computing resources more efficiently through highly scalable hardware and software resources. Furthermore, the business agility is the ability of a business to use computational tools rapidly, to adapt quickly and cost efficiency in response to changes in the business environment. Cloud computing can remove traditional boundaries between businesses, make the whole organization more business agile and responsive, help enterprises to scale their services, enhance industrial competitiveness,  reduce the operational costs and the total cost of computing, and decreases energy consumption. It would seem that cloud computing can provide new opportunities for innovation by allowing companies to focus on business rather than be stifled by changes in technology.

Although this new technology can help organizations to achieve business efficiencies, evidence indicates that not all companies intend to adopt cloud-based solutions. Borgman and his colleagues conducted a study on the factors influencing cloud computing adoption and found that the security and privacy, identity management standards, and the need for sharing and collaboration in today’s highly competitive world have a positive effect on using and adopting the cloud computing. In fact, a data breach is a security incident in which a company or a government agency loses sensitive, protected or confidential data. Cloud computing involves storing data and computing in a shared multi-user environment, which increases security concerns. Privacy-enhancing techniques, monitoring mechanisms, authentication, encryption, and the security of data in the cloud environment are good ways to enhance cloud security and minimize risk.

Many scholars suggested several strategies to help decision makers improve cloud security which are as follows:

1. Ensure effective governance, risk and compliance processes exist

2. Audit operational and business processes

3. Manage people, roles and identities

4. Ensure proper protection of data and information

5. Enforce privacy policies

6. Assess the security provisions for cloud applications

7. Ensure cloud networks and connections are secure

In sum, cloud computing has become ubiquitous in recent years. Studies indicated that factors such as the relative advantage of cloud computing (such as improving the quality of business operations, performing tasks more quickly, increasing productivity, cost savings, and providing new business opportunities), ease of use and convenience in using the cloud infrastructure, privacy and security, and the reliability of cloud providers can affect the adoption of cloud computing. Hence, decision makers should systematically evaluate these factors before adoption of cloud computing environment.

By Mojgan Afshari

The VibeVPS Difference – Customer Security

The VibeVPS Difference – Customer Security

The VibeVPS Difference – Customer Security 

Time, in the context of cloud technology, is much like dog years: a great deal can happen in a very short period, meaning that many cloud companies who bought in at the beginning of the cloud era stand to age themselves very quickly, through the use of dated technologies and inflated price points. This is a reality that the wizards at UK-based VibeVPS discovered as they started to build a better, yet less-expensive solution that they refer to as “true cloud.”vibevps

Working closely with Dell and OnApp, VibeVPS developed a cloud hosting service that combines the OnApp cloud management system with Dell enterprise hardware. Featuring high-end SSD/SAS storage and 10Gb networking throughout, the architecture is designed to optimize cloud scalability, performance and resilience.

New developments and technologies arrive all the time,” says Peter Duggal, Managing Director of VibeVPS, “and we have found that with this system, our customers can spend less than ten pounds ($16 USD) per month and get performance and features that put expensive providers to shame.”

Some of the features that VibeVPS proudly stands behind include intuitive control over cloud resources, with self-healing and automatic failover, features that allow its customers to feel more confident about any surges or bumps in the road that can often affect performance, load time or security. It also is proud to be recognized as being the “greenest” data centre in the UK.

VibeVPS forms part of the Netscan Group, and leverages the strength and experience of this global powerhouse to partner with some of the most reliable and versatile organizations in the business. “We work with data centres that are exceedingly security minded,” says Lance Blackstone, a partner with VibeVPS, “Peer1, for example, is a state-of-the-art centre that uses biometric handscan access control and military-grade security to ensure that people, as well as data, are closely monitored 24/7.”

The cloud is the reality of business today,” Blackstone continues, “and we have noticed, during the lifetime of VibeVPS, and before this, through the experience of the Netscan Group, that our client companies around the world continue to seek security and reliability, regardless whether they are using public, private or hybrid cloud systems. The interest lies in the supplier – that’s us – being able to stay up, available and secure, no matter what.”

Being headquartered in the UK, VibeVPS seeks to work with clients who wish to host in the UK, as well as for U.S. companies that wish to establish a European presence. Their location addresses an issue that its U.S. based competitors have a harder time with, specifically the restrictions and difficulties that can be encountered when working inside the Patriot Act. For clients who wish to host the data outside the confines of the Patriot Act, the VibeVPS platform is ideal.

Duggal points out that their location does not leave their clients isolated to only Northern Europe. Their CDN (Content Delivery Network) has over 50 locations around the world, which makes the issue of distance and speed of access redundant.

VibeVPS is an example of an agile and responsive player in the true cloud hosting business, one that combines environmental awareness with key strategic alliances with larger players, which their founders expect will allow them to grow, inexpensively and dynamically with the changing needs of clients the world over.

By Steve Prentice

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Spectators: The Unsung Champions Of Professional Cloud Gaming Events

Spectators: The Unsung Champions Of Professional Cloud Gaming Events

Professional Cloud Gaming Events

Professional video gaming in the cloud has become one of the most exciting new sports venues in recent memory. Hordes of video gamers from all corners of the earth and walks of life, all vie for their share of lucrative prize packages offered by big names in the video game industry. In fact, professional cloud gaming has become so popular, that the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services has begun issuing visas to players, listing them as professional athletes.

There is, however, a massive group of people that are key to making professional cloud gaming as successful as it has been: the spectators. As with every other sport out there, or even virtually any type of entertainment activity whatsoever, without interested people to watch them, they would ultimately fail and fall by the wayside.

Given that there are no real-world arenas or stadiums designed for spectators to watch their favorite players, how exactly did cloud-game spectating develop such an avid following? One of the most influential services responsible for this severe uptick in the number of spectators is called Twitch.


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Twitch began its fabled run of popularity in 2011, effectively turning professional video gaming from a niche industry to a much more mainstream one. Twitch boasts over 43 million viewers each and every month, with over half of viewers spending over 20 hours per WEEK watching different games!

Like YouTube, Twitch offers a share of the ad revenue that is generated when people watch their “channel.” It is estimated that about five thousand of these partners exist, from a pool of close to one million. One prime example of a highly successful channel would be FatherSonGaming, which has attracted close to 100,000 dedicated viewers

Twitch’s success has not gone unnoticed by the biggest names in the video game industry. In fact, both Sony and Microsoft are integrating Twitch into their consoles, allowing for a much easier process for those who would like to either play or watch exciting gaming events. In fact, if you are gaming on one of the new PS4s, all you would need to do is hit the “Share” button to stream live directly from the console.

Update: Recent reports have been circulating that Google has offered to buy the gaming site Twitch for $1 Billion.

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While Twitch may be the most popular ways to enjoy eSports as a spectator, it is not the only one. For example, one of the most well-known, first-person shooter franchises, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, has the capability of streaming play to YouTube built directly into the game. In addition, if the user has an elite Call of Duty account, they will be able to access more information on the player they are watching, including a profile and detailed stats.

While video gaming in the cloud may not yet be quite as popular of an event to watch as, say, a baseball game, it is fast approaching that level of success. Have you ever had the opportunity to watch an event on a service like Twitch? Let us know your experiences in the Comments section below!

By Joe Pellicone

The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – YTF

The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – YTF



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Whitepaper Friday: Making The Cloud Successful In Europe

Whitepaper Friday: Making The Cloud Successful In Europe

Whitepaper Friday: Making The Cloud Successful In Europe

According to Gartner, Europe trails North America by a factor of 2.4 in public cloud adoption. The commonly held belief is that Europeans are more cautious about long-term service contracts, costly capital outlays and expensive software licensing fees than their North American counterparts. Of course, the recent security revelations around Heartbleed, the NSA, and Edward Snowden have not helped.

Amazon’s Chief Technology Officer Werner Vogels used an interview this week to claim that giving cloud customers more power and control, freeing them from supplier lock-in, and “democratising the technology” would help ensure the cloud’s mainstream success in Europe.

Vogels says that Amazon’s European customers were among the first to adopt AWS cloud technologies when it launched in 2006, but without transposing the core European value of customers before companies widespread success will never be achieved.

There is good reason for Vogels to ensure that mainstream adoption of the cloud in Europe is successful – cloud computing is considered a key enabler of economic growth, productivity and job creation. The Centre for Economic and Business Research (CEBR) recently published research which suggested that between 2010 and 2015 the cloud was worth £623 billion ($1.1 trillion) to the five largest European economies of the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain. Market research firm IDC states that the European cloud market is now growing by twenty percent per year and should add another £820 billion ($1.3 trillion) to the continent’s GDP by 2020.

[The cloud should have] customers’ needs at the centre and should give users more control”, said Vogels. “This means they have the freedom to walk away at any time if they don’t get the service that they expect. They also have the freedom to use as much or as little of the cloud services they want. Everyone should have access to the same technology and it will not be a privilege of just the world’s largest companies”.

With such clear economic benefits, the European Commission has taken the lead in the discussion. It set up the European Cloud Partnership (ECP) to provide strategic options to turn cloud computing into an engine for sustainable economic growth and innovation. Some of its key recommendations so far include helping the emerging tech hotspots of London, Barcelona and Berlin continue to rival Silicon Valley by lowering the barrier of entry and cost of failure. And putting data protection, ownership, and control in the hands of cloud users with the belief that the customers own the data and they can choose when and how it is used.

Whitepaper One: Convincing Decision Makers to Move to the Cloudcloud-w

Some people in industry have serious concerns about migrating some or all of their current, on-premise solutions to the cloud. This paper seeks to allay their fears by investigating the myths of cloud computing, looking at convincing arguments to sway decision makers, and things to consider that will bolster an argument for cloud computing.

Whitepaper Two: The Secure Cloud: Best Practices for Cloud Adoption

Many businesses are reluctant to fully adopt the cloud because they are worried about security. The report aims to help organisations understand the best practices for managing who has access to their data, how they can control it, and how they can establish trust between users and themselves.

Whitepaper Three: Clouds on the Horizon – The Ultimate Migration Checklist

Download this checklist to learn the right questions to ask before migrating your business to the cloud.

By Daniel Price

What To Do When You’ve Outgrown Your Basic Business Software

What To Do When You’ve Outgrown Your Basic Business Software

What To Do When You’ve Outgrown Your Basic Business Software

You know that feeling. You have multiple business products that aren’t communicating, meaning your employees are doing more work, uploading redundant data into different systems. The software is sluggish and can’t be accessed via browser. You’re paying per user, which is starting to get painful. In short, your business is growing, and your basic software can’t keep up. It’s taken you this far, but now you need to move on. So what’s next?Technology-Auto

More customers, more employees, and more complex automation requirements all mean you need a more robust business management system. Implementing a new system can seem daunting, but there are some steps you can take to make the process a bit less painful.

1. Determine the return on investment

While you don’t want to wait until the system you’ve outgrown is bursting at the seams, you’ll want to break down the return on investment (ROI) you can expect from a new business management system. It is an investment, both in terms of money and resources. However, your current system may be costing you more in productivity, poor customer service, under- or overstocked inventory, and so on. In addition to fixing these issues, a new system may also automate tasks and provide better reporting, giving you a more comprehensive view of your business and allowing you to make more strategic decisions. You’ll want to figure out if your old software is costing you more than the price of a new system.

2. Get everyone on board

New business management software may affect more than the accounting department. Bring members of each department together to discuss their pain points. What tasks could be automated? Is there a way to reduce errors? Answering these questions will help you pinpoint which features are must-haves for your new system. Perhaps there’s a certain report that would make someone in customer service’s life easier. Keep in mind that your particular industry may have quirks that require special features, such as the ability to handle multiple currencies.

3. Narrow the field

Based on your must-have features and your industry’s special requirements, your list of potential vendors will shrink. You’ll also want to think about the size of your business — both today and in the future. What’s right for a Fortune 500 company might not be right for you.

4. Do a compatibility check

Your new system should fit your business; you shouldn’t have to adapt to it. You may have some software in place that is essential to your business. Can you migrate your existing data? Will your new system be able to communicate with it? Quality business management solutions allow you to integrate everything from customer service to accounting to supply chains. As your business changes, can you add and remove features? You’ll want to understand the customizations available for companies like yours.

5. Think about technology

Whether you’re deploying on-premises, in the cloud, or through software-as-a-service, you’ll want to research which method works best for your company. There are positives and drawbacks with any, so it’s all about what makes sense for you. Does your vendor let you make the switch between these options? What works for you today might hold you back in the future. You’ll also want to keep in mind what databases and operating systems the solution supports.

6. Think about the future

Upgrades are going to happen. Talk to your potential vendors about how they handle the process, how frequently they occur, and whether you can decided to opt or delay an upgrade if it will be too disruptive.

7. Take stock of training and support

In an ideal world, all business solutions would be intuitive and easy to use. Until that’s the case, evaluate how closely everyday tasks align with your old system and inquire about training, classes, documentation, videos, and demos. After training is over and the check’s been cashed, will someone still be there to support you?

8. Look for flaws

No system will meet 100 percent of your needs, but you’ll want to know what a system can’t do for you before you go all in. Speaking of problems, how does the system handle errors? Does it flag unusual requests? What happens if a customer is entered into the system twice? You’ll want a good sense of how the software handles errors — which are bound to happen in the real world.

9. Go global

It’s a global economy; don’t let your business management solution stop you from taking advantage. Find one that supports multiple languages and currencies, while helping you keep track of local laws and customs.

10. Consider the cloud

If you and your employees are always on the go, you may want to consider a solution that lets you work from anywhere or simply helps you collaborate better. With cloud-based software, it’s easy to work on any device with a browser, even tablets and smartphones.

By Jon Roskill

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Gaming: The Top Cloud Games Slated For Release In 2014

Gaming: The Top Cloud Games Slated For Release In 2014

Gaming: The Top Cloud Games Slated For Release In 2014

One of the coolest things about working in the cloud gaming industry is getting to examine the incredible games slated for impending release. Given that cloud games, also known in this capacity as MMOs (massively multiplayer online) or online games, are still in their relative infancy, new submissions always include exciting improvements and advancements on previous games.

So what does 2014 hold for us in terms of cool new cloud games? Let’s take a look!

Game of Thrones: Seven Kingdoms

With the incredible amount of hype that George R R Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series have garnered, as well as the wildly-popular television series that it resulted in, a cloud game based on it only makes sense. Granted, Game of Thrones: Seven Kingdoms is not the first time developers have attempted to make a successful video game based on the series. Cyanide’s development of an RPG based on the series was launched in 2012, unfortunately with dismal results.

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So what makes an MMO based on the Game of Thrones universe a better proposition than a standalone RPG? The answer lies in the “sandbox” aspect of the proposed game, allowing for a large amount of development and added content without ruining the continuity of the story line. Another contributing factor is that the game will be based on the books, rather than the television show. While the story and characters stay the same, this basis allows for a much greater degree of detail found only in the book series.

Elder Scrolls Online

In this author’s humble opinion, the impending release of the online version of the Elder Scrolls universe is one of the most exciting events to hit the world of cloud gaming in a long time. While the PC version was released on April 4th, the launches for Xbox and Playstation have been pushed back by about six months.

Aside from the fact that the Elder Scrolls universe is one of the most popular in the RPG (role-playing game) genre of cloud games, a number of new and groundbreaking features are the primary driving force behind its inevitable popularity. Among the most popular is the introduction of a “justice system” in the game, which allows you to steal from, and kill, NPCs (non-player characters) and brand new storylines for players to enjoy.

EverQuest Next

As one of the very first cloud games to arrive on the scene, Everquest has become an extremely popular franchise, which is virtually synonymous with the cloud gaming industry. EverQuest Next is designed to be a complete reimagining of the world of Norrath, the world in which the game resides.

Everquest Next will combine elements of other MMOs, such as Minecraft and Molten Core, promoting a system that supports building as much as fighting. In fact, it will be possible to build whole towns and dungeons that you can invite fellow players to come and compete in. These factors, in essence, pull EverQuest Next out of the realm of solely an RPG into something with a potential user base far in excess of what an RPG would bring.

By Joe Pellicone

Librato’s Composite Metrics Provides Rapid Insights

Librato’s Composite Metrics Provides Rapid Insights

Librato’s Composite Metrics Provides Rapid Insights

A little over one month ago, cloud monitoring company Librato launched their composite metrics feature into public beta – enabling IT departments to visualise the result of mathematical transformations of their existing metrics.

The powerful new capability lets users gain rapid insights from the data they are collecting by specifying complex queries against real-time metrics. The output allows users to compare, transform and aggregate datasets in the same way that data-query languages enable the mining of data in a database or data centre.

The new feature has a clear real-world benefit; for instance, you could add up all the CPU usage values in your server cluster to a global value, or calculate the sum of all requests hitting your application by adding the different counts for status codes. This level of understanding is both wanted and needed by developers and system administrators.

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Joseph Ruscio, CTO and Co-Founder of Librato, believes the offering is a big step forward for his company. “Data is only as valuable as the actionable insights you can surface from it” he said, “[This data] helps users to find the answers they need and quickly respond to any situation”.

The company has historically prided itself on their software’s early detection capability, with the flexible cloud-based platform letting businesses pinpoint issues in production before they become critical. The composite metrics feature further minimises the time required to find the root cause of a problem by directly visualising sophisticated queries that span multiple inputs. To help make interpretation of those results as simple as possible, the composite metrics can then be saved in instruments and correlated with native metrics in the same instrument.

The new feature has been well received by existing customers. Weston Jossey, DevOps Manager of Tapjoy commented “Composite metrics was another great piece in the puzzle for us, especially when looking into how we were performing against historic metrics”, while Rhodri Pugh, Principal Developer of Scottish American added “We’re finding that composite metrics gives us the powerful and flexible language we need to rapidly diagnose and capitalise on the varied data our systems constantly provide”.

Librato offer a thirty day free trial period, while offering two main products for most of their customers. The Developer version is free, but limits users to one hundred streams, one dashboard, ten alerts and three annotation streams. The Production version offers an unlimited amount of all the aforementioned features. The cost of the production version varies depending on what is being monitored. Librato predict that business intelligence monitoring will be around $10 per month, while operations monitoring could cost as much as $200 per month.

Have you used Librato? What importance could their latest feature hold in your business? Do you think custom metrics is a vital part of a holistic cloud monitoring solution? Let us know in the comments below.

By Daniel Price

Post Sponsored By Librato

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