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Which Cloud Gaming Platform Is Right For Me?

Which Cloud Gaming Platform Is Right For Me?

Video Streaming or File Streaming: Which Cloud Gaming Platform Is Right for Me?

Cloud gaming is, perhaps, one of the most important innovations to hit the gaming world in recent memory. The capability to wile away your time blasting enemies or saving the captured princess, all in tandem with others around the globe, propels what would be a simple and enjoyable experience into one that is truly exceptional. No matter which genre of game you enjoy the most, playing it in the cloud is sure to enhance its enjoyment by an order of magnitude.

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Historically, when it came to video games of virtually any type, files for the game were solely contained on the computer it was being played on. This included all data associated with graphics, sound and input commands, as well as the processing of video output. This is in sharp contrast to what you will find when playing games in the cloud, with some or most of the files being hosted on the providing company’s servers.

Cloud gaming can be split into two different and specific types, both of which have strengths and weaknesses, which make them more suitable for some situations, and less so in others. The two methods of service are video streaming and file streaming.

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Video Streaming

Video streaming, when related to cloud gaming, involves the hosting and processing of virtually all game content on the hosting-provider’s servers. By and large, this bypasses the need for virtually any type of computer or tech device to run it on, given that all computing operations are handled by the remote server. Perfect examples of cloud gaming providers that use video streaming with their services are Gaikai and OnLive.

  • Pros: Video streaming allows you to play your games without the necessity of purchasing expensive hardware. In essence, you can play games, no matter how resource-intensive they are, without being limited by your tech device’s power
  • Cons: Video streaming demands a fast and stable internet connection, even more so than with file streaming. This is due to the fact that every aspect of the data needed to run the game is transmitted over the internet, prompting the need for large amounts of bandwidth. 

File Streaming

File Streaming handles the cloud gaming world a little differently. Initially, once the game has been selected from the provider’s library of content, a small portion of the code, usually around five percent, is downloaded onto your computer. This allows you to start playing the game instantly, while the rest of the code is downloaded and installed. Service providers that use file streaming for their content include Appoxy and Kalydo.

  • Pros: Given that much of the code used to run the game will be stored locally on you device’s hard drive, bandwidth concerns are not as important. This makes a low to average connection speed still suitable for this type of service. 
  • Cons: With this added data comes the need for a place to put it. This mandates a least some form of internal storage in your device, usually one with the capacity to store gigabytes worth of information. In addition, the amount of RAM, the power of you video card and the speed of your processor will all come into play when it comes to how well the game plays. 

Conclusion

Selecting the right provider when it comes to cloud gaming is extremely important, and must conform to the hardware you have, or able to acquire. By doing so, you can be sure that your cloud-gaming experience will be the best it can possibly be.

By Joe Pellicone

The Difficulties Of Data Monitoring

The Difficulties Of Data Monitoring

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In an IT world increasingly dominated by vast amounts of data, it is becoming ever more important to accurately monitor, track and understand the statistics available. As companies migrate some of their services and applications onto the cloud whilst still retaining physical servers and databases, it is progressively more difficult to assimilate all the different sources and produce unified overview of the entire infrastructure.

What’s The Problem?

A typical SaaS company uses such a wide variety of platforms that each department will have their own developers and system administrators using different monitoring solutions to gain the required insight on the data metrics. The wide scope of data sets being produced by incompatible monitoring tools results in a cumulative output that is difficult to decipher. Ultimately this results in a greater chance of misinterpretation and an increased likelihood of problems arising.

Why Is It Important?

Providers need to maintain high levels of availability for applications and websites – outages and performance degradations lead to revenue loss, customer dissatisfaction and wasted productivity. If a problem occurs developers and system admins need to be able to rapidly detect, diagnose and resolve issues – that is impossible without effective data monitoring.

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It’s not just large companies that need effective monitoring solutions. For small start-ups it is imperative to define monitoring systems in advance of the launch of a SaaS or PaaS. A successful service can jump from barely any users to tens of thousands in a matter of days. A famous example is that of Animoto – a video service that jumped from 5,000 users to 750,000 users thanks to a Facebook frenzy. The internal reality of a situation such as Animoto’s is that without effective monitoring the key personnel from other areas will be required to help developers and system admins deal with errors, alerts and bugs in order to keep the product live.

What’s The Solution?

The only effective way to monitor data and provide a holistic overview of an entire company’s infrastructure is to use a solution that provides instantaneous system metrics, changes, alerts and events from across multiple sources. This allows developers and admins to use one portal and collaborate together in real-time, consequently reducing outages, improving performance, and saving time.

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The challenge is to find a solution that can analyse raw metrics from a variety of sources. Datadog, a New York-based company founded in 2010, neatly solves this challenge because their industry-leading monitoring tool works with the most widely-used software, platforms, and languages that companies already utilise.

The service’s main strength is providing turn-key integration that enables users to take raw metrics from a range of outputs and turn them into meaningful performance data, interactive dashboards, and easy to manage alerts. A huge number of services are supported, from cloud platforms like AWS to automated configuration management platforms such as Puppet and Chef, and from SQL and NoSQL databases to web servers like Cassandra, Redis, and AWS Elasticache and DynamoDB.

Although Datadog was initially conceived as a monitoring platform for cloud servers, the solution is equally adept at overseeing on-site servers – it now monitors 20,000 cloud servers and 20,000 on-site servers daily. Since their launch the company has provided services for several high-profile clients, including HP Cloud Services, Intel, Salesforce.com, and Zendesk – meaning you can be sure of receiving a high quality service.

Conclusion

If you are developing a new app or platform it is essential to integrate a high-quality monitoring component to allow you to identify problems, optimise code, and perfect configurations. Similarly, if you have already developed existing software then using a monitoring tool that can seamlessly integrate with your all current IT infrastructure will reduce downtime, improve performance and increase revenue.

What do you think? Do you already use a monitoring tool? Can it integrate as flawlessly as Datadog or do you struggle to produce meaningful outputs? Let us know in the comments below.

By Daniel Price

Post Sponsored By Datadog

Box vs Dropbox

Box vs Dropbox

Box vs Dropbox

There has been much discussion over storage powerhouses such as Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive, and Dropbox. There is one company that has been doing this since 2005, and this company is Box.net.  Read the contributed post by Box.net CEO Aaron Levie in 2011 on CloudTweaks to get an insider perspective on the cloud storage industry.

Attached is an infographic courtesy of ComputerScienceDegreeHub which profiles two of the original cloud storage companies.

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Infographic Source: ComputerScienceDegreeHub

Coupa Raises $40M To Accelerate Development And Global Expansion

Coupa Raises $40M To Accelerate Development And Global Expansion

Coupa Raises $40M to Accelerate Development and Global Expansion

 Meritech Capital Partners Leads Fundraising for Spend Optimization Applications Leader 

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SAN MATEO, CA–(Marketwired – Mar 20, 2014) – Coupa Software, the leading provider of cloud-based solutions for finance, today announced that it has closed a $40 million Series F investment round, bringing total investment into Coupa at $87.5 million to date. Meritech Capital led the funding round, with participation from Icon Ventures and Northgate Ventures. Existing investors Crosslink Capital, Mohr Davidow Ventures, Battery Ventures, El Dorado Ventures, and Blue Run Ventures also participated. George Bischof, the managing director of Meritech Capital Partners, will join Coupa’s board as an observer.

We have experienced 100 percent growth for each of the last five years because of our maniacal focus on delivering measurable success for our customers,” said Rob Bernshteyn, chief executive officer, Coupa. “The new investment will be used to further extend Coupa’s suite of organically developed cloud spend optimization solutions and continue the company’s expansion across the globe.”

“The need for cloud-based financial applications like Coupa has never been greater as companies worldwide seek ways to more easily reduce costs and improve profitability,” said George Bischof, Managing Director, Meritech Capital Partners. “Coupa has established itself as the leader in this high-growth market and we’re delighted to invest in the company’s continued growth.”

Coupa recently posted record results for 2013. For the year, Coupa drove exceptional growth in the following areas:

  • Revenue: Coupa surpassed 100 percent revenue growth year over year.
  • Renewals: Customer renewals exceeded 95 percent for the year.
  • New Partners: The number of new partners increased 30 percent with over 140 companies now part of Coupa’s partner ecosystem.
  • New Solutions: Coupa released Coupa 9 and Coupa 10 in 2013, which included major enhancements across the suite of applications. Coupa also released five new industry solutions tailored for specific markets: financial services, food and beverage, healthcare, high technology, and retail.
  • Global Expansion: In Q4: Coupa expanded to Latin America to fulfill growing demand in that region. The largest customer of note was the Colombian Government – Colombia Compra Eficiente (Buy Efficient Colombia) who selected Coupa to help achieve their goal of saving $1 billion in the next two years.
  • Supplier Growth: During 2013, the number of suppliers grew by over 50 percent to over 800,000.
  • New Customers: New customer wins in Q4 2013 included the Colombian Government, Associated Banc-Corp, ARC Document Solutions, Marketo, Qualys, and Barney & Barney to name a few.

Coupa’s cloud platform has proven to be sticky as customers rely on Coupa to manage essential areas of their businesses. Coupa continues to set the standard for user adoption as it has done since its early days. As a result, the transactional volume of Coupa’s SaaS Platform continues to soar with well over 100 percent YOY growth across all transactions.

Coupa Platform 2013 Transaction Growth:

  • Total Spend Amount Through Coupa: 117 percent increase
  • Purchase Orders Processed: 103 percent increase
  • Invoices Processed: 160 percent increase
  • Number of Expense Lines: 222 percent increase
  • Number of Coupa Users: 82 percent increase

About Coupa Software

Founded in 2006, Coupa Software is the leading provider of cloud-based financial applications. More than 400 customers use the Coupa suite of financial applications to reduce costs up to 11 percent. Only Coupa provides a suite of true cloud applications for finance, including procurement, expense management and accounts payable that allows customers to launch the solution immediately and quickly realize significant savings. Learn more at: coupa.com or call +1 (650) 931-3200. Read more at our company blog, Making Cents or follow @Coupa on Twitter.

Cloud Infographic: Who Owns All The Bitcoins?

Cloud Infographic: Who Owns All The Bitcoins?

Who Owns All The Bitcoins?

While the popularity of Bitcoin has been rocketing in the West, the attraction of an online digital currency wasn’t so attractive to lawmakers in Thailand. In July 2013 the South-East Asian country became the first jurisdiction in the world to ban it, citing a lack of regulation and capital control.

We’ve included an infographic initially published Mar 3rd by: WhoisHostingThis on Bitcoin Distribution and The Global Wealth Gap. Even though its a couple of weeks old it still provides a very interesting visual look into this new currency.

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Infographic Source: WhoisHostingThis

Should Your Business Be Using White Label Cloud Services?

Should Your Business Be Using White Label Cloud Services?

Should Your Business Be Using White Label Cloud Services?

White label refers to the concept of creating a product and selling it to multiple providers for rebranding and resale. After the strategy originally gained traction in the music and grocery industries, it is now being adopted by more and more companies in the online sector. What are the advantages of using a white label cloud service? Which sectors of the IT industry can gain benefits from using a white label offering? What should you look out for when choosing a white label provider? CloudTweaks investigates…

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What are the benefits of using white label services?

White label’s principle benefit is allowing solution providers to deliver a variety of cloud services with their own company branding, but without the costs and problems of running their own data centre. It enables service providers to have access to efficient, innovative technology without having to make a large investment of their own or worry about ongoing maintenance, management, and upkeep of the equipment.

With an estimated 75 percent of American businesses now using at least one cloud application, reliability and quality are also high on the list. Even if a company decided it wanted to invest in its own data centre, the superiority of a third-party cloud’s service, security and quality is still likely to be way in excess of what a provider could achieve themselves.

The final major benefit to using white label services is the ability to grow your brand quickly and flexibly. As more businesses move their operations into the cloud, the ability to add an extra service to your business that can be modified, up-scaled and upgraded in line with client demand is an effective way to maintain and build upon your company’s market position.

Which IT sectors are well-positioned to take advantage of white label services?

In reality, white label solutions can be used for almost every business proposition imaginable. Whether you want to build apps, create a branded social community, add video services, or gamify your website, you will be able to find a white label provider.

Nonetheless, Chris Mederios, President of Canadian Cloud Backup, believes certain sectors of the IT industry are better placed than others to take advantage of white label’s offerings. His company is Canada’s premier white labelled offsite backup and branded offsite reseller program provider, and industry specific solutions are the backbone to their products.

The provider offers their clients the ability to choose their own resale value, to add 100 percent of their own company branding without any mention of Canadian Cloud Backup, and to use Canadian Cloud Backup’s data centre as if they was the client’s own. Add this to regular software updates, trial accounts, and web portals, and Mederios believes it becomes apparent that IT Service Providers, Managed Service Providers and Software Developers are in the strongest position to reap the rewards of white label cloud services.

How should you choose your white label provider?

There are a few key questions to ask yourself when choosing your white label provider.

Where is my data stored? In light of the recent US government spying allegations, companies should be more wary about where their data is stored and who holds jurisdiction over it. Data in the USA is subject to the complex Patriot Act and there are now high-level talks in both Europe and Canada about forcing domestic data to stay on domestic servers.

Am I reducing my carbon footprint? Data centres located in cold places such as Canada and the Scandinavian countries will typically use less energy to cool their servers than those in warmer climates. Examples of green data centres include the Uspensky Cathedral in Helsinki and the Green Mountain Data Centre in Norway.

How secure is my data? Your data should be protected by at least AES 256 Bit Encryption in the data centre servers, whilst physical on-site security is also a must.

A leading provider such as the aforementioned Canadian Cloud Backup will be able to answer all the above questions with a positive answer, whereas a less reputable provider may not be able to give you the same level of guarantees.

Conclusion

You still need to exercise caution when moving onto a white label provider’s service. It’s important to remember that you may have a lack of control over the thinking and decision-making behind alterations. If errors arise, new features are requested, or updates are needed you will need open and clear communication channels with your provider in order to safeguard your own clients against disruptions. Finally, you’ll need to think about what services you want your company to be offering in five years and check that your provider’s vision in sync with your vision.

What do you think? Do you see a use for white label cloud services in your industry? Do you already use a white label provider? Let us know in the comments below.

By Daniel Price

Post Sponsored By Canadian Cloud Backup

The Evolution Of Mobile Gaming

The Evolution Of Mobile Gaming

The Evolution of Mobile Gaming

Ever since the smartphone made its first widespread commercial debut close to the beginning of the last decade, one of its most enjoyable uses has always been its ability to play video games. With the subsequent drop in prices for the phones themselves, as well as the plans for the services used to run them, more and more younger people have become smartphone owners. This has led to a dramatic surge in the popularity of using these devices to pass the time with a little excitement and enjoyment.

With the mainstream introduction of tablet PCs over the last few years, mobile gaming has started to experience a noticeable uptick in the scale and quality of games that are available. Instead of simply being able to choose from basic and graphically-challenged offerings, more and more advances are being made, which are leading to an increased level of sophistication. While basic apps like Angry Birds are fun, having the option to play something similar to what you would find on a console or desktop PC has started to generate interest in mobile games as something more than just to kill time.

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The main cause behind this evolution is the increased speed and power that you will find in many of the newer tablet PCs. Quad-core processors, storage capacities in the scores of gigabytes and powerful graphics interfaces are all contributing towards making devices that can rival many desktops in game sophistication. In addition, the tablet PC’s larger screen size makes viewing more detailed games much easier, further contributing to the overall experience.

Historically, one of the primary obstacles to developing a mobile game that could actually compete with something similar to what you would see on a console or PC is the fact that tablets use touchscreen interfaces. Because most traditional games use either a keyboard and mouse or game controller to play them, finding a way to operate the game controls in a manner that would be easy for most gamers to adopt was a problem.One of the primary indicators of the probability of further innovations and enhancements being made in this market is the fact that top game designers for consoles and PCs are starting to bring many well-loved titles to mobile platforms. Huge hits like The Sims, Mass Effect and Dead Space are just a few of the titles that have been introduced for mobile platforms by industry leader, Electronic Arts. These games allow you to commandeer the lives of fantasy characters, save the universe or slay waves upon waves of frightening monsters, all from your tablet PC.

One of the most effective solutions for these input difficulties is the development and marketing of controllers that are designed specifically for tablet PCs. Because most tablets do not come equipped with many of the ports that a desktop has, existing controllers were not compatible with them. Instead of using these ports for connectivity, designers have instituted Bluetooth as the method of interface. This allows for a full gaming experience without any wires or cables necessary.

As with any developing market, mobile gaming is still fleshing itself out and building on the different ideas that show themselves to be worthwhile prospects. As this evolution proceeds, expect the future to bring even greater heights of usability and performance in the world of mobile gaming.

By Joe Pellicone

10 Green Cloud Computing Hosts To Consider

10 Green Cloud Computing Hosts To Consider

10 Green Cloud Computing Hosts To Consider

With the IT industry now accounting for more than ten percent of global electricity consumption, and data centres alone accounting for almost two percent, the pressure is on businesses to use the greenest possible cloud computing providers.  Here we look the green credentials of ten of the most environmentally friendly hosts available in no particular order:

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1. EVRY

This Norwegian hosting company is one of the largest in Scandinavia. It is also arguably the most environmentally friendly thanks to its use of the Green Mountain Data Centre. The data centre is the self-styled greenest data centre in the world, using hydropower to produce the required electricity and icy fjord water to cool the servers.

2. GreenQloud

Headquartered in Iceland, GreenQloud offers cloud computing services from data centres that are powered by 100 percent renewable energy sources – specifically hydropower and geothermal energy. Iceland’s geographic location also aids the company’s green credentials, with a year-round cold climate offering a natural coolant, and its mid-Atlantic position removing the need for multiple data mirrors. After being founded in 2010 the company has expanded to offer server hosting, online storage, backup, and cloud computing.

3. Google Compute Engine

Google’s data centres already use fifty percent less energy than a typical data centre by reducing their overhead energy (cooling, power conversion, etc.) usage to just twelve percent. Not only has the company made their own processes environmentally friendly, they also share information and best practices in a bid to improve the entire IT industry.

4. CloudSigma

Based out of Zurich in Switzerland, CloudSigma is plugged into one of the greenest electricity grids in the world – over 95 percent of Swiss energy is generated from nuclear and renewable sources. The company only uses certified carbon neutral cloud servers and has been recognised by Greenpeace for its dedication to environmental responsibility within the IT industry.

5. Dediserve

This Irish company has been pushing the green agenda since their founding in 2009. With seven data centres around the world they primarily offer hosting solutions to the European and North American markets. Their virtual servers consume less than 5 per cent of the power of a physical server, meaning just one Dediserve server rack is currently the same as 25 conventional server racks.

6. Windows Azure

Windows Azure is the Microsoft-powered cloud service. The company has been recognized as the second-largest green power purchaser on the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership list, and clients who use their data centres will see a 30 percent drop in their carbon footprint.

7. Apple iCloud

Perfect for individuals and small businesses, Apple’s iCloud uses some of the greenest data centres on the planet. The company uses 100 percent renewable energy across all its data locations, plus 75 percent at its corporate facilities. Its new North Carolina data centre is powered by a huge solar panel farm and even occasionally becomes a net power producer for a local utility company.

8. IBM SmartCloud

IBM Smartcloud offers a fully managed, highly secure IaaS cloud which is optimized for critical enterprise workloads. In 2012 27 IBM data centres were awarded ‘Participants in Data Centre Efficiency’ by the European Commission – the largest portfolio of data centres from a single company to receive the recognition.

9. Akamai

The US-based content delivery network is one of the greenest companies in its sector. For more than ten years Akamai have taken a leading role in minimizing the environmental impact of IT systems. With several initiatives in place that are continually improving efficiency, the company now boast a grade ‘A’ for Energy Transparency from Greenpeace.

10. Rackspace

Rackspace is one of the leading names in cloud hosting, yet they also have an excellent sustainability program. In 2014 their USA-based operations were named as ‘Green Power Partners’ by the Environmental Protection Agency for the second consecutive year, while their UK data centres and offices run on 100 percent renewable energy.

What do you think? Are there any green hosting companies we missed? Let us know in the comments below.

By Daniel Price

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