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SAP Offers Fast Track To Innovation Via A Flexible Path To The Cloud

SAP Offers Fast Track to Innovation Via a Flexible Path to the Cloud

WALLDORF, Germany — July 24, 2013 — SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) is taking the next step to make the recently announced unified cloud portfolio vision a reality for customers, putting them in the driver’s seat for their cloud journey. SAP now offers customers and partners a simple, flexible model for extending current on-premise solutions to cloud applications, including offerings from SAP companies Ariba and SuccessFactors.

Based on their existing investments in SAP® software, customers can decide to reallocate elements of their installed on-premise solutions to the respective cloud solutions from SAP, replacing the affected on-premise license and maintenance fee with a cloud subscription. The transaction assumes an expanded investment with cloud solutions from SAP, given the substantial added value from this new hybrid scenario.

Consume Cloud Innovations at Own Pace

SAP removes barriers and enables customers to drive speed-to-value and unlock opportunities to lower total cost of ownership, taking care that existing investments are protected and exploring new options with innovative cloud solutions from SAP at their own pace. The hybrid solution can be fully integrated offering seamless delivery and support as well as full control over the application landscape, including on-premise and cloud applications. With this integrated approach, customers gain the flexibility, choice and efficiencies needed to innovate for growth across their entire business in the cloud.

Unlock Business Value With Flexibility and Ease

SAP® Rapid Deployment solutions for the SAP® Cloud portfolio support the new cloud extension opportunity. Hybrid deployment scenarios can be quickly implemented based on packaged content and implementation services in the areas of human resources, procurement, and business collaboration, among others. The cloud extension model helps companies of any size create entirely new experiences for their customers, empower employees at scale, optimize the use of resources and unlock value for their business.

Proven support offerings from SAP, including SAP® MaxAttention™ and SAP® ActiveEmbedded services, are available to support customers in transitioning without disruption, allowing them to build and run SAP solutions like a factory.

Enterprises can face significant hurdles deploying and integrating cloud solutions into very complex IT ecosystems, so they are looking for pricing and adoption models that offer the flexibility to drive an extension to the cloud at their own pace,” said Elaina Stergiades, research manager, IDC. “Adoption models like this from SAP can help customers streamline their investments in on-premise and cloud solutions, making it easier and more cost-effective to take advantage of these new technologies.”

SAP believes that every customer has a different approach to adopt the cloud innovations based on unique business requirements. The new cloud extension model is an optional model that flexibly supports many different entry points for a cloud strategy.

SAP is delighted to offer this tremendous opportunity to customers, allowing them to redirect existing investments to new innovation areas in the cloud,” said Robert Enslin, president of Global Customer Operations and member of the SAP Global Managing Board of SAP AG. “The unified SAP Cloud portfolio significantly expands our customers’ ability to grow their businesses by offering real-time, secure access to the cloud — all while lowering the cost of entry and through a great user interface. With this new cloud extension option, SAP helps each customer create a unique experience specific to their business requirements.”

This offer is not expected to have any material impact on the company’s 2013 financial year outlook for revenue or operating income.

Software Defined Networking (SDN)

Software Defined Networking (SDN)

People Are Holding Back The Efficient Enterprise

I had the pleasure of participating on a Software Defined Networking (SDN) panel hosted by Evercore Partners in Boston recently and the topic of people came up in the discussion. What became clear during the panel was that as virtualization grows, its effect on storage, networking and end user computing has made it impossible to manage each domain separately. This makes it almost impossible – but definitely inefficient and costly – to put people in the middle of workload placement and optimization decisions. Simply put, people are holding back the efficient IT enterprise.

To be clear: this is not to say that humans should be removed from IT altogether. Brilliant minds design beautifully intricate enterprise IT systems that drive today’s most successful businesses. What we are learning, however, is that the administrative and management tasks that these systems require is beyond the cognitive – and capital – capabilities of most corporate IT departments. It is essentially a variation on the virtualization argument that likely got the technology into the door: organizations should have their talented engineers and technicians focused on moving the business forward, not keeping their virtual environment up and running.

The problem is that many businesses are clinging to on-premise IT practices in their new virtualized environment. The fact of the matter is that SaaS and virtualization environments are not reliant on people to perform. IT is currently undergoing a transformation similar to the agricultural industry. At one point in time, one person hitched up a plow to a horse and tilled his fields from morning until sunset. Now, modern farmers plant, cultivate and harvest crops from fields that are exponentially larger than their predecessors using machinery that automates all of these processes and performs them better than any human could. Corporate IT staffs find themselves in a similar position thanks to virtualization.

We have found that a relatively small environment of 500 virtual machines generates an alert every 3 minutes. It would be an impossible task for a single IT administrator to handle all of these alerts and a highly costly one for a business that committed the necessary resources to do so. If you have alerts in your virtualized environment, you are waiting for problems so the key is to enable SDN practices and IT decision management automation where it makes the most sense for the business.

The first step in rolling out SDN is to migrate to a conversion infrastructure. This provides corporate IT departments with the benefit of a single hardware SKU rather than having to align all of the elements in the IT roadmap. From there, systems admins and managers can decide where virtual machines are best utilized and write scripts that optimize the overall infrastructure’s performance. Allowing people to leverage software to automate IT decision management puts people where they should be: out of the way. Machines are able to perform as fast as their capabilities allow rather than the IT staff’s ability to neutralize issues.

It is inefficient and costly to have a person responding to alerts and troubleshooting an environment.  Just like software automation has transformed Wall Street trading, the continued growth of virtualization and the advent of real SDN will usher in a new wave of software automation for intelligent workload placement and optimization in the data center as well as across cloud and hybrid environments.

By  N. Louis Shipley

shipleyMr. N. Louis Shipley, Lou has been the Chief Executive Officer and President of VMTurbo Inc. since 2011.  Mr. Shipley is an experienced Chief Executive Officer with virtualization and cloud expertise. Mr. Shipley served as the Group Vice President and General Manager of Management Systems Group at Citrix Systems, Inc. He served as General Manager of Citrix XenServer. 

CIA Set To Invest In Cloud Computing

CIA Set To Invest In Cloud Computing

CIA Set To Invest In Cloud Computing

One of the most powerful organisations in the Western world is putting its money on cloud computing this year. Long rumoured reports of the US Government’s Central Intelligence Agency, better known as the CIA, seeking to land a deal with a major Internet giant have been all but confirmed. So what’s the deal with the spooks and the nerds ganging together and what does it all mean? Conspiracy theorists and Communists, listen up because the CIA just got more tech-savvy than ever. And that’s saying something.

The CIA collects data. That’s what it does. Some data is more interesting than others, some gets captured in the shutter-flash of a second and some takes hours, days or even years to compile. Yet whatever form it takes, data and overwhelmingly computer-based information is crucial to fighting all the baddies (or goodies, depending whose side you are really on). Now the gathering of data for the world’s best known intelligence agency is even more accessible and organised, reportedly thanks to Amazon.


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Amazon, I hear you say? The giant cuddly tax-dodging provider of all things Christmas? That’s right. Amazon also sells web-based products and services and is one of the world leaders in this field. The giant corporation may have beaten rivals, most notably IBM, to the punch in agreeing a contract with the CIA for investing more than a few hundred million dollars into cloud computing. The agency has reportedly requested that Amazon create for them a parallel cloud which reflects the efficiency of the public services they sell, but is modelled to a bespoke and (obviously) private framework which is secure and fit for the purpose of protecting US national security.

So what is cloud computing? This is really kind of a slang term for a type of Internet-based infrastructure. It essentially joins lots of computers up, allowing programs, applications and files to be run on multiple computers simultaneously. The concept of a private ‘cloud’ basically means having your whole organisation interacting virtually on a server, often with specialised software, storage space or applications. This is kept under wraps and away from the rest of the Web, unlike public clouds such as Apple’s iCloud, which anyone with an Apple device can join or access. Private clouds are good for saving cash within organisations and bring online previously unwieldy processes and information-sharing, but can be more open to infiltration. Although it’s unlikely that the CIA will have anything less than the most sophisticated technology designed to prevent this.

The contract is thought to be moving into place for at least four years, although the tight-lipped CIA are not about to discuss this. IBM has reportedly been a little miffed about the prospect of Amazon taking up the deal indefinitely when it first came about, even though their service was far more expensive to purchase. They have been enlisting the support of the Government Accountability Office in challenging the CIA to re-list their offer and to set any contract as time-limited rather than continuously rolling. Therefore, the issue as it stands today sees the CIA with rapped knuckles, re-bidding like a weary Ebay seller for the right IT guy.

Although silence still reigns supreme in this who-dunnit of server provision, Internet rumours abound about Amazon’s friendliness with the CIA and with the desire for the government agency to work with them. Watch this space for more information on the latest move from the Men In Black.

By Alex Harrard

Freelance web data analyst and copywriter for large scale cloud computing businesses and virtual desktop suppliers

Cloud Based Asynchronous Communication In Health Care Systems

Cloud Based Asynchronous Communication In Health Care Systems

Cloud Based Asynchronous Communication in Health Care systems

HR is a previous resource in any business and with synchronicity evaporating because of the scarcity of human resource. Medicine is no exception, especially in small to medium sized medical practices. Cloud fits perfectly in this equation where Cloud based collaboration, EMR and other such health IT systems make their way into small to medium sized practices. Cloud is already delivering tremendous value, both in terms of productivity and significant savings in cost.

Cloud based asynchronous communication has real potential in sorting out and solving the needs of the modern day healthcare systems where doctors and patients cannot collaborate instantly due to the distance or difference in time zones etc. In developing economies, the need is far greater where normally most health facilities lack reliable internet connections and mobile making it more difficult to track the patient’s location and history.  Message and storage centric systems are two important components of the modern day health care systems in which doctors can collaborate with the fellows and patients by sharing messages,  text, pictures and other useful data for factual data analysis and reporting patient progress.

Exploiting the potential of Media Synchronicity Theory (MST) is the key in turning the face of modern day health care analysis tools.  Two important tools used for health care collaborative improvement systems are conveyance processes which are used for isolated learning and convergence processes, used for sharing the understanding between medical practitioners for improved analysis. Public Clouds must be used in the hospitals for data sharing. Patients does not have to suffer the tiresome tasks of giving their tests on every station, there must be a central Cloud database server, which handles patient records using Cloud based sharing techniques. This will not only decrease the work load of doctors, the life of patients will also be at ease.


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The proposed implementation model for MST consists of five main components which are responsible for the entire core processing in resource sharing. These components are rehearsability, reprocessability, transmission velocity, parallelism and symbols. The most important factor of them is transmission velocity which is the measure of the time required to collaborate with a patient or doctor located in remote or rural area. The recommended practice is to use hybrid cloud models for health care systems and switch in between public and private infrastructures depending upon the needs. The MST based health care systems are widely deployed in many parts of Africa due to their increased success rate.

By Salman UI Haq

Xbox One On Collision Cause With Users After Change Of Cloud Sharing

Xbox One On Collision Cause With Users After Change Of Cloud Sharing

Could some cloud features that Microsoft had announced at the first press conference on Xbox One go the way of the dodo? Firstly, after a barrage of pressure from rivals, like Sony, to revisit its free-for-all digital policies it had announced on its new console, Microsoft toned down on its exacting online-per-day requirement for users. This saw the console share the same offline accessibility protocols as Xbox 360.  Now, swords have locked again between the company and users after it trimmed, further, the cloud-sharing feature. Gaming enthusiasts have the following three choices to make when storing their favorite titles:

Download on XBox One Live, Leave Them There

A spokesman from the Windows provider has said that the treasure-trove of shared games that could have otherwise been on demand in the cloud, from different sources, including diverse consoles, are now limited. This means that the content one downloads on this specific console’s website will remain on its cloud server for access the next time. It is not possible to share them with others as rental titles, but will be there for retrieval by users.

Share Discs

On one note however, Microsoft is positive. Users who can no longer rely on the cloud to share can use the hardware option, or in other words, transact discs with the content between them. This is the pattern with many consoles, including the predecessor to this particular one, but it has displeased enthusiasts of the original premise that discs be not the only linking media. The company offers the apologia that it is bowing down from finger-pointing. There has been client-uncertainty on whether digital content, such as games, should be available unilaterally online.

Family Sharing

The third scenario pitting XBox One’s trimmed cloud-sharing capabilities against the losing crowd is the fact that members of a family can now only share their favorites on disc. This is because the company cannot afford to violate against anti-digital lobbyists who demand an abandonment of the policy to make games available across consoles, at the touch of a button. Thus, if one downloads content, it is impossible to send it to another console of a family member. One can only pass the disc along.

Renewed Protest

It seems like all is not lost. The gaming crowd is sending coda to Microsoft by calling for the electronics’ firm to bequeath them the original offer. The lobbyists rile the move by the maker of their console against bowing down to rival makers of consoles like PS4 alongside conservative gaming enthusiasts, who demanded the status quo.

The Earlier Premise

In June 2013, unlimited gaming content could be available in all the above three scenarios. Firstly, it was possible to make do with a cloud account that could share content with friends that one had been relating to for the past one month.  This exchange could occur only once, meaning that once a player exchanged a title, the recipient could use it permanently. On the second score of console control, the earlier premise was for allowing titles to transfer from the user’s Xbox One cloud account and another similar device in which the gamer has an account. On the family score, it was possible for ten kinsmen to use a shared platform to engage, albeit each at a time. Now all this has reversed.

By John Omwamba

How Can The Cloud Protect Us From Identity Theft?

How Can The Cloud Protect Us From Identity Theft?

How Can The Cloud Protect Us From Identity Theft?

More than 600 million Internet users will store data on the cloud by the end of the year, reports. If you’re using anything from online banking to iTunes, you’re using the cloud.

Our business files have moved to the cloud, our audio and visual media have moved to the cloud—even children’s video games are making the switch. But people are asking: How safe is it in the cloud? Can cloud storage protect us against the threat of identity theft, which has been growing every year as technology becomes more entwined in our lives?identity-theft

Advanced Encryption Protocols

Cloud storage systems usually have advanced encryption protocols, some of them approaching or even meeting military-grade standards. By keeping all confidential information on a secured cloud network, individuals and businesses alike can protect themselves from the possibility of a data security breach that could lead to identity theft. However, even with encryption, data will only be as safe as the user makes it. A single lost password or pass phrase may bring the whole system crumbling down.

The Move From Paper

Shifting everything to the cloud moves the user away from paper. One of the most common ways identity thieves get access to personal information isn’t the Internet, but actually paper documents that aren’t shredded. Many thieves will sort through the trash or go through the mail to find bank statements, credit card statements and loan qualifications. These thieves will be out of luck, however, if their target has decided to obtain and store everything in non-physical media. This will also ensure none of your documents are ever lost.

Access to Backup

The cloud also enables users to connect to backup copies of their important documentation from anywhere with an Internet connection. If you’re visiting another country and your wallet is stolen, you can log into your cloud to get the necessary information to retrieve your documents, cancel credit cards and notify your financial institutions. Reacting quickly to the threat of identity theft is one of the major ways people can protect themselves from it.

Winning the war against identity theft is about prevention. While cloud technology may provide some tools for the prevention of identity theft, there are still many things people should do to keep safe:

  • Never throw away documents that contain sensitive information—shred them
  • Never give out personal information to third parties you have not verified
  • If you believe your identity may have been compromised, immediately contact your financial institutions
  • If you wish to secure your identity further, visit sites like, identityguard, ProtectMyID or a similar identity theft protection service

Have you used cloud storage to help protect against identity theft? Tell us how in the comments.

By Fred Wong

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Benefits Of Cloud-Mobile Convergence (CMC) Based Mobile Platforms

Benefits of Cloud-Mobile Convergence (CMC) Based Mobile Platforms

Mobile based cloud computing has been getting a forward nudge in the market swiftly because of the increasing benefits related to data manageability and user experience.  Probably the most alluring factor of mobile based cloud computing is introduction of Augmented reality(AR), a technology to virtualize the sensory perceptions of human beings into augmented computer generated form in order to give the look and feel of the real time environments. Using and deploying remote resources for mobile based cloud architectures have become easy and more efficient amid the implementation of Cloud-Mobile Convergence (CMC) paradigms which argue the adaptation of remote resources for the allocation of resources pool for mobile based cloud models.

CMC models have given rise to prodigious and state of the art AR based hardware equipped with optimized cloud computing capabilities, such as being offered by Google Glass. Google Glass uses the colossal AR based implementations to offer the enhanced user experience. The “Convergence of resources” paradigm which is used in Google Glass capitalizes the efficient and timely usage of resources no matter where they are located. Cloud computing experts are striving to provide the most intuitive and automated methods of human computer interaction. Scientific visualization, viewing satellite/aerial imagery and teleconferencing are some of the major hallmarks of the cloud based vision interaction systems that are combined in Google Glass to some extent.

With around billions of terabytes being updated in real time environments, Google Glass lets users to share data and gesture based activities through clouds. As the data storage demand around the world increases with every passing minute, there are some serious cloud storage and hosting issues that are likely to be faced by glass project and third party cloud host providers can harness the market space to offer the hosting services to improve the data sharing experience in Google glass. The Glass team is hinting to deploy third party cloud servers to offload some of the compute intensive calculations. Amazon Elastic Computing Cloud is probably the strongest candidate for this resource sharing pact keeping in view the previous collaborations.

Cloud computing promises to resolve the multifarious performance challenges like Cluster-driven multi million pixels processing in advanced and complex systems like Google Glass. Offloading motion based sensory perceptions like in Google Glass requires extra efficient algorithms behind the cloud servers in order to match the end user requirements.  Cloud’s parallel computing potential is helping the developers to implement the ultra-sensory processing at the back-end using the node analysis and comparisons techniques offered by AR based libraries. Because of the high performance cloud infrastructure, Google Glass offers the best real time interaction experience where gesture sensing and motion of eyes is processed within milliseconds to generate the input from cloud resources. The future holds a vast exposure and scope for AR based cloud mobile devices and Google Glass project is being considered as the stepping stone for the development in the cloud integration with wearable hardware and mobile platforms.

By Salman UI Haq

Cloud Video Streaming And Subscriptions

Cloud Video Streaming And Subscriptions

Cloud Video Streaming And Subscriptions

What is better? Wait… let me start over here. Is ownership with a one time price or a monthly subscription with a constant flux of entertainment a better option with internet based entertainment? I guess this is more of a subjective question with the person but these are really the two options unless you are just being sneaky and torrenting everything. So avoiding a potential FCC fine and jail time let’s just stay with the good old fashion paying for everything and focus on the technology of internet streaming and how the cloud is playing it’s part with your Saturday night stay at home date.hulu

To take a major step to the left from where we are going, Darwin once wrote most famously, that only the strongest and most aptly fit to their surroundings will survive.  While it takes a great deal of time to watch Darwin’s arguments of evolution in the natural realm it seems ever so clear this is how business works as well.  With the recent death of the video rental store for the convenience of internet streaming and downloading we have seen the strongest survive with a society plugged into the internet.  With Netflix, Hulu, Sony’s PSN store, Amazon Instant Videos, iTunes, and many on-demand internet television subscriptions it is easy for anyone with a simple internet connection to ignore the traditional means of watching the latest movie for instant access, with a few limitations.

Unlimited Subscriptions:

With the most common internet streaming companies provide unlimited streaming data with a monthly or yearly subscription.  Netflix and Hulu Plus are the most common companies that provide television and movies that have a month to month payment plan, while Amazon Instant Video comes with the yearly subscription to Amazon Prime. These companies have a similar process when it comes to activating an account.

  • Provide personal information

  • Choose the service options (if provided)

  • Check Internet Connection requirements

  • Provide credit card information

  • Begin streaming on shows and movies.

netflixThese are the most popular choice among most people because it is a simple subscription that is less than buying or renting a movie and you have the option to watch anything on the companies list of movies and television shows. On top of that you can watch what is provided to you at any time without having to pay another price on top of the month subscription.  The only drawback is that you do not personally own the movies on your streaming account and a movie you may like a lot is subject to removal. Yet with the ever expanding cloud technology more and more films, and television shows are able to be placed on the company’s server giving you more options. Of course this isn’t news to even the most amateur of internet users, so we need to compare this option to a buy to own like ITunes or Sony’s option with the personal account cloud.

Pay as You Go:

Moving to the horse of a different color you have cloud operated downloaded purchases with outlets like Amazon Instant Video, Sony’s PlayStation Network (PSN) store, and iTunes.  This is either pay to purchase or rent but you do not have a monthly subscription option for unlimited access. Sure you have to give up all your personal information and credit card numbers once, so as you don’t have to be bothered every time you buy something, but the real question is how is it stored once you bought it.  On iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, the PlayStation Network Store, and countless others are developing the technology to use the cloud for each of their customers. With that option, many believe hard copies will become a thing of the past. Regardless, once you:

  • Download the companies program

  • Submit private information for an account (including personal information and financial information)

  • Search for the content you want.

  • Pay the fee and the product will be uploaded to your device.

Then you own a digital copy of a movie that is stored on the companies cloud device.  You can watch it whenever you like, and it doesn’t take up much hard drive space as it might if you downloaded the whole movie or television show to your devices hard drive. Of course once you own a film on the cloud it doesn’t mean much unless there is a simple way to pull the content up on a device and enjoy it.  Cloud technology is an important step, but with one step you need to take another step so you aren’t off balanced.

When it comes to the growth of cloud technology the people behind this push for a wider reach need to understand the that general public wants only the minimal effort for it to catch on.  People like to know what it does, but not how it works.  Now in a cloud base technology website that may sound absurd but hear me out.  For something to catch on by all people they need to know the basics so they can trust the technology and it operate it.  If the cloud becomes too technical then it will be abandoned for easier tech.  A perfect example of this would be how many people have made disparaging remarks about Windows 8 because it added a layer of complexity to the start up menu that most people didn’t want. I know many people who have Windows 8 and downgraded to have the straight forward startup screen they are custom to see. So when you use cloud base technology but do not have an easy method to upload your content then your company has a problem.

With most popular internet media companies this is not a problem, but sometimes the technology can become so impressive that it forgets about niche markets that can be an afterthought to a company’s main product.  For instance Sony’s PlayStation Network is great for downloading the latest PlayStation 3 videogames.  It is a simple click and it will download it to a folder straight into the sections labeled games.  It is simple, it is sweet, and it is easy to use.  Now with reports given to me from several different people I talked to wanting to download a television series or film, they found it to be slightly more difficult finding their product after they paid for it.


So which concept is more beneficial to use? Well that is more depended on your wants, and the company’s structure. I, myself, would be considered a hybrid as most of you would.  I enjoy using both platforms, but only when the cloud technology isn’t a hindrance.  Simplicity is the key to internet streaming movies and television series.  Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant Video, and ITunes are the nest examples of this is the market, but the market will be shifting quickly.  With Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One being released this year the demand for cloud technology will become even more apparent in today’s market of mass media.  Both systems have implemented a strong backing of cloud technology for better processing power with the machine thus, more and more television and films will be placed on the cloud.  So in the future we are excited to see how the cloud technology will be upgraded and how that might affect our society as a whole.

By Chris Kenealy

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