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Event: VMworld ’13 To Kick Off Today!

Event: VMworld ’13 To Kick Off Today!

Event: VMworld ’13 To Kick Off Today!

The 10th annual edition of the VMworld,  the annual showcase cutting edge virtualization technology including cloud computing is scheduled to kick off today amid much fanfare in San Francisco.

VMware Inc, the organizer behind the event, is hoping for the grandest of assembly in terms of technological advances as virtualization, or “software defined” networking as some put it since it became the hottest trend in the IT market in recent times, reports the Wall Street Journal.

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This year’s conference is estimated to attract over 22,000 visitors and some of the major market leaders are rumored to make breakthrough announcements within the span of the 5 days of the conference.

VMware, majority-owned by EMC Corp, made use of a concept titled virtualization what allows for a layer of software on server systems to facilitate multiple operating systems and applications.

Companies, especially the small and medium enterprises are using it throughout the world to save money as more work is getting done from their servers while computing jobs are being completed within minutes.

So why is this conference so important for the cloud technology, and virtualization in general? Joe Skorupa, an analyst at the research firm Gartner Inc has the answer for you. “It’s about separating the intelligence from the hardware, making the network programmable,” he says.

This conference is perhaps the biggest window for some of the smaller companies to portray the technologies and gadgets that can attract customers while bigger companies like Cisco, Microsoft and Oracle are vying to grab the biggest chunk of the market pie.

The event is likely to feature a number of major keynote speeches as well, with VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger speaking at the inaugural ceremony about the next generation of technology and the way the IT world is heading.

VMware President and COO Carl Eschenbach, along with engineers from the company would present the latest innovations in virtualization from VMWare on the third day of the event, though the company is yet to unveil the technologies it would present at the conference.

On the second day, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger, New York Times best-selling author and noted technology futurist Paul Saffo will moderate a distinguished panel of C-level IT leaders about the challenges virtualization and cloud technology faces in the upcoming future.

Here at CloudTweaks, we keep an eye open for the latest news and updates from the VMworld as we bring you the scoops as they happen. Also, as always, our in-house expert Steve Prentice will be bringing you the insights and expert opinions from the VMworld.

Hold on to your hats folks, because the VMworld 2013 is about to kick off.

By Blake Adams

Top Tips To Help You Choose The Right Cloud Backup Service Provider

Top Tips To Help You Choose The Right Cloud Backup Service Provider

Businesses both small and large rely on cloud backup for its vast range of benefits with security topping the list. The cloud is a system where all your valuable data can be stored without absolutely any fear of losing it. However, this does not mean you select any cloud backup service provider that you come across. You need to be selective and very careful when making that decision since a wrong one can jeopardize your company. In today’s technologically driven world, cloud backup is a common phenomenon and several cloud backup service providers are offering varied additional services to attract maximum business. From large corporate firms to several medical transcription companies, all rely on this service and it is gaining importance with each passing day. However, you need to follow the guidelines given below to ensure that you do not end up accepting an offer from the wrong cloud backup service provider.

  1. Know exactly what the requirements of your business are:

Not all the cloud backup services are a good choice for your company. A cloud backup service provider offers a plethora of services that cater to each and every type of business. The glut of services may not necessarily be important for your business. Therefore, there is no point in jumping in with both feet for a service that will not be doing much for you. Therefore, the first thing that you need to look for is the requirement of your business before making a decision.

  1. Security plays a massive role:

The major reason for relying on a cloud backup service is for its ability to provide a great amount of security. Therefore, before you entrust your important business files to a cloud backup service, you must ensure that they use the most current version of firewall and other such security measures. Whether you choose public cloud storage or private, security is of prime importance and therefore, you must never compromise on the security aspect. However, different cloud backup providers offer different protocols as per their standards. Thus, you must closely look at the protocol details of every service provider before jumping to a conclusion.

  1. Accessibility:

Medical transcription companies can benefit hugely from cloud backup services as they can store their archived works on a cloud that is safe and secure and which will help you retrieve your work whenever you need it. However, the cloud backup service should provide easy accessibility features so that you do not have to spend hours for a file that you need on an emergency basis. Usually, a good cloud backup service will not only provide easy accessibility, it will also boats of mobilized features wherein you can retrieve data even when on the go by way of mobile app and also provide automatic syncing so that you need not manually upload files to the cloud every single time, making it a more time consuming process.

  1. The various options for storage capacity:

As a rule of thumb, you must always opt for the unlimited package if you are involved in a business that requires you to keep updating your work with new documents while still having access to the older ones. Selecting the unlimited package also allows you certain perks and the price is usually cheaper as compared to a limited package.

  1. Judging according to the cost:

An expensive cloud backup provider is not always the best. The best thing that you can do is compare the prices of the various cloud backup services that are available against the features that they provide to come to a suitable conclusion.

By Eustace Willis

Eustace Willis has worked for several medical transcription companies before starting his own. He has a professional background in medicine and is familiar with the various medical terminologies. He also loves watching medical shows on television and is an ardent sports fan.

Microsoft CEO Ballmer To Retire In 12 Months

Microsoft CEO Ballmer to retire in 12 months

IT mogul Microsoft announced on Friday that its incumbent chief executive Steve Ballmer will retire within the next 12 months, ending a 13-year tenure at the world’s leading software manufacturer.

In a statement on its site, Microsoft announced that “upon the completion of a process to choose his successor“, Ballmer would exit the company within the coming year.

However, “In the meantime, Ballmer will continue as CEO and will lead Microsoft through the next steps of its transformation to a devices and services company that empowers people for the activities they value most,” added the statement.

Steve Ballmer’s declaration of the scheduled retirement comes during a time of major market transition for the company as consumers focus shifts from traditional desktop PCs to tablets and other cutting-edge mobile devices.

Ballmer, who previously worked at Apple and Google, played a key role in driving Microsoft’s strategy for cloud computing, with acquisitions like Skype.

However, during Mr. Ballmer’s reign, Microsoft endured years of criticism from the investor as the evolution of mobile devices and cutting-edge Internet services wore down the impact of the personal computer giant.

The company, led by Mr. Ballmer, responded to the pressures from its patrons in a number of ways including going through the radical path of developing and selling its own tablet-style computer to compete with longtime competitors like Apple.

The decision comes on the back of constant criticism from patrons and competitors alike as back in May, 2012, hedge fund manager David Einhorn called for the CEO to quit his position.

His continued presence is the biggest overhang on Microsoft’s stock,” reported an article on the Fox Business quoting Mr. Einhorn.

In the mean time, in an emotional memo to Microsoft staff, Mr. Ballmer dubbed the company an “amazing place,” stating that he “committed 100 percent emotionally all the way,” reports NASDAQ.

US stocks opened higher as the market got a jolt from the Microsoft announcement, reports Yahoo Finance.

The computing giant’s shares rose to 6.7 percent to $34.55 in starting trade as Ballmer, who replaced Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates back in 2000, said the company would look for a new leader who is capable of taking charge of its “transformation to a devices and services company.”

Wall Street overall followed the global trend higher in markets as five minutes into trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 14.86 points (0.10 percent) at 14,978.60 as well, the report added.

By Blake Adams

The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Xoogler

The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Xoogler



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Apple iCloud Faces Outage, Down For Some Users

Apple iCloud faces outage, down for some users

Tech giant Apple’s iCloud has been down for some users over the past six hours, and users are still reporting Apple services being inaccessible around the world.  According to several reports, the outage occurred around 6:30 p.m. ET Wednesday, with some users experiencing downtime with iCloud service.

According to a short message on Apple’s status page, users are facing problems for services like iCloud Documents, iPhoto Journals Photo Stream, along with Backup and Restore.  “Users may also be unable to send or download attachments in iMessage,” added the system status message.

The message from the tech giant also claimed that only 1 percent off Apple’s existing users would be affected by the downtime from iCloud. However, since Apple has a huge customer base, even the 1 percent might amount to millions of users being unable to access prime Apple service for a longer period of time, causing hassle for both parties.

Downtime due to outage has been a recent concern for the company, as Apple has experienced multiple outages in recent times, as on June 26, over 20% of its users faced downtime with the iCloud.

Previously, on April 23, Apple experienced another major outage that left millions of users outraged for over 27 hours for its iCloud email, GameCenter and iTunes services.

Apple yet to release any official comment regarding today’s outage.

By Blake Adams

Cloud Infographic – 3 Must-Haves For Cloud Service Providers

Cloud Infographic – 3 Must-Haves For Cloud Service Providers

Cloud Infographic – 3 Must-Haves For Cloud Service Providers

The steadily increasing rate of adoption is having a somewhat negative effect on the market as a lot of startups are looking at selling Cloud services and becoming the next giant. But this only serves to saturate the market and confuse people, not to mention that startups that fail will only lower the credibility of the market. The reason why smaller companies are hard pressed at delivering a superb cloud service is because a very large capital is required for the expert manpower and infrastructure which small companies do not have, and there is an emphasis on the expert manpower above the others as this gives customers a peace of mind. Because of this, the smaller companies have resorted to “white label branding” the services of bigger providers… Continue reading the full article

If you do decide to become a cloud service provider, you may want to review this infographic provided by HOB titled  “3 Must-Haves For Cloud Service Providers

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Infographic Source: HOB

Inside The Shadows Of SHADOW IT

Inside The Shadows Of SHADOW IT

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Recent NASA audit report brings an interesting perspective on IT & Cloud Governance.

A recent report from the office of the inspector general of NASA regarding the adoption of cloud computing technologies across the organization provide an interesting look at the phases NASA is going in cloud computing adoption. NASA was a cloud pioneer with the development of OpenStack cloud platform and project Nebula for providing private cloud services. Currently 10% of NASA 1.5 Billion $ IT budget is spent on cloud computing, but the prediction is that in the next 5 years all NASA public data will move to the public cloud and 75% of all new IT program will begin in the cloud.

The Inspector General report uncovers that several NASA applications moved into the cloud without the knowledge and authorization of the office of the CIO. On one occasion, two moderate impact applications “moved to a public cloud and operated for 2 years without authorization, a security or contingency plan, or a test of the system’s security controls.”

On other occasions, the inspector general reviewed 5 different contracts for the procurement of cloud services and found they “failed to fully address the business and IT security risks unique to the cloud environment“.

Cloud governance is a challenge to all CIO’s. NASA is no different although one can imagine that if this is how things are for NASA (a respectable organization in all terms) then what is the situation for others?

Shadow IT is not a new phenomenon, but cloud computing surely contribute for it heavily. According to Gartner, in 2015, 35% of organizations overall IT spending will be managed outside of the IT department. Cloud offerings that target the business users of the organizations by providing fast flexible solutions without the pains of involving the IT department are responsible for the majority of those “hide from IT” spending.

Not everyone thinks that Shadow IT is bad. Some researches indicate that Shadow IT promote innovation in the business and allow the business users to reach their goals faster. PWC 2013 digital IQ survey demonstrates a strong linkage between being “strong performer” and reduced control on IT spending.

In NASA report, the inspector office finds that lack of “enterprise-wide cloud-computing strategy” caused some of the failures described in the report. The slow adoption of such a program resulted in systems migrating to the cloud without authorization or proper risk management process.

So what lessons should be learned from the report? That lack of cloud strategy is the worst possible option. The business users across the organizations will continue to search for fast and flexible solutions for their applications, and SaaS vendor will continue to target them and bypass IT functions. Lack of cloud strategy will result in application moving to the cloud without any authorization and knowledge of IT functions and probably without any risk management at all. CIO’s across the globe should understand that formalizing cloud strategy today is not an option, it is a must.

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By Moshe Ferber,

Moshe Ferber is an entrepreneur and security expert, with 20 years’ experience in information security.  Mr. Ferber has focused on various aspects of cloud technology as an entrepreneur and investor. After founding cloud7, a Managed Security Services Provider, He is also invested in startups FortyCloud and Clarisite –  innovative solutions for information security and governance. For more information can be found at www.onlinecloudsec.com.

Demand For Cloud Skills Increases

Demand For Cloud Skills Increases

Demand for Cloud Skills Increases

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Thinking about adding more cloud skills to your repertoire? Stop thinking. The time to do it is now.

For IT professionals, cloud computing skills are becoming an essential resume item. Companies are actively – and increasingly – looking for employees with the knowledge and hands-on experience to build and maintain cloud –based applications.

And despite some fearful chatter, the rise of the cloud does not signal the death of the traditional data center, or the data center staff. The IT staff will not go away; organizations will just be able to get much more productivity out of staff than they previously could. The jobs will still be there – just with slightly different descriptions.

Overall, the picture is quite rosy for an IT pro with cloud skills. The proof is in the news almost daily. A recent Washington Post article: “Analysts Expect Growth in Cloud Jobs,” cited Bureau of Labor & Industry data predicting 671,300 new jobs in computer systems design and related services by 2020.

But that’s the future – jobs are available right now. Earlier this year, IDC released a report stating that 1.7 million cloud-related positions remained unfilled. Why? A lack of training and certification. A survey of UK businesses conducted by V3 found that almost half said their cloud projects had “been hindered by a lack of relevant skills among employees. “

If you’re looking to advance your career, you can’t get much more of a directive.

So you’re convinced: You need cloud skills. How do you get them? Training is available from companies like mine (CBT Nuggets) and from the various cloud vendors. And the beauty of some services (like AWS) is that you can “play” with the technology (for free) to get a hands-on experience.

Just trying out cloud services isn’t enough to impress an employer. A number of vendors now offer certification in cloud skills. AWS, Rackspace, and VMware are a few of the “big guns” with certification tracks. Obviously, it makes the most sense to pursue a certification in the technology you see yourself using the most. But even if you end up using a different technology, the process of training for and passing the certification exams will enhance your understanding of what you can do with cloud computing.

Certification, of course, costs money. It can be time consuming. And ultimately, isn’t it just a piece of paper? The answer is yes… and no.

While certification can’t substitute for real-world skills, it is a quick way to show employers – or potential employers – that your skills have been validated. That could be all you need to get a leg up on other candidates. Achieving a certification also shows that you’re willing to put in the time and effort to learn new technology and keep your skills up to date. In the fast-paced IT world, that’s a crucial characteristic.

Cloud computing is new, but that doesn’t mean it’s a fleeting trend. All signs point to it being a permanent part of the IT landscape – as permanent as anything is in IT, at least. Companies are looking for people who can harness the power of the cloud: You should be one of them.

By Jeremy Cioara

Jeremy Cioara is an IT trainer, consultant, speaker, author, and editor. He is the creator of numerous online training series for CBT Nuggets, including “AWS Certified Solutions Architect: Foundations” and “AWS Certified Solutions Architect: Architecting for AWS.”

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