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Cloud Spectator Releases The 2016 Top Ten Cloud Vendor Benchmark Report

Cloud Spectator Releases The 2016 Top Ten Cloud Vendor Benchmark Report

Top Ten Cloud Vendor Benchmark Report

Report Uncovers A Staggering 350% Performance Difference Between The Top 10 Cloud Service Providers

BOSTON, MA. JANUARY 13, 2016Cloud Spectator, the industry leading IaaS cloud benchmarking agency, today released the Top Ten Cloud Vendor Benchmark 2016 Report, a price-performance analysis of the leading public IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service) vendors in North America. This annual report is the most in-depth publicly available analysis of price-performance in the IaaS marketplace ever conducted, analyzing nearly four million data points collected on 17 qualifying IaaS providers.

The report benchmarks the top 10 providers based on price and price-performance to create a CloudSpecs Value Score™.

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For most buyers, comparing the different performance levels and pricing structures of Cloud Service Providers like Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure is challenging.” said Kenny Li, CEO of Cloud Spectator. “This report levels the playing field by providing an apples-to-apples comparison of the price performance value each provider offers, through the CloudSpecs Value Score™

Amongst the many findings, the report revealed a staggering 350% difference in performance between the top 10 Cloud Service Providers. This highlights the importance of conducting performance testing on prospective Providers before making a final purchase decision. Organizations must invest in infrastructure testing for their specific application requirements, or risk overspending on infrastructure.

The 17 CSP’s included in the study are: 1&1, AWS, Azure, CenturyLink,CloudSigma, Dimension Data, Google Cloud, Hostway, HP Helion, IBM Softlayer, Internap, Interoute, Peer1, PhoenixNAP, ProfitBricks, RackSpace and Ubiquity.

Detailed performance and price results as well as CloudSpecs Value Scores™ for block storage, vCPU and memory are included in this report for the top 10 providers.

About Cloud Spectator

Cloud Spectator is a cloud benchmarking and consulting agency focused on cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) performance. The company actively monitors several of the largest IaaS providers in the world, comparing performance and pricing to achieve transparency in the cloud market.

The company helps cloud providers understand their market position and helps business make intelligent decisions in selecting cloud providers and lowering total cost of ownership. The firm was founded in early 2011 and is located in Boston, MA.

Questions regarding the press release, report and testing methodology can be addressed to: Ken Balazs, 1-617-300-0711 kbalazs@cloudspectator.com

The Soft-Edged Cloud: A Security Challenge

The Soft-Edged Cloud: A Security Challenge

The Cloud Security Challenge

The use of the term “cloud” to describe global, offsite, computing and storage technology is apt for a number of reasons; not all of them good. The metaphor succeeds largely when people visualize their data hovering over their heads, no longer tied to a single location, and consequently easy to access from anywhere. But there are other parallels with actual meteorological clouds, specifically their soft, amorphous shape. This causes problems in perception and definition, which naturally lead to potential difficulties with security.

ISC 2 - CCSPDavid Shearer, CEO of cyber, information, software and infrastructure security certification and education body (ISC)2, points out that the enthusiasm or pressure that companies feel to build their businesses quickly into the cloud can potentially lead to a fundamental weakness. “The easier it becomes to purchase cloud solutions,” he says, “the easier it is for organizations to get ahead of themselves. Business lines within a company can easily acquire cloud-based services, and the fast time to acquire and provision cloud services is extremely attractive. Any organization would be crazy not to take advantage of that.” Shearer points out, however, that when a company elects to leverage cloud solutions and services, management needs to be smart about it; and part of that includes proper and continuous security measures:

As recently as a few years ago, security was looked at as a hindrance; something that got in the way. In these situations, sometimes bad things needed to happen for people to pay attention. In the C-suite, if nothing else, CEOs and CxOs are losing their jobs for a perceived lack of due diligence and lack of strategy to protect a corporation’s intellectual property or personally identifiable information – and that gets people’s attention. Increasingly, what is needed is better communication between those actually responsible for making security work, and the C-suite.

In addition to the lack of clear comprehension of cloud in the executive office, there is also a similar disconnect throughout other levels of business.

Defining The Cloud

Adam Gordon is an author, subject matter expert and instructor at (ISC)2. He illustrates a significant challenge to cloud security being the definition of cloud itself. There’s a great interest in anything and everything cloud,” he says, “but the problem is, as individuals and as businesses, we don’t always understand what cloud means. As a result, there tends to be a gap, where consumption is a lead indicator and security is an afterthought.” It is ill-defined in many people’s minds, Gordon adds. “Many people look at it as a marketing slogan or a marketing solution, but they don’t really get it. As a result, I think one of the biggest issues that we face, as security professionals in the cloud, is the idea of how to create a common ground in terms of what it is we are talking about and how we will frame conversation around risk, liability, security, and things that go with that.”

Yet a third challenge to effective understanding of the cloud is the change of mindset needed, especially among managers and decision makers who spent their early years in the company of mainframes, dumb terminals and internal networks. For many, there is a pervasive, almost instinctive sense that data and computing systems are physically safer when they exist inside the actual walls of a company where they can be seen and touched. The notion of storing data on someone else’s computer somewhere in the world just does not feel right. The truth is that data is generally safer when transferred to the vaults of a cloud organization whose sole mandate is secure storage, but adherence to ideas from an earlier age is a very human attribute; one that never fully disappears.

Mobile Employees

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Finally, there is the relatively new phenomenon of mobile employees who see their smart devices as their office, and who expect to use them at home, at work, and in public spaces like coffee shops and transit terminals, accessing Wi-Fi connections with little thought as to security. This soft, boundary-less setting has a direct parallel to actual clouds. Where, after all, does work-related security begin and end, when the device being used shares storage space and connectivity with personal files and pursuits? Adam Gordon worries that enabling individuals to work productively in these non-traditional environments with equally non-traditional capabilities and platforms opens up a collection of unknowns in terms of security and the individualized approach to data.

The softness of the cloud reinforces the need for a new type of security specialist; someone with the experience and wisdom to stay on top of a fast changing environment, and with the skills to communicate the necessary directives to the executive as well as to the rest of the IT team. This is the reason behind the development of the CCSP designation. The cloud will only continue to grow in size and versatility. Successful usage must involve a sound and ongoing security strategy across all levels of operation.

For more on the CCSP certification from (ISC)2 please visit their website. Sponsored by (ISC)2.

By Steve Prentice

Security Survey: Enterprises Unequipped To Detect And Deal With Attacks

Security Survey: Enterprises Unequipped To Detect And Deal With Attacks

Security Survey: Many Enterprises Still Unequipped

Today’s information security teams are expected to mitigate risk in environments where employees are accessing critical and confidential data from anywhere, at any time. The network perimeter has expanded to include cloud services, mobile devices, and global forces that encompass partners and contractors, making it impossible to completely lock down the ecosystem and prevent all attacks. At the same time, preventative solutions are failing to cover the entire spectrum of attack vectors. As a result, security teams are investing in incident detection and response to detect and contain com- promise as soon as it occurs.

Survey Findings

Rapid7 conducted a survey regarding incident detection and response, in order to gain insight into today’s security teams, including strategic initiatives, current tools used, and challenges. The survey includes findings from hundreds of security professionals at organizations of varied sizes across the globe on their biggest security concerns and planned initiatives for 2016.

Punctuating the results were two key points: (1) 90% of organizations are worried about compromised credentials, though 60% say they cannot catch these types of attacks today; and (2) 62% of organizations are receiving more alerts than they can feasibly investigate.

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Digital Marketing Hubs And The Cloud

Digital Marketing Hubs And The Cloud

Digital Market Hubs

Gartner’s recently released research, Magic Quadrant for Digital Marketing Hubs, recognizes the big four marketing cloud vendors as leaders, but also points to many challengers. Adobe, Marketo, Oracle, and Salesforce inhabit the leader’s block of the Magic Quadrant, reflecting both their growing capabilities as well as marketing technology platform scopes. Gartner believes that challengers IBM, Epsilon (Conversant), and Experian Marketing Services are equipped with similar abilities as the top four, and considers RocketFuel, DataXu, Neustar, and MediaMath a few of the visionaries not yet able to deliver at the same scale. Gartner’s final quarter points to niche players and includes Nielsen (eXelate), Sizmek, Marin Software, and Teradata.

The Analysis

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The Magic Quadrant for Digital Marketing Hubs research suggests that digital marketing hubs offer consistent access to content, audience profile data, messaging, workflow elements, analytics functions, and data collection, manually and programmatically, both online and offline. The various platforms were analyzed according to their ability to cover four areas of capability, including:

  • Mastering audience profiling using a combination of first, second and third-party data sources;
  • Workflow and collaboration tools for end-to-end marketing program management;
  • Intelligent composition for multi-channel marketing activities and automation;
  • Unified measurement and optimization.

The Big Four

While Adobe’s Marketing Cloud platform stands out for its vision, broad range of creative and analytical tools for marketers, cloud-based software delivery, financial strength, and dedication to marketing solutions innovation, the company lost points for its high prices, ongoing integration, and complexity and support around their modular-based Marketing Cloud.

Marketo, meanwhile, was recognized for its extensive set of capabilities for both multi-channel journey mapping and direct marketing use cases, as well as for partner ecosystem and audience management. Ad tech integration, dissatisfaction around pricing and support, and native search engine marketing tools, however, pull the company up short of a perfect product.

Marketing Plan

Oracle’s broad scope of capabilities was also recognized by Gartner, from acquisitions to product integration, big data architecture to workflow. But Oracle’s reliance on acquisition for development was considered a weakness, as well as gaps in their offering which include DSP functions and native multi-touch attribution analytics. Poor customer satisfaction regarding pricing and after sales engagement was Gartner’s final caution to Oracle.

With strengths ranging from intuitive user experiences to cross-cloud forays into sales and service due to its Journey Build features, Salesforce Marketing Cloud rounds off the big four digital marketing platforms well. Gartner highlighted their strong email marketing capabilities, due primarily to their acquisition of ExactTarget, as well as constant investment in product innovation, but inconsistencies in hub adoption, immature data analytics, and concerns regarding declining support quality and pricing suggest room for growth and improvement.

The Digital Marketing Cloud

As digital adoption soars, customer behavior changes, and businesses have to redesign their customer’s journey. Digital marketing platforms are increasingly helping organizations identify, create, manage, and measure these customer journeys, and with the information and insights of big data, the digital marketing cloud is changing how businesses operate as well as how they interact with their customers. Though Gartner recognizes the above mentioned big four as leaders in digital marketing, the challengers, visionaries, niche players, and even novice market entrants are improving the digital marketing landscape and bettering existing business models.

By Jennifer Klostermann

Trends: The CIO’s Business Card – Chief Productivity Officer

Trends: The CIO’s Business Card – Chief Productivity Officer

The Chief Productivity Officer

After years of enterprises hesitating to migrate their applications and data stores to the cloud, it’s safe to say the debate is over and the cloud is here to stay. IDC even goes as far as to predict that by 2020, we will stop referring to clouds as “public” and “private,” and ultimately stop using the word “cloud” altogether. We will simply refer to it as “computing,” because we will think of the cloud as the standard way of doing business and providing IT support. Cloud computing is not just transforming how we get work done, it’s transforming the role of the CIO. In fact, that CIOs may want to begin 2016 by updating their LinkedIn profiles to include a new business title that reflects their primary responsibility: “Chief Productivity Officer.

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For more than 30 years, the CIO has been the keeper of IT systems, but those responsibilities are starting to diminish as enterprises migrate to the cloud. The CIO is evolving into the person who oversees the delivery of services company-wide. There is this awakening to thinking about service management as a discipline, and includes other service-oriented business units such as HR, finance and legal. Typically, the IT department assists all these other departments roll out new services, and that makes the CIO the best candidate for overseeing all services enterprise-wide.

This represents a significant change to how the CIO, and the entire IT department for that matter, will operate, and it’s a positive change. IT will be more visible across the business because it will no longer spend the bulk of its time in the data center. Instead, they can help sales, marketing, HR, legal, finance, customer service and other departments be more efficient and effective. IT can have a broad impact on its organization’s ability to meet its business goals.

Analysing The Data

One of the main factors driving enterprises to migrate to the cloud is the need to collect, manage and analyze ever-growing volumes of information. The Internet of Things trend is producing an ever-growing array of machines and devices that connect to cloud-based applications in order to run entire factory floors to helping oil and gas companies track oil flow through pipelines, to automating a home’s heating and A/C.

Cloud computing is driving the adoption of these IoT devices, and there are no signs of slowing. Cisco Systems reports that in 2008 there were already more things connected to the Internet than people. By 2020, the amount of Internet-connected things will reach 50 billion, and the amount of information companies collect will grow just as quickly.

Big And Small Data

big-data-small-dataCompanies have already been collecting Big Data for years, and while that remains a top priority, so too is the collection and analysis of Small Data, a dataset that contains very specific attributes.

Capturing it through the use of performance analytics will help predict what enterprises should be looking at, not just looking backward at what could have been optimized. The key is to capture the work in a record-keeping system to see what’s going on, and determine what needs to be done. Transparency empowers managers to do their jobs. IT can provide the technologies and services to make this happen – not just in IT, but other service-oriented departments such as HR, finance and legal.

For example, IT can lead the creation and rollout of an online portal for employees to do everything from submit IT help desk requests, request a contract review from legal, to select healthcare benefits. This is why the CIO is the logical person to assume the role of CPO.

The maturation of cloud computing services and applications, be they public, private or a hybrid model, is enabling IT teams to spend less time on maintaining on premise systems and applications, and more time leading more strategic services-oriented initiatives that benefit users across the entire enterprise. These services have become so critical to how business gets done that it will forever change the role and responsibilities of the CIO, so a change in title to Chief Productivity Officer is more than just a ceremonial gesture. It signals that the CIO must oversee the selection and delivery of these services from multiple departments.

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By David Wright

Dave Wright, Chief Strategy OfficeDavid is Chief Strategy Officer at ServiceNow, and serves as the company’s evangelist for how to improve workplace productivity. He enables ServiceNow customers to eliminate their reliance on email, spreadsheets and other manual processes so their employees can work smarter, not harder.

Prior to joining ServiceNow in December 2011, Wright spent more than six years with VMware, Inc. as vice president of Technical Services for EMEA. From 2003 to 2005, Wright headed up the technical division for Northern and Southern Europe at Mercury Interactive. Prior to that he spent six years at Peregrine Systems, Inc., where he held a variety of senior technical and marketing positions. Wright also worked for Boole & Babbage, Inc. and Candle Services (later acquired by IBM).

 

 

Cloud Traffic Growth And Content as a Service (CaaS)

Cloud Traffic Growth And Content as a Service (CaaS)

Content as a Service (CaaS)

Content as a Service (CaaS) is a relatively new take on content management systems (CMS). While traditional web content management systems like Drupal and WordPress offer one-stop-shop solutions for both creating websites and managing content, CaaS service providers narrow their focus to pure content management, disregarding the output channels such as web, print or mobile application, any of which may be selected for use by the customer.

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Increasing Cloud Traffic

With projections of high increases in global cloud traffic, including Cisco Global’s forecast that cloud traffic in the Middle East and Africa will quadruple by the end of 2019, Vernon Thaver, CTO of Cisco South Africa, states that, “Cloud is moving well beyond a regional trend to becoming a mainstream solution, with cloud traffic expected to grow more than 30% in every worldwide region over the next five years.” Thaver further remarks that consumers expect “on-demand, anytime access to their content and services nearly everywhere”, and believes this creates a prime opportunity for every sphere of cloud operators. WordPress-as-a-Service is a formidable CMS with a high percentage of websites developed and managed using the open source WordPress platform, but CaaS vendors believe that solutions offering only content management, free of presentation control, will provide a simplified and superior solution that allows greater freedom.

CaaS vs. Traditional Web CMS

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A few key details set CaaS and traditional web CMS apart:

  • Organized Content: CaaS encourages structured content operating in chunks instead of page blobs, shifting from page-centric web to content-centric web.
  • Detachment Tactics: CaaS separates content presentation from storage and delivery, simplifying the CMS construction so that each piece is responsible for one task.
  • Splitting Content & Presentation: CaaS is entirely separated from design, managing and delivering only the content. The channel and design choices are entirely unrestricted.
  • Cloud: A sub-group of the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) approach, CaaS moves content from a user’s servers to the vendor’s cloud, and so CaaS users aren’t required to set up, maintain, or scale their own infrastructure.

When to Use CaaS

We’re unlikely to ever master the one-fits-all concept. CaaS performs well in some contexts, but not in others, and though not necessarily ideal for personal blogs or instances in which only a website will be required, the more complex and costlier CaaS CMS outstrips some of the earlier CMS solutions in a variety of situations.

  • Rich Web Apps: React, AngularJS, Ember, and other modern MVC front-end frameworks function well with structured content via APIs.
  • Scheduled Content Creation: With content arriving from multiple sources, uploading into a single unified repository is supported by creating content via API.
  • Content Backend for Mobile Apps: Dynamic in-app content delivery is best performed through CaaS CMS, making it unnecessary to resubmit an app to the marketplace. Moreover, repurposing an existing solution as a backend is often better than building your own.
  • Integration: CaaS CMS’ all provide an API and thus are extremely integration-friendly, thereby simplifying workflows.
  • Multi-Channel: Reusing content across different platforms is easy with CaaS CMS, allowing users to push matching content to mobile apps or a website.

The CaaS market is still fairly young, but a few vendors such as Cloud CMS, Contentful, Osmek, and Prismic are already making waves while open source CMS solutions including Drupal and WordPress have begun to move in the CaaS direction.

By Jennifer Klostermann

Understanding The Importance Of A Flexible Hybrid Cloud Solution

Understanding The Importance Of A Flexible Hybrid Cloud Solution

Flexible Hybrid Cloud Solution

The cloud computing revolution continues to gather pace, and more and more businesses are coming on-board.

For example, late last year a study by IDG found that 69 percent of enterprises have either applications or infrastructure running in the cloud, an increase of 12 percent since 2012. The same report found that 24 percent of IT budgets were now dedicated to cloud services, while in the summer Forbes stated that by 2020 they expected 78 percent of small & midsize businesses (SMBs) in the United States to have fully adopted cloud computing.

Given the number of businesses and the amount of money involved, a flexible hybrid cloud solution is vital.

What is a Flexible Cloud Solution?

A “flexible cloud” can mean many things and can apply to several different facets of the concept of cloud computing. At its core, it simply means a company’s cloud set-up can be altered and tweaked in line with its requirements.

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The largest sub-section of cloud computing that it refers to, therefore, is scalability. Cloud computing allows a business to easily upscale or downscale their IT requirements as circumstances change. It could mean taking on bandwidth when a new client is won, or downgrading when times are difficult.

It also refers to utilising a ‘hybrid cloud’. A hybrid cloud refers to when a private cloud set-up (whereby control of a system and its data has to stay with a company’s internal IT department) is mixed with a public cloud set-up (whereby companies can take advantage of almost unlimited scalability). This hybrid system can provide businesses with more choices for personalised solutions (such as determining where applications should be deployed) whilst both saving them money and providing additional security.

There are also considerations such as providing flexibility to employees; it enables them to access business-critical information and applications from anywhere in the world, which in turn will increase efficiency and improve collaboration. This is increasingly important with the growth of “Bring-Your-Own-Device” (BYOD) policies.

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Why is a Hybrid Solution Important?

There are lots of reasons why a hybrid set-up is vital for modern businesses.

One of the biggest benefits is cost. For example, auto-scaling can reduce costs by removing the need to run instances based on projected usage (and consequently having to leave excess resources in place as a buffer). Instead, it allows companies to only run resources that are matched to actual usage on a moment-to-moment basis.

Hybrid clouds offer the greatest savings of all. Research suggests that businesses will spend $1.7 billion to run an application in the public cloud compared with just $1.1 billion when running the same application in a hybrid cloud environment.

The flexibility of a hybrid cloud also has security benefits; organisations can use it to move non-sensitive functions to their public space to reduce the demands on their own internal private cloud. Indeed, the rapid explosion in the number of companies using the cloud is because more and more of them are starting to understand that off-premises clouds and on-premises data centres are no longer an either/or proposition.

Finally, it offers IT team efficiency benefits. Public and private grades of cloud can be managed by a team of outsourced professionals, thus leaving the IT department more time to handle other issues and to ensure all the other business-critical systems are running smoothly.

It’s for all these reasons that CIOs and IT Directors recently ranked “operational agility” as a top driver for cloud adoption in a recent Gartner report.

How Microsoft Azure fulfils your Organisation’s Needs

Currently, more than 80 percent of the Fortune 500 use the Azure service, and Microsoft are continually striving to offer the sector’s most complete cloud; one that’s suitable for every business and every industry.

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Azure entices customers by offering an array of services that are too good to ignore. For example, there is an ever-expanding roster of Azure Active Directory features which now include features such as web-app publication and administration delegation.

Furthermore, they develop their own hyper-scale data-centres and deliver the same technology back to its customers’ and partners’ datacentres. By delivering these IaaS and PaaS services, companies can easily mix their enterprise applications such as SQL Server, SharePoint, and Exchange with modern distributed applications and services, all whilst retaining an all-important oversight.

They also offer the Microsoft Operations Management Suite, which aims to simplify and streamline how a company manages its data assets. It covers any instance, on any cloud (including Azure, AWS, Windows Server, Linux, VMware, and OpenStack). It is cheaper than its competitors and includes log analytics, security monitoring, and operation automation.

No Negatives

To conclude, there are no perceivable drawbacks to moving your business’ IT operations on a hybrid cloud set-up and making use of the Microsoft Azure offering. It’ll save the organisation money and time, whilst improving security and efficiency – all key aspects of running a business.

The Azure product fits any business of any size – contact them for more details about what they can do for your company.

This post is brought to you by Microsoft Azure and Cloud for Tomorrow.

By Dan Price

When Artificial Intelligence Becomes Personal

When Artificial Intelligence Becomes Personal

Artificial Intelligence

The term ‘artificial intelligence’ is something that would have been associated with sci-fi movies during the 1980s and 1990s, but as the modern world continues to embrace advancements in technology, it does so at an ever increasing pace.

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Many of the advancements made in relation to artificial intelligence are already commonplace in today’s society, although many of us may not even notice. From something as basic as a kettle right up to an advanced security system, artificial intelligence helps the automation of tasks a much easier endeavour.

Up to now, many artificial intelligence algorithms would build their knowledge on a number of factors, depending on its role. For example, a household device such as a vacuum cleaner could learn as to how often a house is vacuumed and offer a pro-active solution for the person using the vacuum, or even set its own cycle.

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The same can apply to a security system that has artificial intelligence as part of its operations, as it can use past scenarios to make its current security setup more secure. For example, an advanced security system may have had a number of malware attacks, but rather than having a generic fix in place, it will learn from past attacks and offer a more catered solution.

However, as artificial intelligence algorithms become more complex, they are now offering more in-depth analysis on a number of subject matters. One such use for artificial intelligence at the moment is its slow introduction into the world of dating.

Dating Scale A.I

With the world of online dating becoming more commonplace thanks to the introduction of apps like Tinder, which offer dating on the go with two people being matched up with nothing more than the swipe of a thumb. A dating app entitled BlinQ instils a new artificial intelligence algorithm that was developed by the University of Zurich. The app will rate a user’s photo using the algorithm, ranking the potential date on a six-point scale.

The rankings on offer are Hmm, OK, Nice, Hot, Stunning and Godlike. However, as artificial intelligence becomes more advanced, should we be trusting it to make assumptions about how attractive we are, and how old we look? While there are many positives to such an algorithm, it could be argued that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so therefore the opinion of an algorithm in this regard may hold as much weight as that of a complete stranger.

However, this is the only instance where dating has seen artificial intelligence introduced as part of its cause. Harm de Vries is a post-doctoral researcher based at the University of Montreal signed up to Tinder in 2014, but was a little disappointed by the potential matches being offered to him. De Vries found that he was constantly being greeted with pictures of women who has piercings and tattoos, despite him never selecting one as a potential date, as such women were simply not his type.

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When de Vries looked into the app a little further, he was somewhat perplexed to discover that Tinder was only showing matched based on his geographical locations, and not his past ‘swipes.’ Realising that the overall model could be improved, the engineer came up with an algorithm that allowed Tinder to offer more relevant matches based on past preferences.

In order to do this, the engineer firstly had to figure out his own preferences. He then used 10,000 pictures from Tinder so he could train the program to learn about his preferences in relation to potential dates. The algorithm, goes a little further than the introduction made by BlinQ, by offering potential dates that have been filtered based on the preferences of the user, offering an impressive 68 percent accuracy rating. This means that if such an algorithm is instilled moving forward, it could see users find potential dates a lot faster.

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These two scenarios show that there is a place for artificial intelligence when it comes to affairs of the heart, but it has to be used in the right way. Although an algorithm can use a number of factors to try and guess the age and attractiveness of a user, the information could vary depending on what kind of photo is used, so it doesn’t really offer a robust scoring mechanism.

However, used in the right way, artificial intelligence could act as cupid, by using an algorithm that could potentially put two people together simply by using information garnered by their past interactions with other users.

By Paul Jellicoe

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Beacons Flopped, But They’re About to Flourish in the Future

Beacons Flopped, But They’re About to Flourish in the Future

Cloud Beacons Flying High When Apple debuted cloud beacons in 2013, analysts predicted 250 million devices capable of serving as iBeacons would be found in the wild within weeks. A few months later, estimates put the figure at just 64,000, with 15 percent confined to Apple stores. Beacons didn’t proliferate as expected, but a few…

Connecting With Customers In The Cloud

Connecting With Customers In The Cloud

Customers in the Cloud Global enterprises in every industry are increasingly turning to cloud-based innovators like Salesforce, ServiceNow, WorkDay and Aria, to handle critical systems like billing, IT services, HCM and CRM. One need look no further than Salesforce’s and Amazon’s most recent earnings report, to see this indeed is not a passing fad, but…

Choosing IaaS or a Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting Provider?

Choosing IaaS or a Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting Provider?

There is a Difference – So Stop Comparing We are all familiar with the old saying “That’s like comparing apples to oranges” and though we learned this lesson during our early years we somehow seem to discount this idiom when discussing the Cloud. Specifically, IT buyers often feel justified when comparing the cost of a…

Having Your Cybersecurity And Eating It Too

Having Your Cybersecurity And Eating It Too

The Catch 22 The very same year Marc Andreessen famously said that software was eating the world, the Chief Information Officer of the United States was announcing a major Cloud First goal. That was 2011. Five years later, as both the private and public sectors continue to adopt cloud-based software services, we’re interested in this…

How To Overcome Data Insecurity In The Cloud

How To Overcome Data Insecurity In The Cloud

Data Insecurity In The Cloud Today’s escalating attacks, vulnerabilities, breaches, and losses have cut deeply across organizations and captured the attention of, regulators, investors and most importantly customers. In many cases such incidents have completely eroded customer trust in a company, its services and its employees. The challenge of ensuring data security is far more…

Lavabit, Edward Snowden and the Legal Battle For Privacy

Lavabit, Edward Snowden and the Legal Battle For Privacy

The Legal Battle For Privacy In early June 2013, Edward Snowden made headlines around the world when he leaked information about the National Security Agency (NSA) collecting the phone records of tens of millions of Americans. It was a dramatic story. Snowden flew to Hong Kong and then Russia to avoid deportation to the US,…

Adopting A Cohesive GRC Mindset For Cloud Security

Adopting A Cohesive GRC Mindset For Cloud Security

Cloud Security Mindset Businesses are becoming wise to the compelling benefits of cloud computing. When adopting cloud, they need a high level of confidence in how it will be risk-managed and controlled, to preserve the security of their information and integrity of their operations. Cloud implementation is sometimes built up over time in a business,…