What Does Verizon Expect from the CloudSwitch Acquisition?

What Does Verizon Expect from the CloudSwitch Acquisition? Verizon is betting big on cloud computing. After this year’s $1.4 billion acquisition of data center operator Terremark, Verizon has once again loosened its purse strings to buy cloud computing startup CloudSwitch. The latter develops software that eases the transition of company applications from in-house servers to…

AWS News: Microsoft Windows on Amazon EC2 Cluster Instances

Run Microsoft Windows on Amazon EC2 Cluster Instances Starting today you can run Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 and Microsoft Windows SQL Server Standard 2008 R2 on Cluster Compute and Cluster GPU instances for Amazon EC2. Cluster Compute Instances provide customers with high CPU capability within a high bandwidth, low latency network for IO intensive…

Cloud Computing: Risks vs Benefits – Part 1

Cloud Computing: Risks vs Benefits – Part 1 “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” – Mark Twain (1835-1910), noted American author and humorist. By quoting the most famous American author on how statistics are often used to bolster unreasonable arguments, I may have showed my hand prematurely, but here are…

8×8 Acquires Cloud Call Center Services Provider Contactual

8×8 Acquires Cloud Call Center Services Provider Contactual 8×8 has acquired cloud-based call center and customer interaction management solutions provider Contactual acting on its intent to buy the company on September 12, 2011. Headquartered in Redwood City, California, Contactual provides small businesses and enterprise departments with an efficient way to improve customer satisfaction while lowering…

HP CloudSystem Matrix: Managing at a Higher Level

This Illuminata Spotlight discusses HP CloudSystem Matrix and its use as an out-of-the-box platform for private clouds suited to enterprise IT. Many now look to the idea of “cloud computing” as their future ideal state. Clouds emerged first as a mechanism for Web and network computing, but have rapidly captured the imagination of enterprises and…

Windows 8: Microsoft Finally Unveils OS Designed With Cloud in Mind

Windows 8: Microsoft Finally Unveils OS Designed With Cloud in Mind “Metro-style” user interface aside, upcoming Windows 8 operating system is set to feature some useful cloud capabilities while developers and top executives at Microsoft still decline to unveil its full cloud capacity. Most analysts focus on Windows 8´s ability to run all applications in…

Vyatta Supports the Amazon Web Services Cloud

Vyatta Supports the Amazon Web Services Cloud Vyatta Network OS 6.3 is now available as an Amazon Machine Images (AMI). The new release offers comprehensive network security for the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud with new AMI custom support packages, notes Vyatta, a specialist in software-based networking for physical, virtual and cloud infrastructures. For those…

The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Mobility

The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Mobility

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Cloud Computing Standards – is it time?

Cloud Computing Standards – is it time? In a previous article, Top 5 Cloud Computing Trends, I said that an alignment of standards in cloud computing is necessary, since cloud computing is at a relatively early stage of development and its evolution is moving at a high rate of speed. There are many organizations developing standards…

Cyber Security Is BIG Business

Cyber Security Is BIG Business

Cyber Security Investments Are Growing Cyber Security shares on Wall Street are soaring as hackers continue to crack into the cyber defense systems set up by government agencies, banks and retailers. Ongoing high-profile breaches have led to larger-than-life share increases of numerous US companies, as well as the exponential growth of a “passive investment” fund…

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Three Factors for Choosing Your Long-term Cloud Strategy

Three Factors for Choosing Your Long-term Cloud Strategy

Choosing Your Long-term Cloud Strategy A few weeks ago I visited the global headquarters of a large multi-national company to discuss cloud strategy with the CIO. I arrived 30 minutes early and took a tour of the area where the marketing team showcased their award winning brands. I was impressed by the digital marketing strategy…

5 Ways CIOs Can Tackle Cloud Fears

5 Ways CIOs Can Tackle Cloud Fears

5 Ways CIOs Can Tackle Cloud Fears  CIOs are tired of hearing about cloud computing concerns. They’ve spent years reading about how cloud resources are subject to risks, and wonder – what can they do to help people trust the cloud?  The truth is that despite being a hot issue for years, the topic of…

Surprising Facts and Stats About The Big Data Industry

Surprising Facts and Stats About The Big Data Industry

Facts and Stats About The Big Data Industry If you start talking about big data to someone who is not in the industry, they immediately conjure up images of giant warehouses full of servers, staff poring over page after page of numbers and statistics, and some big brother-esque official sat in a huge government building…

5 Ways The Internet of Things Will Drive Cloud Growth

5 Ways The Internet of Things Will Drive Cloud Growth

5 Ways The Internet of Things Will Drive Cloud Growth The Internet of Things is the latest term to describe the interconnectivity of all our devices and home appliances. The goal of the internet of things is to create universal applications that are connected to all of the lights, TVs, door locks, air conditioning, and…

Cloud Computing Services Perfect For Your Startup

Cloud Computing Services Perfect For Your Startup

Cloud Computing Services Chances are if you’re working for a startup or smaller company, you don’t have a robust IT department. You’d be lucky to even have a couple IT specialists. It’s not that smaller companies are ignoring the value and importance of IT, but with limited resources, they can’t afford to focus on anything…

The Cloud Above Our Home

The Cloud Above Our Home

Our Home – Moving All Things Into The Cloud The promise of a smart home had excited the imagination of the movie makers long ago. If you have seen any TV shows in the nineties or before, the interpretation presented itself to us as a computerized personal assistant or a robot housekeeper. It was smart,…

Blue Coat Acquires Perspecsys To Effectively Make Public Cloud Applications Private

Blue Coat Acquires Perspecsys To Effectively Make Public Cloud Applications Private

Blue Coat Acquires Perspecsys Expands portfolio in exploding cloud security market, providing relief for multinational enterprises struggling with data compliance requirements & regional sovereignty regulations SUNNYVALE, Calif., July 30, 2015 – Blue Coat Systems, Inc., a market leader in enterprise security, today announced it has acquired Perspecsys, Inc., a leader in enterprise cloud data protection…

Global Leaders In Malware And Malicious C2 Traffic

Global Leaders In Malware And Malicious C2 Traffic

Malware and Malicious C2 Traffic Nearly half of all malware threats in the past three months originated in the US, while both the US and China are global leaders when it comes to malicious command and control (C2) traffic. This was revealed in the latest quarterly report from NTT Group security company Solutionary released this…

Domain Shadowing – Wild West Of Internet Cyber Attacks

Domain Shadowing – Wild West Of Internet Cyber Attacks

World Wide Web Labeled Wild Wild West of Internet Cyber Attacks A new “threat report” labels the World Wide Web (www) the Wild Wild West of cyber warfare stating that the Internet is still “an untamed frontier.” The report from Bromium Labs, security analysts, that study key trends in the cyber attack landscape and specialize…

Alibaba $1 Billion Dollar Cloud Investment – International Competition Mounting

Alibaba $1 Billion Dollar Cloud Investment – International Competition Mounting

Alibaba $1 Billion Dollar Cloud Investment  China’s Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (BABA.N) said on Wednesday it would invest $1 billion into its Aliyun cloud computing arm to challenge Amazon.com Inc’s (AMZN.O) lucrative Web Services division, opening a global front in the battle between the two e-commerce giants. With the global cloud computing market estimated by…

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