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Cloud computing is a kind of Internet-based computing that provides shared processing resources and data to computers and other devices on demand. It is a model for enabling ubiquitous, on-demand access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications and services), which can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort. Cloud computing and storage solutions provide users and enterprises with various capabilities to store and process their data in third-party data centers. It relies on sharing of resources to achieve coherence and economy of scale, similar to a utility (like the electricity grid) over a network.

A common understanding of “cloud computing” is continuously evolving, and the terminology and concepts used to define it often needs clarifying. Press coverage can be vague or may not fully capture the extent of what cloud computing entails or represents, sometimes reporting how companies are making their solutions available in the “cloud” or how “cloud computing” is the way forward, but not examining the characteristics, models, and services involved in understanding what cloud computing is and what it can become.

Advocates claim that cloud computing allows companies to avoid upfront infrastructure costs, and focus on projects that differentiate their businesses instead of on infrastructure.[5] Proponents also claim that cloud computing allows enterprises to get their applications up and running faster, with improved manageability and less maintenance, and enables IT to more rapidly adjust resources to meet fluctuating and unpredictable business demand. Cloud providers typically use a “pay as you go” model. This will lead to unexpectedly high charges if administrators do not adapt to the cloud pricing model.

The present availability of high-capacity networks, low-cost computers and storage devices as well as the widespread adoption of hardware virtualization, service-oriented architecture, and autonomic and utility computing have led to a growth in cloud computing. Companies can scale up as computing needs increase and then scale down again as demands decrease.

Cloud computing has become a highly demanded service or utility due to the advantages of high computing power, cheap cost of services, high performance, scalability, accessibility as well as availability. Some cloud vendors are experiencing growth rates of 50% per year, but being still in a stage of infancy, it has pitfalls that need to be addressed to make cloud computing services more reliable and user friendly.

Why is Microsoft trying to turn its Surface business into the...

Microsoft is developing a worrying habit of neglecting its hardware products.

Google Cloud growth is outpacing the company’s ad business

Google is still an advertising company, but the tech titan’s cloud business is growing faster than its advertising revenue.

That’s one of the key take-aways from the company’s first quarter earnings report released Thursday.Google Cloud Platform is one of the fastest-growing lines of revenue across Alphabet, the parent company that includes Google and other businesses like self-driving car maker Waymo, company CFO Ruth Porat said on a conference call with analysts.

That growth is driven in part by a change in the way companies are working with Google Cloud.[ Download the public cloud megaguide PDF: Amazon, Microsoft, Google, IBM, and Joyent compared. | Stay up on the cloud with InfoWorld's Cloud Computing Report newsletter. ]“Over the last several months, we have noticed a change in the types of conversations that Diane [Greene] and her team are having with customers,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai said. “Increasingly, we are being asked to partner for mission-critical projects and full migrations, moving data from on-prem data centers to the cloud. We are seeing a meaningful shift, and this momentum is resulting in a fast-growing business.”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

The 3 biggest mistakes to avoid in cloud migrations

I’ve heard many times that if you’re not making mistakes, you’re not making progress.
If that’s true, we're seeing a lot of progress made this year in cloud migrations!Here are the three errors that I see enterprises repeatedly committing.[ To the cloud! Real-world container migrations. | Dig into the the red-hot open source framework in InfoWorld’s beginner’s guide to Docker. ]Mistake 1: Moving the wrong apps for the wrong reasons to the cloud. Enterprises continue to pick applications that are wrong for the cloud as the ones they move first.

These applications are often tightly coupled to the database and have other issues that are not easily fixed.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

AWS vs. Azure vs. Google: Cloud storage compared

One of the most common use cases for public IaaS cloud computing is storage and that's for good reason: Instead of buying hardware and managing it, users upload data to the cloud and pay for how much they put there.+MORE AT NETWORK WORLD: Battle of ...

Kali Linux can now use cloud GPUs for password-cracking

Kali's a favourite for white hats, but that doesn't stop black hats guys from using it too Think passwords, people.

Think long, complex passwords. Not because a breach dump's landed, but because the security-probing-oriented Kali Linux just got better at cracking passwords.…

Microsoft 3Q17: Cloud, Office, Windows strong, Surface slumps

Phone revenue is basically wiped out.

BrandPost: Are You Burying Your Head in the Sand? It’s Your...

By Gary Thome, VP and chief engineering at HPE, Software-defined and Cloud Group In today’s digital world, data is the new oil.

And like oil, data must be gathered and refined in order to extract value from it. Your business is probably doing just that -- gaining a treasure trove of information that helps you become more competitive.If data is indeed that valuable, it makes sense to be vigilant in protecting it. Yet, when you put your data in the public cloud, have you considered that you may be giving up a fair amount of control? To investigate this claim, consider three key concerns in the public cloud: protection, compliance/data sovereignty, and legal issues.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

IBM adds API tools to Bluemix serverless framework

Nearly every major cloud now offers a serverless computing option: AWS Lambda, Azure Functions, Google Cloud Functions, and IBM Bluemix OpenWhisk, to name a few.

APIs are a common use case for serverless, but few people want to build APIs on a syste...

Cassini survives its first dive through Saturn’s inner ring system

This was the first of the spacecraft's 22 "dives" through the gap.

Paysafe enhances productivity and customer experience with NewVoiceMedia

LONDON, 27 April, 2017 – NewVoiceMedia, a leading provider of cloud contact centre and inside sales technology that enables businesses to have more successful conversations, today announced that the global payments company Paysafe increased its customer support centre productivity by 20 percent over the last year using NewVoiceMedia’s ContactWorld for Service platform.

The technology has delivered dramatic improvements to both customer and agent satisfaction.

Focused on connecting businesses and consumers globally with borderless, frictionless and... Source: RealWire

40% of UK eCommerce sites ‘crash’ during seasonal peaks

Struggling retailers losing millions during busiest online shopping periodsLondon. 27, April 2017: Cogeco Peer 1, a globally recognised specialist provider of colocation, network connectivity, managed hosting, cloud and managed services, today announced the findings of an independently commissioned study, which found that 40% of UK retailers’ websites experience downtime during seasonal peaks.The independent study of over 100 UK eCommerce decision makers also found that 48% did not feel completely ready for seasonal peaks in website... Source: RealWire