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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.

Voter registration data belonging to the entirety of Chicagorsquo;s electoral rollmdash;1.8 million recordsmdash;was found a week ago in an Amazon Web Services bucket.
Isaac Asimov once said, “I do not fear computers.
I fear the lack of them.” That quote has stuck with me to this day.

Therersquo;s no doubt that computers and computing have changed our lives. Without them, we would be slaves to processes and paper.I was reminded of Asimovrsquo;s quote when I saw the results of a recent poll done by Comvault of 100 IT leaders. More than two thirds said that they were worried about keeping up to date with the latest products and iterations across the major cloud providers.
In other words, they fear missing out.[ What is cloud computing? Everything you need to know now. | Also: InfoWorldrsquo;s David Linthicum explains what exactly is edge computing. ]About a quarter (24 percent) of those polled said they were a cloud-only organization, which perhaps means they are very small or very new businesses.

Additionally, 32 percent said they are cloud-first, with plans to become cloud-only, so they are likely mid-sized businesses.

Also, 6 percent said they did not have a specific migration plan, which means they are BDCs (big dumb companies).To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
A recent report from the networking giant has said cloud is the ignored dimension where enterprise security is concerned.
Personal info spills from another poorly secured Amazon service A voting machine supplier for dozens of US states left records on 1.8 million Americans unsecured, in public view for anyone to download, in a misconfigured AWS storage system.…
Personal info spills from another poorly secured Amazon service A voting machine supplier for dozens of US states left records on 1.8 million Americans in public view for anyone to download – after misconfiguring its AWS-hosted storage.…
13 frameworks for mastering machine learningImage by W.Rebel via WikimediaOver the past year, machine learning has gone mainstream with a bang.

The “suddenrdquo; arrival of machine learning isnrsquo;t fueled by cheap cloud environments and ever more powerful GPU hardware alone.
It is also due to an explosion of open source frameworks designed to abstract away the hardest parts of machine learning and make its techniques available to a broad class of developers.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
The cloud is flexible, but security should be the top priority.
Team Synapse is Josh Cohen, Jacob Hoffman, Jordan Hank, and John Morgan, four Stanford computer science majors with a shared interest in using computer science for the social good.

Are you interested in contributing? You'll find the Synapse repo on GitHub. 
At Synapse, wersquo;ve been developing a “low datardquo; app designed to crowdsource, verify, and redistribute information in the aftermath of a disaster. While our particular use case presented special challenges, like minimizing the size of requests and the number of round trips required to fetch new information, many of our goals were the same as for any large-scale mobile web application.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Google is offering an open source, hardware-accelerated library for machine learning that runs in a browser.

The library is currently supported only in the desktop version of Google Chrome, but the project is working to support more devices. The Deeplearn.js library enables training of neural networks within a browser, requiring no software installation or back end. “A client-side ML library can be a platform for interactive explanations, for rapid prototyping and visualization, and even for offline computation,” Google researchers said. “And if nothing else, the browser is one of the worldrsquo;s most popular programming platforms.”[ Learn how to write apps that take full advantage of machine learning: Data in, intelligence out: Machine learning pipelines demystified • Googlersquo;s machine-learning cloud pipeline explained • R and Python drive SQL Server 2017 into machine learning. | Keep up with hot topics in programming with InfoWorldrsquo;s App Dev Report newsletter. ]Using the WebGL JavaScript API for 2D and 3D graphics, Deeplearn.jsnbsp; can conduct computations on the GPU.

This offers significant performance, thus getting past the speed limits of JavaScript, the researchers said.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
LONDON, 15 August 2017 - NewVoiceMedia, a leading global provider of cloud contact centre and inside sales technology that enables businesses to have more successful conversations, today announced that it has appointed Dennis Fois as President and Chief Operating Officer to strengthen its executive team.Dennisrsquo;s responsibilities include global leadership of NewVoiceMediarsquo;s marketing, product marketing and customer success functions. He brings more than 25 years of experience in international leadership strategy, sales, marketing and business development... Source: RealWire
FlickrBy Paul Miller, Vice President of Marketing, HPE Software-defined and Cloud GroupThere have been six thrilling seasons of Game of Thrones, and now, after what feels like the longest wait, season seven is finally here.

Throughout the show and especially in this season, wersquo;ve seen many families forging alliances, albeit shaky alliances at best, to meet common goals and increase their power.What does this vastly popular franchise about skems, politics, ice zombies, and dragons have to do with modern IT infrastructure? Despite modern IT being filled with all-in-one products that can improve different factors of the datacenter on their own, it is also beneficial for these solutions to be used simultaneously in the right deployment for the benefit of the datacenter.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Microsoftrsquo;s .Net development platform has been around a long time now as the heart of the companyrsquo;s development tool and platform strategy. Having begun life as a Windows-only tool that brought new languages and methodologies to the platform, itrsquo;s grown to become a cross-platform environment that supports everything from wearables to walls and on into the cloud..Net has long had cross-platform ambitions, starting with the release of the educational Rotor runtime and tools back in 2002 under a noncommercial shared-source license, and continuing with its sadly undelivered plans for the cross-platform WP/E, the .Net runtime that became Silverlight.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here