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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.

BrandPost: NVM Express Has Transformed Fast Storage in the Cloud –...

If we go back to 2009, the work to define NVM Express (NVMe) had just begun, and around that same time, Microsoft Azure made its first major purchase of Serial ATA (SATA) based solid-state drives (SSDs) to help accelerate its storage servers by offloading the storage commit log. Microsoft knew that non-volatile memory (e.g, NAND Flash) would become very important for cloud computing, although it was still very expensive and restricted to use in limited applications.
It was also clear to Microsoft that the SATA interface would be unsuitable to handle the performance of future high performance SSDs.In 2011, as NVM Express had just had its first revision published, a competing standards proposal came on the scene called SCSI Express.
SCSI Express was designed to use the traditional SCSI command set (including three decades of legacy infrastructure for hard drives) on top of the PCI Express interface. Looking at the technical merits, there was consensus in the Microsoft Windows and Azure teams that NVMe was the better interface definition for NAND Flash and to scale to future NVM technologies (e.g., 3D XPointtrade; Technology, MRAM, etc). Microsoft worried that competing standards would lead to many headaches in the market, and thus, Microsoft Azure decided at the time to support the NVMe standard and collaborate with other industry leaders promoting NVMe including Cisco, Dell, Intel, Micron, Microsemi, NetApp, Oracle, Samsung, Seagate, WD to avoid bifurcation of the market by investing in NVMe to ensure it met the needs of the Cloud.
In this article, we will describe the journey of the past five years, where today NVMe is the predominant SSD interface used by Microsoft Azure.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Cloud Security Lessons from the RNC Leak

A poorly configured Amazon S3 bucket that led to a massive data leak could easily happen to any organization not adopting proper cloud security measures.

BrandPost: It is Time to Reclaim Your Productivity

By Bharath Vasudevan, Product Manager, HPE Software-defined and Cloud Group One of the greatest threats to any business is a lack of productivity.

And according to thenbsp;Bureau of Labor Statistics, even with technology improvements, employees today are not necessarily more productive.
IT teams in particular face technological issues that can actually hinder productivity.
In fact, according to insight from Deloitte, "80% of time, energy, and budgets are consumed by the care and feeding of the IT stack."To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Cloud Security & the Power of Shared Responsibility

When you and your CSP jointly embrace the shared security responsibility model you can achieve greater success than you or your provider can achieve alone.

What you need to know about Power BI now

Come microservice, come cloud, the line-of-business application is always going to be with us. We need to know how our businesses are working: how much wersquo;re selling, how much wersquo;re buying, how our customers are feeling, and every one of a thousand little markers that show the pulse of business.And that leaves us with the ever-present question: How do we show that information? Thatrsquo;s where business intelligence tools come in, to let us ask questions and get answers, exploring the ever-growing pool of business data wersquo;re storing in our myriad business systems.[ Explore the power of the graphmdash;the Microsoft and Office Graph, that ismdash;in your apps: Microsoft Graph: The APIs to Office 365rsquo;s hidden riches • Microsoft Graph and Microsoft Teams reshape Office • Cortana moves way beyond being a personal assistant. | Keep up with hot topics in programming with InfoWorld's App Dev Report newsletter. ]Microsoftrsquo;s tool for that business data exploration is Power BI, even if you didnrsquo;t realize that.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

This time, you can trust the cloud Magic Quadrant

The latest Garter Magic Quadrant report for cloud infrastructure is out. Usually, the release of a Magic Quadrant means I have to correct its findings when talking to my clients. Enterprises take these as gospel, managing by Magic Quadrant—and as a result picking their technology, often the wrong technology, for the wrong reasons.This time, I have good news: This cloud Magic Quadrant is one you can trust.In that chart, every provider in the upper right (the execution-plus-vision leadership quadrant)—Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, and Google—is truly a provider that matters in the IaaS space.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Openwave Mobility Achieves VMware Ready™ for NFV Status

User Data Repository for virtualized networks manages subscriber data and reduces integration costs by up to 80%.REDWOOD CITY, CA 20 June 2017 – Openwave Mobility, a software innovator enabling operators to manage and monetize encrypted mobile data, today announced that its User Data Repository (UDR) for virtualized networks has achieved VMware Readytrade; status for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV).

This designation indicates that after a detailed validation process, Openwave Mobilityrsquo;s UDR solution, Subscriber Data Management Cloud... Source: RealWire

Vysiion introduces operational and business process automation to its portfolio

Vysiion partners with Thoughtonomy to introduce new intelligent automation to its portfolio with a partner launch to take place at SOCITM in Exeter on 23rd JuneVysiion, the managed technology solutions provider, is pleased to announce its new partnership with Thoughtonomy, providers of an ‘as-a-servicersquo; operational and business automation platform, The Thoughtonomy Virtual Workforcereg;. Recently awarded G-Cloud 9 status in all three categories – hosting, software and support, alongside its Digital Outcomes and Specialist 2 Framework... Source: RealWire

Selectra selects NewVoiceMedia as its preferred contact centre partner

Firm replaces telephony infrastructure from Talkdesk with ContactWorld to enhance customer experience throughout EuropeLONDON, 20 June 2017 – NewVoiceMedia, a global provider of cloud contact centre and inside sales technology that enables businesses to have more successful conversations, today announced that Selectra, a leader in energy price comparisons, has chosen its ContactWorld for Service platform to enhance its contact centre operations and customer experience throughout Europe.Selectra signed a three-year agreement for ContactWorld, replacing previous contact... Source: RealWire

RNC Voter Data on 198 Million Americans Exposed in the Cloud

One of the largest known US voter data leaks compromised personal information via an unsecured public-storage cloud account set up on behalf of the Republican National Committee.

US voter info stored on wide-open cloud box, thanks to bungling...

OMG, GOP! WTF? A massive cloud-hosted database containing personal information on nearly 200 million people in America was left wide open by consultants hired by the US Republican National Committee, it is claimed.…

How to install Linux on a Chromebook (and why you should)

Crouton and Gallium OS turn Chromebooks into Linux laptops.