Articles about Cloud Computing

Birst wants to Transform analytics with networked BI

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Business intelligence has traditionally relied on centralized data, an approach which is not only time consuming but also represents a barrier to end-user self-service.

Now cloud analytics specialist Birst is launching a new Networked BI technology which aims to redefine the way BI is delivered and consumed by enabling global control with local execution.

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CloudPhysics helps manage virtual environments

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In the modern world of virtual servers, infrastructure can be complex and changes come fast. This also means that the potential for change-related risk to applications is greater than ever before.

IT administrators don't always have the ability or time to study all the known or unknown configuration issues in their vSphere infrastructure. They can therefore struggle to understand whether changes -- intended or accidental -- result in performance disruptions and availability issues in waiting.

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New analytics offering helps track hybrid cloud use


Increasingly businesses are turning to the cloud or to hybrid solutions for their IT. But this can make it harder to track usage and keep control of costs.

Californian company Cloud Cruiser is launching a new CloudSmart-Now solution that allows customers to easily track hybrid cloud usage by user and keep an eye on costs with built-in analytics.

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How do you know if the cloud is right for your business? [Q&A]


The rapid growth in cloud adoption might suggest that every workload businesses currently have on-premise is destined for some sort of cloud-based service. The reality is that, other than for small companies, that's probably not the case.

Entrusting key applications to a third party requires intelligent planning in many areas such as management, portability, security and support requirements. What can IT organizations do to reduce risks, tame the complexity and increase their potential for success? We spoke to Jerry McLeod, vice president of business development at hybrid cloud management provider HotLink to find out.

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Many workers are not familiar with the cloud, VoIP, fiber broadband

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A pretty staggering amount of folks in the UK still don’t have a clue what some basic technology terms mean, such as the cloud, according to a new survey.

This research comes from telecoms outfit Daisy Group, which questioned British employees to find out how clued up they were on the subject of connectivity, and also subsequently surveyed some 1100 SME owners and managers in the UK.

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One percent of employees account for 75 percent of cloud risk

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Cloud security specialist CloudLock has released a new report looking at the risks of user behavior to businesses using cloud systems.

It reaches the startling conclusion that just one percent of users account for 75 percent of the security risk. The top one percent of users are responsible for 57 percent of file ownership, 81 percent of files shared, 73 percent of excessively exposed files and 62 percent of app installations.

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Virtual infrastructure means higher recovery costs

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Businesses may be paying a lot more to recover from security breaches if they're using virtual rather than conventional in-house infrastructures.

According to a study by Kaspersky Lab enterprises pay more than $800,000 on average to recover from a security breach involving virtual systems, which is twice as much compared to incidents involving only physical infrastructure.

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How today's work gets done in the cloud

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In recent years cloud technology has allowed organizations of all sizes and across all industries to become more flexible and more productive.

Identity and mobile management specialist Okta has produced a report based on usage data across more than 2,500 customers and 4,000 apps that sheds light on how organizations and people get work done today, and on what security measures companies use to keep data safe.

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Lightning strikes four times and Google loses cloud data

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They say lightning never strikes twice, but they're wrong as Google reports that it's lost some data after the power grid serving one of its European data centers suffered four consecutive lightning strikes last Thursday.

Google Compute Engine (GCE) disks in the europe-west1-b zone data center, located in Belgium, suffered I/O errors in the strikes and 0.000001 percent of disks suffered permanent data loss. GCE allows customers to run virtual machines and store data in the cloud.

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Private clouds for VMware customers made easy

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VMware vSphere is the world’s leading virtualization platform, estimated to run on more than six million physical servers in businesses. But enterprises looking to implement private clouds often turn to OpenStack and up till now this has had limited support for vSphere.

Cloud specialist Platform9 has an answer with the general availability of Platform9 Managed OpenStack for VMware vSphere environments. This is a SaaS solution that transforms an organization's existing servers into an AWS-like agile, self-service private cloud.

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Why would Dell sell a business Chromebook that competes with Office and Windows 10?

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The strangest, and largely overlooked news, coming out of the tech sector this week is Dell's Microsoft betrayal. This isn't the first time that the PC maker strayed. Linux joined the product stable long ago, and last year an educational Chromebook debuted. But this newer and larger model, which will be available September 17, raises question: WTF?

Dell's core PC market is business—small, large, and everything between. Windows, and that smattering of Linux, is core, and longstanding loyalty to Microsoft's application stack. But the Chromebook 13 announcement, as positioned by the OEM and Google, is all about the competing cloud app stack. Interestingly, selling prices rival Windows laptops, which is another head scratcher: $399 to $899, depending on configuration.

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Solving the enterprise storage management problem [Q&A]

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Many companies would like to use the cloud as a new approach to storage management, but it isn't without problems. High latency, unpredictable performance of internet transport and fear of data breaches may make the public cloud services unsuitable for many production applications.

We spoke to Ellen Rubin, CEO and founder of enterprise storage startup ClearSky Data to find out how enterprises can address these issues and get their cloud storage projects moving.

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How can businesses get the best from remote working? [Q&A]

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The days of spending all of your working hours in a single office location are increasingly behind us. Both employers and staff are demanding more flexible solutions. Add to this a new generation of millennial workers demanding a better work/life balance and it’s clear that enterprises need to deliver on new ways of working,

But how can they do this and what effect does the change have on corporate culture? We spoke to Rickard Hansson, founder and CEO of enterprise collaboration specialist Incentive, to find out.

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Alphabet's ABC is Google's XYZ


I predict that the innovation of the year will go, not to a tech product, but to Google's creation of a new company: Alphabet. The search and information giant that disrupts so many other companies on and off the Internet essentially disrupts itself. By doing so—divesting the core, established business from future research and inventions—cofounders Larry Page and Sergey Brin unshackle weights dragging growth.

To recap: Page announced the dramatic change after the market closed yesterday. Google becomes secondary to Alphabet, which will hold a collection of related entities. Page hands over Google chief executive reigns to Sundar Pichai, while becoming CEO of the new entity. Brin is president. Can we call him letterhead instead of figurehead? :)

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Cloud computing and the true future of networks


Cloud computing, network virtualization and on-demand technology services are changing how we think about IT.

If these new services become as ubiquitous as predicted we could see companies accessing their IT services remotely, at the expense of their own IT infrastructure and applications. If this happens, the thinking goes, the importance of the Local Area Network and the IT administrator could diminish as well.

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