Articles about Cloud

Strategy errors mean cloud migrations are failing

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More than a third of US businesses say they've failed to realize notable benefits from cloud computing, largely because they haven't integrated their adoption plan as a core part of a broader business transformation strategy.

This is according to a new Cloud Success Barometer study by Unisys Corporation which looked at the impact and importance of cloud by surveying 1,000 senior IT and business leaders in 13 countries.

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New cloud integrations help streamline big data use

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As users and enterprises demand more added capacity, particularly for their data-driven workloads, they are increasingly moving towards all cloud or hybrid cloud environments.

This needs cloud data orchestration to accelerate and synchronize data across different environments, and as a result users are turning to cloud data analytic services like Amazon's EMR and Google Cloud's Dataproc that reduce hardware spend, eliminate the need to overbuy capacity, and provide business agility.

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Dropbox Transfer exits beta and lets you share files of up to 100GB

Dropbox

If you need to send large -- and we mean LARGE -- files to someone, your options are a little limited. However, thanks to Dropbox Transfer, you now have a new possibility to explore.

Previously available in beta, Dropbox Transfer is now available to everyone. It's a cloud-based tool that lets you share files of up to 100GB in size with others, and even if you have used the beta version, there are now new features to explore.

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Unisys launches new cloud-based biometric identity service

Biometrics

With increasing awareness of fraud and identity theft businesses are under pressure to secure their systems and many are turning to solutions like biometrics to do so.

To bring biometric identity-proofing and authentication capabilities within reach of both large and small enterprises, Unisys is launching an SaaS version of its biometric identity management software.

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Trustwave launches advanced threat detection for Azure

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As increasing numbers of businesses shift to cloud and multi-cloud environments, securing systems becomes a much more complex task.

For Microsoft Azure users Trustwave is launching new services to bolster threat monitoring, detection and response natively on the platform.

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How automation can contribute to cloud security [Q&A]

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Attacks on cloud systems often take advantage of misconfigurations, something which can easily go undetected.

Can today's security operations teams use automation and leverage advanced analytics to adapt to the current, cloud-based threat landscape and maintain organizational safety?

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Microsoft awarded Pentagon's controversial JEDI contract

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Microsoft has beaten Amazon to win the controversial $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud contract from the US Department of Defense.

A year ago, Microsoft employees were trying to discourage the company from bidding for the contract over concerns that the technology is develops could "be used for waging war". The DoD confirmation that the "contract will address critical and urgent unmet warfighter requirements for modern cloud infrastructure" will do nothing to calm these fears.

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New ERP solution aims at smaller businesses

ERP

Enterprise resource planning software is something that's usually been the preserve of large organizations. But the benefits of efficiently managing company financials, inventory, sales, and customer relationships that it can offer apply to all businesses.

Priority Software has recognized this and is launching a starter ERP package aimed at small and medium organizations.

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Microsoft buys cloud migration tool Mover to simplify switching to OneDrive

Mover and Microsoft

With a seemingly endless array of cloud storage services to choose from, you may well find that you want to switch allegiances at some point. Jumping from one service to another can be a pain, but with its purchase of Mover, Microsoft has just made it much easier to make the move to OneDrive.

Details of the deal have not been revealed, but Microsoft is keen for people to use the service to migrate from one several supported cloud providers to either OneDrive or SharePoint.

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Microsoft launches two new open source projects for developers -- OAM and Dapr

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Continuing its embracing of open source, Microsoft has today announced two new open source projects. The first is Open Application Model (OAM), a new standard for developing and operating applications on Kubernetes and other platforms

The second project is Dapr (Distributed Application Runtime), designed to make it easier to build microservice applications. Microsoft says that both OAM and Dapr "help developers remove barriers when building applications for cloud and edge".

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New platform aims to cut shadow IT use and cloud waste

Shadow IT

Shadow IT is a problem for enterprises as it leaves them open to attack but also to waste from idle cloud resources.

Aiming to cut both shadow IT and unguarded cloud sprawl, CloudBolt is launching a new platform for the provisioning and management of computing and Kubernetes resources.

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Lessons learnt from over a decade of Hadoop

Back in 2006 Apache Hadoop emerged and soon began to revolutionize the nascent world of big Data. It’s one of the key factors that helped shape a new industry and -- with the cloud -- helped drive a raft of new consumer industries and business services.

But the data lakes of Hadoop became a challenge to manage, and many Big Data and analytical projects became more of a quagmire than a sparkling lake of truth. What’s more the number compute engines overpopulated. They were operationally complex and demanded specialized skills to maintain. Those data lakes became very disparate compute engines, sharing the same storage whilst they operated disparate workloads. It became a mess. Managing them with the tools available was no picnic.

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Enhanced platform expands AIOps and multi-cloud monitoring

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AIOps SaaS platform OpsRamp is launching an updated version that delivers enhancements to its OpsQ event management and intelligent correlation machine learning models.

In addition it introduces new multi-cloud infrastructure monitoring capabilities for Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform, along with new synthetics capabilities to improve digital customer experiences.

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Cloud platform allows graphics-intensive apps to be delivered from the browser

Streaming

Despite the fact that businesses are migrating to the cloud, most have desktop applications they still rely on. In many cases these are graphics intensive, like CAD or video editing, requiring GPU support.

Virtual application delivery platform Cameyo is releasing an updated version with support for GPU-accelerated applications, allowing them to be delivered from the browser.

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How to use Windows 10's Cloud Download recovery feature

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The Windows 10 20H1 update (or Windows 10 May 2020 Update) is due for release in the first half of next year, and one of the biggest new features being touted by Microsoft is the Cloud Download recovery option.

This new recovery method is an alternative to the relatively slow "imageless" recovery in which a new copy of Windows is created from the existing installation. The Cloud Download option can not only be significantly faster, but it is more reliable as there is no chance of it being impeded by a corrupt Windows installation.

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