Tag: Cloud

In simple terms, you can define cloud computing as the storage and access of data and programs on the Internet as opposed to on your hard drive. But, it doesn’t end there. It also refers to a set of networks, hardware, services, storage, and interfaces which combine to deliver various aspects of computing in a service. So it isn’t just about sharing information, even the infrastructure could be shared online. One of the main aspects when it comes to the cloud is that there is no clear locality for hardware or data. Services might be sold to clients in one jurisdiction, and their data may be processed or stored in multiple other locations in different jurisdictions. The client might not even know where their data is being stored or processed. Threats of Cloud Computing Now that you have a brief idea of what cloud computing is, let’s take a look at some of the threats that it faces: Privacy and security The information which is housed on cloud servers mostly includes confidential information or intellectual property. Any risks of access to confidential and personal information will always pose an immediate threat. Application design When you consider the needs of various […]

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If you aren’t quicker and smarter than your competition when it comes to talent acquisition, time to market, and customer feedback loops, your business is going to start suffering eventually. This is what a digital transformation is all about. It isn’t for the wimps. It is an ongoing technical, organizational, procedural, financial, and cultural challenge. Back to Front Digital transformation is something which needs to be end-to-end. It cannot just be something for marketing or finance or HR to do in isolation. These processes are generic to most organizations, and when they are run on legacy applications, they can get really expensive to upgrade or maintain, especially when highly customized. Moving them to a shared cloud service can help improve efficiency and savings. They will also accelerate the ability of a company to innovate. The main payoff, however, comes when the company can tie in their front and back end applications and connect them with infrastructure, sensor-laden devices, machines, etc. to get real-time feedback. What’s in the way? Not all CIOs are moving at the same speed when it comes to digital transformations. One common problem here is that companies tend to begin the journey in decentralized ways. This results […]

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You may have been able to answer every single question and convince your organization to move to the cloud, but now everyone wants to know how much it’s going to cost. Is it more cost-effective to go with a service provider as opposed to building your own platform? But before you ask an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) provider for a quote, it’s important for you to understand exactly how they price their services. The three largest cost centers when it comes to the cloud environment are compute, storage, and network. Now, let’s take a look at these factors which are considered by IaaS providers while preparing quotes in detail: Compute: Virtual RAM’s Cost per GB Every organization has a different set of needs including when it comes to using the CPU. Most IaaS providers calculate this cost of the CPY by looking at the respective organization’s cost per GB for virtual RAM. This includes: Hardware operation They look at the maximum amount of RAM that is deployed in their clouds and divide that with the total number of units you require. The costs may also include usage-based costs for subscriptions and license costs, based on the virtual operating system. […]

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Cloud service implementation was not something to be excited about three to four years ago. This has however changed for IT departments and leaders, as it has become the new direction for businesses. How so? Let’s have a look at how cloud architects are slowly replacing rack and sack administrators. 1. The Basics So what is this cloud technology and who are cloud architects? Cloud is a metaphor for internet-based technology. It is also known as on-demand computing, that relies on sharing computing resources as opposed to having local servers or personal devices to handle applications. Shared resources, data, and information are provided to computers and other devices on-demand. It provides users and businesses with various capabilities to store and process their data in third-party data centers. In the simplest terms, it means storing and accessing data and programs over the Internet instead of the computer’s hard drive. The reason it is fast gaining popularity is its ability to reduce costs, increased security and reduced downtime. Due to lower hardware costs from more efficient use of physical resources, the price of deploying applications in the cloud can be less when compared to on-site hosting and issues of security and downtime […]

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Cloud computing is a computing model where users can store and access data and programs over the Internet instead of a computer’s hard drive. It involves using a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet to store, manage and process data, rather than a local server or a personal computer. Simply put, it is computing based on the Internet (The cloud). An on-premise software is a software that is installed and runs on a computer in the premises (building) of the enterprise using the software rather than from a remote server, as in cloud computing. Cloud computing has brought changes in the information technology and business landscape. Some of the advantages offered by cloud computing include increased flexibility, low costs per storage, near-infinite capacity on-demand, and distributed accessibility since anyone with Internet access can access the information stored in the cloud. Companies can therefore operate on a global scale without having to spend large amounts of money for expansion. This is a shift from the past when users would run applications or programs from software downloaded and installed on a physical computer or server. Using cloud computing, users can access and run the same applications and programs through the […]

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It has been a long standing habit for hackers to apply malware to dominate PC’s, however Oscar Salazar and Rob Ragan had a different mindset. They set out to explore the available computing resources rather than the traditional approach of stealing computing resources. Salazar and Ragan will be revealing next month in Las Vegas how they put together a botnet with freemium accounts and free trials within online application-hosting services. These are mainly used by coders in testing and development to avoid purchasing storage or their individual servers. The duo generated distinctive email addresses and signups for the free accounts in bulk by automating the process and subsequently bring together a cloud-based botnet of approximately a thousand computers. That Salazar and Ragan believe their creation may have been even legal given that it was adept at initiating synchronized cyberattacks, excavating hundreds of dollars of cryptocurrency and even cracking passwords is just a tip off the iceberg. Ragan who works with alongside Salazar as a researcher for the security consultancy Bishop Fox said, “We essentially built a supercomputer for free, we’re definitely going to see more malicious activity coming out of these services.” Many players such as CloudBees, Heroku, Google, and […]

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The cloud computing label is applied to several technologies and is laden with vendor and industry hype yet we must acknowledge there is something to it. This is important to software developers who know that the next big thing will impact their employability. Savvy career minded programmers are always improving their skill sets and preparing for the next must have tech. For enterprises, cloud has been ranked among the top 5 peak expenditure priorities for this year with a percentage of twenty as per the spending survey conducted by Cowen and company. Over 50% of enterprises have the intent to buy Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) services from an IT services provider. For digital and SMAC-based initiatives this year, funding is anticipated to grow 7 to 8 times against typical IT Services resources. The IT expenditure survey used 95 reactions from companies that represent over $51M in IT expenditure and based on the results, the respondents are forecasting 5.4% growth in the second half CY 2015 IT services spending as compared to the first half CY2015. The survey also had numbers of verticals which included: 36% of respondents in financial services, 25% in Manufacturing, 16% in Healthcare Pharm, 14% in retail, 5% in […]

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Blue box has met Big blue. Blue box is a unique OpenStack company that offers Private cloud as a service. Blue Box took it upon themselves to mesh ten years of infrastructure operations with a unique infrastructure management platform called Box Panel. As expected this is no easy task as only very few organizations have the resources, skill set and most of all focus to design, deploy and operate private cloud infrastructure. This was aptly managed by Blue Box. An undertaking that placed it in the eyes of cloud computing market. It is no wonder now that it has agreed to be bought by IBM in a deal of undisclosed value. This merger was made amidst a flurry of acquisition and merger activity in the cloud computing market which saw the cloud hosting vendor Codero and Virtustream bought by the much larger conglomerates. “IBM is dedicated to helping our clients migrate to the cloud in an open, secure, data rich environment that meet their current and future business needs,” reported the IBM General Manager of Cloud Services.  “The acquisition of Blue Box accelerates IBM’s open cloud strategy making it easier for our clients to move to data and applications across […]

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Liechtenstein, May 20, 2105: In a bid to extend their reach in the cloud services market, TD Web Services have made a dramatic entrance into the world of cloud servers and cloud storage. With the launch of their latest cloud service: cloud storage and more importantly the TDWS cloud servers, they are offering a 70% discount on any TDWS Cloud Server purchase. This offer has also been extended to all their hosting packages as well. This comes in the wake of more and more businesses and organizations choosing the much more affordable option of storing data on the cloud. The cloud servers and cloud storage platform has gotten increasingly popular in recent years mainly for the affordability and also the convenience of various aspects of the cloud. As organizations continue to search for compatible cloud servers, this injection to the industry is a game changer. TD Web Services have been making new changes to all aspects of their business. They recently made news with the release of their facelift. TD Web Services has been a global provider of various other services such as hosting, dedicated servers and managed hosting. The TDWS Cloud server comes with a 100% up-time guarantee and […]

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At just a fraction of the cost that you would have to incur with conventional disaster recovery, cloud computing is also able to offer you multi-site availability even faster recovery times. What is different in the Cloud? On the basis of virtualization, Cloud computing takes an entirely different avenue on disaster recovery. The operating system, patches, data applications and even the server are all rounded up and fixed into a virtual server or a single software bundle. In a matter of minutes the entire virtual server can be backed-up or copied to an offsite data center or can also be spun up on a virtual host. The operating system, applications, data and any patches can be transferred from one data center to another without having to inflict the burden that comes with having to reload each server component. This is possible because the virtual server does not rely on hardware. This can drastically reduce the recovery time since unlike the conventional counterparts that require to be loaded with the OS (Operating System), an application software and then have to be patched to the last configuration before the data can be restored the cloud based option make it faster and easier […]

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