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Why the Public Cloud Will Win in the Enterprise Cloud Wars
“The land grab for enterprise cloud computing is only in the early innings, and as price and security issues are addressed, adoption of this technology will continue to grow. Tech bellwethers like Google, Microsoft and Amazon are all vying to capture as much enterprise cloud market share as possible, and as these three Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) scale their cloud offerings, they are able to aggressively cut prices thanks to economies of scale. Many enterprises simply can’t keep up, which is why they are already starting to adopt public cloud computing networks instead of running their own costly onsite data centers…How can the major CSPs afford to keep cutting prices?…Most enterprises simply don’t have the ability to scale their own private clouds while remaining price competitive with the major CSPs. At the end of the day, public cloud adoption will make the most sense, and adoption will become the norm once the security issue has been addressed.” Via Chris Haroun, WIRED
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The Emerging Ugly Issue in the Public Cloud: Enterprise Management
“Public cloud adoption continues to push forward with almost all of Gartner’s clients. In the midst of this happening, I now have an increasing number of phone inquiries with clients that claim to be entering “significant adoption.” This has variable meaning but in essence it means using many providers (SaaS, PaaS and IaaS) and deploying many assets per provider (applications, VMs, storage volumes, accounts, policies, etc)…I believe we are approaching a critical state in the next year whereby most cloud buyers will start to experience significant frustrations with cloud management. These cloud buyers must create centers of excellence within IT to build professional cloud management organizations, and these organizations must get comfortable with having multiple toolsets in play. The alternative is running out of control in the cloud or not running in the cloud at all…” Via Kyle Hilgendorf, Gartner
Wait, wasn’t cloud supposed to end shelfware?
“…One of the supposed advantages of cloud computing over that on-premises deployment model was that you would only buy what you need and pay for what you use. But a funny thing happened en route to cloud: It turns out that customers still buy too much stuff — they “over-provision” or buy more cloud resources than they need and end up with shelfware, only in someone else’s cloud…generally, the bottom line is that customers have to be smart about what they deploy, no matter where they deploy it. Public cloud, in-house server room — all the same issue…” Via Barb Darrow, GigaOM
15 Everyday Objects That Have Been ‘Enchanted’ By Technology
“Inventor and M.I.T. Media Lab researcher David Rose coined the term “enchanted objects” to describe ordinary objects with extraordinary functions. These objects are not only fun but also may hold the key to a better way for humans to use new technology — as opposed to what Rose considers a bleak future in which every tool will be crammed into a computer screen… We’ve compiled 15 of the coolest enchanted objects currently in existence. Many of these aren’t available on the market yet, but they offer a glimpse into what the future has in store…” Via Jill Comoletti, Business Insider
Patient Monitoring, Big Data, and the Future of Healthcare
“I’m pretty sure that when you read the word “patient” in the headline of this article, your first thought was about sick rather than healthy people. A patient in the healthcare sector, however, is like a consumer in the retail sector — both healthy and sick patients purchase goods and services. A healthy patient is the desired goal of doctors. Elizabeth Dwoskin and Joseph Walker report that doctors are studying the use of wearable devices to determine whether monitoring patient activity can help make patients healthier…If such efforts prove effective, the collection, analysis, and use of big data will likely gain increasing support. If the proper protections can be put in place, the potential upside of patient monitoring far outweighs the potential downside.” Via Stephen DeAngelis, WIRED
When Wearable Health Trackers Meet Your Doctor
“…Wearable health and fitness devices are now hugely popular, and they certainly appeal to people who want to tot up their paces. But many people who have invested in trackers like the Fitbit, Jawbone’s UP bracelet, or the Nike+ FuelBand want to know: Can this data be used to give me more serious healthcare insight? Could it help my doctor to give me better advice? There’s certainly going to be no shortage of raw data…does that mean we’ll soon walk into our doctors’ office and find that the first thing they want to see is our statistics?…Certainly, the doctor-patient relationship is in flux. Wearables will be another influence on that relationship… The sector just has to achieve the same degree of professionalism as the rest of clinical practice in order to gain true acceptance.” Via Ben Heubl, TechCrunch
Democratizing devops: extending velocity and visibility to the entire enterprise
“The CIO has two conflicting priorities: accelerating the pace of IT delivery and maintaining security and governance. This ongoing struggle is complicated by localized pockets of development, each with a unique blend of tools, procedures, and reporting, creating inconsistency and a lack of communication. To move toward the goal of productivity and security, businesses must discard organizational silos and practices and embrace a more collaborative, transparent working environment. Two recent movements have helped businesses make significant advances toward organizational consistency. Devops emphasizes collaboration and integration between development and IT operations, while infrastructure as code brings structured software development practices to the infrastructure management space…” Via Robert Benefield, GigaOM Research
DevOps: Stop Talking and Start Doing
“…Can we shift the conversation from talking about DevOps to sharing lessons learned about trying to implement DevOps?… Over the past several months, I have had numerous conversations with a variety of Fortune 500 companies about how to embrace DevOps. Most enterprises understand why DevOps is important but struggle to figure out how to get started and how to make progress. In fact, some of the large enterprises that are touted as the poster children for DevOps are really only in the early phases of adoption and have a lot of room for improvement. The important thing is that they stopped talking about DevOps and started doing something about it. Here are some lessons learned from some major Fortune 500 companies from their early DevOps initiatives…” Via Mike Kavis, The Virtualization Practice
What is the Atomic Unit of Computing?
“According to published reports, Docker (neé dotCloud) is in the process of securing $40M in financing…If popularity is a guiding metric, this infusion will come as no surprise. Docker is one of the fastest growing projects we have ever seen at RedMonk, and virtually no one we speak with is surprised to hear that. In a little over a year, Docker has exploded into a technology that is seeing near universal uptake, from traditional enterprise IT suppliers (e.g. Red Hat) to emerging infrastructure players (e.g. Google). There are many questions currently being asked about Docker. Most obviously, why now?…Rather than one explanation, it is likely a combination of factors…” Via Stephen O’Grady, RedMonk
Docker Raising Monster Funding Round Because… VMware Disruption
“…While it would be a brave person that suggested that Docker fundamentally stands to replace VMware specifically and virtualization generally, containerization definitely threatens at least a part of the virtualization business. If containers can pick up a significant proportion of workloads that would have ended up in virtualized environments, and Docker is the container initiative that becomes dominant, AND Docker the company works out how to monetize all that, then some serious revenue starts to flow. Of course those are a lot of different ducks that need to be aligned in rows, but that is the nature of early stage technology funding… There’s a huge amount of water yet to travel under the bridge in order to make Docker the company a big player – but the stars very much seem aligned in that general direction. This alleged funding round is proof of that.” Via Ben Kepes, Forbes
Apprenda’s move to Troy, New York part of major growth strategy (Video)
“Software developer Apprenda’s options were limited: Move to a new location or get bunk desks as one employee joked Wednesday afternoon…Apprenda’s Corporate Drive location in Clifton Park, New York was getting too small for the roughly 50 people the company employs locally. Apprenda was founded in 2007 by a graduate of the University at Albany and two graduates of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a private engineering school in Troy. The company has built a roster of customers that include JP Morgan Chase, Honeywell, Boeing, McKesson and New York state. Apprenda develops code that allows customers to perform computer applications, such as ATM transactions for banks. Clients are usually larger global organizations with revenues around $4 billion, Schuller said. The decision to move the company’s headquarters from a suburban setting in Clifton Park to downtown Troy is a key piece of Apprenda’s plan to rapidly expand its staff to attract more big-named customers. Schuller has a goal of expanding the staff to 1,000…” Via Keshia Clukey, Albany Business Review
Another Executive Shuffle Hits HP’s Enterprise Group
“There has been another executive shake-up in the enterprise division at computing giant Hewlett-Packard. Sources tell Re/code that Jim Ganthier, a VP and longtime operational and marketing executive in the company’s server division, has been reassigned and replaced with an executive from Dell. Sources familiar with the shift describe it as the latest in a series of moves spurred by Bill Veghte, HP’s former COO. CEO Meg Whitman tapped him last year to run the sprawling $28 billion Enterprise Group, which sells all of HP’s servers and networking gear. Ganthier’s replacement is Peter Evans, who has been chief marketing officer in Dell’s Enterprise division for about two years. An HP spokesman confirmed the change, which has not yet been announced publicly…” Via Arik Hesseldahl, Re/Code
Appcelerator and Microsoft Team Up to Connect Appcelerator Platform With Microsoft Azure Services
“Appcelerator, provider of the enterprise mobile engagement platform, has teamed up with Microsoft to connect the Appcelerator Platform with Microsoft Azure services. This will simplify the process of building fully native cross-platform apps powered by Azure. Organizations can now leverage existing development resources and connect to existing Azure modules, providing a significant competitive advantage and allowing companies to create a more seamless mobile presence across all devices. Many Fortune 1000 enterprises today use Microsoft Azure, Windows and other Microsoft services to drive business growth. With the proliferation of mobile devices and apps among both customers and employees, these organizations now have to build apps and manage non-Microsoft mobile devices for the first time…” Via MarketWatch
Google Buys Messaging, Video Startups
“Google acquired two startup companies on Wednesday to augment its messaging technology and its video advertising business. The prices paid were not disclosed. The first acquisition is Emu. Founded by Gummi Hafsteinsson, a veteran of Apple and Google, and Dave Feldman, who worked for Microsoft and Yahoo, Emu makes a messaging app of the same name that relies on machine learning technology to improve the user experience…The second acquisition is Directr, a two-year-old company that makes menu-driven video creation apps for consumers and small businesses, called Directr and Directr for Business, respectively. The apps try to simplify the process of video production by providing templates for video creation. Both apps are free and rely on in-app purchases to generate revenue…The two startups represent Google’s 23rd and 24th publicly known acquisitions this year…” Via Thomas Claburn, InformationWeek
SAP Software Head Embarks on Cloud Shift to Catch Rivals
“SAP SE’s software chief may have one of the toughest jobs in the technology industry: dragging the IT operations of 45,000 businesses into the era of cloud computing. Bernd Leukert, a 20-year company veteran, was promoted to the executive board after the sudden departure of chief technology officer Vishal Sikka in May. Now Leukert is breaking with his predecessor’s focus on fighting Oracle Corp. in the database market, and is responding to customers of its market-leading enterprise software who want a clear path for moving their applications to cloud-based systems…Leukert said SAP needs to show its Business Suite customers a long-term path toward getting much of their software into an SAP-run computing cloud, and how recently acquired programs can work smoothly with those that users have been running for years…” Via Aaron Ricadela, Bloomberg
Citrix Takes Peek Into Crystal Ball
“…In its latest Technology Landscape report, Citrix takes a look at how technology is shaping our lives at home and at work. The theme of this year’s report? Joie de Vivre, French for “joy of life” or “self-actualization.” Its pages are filled with information culled by Citrix—megatrends, stats, and recommendations for individuals and businesses on their path to “joyful living.” Citrix says its channel partners can help businesses put recommendations into action, realize their goals, and achieve profitability. The vendor works with a variety of technology experts, including resellers, systems integrators, ISVs, and MSPs, to bring its mobile workstyle solutions to market. Here’s what Citrix recommends for businesses, especially enterprises, hoping to thrive over the next half-decade…” Via Michele Pepe, Channelnomics
EMC boots Egnyte from partner list after SHOCK software claims
“…Enterprise storage biz Egnyte is saying its software turns EMC VNX arrays into better file-sharers than EMC’s own Syncplicity software does. EMC, meanwhile, says it has not “tested or validated” the product’s integration with VNX and has terminated Egnyte from its Tech Connect programme as a result. Egnyte’s product is Storage Sync for VNX and it uses the CEPA API to implement bi-directional sync. Egnyte makes the claim that it maintains “the high-performance envelope of the VNX product family”. The product has a hybrid cloud and on-premises design with customers managing all files under a single namespace…” Via Chris Mellor, The Register
CenturyLink to Expand Gigabit Service to 16 Cities
“CenturyLink today announced that symmetrical broadband speeds up to 1 gigabit per second (Gbps) are available now to residential and business customers in select locations in 16 cities through its ultra-fast fiber network. Thousands of customers can begin enjoying the benefits of gigabit speeds and hundreds of thousands of residential and business customers will also have access to these advanced fiber services within the next 12 months. CenturyLink is using fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) technology to provide these ultra-fast broadband speeds to residential and business customers in select locations within ten cities and to business customers in an additional six cities…” Via Light Reading
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