A Smart City Keeps It’s Head In the Cloud – Apprenda Marketwatch

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Cloud computing: An important component of the physical infrastructure for smart cities

“…In developing a smart city infrastructure, it is necessary to think of cities as complex systems with departments as subsystems sharing all resources and assets. In this scope, it’s fundamental for cities in a smartification process to consolidate their infrastructure according to the basic principles of services design such as modularity, exportability, interoperability, extensibility, and scalability. Cloud computing technologies offer a good solution for cities to consolidate their physical infrastructure. Cloud technologies provide different levels of services such as IaaS (infrastructure as a service), PaaS (platform as a service) and SaaS (software as a service) for efficiency, quality of service on demand and green infrastructure…” Via IEEE Cloud Computing, CloudTech



The growth of on-demand cloud computing
According to research from the European Commission, on-demand cloud computing could generate up to €250 billion (£197 billion) to European Union GDP in 2020, as well as 3.8 million jobs…The European Commission research, which questioned almost 500 companies, showed that over 80 per cent of those who were already using the cloud saw a reduction in IT costs of between 10 and 20 per cent. 12 per cent of participants saw an impressive reduction of at least 30 per cent…Cloud uptake is clearly widespread, enabled by the on-demand and flexible nature of the services on offer, but organisations will have to carefully plan their next steps to carry on benefitting.” Via IT Pro Portal

10 ways business leaders can get the most out of cloud
Recent surveys are reporting that as many as 75% of companies are using some version of cloud. But it’s the end business — not IT — that’s driving cloud adoption. Business leaders must consider cloud as a solution that will quickly bring tangible results to the end business, and they need to know how to choose and manage an IT-intensive resource successfully. But without the background in technology and vendor management that corporate IT has, this can prove challenging. Here are 10 best practices that will help…” Via Mary Shacklett, TechRepublic

Healthcare IT Cloud Safety: 5 Basics
As more healthcare organizations become comfortable with using cloud services, there’s a risk this familiarity could lead to complacency — and that endangers patient data, networks, and the organization’s very reputation…The cloud increasingly is the answer to many healthcare organizations’ needs: Almost 83% of 150 industry respondents currently use at least some cloud services, according to the 2014 HIMSS Analytics Cloud Survey, published in June. Another 9% plan to use the cloud, and just 6% don’t plan to try cloud services, the report found…” Via Alison Diana, InformationWeek

North American Healthcare Cloud Computing Market-Forecast to 2018
The significance of cloud computing is expected to increase in the healthcare industry. The healthcare industry is facing increasing pressure to lower the costs associated with providing healthcare; adopt new systems that support electronic medical records (EMR); and share data in a quick and secure manner with other healthcare providers and government agencies. The need to reduce costs in the healthcare industry ecosystem is a key factor that is increasing the adoption of cloud computing. Moreover, cloud computing can help healthcare organizations to share information stored across disparate information systems in real time and enable the IT staff to attend to more critical tasks, which results in an increase in productivity and cost-efficiency…” Via Research and Markets, Release

Cognizant Computing Set to be a ‘Strong Force’ in IT
A next phase in consumerisation is tipped to affect mobile devices, apps, wearables, networking, services and cloud – changing the direction of revenues and profits. That’s according to Gartner’s latest research, which is hailing ‘cognizant computing’ as the next phase of personal cloud and a strong future force in IT generally…Gartner believes that apps, services and cloud will work together to make cognizant computing a critical component for customer retention strategies over the next five years…Apps and services that are hosted in the personal cloud will interact with smartphones and other devices and the intricate app ecosystems they have created…” Via Fleur Doidge, Channelnomics

Financial Services Are Hot – Who Would Have Thought?
Not a day passes without more millions pouring into start-ups bent on disrupting retail financial services…The economics of start-ups are ruthless, and you shouldn’t expect many of these upstarts to survive or expand beyond their narrow niche. Still, don’t miss the wood for the trees…Why have financial services been spared so far? The playing field has never been level:  Prohibitive regulation, formidable distribution networks, and expensive information technology have all protected established banks, insurers and wealth management companies. But this tilt is now changing, and the defenses of the past are turning into a straightjacket for the incumbents…” Via Oliwia Berdak, Forrester

Amazon’s Cloud Is The Fastest Growing Software Business In History
No one doubts anymore that Amazon Web Services is a big deal. But few appreciate just how unprecedented its growth has been. In fact, no other software business in history has grown as fast past the billion-dollar mark as AWS…Such growth is particularly astounding given the doubts Amazon has had to overcome relative to security, performance and more. Today those concerns seem puny compared to the overarching convenience AWS provides developers…” Via Matt Asay, ReadWrite

Microsoft Rediscovers Channel in the Cloud
As the house the channel built, Microsoft has always been dependent on an extended ecosystem of partners to succeed. In recent times, however, with the shift to the cloud, Microsoft has been trying to go a lot more direct…But following the appointment of former cloud computing chief Satya Nadella as CEO, it appears that Microsoft may be rediscovering its channel roots in the age of the cloud… Assuming that a significant portion of Microsoft channel partners make the transition to the cloud, the impact on the overall cloud computing market could be substantial. Once they are empowered to take control of the billing, Microsoft theoretically could have thousands of additional feet on the street selling its cloud services, which could materially shift the balance of power in the cloud. After all, even in the age of the cloud there’s still no substitute for a little local touch to seal the deal.” Via Mike Vizard, Talkin’ Cloud

Citrix Using Predictive Analytics For Network Overhaul
Citrix Systems is applying analytics to make its data centers more efficient, a move encouraged by an earlier success with using predictive software to resolve customer support issues. This current effort, assisted by an in-house data scientist, is core to the data center software maker’s plan to transition to a software-defined network on top of which it will run a hybrid cloud environment, says CIO Paul Martine…Billing software, virtual desktop and app software will run in its private cloud, while mobile device management software and customer support software will run in public clouds. Citrix will complete the SDN by the end of the year, and finish the hybrid cloud by 2016. This will allow it to shutter a disaster recovery facility, saving the company millions of dollars…” Via Clint Boulton, WSJ

IBM’s Cloud Platform Strategy is Getting Legitimate
After a slow and somewhat disjointed start, it looks like IBM is starting to build some serious momentum in the Public Cloud Platform game… IBM is early in its implementation of this new cloud platform strategy but its moves of late are shrewd and compelling. If any doubt still lingers about IBM’s true commitment to cloud, they should be shelved for now. While the promise of a $10B investment in cloud may have been more of a catchall statement aimed at Wall Street, these three moves put real meat behind the strategy.” Via James Staten, Forrester

Understanding the Docker Cache for Faster Builds
With regard to Docker itself, using it on a daliy basis has produced a few insights about the cache that others may find helpful. Docker will cache the results of the first build of a Dockerfile, allowing subsequent builds to be super fast. That’s no secret and it is well documented. But using the cache successfully requires the engineer to understand how it works…” Via John Minnihan, The New Stack

Why Siemens PLM can develop PaaS option
“…Most of PLM vendors took IaaS option as a starting point to develop cloud business. It is okay and will provide important experience from different perspective – technologies, business, user interface. However, IaaS won’t remove fundamental enterprise PLM issues – implementation complexity, upgrade challenges, high diversity of requirements and business changes. PaaS option can become the next logical step to optimize platform and application for agile delivery. It looks like Siemens is making steps towards this direction…” Via Oleg Shilovitsky, Beyond PLM

Fujitsu designs leaner supercomputer with fewer switches
Fujitsu has developed an approach to cluster supercomputers that reduces the number of network switches by 40 percent without sacrificing performance. The approach centers on using a new communications algorithm that efficiently controls data transmissions as well as deploying a multilayer full-mesh topology in the arrangement of the network…The technology could speed the use of powerful supercomputers used for the analysis of earthquakes and weather data as well as drug discovery, according to Fujitsu… The lab plans to produce a practical version of the approach during the year ending March 31, 2016, and continue research into reducing the number of network switches in cluster supercomputers.” Via Tim Hornyak, InfoWorld

Red Hat releases Inktank Ceph Enterprise 1.2
In late April, Red Hat acquired Inktank for Ceph, its open source, software-defined storage stack for clouds. And in July, Red Hat announced the release of  Inktank Ceph Enterprise 1.2. This new release, according to Red Hat, comes “with new features to help customers store and manage an entire spectrum of data — from ‘hot’ mission-critical data to ‘cold’ archival data.” This acquisition, and its quick release, is all part of Red Hat’s plans to become a cloud power…” Via Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, ZDNet

Zip it up and zip it out. It’s Thursday- one of the best days ever. Let’s make it happen. Yesterday’s Marketwatch can be found here.


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