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Putting Data-as-a-Service to Work Improving Data Quality
Putting Data-as-a-Service to Work Improving Data Quality
by Vince Vasquez
With all the concern around data security in the cloud, another facet of data –its quality – often gets overlooked. Yet, if inaccurate data is being stored, then what’s the point? As the saying goes, garbage in, garbage out. This story covers how DaaS can improve data quality, especially with customer records.
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Managing a Cloud Service Level Agreement
Managing a Cloud Service Level Agreement
by J Bruce Daley & Alan Rudolph
Business as usual mode revolves around the normal execution of operations to ensure a reliable service. The data center is up and running, the metrics for downtime, latency, and other measurements are being met. There is a lot of work that needs to done to maintain this order, but the pace of events is steady and everyone knows what to expect.
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The Intersection of Enterprise Mobility and Cloud Computing
The Intersection of Enterprise Mobility and Cloud Computing
by Raffi Tchakmakjian
End-user-driven connectivity in a cloud infrastructure can often lead to degraded service and minimized benefits when organizations rely on mobile workers to manually establish connectivity. Unbudgeted access costs and security holes only exacerbate the problem when mobile employees make expensive and unsecured connectivity choices from the field. As 70% of the North American workforce is now mobile, cloud-based environments require a transparent mobile policy management strategy. More corporate data now resides on mobile devices and is distributed on off-site servers; protecting that data is becoming a mission-critical priority. Visibility and control of the myriad ways end-users access and leverage a cloud computing environment are crucial to ensuring a successful mobile investment.
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Accurately Monitoring Cloud SLAs
Accurately Monitoring Cloud SLAs
by J Bruce Daley & Alan Rudolph
Once the Service Level Agreement (SLA) has been negotiated, the actual work of managing the relationship begins. Interestingly, the responsibility of monitoring performance falls to the customer. Without the right processes and tools, this can be more difficult than it looks.
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Dome9 Cloud Street View for AWS Security: The Exponential Cloud Growth Visualization
Ofir Nachmani - Chief Evangelist at Newvem Insights Ltd.

With Dome9, AWS users get a visual picture of their AWS VPCs and security group configurations. According to Alon, their new capability reduces such security audit efforts significantly and has been proven to condense four hours of auditing work into a mere 15 minutes – quite impressive!


AppZero Survey Sizes Industry Concerns Around WS2003 End of Life
Greg O'Connor - CEO at AppZero

Microsoft ends extended support for WS2003 on July 14, 2015; Enterprises seek Solutions Redmond, WA and Andover, MA – September 24, 2013: AppZero, the fastest way to move enterprise applications to the cloud, has opened up its year-long WS2003 end of life industry survey to the IT public. The previously “by invitation only” survey is measuring preparedness among the IT community for the impending end of life for WS2003 set by Microsoft for July 14, 2015. IT professionals can take "The #WS2003 EOL" Survey here.


Newvem Infographic: Significant Improvements In AWS Usage Revealed
Ofir Nachmani - Chief Evangelist at Newvem Insights Ltd.

AWS is a significant player in the public cloud domain with an estimated 32% of the $6.2 Billion spend over the public cloud. At Newvem we have been analyzing trends in AWS cost and usage based on our users activity over Amazon Web Services. By comparing cost and usage data revealed last year, we’ve revealed significant improvements in everyday use of AWS EC2 On-Demand and Reserved Instance services, security, availability, and utilization.The infographic below says it all! Click here for the full report!


Who are you, Cloud Broker?
Ofir Nachmani - Chief Evangelist at Newvem Insights Ltd.

Cloud brokers were recognized and described by Gartner analysts as the Intermediary services that support fast cloud adoption. From their customers’ perspectives cloud brokers are the system integrators (SI) or the cloud enablers that support fast adoption and maintenance of cloud technologies. For example, the independent software vendor (ISV) can benefit greatly from a cloud managed service provider (MSP) starting with integrating into the underlying cloud infrastructure, all the way up to the offering stack wrappers, such as service provisioning methodologies’ implementation. From the cloud provider’s perspective, cloud brokers are key customers, value-added resellers and aggregators of its cloud services. In this article, I cover the perceptions, evolution and future of cloud brokerage in great detail.


The cloud: inevitable, but not ubiquitous from HP (Brochure)
Mitesh Soni - Technical Lead at iGATE

HP has helped many businesses implement the cloud to achieve real benefits. Here are a few examples: • Mahindra created a shared services environment using HP CloudSystem to enable nimble deployment of application platforms for different R&D needs. • SFR quickly brought to market a complete infrastructure as a service (IaaS) platform based on HP CloudSystem. • Using HP CloudSystem, Hostworks created a highly resilient shared services facility to accommodate its customer base load. Hostworks can now implement a common virtualized infrastructure that scales quickly to deliver new programs. • Using a private cloud transformation based on HP CloudSystem, FICO created a global product development center of excellence.


Newvem Shines at Amazon AWS re:Invent Conference
Ofir Nachmani - Chief Evangelist at Newvem Insights Ltd.

Last week the Newvem team participated in the first Amazon AWS re:Invent Conference. According to some leading analysts and bloggers, this was one of the most momentous technology conferences in the last few years. For Newvem it was the second most important milestone since the company was born.


Tracking sub-projects with cloud process management solutions PDF
Anastasia Chumakova - Storyteller at Comindware.com

This is a blog entry that explains a real-life case of a project manager task: to track deliverables from multiple sub-projects in a form of a single report.


Amazon Outage: Is it a Story of a Conspiracy? – Chapter 2
Ofir Nachmani - Founder and Author at I Am OnDemand blog

No doubt that the cloud will fail again. I believe that although the customers are ultimately responsible for the high availability of their services, the AWS cloud guys should also take a step back to learn and improve – every additional outage diminishes from the cloud’s reliability as a place for all.


@IAmOnDemand View on CloudConnect 2012
Ofir Nachmani - Founder and Author at I Am OnDemand blog

Last week I attended one of the most popular cloud technology conferences in the world – CloudConnect. The CloudConnect conference started about four years ago. Attending the event gave me a clear understanding of the market maturity and evolution rhythm. Check out the following sections for the main points on what I learned: 1 - Cloud Performance is important 2 - That DevOps doesn’t exist 3 - The Openness of Cloud - You must be open in order to be in the cloud 4 - That“Amazon is Princess White” 5 - The the best presentations are like movies; they should be based on real cases I invite you to read more. Ofir. @iamondemand


Eliminating the performance drag
Tinniam V Ganesh - Founder & Owner at INWARDi Technologies

Identifying bottlenecks and squeezing out performance from your application,


To Hadoop, or not to Hadoop
Tinniam V Ganesh - Founder & Owner at INWARDi Technologies

The article discusses on where and when Hadoop makes most sense.


How to use Eucalyptus Private Cloud with RightScale?
Mitesh Soni - Research Engineer at iGATE Patni

To manage eucalyptus virtual machine instances from Rightscale dashboard, we need to register Eucalyptus private cloud with Rightscale. RightScale Cloud Management Platform and Eucalyptus work in concert with each other. Successful registration will enlist Eucalyptus private cloud into Rightscale dashboard.


enStratusCloud Governance Tool
Mitesh Soni - Research Engineer at iGATE Patni

enStratus is a cloud infrastructure management platform from enStratus Networks LLC that addresses the governance issues associated with deploying systems in public, private, and hybrid clouds.


Dynamically turn Virtual Machines On/Off
Ilyas Iyoob - Sr. Research Scientist, and Director of Advanced Analytics at Gravitant

Since most providers price by VM hours, one always needs to make sure not to end up with VM sprawl. This article gives a brief overview of the challenges in dynamic VM scheduling, followed by some feasible alternatives.


The IaaS Management Market: Evolution, Vendors and More
Ofir Nachmani - Founder and Author at I Am OnDemand blog

A lot have already been said about the false cloud use where the IaaS platform utilized as an hosting extension of the IT organization’s data center and not taking advantage of the elasticity benefits to generate a cost effective and scalable IT operation. Using the public IaaS whether it is Amazon, Rackspace or any other vendor means using an highly dynamic environment which presents an increasing complexity hence loss of control. Checking the list below I can say that cloud (including all its layers IaaS, PaaS and SaaS) control basically contains the same aspects as the good old system management.


Lady Gaga: Born This (Digital) Way
Lisa Arthur - Chief Marketing Officer at Aprimo, Inc

When Lady Gaga and her team couldn’t find an integrated social media platform that met their specific needs, they did exactly what you would expect these avant-garde trendsetters to do: they decided to “poke the box” and build one themselves. Now, Lady Gaga’s business manager, Troy Carter, and entrepreneur Matthew Michelsen have joined forces to create Backplane, a hi-tech start-up tasked with designing a digital platform to unite online communities around specific interests.


Innovation Strategy Needs IT Input
Christine Crandell - Serial CMO, author, speaker and blogger at NBS

With product innovation and differentiation critical to business success, IT should have a larger role in innovation strategy across the enterprise.


Mobility & The Cloud – It’s Only Natural!
Joey Widener - Sr. Product Evangelist at AT&T Hosting & Cloud Services

It’s my belief that the cloud and cloud services should be part of every handset discussion. Here’s why: Customers are using the smartphones to gain access to applications they once accessed solely via their laptops.


Cloud Computing: How Client Devices Affect the User Expereince PDF
Charlton Barreto - Technology Strategist & Principal Architect at Intel Corporation

The growth of Cloud Computing, along with the consumerisation of IT, is driving enterprises to support a compute continuum in which users will increasingly be able to access applications and services using a spectrum of client devices in a variety of form factors. Whilst mobile business PCs remain employees' primary client devices, other devices such as smartphones and tablets are being enabled. Providing employees with the freedom to use these devices, in addition to mobile business PCs, further enhances mobility and increases productivity. This paper presents the results of research and analysis to compare the user experience with different client devices when accessing a range of cloud-based applications to illustrate their value with respect to mobility and productivity.


Dealing with the Cloud's Latent Tendencies
John Considine - Founder & CTO at CloudSwitch, Inc

One frequent question when engaging customers moving applications to the cloud is: what about the latency issues when using a cloud? This question arises because most IT departments have had to struggle with application performance issues and the idea of adding a big chuck of latency when integrating the cloud is very troubling. Here is how CloudSwitch addresses this.


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3 Steps to Becoming a Social Enterprise
Marc Benioff - Chairman & CEO at Salesforce.com, Inc

The Salesforce.com CEO keynoted at the company's Cloudforce event in Boston.


Gov 2.0 Summit 2010: A Conversation with Padmasree Warrior
Padmasree Warrior - Chief Technology Officer at Cisco Systems, Inc

The CTO at discusses telepresence the future of the mobile internet, transforming energy, cities, healthcare, education and more.


CloudSwitch Enterprise
Company Profile: CloudSwitch, Inc

For enterprise IT organizations that want to run Windows and Linux applications in the cloud simply and securely, without re-architecting the application or changing management tools and policies.


Structure 2010 Launchpad: CloudSwitch Presentation
Ellen Rubin - Founder & VP of Products at CloudSwitch, Inc
Company Profile: CloudSwitch, Inc

The Structure 2010 LaunchPad showcased 11 companies that had four minutes to present their businesses to a panel of judges from the venture capital industry. This presentation by the Founder and VP of Products, Ellen Rubin, won CloudSwitch the Launchpad award and also the audience choice award.


An Introduction to CloudSwitch
John Considine - Founder & CTO at CloudSwitch, Inc
Company Profile: CloudSwitch, Inc

The co-founder and CTO at CloudSwitch, John Considine, discusses how their Cloud Isolation Technology helps customers overcome the four primary barriers to enterprise cloud computing by allowing them to securely move their existing applications and data into the cloud.


Clara Shih on the Facebook Era at the Web 2.0 Expo
Clara Shih - Author, Entrepreneur, Founder & CEO at Hearsay Labs

The Author of "The Facebook Era" discusses how worldwide social networks have grown into a cultural movement.


Using Facebook to Grow Your Business
Clara Shih - Author, Entrepreneur, Founder & CEO at Hearsay Labs

This webcast features Facebook trends and stats, specific examples and tips for SMBs, and a case study from an Allstate insurance agent who has embraced Facebook for his business's marketing and customer service efforts. (Registration Required)


Real Time Search Event
Vic Gundotra - VP of Engineering at Google Inc

Google Announces it's latest desktop and mobile search solutions.


Productivity & Agility in the Cloud
Michael Crandell - CEO & Founder at Rightscale, Inc

Michael Crandell, CEO and Founder of Rightscale, explains how to achieve greater productivity and agility in the cloud through the RightScale Cloud Computing Platform.


How Facebook Ads Target Users
Clara Shih - Author, Entrepreneur, Founder & CEO at Hearsay Labs

Marketing expert Clara Shih explains how marketers utilize Facebook to target advertising. She demonstrates how to target ads to a specific demographic based on age, gender or any other information included on a user's profile.


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Cloud Computing: How Client Devices Affect the User Expereince PDF
Charlton Barreto - Technology Strategist & Principal Architect at Intel Corporation

The growth of Cloud Computing, along with the consumerisation of IT, is driving enterprises to support a compute continuum in which users will increasingly be able to access applications and services using a spectrum of client devices in a variety of form factors. Whilst mobile business PCs remain employees' primary client devices, other devices such as smartphones and tablets are being enabled. Providing employees with the freedom to use these devices, in addition to mobile business PCs, further enhances mobility and increases productivity. This paper presents the results of research and analysis to compare the user experience with different client devices when accessing a range of cloud-based applications to illustrate their value with respect to mobility and productivity.


The Haizea Manual, Technology Preview 1.3 PDF
Borja Sotomayor - Haizea Developer, Research Assistant & Lecturer at University of Chicago

The Haizea Manual, Technology Preview 1.3


Facebook shares cloud computing expertise
By: Staff
Social networking behemoth Facebook is set to share its experiences of cloud computing as it bids to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) get the most out of their IT infrastructures. Facebook hopes that the Open Compute Project will boost the energy efficiency of the world's ever-expanding data centres.
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New Brunswick social-media firm scooped up by cloud computing giant
By: Matt Hartley
One of the rising stars of Canada's East Coast technology industry is now a part of U.S. cloud computing giant Salesforce.com On Wednesday, Radian6 Technologies Inc. announced the New Brunswick company had entered into an agreement to be purchased by Salesforce.com. as part of a deal valued at $326 million US. Fredericton-based Radian6 builds social media monitoring tools that are used by more than half of the Fortune 100 companies, and brands such as Dell Inc., General Electric and Pepsi.
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The importance of cloud computing in mobile security
By: Dr. Lin Yu
In less than a decade, the global mobile Internet has emerged as a phenomenon that directly impacts the lives of 1 out of every 8 persons living on the planet. As businesses of all types scramble to prepare for the unstoppable wave of mobile commerce unleashed by this socio-economic revolution, the need for strengthening mobile security has never been greater.
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IBM Driving Job Growth Through Mobile Cloud in India
By: Roger Strukhoff
IBM is working in the Bangalore, India area with the Karnataka Vocational Training and Skill Development Corporation (KVTSDC) to develop new jobs through mobile Cloud Computing. The state organization is part of India's Department of Labor. Despite India's emergence on the world economic stage, per capita income there remains among the lowest 25% among the nations of the world. IBM statistics show that only 7% of the country's people have access to the Internet, yet sees opportunity in a wider spread use of mobile phones and services.
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Salesforce.com: Less Carbon, New Features and 'The Facebook Imperative'
By: Samara Lynn
On Wednesday, Salesforce.com held its Cloudforce 2011 event in New York. The keynote, given by chief executive Marc Benioff, detailed Salesforce.com's successes including its impact on improving the environment and the company's overall strategy, which he deemed "The Facebook Imperative." In addition, Benioff advised businesses to realign their computing mindset to a mobile one and announced several new Salesforce.com features. Benioff stressed how by using Salesforce.com, thousands of customers have been able to reduce their carbon footprint by not having to deploy and run hardware in their local datacenters. For Benioff, cloud computing means energy efficiency.
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inShare  Permalink RSS MicroStrategy Revs Up Mobile Computing
By: Cindi Howson
Last week's MicroStrategy World was one of this vendor's largest conferences ever, with some bold announcements from a vendor that continues to innovate at a rapid pace. CEO Michael Saylor noted the biggest things in technology that are generating excitement and Wall Street investments: mobile, the cloud, and social. From a business intelligence perspective, MicroStrategy has been ahead of the curve for mobile BI, supporting a larger range of devices natively and with advanced functionality such as interactivity, location awareness, and device-based caching.
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Survey says...mobility tied to cloud computing
By: Dan Kusnetsky and Paula Rooney
Several recent surveys that have come across my desk appear to indicate that intelligent mobile devices are rapidly sneaking into organizations and introducing numbers of business and IT decision makers to various forms of cloud computing. CRM, collaborative applications, document storage, travel and other important workloads can be accessed by smartphones, tablets as well as more traditional laptop computers.
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