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Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Amazon finally releases Cloud Drive mobile apps, but they're bare bones

Microsoft streamlines hybrid cloud operations with new tools | Amazon releases open source cryptographic module

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Amazon finally releases Cloud Drive mobile apps, but they're bare bones
Amazon is inching closer to having a complete cloud storage solution with new Cloud Drive apps for iOS and Android. The new apps allow users to view files and folders, preview documents and photos, play videos and music, and share files to other apps. Read More

WHITE PAPER: Rackspace

Outsourcing IT Projects to Managed Hosting or the Cloud:
This white paper outlines 12 critical success factors to consider when outsourcing IT to managed hosting or the cloud. To compile this list, we drew from the 15+ years of hands-on experience Rackspace has gained helping hundreds of thousands of customers move workloads to managed hosting or the cloud. Learn More

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Performance Management in the Cloud
Susan Tran from CA Technologies, Shaun Walsh of Emulex and industry analyst Robin Layland explore the new challenges created for performance management solutions when applications migrate to the cloud. View now

Microsoft streamlines hybrid cloud operations with new tools
Workloads moved to the cloud must be managed properly, so Microsoft has released new tools to help system administrators bridge their in-house data centers with Azure services. Read More

Amazon releases open source cryptographic module
Potentially saving the world from another online security disaster like last year's Heartbleed, Amazon Web Services has released as open source a cryptographic module for securing sensitive data passing over the Internet. Read More

Coupa acquires InvoiceSmash to bring clarity to invoicing
Coupa Software is a vendor selling a cloud-based spend management platform. What that means is that customers can gain both visibility and workflow management over the full lifecycle of their spending. Within large enterprises, that is not an insignificant task to perform. Read More

WHITE PAPER: XO Communications

Clearing the Network Hurdle to Cloud Deployment
Although enthusiasm is high among IT pros for cloud services, an IDG Research Quick Poll survey found that, in fact, the cloud is at a crossroads. Learn More

Nearly one-third of all IT infrastructure spending now devoted to cloud
Need more proof that cloud computing is taking over? Research firm IDC released its assessment of the Worldwide Cloud IT Infrastructure Market—and the numbers were astonishing. Read More

Why the open source business model is a failure
Open source software companies must move to the cloud and add proprietary code to their products to succeed. The current business model is recipe for failure. That's the conclusion of Peter Levine, a partner at Andreessen Horowitz, the Silicon Valley venture capital firm that backed Facebook, Skype, Twitter and Box as startups. Read More

Unify's Circuit Collaborative PaaS now available to all developers
Unify announced the availability of its collaborative Platform-as-a-Service (cPaaS) based on the Circuit SaaS solution. Read More


What Makes a Private Cloud a Cloud
clouds are
the means for IT to re-establish its value back to the business— enabling productivity, competitive advantage, and increased customer service. To attain true private cloud capabilities, you must also deploy a systems management framework, optimize application delivery, and drive visibility. Learn Now

How 7 companies bring power to Hadoop big data applications
Here are seven examples companies using Intel processors and Cloudera's CDH to power big data applications that are transforming their businesses. Read More

IT firms' cloud appetite strong as gear sales surge 25 percent
In another sign of the movement of more and more data into cloud services, global first-quarter sales of cloud-related hardware rose 25.1 percent year on year, to nearly US$6.3 billion, according to an IDC survey. Read More

Chicago taxes cloud and streaming services
The City of Chicago has implemented sweeping new tax regulations that target the use of streaming and cloud computing services, the law firm ReedSmith says. Read More

Office 365 vs. Google for Work: A cloud comparison for small businesses
Microsoft and Google offer low-cost cloud tools for small- and medium-size businesses, but each of their offerings has unique strengths and weaknesses. Here's a high-level comparison of Office 365 and Google for Work, specifically for smaller businesses. Read More


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