Cloud-infrastructure

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Cloud Computing Market Trends in 2015

Despite multibillion-dollar earnings and the continued birth of new startups, both buyers and suppliers still grapple with what the cloud computing industry will become and what their place within it should be.

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Smart locks: a market overview

The smart lock looks to be one of the most promising smart-home technologies in 2015, thanks to technology improvements, user convenience, and lower costs.

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Apache Hadoop: Is one cluster enough?

Projects like Apache YARN expand the types of workloads for which Hadoop is a viable and compelling solution, leading practitioners to think more creatively managing data.

Oracle bulks up its public cloud with ex-Joyent engineer

Joyent’s former vice president of engineering Mark Cavage is now the senior director and architect of engineering for Oracle’s public cloud. The new hire shows Oracle means business when it comes to building its cloud infrastructure, but it still has a ways to go before it can be an established cloud player.

Veradocs lands $14 million to secure files in the cloud

Stealth-security startup Veradocs plans to announce Tuesday that it took in $14 million in two funding rounds, which includes a seed round when the company formed in January 2014. The startup wants to build out sales and marketing and expand its engineering team, said Veradocs co-founder and CEO Ajay Arora.

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Buyer’s Lens second-quarter 2014: outlook and analysis

Enterprises have overwhelmingly committed to accelerating their transition to new technologies, with the goal in mind to free up IT investment dollars in order to create more strategic business-changing applications and to have more agility in implementing ongoing change.

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When and how to outsource big data managed services

The trick to leveraging managed big data services is determining which projects are good candidates for outsourcing and then finding a service provider that can deliver immediate value while also reducing administrative risks and infrastructure costs.

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Cloud second-quarter 2014: analysis and outlook

During the second quarter of 2014 we saw the rise of Docker as well as a few providers pushing harder to the cloud, the government finally beginning to make significant movement to the cloud, and the IaaS market looking less and less like a single provider’s domain.

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Sector RoadMap: virtual desktops in 2014

Amid a perfect storm of market drivers and use cases like the BYOD phenomenon and the emergence of cloud technologies, this year we have seen enterprises overcome the inertia to start the adoption of virtual desktops.

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Architecting OpenStack for enterprise reality

Enterprise IT managers are watching the open-source cloud infrastructure project OpenStack with interest, hoping it might offer an easy way to begin exploiting the cloud alongside their existing IT estates.

Bracing for the OpenStack deluge

Huawei, Hitachi and Aptira are aboard as OpenStack Foundation Gold members, Cisco beefs up its OpenStack bundles and more news out of the OpenStack Summit 2013.

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How to cloud part 1: technology and economics

Though cloud computing is a technology, adopting it successfully has little to do with technology. The key factor that drives successful cloud computing adoption is how well an organization is prepared to incorporate change into its use of computing.

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Sector RoadMap: Multicloud management in 2013

Enterprises are deploying best-of-breed infrastructure that spans multiple public and private cloud instances. The role of cloud-management solutions here is huge, but it’s a matter of finding the right platform.

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Cloud security market landscape, 2013–2017

Cyber threats are now a critical issue affecting the national security of nation countries worldwide. At the same time, the IT world is witnessing a wave of new innovation, and there are numerous business opportunities for technologies built around the emerging market sectors of mobile and cloud computing. These technologies and the companies creating with them will form the future of cloud security over the next several years.

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The new building blocks for IT: OpenStack, continuous delivery, and devops

The key building blocks of a modern IT organization include a highly flexible infrastructure, an automated software delivery life cycle, and a devops-driven IT organization. This report focuses in particular on OpenStack as an underlying cloud platform to support this new type of organization. It defines the continuous delivery approach, addresses the benefits as well as disadvantages of OpenStack, and, finally, discusses the role of devops.

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Flash analysis: Xbox One

On Tuesday, May 21, Microsoft raised the curtain on its first new gaming console in nearly seven years: the Xbox One. In order to better understand how the Xbox One is being received by the larger tech community, we surveyed GigaOM’s own readership on the new offering. So which new feature of the Xbox One was chosen to have the biggest impact? Read this analysis to find out.

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Janakiram MSV

Janakiram MSV is a Senior Analyst for Gigaom Research and Principal Analyst at Janakiram & Associates where he focuses on research and…

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The new economics of enterprise data warehousing

The new economics of data warehousing provide attractive alternatives in both costs and benefits. While big data gets most of the attention, evolved data warehousing will play an important role for the foreseeable future. In order to be relevant, data-warehouse design and operation need to be simplified, taking advantage of greatly improved hardware, software, and methods.

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How to use big data to make better business decisions

Companies are rushing to embrace the promise of big data to understand both their businesses and the ways in which customers interact with them. But effective data-based decisions are not made in response to simplistic data reporting; they are made in response to considered and ongoing data analysis.

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What developers should know when choosing an MBaaS solution

Almost every mobile application relies on a few essential services to deliver the expected functionality and user experience. SDKs and integrated tools simplified the mobile application life cycle management, but the backend that does the heavy lifting is still left to the developers.

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Cloud and data fourth-quarter 2012 analysis

The last quarter of 2012 saw the rise of cloud-based databases, the continued interest in emerging cloud computing standards, the cloud awakening of software giants such as HP, the fall of public cloud prices, and many cloud outages that have put question marks around the use of cloud computing.

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A progress report on OpenStack

The OpenStack project has over the past few months consolidated its lead and is headed in a positive direction. Mid-October saw the OpenStack Summit conference in San Diego, and there have been a series of big customer wins and deployments. Indeed, the fall season has been like a coming-out party for the open-source cloud-management solution, with more maturing services announced from partners. To be sure, anyone contemplating a move to it should carefully consider some of the alternatives, too. But with so much news around the project, it’s worth noting which areas are currently looking up for OpenStack and what to consider when using it.

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IT management decisions in the age of cloud

IT operations managers who have built clouds or begun experimenting with cloud technologies report that it’s had a profound effect on the way that they run their IT infrastructure and do their jobs.

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Helix Nebula and the future of Europe’s cloud

The Helix Nebula project combines the computing needs of large European research institutions such as CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) and the European Space Agency with the technical capabilities of companies like CloudSigma, Logica, and SAP. Working together, these two groups are addressing the technical, legal, and procedural issues that today make it difficult to seamlessly move jobs from one cloud to another at scale.

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Measure your cloud mojo: 7 steps to cloud success

The goal of the cloud is to reduce disparate systems and to let IT departments manage as much of their infrastructure and services as possible within a single, integrated solution, from the design stage all the way through production. How does your company’s cloud plan stack up against this goal? Use this scorecard to analyze your cloud skills and maturity and we’ll give you a grade and rank based on how you compare to other enterprise cloud users. Throughout this piece we’ll advise you on what steps you need to take to better plan, build, and manage your cloud environment.

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How carriers can catch up in the cloud race

Communication service providers (CSPs) are finally joining the cloud computing party. But as it turns out, building cloud infrastructure at scale is not as easy as it looks. CSPs face a number of challenges in this space: Shrinking fixed-line revenues, competition from over-the-top (OTT) Internet players and erosion of margins are a few areas to consider. This report looks at the technologies shaping the cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service market, the impact these factors are having on CSPs, and what CSPs can do to catch up with the cloud revolution.

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How the cloud is disrupting the software-distribution channel

To date, the IT industry has leveraged an indirect sales channel made up of distributors, resellers and system integrators to sell and market its hardware and software products. But the continued popularity of the cloud in enterprises, governments and small and medium businesses is changing this market, and in the process disrupting the business model of the channel. Much hype surrounds this sector, which now must find new ways of capturing opportunity in the cloud.

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Sector RoadMap: Hadoop platforms 2012

This report examines the key disruptive trends shaping the Hadoop platform market, and where companies will position themselves to gain share and increase revenue.

Netflix: We don’t need no stinkin’ data centers!

For anyone interested in cloud computing, Adrian Cockroft’s recent presentation on how Netflix uses a combo of Amazon Web Services and its own home-grown PaaS is a must read. Cockroft is director of cloud architecture systems for Netflix, the giant streaming media company.

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Hadoop, Big Data and Business: A Match Made in Heaven

Big Data: Everyone’s talking about it, and every company (supposedly) has it. But what exactly is it, and why should you care? Apache Hadoop has been positioned as the technology to help companies leverage Big Data to learn about their customers, markets, products and operations.

Nimbula, Citrix clouds vow Amazon-style computing

If you didn’t think that Amazon was the king of cloud, just look at what other cloud companies announced Monday. Even paragons of the private cloud world are trying to cloak themselves in the glow cast by Amazon, which is squarely in public cloud realm.

Red Hat attacks cloud-app gap

Red Hat says its new POSIX-compliant virtual storage appliance will make it easier for IT shops to move legacy Unix applications to Amazon’s public cloud. The scale-out NAS appliance, based on Gluster technology, also replaces Centos with Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Startup takes on cloud overprovisioning

As more companies put workloads on Amazon Web Services or other public cloud platforms, many are paying for more cloud than they need. That overprovisioning is the problem Cloudyn, an Israeli startup, is taking on with its new software as a service.

5 low-profile startups that could change the face of big data

The great thing about big data is that there’s still plenty of room for new blood, especially for companies that want to leave infrastructure in the rearview mirror. At this point, the data-infrastructure space, including Hadoop, is well-funded and nearly saturated, but it also needs help.

10 cloud startups to watch in 2012

All startup activity around cloud computing in the past few years has been great, but it also means there’s precious little room on the playing field for newcomers. Here are 10 cloud startups launched in 2011 that have a chance to make it big in 2012.

Grading my cloud predictions for 2011: How’d I do?

I made a lot of predictions about cloud computing and the general IT infrastructure space heading into 2011, and I impressed myself with my skills of prognostication. Of course, it’s possible I’m just grading myself too generously, so I’ll let readers be the judges.

What to do when Amazon’s spot prices spike

Rapid price spikes are effecting buyers on the Amazon Spot Market, where users are bidding extremely high prices for scarce compute capacity. These price spikes are new, and they call into question assumptions that many users have made about how the auctioning of computing resources works.

What the HDD shortage means for cloud computing

While the rest of the IT world is reeling from the hard drive shortage, users of cloud computing services should have a relatively painless experience — even if their providers don’t. Joyent’s Steve Tuck talks about his experience and how the HDD shortage might affect the industry.

No more access to Google’s Hadoop cloud for researchers

Google announced that it’s ending its Academic Cloud Computing Initiative, a joint program with IBM and the National Science Foundation that gave researchers access to a massive Hadoop cluster on which to run their data-intensive projects. The company says access to such resources is now common.

Some big thoughts on big data and cloud for 2012

This year may have been the beginning of the big data onslaught, but big data will only get bigger in 2012. Watch for companies to check out specialized databases for different data types and to segment their data centers for old and new workloads.

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Benchmarking the Cloud: Your Mileage May Vary

Cloud providers sometimes tout performance metrics obtained from benchmarking tests as undeniable proof that their clouds are better than the competition. The actual value to be derived from cloud benchmarks, however, is less black and white. From the uniqueness of each user’s application to network performance, there are many variables at play. This means that benchmarks can be excellent guidance in some cases but warrant little consideration in others. As with all things cloud, users should rely on them at their own risk.

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Putting Big Data to Work: Opportunities for Enterprises

In 2011, we’re seeing extraordinary growth of big data in these areas along three dimensions: volume, complexity and speed. Additionally, data science is contributing significantly to operational efficiencies in these sectors as well as enabling more sales growth and even brand-new business models.