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The margins of cloud products like virtual machines are still in the 50% range. In essence, price drops are going to be a regular feature for the foreseeable future. This begets the question - are hosted solutions becoming irrelevant today? Boston-based market research firm, 451 Research, has been publishing their ‘Cloud Price Index' for a few years now. The quarterly study looks into the pricing of various offerings in the cloud market to understand the shifting dynamics in the public, private and hybrid cloud market. According to Dr. Owen Rogers from 451 Research, the approach here is similar to how inflation is calculated - the price of a distributed sample of products from the market are analyzed periodically to ascertain the rise or drop in the prices of the various cloud offerings. One big takeaway from the various reports published over the years is how muc... (more)

VeriStor Recognized for Excellence in Managed IT Services | @CloudExpo @VeriStor #Cloud #Security

VeriStor Systems has announced that CRN has named VeriStor to its 2017 Managed Service Provider (MSP) 500 list in the Elite 150 category. This annual list recognizes North American solution providers with cutting-edge approaches to delivering managed services. Their offerings help companies navigate the complex and ever-changing landscape of IT, improve operational efficiencies, and maximize their return on IT investments. In today's fast-paced business environments, MSPs play an important role in helping companies leverage new technologies without straining their budgets or losing focus on their core business. CRN's MSP 500 list shines a light on the most forward-thinking and innovative of these key organizations. The list is divided into three categories: the MSP Pioneer 250, recognizing companies with business models weighted toward managed services and largely f... (more)

TechTarget: #CognitiveComputing at @CloudExpo New York | #AI #ML #DL

What is cognitive computing, and how is it alike -- or different -- from artificial intelligence (AI)? Judith Hurwitz: What's key in building traditional systems is that they begin with process and logic, attempting to answer the question, 'What am I trying to do for my business?' You develop the logic, write the code and then flow data into that. That doesn't work in this age of digital transformation, where business logic and processes are constantly changing. In a cognitive approach, you lead with the data and let it drive you to the right logic. This is a very different way of approaching computing. In addition to data helping determine the logic, cognitive computing applications are designed to learn from human experts. Read TechTarget's review here. @DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo taking place June 6-8, 2017, at Javits Center, New York City, and is co-located w... (more)

Private Cloud the Migration Path | @CloudExpo ##CloudNative #DevOps #DX #DataCenter

Is Hosted Private Cloud the Migration Path Less Taken? If you read a lot of business and technology publications, you might think public clouds are universally preferred over all other cloud options. To be sure, the numbers posted by Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft's Azure platform are nothing short of impressive. Statistics reveal that public clouds are growing faster than private clouds and analysts at IDC predict that public cloud growth will be 3 times that of private clouds by 2019. However, recent Forrester research shows that migration to a Hosted Private Cloud is still a leading component of a Hybrid IT strategy for many organizations: "Hosted private cloud adoption rose significantly between 2015 and 2016 in North America (28% to 33%). . . . Among all cloud adopters and planners, 36% state that hosted private cloud is - or will be - their primary clo... (more)

Disrupting Application Architecture | @CloudExpo #SaaS #PaaS #Cloud #AI #ML

A revolutionary change in the industry was the foundation for cloud on the automation of virtualization technologies. Initially it was meant for infrastructure, but with the advent of new and innovative cloud services it has crossed the boundary of Infrastructure and invaded the application space. The concept of ‘as a Service' model has three pillars: IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service), PaaS (Platform as a Service) and SaaS (Software as a Service). Over a period of time cloud services have grown and diversified to the extent that clubbing the services into these three pillars is not only difficult but unattainable. That's the reason none of the public cloud providers classify their services in ‘as a Service' model category. A public cloud provider has an edge over a private cloud and differentiates itself by providing rich services as compared to focus on automation ... (more)

ANEXIA to Exhibit at @CloudExpo NY | @_Anexia #IoT #SaaS #IaaS #BigData

SYS-CON Events announced today that Anexia will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-9, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Anexia offers high-quality customized managed hosting solutions for SaaS and IaaS companies. The company was founded in 2006 in Klagenfurt, Austria. Today, it has additional offices in Vienna, Graz, Munich, Cologne and New York City to serve numerous international customers. For more information, visit https://www.anexia-it.com. @DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo taking place June 6-8, 2017, at Javits Center, New York City, and is co-located with the 20th International Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. DevOps at Cloud Expo / @ThingsExpo 2017 New York  (June 6-8, 2017, Javits Center, Manhattan) De... (more)

Help for the CFO: Pinning Down Your Vendor

A recent article by Rob Livingstone on CFO.com [1] attracted my attention. In the article, Rob talks about the need for a tighter, ongoing working relationship between your company and its IT vendors for "as-a-service" technology-delivery models. We have in previous blogs also discussed the changes required in the everything-as-a-service (XaaS) movement. Clearly, Rob's target audience here is primarily the CFO, and Rob's suggestions are intended to help financial officers focus on some of the vendor selection issues that are emerging as the technology evolves, and as the customer-vendor relationship evolves in parallel. It is also worth noting that this lack of foresight and adaptability is a leading cause of project failure throughout IT history and not just with as-a-service technology delivery models. As a billing vendor, I look at this from the other side of th... (more)

The Top 150 Players in Cloud Computing

Cloud Expo Early Bird Savings A robust ecosystem of solutions providers is emerging around cloud computing. Here, SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal expands its list of most active players in the fast-emerging Cloud Ecosystem, from the 'mere' 100 we identified back in January of this year, to half as many again - testimony, if any further were needed, to the fierce and continuing growth of the "Elastic IT" paradigm throughout the world of enterprise computing. Editorial note: The words in quotation marks used to describe the various services and solutions in this round-up are in every case taken from the Web sites cited. As ever we encourage software engineers, developers, IT operations managers, and new/growing companies in every case to "suck it and see" by downloading or otherwise sampling the offering in question for themselves. (Omissions to this Top 150 list sh... (more)

Cloud Computing as a Zero Sum Game

From governments to the ordinary individual the Internet has become central to our personal technological identity. The term "cloud" has become an all encompassing buzz word open to interpretation meaning everything and nothing, meaningful and meaningless. Recently I have begun to hear a common quote propagate through the tech scene, the quote made famous by Nick Carr focuses on a supposed "big switch" that is occurring within the technology world. Although the quote is being thrown around frequently, one major issue remain -- the perception that cloud computing is an all or nothing option. The problem with this all or nothing mentality is it places cloud computing as a binary option, where the payoff is absolute or nothing at all. The answer isn't that simple. Like most emerging technologies cloud computing isn't a zero sum game that hinges on the notion that "there... (more)

NASA's NEBULA Space Cloud Computing Platform Launches

Earlier this week NASA took the wraps off a new Cloud Computing platform called NEBULA, or what I'm calling the (Space Cloud). Described as a way to manage research-class computing capacity. NASA describes NEBULA as "a Cloud Computing environment integrating a set of open-source components into a seamless, self-service platform." I found the location of the Space Cloud particularly interesting, The primary NEBULA data center is at Ames Research Center, in the Ames Internet Exchange (AIX). AIX was formerly "Mae West", one of the original nodes of the Internet, and is still a major peering location for Tier 1 ISPs, as well as being the home of the "E" root name servers. Basically you can't find a better location to put a cloud then the birth place of the internet. NASA also put out a request for "Computonauts" through the TESS Community Observer program which will allow... (more)

Major Linux Kernel Vulnerabilities Effecting Cloud Users

While I am away on vacation, I have invited Joel Wampler to be a guest author on the ElasticVapor Blog, hopefully something I will be doing more frequently in the future. Joel is a Systems Architect at Standing Cloud, Inc., a startup that will be soon launching software and services that facilitate application deployment and management for on-demand cloud services. In this post, he points out that last week's Linux kernel vulnerability has some extra implications for IaaS and infrastructure focused cloud computing as well as some simple steps to fix these vulnerabilities. Issues like this are clear examples of something we at Enomaly have been saying for some time. Like it or not cloud computing brings unique security risks with it, which need to be specifically managed and mitigated. This latest Linux Kernel vulnerability is another prime example of the challenges ... (more)