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As cloud computing becomes the information technology mainstream, data center technology is accelerating at a breakneck speed. Concepts like software define infrastructure, data center analytics and Nonvolatile Memory Express (NVMe) over Fabrics are changing the very nature of data center management.  According to industry research firm IDC, organizations will spend an additional $142.8 billion oninfrastructure for both public and private cloud environments in the next three years (2016-2018) to boost efficiency and business agility. To support this rapid evolving space, Intel announced a “Cloud for All” initiative last year in order to help businesses get the most out of their cloud infrastructure. Specific goals for this initiative include: Investing in the ecosystem to accelerate enterprise-ready, easy-to-deploy software defined infrastructure (SDI) solutions; Op... (more)

Smart Manufacturing Is Cloud Computing | @CloudExpo #IoT #Cloud #DigitalTransformation

As cloud computing simultaneously transforms multiple industries many have wondered about how this trend will affect manufacturing. Often characterized as "staid," this vertical is not often cited when leading edge technological change is the topic. This view, however, fails to address the revolutionary nexus of cloud computing and the manufacturing industry. Referred to as Digital Thread and Digital Twin; these cloud driven concepts are now driving this vertical's future. Digital Thread is a communication framework that connects traditionally siloed elements in manufacturing processes in order to provide an integrated view of an asset throughout the manufacturing lifecycle. Digital thread implementation also requires business processes that help weave data-driven decision management into the manufacturing culture. A Digital Twin is a virtual representation of a man... (more)

For Top Cyber Threats, Look in the Mirror | @CloudExpo #Cloud #Analytics #Cybersecurity

A recent report by Praetorian, a cybersecurity company headquartered in Austin, TX, focused on threats that resulted in data compromise or access to sensitive information. Based on a review of 100 separate internal penetration test engagements the study identified the five most prevalent threats to corporate data.  The amazing thing about these weaknesses is that the top four are all based on utilizing stolen credentials and the last one helps an attacker be more effective in using those stolen credentials.  In other words, the enemy is right there in the mirror!  The study spanned 75 unique organizations and only focused on security weaknesses that were used to obtain a full network compromise. Where are your pain points? The most prevalent threat is something we've all heard of before - Weak Domain User Passwords. Since most corporate environments use Microsoft's... (more)

Your Choice: Cloud Technician or Digital Transformer | @CloudExpo #Cloud #DigitalTransformation

The CompTIA Cloud+certification validates the skills and expertise of IT practitioners in implementing and maintaining cloud technologies.  This is exactly what it takes to become a good cloud technician.  In the past few years, however, the National Cloud Technologists Association (NCTA) has recognized that evolving market demands have changed cloud computing technology in at least 13 ways: Variable pricing Cloud service providers charge different prices at different times based on  demand Pre-emptable machines - Providers are offering a lower price for machines that could be shut down and restarted at a later time without aborting the assigned task Shift from hardware to algorithms where the hardware is bundled into the software price Use of reserve instances where the user buys compute power in advance Buying in bulk where pricing is based on aggregated use even... (more)

System Integration Morphs to Cloud Service Integration | @CloudExpo #API #Cloud #BigData

System Integration Morphs to Cloud Service Integration Cloud Service Brokerage is changing from an industry footnote toward becoming a major system integration play. This role has now become a crucial component of a cloud computing transition because they help organizations aggregate multiple cloud services, integrate services with in-house applications, and customize these services to better meet customer needs. CSBs also help by consulting and recommending the best fit cloud services according to business requirements and goals. Cloud brokers may also be granted rights to negotiate with different service providers on behalf of their customers. This transformation is driven by the rapid rise of cloud computing, which has risen from under $6B in 2008 to a point where the market is expected to almost reach $160B in 2020. The global Cloud Service Brokerage Market itsel... (more)

Elevating Your Professional Cloud Computing Career | @CloudExpo #API #Cloud #DigitalTransformation

It was late 2011 and Steven Donovan was comfortable working at SHI International Corporation, a growing information technology firm, as a personal computer break/fix technician. His company had been growing quickly from a $1 million "software-only" regional re-seller into eventually becoming a $6 billion global provider of information technology products and services. At that time, cloud computing was just starting to explode onto the information technology scene. Although Amazon Web Services had been offering its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) since 2006, browser-based enterprise applications from companies like Google had only been around since 2009. Steven wanted to somehow elevate himself professionally so after hearing good things about the National Cloud Technologist Association's CloudMASTER® certification, which was available at the New Jersey Institute of Techn... (more)

Cloud: Disrupting Application Architecture | @CloudExpo #SaaS #PaaS #Cloud

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)

Part 2: Networking the Cloud for the IoT - Stressing the Cloud | @CloudExpo #IoT #Cloud

Dwight Bues & Kevin Jackson This is Part 2 of a three part series that addresses the need for a systems engineering approach to IoT and cloud network design. Part 1 is Networking the Cloud for IoT - Pt. 1: IoT and the Government.) IoT: Unprecedented Stress on the Cloud and It's Underlying Network Karen Field, Penton Communications' IoT Institute director, in her article "Start Small to Gain Big," postulated an oil drilling platform with 30,000 sensors would generate about 1 Terabyte of data per day. She also stressed that only 1% of that data would likely be used. From a systems engineering point of view this data flow is multiplied by the trillions of other IoT sensors in the cloud, introducing unprecedented data processing and data transport stress. Industries and competing companies within those industries will also be forced to weigh the economic impact of paying f... (more)

Case for Cloud Network Systems Engineering | @CloudExpo #IoT #M2M #API #Cloud

Dwight Bues & Kevin Jackson (This is Part 3 of a three part series that addresses the need for a systems engineering approach to IoT and cloud network design. Networking the Cloud for IoT - Pt. 1: IoT and the Government , Networking the Cloud for IoT - Pt. 2 Stressing the Cloud ) The Case For Cloud Network Systems Engineering IoT networking requirements are vastly different from those supported by today's cloud network. The processing and transport levels are multiple orders of magnitude higher than ever seen before. More importantly though, societal economic and the safety ramifications of making mistakes during this transition are off the scale. This is why system engineering of the cloud computing network is now an immediate global imperative. System engineering has many different aspects, but it all starts with the question, "What do I really want to know?" This ... (more)

Military Tips on Business Resiliency | @CloudExpo #API #Cloud #BusinessIntelligence

A steel bar is resistant to stress and is capable of maintaining its form while bearing large loads. While steel is also known as one of the world's strongest metal's (Titanium, Tungsten and Iconel round out the top four), it is also susceptible to shearing and completely breaking. A rubber brick, on the other hand, will bend easily under even small loads, but it's extremely difficult to snap or break. Moreover, once the load is removed from the rubber, its flexibility returns it to its original form. This is how the rubber brick displays resiliency. Photo credit: Shutterstock Business resiliency enables organizations that have suffered a damaging incident to bounce back to their former form. This is especially important for small and medium sized businesses because according to Tim Francis, enterprise leader for cyber insurance for Travelers, 60% of all cyberattack... (more)

Networking the Cloud for the Internet of Things | @CloudExpo #IoT #Cloud

The "Internet of Things" depends on the "Cloud" for the processing and storage of data. The Cloud's backbone, however, is the network. This logic train reveals the importance of professional rigor and solid System Engineering (SE) of the network. Imagine a sea of sensors, put out in the field by multiple independent vendors. Complying with specifications only in an informal sense, these sensors are sending Terabytes of data to the cloud. The availability of this data to anyone globally is impressive enough. But even more amazing is the fact that anyone in the world can also develop an application or a powerful API to filter out the "nuggets" of valuable information. This is why businesses everywhere are investing heavily into IoT's promise. It also drives a real expectation that IoT will deliver cognition, an ability to acquire knowledge and understanding through "t... (more)