NCTA CloudMASTER®: The Path to Your Future
In 2016, cloud computing started to dominate many IT market segments. As a
business, Synergy Research Group reported that industry revenue for the four
quarters ended Sept. 30 grew 25%. Operator and vendor revenue for six
segments of cloud computing reached $148 billion during that period, with
spending on private clouds accounting for over half the total but spending on
the public cloud growing much more rapidly. As more and more companies are
taking advantage of the benefits of moving to cloud services, there is a
significant need for IT professionals to gain the skills needed to
successfully use and implement a wide range of cloud services, making typical
vendor-focused training solutions less valuable.
This NCTA program was designed to provide IT professionals with a strong
foundation in cloud technologies, and overall c... (more)
With all the excellent training available on television today, we are all now
well prepared to deal with the coming Zombie Apocalypse. Our failure as a
society lies, however, in our misunderstanding of the nature of the
cybersecurity challenge. This failure threatens us all and our survival will
depend on society’s ability to deal with the evolution and maturation of
the changing enterprise cybersecurity challenge.
If you’re completely oblivious to the living dead threat, a zombie
apocalypse refers to a widespread (usually global) rise of zombies hostile to
human life. The zombies will engage in a general assault on civilization
where victims may become zombies themselves. This causes the outbreak to
become an exponentially growing crisis. The spreading phenomenon swamps
normal military and law enforcement organizations, leading to the panicked
collapse of civili... (more)
Over the past few years, the use of artificial intelligence has expanded more
rapidly than many of us could have imagined. While this may invoke fear and
dread in some, these relatively new technology applications are clearly
delivering real value to our global society. This value is generally seen
in four distinct areas:
Efficiency - Delivering consistent and low-cost performance by characterizing
routine activities with well-defined rules, procedures and criteria Expertise
- augment human sensing and decision makingwith advice and implementation
support based on historical analysis Effectiveness - improve the overall
ability of workers and companies by improving coordination and communication
across interconnected activities Innovation - enhance human creativity and
ideation by identifying alternatives and optimizing recommendations.
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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)
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
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)
Today data has replaced money as the global currency for trade.
“McKinsey estimates that about 75 percent of the value added by data flows
on the Internet accrues to “traditional” industries, especially via
increases in global growth, productivity, and employment. Furthermore, the
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) estimates that
about 50 percent of all traded services are enabled by the technology sector,
including by cross-border data flows.”
As the global economy has become fully dependent on the transformative nature
of electronic data exchange, its participants have also become more
protective of data’s inherent value. The rise of this data protectionism is
now so acute that it threatens to restrict the flow of data across national
borders. Data-residency requirements, widely used to buffer domestic
technology providers from internation... (more)
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)
Olisipo Learning in Portugal has a culture that is based on the constant
search for new challenges. Recognized by their clients as the “Best HR
Supplier”, they have placed more than 450 specialists into some of the
country's most attractive and innovative IT projects. As a leading Portuguese
IT sourcing partner, they also take the responsibility of managing and
developing consultant skills very seriously. Olisipo's diversified and
differentiating training experience accelerates professional success and
enhances talent. As the only Portuguese IT company listed as a Top 500 Growth
Company in Europe, they also contribute directly to the creation of jobs in
the European Union. These are just a few of the reason why Olisipo has
prioritize NCTA CloudMASTER® Certification in 2017 for their candidates,
consultants and clients.
The current European Cloud Computing Policy is ... (more)
Behind every cloud service or cloud-based solution, there are real people...
A robust ecosystem of solutions providers has emerged around cloud computing.
But who are the CEOs & CTOs behind those providers, who are the internal and
external entrepreneurs driving companies involved in the Cloud, who are the
leading engineers, developers, analysts, researchers, marketing
professionals, authors...who, in short, are the people behind the cloud?
This list will be updated weekly between now and November 4-7, 2013, when
13th Cloud Expo | Cloud Expo Silicon Valley opens its doors in the Santa
Clara Convention Center, in the heart of California's Silicon Valley. Here
are some highly prominent "Cloud People" to kick off with...
RANDY BIAS | @randybias
"Randy Bias is visionary. He sees things others don't." [Emphasis added.]
That is how Mårten Mickos puts it, as succinctly as ever.... (more)
Chat apps characteristics make them very appealing to businesses and
marketers. Prominent ones include their size, user retention, usage rates,
and user demographics. In fact, the combined user base of the top four chat
apps is larger than that of the top four social networks. Chat apps also have
higher retention and usage rates than most mobile apps. Finally, the majority
of their users are young, an extremely important demographic for brands,
advertisers and publishers.
These chat app traits have accelerated the blending of artificial
intelligence and business service functions to create the modern chatbot.
Recent advances in this area include:
A chatbot's ability to conduct engaging human conversations which has allowed
businesses to leverage the inexpensive and wide-reaching technology to engage
with more consumers; The greater suitability of chatbots with mobil... (more)
SYS-CON Events announced today that the 8th International Cloud Expo will
take place June 6-9, 2011, in New York City.
The International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo series is the world's
leading Cloud-focused event and is held three times a year, in New York,
Silicon Valley and in Europe. Over 600 corporate sponsors and 10,000 industry
professionals have participated in Cloud Computing Expo since its inception,
more than all other Cloud-related events put together.
Cloud Computing Expo 2011 East
Call for Papers Deadline November 30, 2010 - SUBMIT YOUR SPEAKING PROPOSAL
The four-day event will offer a rich array of sessions led by exceptional
speakers about the business and technical value of cloud computing with more
than 150 sponsors and exhibitors and over 5,000 estimated delegates from well
over 48 different countries.
Explore Cloud Expo Sponsorship &... (more)