Cloud Computing

5 Steps for Enhanced Security of Applications in the Cloud

Grazed from CSO. Author: Carric Dooley.

When you moved your applications to the cloud, your attack surface changed while the vulnerabilities at the application, database, and network level persisted. To address these issues, securing your cloud perimeter, preventing unauthorized access, and protecting your data is crucial.

The first step to reduce the attack surface is to run a port scan specific to an instance IP and lock down all the unnecessary open ports. In addition, be sure to lock down your meta and user data. Detailed instructions on how to perform these security measures in AWS are available from our team...

How to choose the best cloud for your app

  Grazed from InfoWorld.  Author: Pete Johnson.

How should I match the applications in my portfolio with the most appropriate cloud? This question is becoming increasingly common in enterprise IT organizations today, and it can be difficult to answer. Often the decision depends on the sensitivity of the data within the application. At other times, public versus private cloud considerations are paramount. Other factors influencing the decision include business goals and whether or not speed or price must be optimized.

Of course, performance and cost are difficult to measure, and comparing across clouds is hardly straightforward. This article illustrates a methodology and test that CliQr uses to help customers weigh these considerations and make a decision on which of the most popular clouds -- Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform -- and instances will be best for a set of sample applications...

Cutting the cord: Why the cloud is the future of app delivery

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: Jimmy Chang.

IT is challenged by the line of business to deliver a competitive edge to compete in a global market. Securely delivering apps and data to any device is a core IT workflow to enable productivity. However, if you are like most companies, your IT budget is not growing at the same pace as demand for IT services. To be more agile, the current paradigm around app delivery needs to be turned upside down. IT needs to cut the cord.

IT’s evolution: From plow horse to racehorse

IT and the work world have come a long way. Remember the days when the IT department issued you a standard black PC and employees worked at desks? Back then, IT was focused on analysing available IT solutions and then executing multiyear plans. It was common for IT to be working on multi-year programs for SharePoint, ERP, and CRM systems...

Oracle President Thomas Kurian Demonstrates Oracle's Cloud Innovation Across Applications, Platform, and Infrastructure Services

Grazed from CNNMoney. Author: Editorial Staff.

At Oracle (NYSE: ORCL) OpenWorld 2015, Thomas Kurian, Oracle President of Product Development, discussed new cloud services that show Oracle's deep innovation across cloud applications, platform, and infrastructure services. Kurian also demonstrated several services on stage, showing how easily people can tap Oracle's cloud services.

"Any person, anyplace in the world, with just a browser, can access our cloud and get access to all these amazing new product innovations we've delivered," Kurian said during his keynote Tuesday in San Francisco. Oracle's cloud innovations span infrastructure, analytics, management, integration, database, and more...

Designing applications for the cloud

Grazed from PublicTechnology. Author: Simon Hansford.

These days, cloud is one of the most over used terms in the computing industry. Many products and services that have existed for years have been renamed or refreshed to incorporate the word cloud to benefit from the cache, or the increased stock market value, that the term brings.

Most IT professionals will recognise the National Institute of Standards Technology (NIST) Definition of cloud computing with three services models (Platform-as-a-Service, Infrastructure-as-a-Service and Software-as-a-Service), four deployment models and five essential characteristics...

Amazon Unveils Cloud Drive Apps

Grazed from MSPMentor. Author: Dan Kobialka.

Amazon (AMZN) is providing Cloud Drive users with the ability to access files via smartphones and tablets. The technology giant this week launched Cloud Drive applications on iTunes, Google Play and the Amazon Appstore. So what do the new apps mean for managed service providers (MSPs)?

These apps offer a simplified folder list and a way to view and share files that could make it easier for sales representatives and service technicians to access files on the go, according to TechCrunch. The Cloud Drive apps allow users to view files stored with Amazon and navigate through directories, InformationWeek noted...

How to optimize app performance in multi-cloud environments

Grazed from NetworkAsia.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Cloud service providers (CSPs) serving a growing a customer base must be prepared to tackle challenges that are inherent in widespread cloud adoption and optimize their service performance. One key success factor is interconnection – the ability to connect to customers, networks and each other in an instant.

This year, tactical cloud computing benefits, such as elastic capacity, utility pricing and deferred capital investments, are no longer enough, according to Frost & Sullivan’s Stratecast practice. Enterprises will seek out providers that support greater end-to-end performance, visibility, and accountability to help drive their strategic goals...

Salesforce Boosts Analytics Cloud Mobile App

Grazed from CIO-Today. Author: Dan Heilman.

CRM giant Salesforce unveiled updates to its Analytics Cloud on Thursday that it says will fuel the next wave of mobile Relevant Products/Services innovation. With the new updates, users will be able to import and analyze new data Relevant Products/Services sources, build entirely new dashboards and share insights in just seconds from their phones.

In addition, a free "playground" version of the Analytics Cloud was released for desktop and mobile devices. With that product, users can employ Analytics Cloud using their own imported data or a variety of preloaded data sets...

Can Windows 10 Restore Enterprise Faith In Microsoft?

Grazed from Microsoft. Author: Todd Thibodeaux.

Creating a unified operating system with Windows 8 seemed brilliant from a development perspective. But Microsoft (MSFT)'s inability to implement that vision led to less-than-enthusiastic adoption rates among enterprise customers (and contributed to the now notorious "Windows Pattern"). Microsoft is eager to correct these flaws with Windows 10 and has demonstrated a commitment to incorporating many enterprise-oriented features as well. Here are three of the top improvements that have the potential to make Windows 10 the new bedrock of corporate workstations:

A Smarter Command Prompt — While most of us have moved on to PowerShell to handle most of the heavy lifting, the fact remains that neither the command prompt nor PowerShell utility has received much attention from Microsoft over the years. Windows 10 is poised to change that with a variety of simple but helpful features, including text selection, transparency, text wrapping and keyboard shortcuts for common tasks...

SAP Quarterly Cloud Software Sales Top Estimates

Grazed from BusinessWeek. Author: Aaron Ricadela.

SAP SE reported fourth-quarter cloud-computing sales that beat analysts’ estimates as more users of traditional business software bought programs delivered through the Internet. The shares rose the most in more than a year. Revenue from cloud subscriptions and support rose 72 percent to 360 million euros ($426 million), the world’s largest maker of business-management software said today, citing preliminary figures.

That exceeded the 319.6 million-euro average estimate compiled by Bloomberg. Software and related services revenue, which captures newer cloud products, traditional on-premise software as well support sales, rose 8 percent to 4.73 billion euros, also topping estimates. The numbers show that Chief Executive Officer Bill McDermott is convincing clients to add cloud products to the SAP software they already run in their data centers...