Cloud Applications

Slack Is Growing Fast, but Microsoft Tops Enterprise Cloud Apps

Grazed from ReCode. Author: Arik Hesseldahl.

Use of the cloud-based collaboration app Slack grew by 77 percent while Microsoft’s Office 365 remained the most widely used cloud application by businesses in the second half of 2015. The findings are contained in a report out today from Okta, which provides a service to help companies manage access to all the cloud applications they use.

To gather the data, Okta tracked the use of more than 4,000 applications across more than 2,500 customers who use its service. Slack led an interesting pack of fast-growing apps in use by Okta customers. Tableau, the business intelligence app, was the second-fastest grower, up 65 percent. New Relic was third, rising 56 percent...

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...

Self-build apps - A new approach to app development in the cloud

Grazed from CCI. Author: Andrew Murphy.

Cloud has brought both benefits and downsides. Yes, it can reduce capital expenditure and make it easier and faster to update software, without taking months of internal work on hardware and software. On the other hand, many organisations are concerned about the loss of control and visibility over what is happening to their data and systems in the cloud.

Plus, dare I say that we have gone backwards: the ability to buy off-the-shelf cloud applications has its advantages, but it does tend to give users a pre-set choice of options, rather than technology that is created to fit their precise needs. However, cloud has also been the catalyst for totally new way of creating apps and one which removes the limitations of the ‘one size fits all’ approach: the growth of the low-code/no-code movement...

Datadog Fetches Big Bucks to Monitor Cloud Servers, Apps, And More

Grazed from Fortune.  Author: Barb Darrow.

Datadog—the New York startup that monitors how well (or not so well) its customers’ applications run in the cloud—now has $94.5 million in new funding, bringing its total to a healthy $147.9 million.  The company will use the money to flesh out its product line and beef up global operations in Europe, Asia and the Americas.
 
One big goal will be to add more data sources—there are about 120 now—and come up with new ways to monitor applications. The rationale is to help businesses wring the most out of both their legacy and newer cloud applications, Olivier Pomel, Datadog chief executive said in a statement...

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...

When Is SaaS Right For Your Business?

Grazed from TechWeekEurope. Author: Duncan Macrae.

With the proliferation of cloud computing, SaaS could be a good option for your business, but it’s not for everyone. Ian Finlay, COO, Abiquo, discusses how to tell if it’s right for you. Although cloud computing is still in its first flush of youth, it’s continually evolving at a fast pace and has made a large impact on the modern business – as has its cousin, cloud-based software as a service (SaaS).

Many organisations are actively considering adopting the cloud, with Gartner predicting cloud computing as one of the ten strategic technology trends for 2015. Global cloud services spending reached $56.6bn last year and will grow to more than $127bn in 2018, according to recent data from International Data Corporation (IDC)...

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...

Schemas – Get the Data You Need from Cloud Applications

Grazed from Business2Technology.  Author: Matthew Eager.

OK, so you’ve got data spread across a number of cloud applications and you have decided to bring that data together to understand your business better. Great. But you have customer information over here and order information over there, invoices in this system, and inventory in that one. When it comes to lining up the data, how does that work, really?

In part one of this article, I will describe how to go about matching data across cloud apps. Be sure to read part two on data schema challenges related to getting the data you need from a particular app...

More Java holes found in Google App Engine

Grazed from ITNews. Author: Juha Saarinen.

A Polish security firm has discovered more vulnerabilities in the Java coding platform used on Google's App Engine (GAE) cloud computing service, which could allow users to get access beyond their own virtual machines. The Security Explorations team, which has made a name for itself by unearthing large numbers of security holes in Oracle's Java framework over the past few years, said it had reported seven vulnerabilities to Google, along with proof of concept code.

Three of the flaws allow complete bypass of the GAE Java security sandbox. Such a bypass could be used by attackers to glean information about the Java Runtime Environment as well as Google's internal services and protocols to spawn further attacks on the GAE platform itself...