Cloud Applications

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...

10 Cloud Apps, Storage Services to Help Enterprises Cut IT Overhead

Grazed from eWeek. Author: Don Reisinger.

Today, enterprises can offload a wide range of computing services and applications from internal servers and data centers to the cloud. In fact, it is entirely feasible and possibly even cost-effective for a large enterprise to run all of its computing resources in the cloud. So it is no surprise that companies are taking a close look at what internal computing services it can offload to a cloud platform.

These services range from Web storage to full business productivity suites that include email, word processing, presentations, online meetings and sales management applications. Companies can buy as much data processing capacity as they could possibly need, whether it is for a single big project that requires a lot of data processing muscle or to run all the applications for an entire enterprise...

Top tools to manage cloud apps

Grazed from NetworkWorld. Author: Susan Perschke.

Once moved to the cloud, applications become more challenging to manage. Cloud app performance management and performance monitoring tools help identify bottlenecks and other performance metrics. Good tools can help determine if bottlenecks are isolated to the application itself or if there are system-wide issues with a particular provider.

The most granular tools can even do a deep-dive into the app to see if individual processes, such as database queries, are running optimally. For this review, we tested four commercial products, Exoprise CloudReady, AppNeta, ThousandEyes and Dynatrace. We focused mainly on ease of deployment, day-to-day management, overall features and cost...

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The top ten business cloud apps by growth

Grazed from CCI.  Author: Editorial Staff.

The rise in software as a service cloud applications means there’s now tens and hundreds of cloud apps for almost every business process, and it’s getting harder to decide which one to use. However  as we always maintain there’s safety in numbers, and on the whole people tend to gravitate toward applications that offer the most value and best fit and will discard apps that don’t. But how do you find out the most popular applications?

The answer is to look at what people are using and use that hard data to create a list, but nobody is going to tell you this sort of information are they? Wrong,  Skyhigh are one business that has access to those numbers and this Cloud Growth Top Ten is the result of looking at the cloud apps used by the 15 million users they regularly monitor in over 350 enterprises worldwide...

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...

2015 - The Year of the Cooperative App

Grazed from Wired. Author: Mark Greene.

Over the last 20 years, software has slowly eaten the world. Marc Andreessen pointed out this trend in 2011 and noted that increasingly industries are going to be disrupted by software. Here we sit four years later with an “app” for everything. “There’s an app for that” is leading to the acceleration of fragmented software.

The Rise of the App

The rise of the app has meant a shift away from large and complex applications that typically were bundled into a platform or suite (think ERP) to a world of small, consumable, and easy to use apps with specialized functionality. The movement from monolithic applications to individual apps is providing more personalization opportunities...