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Organizations around the world are struggling to cope with the current data explosion. A vital characteristic of this data is that it is unstructured and represents things like email, images, and videos.  Storage of this form of data is typically in an object format which differs significantly from the database norm. Databases housed data grows very slowly because most of it is structured. Object storage formats are now being used to optimize access to large amounts of non-transactional files across a growing number of vertical markets. These markets include: Media and Entertainment - video Pre- through Post-Production which requires secure distribution and hassle-free scalability on a mix of standard hardware Retail Consumers - HTTP accessible Photo and Video Sharing that offloads SQL databases to custom metadata which significantly reduces web applications comp... (more)

The Data Storage Explosion | @CloudExpo #Cloud #BigData #Storage

Cloud computing innovation will power enterprise transformation in 2018. Cloud growth is also driving a rapid rise in the storage market, exacerbating the enterprise challenge around storage cost and complexity. The business reason behind this marketplace reality is the proliferation of real-time data from the web, mobile devices, social media, sensors, log files, and transactional applications. Big Data has also found a home on the operational side of many market verticals in applications ranging from fraud detection to the processing of video evidence. Originally coined to describe datasets whose size stretched beyond the ability of traditional databases to manage, the term's scope has significantly expanded to include technology and services that capture, store, manage and analyze extensive collections of data, to solve complex problems. Despite concerns regard... (more)

More SMB Love Needed | @CloudExpo #API #Cloud #BigData #Analytics

In a recent post, titled "10 Surprising Facts About Cloud Computing and What It Really Is", Zac Johnson highlighted some interesting facts about cloud computing in the SMB marketplace: Cloud Computing is up to 40 times more cost-effective for an SMB, compared to running its own IT system. 94% of SMBs have experienced security benefits in the cloud that they didn't have with their on-premises service Recovery times for SMB are four times faster for businesses using cloud computing when compared to those not utilizing cloud services. For SMB, energy use and carbon emissions could be cut by 90% by using cloud computing, saving the environment and energy costs. These advantages show a strong indication that SMB information technology should be dominated by the adoption of cloud computing services.  Although one of the most prominent of these cloud services is Microsoft'... (more)

Digital Transformation Drives Mainframe’s Future | @ExpoDX #DX #FinTech #Blockchain

Digital Transformation Drives Mainframe's Future Digital Transformation is amplifying mainframe as mission critical to business growth more than ever before. With 70% of the world's corporate data and over half of the world's enterprise applications running on mainframe computers, they are at the core of just about every transaction. A single transaction can, in fact, drive up to 100 system interactions. The continued increase in mainframe transaction volumes, growing on average 7-8% a year for 78% of customers,  has even led to a new buzzword: The Connected Mainframe. According to IDC's research, connected mainframe solutions generate almost $200 million in additional revenue per year while simultaneously improving staff productivity and cutting operational costs. Over 50% of the benefit value comes from higher transaction volumes, new services, and business expan... (more)

American Airlines Adopts Public Cloud Computing | @CloudExpo #AI #Cloud #Analytics

Did you know that the reservations systems of the biggest carriers mostly run on a specialized IBM operating system known as Transaction Processing Facility (TPF). Designed by IBM in the 1960s it was designed to process a large numbers of transactions quickly. Although IBM is still updating the code, the last major rewrite was about ten years ago. With all the major technologies changes since then, it's clear that IBM has already accomplished a herculean task by keeping an application viable for over 50 years. Just like Americas aging physical infrastructure, the airlines are suffering from years of minimal investment in their information technology. This critical failure has been highlighted by a number of newsworthy incidents including: Delta, April 4, 2017 - Following storms that affected its Atlanta hub, Delta's crew-scheduling systems failed, causing days of op... (more)

Digital Transformation Driven by ITaaS | @CloudExpo #Cloud #ITaaS #DigitalTransformation

When executing an effective digital transformation strategy, management is tasked with placing the right workload into the most appropriate IT environment. This represents a shift from buying parts for self-assembly to composing services through self-serve consumption and pay-per-use models.  Quite often this transition also leads to the adoption of software defined environments across the enterprise infrastructure. Software defined infrastructures do, however, bring with them some very unique challenges. Many of the most prevalent issues are centered around the relatively immature state of the technology itself. The most significant aspect of this challenge is the lack of industry standards for device control. Control software must know the status of all network devices and trunks, no matter what vendor equipment is being used. While OpenFlow stands today as the d... (more)

This Week in Cloud, November 15, 2012: Amazon’s new data center, Cloud market forecasts, Where is the cloud headed in 2013? And more…

Watch CloudViews Unplugged! Watch the November episode of CloudViews Unplugged – a monthly video blog analyzing the top cloud news stories. Cloud News Oracle is acquiring Instantis, a cloud-based and on-premise project portfolio management (PPM) solution, according to this GigaOM blog. Oracle plans to use Instantis capabilities with its Fusion and Primavera applications. Recent forecasts on enterprise software and cloud computing reveal that analytics, mobility, security, and integrating legacy systems are influencing IT buyer’s decisions, according to this Forbes article. The article rounds up ten of the latest predictions on market growth and trends. Amazon opened a new data center in Sydney, Australia, according to this InformationWeek article. The data center will lower latency for the 10,000 AWS customers in Australia and New Zealand. In the November episode of C... (more)

IBM - The Power of Cloud Brokerage

Hybrid cloud adoption is now mainstream and you are making decisions every day about how to transform application and infrastructure architectures, service delivery, DevOps, production operations and governance. With Cloud and Systems Services you rethink how technology can be used to give you more power than ever before. Cloud and Systems Services, part of IBM Services Platform with Watson, are infused with automation and cognition so you stay ahead of the needs of your every-changing business. To lean more or to schedule 30 mins to discuss your Enterprise IT issues, click here: https://ibm.co/2g7lHR3 This post was brought to you by IBM Global Technology Services. For more content like this, visit Point B and Beyond. ↑ Grab this Headline Animator( Thank you. If you enjoyed this article, get free updates by email or RSS - © Copyright Kevin L. Jackson 2016) (function(i... (more)

The Top 150 Players in Cloud Computing

Cloud Expo Early Bird Savings A robust ecosystem of solutions providers is emerging around cloud computing. Here, SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal expands its list of most active players in the fast-emerging Cloud Ecosystem, from the 'mere' 100 we identified back in January of this year, to half as many again - testimony, if any further were needed, to the fierce and continuing growth of the "Elastic IT" paradigm throughout the world of enterprise computing. Editorial note: The words in quotation marks used to describe the various services and solutions in this round-up are in every case taken from the Web sites cited. As ever we encourage software engineers, developers, IT operations managers, and new/growing companies in every case to "suck it and see" by downloading or otherwise sampling the offering in question for themselves. (Omissions to this Top 150 list sh... (more)

36 Shades of Hybrid IT | @CloudExpo #PaaS #SaaS #AI #DigitalTransformation

Everyone has heard of the 50 Shades of Grey. But do you know the "36 Shades of Hybrid IT"? These shades are a new way of describing the 36 point solutions across a hybrid IT environment. Enterprises looking to transform the way information technology is leveraged should evaluate their options by analyzing a transition across three specific high-level domains and their relevant sub-domains, namely: IT Implementation Model Traditional Managed Service Provider Cloud Service Provider Technology Service Model Infrastructure-as-a-Service Platform-as-a-Service Software-as-a-Service Deployment Model Private Hybrid Community Public Combinatorically (3 IT Models x 3 Service Models x 4 Deployment Models = 36 options) these components are used to identify the "36 Shades of Hybrid IT". These domains and sub-domain outline a structured decision process that aims to place the rig... (more)

US Leaves Its Youngest Citizen Behind in Syria

Yesterday (Sunday) AP reported that "State Dept. issued travel warning on Syria" and this morning (Monday) Reuters filed a follow-up report that "US offers free flights out for employees in Syria." As of this morning, and since July 2010, my abducted daughter Sofia Kircaali, a US citizen, remains in Syria and in harm's way. Fox News: ▸ video ▸ story On Friday, I watched videos on the Internet showing violence inside a mosque one block away from where Sofia currently lives with her mother and grandmother. Twitter updates on Sofia @FuatKircaali I already wrote two blog posts on Sofia's status in Syria. Both posts were read by Washington, by our Embassy in Damascus, Syria, as well as the Syrian government both here in DC and in Damascus. ▸ Open Letter to the President of Syria Bashar al-Assad ▸ Open Letter to the First Lady of Syria Asma al-Assad This morning, on Monda... (more)