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May 22, 2015

Big Data in Healthcare

The biggest industry where big data is mentioned the most is in healthcare. It makes sense because of the incredibly large amount of data the industry obtains and analyzes each day. Healthcare is trying to become lest wasteful and more cost effective, which has led to many new devices designed to automate the data collection for medical professionals.

Writer Trevir Nath recently wrote an article outlining the six main ways healthcare could take advantage of big data and cloud services. These include reducing waste and costs, improving both patient care and pharmaceutical research and development, lessening government subsidies, and improving digital health monitoring. In the [...]

 
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May 21, 2015

Government Agencies Adopting The Cloud At A Faster Rate Than Before

In a new report from Forbes Insights, partnering with Microsoft, strong evidence is pointed towards government agencies reaching a tipping point when it comes to adopting the cloud. Many government groups are heading towards a cloud-first orientation rather than just dabbling with the technology. The amount and type of cloud installation in this setting is expected to grow exponentially.

 

 

Moving data over to the cloud has many benefits, including lower costs and higher efficiency and security, and though there was a cloud-first policy implemented back in 2010, agencies and groups have been very slow to adopt it. Cloud services account for a [...]

 
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May 20, 2015

CERN and Rackspace Team Up Again

The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and managed cloud provider Rackspace have been working together since 2013 when Rackspace created an OpenStack-based hybrid cloud set-up for CERN. Now, the two organizations are working together again to create a multi-cloud, collaborative work environment for CERN’s global research teams.

 

 

So far, the reference architecture and operation models have been created in order to better manage the cloud environments. Identity authentication tools have also been made to cover multiple OpenStack clouds. This model allows the data obtained at CERN to be shared with all of their overseas research [...]

 
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May 15, 2015

Amazon Web Services Announces AWS Educate

Amazon Web Services announced the launch of AWS Educate, whose goal is to help students and teachers use real-world technology in classrooms. It is designed to help teachers seeking cloud-related course content, to teach them how to use the technology and to provide students with cloud-technology experience. This all comes with AWS credits.

 

In a press release, AWS said that their educational grants have been able to give teachers and students cloud technology that they have then used to put big ideas into motion. The primary goal of AWS Educate is to help more students learn cloud technology and how to use it to do [...]

 
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May 12, 2015

Rackspace Moving To Managed Cloud Services

Rackspace has been one of the most successful companies that have moved from a traditional web-hosting model to being a cloud vendor. However, despite this they have not reached their expected level of success. Rackspace’s growth has increased, but has not been what it should be based on the amount of money in the cloud industry.

 

 

Previously, they have been considered number two (next to Amazon) for cloud services, but other larger companies have swooped in and taken this title away.

 

Last year, Rackspace took itself out of the cloud service provider race to focus on being a managed cloud vendor. This move was based on the [...]

 
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May 8, 2015

Google Bigtable

Google’s new online data storage service has the potential to enable large companies to implement big data analysis as a cloud service. Google Cloud Bigtable is based on technology that has been used within Google for many years. It now powers many of Google’s core services like Search, Gmail and analytics.

 

This service could be used to store sensor data from an Internet of things monitoring system. Finance, Telecommunications, digital advertising, energy, biomedical and other data-intensive companies are examples of who could benefit from the use of this program.

 

Bigtable is a NoSQL hosted data store. Users can read and write data the API [...]

 
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April 24, 2015

Amazon at the top of the Cloud Market

On Thursday, Amazon released their financial performance numbers, and they proved that Amazon is at the top of the cloud market compared to their competitors. Though they are known as an online marketplace, most of their stock market returns and revenue has come from renting processing power to start ups and enterprises.

 

Amazon was the leader in popularizing the cloud-computing field, and for a while they were the only ones to offer such services. This allowed for them to gain an advantage when others began to offer cloud-computing services. Others saw this field as an opportunity to tap into hundreds of billions of dollars. Microsoft has been especially [...]

 
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April 20, 2015

Amazon and Microsoft Bring Public Cloud Storage to a New Level

Microsoft announced last week that Azure Premium Storage would soon become widely available. The week before this announcement, Amazon launched their Elastic File System, a new public storage cloud, at the AWS Summit. Both of these have helped the adoption of using the cloud.

 

Public storage is usually available in one of three types. Object storage is exposed via standard REST APIs to store and retrieve data. Block storage files are attached to a VM and then become available as local disks. Lastly, archival storage is an alternative to tape-based backing systems. This type of storage is used to store data that is not accessed very often. These three storage types [...]

 
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April 16, 2015

SoftNAS Helps Solve Enterprise Storage Problems

SoftNAS, a leading software company that provides storage software to protect critical data across all types of clouds, announced today that their new solution for on-site, hybrid and public cloud storage management, called the SoftNAS Cloud File Gateway, is available. It aims to manage the high expenses behind baking up data and time required to archive and retrieve older data. SoftNAS Cloud File Gateway allows on-site and hybrid cloud storage systems to exist as a unified, shared file system to maximize savings and flexibility. The software is ideal for enterprises due to its local caching and S3 object storage connectivity.

 

Research done by Markets and [...]

 
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April 10, 2015

Army Increases Its Cloud Computing Usage

The US Army has begun to use IBM’s hybrid cloud technology to process their transactions, the amount of which surpasses the amount of transactions performed on the New York Stock Exchange. This occurred last year when the Army switched its Logistics Support Activity system to a hybrid cloud.

 

The hybrid cloud system is used by more than 65,000 personnel to obtain, manage and maintain inventories of products needed by the troops out on the field. Utilizing a cloud to perform these functions allow the Army to better utilize the data it collects, which in turn will provide better insight and service to members. IBM claims that since the switch, the Army has seen [...]

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