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Amazon Web Services said Tuesday that its GovCloud (US) in all US AWS regions has gotten an Agency Authority to Operate (ATO) from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) requirements at the moderate-impact level. FedRAMP is a US government-wide program that provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services. Since AWS has demonstrated it can meet FedRAMP's security requirements, a wider range of government customers can use it to store, process and protect a diverse array of sensitive government data. Amazon says all US government agencies can now evaluate AWS for their applications and workloads, provide their own authorizations to use AWS, and transition workloads into the AWS environment. More than 300 U... (more)

Forecast: Big Data Will Drive Demand for Optical Interconnects

Communications Industry Researchers projects the market for fiber optic interconnection will rise from $1.1 billion in 2013 to $2.2 billion in 2018, with big data and green practices driving the growth. CIR's latest industry report provides forecast and guide for revenue generation from rack-based and board-to-board optical interconnects and looks at the activities of BinOptics, Avago, Neophotonics and other providers, CIR said Wednesday. The research firm cites processors, copper cables and videos as typical drivers of optical communications growth. According to the forecast, parallel computing through multiple central processing units will become a general element of big data processing in data centers. Such a computing environment requires high-speed optical interconnection for businesses to avoid bottlenecks, the report says. CIR notes that data centers also op... (more)

Facilitate Cloud Management

"Hybrids need to coexist with private and public clouds as that's what cloud consumers will request," noted Chris Tella, CMO and EVP of Sales at Basic6, in this exclusive Q&A with Cloud Expo conference chairs Larry Carvalho and Vanessa Alvarez. "The best advice I've heard so far was from an AWS representative discussing scalability - make use of the automated tools such as ours which are designed to facilitate cloud management." Cloud Computing Journal: How are cloud standards playing a role in expanding adoption among users? Are standards helping new business models for service providers? Chris Tella: Standards are necessary for the maturation of any globally distributed product, particularly a utilitarian service, in order to truly flourish. They certainly are an effective tool for adaptation by new users. Cloud Computing Journal: How are hybrid clouds evolving to... (more)

Peak 10 Poised for Aggressive Growth Under GI Partners Ownership

National IT infrastructure and cloud provider, Peak 10, Inc. ("Peak 10") on Monday announced that private equity firm GI Partners ("GI") has agreed to acquire Peak 10 from private equity firm Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe ("Welsh Carson"). Peak 10 provides hybrid IT infrastructure services including data center services, private and enterprise cloud infrastructure, and managed services. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., the company operates 24 data centers in 10 key markets in the U.S., primarily serving mid-sized enterprises around the globe.  Peak 10 boasts one of the most comprehensive IT security and compliance programs in the industry and is a leader in Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS). It was recently named the first provider in the Americas to achieve the Cisco Powered DRaaS Certification. "This is a pivotal time in the IT infrastructure space," said... (more)

Three Important Ways SaaS and Cloud Are Changing IT’s Role

While on-premise deployments are still the default for many enterprise applications today, most everyone agrees that SaaS and Cloud are the future. The question from the CXO is no longer, "Should we consider putting this application in the cloud?" It is, "Why wouldn't we deploy this in the cloud?" As this new thinking takes full effect, I see three big changes for IT professionals: A Shift from Owner/Operator to Consumer Coordinator Instead of acquiring and operating on-site infrastructure and applications for the enterprise, IT professionals will be expected to coordinate business services for employees and end-users. Their role will be to ensure their "customers" are getting the performance levels they need to speed communication, increase collaboration and accelerate individual and organizational productivity. While many IT folks have already embraced this role ... (more)

Selling Security

The threats facing network operators all over the world, spanning service providers, enterprises, cloud and hosting providers and mobile operators alike, are by no means stalling. While optimism is always the name of the game, we know all too well in security that trying to keep pace with the slew of attack vectors out there today is an unfortunate reality. As our 9th annual Worldwide Infrastructure Security Report reveals the magnitude of attacks is on the upswing once again and coupled with increasingly complex, multi-vector style attacks, the threat is all too real. Winning the battle against those threats depends on many factors: the expertise of the security organization; response plans and resources; and the ability to put those plans into action. Increasingly, part of the challenge for Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) is in getting the right supp... (more)

You Can Go from Earning Peanuts to Six Figures with One of Several IT Certifications

One of the best ways to get a raise is to demonstrate your value and commitment to your company and management. And one of the best ways to do that is by putting in the time and effort to obtain bona fide certifications in your chosen specialty. The difference in salary between a certified and non-certified professional can be significant and run into tens of thousands of dollars (or Euros, or francs, or rupees, or shekels, or anything else!). Take, for example, those who have completed the requirements to become a Cisco Certified Network Professional. Typically, these people setup, configure and manage local, as well as, wide-area networks within an enterprise. It involves video, voice, wireless and advanced security issues. Hiring managers like these individuals because they have already demonstrated their proficiency by completing their course of study and passing... (more)

27 Finalists Selected for Best of Interop Awards

SAN FRANCISCO, March 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Interop today revealed the 27 finalists shortlisted for the Best of Interop Awards, recognizing their significant contributions to business technology. The Best of Interop winners will be announced on Tuesday, April 1 at 5:30 pm in the Interop Theater on the Expo Floor during Interop Las Vegas, happening March 31 – April 4 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.  For more information visit: http://www.bestofinterop.com. The Best of Interop awards program celebrates unique solutions advancing business technology. Nearly 130 companies submitted products for consideration in nine essential categories. The Best of Interop Judging Committee, comprised of 16 award-winning IT editors and analysts, shortlisted submissions based on their significant technical impact and potential to move business technology forward. "We want to ... (more)

DataCore Software Lauds NY’s Maimonides Medical Center for 12 Years of Setting Storage Virtualization and IT Best Practices

DataCore Software, a leader in software-defined storage, today announced that Maimonides Medical Center, a leading independent teaching hospital, has been selected as the first recipient of the DataCore Healthcare Innovator Award. The Brooklyn, NY-based hospital received this award as a result of the organization’s accomplishments in leveraging storage virtualization to help drive staff productivity, cost savings and better operational performance. The flexibility of DataCore’s software architecture has enabled Maimonides to meet the dynamic range of performance, availability and capacity growth demands needed to stay ahead of compliance regulations and their ever-changing applications and system requirements over the last 12 years. “As a result of DataCore’s software-defined storage platform, we have seen significant savings in hardware and personnel costs, while inc... (more)

ARM Server to Transform #BigData to #IoT | @CloudExpo #IIoT #AI #ML #DX

A completely new computing platform is on the horizon. They're called Microservers by some, ARM Servers by others, and sometimes even ARM-based Servers. No matter what you call them, Microservers will have a huge impact on the data center and on server computing in general. What Is a Microserver...and What Isn't Although few people are familiar with Microservers today, their impact will be felt very soon. This is a new category of computing platform that is available today and is predicted to have triple-digit growth rates for some years to come - growing to over 20% of the server market by 2016 according to Oppenheimer ("Cloudy With A Chance of ARM" Oppenheimer Equity Research Industry Report). According to Chris Piedmonte, CEO of Suvola Corporation - a software and services company focused on creating preconfigured and scalable Microserver appliances for deployin... (more)

WebRTC Summit at Cloud Expo Agenda Announced

Click here to follow ▸@WebRTCSummit Registration for  the First International WebRTC Summit (@WebRTCSummit) is now open. WebRTC Summit will take place Nov 6-7, 2013, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA. WebRTC (Web Real-Time Communication) is an open source project supported by Google, Mozilla and Opera that aims to enable browser-to-browser applications for voice calling, video chat, and P2P file sharing without plugins. Its mission is "To enable rich, high quality, RTC applications to be developed in the browser via simple Javascript APIs and HTML5." Register FREE for WebRTC Summit here ▸ http://bit.ly/1exOL9h WebRTC Journal ▸Home A survey by TokBox found that the WebRTC adoption rate among small organizations is growing quickly where over 25% of developers say it is important for their work. WebRTC Summit will feature two full days of technical... (more)

IoT & Smart Cities Stories
The standardization of container runtimes and images has sparked the creation of an almost overwhelming number of new open source projects that build on and otherwise work with these specifications. Of course, there's Kubernetes, which orchestrates and manages collections of containers. It was one of the first and best-known examples of projects that make containers truly useful for production use. However, more recently, the container ecosystem has truly exploded. A service mesh like Istio addr...
Cloud-enabled transformation has evolved from cost saving measure to business innovation strategy -- one that combines the cloud with cognitive capabilities to drive market disruption. Learn how you can achieve the insight and agility you need to gain a competitive advantage. Industry-acclaimed CTO and cloud expert, Shankar Kalyana presents. Only the most exceptional IBMers are appointed with the rare distinction of IBM Fellow, the highest technical honor in the company. Shankar has also receive...
If a machine can invent, does this mean the end of the patent system as we know it? The patent system, both in the US and Europe, allows companies to protect their inventions and helps foster innovation. However, Artificial Intelligence (AI) could be set to disrupt the patent system as we know it. This talk will examine how AI may change the patent landscape in the years to come. Furthermore, ways in which companies can best protect their AI related inventions will be examined from both a US and...
The deluge of IoT sensor data collected from connected devices and the powerful AI required to make that data actionable are giving rise to a hybrid ecosystem in which cloud, on-prem and edge processes become interweaved. Attendees will learn how emerging composable infrastructure solutions deliver the adaptive architecture needed to manage this new data reality. Machine learning algorithms can better anticipate data storms and automate resources to support surges, including fully scalable GPU-c...
Chris Matthieu is the President & CEO of Computes, inc. He brings 30 years of experience in development and launches of disruptive technologies to create new market opportunities as well as enhance enterprise product portfolios with emerging technologies. His most recent venture was Octoblu, a cross-protocol Internet of Things (IoT) mesh network platform, acquired by Citrix. Prior to co-founding Octoblu, Chris was founder of Nodester, an open-source Node.JS PaaS which was acquired by AppFog and ...
To Really Work for Enterprises, MultiCloud Adoption Requires Far Better and Inclusive Cloud Monitoring and Cost Management … But How? Overwhelmingly, even as enterprises have adopted cloud computing and are expanding to multi-cloud computing, IT leaders remain concerned about how to monitor, manage and control costs across hybrid and multi-cloud deployments. It’s clear that traditional IT monitoring and management approaches, designed after all for on-premises data centers, are falling short in ...
Bill Schmarzo, author of "Big Data: Understanding How Data Powers Big Business" and "Big Data MBA: Driving Business Strategies with Data Science," is responsible for setting the strategy and defining the Big Data service offerings and capabilities for EMC Global Services Big Data Practice. As the CTO for the Big Data Practice, he is responsible for working with organizations to help them identify where and how to start their big data journeys. He's written several white papers, is an avid blogge...
Whenever a new technology hits the high points of hype, everyone starts talking about it like it will solve all their business problems. Blockchain is one of those technologies. According to Gartner's latest report on the hype cycle of emerging technologies, blockchain has just passed the peak of their hype cycle curve. If you read the news articles about it, one would think it has taken over the technology world. No disruptive technology is without its challenges and potential impediments t...
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IoT is rapidly becoming mainstream as more and more investments are made into the platforms and technology. As this movement continues to expand and gain momentum it creates a massive wall of noise that can be difficult to sift through. Unfortunately, this inevitably makes IoT less approachable for people to get started with and can hamper efforts to integrate this key technology into your own portfolio. There are so many connected products already in place today with many hundreds more on the h...