IBM launches cloud-based technology Identity Mixer to protect personal data

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IBM has announced the launch of Identity Mixer, a cloud-based technology which aims to protect personal data by only revealing the bare minimum for transactions, on its BlueMix developer platform.

The release, which has not coincidentally been pegged for Data Privacy Day, uses a cryptographic algorithm to only reveal selected pieces of a user’s information, such as date of birth, home address, and credit card number, to third parties.

An example given of how this service works...

By James Bourne, 28 January 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Data Management, Developers, PaaS, Platform.

Federal agencies like the cloud – but aren’t ready to commit yet

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A new report from government IT network MeriTalk has assessed how federal agencies are keen on the concept of cloud computing, but are reticent to migrate their full IT estate over for the moment.

This is not to say federal firms aren’t completely against the idea, however. Nearly one in five (19%) of the 150 respondents say they deliver more than a quarter of their agency’s IT services through the cloud. The most popular choice to move was email (50%), followed by web...

By James Bourne, 27 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data Sovereignty, Government, OpenSource, PaaS, Platform.

Cookie Jam teams with Couchbase to power and quickly scale Facebook’s most popular game

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Social Gaming Network (SGN) has partnered with NoSQL database provider Couchbase to rapidly scale and maintain uptime for its Cookie Jam game, which boasts over 5 million users worldwide.

The match-3 puzzle game was named by social network Facebook as its most popular game of 2014, with Facebook head of games partnerships EMEA Bob Slinn telling the Guardian it was “an amazing...

By James Bourne, 20 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, PaaS, Platform.

Mature Asia Pacific public cloud services to climb to $7.4bn in 2015, Gartner claims

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Gartner has been gazing at its crystal ball again – and this time the analyst house claims that public cloud services in the mature Asia Pacific (APAC) market will reach $7.4 billion ($4.86bn) this year, and hit $11.5bn (£7.56bn) by 2018.

The analysts assess the ‘mature’ APAC as comprising Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore and South Korea. Cloud management, storage, and software as a service (SaaS) will be among the strongest growers in the interim...

By James Bourne, 16 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, PaaS, Platform, Public.

Google announces Cloud Monitoring in beta for Cloud Platform and AWS customers

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Google has announced its Cloud Monitoring service, which tracks usage and uptime for Cloud Platform and Amazon Web Services customers, is now in beta availability.

The announcement comes just days after the search giant released Cloud Trace, which allows developers to create reports on their app’s performance issues by finding traces of slow requests.

First announced at Google I/O last year,...

By James Bourne, 14 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Google, OpenSource, PaaS, Platform.

How cloud service providers can effectively monetise and deliver the ultimate cloud offering

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The cloud ecosystem has ushered in an exciting era of open access to world-class computing power, resources, storage, development framework and software applications. With this has come an explosion of innovation. While cloud service providers (CSPs) have enabled innovation and cost reduction for their customers, they have likewise been challenged to leverage the power of the cloud to innovate around monetisation and billing. This has resulted in business risks, such as:

  • Becoming a commodity provider due to high CSP customer churn resulting from lack of...

By Raman Abrol, 07 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, PaaS, Platform, SaaS , Software.

A review of cloud in 2014 - and what's on the horizon for 2015

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2014 was an extremely busy year for cloud computing, as more and more businesses migrate and cloud increasingly becomes the de facto setting for IT. The competition between vendors for infrastructure as a service continued ferociously, with Microsoft and IBM cutting back some of AWS’ market dominance.

Before we look at what might happen in 2015, here’s a quick reminder of the main events and highlights from 2014:

Cloud in 2014

March: IBM rebrands as a cloud-first company, lays out its...

By James Bourne, 05 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IaaS, Infrastructure, PaaS, Platform.

Companies ploughing money into SaaS investment but still aware of the risks

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A survey from analyst house Gartner has found key drivers for software as a service (SaaS) include redirection of in-house staff to other responsibilities, as well as quick deployment and faster access to innovation.

The research, which polled across 10 countries in May and June this year, found that respondents were still not fully satisfied by going all in to the cloud, instead opting for a mix of SaaS and on-premises.

Even though Gartner expects the traditional deployment model...

By James Bourne, 04 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: PaaS, Platform, Research, SaaS , Software.

Heroku delivers Performance Dynos to Europe, shows relevance of PaaS market

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Heroku, the Salesforce-owned developer platform, has announced the availability of its Performance Dynos toolset for its European customers, signalling a greater intent for expansion on the continent.

Performance Dynos enables companies to build and run large scale apps, as it contains 12 times the memory of a single Heroku Dyno. The move for European expansion was a natural one; in 2014 the number of apps built on Heroku in Europe went up by nearly 180%.

As a result, it gives companies...

By James Bourne, 04 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, PaaS, Platform.

How DevOps can improve reliability when deploying with AWS

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Reliability, in the cloud technology era, can be defined as the likelihood that a system will provide uninterrupted fault-free services, as it is expected to, within the constraints of the environment in which it operates. According to the Information Technology Laboratories (ITL) bulletin published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on cloud computing, reliability in cloud environments is composed of the following:

  • The hardware and software services offered by the cloud service provider
  • The...

By Logicworks, 26 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, PaaS, Platform.

IBM rolls out dedicated BlueMix platform, gives customers more DevOps options

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IBM has announced the rollout of new cloud-based DevOps services to enable enterprises to develop software faster, as well as launching a single-tenant version of its platform as a service (PaaS) Bluemix.

The aim with DevOps is to apply agile development principles to the larger, slower-moving enterprise market. With the cloud-based offering from IBM, organisations can now utilise collaborative lifecycle management either on-premise or as a managed service, as well as reduce time...

By James Bourne, 21 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, PaaS, Platform.

Jared Wray, CTO, CenturyLink: On change for telcos as they move to the cloud

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Feature CenturyLink is a cloud provider on a mission. With nearly fifty years’ experience in the traditional telecommunications space, it’s looking to challenge the main storage and infrastructure players.

The Louisiana-based firm is going about it in all the right ways. The company launched CenturyLink Private Cloud back in August, offering the...

By James Bourne, 17 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Interview, PaaS, Platform.

IBM to startups: We’ll give you $120k to build your business in the cloud

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IBM has today announced the IBM Global Entrepreneur Program for Cloud Startups, which aims to help aspiring firms to the tune of $120,000 (£75,000) if they get a foot up on IBM’s cloud platform.

Those who get the funding will be able to access the entire set of jewels in IBM’s cloudy crown, including SoftLayer infrastructure, Aspera’s data transfer, Cloudant’s database as a service, and Twitter’s social analytics, after the firms’ partnership

By James Bourne, 10 November 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Infrastructure, PaaS, Platform.

Ericsson’s move to cloud services: Analysing the state of the telco cloud market

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Earlier this week, it was confirmed that Swedish telecoms provider Ericsson had bought a majority stake in platform as a service (PaaS) provider Apcera.

The deal, to close in Q4, sees Ericsson strengthen its position in the cloud market. Apcera will continue as a standalone company, with Ericsson shoving funds into Apcera’s technology and sales operations.

The telco cloud is an expansive opportunity and market place. One only needs to look at the initiatives Verizon is...

By James Bourne, 26 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: PaaS, Platform.

Red Hat CEO claims it is “only a matter of time” before cloud winners emerge

The CEO of Red Hat, Jim Whitehurst, has spoken of the “huge opportunity” to become the leader in enterprise cloud in a newsletter, describing the shift from client-server to cloud-mobile as a “once in every 20 years” change.

Whitehurst put pen to paper summing up Red Hat’s summer on a positive note with a glut of acquisitions and partner news over the past few months. The most recent of these was the buyout of Irish mobile backend as a service provider FeedHenry,

By James Bourne, 23 September 2014, 1 comment. Categories: PaaS, Vendors.

Google offers eye-catching $100k Cloud Platform credit to startups

Google has offered an olive branch to eligible startups, promising them $100,000 (£61,500) in Cloud Platform credits to get their companies off the ground.

The initiative, with the does-what-it-says-on-the-tin name of ‘Google Cloud Platform for Startups’, was announced at the Google for Entrepreneurs Global Partner Summit and gives companies access to the search giant’s support team 24/7, as well as access to the firm’s technical solutions team.

“This offer supports our core Google Cloud...

By James Bourne, 15 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Google, PaaS, Platform.

CloudBees drops runtime PaaS to focus more on Jenkins

Continuous delivery provider CloudBees has shifted its company focus, dropping the runtime platform as a service (PaaS) of its offering to focus exclusively on open source software Jenkins.

CEO Sacha Labourey told CloudTech it was a ‘hard’ and ‘emotional’ decision to move for CloudBees, which was founded in 2010.

“We realised at the beginning of this year that Jenkins Enterprise was growing very fast, beyond our expectations, and we knew that...

By James Bourne, 11 September 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Developers, Enterprise, PaaS, Platform.

XaaS: The future of cloud or marketing fluff?

As cloud computing becomes ever more pervasive, future models will begin to revolve around XaaS. Anything as a service, everything as a service, more as a service, call it what you will. The overall effect is that a new type of service will deliver IaaS, PaaS and SaaS in one package.

That’s the verdict of John Dixon, consulting architect at GreenPages Technology Solutions. Let’s be clear on how we define XaaS first. Dixon cited desktop as a service (DaaS) as a good example of XaaS, citing servers...

By James Bourne, 08 September 2014, 2 comments. Categories: IaaS, PaaS, SaaS , Software.

X as a service (XaaS): What the future of cloud computing will bring

By John Dixon, Consulting Architect

Last week, Chris Ward and I hosted a breakout session at Cloudscape 2014, GreenPages’ annual customer Summit. We spoke about cloud service models today (IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS), as well as tomorrow’s models — loosely defined as XaaS, or Anything-as-a-Service. In this post, I’ll discuss XaaS: what it is and why you might want to consider using it.

First, what is XaaS? Is this just more marketing fluff?...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 18 August 2014, 1 comment. Categories: IaaS, PaaS, SaaS , Software.

Amazon’s market lead in infrastructure services dwindles as IBM and Microsoft claw deficit back

Amazon Web Services is still the dominant market leader in infrastructure services, but IBM and Microsoft are closing the gap in revenues with Google well off the pace, according to the latest number crunching by analyst firm Synergy Research.

For the research house, it represents the first changing of the record in some time, having previously been huge advocates of Amazon’s market offering. AWS was “in a league of its own” this time last...

By James Bourne, 29 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, IaaS, Microsoft, PaaS, Research.