How to Find the Right Cloud Services Partner: Five Tips for Success

The cloud services sector is growing rapidly, particularly in the public cloud space. Market analyst IDC estimates that global spending on public cloud services will top $47 billion this year and more than double by 2017 to reach $107 billion. The analyst attributes this growth in part to a shift in focus from savings to innovation: The first wave of cloud adoption was driven by end users’ need to reduce costs and increase efficiency, whereas the next wave will focus on leveraging cloud services to expand company offerings and improve competitive positions. As the market is shaping up, both end-user companies and cloud service resellers are poised to be beneficiaries of a growing cloud services market.

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Cloud Expo Silicon Valley: Big Data and the Consumer Experience

New developments in cloud technologies have revolutionized the way organizations interact with their customers. Today it is all about consumer experience, consumer insights, consumer behavior, consumer journey. With rich media, the very focus of digital marketing and commerce has shifted from product-centric to consumer centric.
Cloud computing has enabled the global access for consumers across the world – for the right person, at the right time, and the right content. The side effect of this is consumers are more empowered and therefore have much higher expectations. And the omni-channel nature of basic consumer interaction leads to very high demands on the ability to consume, analyze, and repurpose data to deliver a much more personalized consumer experience. Without the advancement in Big Data technologies, this would quickly become an infeasible and unmanageable situation.

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Cloud Expo | Understanding Workloads: All Data Is Not Created Equal

Cloud data centers must support a full spectrum of workloads from the highest performance and lowest latency (hot) to bulk storage and archive (cool and cold) low workload applications. Balancing the right mix of storage helps data centers manage explosive petabyte growth, while efficiently managing performance, power consumption, cooling and storage space to help reduce total cost of ownership (TCO). Depending on the storage tier – hot, warm, cool or cold – each workload requires different SSDs or HDDs for meeting performance, capacity, availability, physical space and economics.
In his session at the 13th International Cloud Expo®, Clint Ludeman, a Technical Product Line Manager at HGST, to discuss the key to selecting the right storage design with the right specifications for the right workload.

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Weemo to Exhibit at WebRTC Summit at Cloud Expo

SYS-CON Events announced today that Weemo, a provider of a real-time video cloud platform, will exhibit at SYS-CON’s 1st WebRTC Summit, which will take place on November 6–7, 2013, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Weemo’s real-time video cloud platform enables software vendors, service providers and developers to easily embed video collaboration into their web and mobile applications. The Weemo platform relies on WebRTC as well as other best-of-breed technology to make real-time video available on every browser and device at a global scale.
Cloud Expo® 2013 Silicon Valley, November 4-7, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading Cloud industry players in the world.

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The key lessons of the fiasco

One of the advantages ZapThink brings to the discussion of Enterprise IT is our global perspective. As we travel the world, we hear the opinions of many people across many countries and industries. From this context we can confirm that most of the planet believes the US government is the laughing stock of the developed world.

First, we allow a fanatical right wing minority to shut down our entire government because they didn’t want American citizens to get affordable healthcare – even though most other developed countries consider healthcare a right rather than a privilege. We finally resolve the shutdown (at least temporarily) only to find that the centerpiece of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) rollout – the Web site – suffered from severe flaws. Seriously, can’t we get anything right?

The embarrassing failure of the ACA Web site is even more ironic considering the federal government’s long …

What you might have missed: 5 recent developments in cloud computing

The cloud continues to expand and develop at a phenomenal rate. Here’s a roundup of five recent developments in the field and what they mean for business.

There is a consensus that the cloud and cloud software is now unavoidable. Little surprise then, that vendors and technologists alike are constantly pushing the boundaries to create new products and services.

1. IBM invests $8 million in Spanish cloud data center

Computing giant IBM is keen to regain ground lost to Amazon and Google who were quicker to market with their cloud propositions. To this end, IBM has opened its 26th cloud centre in Spain at a cost of $8 million.

So what? By making greater investment in cloud infrastructure, IBM can improve their global coverage, service offering, competitiveness and price.

2. Cloud-powered vending machine improves customer personalisation

SAP Hana has developed a new touchscreen vending machine that uses cloud software …