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Amazon's First-Quarter Results Should Silence Critics
Charles Babcock, Editor at Large, Cloud
News
Amazon turned in a strong first quarter, with sales growing 28% worldwide on an expanding Prime customer base. The company's AWS division also posted solid earnings.
By Charles Babcock Editor at Large, Cloud, 5/2/2016
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FICO Predictive Suite Updated, Real-Time Rises: Big Data Roundup
Jessica Davis,  Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps
News
Real-time open source data projects gain momentum; FICO updates its predictive analytics suite. Samsung introduces new devices for IoT; and a new contest for creating tools to analyze satellite data is launched -- all in this Big Data Roundup for the week ending May 1, 2016.
By Jessica Davis Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps, 5/1/2016
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Microsoft Is Exploring DNA Data Storage
Michelle Maisto, Freelance Writer
News
Microsoft is working with Twist Bioscience, a company that encodes data onto microscopic and long-lasting synthetic DNA.
By Michelle Maisto Freelance Writer, 4/30/2016
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HP Chromebook 13 Designed For Cloud-Based Enterprises
Scott Ferguson, Director of Audience Development, UBM Tech
News
HP and Google introduced the Chromebook 13, an ultra-thin, lightweight laptop that looks to make enterprise computing easier to integrate with cloud-based infrastructure and apps.
By Scott Ferguson Director of Audience Development, UBM Tech, 4/29/2016
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VMware, Pivotal Offer Stack For Next-Gen Applications
Charles Babcock, Editor at Large, Cloud
News
The Pivotal Cloud Foundry development stack has been integrated with the VMware Photon Platform so that the two can produce and host micro-service applications.
By Charles Babcock Editor at Large, Cloud, 4/27/2016
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Google Cloud Conundrum: 7 Questions That Need Answering
Andrew Froehlich, President & Lead Network Architect, West Gate Networks
News
In an effort to gain enterprise interest, Google announced changes to its cloud platform last month that would beef up machine learning and big data capabilities. Still, many questions remain about whether Google's cloud will ever be a serious enterprise contender.
By Andrew Froehlich President & Lead Network Architect, West Gate Networks, 4/27/2016
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Dropbox Infinite Looks To Solve Local Storage Issue
Michelle Maisto, Freelance Writer
News
At Dropbox Open London, the company showed off Project Infinite, which has been in limited tests. The feature gives users desktop access to terabytes of data, even from devices with a thumb drive's worth of storage.
By Michelle Maisto Freelance Writer, 4/26/2016
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93 Million Mexican Voter Database Exposed On Amazon Cloud
Charles Babcock, Editor at Large, Cloud
News
A MongoDB database filled with the personal information of 93 million Mexican voters was found configured improperly on the Amazon cloud. The incident raises issues of how information is protected in the cloud.
By Charles Babcock Editor at Large, Cloud, 4/26/2016
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Identity Management: Where Cloud Security Falls Short
Charles Babcock, Editor at Large, Cloud
News
A report by the Cloud Security Alliance finds that identity management tools and processes are key to ameliorating the threat of breaches. The report reveals which tools are most popular, and which are underutilized.
By Charles Babcock Editor at Large, Cloud, 4/25/2016
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AWS Summit: New Cloud Services, Expanded EBS Choices
Charles Babcock, Editor at Large, Cloud
News
Amazon Web Services unveiled a security inspection and data transfer acceleration service, along with two new EBS options, at AWS Summit.
By Charles Babcock Editor at Large, Cloud, 4/22/2016
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GE Oil & Gas Finds Amazon Use Lowers TCO 52%
Charles Babcock, Editor at Large, Cloud
News
At the Amazon Summit in Chicago, the CTO of GE Oil & Gas said his unit is exploring ways to better understand and save with the AWS platform.
By Charles Babcock Editor at Large, Cloud, 4/21/2016
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Microsoft Gains In SaaS Market, Report Finds
Charles Babcock, Editor at Large, Cloud
Commentary
Synergy Research assessed the growth of SaaS in 2015, and found it more mature than other cloud services -- and ready for an even greater takeoff. In addition, the report showed Microsoft may be one company poised for significant growth.
By Charles Babcock Editor at Large, Cloud, 4/20/2016
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Reddit’s Missing Warrant Canary: What IT Can Learn
Joe Stanganelli, Attorney, Beacon Hill Law
Commentary
It's tricky trying to figure out whether or not your preferred app, website, or service provider has received a federal subpoena demanding information. When a warrant canary vanished from Reddit's Transparency Report, it got folks talking. The incident holds important lessons for enterprise IT professionals trying to decipher whether or not a service provider's data is being trolled by the feds.
By Joe Stanganelli Attorney, Beacon Hill Law, 4/20/2016
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Cloud Stampede Is On, But Who's Watching Security?
Charles Babcock, Editor at Large, Cloud
News
A survey by Intel and the Cloud Security Alliance finds that the use of cloud services is increasing, but more in-depth security measures are needed.
By Charles Babcock Editor at Large, Cloud, 4/18/2016
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Microsoft Sues Justice Department, AG Over Cloud Privacy
Michelle Maisto, Freelance Writer
News
Microsoft has filed a lawsuit against the Justice Department and Attorney General Loretta Lynch, stating that the same rules that apply to search and seizure in an office should apply to its cloud.
By Michelle Maisto Freelance Writer, 4/15/2016
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Cloud Adoption Could Save Feds $10 Billion Annually
Charles Babcock, Editor at Large, Cloud
News
A MeriTalk survey of federal IT managers reveals that they believe the government can save more than $10 billion annually from additional consolidation and cloud adoption.
By Charles Babcock Editor at Large, Cloud, 4/15/2016
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Google Cloud Fail Points To 2 Software Bugs
Dawn Kawamoto, Freelance Writer and Editor
News
The Google Compute Engine cloud service was hit with an 18-minute outage worldwide earlier in the week -- at the same time the supply chain is finally getting comfortable with continuity in the cloud.
By Dawn Kawamoto Freelance Writer and Editor, 4/14/2016
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'Cloud-First' To Close 5,000 Federal Data Centers By 2019
Charles Babcock, Editor at Large, Cloud
News
A GAO report on the federal government's "cloud-first" policy cites past and future data center closures, suggests savings slow to materialize.
By Charles Babcock Editor at Large, Cloud, 4/14/2016
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Amazon Names New CEOs: What It Means
Charles Babcock, Editor at Large, Cloud
News
Amazon says that promoting Andy Jassy and Jeff Wilke to new CEO roles is not a reorganization. But does this foreshadow more independence for AWS?
By Charles Babcock Editor at Large, Cloud, 4/13/2016
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Public Cloud Services Beat Out Private, IDC Finds
Charles Babcock, Editor at Large, Cloud
News
IDC's Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker projects 48% of IT spend will be in cloud infrastructure by 2020. Public services lead private cloud.
By Charles Babcock Editor at Large, Cloud, 4/13/2016
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Google in the Enterprise Survey
Google in the Enterprise Survey
There's no doubt Google has made headway into businesses: Just 28 percent discourage or ban use of its productivity ­products, and 69 percent cite Google Apps' good or excellent ­mobility. But progress could still stall: 59 percent of nonusers ­distrust the security of Google's cloud. Its data privacy is an open question, and 37 percent worry about integration.
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