Cloud Computing

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Which Cloud-Storage Option Is Cheapest?

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Over at Technologizer, Harry McCracken has assembled a chart comparing the major cloud-storage services by price, mobile support and other metrics. For anyone debating whether to put massive amounts of data in the cloud, it’s a potentially useful breakdown of the options out there. On a price-per-gigabyte basis, purchasing the Personal version Office 365 (Microsoft’s cloud-based version of Office) is the best option, as it comes with a terabyte of OneDrive storage for $6.99 per month; the Home version of… continue…

These Are the Top 10 Cloud Skills Employers Want

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The term “cloud skills” is something of a misnomer. Truth is, there’s no single set of skills you need to get a job working with cloud technology. Instead, employers are looking for a mix of skills that will vary depending on the job in question and the candidate themselves. In other words, they’re looking for breadth rather than depth in any one area. As the cloud continues to grow, so does the need for tech professionals who can develop the… continue…

Analytics-Driven Cities: Hype, or the Future?

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Can you make a city smarter? Despite the hype attached to so-called “Big Data,” many cities haven’t yet rushed to embrace the idea of analyzing massive data sets to holistically improve city services. But change on that front could be underway, with Minneapolis, Minn., and Montpellier, France, working with IBM on analytics platforms capable of boosting efficiencies in transportation, water management and emergency services. Click here to find analytics jobs. Minneapolis is using cloud-based pattern discovery to better track metrics… continue…

Cloud Services Providers: Plan for Outages

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A login issue prevented customers from accessing Adobe Systems’ Creative Cloud services for nearly 24 hours. “We’re currently experiencing an outage affecting user’s ability to sign in to our services. We are working on a fix—stay tuned,” Adobe tweeted May 14. Until the company fixed the issue, customers couldn’t purchase or upgrade software, or sign out of their account without locking themselves out of the system. Click here to find cloud development jobs. In mid-2013, Adobe chose to focus the… continue…

Employers Want These Skills in Systems Integrators

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Systems integration professionals have seen an uptick in hiring as more companies implement package-based solutions to their core infrastructures. Observing the trend, Tracy Cashman, a partner in Boston-based WinterWyman’s IT Search division, says, “I don’t think it’s going away for the next year to two years.” Click here to find systems integration jobs. Hard Skills Systems integration is as diverse as the job description is broad. Titles depend on the company and level of the role. High level positions include… continue…

Cloud Vendors Desperate for OpenStack Skills

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Learning about OpenStack is the surest way to get onto the cutting edge of cloud infrastructure, according to Jason Baker in a post at opensource.com. “Investing your time in learning OpenStack pays off,” Baker writes. The dramatic growth of the cloud has created thousands of jobs, with demand for OpenStack skills among the most pressing. According to Rackspace, “OpenStack outpaces other cloud infrastructure jobs considerably,” Baker writes. And since the hosting company conducted its survey some 18 months ago, the… continue…

Imagine if OpenStack Could Get Its Act Together

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Linux won. If you think that statement is inaccurate you need only look at the nearest Android device or AMI options on Amazon to find out you’re mostly wrong. It took years — more than a decade and then some — but Linux has not only arrived, it’s nearly taken over the world. Fast forward 10 years and we’re looking at another highly recognizable open source effort, OpenStack. OpenStack is most often referenced in conjunction with cloud because it’s seen as one… continue…

SharePoint Is Not Dead, It Will Continue to Dominate

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Gartner analyst Jeffrey Mann spoke at the 2013 Gartner Symposium on SharePoint and declared its inevitable demise. But, his assessment shows a distinct lack of understanding of what SharePoint is, what enterprise collaboration is and the fact that many companies will not go to the cloud for their content management needs. Mann’s presentation was confusing and misleading. By instructing CIOs to look to a post-SharePoint future, Mann displayed a distinct lack of foresight when it comes to collaborative solutions, SharePoint… continue…

Why You Should Back Up Your Cloud

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IT professionals are well aware of the need to retain documents based on everything from regulatory compliance to corporate policies. What many don’t consider is that data migrated to the cloud still may require a backup plan. A recent article in CIO Magazine makes this point: He [Holger Mueller, an analyst with Constellation Research] says IT leaders should pay attention to the fine print in agreements with cloud providers, which often don’t provide timely or complete data backup. If you… continue…

Why DevOps Is CPR for Cloud Applications

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In the old days (all you kids, get off my lawn!) moving an application from any environment to production was, well, quite the production. There was the scheduling, the change control meetings, the coordinate and the sign offs — oh the sign offs. Once all that was complete, there was the Saturday night (because maintenance windows only happen on Saturday nights, don’t you know?) move that required everyone responsible (across all impacted teams) be present and ready to test. If… continue…