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18 May 2017
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Five Overlooked Costs That Add To A Public Cloud Bill [63486]
SearchCloudComputing, May 18th 2017

"AWS, Google and Azure offer tools that help users estimate cloud costs. But overlooked services, usage spikes and outages can cause actual cloud bills to far exceed those estimates.

Compared to on-premises infrastructure, public cloud computing often reduces enterprise costs. But for many organizations, it's still difficult to make objective cost estimates for public cloud deployments.

Major public cloud providers, including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform, have tools that allow users to predict monthly cloud costs. However, the use of these cloud cost estimators doesn't guarantee accurate results; they are only as precise as the information that users provide.

From unplanned usage spikes to outages, here are five potential factors that can skew your cost estimates and raise your cloud bill..."
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17 May 2017
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Seven Tips For Staying Safe In The Cloud [63517]
ITProPortal, May 17th 2017

"The rise of the cloud has, for the first time ever, allowed businesses to truly operate independent of location and geography, but it's also created a new class of security concerns within many organisations. Do you know what it looks like to stay safe in the cloud - especially when it comes to using SaaS software and other solutions?...

The cloud market is growing faster than experts could have ever anticipated five or six years ago. Garter suggests that the worldwide public cloud services market will grow by 18 per cent in 2017 alone - putting it just shy of $247 billion. The SaaS niche will be one of the fastest growing, scaling by 20.1 per cent to $46.3 billion..."
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16 May 2017
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16 Terabytes Of RAM Should Be Enough For Anyone. Wait. What? [63463]
The Register, May 16th 2017

"Amazon Web Services is working on new instance types that will offer either eight or 16 terabytes of random access memory.

You read that right: 8TB or 16TB of RAM, with the target workload being in-memory computing and especially SAP HANA. The cloud colossus is also working on HANA clusters that span 17 nodes and pack a combined 34 TB of memory.

There's also a new instance type in the works, dubbed 'x1e.32xlarge' packing 4TB of memory and offering 128 vCPUs on four 2.3 GHz Xeon E7 8880 v3 CPUS. But this instance type will only be sold as a virtual private cloud, an arrangement under which users can apply their preferred IP addresses to instances to their rented clouds and impose their preferred security policies on AWS..."
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15 May 2017
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How To Talk To Your Business Partners About The Cloud [63496]
Business 2 Community, May 15th 2017

"In a perfectly seasoned, exquisitely prepared main dish, lots of different ingredients come together in perfect harmony to create an experience. Each ingredient exists as part of the dish because of the unique elements it offers. The combination of those ingredients, in the right amounts, create a singular expression of the combined elements that the individual ingredients could never accomplish on their own.

In a successful company, you bring together a lot of different experts with many different skill sets. Each one is critically important to the continued success of the business. And each one has a different set of skills than the others..."
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15 May 2017
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Why It Needs Effective Monitoring For Cloud Applications [63532]
ComputerWeekly, May 15th 2017

"IaaS and PaaS free up IT from running day-to-day administration tasks, but the cloud can become a black box, limiting visibility...

Amazon Web Services (AWS) recommends that IT departments should collect monitoring data from all parts of the AWS technology stack used in their application so that a multi-point failure can be debugged more easily.

Areas to monitor include all metrics relating to CPU utilisation, memory, disk, networking and operating system health..."
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15 May 2017
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11 Simple Yet Important Tips To Secure AWS Deployments [63462]
eWeek, May 15th 2017

"With cloud security constantly improving and the volume of data growing exponentially, companies of all sizes are increasingly migrating applications and workloads to the cloud. In fact, Gartner Research recently predicted that the worldwide public cloud services market will grow from $209 billion in 2016 to $247 billion in 2017. As cloud computing continues to gain traction in the enterprise, it's important to be aware of the security challenges associated with cloud environments, in particular, Amazon Web Services. AWS currently owns about 31 percent of the overall global cloud services market. In this eWEEK slide show, using industry information from Jaime Blasco, VP and chief scientist at AlienVault, we present 11 simple yet important tips to help organizations secure their AWS environments..."
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