Juniper’s Cloud-Grade networking aims to deliver network agility

There should be no question in anyone’s mind that the cloud era has arrived. Businesses are adopting the cloud at an unprecedented rate and by 2020, the number of cloud workloads will be on par with the number of on-premises ones.

Businesses of all sizes are turning to the cloud to help them become digital by increasing the level of agility. To be an agile business, though, the entire network stack—from the network through applications must be agile.

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However, organizations are also more cost conscious than ever, so whatever solution is deployed must save money in addition to making the network more dynamic. 

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This site aims to be the Yelp of the SaaS world

Online reviews have already transformed the way people choose everything from restaurants to respiratory therapists, and now SaasGenius wants to do the same for enterprise software in the cloud.

This week the company will launch a beta version of its service, and it invites participants to submit reviews of business software in 12 different categories.

In the past, businesses looking for software relied primarily on word-of-mouth reviews, but SaasGenius aims to tap the model that’s become so common on the consumer side.

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Google aims to kill ‘Death by PowerPoint’ with new Slides

Google Slides — can it displace PowerPoint? La GOOG hopes so, especially in education.

The new features — currently rolling out on Android, iOS and the Web app — aim to make slide presentations more interactive. Audience members can ask questions and vote for which questions should get answered.

That should give the audience something useful to do with their smartphones, rather than Googling ways to kill boring presenters. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers point a <airquote>LASER</airquote>. Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment.

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Google hires VMware co-founder as cloud chief, aims for enterprise adoption

VMware co-founder Diane Greene will oversee all of Google’s cloud businesses, including its Cloud Platform and Apps productivity suite, the company announced Thursday

Greene, who has been on the company’s board of directors for three years, took the position as the technology giant agreed to acquire Bebop, a stealthy startup that she co-founded. In a blog post announcing the news, Google CEO Sundar Pichai called the company’s product “a new development platform that makes it easy to build and maintain enterprise applications.”

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Samsung Open Source IoT Platform Aims to Bridge Connected Devices Gap

samsung artik 300x171 Samsung Open Source IoT Platform Aims to Bridge Connected Devices GapSamsung challenge Intel and Qualcomm with the announcement of three new chips aim at the Internet of Things market. Samsung also announced the launch of SmartThings Open Cloud, which will help developers create the applications using their connected devices.

The Korean manufacturer new Artik platform includes software, development boards, drivers, tools, security features and connectivity cloud, or everything you need to create innovative products and services for the IoT. The line Artik is composed of three SoC chips of different sizes. The whole family of modules, Samsung ARTIK, is characterized by the presence of built-in memory and high computing power as well as advanced safety technologies.

The smaller, Artik 1, measuring about 12 × 12 cm and is powered by a button battery. The chip integrates a dual core processor at 250 MHz, 4 GB of flash memory and a 9-axis motion sensor. It combines an MIPS32-based dual-core processor, 1 MB SRAM, 4MB Flash memory, power management, an encryption engine and a Bluetooth LE Module. It is designed for low-power devices, such as Bluetooth tags, beacons and wearable.

A clocked at 250MHz processor core takes care of demanding workloads while a low-power core with 80 MHz takes less compute-intensive tasks. In addition, the Artik 1 integrated 9-axis motion sensor with a gyroscope, accelerometer, and magnetometer. According to Samsung, it is intended for IoT devices like beacon transmitter, fitness tracker or smart bracelets.

The Artik 5 is manufactured in particular for smart home hubs. It has a dual-core processor on ARM A7 base with 1 GHz, 512 MB ??of DDR3 RAM and 4 GB of flash memory. There are also several security features, wireless support (802.11b/g/n), and encoding and decoding of video.

The most powerful model Artik 10 will power, especially Home Server and personal clouds. It integrates an octa core processor at 1.3 GHz, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of flash memory and can perform the encoding/decoding of 1080p video with 5.1 audio. These chips are already used in mobile products and soon will also be used in smart TV, household appliances connected to the Internet and in all SmartThings devices.

The company says, “These modules focus on device manufacturers and allow a manufacturer to easily create a connected device by using one of a line of ARTIK modules. The combination of ARTIK + SmartThings Open Cloud provides the necessary hardware, software, and services for device makers to build connected devices easily without having to build and operate the entire stack.”

Like other manufacturers, Samsung also sets high hopes for the Internet of Things. Gartner analysts predict that the number of connected devices will rise to 26 billion by 2020, from 900 million in 2009. IDC expects that the IoT market will reach a volume of 3.04 trillion dollars by 2020.

Back in January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Samsung had announced that 90 percent of all devices manufactured by Samsung – from smartphones to refrigerators – to connect to the Internet by 2017. However, the Artik chip platform aims not only to Samsung’s own devices. Other manufacturer’s processors are also integrating them into their products.


IBM aims new IoT community site at developers

Hoping to rally the worldwide development community around the Internet of Things and drive business to its cloud services as well, IBM has launched a community space for programmers to write software to connect remote devices to back-end cloud systems.

The site, called DeveloperWorks Recipes, provides a base for developers to learn about how IoT systems work and how to create code to run these systems.

This is the second community site that IBM has set up in the past month. Last week, the company established DeveveloperWorks Open, to help developers collaborate on building open-source business software.

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