Google launches Cloud IoT Core service for enterprises

Google today unveiled a cloud platform service to help organizations collect vital data from billions of Internet of Things devices. The service, Google Cloud IoT Core, is designed to help enterprises, including utilities and transportation agencies, securely connect globally distributed devices to the Google Cloud Platform. There, the data can be centrally managed and integrated […] Read more »

University examines cloud phone service

Georgetown University is testing a cloud phone service intended to replace its 25-year-old system, which would cost millions of dollars to replace. The move, part of a broader telecommunications infrastructure overhaul, advances the private university’s plan to migrate to consumer-friendly cloud and mobile software, says CIO Judd Nicholson. Georgetown University Georgetown University CIO Judd Nicholson. […] Read more »

University examines cloud phone service

Georgetown University is testing a cloud phone service intended to replace its 25-year-old system, which would cost millions of dollars to replace. The move, part of a broader telecommunications infrastructure overhaul, advances the private university’s plan to migrate to consumer-friendly cloud and mobile software, says CIO Judd Nicholson. Georgetown University Georgetown University CIO Judd Nicholson. […] Read more »

Social media companies have a month to update service terms in the EU

Facebook, Twitter and Google have been given a month to make changes to their user agreements in the European Union or face “enforcement action.” European consumer authorities put the social media services on notice last November that their terms of service did not comply with EU law, asked them to make changes and to address […] Read more »

Social media companies have a month to update service terms in the EU

Facebook, Twitter and Google have been given a month to make changes to their user agreements in the European Union or face “enforcement action.” European consumer authorities put the social media services on notice last November that their terms of service did not comply with EU law, asked them to make changes and to address […] Read more »

MongoDB adds free tier and migration utility to its cloud service

NoSQL database specialist MongoDB unveiled a new free tier for its MongoDB Atlas database-as-a-service (DaaS) offering on Tuesday. The company also released a utility to support live migration of data to MongoDB Atlas, whether that data is on-premise or in the cloud. [ Related: 9 MongoDB success stories ] “Since we first introduced MongoDB to […] Read more »

‘Meet’ Google’s new videoconferencing service for the enterprise

Google appears to have accidentally revealed its new group videoconferencing service for businesses on Tuesday, a week before a big user conference. The service, called Meet, appears to be its offering for businesses that want to do group meetings over the Internet. According to a saved iOS App Store listing captured by AppAnnie, it will […] Read more »

Apple grabs icloud.net domain to solidify links to sync and storage service

Apple this week took administrative control of the icloud.net domain, the last notable web address it did not govern that users could have linked with its online sync and storage service. According to WHOIS searches today, Apple acquired control of icloud.net on Tuesday. Apple already ruled the primary top-level domains for iCloud, the cross-device, cross-OS […] Read more »

Splice Machine seeks to deliver hybrid RDBMS as a service

Splice Machine, which specializes in an open source relational database for hybrid workloads, wants to bring that database to the cloud as a service. The company announced this week that it will release Cloud RDBMS, a database-as-a-service (DBaaS) on Amazon Web Services (AWS) this spring. It noted that Cloud RDBMS will be able to power […] Read more »

IT Service Management In Disruption, Moving Toward Automation

A wave of change is sweeping through the suppliers of ITSM, reflecting the enhanced ability to add analytics and automation to the field. InformationWeek: Cloud Related Posts:IDG Contributor Network: How to avoid downtime and disruption when moving dataWhere the device hits the network – a mobile device management updateGoogle launches Cloud IoT Core service for […] Read more »

Cisco names 10 cities using its cloud-based smart service

Cisco, which has promoted its smart city technologies for more than two years, today announced that 10 cities, including Paris and Copenhagen, are using its cloud-based service to connect to traffic, parking and environmental sensors in real time. Insights from the data collected from the Internet of Things sensors can help city agencies make operations […] Read more »

Farmers Insurance Transitions Customer Service With Salesforce Mobile App

Farmers Insurance CEO Jeffrey Dailey explained at this month’s Dreamforce how his firm was migrating the customer experience into the digital age. InformationWeek: Cloud Related Posts:JPMorgan reaches beyond its branches with new mobile account appWhere the device hits the network – a mobile device management updateMicrosoft consolidates its mobile management tools under AzureMicrosoft consolidates its […] Read more »

IBM’s IoT blockchain service gets ready to set sail

A massive DDOS attack and weaknesses in critical systems have put security concerns front and center in the internet of things. IBM thinks a technology best known from the world of bitcoin could lock down at least one use of IoT. The company is using blockchain technology to ensure that everything’s in order with IoT […] Read more »

IDG Contributor Network: From chatbots to Einstein, artificial intelligence as a service

The recent announcement of Salesforce Einstein — dubbed “artificial intelligence for everyone” — sheds new light on the new and pervasive usage of artificial intelligence in every aspect of businesses. From consumer to business Even without knowing it, the consumer world has long been using AI-based systems. Siri knows which movies are showing at what […] Read more »

Hudl Sports Video Analysis Service Grows Fast On Amazon

Fast-growing Hudl provides coaches and athletes with key feedback based on its customers’ video uploaded to the cloud. Like many other startups, the company relies on Amazon Web Services for its backend support. InformationWeek: Cloud Related Posts:Amazon discovery service marks on-premises apps for assimilationAmazon brings Microsoft users into AWS with Active Directory serviceAmazon brings Microsoft […] Read more »

Google launches cloud service for understanding human language

Google’s intelligent cloud developer tools expanded Wednesday with the launch of a new Cloud Natural Language API. The service is aimed at helping developers create applications that understand human language. It’s an important move for Google, as public cloud providers race to host new applications built with intelligent capabilities. Natural language processing allows developers to build apps […] Read more »

AWS Expands Database Migration Service, Adds Replication

At the Amazon Summit in Santa Clara this week, General Manager Matt Wood explained how much Amazon’s Database Migration Service is being used and how the company is adding more resources for data migration. InformationWeek: Cloud Related Posts:MongoDB adds free tier and migration utility to its cloud serviceOracle’s Hurd, AT&T’s Donovan on their massive cloud […] Read more »

IDG Contributor Network: In search of a neutral top-tier cloud service

The last time Gartner published their IaaS/PaaS provider rankings Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure occupied the coveted upper right quadrant. To make it into Gartner’s magic quadrant both Amazon and Microsoft needed to demonstrate the quality of their services as well as completeness of their vision. According to Amazon’s company profile on Reuters, they participate […] Read more »

Amazon discovery service marks on-premises apps for assimilation

Sometimes the hardest part of performing a cloud migration is figuring out what has to be migrated in the first place. That’s one idea behind Amazon’s now generally available AWS ADS (Application Discovery Service), which polls existing on-premises systems and determines what apps they’re running as a prelude to migration. Originally announced in April, ADS is […] Read more »

Oracle pays $532 million to snatch up another cloud service provider

Hard on the heels of a similar purchase last week, Oracle has announced it will pay $ 532 million to buy Opower, a provider of cloud services to the utilities industry. Once a die-hard cloud holdout, Oracle has been making up for lost time by buying a foothold in specific industries through acquisitions such as this […] Read more »

New AWS service helps companies to move their apps to the cloud

A new Amazon cloud service announced Tuesday could help companies with legacy applications have an easier time taking the leap to the cloud.  Amazon Web Services General Manager Matt Wood announced the new Application Discovery Service, which will allow companies to easily analyze legacy applications running on their data centers. It will help companies start […] Read more »

Vodafone readies pan-European virtual private cloud service for SMEs

Small businesses with global ambitions will soon have a new cloud partner — at least wherever Vodafone has data centers. Vodafone Total Cloud Flex is a virtual private cloud service that can be managed via a self-service portal, and directly integrated with on-premises infrastructure via VPN or MPLS. Telecommunications operator Vodafone unveiled the service in […] Read more »

Need machine learning? HPE just launched a new service with more than 60 APIs

If 2015 was the year analytics tools became ubiquitous in enterprise software, 2016 is shaping up to do much the same for machine learning. Just last week artificial-intelligence startup Nervana launched an offering that promises “deep learning on demand,” and on Thursday Hewlett Packard Enterprise released a product of its own for what it calls […] Read more »

IDG Contributor Network: U.S. Postal Service will scan your mail and email you images before delivering

Who else has ambled down to the mailbox only to find it full of junk, or disappointingly devoid of eBay purchases? I have, and although I enjoy the chance for a gasp of fresh air after an electron-infested session at the computer, the sojourn can often be a bit of a waste of time. That […] Read more »

Amazon brings Microsoft users into AWS with Active Directory service

Amazon has launched an AWS Directory Service for Active Directory, a fully managed implementation of Microsoft’s authentication and user management service. Using Active Directory in Amazon’s cloud will enable companies to bring applications including SQL Server, SharePoint and custom applications built with .NET onto AWS. That’s useful for businesses trying to move into the cloud […] Read more »

Amazon brings Microsoft users into AWS with Active Directory service

Amazon has launched an AWS Directory Service for Active Directory, a fully-managed implementation of Microsoft’s authentication and user management service. Using Active Directory in Amazon’s cloud will enable companies to bring applications including SQL Server, SharePoint, and custom applications built with .Net onto AWS. That’s useful for businesses trying to move into the cloud from […] Read more »

Amazon brings Microsoft users into AWS with Active Directory service

Amazon has launched an AWS Directory Service for Active Directory, a fully-managed implementation of Microsoft’s authentication and user management service. Using Active Directory in Amazon’s cloud will enable companies to bring applications including SQL Server, SharePoint and custom applications built with .NET onto AWS. That’s useful for businesses trying to move into the cloud from […] Read more »

Apple killing music streaming service? Beats me.

Apple is killing its Beats Music streaming service. It all kicks off the end of the month, when Tim’s crew want you to be on Apple Music. Did y’all think Tim’a let his dough freeze? Oh please. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers with no cheese listen up closely. Not to mention: bwk on pipes… Your humble […] Read more »

MariaDB pops up on Azure with new cluster service

Companies interested in deploying the increasingly popular MariaDB open source database on Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform now have an easy way to do so, thanks to a new offering provided through the Azure Marketplace.  Database administrators can deploy the new MariaDB Enterprise Cluster with MaxScale fairly simply by finding it inside Azure’s storefront for software […] Read more »

Amazon launches managed Elasticsearch service

While Amazon Web Services made a name for itself by providing raw computing power and data storage at rock-bottom prices, the company has been moving toward providing services that do more of the heavy lifting for developers and administrators in exchange for a higher price. Amazon Elasticsearch Service is a new product in that vein that’s designed […] Read more »