Top Five Trends for Cloud Computing in 2017

This The Clear Cloud blog post focuses on five key developments that will shape the cloud computing market in 2017. Cloud adoption will accelerate faster as enterprises are scrambling to adopt a scalable and cost-effective infrastructure to store and process a large amount of data. Big data and IoT would be a significant part of this growth. The five trends will impact a large number of organizations and will pave the way to cloud-based, data-driven culture globally.

Sentiment Analysis of Social Media Data Using Big Data Processing Techniques

With the extensive growth in the use of online social media, huge amounts of social data is generated. How to process this large set of data efficiently, effectively, and in a suitable manner for the user is an important research topic. This The Clear Cloud blog post introduces sentiment analysis and the Hadoop Ecosystem.

Moving to the Cloud? Ask the Tough Questions

Is your business considering a move to the cloud? Before diving in, it’s worth taking a moment to ask the tough questions, determine your value proposition, and get the most from your cloud investment. This blog post presents six critical queries worth making prior to any cloud purchase.

Using Cloud and IoT to Grow the Perfect Garden

This blog post and accompanying podcast on iTunes is part of our series on entrepreneurs and how they use cloud computing technologies. In our first guest blog, Ken Miyachi, CTO of startup Taiga Ecosystems, discusses the Taiga Tower, a product for automating home gardens.

Windows Server Containers Are Here

This The Clear Cloud blog post talks about the much awaited Windows Server Containers available with the release of Windows Server 2016 and takes a brief look at some of the key aspects related to Windows Containers.

Data Center Total Cost of Ownership: Buyer Beware! Memory Errors Add Up

This The Clear Cloud blog post looks at the cost of data center ownership and highlights the importance of focusing on memory-related errors and its associated considerations.

Architecting Application Deployment with Containers

This The Clear Cloud post describes one exercise to shift an application from an on-premise implementation to a container-based solution along with monitoring and management tools that can work on both AWS and Azure frameworks without major changes.

Pitfalls of a “Big Data” Project and a Simple Way to Overcome It

Big data is here to stay and more and more businesses and industries will be using it in the future. However, due to the pressure to jump on the big data bandwagon, stakeholders ignore key points that can make huge differences in terms of profit margin or market share. This The Clear Cloud blog is an attempt to enlighten the stakeholders to these pitfalls and suggest a simple solution to overcoming, anticipating, and analyzing them.

Find Out More About Hybrid Cloud Strategy

This The Clear Cloud blog post introduces hybrid cloud computing and provides insights on building your hybrid cloud strategy.

Cloud Native Orchestration with Docker v1.12 Swarm Mode

Docker recently came out with a release candidate version 1.12 that, along with other features, offers ease in setting up a cluster using its new “swarm mode.” This The Clear Cloud post explores some of the new features and puts some of them to the test.

Migrating Smart City Applications to the Cloud

This IEEE Cloud Computing magazine article looks at how the challenges of delivering applications in a smart city ecosystem have driven development of the smart city operating system (SCOS), a key element for supporting smart city application engineering.

DevOps: Infrastructure Configuration Management Using Ansible

In October 2015 Redhat signed a definitive agreement to acquire Ansible. Since then this tool has generated a lot of interest among practitioners of DevOps. This The Clear Cloud blog provides a basic overview of infrastructure configuration management and how to get started with Ansible.

Containers on the Ranch

The advantage of containers is well known, with Docker emerging as the de facto standard for containerization. The developer and IT communities have readily adopted Docker as a viable deployment option. However there is a need to have a complete container-management solution for deploying and managing next-generation applications and services. This The Clear Cloud blog looks at a promising open source offering called Rancher, a production-grade container-management solution.

In-Demand Cloud Computing Professionals

Cloud-computing services have become popular and affordable ways for companies to maintain their data, apps, and websites on off-site servers. There are shortages of cloud-computing experts around the world. To find out what’s behind the shortage of qualified professionals and where to get training, The Institute interviewed San Murugesan, an IEEE senior member and editor in chief of IEEE IT Professional magazine.

The Hybrid Cloud Security Professional

The role of the cloud security professional in a hybrid cloud environment is explored along with the need for training and certification options in this IEEE Cloud Computing magazine article.

Building High-Performance Big Data and Analytics Systems

Big data and analytics systems are fast emerging as one of the critical system in an organization’s IT environment. But with such huge amount of data comes performance challenges. If big data systems cannot be used to make or forecast critical business decisions or provide insights into business values then these systems lose their relevance. This The Clear Cloud blogpost talks about some critical performance considerations and presents some techniques for use during different phases of a big data system.

Cloud and Web Hosting

This The Clear Cloud blogpost looks at Web- versus cloud-hosted solutions.

Analyzing Security Concerns with Cloud Computing and Discovering Solutions

Despite the known benefits of cloud computing services, many companies shy away from adopting them due to the associated security threats. However, these businesses fail to realize that the security concerns with cloud computing can be effectively addressed. This The Clear Cloud blogpost analyzes these security threats and their solutions.

Performance Patterns in Microservices-Based Integrations

This blogpost from The Clear Cloud looks at some of the key performance challenges that can impact the performance of microservices-based systems. It also presents some of the techniques and patterns that can be used to avoid these challenges.

Cloud Foundry: A Compelling Option

As organizations build their next generation of applications based on the modern architecture patterns and standards, the key question that needs to be answered is related to the selection of the right cloud platform. This The Clear Cloud blogpost talks about Cloud Foundry as an option to consider and lays out some of the key aspects related to it.

Is Cloud Computing Promising for Your Organization?

This blogpost from The Clear Cloud by Norma Antunano presents a point of view on the state of cloud computing and its relevance to IT organizations. It talks about what key aspects organizations need to focus on when it comes to cloud migration, understanding the overall ecosystem along with the governance and operational aspects.

Building Cloud Native Applications

This blogpost from The Clear Cloud by Tarun Kumar Sukhu discusses the added value of migration to the cloud when applications are built for the cloud rather than moved to the cloud without modification.

Datacloud Nordic -- Oslo, 15 October 2015

This blogpost from The Clear Cloud discusses Datacloud Nordic, a new congress highlighting the unique value of data center, cloud, and IT infrastructure across the Nordic countries.

8 Simple Reasons You Should Migrate to Cloud

By: Mike Miranda

In this blogpost from The Clear Cloud, Mike Miranda makes clear why cloud technology is too good for companies to pass up.

Big data cloud and networking

By: Masum Z. Hasan

Cloud computing has had a great impact on how we access applications, resources, and data. This panel discussion from the 2013 IEEE Global Communications Conference and moderated by Masum Z. Hasan of Cisco addresses issues and challenges associated with cloud network architectures and the supporting big data services and applications.

Orchestrating Scientific Workflows on the Cloud

By: Junaid Arshad

Junaid Arshad, one of our volunteers at IEEE Cloud Computing writes about cloud orchestration: Cloud orchestration services have recently emerged to improve the overall usability of the cloud infrastructures, for example, to simplify user interaction, deployment of instances, and so on. These services allow configuring, managing, maintaining, deploying, and scaling on the cloud.

IEEE Talks IoT: Joe Weinman

By: Joe Weinman

In this Q&A with Joe Weinman, author of Cloudonomics: The Business Value of Cloud Computing, the forthcoming book Digital Disciplines, and chair of the IEEE Cloud Computing Intercloud Testbed initiative, Joe shares his take on the Internet of Things -- including challenges, opportunities, key innovations, and more.

Mark Davis: Making Sense of Data

By: Susan Karlin

"IEEE Member Mark Davis has devoted the last two decades to advancing technologies for information retrieval, machine learning, and natural-language processing—key elements needed to process and prioritize today’s mountains of data. So it only makes sense that he would also be a driving force in the big-data movement."

Calling for a common cloud architecture

By: Kathy L. Grise

"The overarching theme around cloud computing is truly ubiquitous and reaches across not just the computing industry and professionals, but really touches across academia, government, and industry, plus the average, general consumer."


Cloud computing: An important component of the physical infrastructure for smart cities

By: Victor M. Larios

"Today half of the world's population is living in urban areas, and cities are growing their infrastructures and services to keep up. Traditionally city governments have different departments to oversee the metropolitan services for citizens; however, departments are not fully communicating their plans and actions, utilizing their services as independent entities."

Cloud Technology in e-Health

By: Mary Lynne Nielsen, Technology Initiatives Director, IEEE Standards Association

Innovation across an array of technology areas—personal health device communications, cloud computing, the smart grid, cyber-security and “Big Data” analytics, among them—have helped the global healthcare community to envision a whole new approach to supporting people in staying well. And standards development is helping this e-health vision transform into reality.

Fog Computing: Mitigating Insider Data Theft Attacks in the Cloud

By: Salvatore J. Stolfo
      Malek Ben Salem
      Angelos D. Keromytis

Cloud computing promises to significantly change the way we use computers and access and store our personal and business information. With these new computing and communications paradigms arise new data security challenges. Existing data protection mechanisms such as encryption have failed in preventing data theft attacks, especially those perpetrated by an insider to the cloud provider...

Why Are We Still Talking About Software Integration?

By: Christian Gheorghe

Software integration used to be the customer’s headache in the days of on-premise solutions, but the cloud has changed all that.

Big Data Analytics for Security

By: Alvaro A. Cárdenas , University of Texas at Dallas
      Pratyusa K. Manadhata , HP Labs
      Sreeranga P. Rajan , Fujitsu Laboratories of America

Big data is changing the landscape of security tools for network monitoring, security information and event management, and forensics; however, in the eternal arms race of attack and defense, security researchers must keep exploring novel ways to mitigate and contain sophisticated attackers.

As Data Proliferate, So Do Data-Related Graduate Programs

By: Megan O'Neil

"One hundred and fifty applicants for 30 spots. That was the target as business-school administrators at the University of Texas at Austin laid the groundwork for a new master's-degree program in business analytics. This past fall, they welcomed the inaugural class: 52 students selected from more than 400 applicants. The average GMAT score was 710, highest of any graduate program at the business school. One-year revenue from the self-funded program is projected to total about $1.7-million."

Bringing Cooperation to Cloud Computing

By: Kathy Pretz

New IEEE project aims to make it easier to use multiple clouds

Convening Leaders in Emerging Technologies

By: Kathy Grise
      Bichlien Hoang

"For those of you unfamiliar with the IEEE Future Directions Committee (FDC), we are a small team that works to support and cultivate emerging technologies for which IEEE has thought leadership. Each technology is championed by a working group, which organizes activities through outlets such as conferences, educational webinars, newsletters, publications, social media, and standards development."

Cloud Computing and Life Sciences: Two real world examples with real impact

By: Kathy Grise

"Cloud computing has become such a pervasive topic that it is literally all encompassing and has become an integrated daily part of each and everyone’s lives and environment. Cloud computing capabilities are enabling technologies in life science in especially important ways (by life science I mean "a branch of science (as biology, medicine, and sometimes anthropology or sociology) that deals with living organisms and life processes --usually used in plural")."

Will Multiple Clouds Evolve Into the Intercloud?

By: Joe Weinman

A group of interrelated technologies is redefining how we live and work: cloud computing, big data, mobility, and the Internet of Things. The cloud is at the epicenter of all this activity: big data migrates to the cloud to be sliced and diced; today's tablets, smartphones, and phablets rely on the cloud for services and entertainment ranging from social networking and microblogs to streaming video; and the hyperconnected world of smart grids, biosensors and connected vehicles will rely on the cloud to collect data and then turn down thermostats, alert physicians, or avoid collisions.

Analytics Goes on Location with New Approaches

By: Lee Garber

Companies have long been using analytics to make sense of the huge amount of data they collect from customers, marketing campaigns, suppliers, and other sources. Businesses are always looking for ways to improve this process and are now beginning to do so by adding a new component: location-based data.

Who is Adopting the Public Cloud Faster? North America or Europe?

By: Dick Csaplar

Aberdeen research found that companies in Europe adopted Public Cloud computing earlier and use more Cloud services than companies based in North America and, as a result, Europe gains the advantage of reducing their IT spending and headcount.

Cloud Computing Can Save Enough Energy to Power Los Angeles for a Year

By: The Daily Fusion

A six-month study led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) with financial support from Google has found that moving common software applications used by 86 million U.S. workers to the cloud could save enough energy annually to power Los Angeles for a year.

Interest In Private Cloud Area Shapes Up As The Market Matures

By: CloudTweaks

The use of a private cloud allows a company's IT department to exercise more flexibility in terms of controlling the internal environment of their servers. However, there are some skeptical views regarding the use of private cloud by companies and whether it is indeed a viable technology that will deliver the results they expect from using the same in their business.

Enabling the Life Sciences: Cloud Computing for Smart People

By: Ian Lumb

Bright Computing offers a broadly applicable cluster management solution for infrastructure both on the ground and in the cloud, as described in this article.

Taiwan's Journey to the Cloud: Progress and Challenges

By: Maria R. Lee, Shih Chien University
      David C. Yen, Miami University

Taiwan is making massive investments in cloud computing, transforming itself into an advanced developer of cloud technology. Despite its reputation in hardware manufacturing, Taiwan is now gearing up to develop and offer new products and services to the global market.

Cloud Computing in India

By: Nir Kshetri

Cloud computing is still in its infancy in India, but as economic and institutional factors improve, it could greatly accelerate India's digitization and transform how cell phones are used. If appropriate measures are adopted at various levels, the cloud might serve as an important catalyst in driving economic and social progress and development in India.

Cloud Computing Gives Emerging Markets a Lift

By: San Murugesan

Cloud computing has the power to transform emerging markets by offering access to advanced IT infrastructure and applications that many of them couldn't afford otherwise. An informed understanding of cloud computing and its benefits and limitations are the key to successfully embracing the opportunities this new computing paradigm offers. This article discusses the prospects of clouds in emerging regions and how the stakeholders in emerging regions can successfully embrace cloud computing.

Cloud Computing Unlocks Drug Discovery

By: Computing Now

Antibiotics, antivirals, NSAIDs -- the list of modern "wonder drugs" goes on and on. And yet many diseases remain resistant to drug therapy, and in other instances, the side effects of drug treatment are as bad as or worse than the disorder. Why, the public wonders, aren't more new and better drugs coming to market?

Will "Cloud" Ever Be a Term of the Past?

By: Thoran Rodrigues

As people now focus on the unlimited possibilities of easy access to never ending oceans of data, and on the privacy fears that come from it, we are left to ponder where a technology trend, such as cloud computing, goes after the mainstream. Will Cloud Computing ever be a thing of the past?

Finding the Right Technology Partners, Architectures and Solutions is the Key

By: Alexander Pasik

Alexander Pasik, Staff Executive, IT and CIO, IEEE is a known name in the industry circles. He discusses with SiliconIndia the future of SaaS, the evolving role of a CIO and the hurdles in the path of IEEE.


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