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Last Week in Performance Industry – December #3 Edition

December 20, 2013 Published in: News Author: Goran Čandrlić

AWS Cloud Settles in China

Amazon announced setting up a new region in Beijing, China. “We will start out with a limited preview, which will be made available to a select group of Chinese and multinational companies in early 2014,” said AWS evangelist Jeff Barr in a blog post. “Among the thousands of AWS customers in China are Qihu 360, Xiaomi, FunPlus Game, Mobotap, TCL, Hisense, Tiens, Kingsoft, Light in the Box, NQ mobile, Papaya mobile, Madhouse, DerbySoft, Tap4fun, DeNA China, Boyaa interactive, Huan.tv, and Sungy Mobile Limited. With applications ranging from social gaming to mobile, to security and biotech, many of these companies will participate in the limited preview of the AWS China Region.”

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China Net Center and SINNET are to provide the infrastructure, network services, and CDN services that are required to support the launch and operation of AWS technology services in China. The similar initiatives are already taken by Microsoft and IBM (read about it in the following paragraph) and thus, as said in GigaOM, China seems to be the new wild west of the cloud computing, while only Google is moving in other direction, probably because of internet censorship clashes with China in the past.

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IBM Joines Forces with 21VianetGroup in China

IBM announced last week the joining of forces with China’s largest carrier-neutral Internet Data Center service provider, 21Vianet Group, to introduce IBM’s premier cloud infrastructure service and accelerate cloud adoption in China. “This partnership brings the most powerful, secure, and scalable cloud built on open standards, known as IBM SmartCloud Enterprise+, to China due to the rising demand for managing more complex, mission critical workloads and applications in the cloud by large enterprises,” it is said in the official press release. “Our clients, the pillars of China’s economy, will see IBM further accelerating its efforts around driving innovation in China with enhanced IBM cloud offerings as a platform. We are setting a new benchmark for cloud computing performance in China,” said Laurie Tropiano (IBM). While AWS is relatively new to China, IBM has a long experience of working with customers in the country, which makes them a credible players, but not without competitors.

Read the press release here.

IBM 5 in 5: In the future, everything will learn!

IBM Research has come up with its annual 5 in 5 list of technologies that it expects to go mainstream within five years. This year, they explore the idea that everything will learn – driven by a new era of cognitive systems where machines will learn, reason and engage with us in a more natural and personalized way. These innovations are beginning to emerge enabled by cloud computing, big data analytics and learning technologies all coming together, they explain. Some predictions are:

  • the classroom will learn with you: the classroom of the future will learn about each individual student over the course of their education, helping them master the skills that match their goals
  • buying local will beat online: in the future, retailers will layer increasing levels of engagement and personalization on top of the shopping experience, ultimately merging the instant gratification of physical shopping with the richness of online shopping and making same-day delivery a snap
  • doctors will routinely use your DNA to keep you well: today, full DNA testing to help make treatment decisions is still rare. But cognitive systems and cloud computing may make this form of treatment mainstream. It could be done faster, more affordably and much more frequently
  • a digital guardian will protect you online: security is evolving from being based on rules, like passwords, to being automatic and made stronger through us just being us.This guardian will have your back, trained to focus on the people and items it is entrusted with based on a 360 degree of an individual’s data, devices and applications. It will make inferences about what’s normal or reasonable activity and what’s not
  • the city will help you live in it: for citizens, smart phones enabled by cognitive systems will provide a digital key to the city

To watch the videos and full explanations, go here.

Video: Application Migration Planning and Best Practices

A new webinar by David Linthicum is now ready and available and it discusses considerations and strategies required to take advantage of your target cloud environment while moving applications to the cloud. “The questions are becoming clear… those who are moving new or traditional applications and data to the cloud have a complex set of choices,” it is said. What applications should move to cloud based platforms? Should they be modified to take advantage of the new cloud based hosts? How do you manage security and governance concerns? Find out about that and more in a newly released 22 minutes video on Vimeo. Presentations and speech included.

Watch video here.

5 Predictions for Cloud Security in 2014

Larry Warnock, president and CEO at Gazzang, reflects on recent NSA spying revelations and cloud security concerns, and predicts what this may mean for future innovative technologies:

  • SaaS vendors will offer encryption keys revocable by end users
  • Vulnerability of APIs will be exposed
  • European companies migrate data from US-based cloud and SaaS providers in response to NSA Prism scandal. US-based cloud service providers including Google, Amazon and Microsoft account for approximately 85 percent of global markets. However, a recent Cloud Security Alliance survey of 500 respondents found that 56 percent of non-US residents were less likely to use US-based cloud providers in light of recent revelations about government access to customer information. In response, the EU’s European Cloud Partnership is drafting a charter to promote an EU-based digital cloud service
  • As NSA concerns fade, data privacy concerns skyrocket. Most people and organizations will realize they’re not being targeted by the NSA; however, the residual effect of the spying scandal is that data privacy will become a scorching hot topic in 2014
  • Major trustees of consumer data, such as Google, Yahoo and Facebook begin to offer consumer-based key management services, where the provider hosts the encryption and the end-user manages the keys to their personal data. Consumer cloud storage providers tend to design systems that emphasize recoverability over security

Read the article in full on CloudTweaks.

Goran Čandrlić

“I am an online marketing manager with experience in both B2B and B2C sectors. Before joining Danidin LLC to build GlobalDots brand and expand its marketing reach in performance / CDN industry, I worked with various clients in almost any niche. My previous experience includes managing online marketing for travel agency, managing an online publishing platform and co-founding a tech startup.”