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Microsoft’s cloud system is the first to satisfy EU privacy standards

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11 April 2014 – Microsoft has become the first company to receive a declaration from Europe’s privacy regulators that its enterprise cloud services contracts are compliant with the bloc’s stringent privacy laws, paving the way for data to move freely through the global cloud. In a blog post yesterday Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith revealed that the Article 29 Working Party — which is composed of data protection authorities from each member state and the European Commission — had in an April 2 letter informed the company that the regulators had completed their review of the newest version of its enterprise cloud services contracts and concluded that the pacts were in compliance with the high privacy standards outlined in the EU model clauses:

“By acknowledging that Microsoft’s contractual commitments meet the requirements of the EU’s ‘model clauses,’ Europe’s privacy regulators have said, in effect, that personal data stored in Microsoft’s enterprise cloud is subject to Europe’s rigorous privacy standards no matter where that data is located.  Microsoft is the first — and so far the only — company to Read more

Get Your Head in the Cloud: your personal use of the cloud

It has been brought to my attention that there are still some hold?outs on the Cloud revolution. The Citrix Cloud Survey Guide found that 54% of respondents claimed to never have used Cloud computing (although the survey also found that 95% of them actually do use the Cloud but don’t know it). These individuals refuse to use the Cloud to back?up data, share photos or provide remote access to their data. Instead, they carry zip drives and email themselves documents. So, this one’s for you, lovers of technical nostalgia, join the Cloud, the view is great from up here!

How Does it Work?

First, decide which files you want to add. Music, photos, that half?finished novel, your resume…all make great additions to the Cloud. Not only will you be able to access the information remotely but it is also protected in case your device meets with an untimely end. Next, choose a provider. Apple users are generally partial to iCloud. Create an account, register all your devices and the iCloud application will walk you through the entire process of selecting … Read more

VMware Vs. Microsoft: The Next Chapter

4 February 2013 – VMware’s fourth-quarter earnings, reported Jan. 28, set a record and came in ahead of analyst expectations. The next day, its stock, which had been trading at $99.10 just before the announcement, took a stunning hit, losing 20% of its value within a short time after the opening of trading.  Several analysts had predicted VMware’s fourth-quarter earnings would disappoint because the market for virtualization products was nearly saturated and Microsoft was moving in to steal the customer base.

VMware has led a somewhat charmed life with investors up to this point. It’s been presumed to be the leader of a business with a lot of potential growth. Instead, VMware came up with a conservative forecast of new license sales, a key indicator of its prospects, of 8-11% for the first quarter of 2013, as well as slower overall sales in the first half.
On the third day, its stock began to recover. Some investors clearly thought that VMware, under a new CEO and having just lost its CTO, was laying off employees as foretaste of things to … Read more

[VIDEO] Bernard Ourghanlian, Directeur Technique et Sécurité Microsoft France – Spéciale Big Data

21 November 2012 – Bernard Ourghanlian, Directeur Technique et Sécurité Microsoft France avec spéciale Big Data, nous explique sa vision du Big Data : les 3 “V”, les objectifs, la notion de vie privée:

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An Open-Source Food Fight in the Cloud

6 April 2012 –  To date, the four horsemen of the cloud appear to be, Microsoft, Google and VMware.  The first three companies have built their own cloud computing services that consumers and businesses can tap into. Instead of doing its own service, VMware, the maker of virtualization software, is selling a new suite of cloud software so that service providers and businesses can build their own new-age, cloud computing systems.

The collective muscle and proprietary leanings of those four companies has triggered something of a cloud panic. At its core, cloud computing promises lower costs and greater flexibility than traditional data centers. It’s a way to avoid lock-in, that mainframe-era problem where a company buys its own big, expensive systems—and is stuck with them. But those advantages could be undermined if, say, Amazon decides to play the heavy and makes it difficult for companies to move their software and data onto a competing cloud service. That would be lock-in, cloud edition.

To counter the big cloud players, the software maker Citrix has decided to open-source its CloudStack software. … Read more

In Canada, businesses using cloud computing services unknowingly

25 November 2011 — Many Canadian businesses are using cloud computing services without knowing it, a survey has found, pointing to a knowledge gap amid widespread privacy and security concerns.   Just 29 per cent of 705 senior leaders at Canadian businesses and government organizations said they were using some cloud computing services, according to a survey released by Microsoft Canada Thursday.  However, among the rest, one in five indicated that they used services like Microsoft Web Apps, Microsoft Office 365 and Windows Azure, which are, in fact, cloud computing services.  “One of the things that really stuck out in our eyes was that 19 per cent of those respondents are using the cloud and didn’t realize it,” John Weigelt, national technology officer for Microsoft Canada, said while releasing the results at an event in Toronto.

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In the world of “Big Data”, the top 12 data analytics players

               Big Data Analytics Goes … well, Big Time

18 October 2011 —  Organizations around the globe and across industries have learned that the smartest business decisions are based on fact, not gut feel. That means they’re based on analysis of data, and it goes way beyond the historical information held in internal transaction systems. Internet clickstreams, sensor data, log files, mobile data rich with geospatial information, and social-network comments are among the many forms of information now pushing information stores into the big-data league above 10 terabytes.

Trouble is, conventional data warehousing deployments can’t scale to crunch terabytes of data or support advanced in-database analytics. Over the last decade, massively parallel processing (MPP) platforms and column-store databases have started a revolution in data analysis. But technology keeps moving, and we’re starting to see upgrades that are blurring the boundaries of known architectures. What’s more, a whole movement has emerged around NoSQL (not only SQL) platforms that take on semi-structured and unstructured information.

InformationWeek has created an image gallery that presents a 2011 update on what’s available, with options including EMC’s … Read more

The War of Email Cloud Computing: Google vs. Microsoft

6 October 2011 – For an analysis of email cloud computing offerings from Google and Microsoft, including some interesting thoughts and predictions from Gartner, click here.… Read more

Cloud comparison: Apple iCloud vs. Google vs. Windows Live

3 October 2011 – “The cloud” has long been a buzzword in the tech scene but it has become an ever-important part of our daily computing lives and Apple’s iOS, Google’s Android and Microsoft’s Windows Phone Mango all have deep integration with the cloud, but use it in slightly different ways.

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For the consumer: 7 ways to get started with cloud computing

19 September 2011 — If you are a cloud virgin, what is the best way to get started and learn more about what the cloud can offer? Here are several suggestions, from the perspective of someone who has moderate IT knowledge and not necessarily the full backing and support resources of an IT department behind them. The idea here is to demonstrate some of the key concepts of cloud computing, as well as introduce you to some cool tools. We have also tried to focus on those that offer free trials or services that are relatively inexpensive and easy to get started with.

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