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Cloud usage continues to gain momentum across all industries. In a recent FutureScape: Worldwide Cloud 2017 Predictions report, IDC predicted that between 60 percent and 70 percent of all software, services and technology spending will be on the cloud by 2020. With this increase in cloud usage comes a corresponding need for employees with cloud skills. Supply has not kept pace with demand, however. The State of Cloud Readiness Study 2016 found that 53 percent of IT leaders are struggling to acquire the necessary skills to support cloud initiatives within their organizations, while almost half indicate staff training is not a priority. This is a serious problem, but one that hold tremendous upside potential for career advancement and success for network and data center professionals with the right training and certifications. For those weighing a career in IT, clou... (more)

Juniper Networks to Exhibit at @CloudExpo NY | @JuniperNetworks #AI #ML

SYS-CON Events announced today that Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR), an industry leader in automated, scalable and secure networks, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Juniper Networks challenges the status quo with products, solutions and services that transform the economics of networking. The company co-innovates with customers and partners to deliver automated, scalable and secure networks with agility, performance and value. For more information, visit www.juniper.net. The World's Largest "Cloud Digital Transformation" Event @CloudExpo / @ThingsExpo 2017 New York (June 6-8, 2017, Javits Center, Manhattan) @CloudExpo / @ThingsExpo 2017 Silicon Valley (Oct. 31 - Nov. 2, 2017, Santa Clara Convention Center, CA) Full Conference Registration Gold Pass and Exhibit Ha... (more)

Cloud and Virtualization | @CloudExpo @SHD_9 #PaaS #SaaS #AI #SDN #SDS

Cloud and Virtualization - A Case of Déjà Vu As today's businesses increasingly turn to the cloud to run their operations, seasoned enterprise technology professionals may recognize a familiar pattern. Years ago, virtualization emerged as a transformational technology with a similar pattern of business drivers; initially the promise of significant cost savings justified deployments. Just as virtualization evolved from a tactical cost-saving technology into a corporate strategy enabling enterprises to be responsive to changing business demands, cloud computing is following a similar path. I talk frequently with IT professionals about their interest in and usage of cloud technologies, and I'm frequently struck by a strong sense of déjà vu from the time when virtualization was starting to take off and gain traction within enterprises across the globe. Virtualization w... (more)

SaaS Apps and Feature Gaps | @CloudExpo @AppNeta #AI #API #SaaS

SaaS Apps and Feature Gaps By Christine Cignoli We're slowly getting used to cloud and SaaS applications in every area of our lives-including at work. Even huge enterprises are starting to move important business apps to the cloud, like Office 365 and Google Docs. That shift affects IT and end users a lot, as both adjust to using and supporting new, cloud-based tools. Sometimes those SaaS applications lack the features of their in-house counterparts. Evaluating SaaS apps against their previous in-house versions isn't so simple, and neither is figuring out which cloud application to choose. Comparing Office 365 vs. G Suite, for example, isn't an apples-to-apples choice. They each comprise a lot of applications with a lot of features, but there will be differences in how the apps look and how users experience them. They each have areas of strength and weakness. And bo... (more)

SaaS Performance | @CloudExpo @Catchpoint #DevOps #WebPerf #AI #SaaS

Managing Performance for SaaS-Based Applications Software as a service (SaaS), one of the earliest and most successful cloud services, has reached mainstream status. According to Cisco, by 2019 more than four-fifths (83 percent) of all data center traffic will be based in the cloud, up from 65 percent today. The majority of this traffic will be applications. Businesses of all sizes are adopting a variety of SaaS-based services - everything from collaboration tools to mission-critical commerce-oriented applications. The rise in SaaS usage has many positive benefits, but one drawback is that as demand grows, SaaS providers are having a harder time ensuring a high-performing (fast, reliable) end-user experience - at the same time performance expectations are growing higher than ever. SaaS Providers Struggle to Meet Modern Day User Performance Expectations Websites and a... (more)

[session] @MongoDB on AWS | @CloudExpo #DevOps #APM #AI #Security

Bridging the Gap with MongoDB on AWS MongoDB Atlas leverages VPC peering for AWS, a service that allows multiple VPC networks to interact. This includes VPCs that belong to other AWS account holders. By performing cross account VPC peering, users ensure networks that host and communicate their data are secure. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Jay Gordon, a Developer Advocate at MongoDB, will explain how to properly architect your VPC using existing AWS tools and then peer with your MongoDB Atlas cluster. He'll discuss the security advantages you immediately gain, easier configuration of whitelisting networks and potential cost savings on bandwidth. Speaker Bio Jay Gordon is a Developer Advocate at MongoDB focused on providing users with a great experience with our Cloud products. He joined MongoDB in 2016 after many years as working as a System Administrator and D... (more)

Ransomware in the Age of #SaaS | @CloudExpo SDN #AI #ML #CloudSecurity

Protecting Data and Applications in the Age of SaaS Recent market analysis from Cisco demonstrates the torrid adoption of cloud-based services. By 2019, more than four-fifths of all data center traffic, 83 percent, will be based in the cloud (up from 65 percent today). Most of this action will be going to public cloud services, which will account for 56 percent of all cloud workloads. In terms of type of cloud services, a majority will be applications, as the study finds Software as a Service (SaaS) is and will continue to be the dominant mode. Currently, about 45 percent of cloud implementations are SaaS; this figure is expected to grow to 59 percent by 2019, and SaaS adoption is particularly widespread among SMBs. The increasing trust and confidence in public cloud services has contributed, and is continuing to contribute, to the growth in SaaS adoption for miss... (more)

Cloud #Serverless Architecture | @CloudExpo @AccentureCloud #AI #DevOps

Cloud Is the Engine of Ingenuity Contrary to conventional wisdom, we are not entering a new era of technology. We're already there. We are living in the midst of one of the most disruptive periods in enterprise IT, and cloud is the leading catalyst. There are several trends marking this dramatic transition in 2017, five of which warrant close scrutiny. 1. Public cloud use continues to grow at hyper-scale A global survey from Accenture of nearly 1,900 executives across 15 industries reveals massive growth in public cloud. In the study, four out of five executives indicated that they intend to move more of their operations to the cloud within the next several years. Despite common misconceptions that public cloud leaves companies more vulnerable than private cloud, business leaders are seeing the light. While our survey revealed that security is still a concern among e... (more)

[session] #FinTech SaaS | @CloudExpo @delaPlexSoftwar #AI #ML #Blockchain

FinTech SaaS in the Cloud: Idea to Execution FinTech is the sum of financial and technology, and it's one of the fastest growing tech industries. Total global investments in FinTech almost reached $50 billion last year, but there is still a great deal of confusion over what it is and what it means - especially as it applies to retirement. Building financial startups is not simple, but with the right team, technology and an innovative approach it can be an extremely interesting domain to disrupt. FinTech heralds a financial revolution that is for everyone. Ideally, it's cloud-based, consumer friendly and offers education in a consumable manner with mobility and portability. In recent years, the financial services market has seen a major disruption wave coming from the FinTech sector. Surprisingly, innovations were brought not by industry experts, but by technology ex... (more)

Scorecard for #SaaS | @CloudExpo #DevOps #AI #SaaS #FinTech #DataCenter

Updating the Balanced Scorecard for the Saas World: Subscription Scorecard The balanced scorecard (BSC) is a tool that organizations have used for many years to measure strategic, operational and financial performance. The concept behind the BSC is simple: a company and/or business unit prioritizes a set of 15 to 20 financial and non-financial metrics across four quadrants linked to the company's market and operations strategy in order to measure and manage performance. While the BSC is a good organizing framework and remains relevant today, it needs a major shift to be effective in a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) world where traditional BSC measures don't adequately gauge and predict performance. SaaS companies have a constant window into how customers use their products as well as an opportunity to gain insight and add value at continuous customer touch points. Whe... (more)

Cloud Operations | @CloudExpo @AppNeta #SaaS #APM #SDN #Monitoring

Cloud Operations Can't Be Ignored By Christine Cignoli Lots of cloud technology predictions and analysis are still dealing with future spending and planning, but there are plenty of real-world cloud use cases and implementations happening now. One approach, taken by stalwart GE, is to use SaaS applications for non-differentiated uses. For them, that means moving functions like HR, finance, taxes and scheduling to SaaS, while spending their software development time and resources on the core apps that make GE better, such as inventory, planning and sales. Essentially, as for more and more large enterprises, GE is getting out of the infrastructure business. And at another company that's been around for awhile - Intuit - the CIO has focused on spending transparency and business outcomes, both essential to IT strategy in this cloud computing era. For them, any digital p... (more)