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Here are a few interesting articles from last week - including Gartner 2015 tech trends,cloud security, DCIM tools, and the APAC network roundup.


Gartner lays out its top 10 tech trends for 2015

The Internet of things, and everything that's part of its universe, including smart machines, pervasive analytics, and 3D printing, are on Gartner's annual list of strategic technologies for the year ahead.

The list, presented today by Garner analyst David Cearley at the firm's annual Symposium/ITxpo, is focused on merging the real world with the virtual one, what that means for analytics and the type of IT that has to emerge to deal with it.

Microsoft researchers create a secure haven in the cloud

Microsoft researchers have figured out a new way to keep data and applications secure in the cloud, by cordoning them off in memory from the underlying infrastructure.

The approach, which Microsoft calls Haven, could help enterprises feel more comfortable using the cloud for mission-essential data and applications, said the researchers, who are presenting the approach at the USENIX Symposium on Operating Systems Design and Implementation in Broomfield, Colorado, this week. Microsoft researchers Andrew Baumann, Marcus Peinado and Galen Hunt authored a paper about Haven, which USENIX named the best of the conference.

Magic Quadrant for Data Center Infrastructure Management Tools (DCIM)

The emergence of cloud, IT consumerization, and a lot more data has forced the data center to evolve and support new demands. Through it all, data center management and control sit at the top of an administrator’s task list. This is because power, energy consumption, and efficiency are all critical pieces of keeping a business running and a data center healthy. 

APAC Roundup: Akamai, NTT, Pacnet, Huawei, Ciena, Cisco

Here’s a quick rundown of news from the Asia-Pacific theater from this week, with four from China and one from Japan:

Akamai has a new partner in the world’s biggest market.  They’ve signed a strategic partnership agreement with China Telecom’s cloud division, CT Cloud.  CT Cloud will incorporate Akamai’s CDN and other services into a package aimed at Chinese enterprises looking to expand overseas In turn, China Telecom’s infrastructure will help extend Akamai’s ability to reach Chinese consumers.

Google Adds US$100M to Taiwan Cloud – Report

Google is investing further into its cloud computing data center in central Taiwan in a bid to cash in on Asia’s fast-growing Internet communications market according to local reports.

ViaWest Launches PCI-Compliant Cloud for Credit Card Data

ViaWest has launched a purpose-built, audit-ready PCI-compliant cloud service. PCI compliance means the cloud can be used for accepting, storing, processing or transmitting credit card data.

ViaWest exemplifies the trend of data center providers adding cloud services to colocation and managed services but tailoring them to specific verticals and use cases instead of competing with so-called “commodity clouds,” offered by the likes of Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure or Google Cloud Platform.

Interoute Opens Two Virtual Data Centers in London

Interoute, owner of Europe’s largest cloud platform, has opened two new Virtual Data Center (VDC) locations in London – one in Canary Wharf and a second site in Slough.

Cloud Giants do Battle Backed by Distinctly Different Partner Networks

When evaluating the marketplaces of the big three public IaaS cloud providers - Amazon Web Services, Google and Microsoft - AWS stands out in terms of the maturity of its platform for partners to offer products and services on top of its cloud. But Microsoft, too, has a formidable partner program that could rival Amazon’s in the future, analysts predict.

Each of these three providers has a network of partners that have products and services that run on top of their IaaS clouds. Examining these marketplaces can be important for cloud customers; once a cloud provider is chosen, users may want to explore other third-party apps and services that are tightly integrated with that cloud service.