From the perspective of us here on Earth, clouds are usually pretty boring. Sure, sometimes we spot one that looks cool or see a unique formation that we take a photo of for Instagram and then move on with our lives. But for astronauts and satellite cameras looking down on the planet from above, clouds have a ton of personality. Recently, NASA Earth Observatory created a fantastic video compilation of some of the most stunning cloud photographs the agency has captured over the years, along with handy bits of info about how clouds form and why they act the way they do.

From Canada and Morocco to Madagascar and Peru, each cloud formation is completely different from the ones before it, and each has a unique set of circumstances that allowed it to take shape.

One of the coolest of the bunch, and the only one in the slideshow that shows signs of direct influence form humans, is this photo of what NASA terms “hole-punch clouds.”

The thin sheet of cloud cover over Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas in this image shows how human air traffic can change the way clouds look and move. The holes and jagged scars in the clouds are actually created by jet liners making their way through.

“If you were to look from below, it would appear as if part of the cloud was falling out of the sky,” NASA explains. “As it turns out, that’s actually what’s happening. The clouds are initially composed of liquid drops at a super-cooled temperature below 0° Celsius. As an airplane passes through a cloud, particles in its exhaust can create a disturbance that triggers freezing. Ice particles then quickly grow at the expense of water droplets.”

It’s a very cool video, and definitely worth a watch.

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MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif., March 7, 2017 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Measured Search Inc, provider of the leading open source search-as-a-service solutions, today announced the availability of their new Elasticsearch Service offering. Elasticsearch, the popular open source search engine has been growing impressively over the last few years in both developer adoption and product features. Measured Search's Elasticsearch Service offers key features focused on enterprise customers:

Pick a Cloud...Any Cloud

Measured Search's Elasticsearch Service is Cloud agnostic. Host, deploy, manage and scale Elasticsearch applications in any cloud (including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, or Google Cloud). Enterprises choose cloud vendors based on different criteria. Those criteria can change over time - as they change, so too can the cloud provider.

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Get 24x7x365 comprehensive and SLA-backed Managed Services from Elasticsearch experts. They are only a call or an email away – literally, anytime. Enjoy peace of mind with fully managed Elasticsearch Service.

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Detailed query level metrics allows users to gain insights around what your users are searching for and how you can optimize search relevance. Get search conversion analytics, query level details and session level analytics to discover and track areas of improvement that can lead to increased click throughs and revenue.

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Want to add the latest plugin or add a custom plugin to your Elasticsearch cluster? Elasticsearch Service by Measured Search supports custom plugins through their developer support.

"We've seen some of our customers struggle with their hosted Elasticsearch applications and felt there was a strong need for a fully managed Elasticsearch Service solution. They want to be able to focus on the interesting aspects of their job: application development and relevance tuning. And they want to leave the maintenance, support, care and feeding of the search infrastructure and tooling to someone else. Over the last year, we've really grown and learned from our Solr-as-a-Service customers and we're applying these lessons learned to our customers who are utilizing Elasticsearch."

-Sameer Maggon, CEO Measured Search

About Measured Search

Measured Search® enables companies to elevate the experience of Apache Solr or Elasticsearch based search applications faster and with more confidence. SearchStax® by Measured Search is a leading cloud orchestration, management and analytics platform for Open Source Search. Delivering cloud agnostic search as a managed service, Measured Search offers software and services that automate Solr or Elasticsearch management and administration in the cloud, improves stability and performance, provides comprehensive end-user search analytics, and on demand Search expertise.

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Source : http://finance.yahoo.com/news/measured-search-launches-fully-managed-160000573.html



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Cloud data center traffic will exceed 14 zettabytes in 2020, an increase of 262 percent from 2015, according to the Cisco Global Cloud Index (PDF). Released Thursday, the report projects total global data center traffic to reach 15.3 ZB annually by 2020, with 92 percent of all workloads being processed in the cloud by 2020.

It also forecasts the number of hyperscale data centers to rise by 226 percent from 259 at the end of 2015 to 485 by 2020.

The majority of workloads will tip over from private to public cloud this year, Cisco says, and public cloud will continue to grow by 35 percent CAGR throughout the forecast period (compared to 15 percent for private), boosted by demand for cost efficiency and agility, along with strengthening public cloud security.

SaaS workloads will grow from 65 percent of total cloud workloads in 2015 to 74 percent by 2020, while the share taken by IaaS will drop from 26 to 17 percent, and PaaS will drop from 9 to 8.  Cisco also forecasts enterprises’ share of workloads to decrease, while consumers’ share will rise, though the enterprise share will be buoyed by big data and IoT workloads. In its report last year, Cisco noted that personal cloud storage would be used by 55 percent (2 billion) of the consumer internet population by 2019.

While data center traffic is growing, architectural innovations like software-defined networking and network function virtualization are streamlining it, the index says, and the density of workloads per server is forecast to grow from 7.3 in 2015 to 11.9 by 2020.

“The IT industry has taken cloud computing from an emerging technology to an essential scalable and flexible networking solution. With large global cloud deployments, operators are optimizing their data center strategies to meet the growing needs of businesses and consumers,” said Doug Webster, Cisco’s vice president of service provider marketing. “We anticipate all types of data center operators continuing to invest in cloud-based innovations that streamline infrastructures and help them more profitably deliver web-based services to a wide range of end users.”

Regionally, the Middle East and Africa will lead in data center traffic growth, with a 34 percent CAGR, but will still be “only” 451 exabytes in 2020. North Amercian cloud data center traffic is expected to grow by 27 percent, from 2.2 ZB in 2015 to 7.1 ZB in 2020.

The Internet of Everything (IoE) will generate 600 ZB of data by 2020, the report says, but hardly more than 6 ZB of that will be stored.

Data center space is being snapped up worldwide, with large chunks of data center space in particularly high demand. In October AWS announced the launch of three new cloud data centers in Ohio, leaving only a couple hundred to go by 2020.


Source:  http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/

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Russian digital forensics firm Elcomsoft recently discovered that Apple’s mobile devices with enabled iCloud feature automatically transmit their users’ call logs to the company servers without any notification.

According to Elocomsoft the relayed information contains a list of calls made and received on the mobile device and also phone numbers, dates, times and duration of the calls. Furthermore, it is not only call logs that are sent to Apple’s servers, but calls made through WhatsApp, Viber, Skype and Facetime; with the data being stored by Apple for as long as 4 months.

Vladimir Katalov, CEO of Elcomsoft, told Sputnik that users are essentially left unaware of this feature because there’s no notification that call logs can actually be synched with iCloud. He also remarked that it’s hard to say exactly how legal this particular feature is in terms of privacy issues.

"To be honest, I haven’t read Apple’s privacy agreement completely – it is a very large document, about twenty pages or so. ofcourse it does mention that some of your information can be stored to iCloud. But there’s other document that shows and describes in detail what information stored in the iCloud can be shared by Apple with the law enforcement, by the legal request of course; and there’s no single mention of the call log synching there. Apple only says that they can provide law enforcement with iCloud backups, the information stored in the iCloud backups and some other data stored in the iCloud, but nothing about the calls," he said.

Katalov pointed out that such information could be of great interest to law enforcement agencies and that there are basically two ways for them to access that data.

"Law enforcement people can contact people directly and get all the information stored there; it is encrypted of course, but the thing is, everything stored in Apple’s iCloud (well, almost everything) is encrypted in the way that the encryption keys are stored along with the data, so there’s no problem for Apple to decrypt everything and provide the plain-text information. And the other way of course is to use the software like ours to get access to the information stored in iCloud, but in that case of course you will need iCloud credentials such as the Apple ID and password or the authentication token," Katalov explained.

He added that there are also two ways for iPhone users to protect their information, but each of these methods has its own drawbacks.

"The simplest, but probably not the most effective one is to disable iCloud completely; if you can't do that then at least enable th two-factor authentication for your account to make it harder for hackers to get at your information. But still, you have to know that law enforcement can access your information stored there regardless of whether the two-factor authentication is enabled or not," he surmised.

Author:  TECH

Source:  https://sputniknews.com

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For some companies, using cloud services isn’t what they hoped or expected it to be. Reason’s like these might be enough to make them leave.

1. Your costs went out of the control.

This can be significant. Prices go up and go down. A new product gets introduced that might be more financially attractive—but only if you started from that point and not if you include the added cost of migration (documentation, security and other audit) not to mention re-budgeting and rate of return over the lifecycle of the data flows.

2. Security was tougher than you thought.

You were probably smart and already had extensive key control, but perhaps your cloud vendor wanted it done their way. Asset control, the cost of embedding security control planes and audit infrastructure that duplicates data center standards created a duopoly of security infrastructure—perhaps both equal but not the same—adding to costs of control, training, documentation, audit and more.

3. Moving stuff among cloud vendors takes the skills of a science fiction writer.

There are some decent methodologies for making atomic, rather than dependent, cloud constructions so that they can be moved (mostly) en masse to a new target cloud provider’s infrastructure with comparative ease. Few organizations base their relationships on the mandate that assets must be mobile rather than dependent on a cloud provider’s secret sauce. Then they weep.

4. Your APIs are not only ignored, but unsupported.

Hooks to your management, networking and administrative control planes are mandatory. You may be on your own getting support for them because often the hooks live, in theory, somewhere, and are managed by, um, someone. It’s best to know that your control plane is supported before you start moving assets.

5. Cloud tech support is available. Just available.

Imagine my complete surprise when I moved my meager infrastructure into the cloud to find support is available only Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Mountain time. I’m moving out shortly. My data center is hosted at Expedient, which has data centers increasingly around the country. Those nightshift people live for something to do that’s both interesting and complex. Black-belt support personnel are doing comparatively mundane graveyard shift stuff. I should’ve moved there.

6. Someone’s constantly trying to snack on your assets with new and ingenious, cloud vendor implementation-specific wedges.

I won’t say much about this other than use a search engine and look up “$cloudprovider hacks”. Have a nice day.

7. Only DevOps uses it, and they have the housekeeping skills of a dorm resident.

Audit your stuff. Find out exactly what’s being used, why it’s being used and what the budget was. You’re supposed to get a return on investment, somehow, on the dough you’re spending in the cloud. My best friends are developers, and they sometimes have all of the cleanliness of teenagers.

8. Cloud apps are digesting your data, and you’re paranoid that it’s being reassembled somehow, somewhere, by your competitors.

This is something I worry a lot about, knowing the deftness of big data analysis engines and their thoroughness. Do you look at the terms and conditions thoroughly? Do you worry about conflation from your SaaS providers? I do.

9. The complexity of managing several notions of infrastructure has created a mess and one that doesn’t meet the tests of audit, compliance or even credulity.

You thought one infrastructure was tough and the cloud ought to be a part of your “one data infrastructure,” but for many it is not—it’s a duplication. It’s more licensing cost. More training. More disaster recovery cost. More personnel. More documentation. More turf in general. The complexity factors rise. Maybe they rise to the point where a re-assertion of sanity is warranted for some organizations.

10. Your cloud vendor once again altered their business model, and now you’re left wondering what they’ll do next quarter.

Depending on contractors is always fraught. As the industry heards move here and there, new initiatives render new, if more daunting (perhaps productive) prospects. Periodic review of cloud vendor direction is needed. The problem is some cloud vendors are now so large, you can spend a week at their vanity trade show and be none the wiser.

Author:  Tom Henderson

Source:  http://www.networkworld.com

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