Showing posts with label ownCloud. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ownCloud. Show all posts

Friday, March 27, 2015

Google Cloud now makes it easy to deploy applications in one click

Google’s Cloud service just got a little easier to use. Today, it announced Google Cloud Launcher which makes it easy to deploy applications like WordPress or entire stacks like LAMP in a single click.
The new launcher features more than 120 open source applications that are either configured by Bitnami or Google Click to Deploy. You simply need to select a piece of software, choose a few options and it’s up and running.

It also includes a number of developer tools and setups like Gitlab, Jenkins, Node.js and Ruby on Rails, along with databases like MongoDB, MySQL and more. Cloud Launcher will also ensure these packages are integrated with Google Cloud Monitoring so you can get performance metrics from your installs.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Basic Things You Should Know About Cloud Computing

We’ve all heard about cloud computing, but it may still seem like a foreign language to some. Because cloud computing has become a big deal (like, change the face of IT big), we thought we would provide a brief cloud computing introduction. Here are some key points you need to know about cloud computing to help your organization reap its benefits and get you back into the 21st century.

1. There are two versions of cloud to know about

There are several varieties of cloud computing services. Depending on your company’s IT needs, you might be able to use a cloud service instead of investing in new IT hardware. Two of the more popular versions of cloud offerings are Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). With SaaS, the cloud service provider hosts your enterprise applications and associated data on its servers and storage systems. Users gain access to SaaS applications using a Web browser. And your company would typically pay a fee per user per month. With IaaS, the provider offers virtual machines, physical servers, storage, switching, and connectivity resources to run your enterprise applications on a pay-as-you-go basis. You are responsible for installing and maintaining the operating system and application or virtual machine; the provider is responsible for managing the infrastructure hardware that the applications or virtual machines run on.

2. Cloud Computing Services offer greater flexibility in delivering IT services

Business today is very dynamic. Cloud services let companies quickly ramp capacity up AND down to match business needs.
In contrast to legacy hosting services, which often locked companies into contracts for multiple months or years, today’s cloud computing services are offered by the month or based on the consumption of resources. This is a perfect match for some industries, such as retail and financial services, which are subject to boom times and quiet times in their normal business cycles. Maybe you have a new application and are unsure of the speed of growth. A cloud computing service lets you expand and contract IT resources in sync with those cycles.
Need more capacity to handle late summer back to school sales or to support a web site for a trendy service? You can throttle up capacity for several months to support the peak period and then scale back when activities return to normal. Similarly, you can match capacity to demands as business units grow and contract over time. This helps align IT spending with actual needs.

3. Cloud computing gives you the ability to refresh an aging infrastructure without incurring CAPEX costs.

This is critical especially for companies that are trying to accommodate new technologies. For instance, many companies today are virtualizing their mission-critical applications. To do so, they need the virtual machines associated with those applications to run on powerful and resilient servers. Cloud computing gives companies a way to do this without having to buy new servers.

4. Cloud is an economical way to support more users and new IT services.

Many data centers are running out of space. This is forcing some companies to build new data centers or pay a fortune to expand their existing centers. Here again, cloud computing allows companies to move their applications to a provider’s infrastructure and save the cost of a data center expansion.

5. Cloud frees up staff for other projects.

IT staff members spend most of their time keeping the proverbial “lights on.” A good portion of an IT staff’s time is dedicated to managing, maintaining, and troubleshooting equipment. Cloud computing providers often offer infrastructure as well as management services, allowing companies to offload those tasks to the provider, thus freeing up IT staff to work on other projects that are more critical to the success of a business.

As you can see, cloud computing can be many things to different companies. The great thing about cloud computing is that the services can help companies be more responsive to market conditions, all while reining in IT costs.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

CamFind launches CloudSight API for multiplatform visual search functionality

CamFind, the company behind an image recognition and visual search app of the same name, today launched CloudSight, a public API that uses the CamFind technology.
CloudSight analyzes images — as opposed to text — to return relevant Web-based information to users. The API is designed to be accessible and easy for developers and companies to integrate into their own devices and platforms.
Both app and API employ deep learning, a popular technology that “learns” over time and from its mistakes by simulating certain brain functions.

“Using deep learning, we set up an advanced image recognition technology to give results from our server,” Dominik Mazur, CEO and co-founder of CamFind told TNW. “With this, we can go deeply into identifying, say, a brand of car or breed of dog — not just a classification. What sets us apart is that we always have an answer. It’s not just an exact answer or nothing.”
A typical example of how this tool works could be at the supermarket, where the user wants to cook something with eggplant. They can take a photo of the eggplant using CamFind’s visual search feature and uncover related information from the Web, such as additional images, nutritional information, recipes, pricing and more. CamFind lets users photograph, identify and gather a range of information on objects and products from any photographic angle.
Its features include Internet search, related or similar image results, price comparisons and online shopping, location information, and sharing to social networks. The app lets you upload and save images from the Camera Roll, and includes a QR code and barcode scanner, language translator, voice search and more. It recognizes nearly 40 million images.

The public API now lets any app integrate visual search technology. According to Mazur, CamFind’s technology is already being used by over 750 companies, including international marketing agencies and app developers. The company is currently working with additional North American retailers and cell phone manufacturers.
The technology, for which CamFind has 11 patents pending, is available for developers and companies. The API is designed to be functional and accessible with a goal toward saving companies time and money by removing the need for them to build similar technology. 
In addition to its API launch, CamFind announced it raised $4.8 million in seed and bridge round funding to continue working on this technology.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Using ownCloud to integrate Dropbox, Google Drive, and more in Gnome

I was looking for an easy way to have all my online storage services, such as Google Drive and Dropbox, integrated with my Linux desktop without using some nasty hack, and I finally have a solution that works. I'm here to share it with you. This is not rocket science really, all I did was a little bit of documentation reading, and a couple of clicks.
All of the technologies used are for free for personal use. Each of them has some pros and cons, and the beauty of the solution is that I can now use this as one virtual storage integrated in my desktop.
To get started with ownCloud, you can choose from a list of providers, many of which offer a free plan. You can also host ownCloud in your own infrastructure. For this example, we will be using OpenShift Online free plan, but any hosting solution will work for a single user.
Within OpenShift Online, in the main menu, click on the Add application button, and search for ownCloud if you do not see it on the list. Choose the URL of your application, and then starting the application in the cloud usually took OpenShift about 30 seconds. Then, it is time to login to your app using the generated password. For safety, make sure that you change the password during your first login. Now, you are good to go, you have 1 GB of online storage for free!
Now, it is time to do the integration on the desktop side. In Gnome, go to Settings->Online Accounts -> Add.
Choose ownCloud service and put the info in (URL, user name and password) and you have integrated ownCloud into your Linux desktop! Now, you can work with files, calendar, and notes that are automatically synchronized.
You can stop right here and enjoy the ride, or you can push it to the next level and integrate more services into ownCloud. At the moment it supports multiple platforms such as Amazon Drive, OpenStack object storage, FTP, and more.
We will take a look at integrating Google Drive and Dropbox; choose which one you want to start with. Dropbox is much easier, because it requires much less configuration! Google Drive is a little complicated, so check out the official tutorial.


Login to you Dropbox account and go to the developers application creationpage. Choose Dropbox API app and fill in the details. Fill in the Redirect URIs,which is myCloud URL.
The final stage is the configuration on the ownCloud side. First you need to enable the external storage support, because it is not supported out of the box (at least not with my version) Apps -> Apps -> External storage support ->Enable.
And then Admin -> Admin -> External storage. Enter App key and App secretand you are all set!
This is what it looks like in the file browser. The great thing about this solution is that you can easily work with the online files stored in different services from one place!
Hope you will find this useful, took me a bit of googling and clicking before it all worked for me!