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Microsoft (MSFT) May Have Solution for Low-Latency, Cloud-Based Gaming

Grazed from TheStreetInsider.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) Research may have come up with a better solution for low-latency cloud-based gaming, something that could jettison the company ahead of peers in the gaming segment and something that could, potentially, set Microsoft apart in cloud computing as well. The following was posted to the official Microsoft Research blog on Thursday:

Abstract

Gaming is very popular. Cloud gaming – where remote servers perform game execution and rendering on behalf of thin clients that simply send input and display output frames – promises any device the ability to play any game any time. Unfortunately, the reality is that wide-area network latencies are often prohibitive; cellular, Wi-Fi and even wired residential end host round trip times (RTTs) can exceed 100ms, a threshold above which many gamers tend to deem responsiveness unacceptable...

SMB Cloud Adoption Changes the Playing Field

Grazed from Midsize Insider.  Author: Jason Hannula.

Cloud adoption by small and midsize businesses (SMB) continues to march forward and is projected to reach almost 80 percent by 2020, according to an Emergent Research and Intuit report detailed in Forbes. Adoption of cloud computing is widespread, but the ways in which it changes a business and the implications in the SMB realm are just now becoming more clear.

According to the Emergent-Intuit report, the first stage of cloud technology engagement is to focus on creating efficiency gains within the business. The efficiency effects are occurring quickly for SMBs, and as a result they are now able to explore new structures and ways of conducting business. The impact is not limited to start-ups or technology businesses, as traditional, mainstream, product and services-based businesses are seeing benefits from the cloud...

Cloud, smart mobility drive tech M&A in Q2

Grazed from CBROnline.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Cloud and smart mobility have been responsible for about 42% of technology deal, with the global technology M&A rising by 57% to $52.4bn this year, a new report revealed.  The latest report from Ernst & Young revealed that the disclosed value of M&A deals rose by 70% to $119bn during the second half of 2014, while the value dropped 21% in 2Q14 compared to Q1.

Ernst & Young Global Technology Industry Transaction Advisory Services leader, Jeff Liu, said: "Global technology M&A is on course for a blockbuster year in 2014. Technology companies are cash rich, and interest rates are low...

Cloud Computing: Amazon’s Stock Can’t Defy Gravity Forever

Grazed from WallStreetDaily.  Author: Louis Basenese.

Amazon (AMZN) has been basking in the glory of higher sales and share prices, thanks to a phenomenon known as “showrooming.”  That’s when consumers hit their local stores to get an up-close look at a product, but then head home to purchase it online.

Chances are you’re guilty of this behavior, too, since an annual Harris poll shows that 46% of Americans admit to showrooming (up from 43% the year before)...

Salesforce Benefits From Cloud Computing Trend; Beats Estimates And Raises Guidance

Grazed from BidnessEtc.  Author: Larry Darrell.

Salesforce.com, Inc. (CRM), a pioneer of cloud software business, announced its earnings results for the second quarter of tis fiscal 2015 (2QFY15) after the market closed yesterday.


The San Francisco-based company also revised up its guidance for the entire FY15 after the strong results seen in 2QFY15. Its guidance for revenues was increased by $30 million to $5.34-5.37 billion, while analysts estimate $5.34 billion. The forecast for adjusted EPS was also revised up to $0.50-0.52, in line with expectations of $0.51...

VMware rebrands vCloud Hybrid Service to VMware vCloud Air

Grazed from CloudComputingIntelligence.  Author: Editorial Staff.

The successful attempt by VMware to keep ahead of the Iaas and Paas cloud vendors, vCloud Hybrid Service, is getting anunexpected name change.  As name changes go, the latest rebrand from VMware for its hybrid cloud delivery solution isn’t exactly going to get the earth shaking, but it may just confuse the hell out of those already using it.

VMware has said it will be changing the name of its vCloud Hybrid Service, launched in the UK earlier this year and in the US at the end of last year to, 
VMware vCloud Air. Additionally its network of 3,800 worldwide service providers that feed into the vCloud Air service will also be renamed to VMware vCloud Air Network - it was previously known as VMware Service Provider Program (VSPP) - and all future “as-a-service” offerings from VMware will also carry the “Air” brand suffix to align with this strategy...

Enterprises gorging on excess cloud capacity

Grazed from TechTarget.  Author: David Linthicum.

Is it true that if you don't use it, you lose it? When it comes to the cloud, enterprises are buying excess capacity at lower prices. David Linthicum discusses whether the extra cloud capacity is being maximized.

Buying in bulk is nothing new. From food to technology, everything is offered in bundles, and cloud computing is no exception. Enterprises are buying excess cloud capacity at reduced rates, but what is sparking the movement?...

Cloud Behind The Latest Spate Of Mergers And Acquistions

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Joe McKendrick.

These days, everyone wants a piece of the cloud. Technology mergers and acquisitions are on a tear for a blockbuster year, and cloud computing is responsible for much of this burst of activity.

That’s the word from EY, which finds clouds lurking behind many transactions in its latest review of M&A activity in the second quarter of this year (April to June). In total, $52.4 billion in deals were conducted across the globe, a 57% year-over-year increase. Cloud and smart mobility drove 42 percent of technology deal-making, EY estimates...

VMware Buys CloudVolumes to Beef Up Virtual Desktops

Grazed from CIO-Today. Author: Jennifer LeClaire.

VMWare is pressing deeper into cloud Relevant Products/Services technologies with its latest acquisition. The virtualization Relevant Products/Services and cloud infrastructure Relevant Products/Services company just bought a real-time Relevant Products/Services application delivery technology provider called CloudVolumes. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

CloudVolumes' technology makes it possible for enterprises to deliver native applications to virtualized environments on demand, which fills a gap in VMware's portfolio of software solutions. CloudVolumes customers use the solutions for terminal servers, desktops, and servers, eliminating lock-ins of service providers and hypervisors...

X as a Service (XaaS): What the Future of Cloud Computing Will Bring

Grazed from RicksCloud. Author: Rick Blaisdell.

In this post, I’ll discuss XaaS: what it is and why you might want to consider using it. First, what is XaaS? Is this just more marketing fluff? Why do we need to define yet another model to fully describe cloud services? I contest that XaaS is a legitimate term, and that it is useful to describe a new type of cloud services — those that make use of IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS all neatly delivered in one package.

Such packages are intended to fully displace the delivery of a commodity IT service. My favorite example of XaaS is desktop as a service, or DaaS. In a DaaS product, a service provider might assemble it with the following:

  • Servers to run Virtual Desktop Infrastructure from a provider such as Terremark (IaaS)
  • An office suite such as Microsoft Office365 (SaaS)
  • Patching and maintenance services
  • A physical endpoint such as a Chromebook or thin client device...