Is Microsoft Office 365 considered the cloud?

Grazed from Houston Business Journal. Author: Heinan Landa.

It’s marketed as the cloud. People say it’s the cloud. If it looks like a duck and walks like a duck, well, it must be a duck, right? Think again. Since 2011, Microsoft has been putting considerable time and effort into promoting its Office 365 package. This is presented as an all-in-one, low-cost cloud solution for businesses large or small, and it has been gaining some serious ground in the marketplace. But is it a cloud computing solution? Yes and no.

All about definition

If you define cloud computing as access to your email and files from anywhere you have an Internet connection, then, yes, it is a form of cloud computing. It lets you do that and it lets you work from anywhere. Office 365 also stores your data an off-site data center, which means you benefit from increased reliability, redundancy, and business continuity...

$1 Billion: How Much Alibaba Will Invest In Cloud Computing

Grazed from TechTimes. Author: Alexandra Burlacu.

China's Alibaba is planning to invest a massive $1 billion into its Aliyun cloud computing business in the next three years. With this notable investment, Alibaba's Aliyun is gunning for Amazon and its Web Services division, heating up the competition between the two e-commerce companies.

Analysts estimate the global cloud computing market is worth roughly $20 billion, and Alibaba wants a bigger piece of the pie. The company announced that its investment will help set up new data centers for Aliyun in various regions across the globe, including Singapore, the Middle East, Europe and Japan. Moreover, the company also intends to sign business deals with enterprise technology and telecom providers in those markets...

Selling cloud solutions not enough to tap into SMBs

Grazed from Channelnomics.  Author: Scharon Harding.

Channel partners must do more than resell cloud offerings in order to have a "sustainable" place in the market, according to Anurag Agrawal, CEO and analyst at TechAisle.  n a Sunday blog post, Agrawal said partners should offer more than solutions such as IaaS, PaaS and SaaS in order to capitalize on cloud.  "Simply reselling cloud solutions ... is not a long-term and sustainable strategy," he wrote. "They must be the trusted cloud advisor for the SMB end-customer."

Agrawal pointed to data from Techaisle's SMB cloud computing adoption survey, which found that 94 percent of SMBs are using some type of cloud solution. He said the market is in different "stages" of cloud adoption. For example, 30 percent of participants said they are reviewing cloud suppliers, while 24 percent are currently getting more details about cloud, according to Agrawal...

Analytics, big data most common cloud tasks for developers

Grazed from CloudTech.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Big Data and analytics are the most common cloud tasks for nearly eight in 10 developers, according to research by market intelligence group Evans Data Corporation.

Its report revealed that 79 per cent of 578 developers spend 42 per cent of their time on the tasks, as well as discovering that those who associate cloud computing with the Internet of Things (IoT) are three times as likely to use the cloud as the basis of their development...

Hey Google, it's time for a real cloud strategy

Grazed from InfoWorld.  Author: Eric Knorr.

We can all agree that there are three IaaS leaders in the cloud: Amazon, Microsoft, and Google. Right?  It depends on how you look at it. Without question, Amazon maintains a very long lead -- and it’s the only playertransparent enough to break out its cloud revenue in detail, with AWS Q2 sales up 81 percent year over year. Microsoft throws in Office 365 revenue, which is not strictly cloud money, but it’s clearly the No. 2 player and now sees the cloud as the most important part of its business going forward.

Yet where the heck is Google? The company doesn’t break out its cloud revenue at all. Microsoft and IBM aren't terribly transparent on this score, either, but according to last week's Q2 estimate from Synergy Research Group, each make more money from cloud infrastructure services than Google. After all, they have the leverage to push big existing enterprise customers to their clouds...

Analytics, Cloud Computing Dominate Internet Of Things App Developers' Plans

Grazed from Forbes.  Author: Louis Columbus.

 79% of Internet of Things (IoT) app developers spend at least 25% of their time with analytics or databases,  and 42% work on Big Data or advanced analytics projects.  55% of IoT developers primarily connect devices through the Cloud, with 32% connecting through a hub or middle tier.
26% of IoT developers most associate cloud computing with the Internet of Things and are 3X more likely to use the Cloud as a development environment.  These and many other insights are from the Internet of Things Study 2015, Volume I by Evans Data Corporation. Evans Data Corporation (EDC) maintains an international panel of developers who were contacted for this study...

A love affair with the public cloud, and why it makes sense

Grazed from ITProPortal.

So you’ve decided to move to the cloud. What’s it to be? Public? Private? Hybrid? Multi-cloud? So many questions and so many options. You start studying the pros and cons of various options. You even check out what your competitors are using. It’s not a simple decision, and believe us, we truly understand.
What makes a cloud a cloud?
So, is the cloud just a set of servers running in a data centre somewhere? Not quite. There are a few fundamental qualities that clouds are required to have in order to qualify for that tag. Here’s a few that are conventionally considered important:...

Crystal ball: what pundits say is next for Cloud Native Computing Foundation, OpenStack and Kubernetes

Grazed from SuperUser.  Author: Editorial Staff.

If the average 5-year-old isn't ready for school yet and can barely count up to 20,, given its explosive growth what's next for OpenStack? As the community around the world blew out candles to mark that half-decade milestone, pundits and contributors wondered what's in store.  Here are our favorite crystal ball pieces of the week...
“Looking forward to the next one to two years, we will expand to add services and capabilities. You will see us add capabilities for data services, for instance. We will have more vertical-specific tests,” Jonathan Bryce, OpenStack Foundation executive director, told The Register in a story where he also predicts that as OpenStack continues to grow, it will need more translations and people willing to do "mundane testing."  All these changes are a good thing -- says at least one vendor...

Cloud Computing: Amazon is still playing the dangerous game called 'race to zero'

Grazed from BusinessInsider.  Author: Julie Bort.

Amazon delighted investors on Thursday by posting a rare profit, helped in large part by its profitable cloud computing business, Amazon Web Services.  AWS sales surged 81% over the year-ago quarter, brought in revenue of $US1.82 billion for the quarter and dropped $US391 million of profit to the bottom line, an operating margin of 21.4%, CFO Brian Olsavsky told analysts on the quarterly conference call.
So analysts couldn’t resist the question: with AWS contributing so much to Amazon’s new-found profits, will the company keep cutting prices in what the tech industry calls the “race to zero”?  Short answer: Yes...

Cloud Computing: Check Point, VMware Expand Security Partnership

Grazed from The Var Guy.  Author: Michael Cusanelli.

Check Point Software Technologies (CHKP) recently announced an expanded partnership with VMware (VMW) to combine the security vendor’s vSEC virtual network security with the VMware NSX network virtualization platform.
Check Point’s vSEC is a software-defined data center offering that resides inside the NSX platform. The collaboration is designed to help joint customers protect their enterprise private cloud environments by providing security controls within the data center, giving users increased ability to monitor and prevent internal breaches...