Cloud now makes up one third of Microsoft revenues as Azure soars

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 While revenue in the "Intelligent Cloud" segment grew 5 percent from the previous year to $6.3 billion. This figure was down two percent on the same period past year, but up three percent in "constant currency" figures when currency fluctuations are taken into account, Microsoft said.
On Thursday, the company said its revenue and profit fell in the last quarter, however, this doesn't make much of a difference as it made more from cloud computing with the stocks increasing by more than five percent after the release of the numbers...

Azure Pricing: Navigating Microsoft's Azure Cloud

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Microsoft may have been late to the cloud party, but steady investment and improvements to its Azure cloud have made it a worthy competitor to Amazon Web Services (AWS). Yet like most cloud platforms, Azure pricing is filled with potential complexity. Among the many advantages of moving to the cloud for cash-strapped IT departments is saving on continued investment in on-premises infrastructure by off-loading to an off-premise cloud platform. In addition to savings in hardware costs and the real estate required to maintain a datacenter, management and security is handled to a great extent (though not completely) by the cloud provider.

Cloud systems let you pay for what you need and scale up, which is far better than guessing at, for example, how many servers you need to buy and maintain in-house and risk getting more than you need or scrambling to add as demand increases. One reason some industries – like retail – overbuy is to handle demand spikes around the holidays even though that means a fair bit of capacity will go underutilized during other parts of the year...

Host.net Selects Embotics vCommander to Deliver IaaS

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Embotics, the leading provider of platform-neutral, hybrid cloud management software, has partnered with Host.net to expand cloud capabilities to its enterprise customers acting as a natural extension of its IT operations.

As Gartner Analyst, Douglas Toombs, notes in his July 2015 Magic Quadrant for Cloud Enabled Managed Hosting North America Report "Cloud-enabled managed hosting brings cloudlike consumption and provisioning attributes to the traditional managed hosting market. It represents an evolution of a mature market in which the wide variety of offerings and capabilities means vendors must be chosen carefully."

Hive-IO Launches Enterprise Cloud Compute Platform for a Complete Software-Defined Infrastructure Solution

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Hive-IO today launched its software-defined compute solution available as a complete infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) offering for large enterprise and SMB customers.  This solution – based on the world's largest virtual infrastructure implementation – is offered at a small fraction of the cost of traditional approaches.

"The public cloud is too open to provide a secure infrastructure and the private cloud is too costly and cumbersome.  We offer a unified architecture on a bare metal install that removes up to 30% of existing hardware requirements and eliminates vendor layer complexity in a cost-effective holistic solution. As enterprises and organizations look forward to cloud-enablement, the lightweight approach offered by Hive-IO provides a clear upgrade to traditional VDI, servers, storage, and platform solutions. " – Kevin McNamara, CTO and Founder, Hive-IO


In Pursuit of Efficiency and Elasticity, Cloud Pharmaceuticals Succeeds with ProfitBricks Cloud Infrastructure

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In pharmaceutical design, working with the smallest molecular structures creates some of the largest computing workloads. This comes from the need to parse massive amounts of algorithmic chemistry calculations to help discover and develop new drugs. Over the past year, Cloud Pharmaceuticals became more efficient, in both time and cost, thanks to the power and flexibility of the ProfitBricks cloud. 

North Carolina-based Cloud Pharmaceuticals designs new drugs and drug candidates, accelerating the developmental process using cloud computing technology in place of traditional, expensive and slow on-premises infrastructure. In 2014, Cloud Pharmaceuticals migrated to ProfitBricks, the leading provider of painless cloud infrastructure, in pursuit of the perfect balance of power and efficiency for its pharmaceutical design teams, and has since seen a reduction in cloud computing costs of 45 per cent.

LeaseWeb expands global IaaS footprint with new cloud platform in Asia

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LeaseWeb, one of the world's largest hosting brands, today launches LeaseWeb Cloud in Asia. The new cloud platform, operated by LeaseWeb Asia Pacific and based in their Singapore data center, brings the full range of LeaseWeb's public and private cloud products to the region. The platform was previously launched in Germany, the USA and the Netherlands. 

The LeaseWeb Cloud portfolio consists of public cloud as well as Apache CloudStack and VMware-based private cloud solutions. All services have an extensive feature set, including: instant deployment, fully redundant architecture, full flash-based storage, flat flee pricing, intuitive customer portal, and extensive APIs. LeaseWeb Asia Pacific also provides dedicated hosting, CDN and hybrid solutions.


IaaS and PaaS cloud computing: Benefits, myths and common mistakes

Grazed from IT ProPortal.  Author: Mihail Karpuk.

The “cloud” has been a hot term for a while. Regardless of the fact that the concept has been around for about 10 years, its superstar status produces many delusions and misconceptions.  There are still misunderstandings even about what cloud is. Technologies that have nothing to do with the cloud are given the buzzword name, and cloud hosting is marketed as a solution to every problem a business owner might have.

Therefore, before we talk about advantages and disadvantages of cloud computing, it is important to understand what the term “cloud service” really means. The main characteristics of the cloud are:

  • On-demand
  • Self-service
  • Scalable and measurable...

Enterprise Cloud Migration Spurs Infrastructure-as-a-Service Double-digit Growth, Finds Frost & Sullivan

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The technological and economic benefits offered by cloud services are accelerating enterprise migration from on-premise IT infrastructure solutions to hosted alternatives. This is driving rapid growth in the European infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) market. Cloud providers are also pursuing regional strategies such as setting up of local data centres to fast-track uptake among European customers.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Analysis of the European Infrastructure-as-a-Service Market (https://www.frost.com/mab4 [https), finds that the market earned revenues of 1.95 billion USD in 2014 and estimates this to reach 10.11 billion USD in 2019. For complimentary access to more information on this research, please visit: http://owl.li/PDhQC ...

Cloud Costs vs. Cloud Value: A Complicated Picture

Grazed from ITBusinessEdge.  Author: Arthur Cole.

The declarations came fast and furious this week following news of price increases for some key cloud services: The race to the bottom is finished, the era of cheap cloud computing is over.  But a closer look at what is really happening produces a more muddled picture, which unfortunately will make it even more difficult for the enterprise to chart the correct course through the clouds.
The biggest price reduction in recent weeks came from Microsoft, which has announced hikes of as much as 26 percent for such popular products as Azure, Office 365, CRM Online and the Enterprise Mobility Suite. The new rates are set to take effect August 1 and will affect customers in Europe, Canada and Australia, but only those who sign or renew their contracts – existing annual volume licensing agreements will not be affected until, of course, it’s time for renewal. The chief justification for the increases is the fluctuating currency rates...

Why MSP Clients Don't Get What They Pay for in Cloud Computing IaaS

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The great cloud migration has begun in earnest. 2014 was a pivotal year when the clients of MSPs started pushing back and demanding cloud computing solutions over on-premise capital expenditures. It’s simply not enough to be an MSP or VAR and sell only servers, storage and hardware upgrades. These days, business owners know a great deal about the cloud offerings available. Additionally, the early fears of cloud security are being diminished by the countless success stories and case studies of big name companies moving to the cloud.

MSPs have a few options--more SaaS solutions or delaying the inevitable replacement of on-premise infrastructure with cloud infrastructure. Sure, email and CRM migrations to the cloud were painful, and many MSPs experienced margin loss. However, today, in 2015, most of those projects are viewed as a success...