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Cloud Computing: First iPad, now Chromebooks - Microsoft embraces non-Windows devices

Grazed from CiteWorld. Author: Nancy Gohring.

With new Microsoft's renewed focus on the cloud and support for non-Windows platforms, the company has one more reason to kill its Scroogled campaign -- at least against Chromebooks. Yesterday, barely mentioned and buried at the very end of an announcement about some new features coming to Office Online, Microsoft said that most Office Online apps are now available in the Chrome App Launcher.

The Chrome App Launcher is a small app where Chrome OS and Chrome browser users can add icons for their favorite Chrome apps in order to easily launch them from one spot. Now, users can add Word Online, PowerPoint Online, and OneNote Online to the Chrome App Launcher. Excel Online is coming...

Cloud Storage Providers Offer Apps for Competitive Edge

Grazed from MidsizeInsider. Author: Rick Robinson.

The cloud storage market, including the fast-growing personal storage segment, is fiercely competitive. Cloud storage costs are being driven down, which is good news for all cloud users, especially IT professionals at midsize firms. At the same time, cloud storage providers are seeking to stem the downward price pressure put on them by broadening their offerings beyond pure storage.

Thus, they are offering a growing range of apps intended to give prospective customers a reason other than sheer price for selecting their services. For midsize IT, such apps could be yet another benefit of a hotly competitive cloud marketplace; but a possible complication is that the apps may be designed to appeal to individual employees rather than to benefit business customers...

VMware mobile-cloud vision stirs memories of Sun 'network is computer'

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Eileen Yu.

Organizations are moving to the mobile-cloud world and virtualization vendor, VMware, wants to provide the tools they need in this new era, spanning from the network and storage to the desktop. A "tectonic shift" is underway today with businesses are transitioning from a client-server computing realm to one delivered on virtualization and cloud computing, said VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger, who has been evangelizing the company's vision to become a leading cloud services player.

In Singapore on Tuesday to champion its message at VMware's Partner Exchange On Tour conference, Gelsinger told reporters here the vendor was "uniquely positioned" to tap this transition since virtualization is the underpinning technology in the mobile-cloud era. VMware is looking to drive its vision by focusing on three primary areas: end-user computing, software-defined data center, and hybrid cloud...

Canonical: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS the cloud platform of choice

Grazed from BusinessWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Canonical today announces Ubuntu 14.04 LTS will be released on 17th April 2014, bringing a new level of reliability, performance and interoperability to cloud and scale out environments with support and maintenance for five years. "Ubuntu is the primary platform for cloud - public, private or hybrid. In this release, our third LTS with deep roots in cloud, we raise the bar for efficiency and orchestration at scale. That's why businesses are adopting Ubuntu as they move to the cloud computing era," says Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu and Canonical.

Global enterprises including AT&T, Bharti, Bouygues Telecom, British Telecom, China Telecom, China Unicom, Cogent Communications, Comcast, Deutsche Telekom, Korea Telecom, NEC, NTT, Numergy,Orange France, Time Warner Cable, Turk Telecom, Verizon and Yandex, as well as leading web scale services such as Netflix, Instagram, Hipchat and Quora are all building next generation services on Ubuntu...

Cloud Buying Behavior In The Post-Snowden Era

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Ben Kepes.

Many cloud vendors predicted that Edward Snowden’s whistle blowing about widespread NSA surveillance would fundamentally change the technology landscape in general, and the cloud computing landscape in particular. The theory went that customers, wary of their most intimate corporate data being perused by US agencies, would flock to non US cloud vendors to give them security over their data.

Non US vendors such as OnApp and GreenQloud, along with regional service providers such as telcos, either publicly or privately had a view of increasing levels of interest in their services as an alternative to AWS, Google, Microsoft MSFT -0.05% and the other global cloud vendors...

Front Runners and Dark Horses in the Cloud Computing Race

Grazed from MarketStrategies. Author: Paul Hartley.

Who will own the future of cloud computing? This is a hot topic for those of us in the technology and communications groups at Market Strategies International. Cloud computing is an industry that has been expanding at a steady 18-20% for the past few years and is predicted to top $200 billion by 2016. The growth is impressive, but it is the highly dynamic nature of the market that has us really intrigued.

Cloud Computing’s 800-Pound Gorilla

“Dynamic?” I hear you ask, “Surely it’s been game-set-match to Amazon Web Services (AWS) for some time now?” And you would be partially right. AWS clearly dominates the public cloud computing space. Its Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) business has five times the utilized compute capacity of the next 14 cloud providers combined, and along with its Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) business, AWS generates annual revenues of nearly $4 billion...

Virtualization and Cloud Computing

Grazed from InfoSecInstitute. Author: Editorial Staff.

In cloud computing, there are a number of components used to build the cloud infrastructure. At the lowest layer there are actual hardware components like servers, network attached storage and network components. In order to limit the possibility of spreading an infection, networks need be properly separated into multiple DMZs with limiting rules of connectivity between two networks.

The very core of cloud computing is virtualization, which is used to separate a single physical machine into multiple virtual machines in a cost-effective way. Don’t get me wrong, running and operating a cloud is certainly possible without virtualization, but requires more work and time to actually pull it off; by using virtualization, we’re basically getting a lot of the work done for free...

The "third platform" of computing means a massive increase in scale

Grazed from CiteWorld. Author: Matt Rosoff.

Toward the end of last year, IDC coined the term "third platform" to describe the current wave of technological advances shaping the workplace, including mobile devices, cloud computing, social collaboration, and data analytics. IDC analyst and CITE Conference speaker Joe Pucciarelli explains that these are more than just the hot buzzwords of the moment. To get the most of any of these technologies, you have to deploy them in conjunction with one another.

"Companies are typically combining a sales force app to include mobility based on a new cloud computing platform. They're using a big data analytics platform, but the data may be drawn from a social community they're operating. By combining technologies together, you get the real power."...

VMware launching new cloud service for disaster recovery

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Rachel King.

VMware has unveiled a new cloud-based service tailored to extend disaster recovery to the public cloud. Dubbed VMware vCloud Hybrid Service - Disaster Recovery, the platform has its footing in the virtualization giant's flagship vSphere cloud computing operating system. Along with the usual promised benefits of all things cloud (cheaper rates, fewer setup requirements), the self-managed solution is touted to provide a continuously available recovery site, repeatedly replicating virtual machines to VMware datacenters via the vCloud hybrid infrastructure...

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Cloud infrastructure business seen as three-horse race

Grazed from Investors. Author: Patrick Seitz.

The battle to control the infrastructure for cloud computing is coming down to market leader (AMZN) and competitors Google (GOOGL) and Microsoft (MSFT), a report by Bernstein Research says. Amazon is top dog in the infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) market, with estimated 2013 revenue of more than $3 billion from its Amazon Web Services (AWS) business, Bernstein analyst Carlos Kirjner said in a report published Friday. AWS revenue jumped 85% in 2013, he said.

In contrast to Amazon's $3 abillion, Google's competing Google Compute Engine likely generated $100 million or less in 2013, said Kirjner. And Microsoft probably took in a few hundred million dollars in 2013 IaaS revenue as part of its Azure business, he added. IaaS lets companies and government agencies access computing resources over the Internet on a pay-as-you-go basis...