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Cloud Computing: Rackspace names Joe Eazor as new CEO

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Editorial Staff.

Rackspace's board of directors has appointed Joe Eazor as the company's new CEO, effective June 12, Rackspace announced Wednesday. Rackspace President Jeff Cotten has been serving as interim CEO since chief executive Taylor Rhodes left earlier this month. Eazor has spent more than 25 years as a technology executive and was most recently CEO of EarthLink.

Rackspace highlighted Eazor's role leading EarthLink into new, profitable areas like cloud computing, noting that he doubled EarthLink's free cash flow. In February, he led Earthlink's sale to Windstream for $`1.1 billion. Prior to serving at EarthLink, Eazor was an executive at EMC and HP. He was also an executive at EDS before and after its sale to HP. After the acquisition, Eazor was responsible for integrating EDS's $22 billion business into its new parent company...

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Microsoft offers cloud computing services to non-profits

Grazed from EconomicTimes. Author: Editorial Staff.

Microsoft India, as part of the software giant's 'Public cloud for good' initiative, is making public cloud platform Microsoft Azure broadly available to eligible non-profit organisations, bringing the power of technology to them. Qualifying non-profits can avail free Azure credits worth $5,000 for a year to unlock benefits such as insight, agility and operational efficiency.

Globally, Microsoft is donating $1 billion in cloud computing resources between 2016 and 2018 to 70,000 non-profits and NGOs worldwide, including in India, the company said in a statement. To drive greater inclusion, Microsoft India partnered with NASSCOM Foundation to organise an Azure for Good workshop in Hyderabad on Friday...

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IBM Announces The Defense Calculator And A Cloud Computing Service

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Editorial Staff.

This week’s milestones in the history of technology include the world’s first analog computer, experimenting with the Web via TV in pre-Web days, the birth of the ITU, and IBM’s first commercially available scientific computer and first computing service bureau.

May 16, 1979:

The Associated Press distributes a story titled "Teletext: Soon You'll Be Punching Buttons and Talking Back To Your TV." Wrote David Briscoe: Using your TV as a data bank with almost unlimited capacity may be only a few years away… Bonneville International’s KSL-TV in Salt Lake City and KMOX-TV in St. Louis, owned by CBS, have been testing a signal capable of giving viewers access to 120 pages of information...

Oracle Criticizes Amazon Web Services’ Cloud Computing Solutions - Again

Grazed from 1RedDrop. Author: Shudeep Chandraskehar.

The cloud computing wars and the race to add the next client have become so intense that it has reached a stage where tech leaders are taking potshots at each other. Oracle and Amazon have always been at each other’s throats, touting their own excellence and highlighting the other’s failures, and Google’s Diane Greene also took a thinly veiled dig at other cloud service providers at the company’s Cloud Next conference two months ago.

But if you cut through the sound bites and look at what is actually happening, then it will become clear to you that the intensity of the competition is possibly starting to strain a few nerves; more importantly, however, there is a subtle but recognizable shift in the focus areas of the top cloud service providers...

SUSE Unveils SUSE OpenStack Cloud Monitoring to Simplify and Manage OpenStack Cloud Deployments

Grazed from OpenStack. Author: Editorial Staff.

SUSE® today unveiled SUSE OpenStack Cloud Monitoring, an open source software solution that makes it simple to monitor and manage the health and performance of enterprise OpenStack cloud environments and workloads. Based on the OpenStack Monasca project, SUSE OpenStack Cloud Monitoring makes it easy for operators and users to monitor and analyze the health and performance of complex private clouds, delivers reliability, performance and high service levels for OpenStack clouds, and reduces costs by simplifying, automating and preconfiguring cloud monitoring and management.

“OpenStack deployments produce a lot of complex and useful monitoring and log data,” said Michael Miller, SUSE president of Strategy, Alliances and Marketing. “As customers move to large-scale production they need operational tools to maintain their private cloud. The Monasca open source project makes this data manageable and valuable for enterprise users...

In Oracle’s cloud pitch to enterprises, an echo of a bygone tech era

Grazed from SiliconAngle. Author: Robert Hof.

Oracle Corp. sought to position itself once again today as the one best place for companies moving to cloud computing to get everything they need. Speaking at a media day Thursday at its Redwood Shores, California, headquarters, executives at the database and business software giant distanced Oracle from public cloud leaders such as Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure that provide computing, storage and other services to corporations looking to reduce or eliminate their data centers.

“Our cloud is more comprehensive than any other cloud in the market today, a full end-to-end cloud,” said David Donatelli, Oracle’s executive vice president of converged infrastructure. “We design from the chip all the way up to the application, fully vertically integrated.” What’s interesting about that messaging, which Oracle has been refining since at least its OpenWorld conference last September, is not simply the competitive positioning...

Adobe bets big on cloud computing for marketing in India

Grazed from BGR. Author: Editorial Staff.

Emphasising that Adobe Experience Cloud represents the largest opportunity for the company, Adobe President and CEO Shantanu Narayan says the tech giant has clearly established itself as a leader in helping companies roll out the digital transformation in India and globally with its cloud solutions.

The change in consumer expectations is the main factor that triggered innovation and growth for Adobe’s digital marketing business and brands across verticals are readily embracing its cloud solutions globally, he adds. “The massive tailwind across the world is that consumer expectations have changed and one of them is that consumers prefer to interact with any company digitally.  Mobile as a way to interfacing with businesses has become a de-facto standard. Digital is cheaper, faster and it delivers a better experience,” Narayen told IANS...

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IBM to Buy Verizon's Private Cloud, Managed Hosting Business

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Verizon is selling its private cloud and managed hosting services to IBM. George Fischer, senior vice president and group president of Verizon Enterprise Solutions, wrote in a blog Wednesday that the carrier will partner with IBM for “strategic initiatives" in cloud and networking. “This is a unique cooperation between two tech leaders to support global organizations as they look to fully realize the benefits of their cloud computing investments," Fischer said.

The companies have not disclosed the terms of the deal, but it is expected to close later this year. Fischer says Verizon Enterprise Solutions is set up to provide customers intelligent networking, business communications and managed IT services. “It is the latest development in an ongoing IT strategy aimed at allowing us to focus on helping our customers securely and reliably connect to their cloud resources and utilize cloud-enabled applications," he said...

Microsoft quarterly profits rev up as Nadella pivots to cloud computing

Grazed from WION. Author: Editorial Staff.

Microsoft on Thursday reported a strong jump in profits in the just-ended quarter but revenue fell short of expectations in the tech giant's first earnings report incorporating social network LinkedIn. Net profit rose 28 per cent to $4.8 billion while revenues edged up eight per cent to $22.1 billion in the quarter ending March 31, Microsoft said.

Shares in Microsoft fell 1.8 per cent in after-hours trade on the results. The earnings for Microsoft's fiscal third quarter come as chief executive Satya Nadella seeks to reduce the tech giant's focus on software, shifting to cloud computing and business services. "Our results this quarter reflect the trust customers are placing in the Microsoft cloud," Nadella said in a statement...

Amazon, Microsoft and Google’s financial results give an intriguing state of the cloud

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: James Bourne

Analysis April 27 saw Alphabet, Amazon and Microsoft release its most recent financial results, with cloud at the heart of their success. But this doesn’t quite tell the full story. Amazon reported net sales for Amazon Web Services (AWS) hit $3.66 billion (£2.83bn), up 42% from a year before, but up only 3.5% from the previous quarter’s $3.54bn.

Amazon’s cloud computing arm secured 12 bullet points of its own in the 32-point strong ‘highlights’ of the quarter, with particular reference to the general availability of Amazon Lex, the technology which powers Alexa, as well as Connect, the company’s cloud-based contact centre service. AWS also said that customers had migrated more than 23,000 databases using its database migration service since it had become available in 2016...