Cloud Companies

Salesforce shares the cloud with CloudCherry

Grazed from EconmicTimes. Author: Editorial Staff.

CloudCherry, the customer experience software solution provider, has integrated with the service cloud and marketing cloud of Salesforce, the US-based cloud computing company. This integration is expected to improve handling of customer issues and drive higher satisfaction ratings. CloudCherry offers 17 channels for organisations to capture relevant, contextual, real-world data from customers.

The feedback captured from these channels can be driven towards the contact centre from physical locations, online, email, SMS, or social ­­ raised as a case on Salesforce and addressed by agents immediately. "The Salesforce CRM platform helps you understand who your important customers are and what they are doing...

VMware Cloud on AWS goes live, bolsters hybrid cloud security

Grazed from CBR. Author: Tom Ball.

At VMworld 2017, VMware and AWS announced the news that VMware Cloud is now available on AWS, with the original bond forged between the companies in October 2016. The VMware software-defined data center has joined AWS Cloud, enhancing customers’ abilities to run applications by breaking down barriers in cloud migration.

This move targets the enhancement of processes within enterprise IT, boosting the efficiency of processes by providing an all-encompassing environment. VMware will be in charge of this new capability in terms of its delivery and the on-demand sale of the service. Increasing interest has been noted regarding organisations across the industries looking to engage with AWS Cloud in the same way, using AWS in sync with their own offerings in a neutral environment...

Read more from the source @ http://www.cbronline.com/news/cloud/hybrid/vmware-cloud-aws-goes-live-bolsters-hybrid-cloud-security/

Cloud Computing: Microsoft launches new Brainwave system to run super-fast AI

Grazed from GigaBit. Author: Editorial Staff.

Microsoft has unveiled a new hardware system called Brainwave that will allow developers to use high-speed artificial intelligence, by deploying machine learning systems onto programmable silicon. This would mean that performance could go beyond levels of current central processing units, with a lack of batching operations intending to help hardware to handle requests as they receive them.

Billed as a "major leap forward in both performance and flexibility for cloud-based serving of deep learning models," the real-time AI system uses ultra-low latency which would benefit cloud infrastructures that need to process live data streams. Using the field programmable gate array that Microsoft has been deploying, there would be no software used in the loop, instead serving DNNs as a hardware microservice and mapping one to a pool of remote FPGAs...

Read more from the source @ http://www.gigabit.net/cloud-computing/microsoft-launches-new-brainwave-system-run-super-fast-ai

Cloud Computing: How Azure Event Grid Can Become The Foundation Of Microsoft Serverless Strategy

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Editorial Staff.

Microsoft ­­has added an important component to its public cloud, Azure Event Grid, which is a fully-managed intelligent event routing service that allows communication through the publish-subscribe model. Azure Event Grid provides lightweight infrastructure for applications to exchange messages. On one side, there will be sources that generate data and raise an event, and on the other hand, there are interested parties consuming the data by responding to these events.

Microsoft is integrating a variety of Azure services with Event Grid that acts as the event sources. An application subscribed to an Event Grid topic may be notified each time a new virtual machine is provisioned, or a new document is uploaded to cloud storage. It is really up to the application on what it does with this data...

Juniper SVP: Cloud Computing’s Next Wave Unifies Security and Connectivity

Grazed from SDXCentral. Author: Jessica Lyons Hardcastle.

Juniper Network’s security products have taken a backseat to its switches and routers over the past year as the company’s cloud business strategy continues to boost revenues. But as hyperscalers, telcos, and enterprises invest more in cloud data centers and architecture, they’ll need to beef up security — which makes cloud security a “very attractive market,” said Kevin Hutchins, SVP of strategy and product line management at Juniper.

Speaking at the 2017 Instinet Media and Telecom Conference, Hutchins acknowledged that Juniper’s security product performance “hasn’t been where we’d like it to be.” But, he added, there’s an opportunity to grow that portfolio. “Security is just going to become a key feature of how do you connect users to applications, applications to applications, regardless of where they are sitting,” Hutchins said...

Can Microsoft Save the Private Cloud?

Grazed from Datamation. Author: David Linthicum.

Microsoft just came out with a private cloud…well, another one. They tried private cloud a few years ago, but quickly moved on to their Azure public cloud service. So far, they have been successful in promoting their public cloud, largely due to their existing customer base. Of course, AWS remains their largest competitor, but Microsoft’s growth has actually accelerated in the IaaS market.

The larger question: how do the private clouds play within the enterprise? That is a larger question than the viability of Azure Stack. Microsoft is the latest to push private and hybrid cloud, but if they are successful, others are likely to enter, or reenter the market, perhaps even public cloud-only AWS and Google...

Google’s cloud gets a boost as Forrester names it a leader in data analytics

Grazed from SiliconAngle. Author: Mike Wheatley.

Google Inc.’s efforts to establish itself as a major player in cloud computing received a small boost Wednesday when it was named by research firm Forrester Inc. as the undisputed leader in a part of the market Forrester calls “Insight Platform-as-a-Service.” It should be noted that Insight PaaS is just a small subsection of the overall PaaS market, so Google still has some way to go.

Forrester defines the Insight PaaS category as an integrated set of data management, analytics and insight application development and management components, offered as a platform. PaaS more generally is the middle layer of cloud computing, customarily defined as services to allow software developers to create applications that run on the Internet...

Microsoft joins Cloud Native Computing Foundation

Grazed from Microsoft. Author: John Gossman.

I’m excited to share that we have just joined the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) as a Platinum member. CNCF is a part of the Linux Foundation, which helps govern for a wide range of cloud-oriented open source projects, such as Kubernetes, Prometheus, OpenTracing, Fluentd, Linkerd, containerd, Helm, gRPC, and many others. Since we joined the Linux Foundation last year, and now have decided to expand that relationship to CNCF membership as a natural next step to invest in open source communities and code at multiple levels, especially in the area of containers. Some specific examples include:

* Kubernetes: Microsoft has been contributing code to the Kubernetes project, as well as running Kubernetes as part of the Azure Container Service. Engineering manager and architect Brendan Burns is one of the Kubernetes project maintainers.

* Helm: The Helm project was started by Deis before being acquired by Microsoft and continues to be developed and improved by Microsoft engineers. Adam Reese, Michelle Noorali, and Matt Butcher are all project maintainers...

Read more from the source @ https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-cncf/

Google triples number of $500k cloud deals year over year as latest results announced

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: James Bourne.

Google says it has tripled the number of its big cloud deals year over year as its parent company Alphabet announced revenues of $26 billion (£19.9bn) for the most recent quarter. In a call with analysts, Google CEO Sundar Pichai – who it was also announced is joining the Alphabet board of directors – discussed the company’s ‘impressive’ cloud assets.

“[Google Cloud Platform] continues to experience impressive growth across products, sectors and geographies and increasingly with large enterprise customers in regulated sectors,” he said, as transcribed by Seeking Alpha. “To be more specific about our momentum with big customers, in Q2 the number of new deals we closed worth more than $0.5 million is three times what it was last year,” Pichai added...

GoDaddy Pulls the Plug on Its Amazon-Like Cloud Business

Grazed from Fortune. Author: Jonathan Vanian.

GoDaddy is giving up on a business that it debuted just a little over a year ago. The website hosting company is ending its cloud computing business, which it unveiled in March, 2016 as an alternative to Amazon Web Services (AMZN, -0.43%) and other cloud companies. GoDaddy confirmed to Fortune that it is shutting down the business unit, but did not say why. Tech news site TechCrunch first reported the planned closure.

“After serious consideration, we have decided to end-of-life our cloud servers’ product,” GoDaddy senior vice president of hosting Raghu Murthi said in a statement. “GoDaddy Cloud Servers provided numerous learnings for us that we’ve already been applying to other products and services.”...