Cloud Companies

AWS CodeStar Eases Building and Deployment of Java, Other Code on Amazon Cloud

Grazed from ADTMag. Author: John K. Waters.

Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS) has unveiled a new cloud service for building and deploying applications on the AWS cloud computing platform. AWS CodeStar is designed to integrate with existing IDEs and abstract some of the steps needed to build a toolchain for continuous integration/continuous deployment (CI/CD) on the cloud computing service.

The initial release of the service supports development in five programming languages, including Java, JavaScript, PHP, Ruby and Python. It comes pre-configured with a project management dashboard, an automated CD pipeline, and a Git code repository using AWS CodeCommit, AWS CodeBuild, AWS CodePipeline and AWS CodeDeploy...

Microsoft Surface Windows 10 Cloud Laptop Update: Low Spec Solution Targets Google Chromebook

Grazed from DroidReport. Author: Joseph Patrick.

Microsoft is all set for its upcoming event on May 2, something that could include a Microsoft Surface Windows 10 Cloud laptop. With the focus on software expected, possibly stealing the spotlight is the anticipated mobile solution that could take aim at Google and its Chromebook. The upcoming event was originally pegged to focus on the software and the Microsoft’s efforts to entice people to try out their Windows 10 Cloud.

With the introduction of this cloud computing solution, the end result is the eventual shift to lower cost technology, albeit calling out what Google has done with the Chromebook clan, Forbes reported. The anticipated Microsoft Surface Windows 10 Cloud laptop would thus be something new and not a burden to the budget-centric buyer. Only a handful of updates headlined by the shift to an Intel Kaby Lake chipset could make sense...

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Oracle plans ‘startup organization’ focused on cloud computing, AI and VR

Grazed from PCWorld. Author: John Ribeiro.

Oracle is hiring people for a "new startup organization" inside its North America operation that will focus on key technology trends, including cloud computing, internet of things, artificial Intelligence, and augmented and virtual reality. The Solution Engineering organization the company is setting up will consist of Solution Engineering Centers in Reston, Virginia and Denver, Colorado.

The database and enterprise software company has previously indicated its interest in investing in some of these technology areas like machine learning and analytics. It announced in September last year that it was investing in intelligent cloud applications, called Adaptive Intelligent Applications, “that automatically offer individualized recommended actions and streamline the tasks of business users such as human resource or finance professionals.”...

Read more from the source @ http://www.pcworld.com/article/3192189/cloud-computing/oracle-plans-startup-organization-focused-on-cloud-computing-ai-and-vr.html

Cloud Computing: Amazon launches chatbot in bid to lead voice-controlled computing

Grazed from VCCircle. Author: Editorial Staff.

Amazon.com Inc’s chief technology officer is working toward a day when people can control almost any piece of software with their voice. The company on Wednesday rolled out the technology powering Alexa, its voice assistant that competes with Apple Inc’s Siri, to developers so they can build chat features into their own apps, CTO Werner Vogels said in an interview.

The service, Amazon Lex, was in a preview phase since late 2016. The move underscores how Amazon is racing to be the top player in voice-controlled computing, after losing out in mobile to Apple and Alphabet Inc’s Google. Vogels said that Amazon’s headway in processing how humans write and speak would make conversational assistants or “chatbots” more helpful than the clunky tools they’ve been in the past...

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Mirantis Releases Kubernetes Distribution and Updated Mirantis OpenStack

Grazed from OpenStack.org. Author: Editorial Staff.

Mirantis, the managed open cloud company, today announced availability of a commercially-supported distribution of OpenStack and Kubernetes, delivered in a single, integrated package, and with a unique build-operate-transfer delivery model. “Today, infrastructure consumption patterns are defined by the public cloud, where everything is API driven, managed and continuously delivered.

Mirantis OpenStack, which featured Fuel as an installer, was the easiest OpenStack distribution to deploy, but every new version required a forklift upgrade,” said Boris Renski, Mirantis co-founder and CMO. “Mirantis Cloud Platform departs from the traditional installer-centric architecture and towards an operations-centric architecture, continuously delivered by either Mirantis or the customers’ DevOps team with zero downtime...

This is How Microsoft Azure is Making Hybrid Cloud an Easy Pick for Enterprise CXOs

Grazed from 1RedDrop. Author: Shankar Narayanan.

Microsoft announced the launch of new migration resources and tools to help customers who want to take the hybrid route for their cloud deployment. As more and more companies look at hybrid cloud as the path of least resistance to a cloud presence, Microsoft is slowly rolling out more services to address that growing need.

Microsoft now offers a free Cloud Migration Assessment, which provides Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) across cloud, on-premise and hybrid environments. According to Microsoft, the automated discovery tool will assess the client’s workload configuration and provide a detailed validation plan...

Watch Out Amazon and Alibaba! Huawei’s Coming to the Public Cloud

Grazed from Barron's. Author: Isabella Zhong.

E-commerce giants Amazon (AMZN) and Alibaba (BABA) have been making an aggressive push into public cloud computing services but smartphone maker Huawei now wants to give the pair a run for their money. Huawei has announced plans for a new business that will focus on turning the Shenzhen-based company into a global provider of cloud computing services that will rival Amazon and Alibaba.

The company has previously offered private cloud services. Sijia Jiang of Reuters has more on Huawei’s cloud strategy. Public cloud computing is big business. Morgan Stanley analyst Grace Chen sees a $300 billion market opportunity today that could grow to around $340 billion by 2020. But the potential could be even greater if the public cloud becomes a transformational technology like electricity...

Read more from the source @ http://blogs.barrons.com/asiastocks/2017/04/11/watch-out-amazon-and-alibaba-huaweis-coming-to-the-public-cloud/

Microsoft refreshes Azure Stack preview - adds new cloud services

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Mary Jo Foley.

Microsoft has refreshed the third (and said to be final) Azure Stack technical preview with lots of new features and fixes. Don't call it Azure Stack Technical Preview (TP) 4. But given the many features and fixes in the April 6 update, you might be excused if you do. Today's update includes previews of the Azure App Service (web apps, API apps, and mobile apps), Azure Functions server-less computing, and updated version of of SQL/MySQL database services.

In addition, according to Microsoft's blog post on the update, "Based on feedback and several ongoing improvements/bug fixes, we've also updated the Azure Stack TP3 software for a better deployment and operational experience." In order to try out the new Azure Platform-as-a-Service services introduced today, users must first move to the updated TP3 software, which includes refreshed features for both administrators and tenants...

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Oracle secures ISO 27001, HIPAA and SOC certifications for its cloud portfolio

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: James Bourne.

Oracle has announced its public cloud services have achieved various security and compliance certifications, including ISO 27001, HIPAA, SOC1 and SOC2, in what the company describes as ‘continued momentum’ for its products. The Redwood giant’s platform as a service (PaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) has received Service Organisation Control (SOC) attestations across a variety of key services, while its Fusion software as a service (SaaS) is HIPAA-accredited and the ISO 27001 was awarded for ‘the proper management and security of assets such as financial information, intellectual property, employee details or information entrusted to an organisation by third parties’.

The move puts Oracle alongside its various industry competitors; for example, Microsoft’s SOC1 and SOC2 information can be found here – copies of the report are only available to customers who have signed an NDA – while ISO 27001 can be found here. The Oracle accreditations were administered by Schellman & Co...

Read more from the source @ https://www.cloudcomputing-news.net/news/2017/apr/03/oracle-secures-iso-27001-hipaa-and-soc-certification-its-cloud-portfolio/

Teradata launches licence portability for hybrid cloud computing

Grazed from Teradata. Author: Editorial Staff.

The US-based data and analytics company Teradata has introduced licence portability for hybrid cloud computing for its customers. With portable database licenses, Teradata customers can now choose, shift, expand, and restructure their hybrid cloud environment by moving licenses between deployment options as their business needs change, that is, between keeping this data on-premises or on cloud or on both.

This new software licensing model is the first in the hybrid cloud market to feature portability — a shift away from cloud lock-in or siloed on-premises deployments. With this new facility, Teradata's customers can develop an analytic solution on the on-premises system — Intelliflex — and later port the same to the cloud facility, Intellicloud...