Cloud Services

GSA Spends Over $100 Million for New Cloud Services

Grazed from Nextgov.  Author:  Frank Konkel.

The General Services Administration is the latest agency to commit big bucks to cloud computing, awarding Laurel, Maryland-based Aquilent a 5-year blanket purchase agreement for cloud services worth up to $100 million.

Awarded through GSA’s Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, the contract will be a GSA-wide procurement vehicle, meaning any organization or department within GSA has a quick route by which to procure many variations of cloud services...

Oracle bets big on cloud computing services

Grazed from GulfNews. Author: Editorial Staff.

Oracle, like other technology peers, is betting big on cloud computing as it transits from a hardware supplier and developer to a complete cloud solutions provider. Even though cloud offerings posted a robust growth of 140 per cent in the second quarter, Oracle’s dominance in the database market is not exactly leading to its dominance in the cloud space as it still accounts for around five per cent of overall revenues.

“Our strategy in cloud is working and we are going to invest more. We had a tremendous growth in cloud offerings in the Middle East. We have added 300 new and expansion software as a service [SaaS] cloud customers in the first quarter and second quarter,” said Oracle CEO Mark Hurd, who was in Dubai on Tuesday...

Cloud Computing: Finding the Best Web Hosting Service

Grazed from SysConMedia.  Author: Natalie Lerner.

Hosting a website shouldn't be a tedious task. With so many web hosting vendors to choose from, it can be hard to know where to start. Before you begin shopping, it is imperative that you create a list of traits that each web host must possess before making your short-list.

As many with experience will tell you, all web hosting companies are not created equally and depending upon the types of apps you are trying to launch, it may be important to note that not one size fits all when you are shopping for web hosting services...

Microsoft's Azure Cloud Platform Explained - Part 1

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Editorial Staff.

Microsoft launched its cloud platform, Azure, in 2010. Since the launch, the service has posted triple digit growth, and last year generated over $1 billion in revenue, according to reports. Considering the latest quarterly results, in which the company claimed that its cloud revenue grew a 128% year over year, we estimate that the annual revenue run rate for Azure can be close to $2.3 billion.

Azure, currently, is the only major cloud platform that is consistently ranked as a leader for both infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS). While Microsoft continues to use the same platform that is used in Azure for some of its offerings such as X-box live, Bing, Office 365, SQL etc., it is extensively marketing its cloud offering to enterprises to roll out their apps on its platform...

AURO Enterprise Cloud Enables Partners to Accelerate Cloud Services Delivery across Canada

Grazed from PRWeb.  Author: PR Announcement.

AURO Enterprise Cloud announced today the official launch of their Powered by AURO Cloud initiative that empowers their clients to use and benefit from flexible Cloud Computing Services, including the company’spublic cloud computing and cloud services framework, to expand their cloud practices and generate new revenue opportunities.  With this launch, AURO has introduced three partner programs that provide partners with faster time to value and simplified cloud support for their business.

In line with AURO’s Canadian Cloud Computingstrategy to bring cloud computing across Canada, these new options to the Powered by AURO Partner programs enable value-added resellers (VARs) and global system integrators (GSIs) to offer their customers a delivery model that crosses private, managed and public cloud computing environments in Canada...

Web services vs. cloud services: Are they the same?

Grazed from TechTarget.  Author:  Amy Reichert.

The similarities between Web services and cloud services have become an age-old concern. The short answer is, "no," they are not the same. However, they are increasingly dependent on each other if users want the full speed and ease of use effect that such services offer. Technically, organizations can have a Web service without a cloud service or vice versa, but one gets greater business efficiency when the services are combined.

Web servicesare the tools that allow users to interact with software over the Internet.Cloud services are the servers that store the data, security and other infrastructure pieces needed to allow Web services to provide unique value as Web-accessible applications. The two services are currently mingling, intertwining and becoming nearly inseparable...

Cloud computing makes for some strange bedfellows

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Barb Darrow.

Last week there was so much going on at AWS Re:invent, I missed a lot – even some eyebrow-raising stuff. Like for instance, that OpenStack-oriented Rackspace will now support and sell Microsoft Azure services. Second, Microsoft-oriented Apprenda private PaaS will now run on Amazon Web Services.

First Rackspace. It joined the Microsoft Cloud OS Network meaning it will run Windows Server, Hyper-V, System Center and Azure Pack in its U.S. data centers. That means it will provide service and support to its customers for all that infrastructure as well as Microsoft applications like Exchange, SharePoint and Lync running on that stack...

Cloud Computing: A Rare Peek Into The Massive Scale of AWS

Grazed from EnterpriseTech.  Author: Timothy Prickett Morgan.

The idea behind cloud computing, as pioneer Amazon Web Services believed when it launched its first utility compute and storage products eight years ago, is to abstract away the underlying hardware and provide raw resources to programmers for applications to run on. This hardware is a competitive advantage for AWS, as it has been for its parent online retailer, and that is why AWS very rarely talks about its datacenters and systems. But with Google, Microsoft, and IBM all talking up their investments in cloud and the innovations they have come up with, Amazon has to lift the veil a bit.

The reason is simple. The Amazon online retail business may be a $70 billion behemoth, but it does not throw off a lot of cash. Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is not interested in profits as much as he is about transforming the world around him, but the cloud computing business is one of the most capital intensive businesses there are in the world...

Amazon boosts cloud-computing performance with new C4 instances

Grazed from VentureBeat. Author: Jordan Novet.

Amazon Web Services isn’t only announcing new services at its re:Invent conference in Las Vegas this week. Of course, it’s adding new low-level instances — slices of physical servers — in its market-leading public cloud. “The new C4 instance is the highest-performance one that you can get,” Werner Vogels, Amazon’s chief technology officer, told the crowd at the conference.

And the instance results from a tight partnership with Intel, which is giving Amazon an exclusive on the new Xeon E5-2666 v3 chips, said Diane Bryant, general manager of Intel’s data center group. Here’s the lineup of the new C4 instances:...

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Three principles for successfully selling cloud services

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Jason Bystrak.

I recently read a success story about Computer Services Inc. (CSI), a financial services company worth $213 million that acquired a managed services practice two years ago, and is now reporting record revenue growth. What I found most intriguing about CSI's story wasn't the immediate success it experienced from selling managed services. It was the initial struggle it had selling cloud services.

What makes CSI's experience particularly noteworthy is that the company had so many standout strengths: nearly 50 years in business, a staff of 1,100 employees and unmatched expertise in the financial services market. Many smaller IT service providers would assume that it's these traits -- which they don't possess -- that are the reasons why they're not experiencing success selling cloud services...