Cloud Services

Data integration rises to the top of the cloud service stack

Grazed from ZDNet.  Author: Joe McKindreck.

David Linthicum, sage of sages of the IT world, has some advice for those hoping their vendors will come to the rescue to untangle their ever-growing hairballs of big data and services: don't hold your breath. "Those who think they can sit on the sidelines and wait for their data integration technology provider to create the solutions they require will be very disappointed," he cautions.

Instead of waiting on new releases of products, look to a rising breed of cloud-based services, David continues. As he explains in a new report (Sponsor: SnapLogic.), "everything you currently understand about data integration is changing. Assume that your traditional technology provider will soon be dead...

Microsoft Inks Several Deals for Azure Cloud Service

Grazed from Zacks.  Author: Editorial Staff.

At the Hannover Messe event, software developer Microsoft Corporation discussed three recent collaborations related to its cloud service, Microsoft Azure.  Microsoft announced that it has entered into partnership deals with Fujitsu Limited, a Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company; KUKA AG, a manufacturer of industrial robots and automation solutions and Miele & Cie. KG, a manufacturer of high-end household appliances and commercial tools...

The Fujitsu Collaboration

The partnership is intended to power Fujitsu devices with the Windows 8.1 Pro to achieve operational distinction. In addition, the collaboration will integrate the Internet of Things (IoT) services of FUJITSU Cloud A5 for Microsoft Azure, and promote the Fujitsu IoT/M2M (machine-to-machine) platform...

SaaS emerges as a clear winner in cloud computing services market

Grazed from WhaTech. Author: Editorial Staff.

In a relatively short span of years, the concept of cloud computing services received high attention as an integral part of an enterprise’s IT strategy. The global cloud computing services market was once valued at US$79.60 billion in 2011 and was further projected to grow at a CAGR of 23.21% to reach a market value of US$148.9 billion by 2014.

These services have revolutionized and introduced new ways of how IT delivers services and how the customers access applications, information, and business services. A cloud computing service is the most popular buzz in the internet market today. Known to deliver hosted services through internet, the concept is still considered as naïve – but is so far generating tremendous interest and growing business among several users in the world...

Cloud Computing: Couchbase moves into the microservices era with multi-dimensional scaling

Grazed from Silicon Angle. Author: Maria Deutscher.

Couchbase Inc. is breaking up its namesake document store and turning the individual components into discrete services that will deploy separately to make the whole more efficient. The overhaul represents a historic departure from the conventional way of building databases.

Like practically every other enterprise application, the software that organizations use to manage their information has traditionally come in tightly-integrated bundles. The way that information is stored changed over the years, as has the data itself in many cases, but not the packaging. That is, until now...

Cloud Computing: Salesforce delivers another billion dollar quarter, $5bn in annual revenue, shares skyrocket

Grazed from CloudTech.  Author: James Bourne.

Cloudy software provider Salesforce has announced its latest financial results, with $5.37bn (£3.46bn) in total annual revenue and another billion dollar quarter.  The results were in line with Wall Street’s expectations, with earnings per share at $0.14 and a year on year growth of 26.1%.

It certainly seems a long way since 2009, when Salesforce’s first billion dollar annual figures arrived, and late 2013, when the first billion dollar quarter arrived. CEO Marc Benioff saw the latter, understandably, as a major achievement initially – it’s now almost de facto...

Shadow Cloud Services: Seeing the Light with Cloud Computing

Grazed from MSPHub.  Author: Editorial Staff.

According to a recent article from CIO, “many companies contain workstations with software that is not approved by the Information Technology (IT) department; instead, it has been adopted and installed by individuals or even, in some cases, entire departments.” Simply put, not just employees but entire business units are now willing to circumvent IT policies they find too restrictive, and the open nature of public cloud services makes this a simple task.

Of course, such unsanctioned use comes with real risk. For example, DevOps work done with unapproved services puts sensitive data beyond the reach of corporate firewalls and other securitymeasures. E-discovery requests also become problematic, since IT professionals do not have knowledge of data use from start to finish. In addition, asset management is an issue, since productivity may spike without a definitive cause, making budgetary discussions more complicated. Ultimately, ignoring shadow cloud services is not an option, but controlling them can prove difficult...

Amazon still has wide lead in the cloud, but Microsoft gaining

Grazed from SeattleTimes.  Author: Matt Day.’s cloud-computing unit is still a world beater. Microsoft is doing its best to entrench itself in second place.  RightScale, a California company that helps information technology departments manage their use of cloud-computing services, on Wednesday released the results of its survey  of more than 900 of corporate technology experts.

Among companies that tap into the “public cloud,” or pooled servers and data storage units accessed via the Web, 57 percent reported using Amazon Web Services. Microsoft’s cloud-computing platform, Azure, was a distant second at 12 percent...

Practicing Microsoft Azure: Part 6 (Cloud Computing)

Grazed from C#SharpCorner.  Author: Ajay Yadav.

Before reading this article, I highly recommend reading the following previous parts:

This piece of editorial unleashes the concept of cloud computing in the context of the Windows Azure platform and specifically clarifies the dissimilar services and types of solutions that this platform makes possible. This article is especially designed to recap various Windows Azure technologies and its various components including Compute Services, Data Services, App Services and Network Services...

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Why There Are More Than 50 Shades Of Grey In Cloud Computing Services

Grazed from CIO. Author: Kristopher Spadea.

Thought you were going to read about erotica in the cloud? Sorry to disappoint! But there are indeed 50 shades of grey and more when it comes to selecting cloud computing services. So if you are thinking about migrating to the cloud or if you want to improve your ROI in the cloud, here are the shades of “grey” you’ll need to be defining:

Shades of Grey in Business Objectives – Identifying Why You Are Moving Into The Cloud

1. There are as many business objectives for the cloud as there are shades of grey, such as capex to opex budgeting, flexibility, agility, high availability, etc. Why do you want to move to the cloud?
2. Saying that your objectives are important isn’t enough. How important are these outcomes to the success of your business? Are they all equally important, or can you rank them?...

Cloud Computing: wants to be the Amazon Web Services for the Internet of Things

Grazed from VentureBeat. Author: Paul Sawers.

The current state-of-play with the so-called Internet of Things (IoT) offers a tantalizing glimpse into the future of ubiquitious computing, with Web-enabled thermostats, self-driving cars, and even connected kettles creeping into our daily lives. But for all the cool applications we’re starting to see in the real world, there needs to be a force that enables it all.

Launching this week, Barcelona-based is setting itself up to be the back-end platform of choice in the burgeoning Internet of Things industry — an “Amazon Web Services (AWS) for IoT companies,” for want of a better analogy. Indeed, just as AWS and similar cloud-computing services have enabled startups to scale faster and more affordably than they otherwise could, is hoping to help fledgling IoT companies launch to market quickly, with enough power and elasticity under the hood to cater for unprecedented levels of growth...