Cloud Providers

Cloud Computing: Why Microsoft Azure Is King of the Hill

Grazed from CloudExpo. Author: John Basso.

As I wrote earlier this year over at InfoWorld, Microsoft took another step toward being king of the cloud hill when it announced in January that it was releasing its Azure stack to the public. There are many technical reasons why this is cool, but more importantly, it's the psychological advantage this gives Microsoft.

Google has always had the ability for developers using its stack to develop locally on the same tools that run in Google App Engine. It recently forked its environments, so now the local and cloud environments are slightly different for some of the configurations -- I can't tell you how many nights I have lost sleep because of environments being slightly different! Development and hosting are two completely different things. What Microsoft did is one-upped Google and Amazon...

Can we trust cloud providers to keep our data safe?

Grazed from BBCNews. Author: Matthew Wall.

Cloud computing - storing data and applications remotely rather than on your own premises - can cut IT costs dramatically and speed up your operations. But is it safe? Despite the rise of public cloud platforms offered by the likes of Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud, less than 10% of the world's data is currently stored in the cloud. So what's holding many companies back? Technology of Business explores the issue of cloud security.

What's so good about the cloud anyway?

Building your own energy-hungry data centres is expensive and time-consuming, while managing hundreds of software applications chews up IT resources. If you can outsource a lot of this hardware and software to specialist tech companies that can expand or reduce the level of service according to your needs, it can save you a lot of time and money...

Read more from the source @ http://www.bbc.com/news/business-36151754

Amazon Trots Out More Ways to Get Your Stuff Onto Its Cloud

Grazed from Fortune. Author: Barb Darrow.

Amazon unveiled several new cloud computing services on Wednesday including a way for business customers to identify the applications they already run internally so that it’s easier to switch them to Amazon’s public cloud. The new AWS Application Discovery Service is intended to solve a big problem for companies: They don’t necessarily know about all the software they use. It also identifies “dependencies” between those applications and the computers they run on,.

Matt Wood, general manager of product strategy for Amazon Web Services, announced the product, slated to go to preview in a few weeks, at an event in Chicago. While the new services will point the way, Wood said Amazon’s partner—companies like Accenture, or 2nd Watch, or Cloud Technology Partners—can provide the support and handholding to do the whole migration...

Read more from the source @ http://fortune.com/2016/04/19/amazon-cloud-migration-options/

Google cloud to OpenStack users: Come on in!

Grazed from NetworkWorld. Author: Brandon Butler.

Open source cloud computing platform OpenStack has a new semi-annual version of its code out this month and one symbolically important aspect is a deepened partnership with Google’s public cloud. In a blog post, Google announced that the Mitaka release of OpenStack includes a native option to backup OpenStack Cinder storage volumes to its public cloud.

OpenStack’s block storage service is named Cinder, which houses virtual machine data and data at rest; most organizations deem this important enough data to backup. OpenStack provides a native backup driver that allows Cinder to be backed up to various storage platforms. Google has now integrated its public cloud as a native backup option for Cinder...

Read more from the source @ http://www.networkworld.com/article/3055195/cloud-computing/google-cozies-up-with-openstack.html

Why Google Cloud Could Spell Trouble for 3 Top Cloud Providers

Grazed from 247WallSt. Author: Lee Jackson.

If there is one company in the tech universe that you don’t want to compete with it is probably Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL). Over the years, the tech giant has proven a worthy adversary in almost every field it has entered into, and the company’s increasing focus on the public cloud may prove to be no different.

In a new Merrill Lynch research report, analyst Kash Rangan makes the case that the company is increasing the focus on the public cloud and that Google NEXT last week highlighted the increased commitment to the Google Cloud Platform (GCP). While Rangan feels the GCP has a host of positive features, he notes that there is a need to catch up in services offered, global scale and the overall ecosystem...

Cloud Makes For Strange Bedfellows: Apple Signs On With Google, Cuts Spending With AWS?

Grazed from CRN. Author: Kevin McLaughlin.

Alphabet's Google has quietly scored a major coup in its campaign to become an enterprise cloud computing powerhouse, landing Apple as a customer for the Google Cloud Platform, multiple sources with knowledge of the matter told CRN this week.

Since inking the Google deal late last year, Apple has also significantly reduced its reliance on Amazon Web Services, whose infrastructure it uses to run parts of iCloud and other services, said the sources, who all requested anonymity to protect their relationships with the vendors. Apple has not abandoned AWS entirely and remains a customer, the sources said...

Read more from the source @ http://www.crn.com/news/cloud/300080062/cloud-makes-for-strange-bedfellows-apple-signs-on-with-google-cuts-spending-with-aws.htm

Cloud now makes up one third of Microsoft revenues as Azure soars

Grazed from CorpNews.  Author: Tonya May.

 While revenue in the "Intelligent Cloud" segment grew 5 percent from the previous year to $6.3 billion. This figure was down two percent on the same period past year, but up three percent in "constant currency" figures when currency fluctuations are taken into account, Microsoft said.
 
On Thursday, the company said its revenue and profit fell in the last quarter, however, this doesn't make much of a difference as it made more from cloud computing with the stocks increasing by more than five percent after the release of the numbers...

Click to decide your intelligent cloud provider

Grazed from CCI. Author: Editorial Staff.

Managed hosting and colocation business, Pulsant, has launched a customised decision engine, created to help C-level executives and management to evaluate the cloud buying process and make more informed choices. The new interactive tool has been developed to assist buyers in wading through the myriad options of cloud services that are available.

The decision engine — ‘Cloud Intelligence’ — caters for technical and non-technical visitors, ensuring visitors are able to find the information that meets their needs. The configuration tools separates technical users familiar with the technology landscape from those less knowledgeable, like procurement personnel tasked with researching technical solutions...

Why UK CIOs are dissatisfied with their cloud providers

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: Ryan Kroonenburg.

After speaking with hundreds of UK technology leaders about cloud adoption, it is clear that cloud technology is transforming business models and improving cost-efficiency in the enterprise. Despite the positive results, IT leaders have also shared serious concerns. They usually sound something like this:

“The cloud is great. The support is mediocre at best.”
“I am not sure my cloud provider understands my business.”
“I spend thousands of pounds a month for cloud support, but I do not know what they do.”...

SingleHop Adds Free Private Cloud Services to Portfolio

Grazed from ITBusinessEdge. Author: Mike Vizard.

For many IT organizations the distinction between cloud services and managed hosting services is already blurry. Both are making use of outsourced infrastructure that have different pricing models attached to them in terms of how they are invoked. This week, SingleHop, a provider of both cloud services and data center co-location facilities, blurred that line even further by announcing it will provide a limited amount of free, private cloud computing services via its public cloud to IT organizations that use its data center co-location services.

Jordan Jacobs, vice president of products for SingleHop, says the virtual private cloud services, dubbed ColoPlus, is intended to entice more of its customers to start using the company’s public cloud service. While not all workloads are suited for the public cloud, Jacobs says many organizations that are rely on data center co-location services today could make more economic use of disaster recovery services, for example, that run on a public cloud...