Cloud Providers

Microsoft's Cloud-Computing Service Azure Experiencing Outage

Grazed from Bloomberg. Author: Jack Clark.

Key components of Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)’s Azure cloud-computing service are currently unavailable for users around the globe. The world’s biggest software maker said today that Azure, which lets businesses access computing resources and run programs via the Internet, is undergoing a service interruption in at least six of its major components in multiple data centers around the world.

Azure, which competes against rival businesses from Google Inc. and Inc., also experienced some outages in August. It’s unusual for cloud outages to affect more than one data center at once, and this is Microsoft’s most severe Azure interruption since some storage tools went offline in February 2013...

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X as a service (XaaS): What the future of cloud computing will bring

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: John Dixon.

Last week, Chris Ward and I hosted a breakout session at Cloudscape 2014, GreenPages’ annual customer Summit. We spoke about cloud service models today (IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS), as well as tomorrow’s models — loosely defined as XaaS, or Anything-as-a-Service. In this post, I’ll discuss XaaS: what it is and why you might want to consider using it.

First, what is XaaS? Is this just more marketing fluff? Why do we need to define yet another model to fully describe cloud services? I contest that XaaS is a legitimate term, and that it is useful to describe a new type of cloud services — those that make use of IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS all neatly delivered in one package. Such packages are intended to fully displace the delivery of a commodity IT service...

Choosing a cloud provider? Follow the happy employees

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: David Linthicum.

Back in March, Louis Columbus reported on some numbers from showing employees' rankings of their cloud technology companies. They are not perfect indicators of company culture, but are certainly worth your consideration if you're looking to work for a cloud provider -- or trying to figure out which ones to use as a provider.

Reports like these give an insider's view into some of the top cloud technology companies. I can get an idea of what the culture is really like, which is an indicator of how well they are building and deploying their cloud tech. People say that having a bunch of unhappy employees doesn't measure the value of company's technology...

The Truth about Ingram Micro’s Foray into the Cloud Service Provider Space

Grazed from TalkinCloud.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Earlier this year the channel was set abuzz by the announcement from Ingram Micro that it was entering the cloud service provider space with three new Ingram Micro-branded and hosted cloud solutions: Ingram Micro Hosted Exchange, Ingram Micro Virtual Private Servers (VPS) and Ingram Micro Web Hosting.

I recently spoke with Renee Bergeron, vice president of Managed Services & Cloud Computing at Ingram Micro, to get a better understanding of what these new additions mean for Ingram Micro and its channel partners...

How Niche Cloud Providers Compete With AWS, Google And Microsoft

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Mike Kavis.

Last week I wrote about Rackspace’s pivot from a pure play IaaS vendor to a managed service provider. In the article I questioned how the smaller, niche IaaS providers could compete with the “big three” IaaS companies and whether playing the price war game was a losing choice. I spent this week researching the answer to that question and here is what I found out.

Thoughts on Rackspace

I interviewed top executives from CloudSigma, DigitalOcean, and ProfitBricks and asked them about their thoughts on Rackspace’s announcement. Not one of the three companies was surprised with Rackspace’s move to managed services. In fact, Rackspace started out as an MSP before going head to head with the large IaaS providers and this area has always been their strength...

HP Launches Helion Virtual Private Cloud for Mid-Sized Enterprises

Grazed from Cloud Computing Path. Author: Pravin Anchan.

Hewlett Packard has just introduced a low cost virtual private cloud offering in the shape of HP Helion Virtual Private Cloud Lean. This is an infrastructure as a service (IaaS) aimed at improving workload performance for mid to large sized enterprises with an emphasis on collaborations and application development.

The Helion VPCL includes some standard sized features such as virtualization, backup, recovery and clustering plus SAP HANA add-ons. HP’s VPCL assures lower latency, higher availability, more security and better compliance in a low priced offering. According to Jim Fanella, VP of workload and cloud for HP Enterprise Services, VPCL offers affordable enterprise class performance...

Microsoft Azure, the world's biggest cloud? Someone's fudging

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: Matt Asay.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) may be the cloud leader, but Microsoft Azure is gaining fast and should surpass AWS revenues by the end of 2014 -- at least, according to Nomura analyst Rick Sherlund. Still, as well as Microsoft may be doing, Sherlund's $5.7 billion revenue target for Azure doesn't stand up to serious scrutiny.

Azure on fire

Let's be clear: Microsoft Azure is doing well -- really, really well. Though neither Microsoft nor Amazon break out their cloud services revenues, Microsoft noted in its last earnings call that cloud revenue grew 147 percent year-over-year. This led Nomura analyst Sherlund to predict Microsoft will hold the crown as top cloud by revenue by the end of 2014...

Cloud Computing: Microsoft announces Azure availability through Open Licensing

Grazed from Microsoft.  Author: PR Announcement.

Starting from today customers are able to buy Microsoft Azure usage credits through Open Licensing programs.
Open License is Microsoft’s volume licensing option intended for corporate, academic, charitable, or government organizations that wants to pay as you go.  The Open License agreement requires a minimum initial purchase of five software licenses, but then you can acquire additional licensed products through Open License in any quantity at any time during the two-year agreement term.

Azure credits could be bought in blocks of $100 and the total amount purchased is summed in a single OSA key and last for 12 months.  This new purchasing option fits between the large Enterprise Agreements and the nearly-unmanageable (at least for a mid-size company) credit card payment method, it allows to create a budget and consequentely buy upfront as needed.

Amazon Web Services Won't Dominate Cloud Computing

Grazed from OutOfTheBox.  Author: Eapen Chacko.

Back in 2013, when the the hype about cloud computing and big data was gathering steam, we wrote,  "Unfortunately, none of this really makes it any clearer who is going to carry the day as far as supporting the migration of mega-cap, public multinational corporations to a public cloud computing infrastructure. Will one or more of these companies really want their entire IT infrastructure to reside with a bookseller and operator of global merchandise bazaars?"

Last week, the theory that Amazon Web Services would be the growth and earnings engine for the company was called into question. Data security, risk management, documentation and mitigation of breaches will weigh more heavily on CIOs, particularly in health care and financial services, than saving a few nominal bucks by outsourcing data storage and applications...

How Hackers Hid a Money-Mining Botnet in Amazon's Cloud

Grazed from Wired. Author: Andy Greenberg.

Hackers have long used malware to enslave armies of unwitting PCs, but security researchers Rob Ragan and Oscar Salazar had a different thought: Why steal computing power from innocent victims when there’s so much free processing power out there for the taking? At the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas next month Ragan and Salazar plan to reveal how they built a botnet using only free trials and freemium accounts on online application-hosting services—the kind coders use for development and testing to avoid having to buy their own servers and storage.

The hacker duo used an automated process to generate unique email addresses and sign up for those free accounts en masse, assembling a cloud-based botnet of around a thousand computers. That online zombie horde was capable of launching coordinated cyberattacks, cracking passwords, or mining hundreds of dollars a day worth of cryptocurrency...