Ron Miller

Ron Miller is a freelance technology reporter and blogger. He is contributing editor at EContent Magazine and enterprise reporter at TechCrunch. Ron blogs about cloud technology and the cloud services market for Intronis.
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Latest Azure pricing puts Cloud Service Providers front and center

Posted by Ron Miller on Jan 20, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Microsoft recently published a somewhat confusing blog post outlining its new Azure pricing model. While the content was difficult to parse, one thing jumped out from the post that's worth exploring further: Microsoft wants Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) to play a bigger role in helping SMBs manage their presence in the Microsoft cloud.

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Cloud 5: Oracle's cloud plans, Amazon's 100K jobs

Posted by Ron Miller on Jan 20, 2017 9:18:11 AM

Welcome to The Cloud 5, our weekly feature where we scour the web searching for the five most intriguing and poignant cloud links we can find.

And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:

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Cloud 5: AWS adds skills training, Salesforce shopping spree ends

Posted by Ron Miller on Jan 13, 2017 9:53:25 AM

Welcome to The Cloud 5, our weekly feature where we scour the web searching for the five most intriguing and poignant cloud links we can find.

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How the iPhone helped drive cloud computing

Posted by Ron Miller on Jan 12, 2017 12:18:59 PM

I think it’s safe to say, without a hint of irony, that 10 years ago this week, Steve Jobs walked on stage and made an announcement that changed the world when he introduced the iPhone on January 9, 2007.

It was June before we saw the first phones enter the market, and another year still until the debut of the App Store — an idea that was also revolutionary at the time, but that touch screen phone with built-in storage and internet connectivity was about to change our lives in ways we couldn't possibly imagine.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Cloud 5: 2016 cloud numbers, Salesforce's rapid growth bet

Posted by Ron Miller on Jan 6, 2017 9:23:43 AM

Welcome to The Cloud 5, our weekly feature where we scour the web searching for the five most intriguing and poignant cloud links we can find.

Before we jump into this week's links, please have a look at one of our recent blog posts, Dell Technologies goes all in on data centers. When Dell bought EMC, it gave notice it was going all in on the data center, but in a world shifting to the cloud, is that a wise long-term strategy?

And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:

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Topics: The Cloud 5

Dell Technologies goes all in on data centers

Posted by Ron Miller on Jan 4, 2017 9:21:53 AM

When Dell finalized the massive $67 billion deal to buy EMC last fall, it marked the biggest tech deal in history and included $57 billion in debt. Why would Dell make such a deal? According to an article published in Fortune this week, The Gamblers Behind Tech’s Biggest Deal Ever, Dell believes that by getting bigger, it can capture the lion's share of the data center market.

While it could be right, there could also be a couple of potential flaws in that thinking. First of all, being big comes with its own set of problems. It makes it difficult to shift in a highly volatile marketplace. Further, combining two companies the size of Dell and EMC means combining systems, laying off redundant workers and bringing together two vastly different company cultures with all the inherent politics associated with that.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Cloud 5: AWS's great year, obligatory 2017 cloud trends

Posted by Ron Miller on Dec 23, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Welcome to The Cloud 5, our weekly feature where we scour the web searching for the five most intriguing and poignant cloud links we can find.

Before we jump into this week's links, please have a look at one of our recent blog posts, APIs could become the cloud platform differentiator. As cloud companies try to separate themselves from the competition, the quality of their APIs could be a difference-maker.

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Topics: The Cloud 5

APIs could become the cloud platform differentiator

Posted by Ron Miller on Dec 22, 2016 9:40:25 AM

We hear a lot of about Software as a Service and Infrastructure as a Service, and by now these concepts are fairly understood. What we still don't quite get is the Platform as a Service piece. But that is about to change.

The platform provides tools — APIs— for developers to build stuff on top of these other pieces. Salesforce brought the concept into vogue for SaaS vendors when it launched Force.com in 2007. Instead of simply offering its own services, Salesforce was providing a tool set for developers to build applications on top of Salesforce. Developers could fill in missing pieces, customize Salesforce for their needs or even start entirely new businesses, taking advantage of the pieces already built into the Salesforce platform.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Cloud 5: Cloud-first enterprise, security budget shifts to cloud

Posted by Ron Miller on Dec 16, 2016 9:59:13 AM

Welcome to The Cloud 5, our weekly feature where we scour the web searching for the five most intriguing and poignant cloud links we can find.

Before we jump into this week's links, please have a look at one of our recent blog post, The cloud's time has finally come in 2016. It took awhile, but the cloud has finally gained mainstream acceptance.

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The cloud's time has finally come in 2016

Posted by Ron Miller on Dec 15, 2016 3:30:49 PM

I remember sitting in a session on cloud computing at the CeBIT technology conference in 2011, listening to skeptical questions, and wondering why the cloud was being treated like a separate kind of computing. Five years later, I think we've finally reached the point where cloud has been accepted as a mainstream, first line of computing.

Think about that for a moment, as recently as five years ago, people still  doubted cloud computing — and I was waiting for the day when it reached wider acceptance. As I wrote at the time:
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Topics: Cloud Trends

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