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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Cloud 5: GoDaddy's cloud strategy, cloud economics explained

Posted by Ron Miller on May 6, 2016 8:46:58 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, SharePoint 2016 on prem is about putting lipstick on a hybrid pig. Microsoft released SharePoint 2016 this week, the on-prem version of its content management system. While it has a cloud version too, it continues to support both, and the latest version is just a case of putting lipstick on a hybrid pig. It's time to commit to the cloud.

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

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SharePoint 2016 on prem is about putting lipstick on a hybrid pig

Posted by Ron Miller on May 5, 2016 10:53:03 AM

Microsoft released its newest version of SharePoint the other day, one of those quaint old-fashioned, monolithic on-prem software packages that was three years in the making. Meanwhile SharePoint Online (aka Office 365 in a case of confusing branding) has been rolling along with regular updates.

Microsoft is in the unenviable position of having to support both the cloud version and the on-prem version of the same software. The last time I attended a SharePoint conference several years ago, they were just on the cusp of this transition trying to entice their reluctant customers that it was in their best interest (and Microsoft's) to move to the cloud.

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Cloud 5: Billions in cloud investments, OpenStack by the numbers

Posted by Ron Miller on Apr 29, 2016 11:36:38 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, Intel layoffs post-mortem points to cloud, mobile as primary suspects. Intel had some bad news last week for 12,000 people who will be laid off over the next several months, and when you look at the trends responsible for this outcome, they point squarely to cloud and mobile.

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

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AWS keeps raking in the moolah

Posted by Ron Miller on Apr 29, 2016 8:59:31 AM

Ten years ago when Amazon launched AWS, it was a simple side business, a little experiment in selling some of the excess capacity it had in its data center. Well, that little experiment has turned into a smashing success, and in yesterday's earnings report it did better than its parent (who was reportedly glowing with pride over the little tyke's performance).

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Intel layoffs post-mortem points to cloud, mobile as primary suspects

Posted by Ron Miller on Apr 22, 2016 12:00:00 PM

This week news emerged that Intel was laying off 12,000 people. You never like to hear about that many people losing their livelihoods, but it's worth exploring how Intel got to this point, and the likely suspects are cloud and mobile.

For years, Intel was tied to the desktop computer, and having 'Intel Inside' was a mark of quality for a PC. Moore's Law, the notion that the number of transistors on a chip would double every two years, was real, and it mattered because we craved more raw power on the desktop.

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Cloud 5: Microsoft's cloud stumble, IBM's struggles continue

Posted by Ron Miller on Apr 22, 2016 9:55:43 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.

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

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Cloud 5: Tech spending shifts to cloud, Nadella's long view strategy

Posted by Ron Miller on Apr 15, 2016 10:30:00 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.

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Salesforce flexes muscles on Boston stop of its world tour

Posted by Ron Miller on Apr 14, 2016 2:30:00 PM

Make no mistake, Salesforce is a force. If you doubt it, you should have seen the Boston stop of its world tour last week. Before the sales pitch and the happy customer stories even started, Salesforce warmed up the crowd with a 10 a.m. performance by the Dropkick Muphys. After a short three-song set, the party continued with an appearance by New England Patriots head coach Bill Bellichick, who appeared in a suit and tie instead of his standard hoodie.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Cloud 5: Cloud co-opetition, Intel's cloud strategy, and OpenStack Mitaka

Posted by Ron Miller on Apr 8, 2016 10:19:12 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, Microsoft has turn in cloud spotlight at Build Developer conference. Microsoft had its turn to tell the world why it's a viable enterprise cloud player, and it took full advantage.

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

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Microsoft has turn in cloud spotlight at Build Developer conference

Posted by Ron Miller on Apr 4, 2016 3:06:08 PM

Last week it was Microsoft's turn to step into the white hot spotlight and let the world know it was a serious enterprise cloud player at its annual Build Developer conference. The week before, Google had its turn at GCPNext, and later this year AWS gets its opportunity with its annual re:invent conference.

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