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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New research finds AWS still blowing all comers away

Posted by Ron Miller on Feb 5, 2016 12:02:29 PM

Do a quick check of the tech news headlines these days, and you're likely to find quite a few that are trumpeting how well Microsoft is doing in cloud. While Microsoft is growing at an enormous rate, it is still well behind AWS, which continues to completely dominate the market according to the most recent data supplied by Synergy Research Group.

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Cloud 5: 1B Gmail users, OpenStack challenges, 20 cool cloud vendors

Posted by Ron Miller on Feb 5, 2016 10:06:47 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 now $8B business, Microsoft profits fall, but cloud grows

Posted by Ron Miller on Jan 29, 2016 10:07:53 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, Private clouds face a losing battle. Private clouds are not a bad idea on the face of it, but it's hard for a company running a private cloud to keep up with the big boys like AWS who do it for a living.

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

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Private clouds face a losing battle

Posted by Ron Miller on Jan 28, 2016 3:31:19 PM

The private cloud is supposed to give companies the benefits of a public cloud service while protecting data behind the firewall. The problem most companies face trying to take this approach is that it's impossible to compete with the public cloud behemoths. They are too well-funded and too innovative, and your private cloud can never be as good.

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Topics: Cloud Trends, private cloud

Cloud 5: Microsoft pledges $1 billion to nonprofits, cuts Azure prices

Posted by Ron Miller on Jan 22, 2016 9:34:08 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,The cloud is no longer a pie-in-the-sky idea. At one time not that long ago, the cloud was a radical notion. Today, large companies like Netflix and GE are all in, and cloud vendors like Salesforce and AWS are approaching $7 billion in annual revenue.

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

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The cloud is no longer a pie-in-the-sky idea

Posted by Ron Miller on Jan 18, 2016 11:48:22 AM

There was a time when the cloud was a fairly radical idea. You were asking IT to give up control of its hardware resources and software and hand it off to a third party to manage. In the 2008-2010 timeframe, only early adopters were willing to go that route. Today as the cloud has matured, it's a mainstream idea.

Consider that Salesforce, the grandfather of cloud computing, has been around since 1997. That's 17 years, folks, and it has more than 16,000 employees. Last November, the company announced its third quarter fiscal 2016 numbers, and they were impressive by any measure.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Cloud 5: How AWS is eating IT, Citrix sells cloud platform

Posted by Ron Miller on Jan 15, 2016 10:15:07 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: Cheaper cloud ahead, Intel's cloud bet, 2016 cloud conferences

Posted by Ron Miller on Jan 8, 2016 10:06:20 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, The cloud is coming soon to a car near you. With CES this week, there's lots of talk about the connected car, and when cars need to connect to external devices and data sources, that's probably going to involve the cloud. 

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

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The cloud is coming soon to a car near you

Posted by Ron Miller on Jan 7, 2016 9:38:13 AM

The Consumer Electronics Show is going on this week in Las Vegas. It's that time of year when companies large and small can show off their latest technology — and there's a lot of action from car companies. Not surprisingly, as cars become more connected, the cloud is going to play a greater role to transfer information to the manufacturer, between devices and other cars, and even with your house.

The car is the next logical place for the cloud if you think about it. The connected car provides a world of data about the condition of the car, the weather, and road conditions. Some of this could be helpful for the individual driver, and some could help all drivers.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Financial institutions need cloud agility too

Posted by Ron Miller on Dec 30, 2015 11:00:00 AM

A new report, released this month by the European Union Agency for Network And Information Security, describes the views of European financial services companies toward the cloud. For the most part, this group remains skeptical.

According to the report, European financial services companies recognize the benefits of the cloud but are still extremely cautious about making any kind of significant move there. Instead, they are confining their cloud activity to safer undertakings like email or experimental projects. For the most part, they prefer private clouds over public ones.

Contrast this with the report published by the Cloud Security Alliance called How the Cloud Is Being Used in the Financial Sector (pdf), which surveyed financial services companies from around the world but mostly concentrated in the U.S., and you have a very different picture.

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