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: DoD's cloud plans, Salesforce and AWS are friends

Posted by Ron Miller on May 27, 2016 10:12:20 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 infrastructure market is about to get even more heated. The cloud infrastructure market is poise to become even more competitive as the biggest names vie for the biggest customers, perhaps giving them sweetheart deals for the prestige of getting them to come on board.

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

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The cloud infrastructure market is about to get even more heated

Posted by Ron Miller on May 26, 2016 1:29:26 PM

For a long time, the cloud infrastructure market has been defined by a group of big players competing with one another on price and features. To a large extent, that's still the case, but today if anything it's more pronounced as AWS, Microsoft, and Google wrestle and struggle for market share.

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Cloud and mobile driving massive shift in retail

Posted by Ron Miller on May 20, 2016 1:15:11 PM

I spent part of this week at the Shoptalk conference in Las Vegas listening to companies and experts of various ilks discuss the huge changes going on in retail. As you would expect, there was a lot of talk about the way the business has been transformed by the internet.

Even that initial wave of companies that came along with the rise of the World Wide Web in the 1990s is now being pushed by a new generation of retailers who were born in the age of cloud and mobile. The brick-and-mortar retailers have even bigger challenges as the internet—the world's greatest distribution channel—drives further disruption.

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Cloud 5: Microsoft, SAP commit to cloud; a good quarter for Salesforce

Posted by Ron Miller on May 20, 2016 9:30:12 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, Rackspace earnings shows there's big money in small slices of cloud market. Rackspace had its earning reports, and it made some money. It's not AWS or Microsoft money, but it grew fairly substantially proving that even a small slice of the cloud market could produce big results, especially when a company is a little flexible about its strategy.

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

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Rackspace earnings shows there's big money in small slices of cloud market

Posted by Ron Miller on May 13, 2016 3:30:37 PM

Rackspace reported its earnings last weekand the numbers were surprisingly good for the Austin-based cloud services company, so good in fact it proved to me that even a small slice of the cloud with a well-defined strategy can produce good results.

Rackspace might not be a household name, but it was founded in 1998, went public a decade later, and was one of the founding members of OpenStack, the private cloud project. It has made its mark providing cloud infrastructure services and more recently helping companies that are transitioning to the cloud to manage multiple clouds.

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Cloud 5: Uber's cloud business, EMC World wrap-up, and cloud wars

Posted by Ron Miller on May 13, 2016 10:31:17 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: 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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