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: All AWS all the time, SUSE buys HP OpenStack assets

Posted by Ron Miller on Dec 2, 2016 10:17:21 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, AWS set to flex its muscles at re:Invent conference. As AWS held its annual user conference this week, it was worth looking how fast it has grown—and how the conference attendance alone reflects that.
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AWS set to flex its muscles at re:Invent conference

Posted by Ron Miller on Nov 29, 2016 1:31:32 PM

AWS is about to embark on its biggest user conference ever as it hosts the re:Invent conference this week in Las Vegas. What started just five years ago as an intimate gathering of 6,000 users, has grown to over 32,000 attendees. It illustrates the rapid growth of the Infrastructure as a Service behemoth.

In just a decade, AWS has transformed the way we think of computing, growing from a minor part of the Amazon empire to a business that is currently on an $11.5 billion run rate — and it's accelerating quickly. Companies like Google, Microsoft, IBM, and Oracle who came late to the IaaS game, are trailing badly, even as the market grows at a rapid rate.

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Alibaba continues Quixotic quest to take on AWS

Posted by Ron Miller on Nov 22, 2016 11:55:00 AM

Alibaba announced an ambitious plan to expand its worldwide data center presence today. The company wants to have local presence across Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Australia. It hopes that having a more extensive worldwide presence can help it take on AWS, Microsoft, IBM, and Google (and even Oracle) in the cloud infrastructure game.

While it's a sensible move to try and expand its data center footprint, the reality is that Alibaba came very late to the cloud computing game. A decade into the Infrastructure as a Service market, there are clear market leaders. While the revenue pie is expanding, the idea that Alibaba can make a significant dent in the market outside of China is a longshot, at best. (Although it's worth noting the Chinese market itself could be by its sheer size significant.)

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Salesforce steamrolls toward $10 billion revenue goal

Posted by Ron Miller on Nov 18, 2016 1:24:39 PM

Salesforce reported its earnings on Thursday, and on almost every level, it has to be considered a success. The world's most successful SaaS vendor continued to march toward $10 billion in annual revenue, with CEO Marc Benioff boldly predicting in the earnings call, the company would reach that lofty height in the 2018 fiscal year (next year).

Before we look at the significance of an almost $10 billion SaaS vendor, let's look at the numbers. The company generated 2.14 billion in revenue for the 2017 third quarter. That's up from $1.71 billion for the same period last year.

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Cloud 5: Google beefs up AI offerings, Musk chooses Azure for OpenAI

Posted by Ron Miller on Nov 18, 2016 9:21:15 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: Oracle's new investments, Silicon Valley reacts to presidency

Posted by Ron Miller on Nov 11, 2016 9:13:39 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, AWS public cloud domination even greater than previously thought. New data from Synergy Research finds that when you look at the pure public cloud infrastructure market, AWS's lead is even larger than we previously believed.
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Cloud 5: Benioff on deals that got away and early cloud predictions

Posted by Ron Miller on Nov 4, 2016 10:24:36 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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AWS public cloud domination even greater than previously thought

Posted by Ron Miller on Nov 2, 2016 1:27:56 PM

We've been watching the cloud infrastructure market for a long time, using Synergy Research's numbers as a baseline. Looking at those past numbers, AWS has always had a huge lead with over a third of the market. Microsoft, Google, and IBM were less than half of that when you put all their market share numbers together.

Synergy Research came out with some new research last week, breaking out the pure public cloud infrastructure market, and when it looked at the numbers through that prism, AWS's lead was even more pronounced with a whopping 45 percent. Microsoft, Google, and IBM were less than 20 percent combined. 

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Cloud 5: Another big quarter for AWS, OpenStack grows up

Posted by Ron Miller on Oct 28, 2016 9:35:18 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, Dyn DDoS attack false fodder for anti-cloud crowd. The Dyn DDoS attack was nasty in its scope, but it was an attack the internet domain name registry, not cloud computing itself.

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

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Dyn DDoS attack false fodder for anti-cloud crowd

Posted by Ron Miller on Oct 27, 2016 3:51:55 PM

There's no doubt that you heard about, and were probably affected by the Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack on domain registrar Dyn last week. It was a devastating attack that took down services like Spotify and Netflix along with business cloud services like Box and Zendesk for a time on Friday.

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Topics: IT Security, Cloud Trends

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