Cloud 5: Intel's cloud investment, Alibaba's AI, lightning strikes Google

Posted by Ron Miller on Aug 28, 2015 9:15:00 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, OpenStack makes some important friends. OpenStack turned five last month. This week it made some important friends who want to help accelerate the open source cloud project.

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

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Topics: The Cloud 5, Cloud Trends

OpenStack makes some important friends

Posted by Ron Miller on Aug 26, 2015 1:30:00 PM

It was quite a week for OpenStack, the open source Infrastructure as a Service offering, which received big backing from the likes of Intel and Goldman Sachs this week.

OpenStack was founded back in 2010 with backing from Rackspace, NASA and others. It was developed as an open source alternative to the growing hegemony of Amazon Web Services. As good as AWS's offering was, it was essentially a black box controlled by Amazon—and many craved for a more transparent alternative.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

China is the next cloud computing frontier

Posted by Ron Miller on Aug 20, 2015 5:24:35 PM

When cloud vendors turn their eyes to China, they see a huge market, but don't expect China to simply cede the market to western technology giants. It plans to compete in its own right in a big way.

Just this week, according to a report in the Taiwanese publication Want ChinaTimesthe Chinese are working hard to encourage a domestic cloud business. What's more, there is some feeling in China, according to that article, that it can compete because it believes the western market is really just starting too.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Cloud 5: Cloud and analytics, AWS startup program

Posted by Ron Miller on Aug 14, 2015 10:04:20 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, Cloud and IoT were made for each other. When you consider the massive data requirements that Internet of Things will bring as sensors supply a constant stream of information, the cloud and its elastic resources appears to be the perfect match.

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

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Topics: The Cloud 5, Cloud Trends

Cloud and IoT were made for each other

Posted by Ron Miller on Aug 13, 2015 4:57:34 PM

When the cloud first established itself, it was about providing resources in a more efficient fashion. Today as we enter the age of the Internet of Things with sensors giving off ever-bigger piles of data, the cloud will play an important role in processing and storing it.

Although predictions for the Internet of Things are all over the map, Cisco believes that 50 billion connected devices will be in place by 2020, while Morgan Stanley is predicting 75 billion. Gartner says there are already 4.9 billion in place this year. Accenture believes we are talking about an astonishing market potential of $14 trillion. Cisco has cited the same number.

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Topics: Cloud Trends, IoT

What Docker container adoption means for IT service providers

Posted by Mike Vizard on Aug 6, 2015 11:06:05 AM

While the interest level in Docker containers as an alternative form of virtualization is all the rage these days among developers, it might be a little while before IT services providers see large numbers of these containers deployed in a production environment.

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Topics: IT Services Trends, Cloud Trends

Alibaba's Ready to Take on the Cloud Infrastructure Market

Posted by Ron Miller on Aug 6, 2015 7:00:00 AM

Last week, Alibaba decided to get more serious about the world cloud infrastructure market, announcing a billion dollar investment in its cloud computing arm, Aliyun.

The billion dollars could be considered a shot across the bow of Amazon Web Services, as well as its rivals Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, IBM Softlayer, and a host of others.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Making the financial case for moving to the cloud

Posted by Mike Vizard on Jul 31, 2015 8:00:00 AM

At this point, it’s not a question of if organizations are going to embrace cloud computing but a question of to what degree they'll embrace it and in what form. Increasingly, organizations of all sizes are looking to IT service providers to help them figure that out.

new study from Cloud Cruiser, a provider of IT financial management applications, finds that nearly three quarters (72 percent) of IT organizations rated their ability to track cloud usage and costs as either very or extremely important. The primary reason IT organizations want this ability is to better forecast and compare costs, but they also indicated a desire to either chargeback or at least “showback” usage of cloud services to various lines of business.

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Rethinking businesses processes in the cloud

Posted by Ron Miller on Jul 16, 2015 1:34:38 PM

At the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference keynote address in Orlando this week, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella called the cloud "the control plane that allows us to move from device to device," but it's actually more than the glue that keeps us connected. It also affords the opportunity to rethink our business processes.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Why one MSP decided to live (almost) off the grid

Posted by Achmad Chadran on Jul 10, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Among the many great partner conversations I had at the recent ChannelNEXT Central event in Niagara Falls, Ontario, one stood out. Jeff Bawl is a technology consultant at Advanced Office Solutions, an MSP whose portfolio ranges from managed IT, print, and mobile services to business telephony and business process optimization (BPO) services. The solution provider is headquartered in Grimsby, Ontario, and runs three satellite offices, running from Brant to Niagara along the western edge of the lake.

As we talked, Jeff dropped a hint about a lifestyle choice he made long ago; he traded Web connectivity in exchange for The Tranquil Life. I knew then and there that I wanted to share Jeff’s story with our readers, and he agreed to let me follow up with him after the show. Here are the highlights of our conversation:

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Topics: Innovation and Ideas, Cloud Industry and Technology, Cloud Trends

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