Building a trust model in the cloud

Posted by Ron Miller on Nov 25, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Satya Nadella gave a speech last week before the Microsoft Government Cloud Forum on Microsoft's approach to security, and a good deal of it had to with the cloud and trust.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

451 Research finds it's cheaper to spread out your cloud dollars

Posted by Ron Miller on Nov 19, 2015 1:23:47 PM

The latest Cloud Price Index (CPI) report from 451 Research found that you can get the best price on cloud services when you use a variety of vendors and stay loyal to your core group.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Oracle latest company to take a swing at AWS

Posted by Ron Miller on Nov 12, 2015 1:30:02 PM

Amazon Web Services is the 800-pound gorilla in cloud infrastructure, and everyone wants to take them down. We've seen IBM, Google, Microsoft, HP, Alibaba, and a host of others try to take them on, but to this point nobody has really been able to put much of a dent in their market domination.

Oracle is the latest technology giant to put them on notice that they are determined to try.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Great week for cloud's big three

Posted by Ron Miller on Oct 27, 2015 3:30:00 PM

By now we know the cloud market is divided into the haves and the have-nots. Last week's earnings reports just highlighted this point as Amazon, Microsoft, and Google had great news — and everyone else, not so much.

Let's start with AWS, which has now generated more than $7 billion in revenue over the past 4 quarters — and it just keeps rolling along. While the cloud unit accounts for just 8 percent of Amazon's business, it accounted for 52 percent of profits last quarter. When AWS executive Andy Jassy boasted last year that some day AWS will be bigger than, he could be right.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

HP waves buh-bye to public cloud -- for real this time

Posted by Ron Miller on Oct 23, 2015 1:56:21 PM

HP announced in a blog post this week that it is exiting the public cloud, shutting down its HP Helion public cloud product on the last day of January.

You may recall that Bill Hilf, HP SVP and GM, HP Cloud, made a similar pronouncement in the New York Times in April, then backed off the statement a few days later. Seems it was true after all, but he had simply let the cat out of the bag too soon.

Regardless, this is a move that makes absolute sense for HP, given its poor market share and the challenges it would have faced trying to leap over the top-tier companies, especially AWS, Microsoft, and Google (never mind the next level with IBM, Rackspace, and others).

HP never seemed to fully embrace the public cloud aspect of its cloud strategy, and it's absolutely necessary to be fully engaged in this market. AWS is the clear leader with Microsoft a distant second, and without a total commitment it was never going to work.

As though to prove that, Hilf wrote that as part of the new strategy, the company would be supporting these leading public cloud vendors:

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Topics: Cloud Trends

The hybrid cloud could be a short-lived notion

Posted by Ron Miller on Oct 16, 2015 1:58:30 PM

There is big money forming behind the idea of the hybrid cloud, the notion of having workloads in a private data center and a public cloud service like Amazon Web Services. In fact, some say it's the driving motivation behind this week's massive $67 billion deal between Dell and EMC.

It's part of an overall strategy at IBM to endorse a hybrid approach. If you want to go to the public cloud, IBM has you covered. And if you're uncomfortable there, it has you covered too — and it wants to help you bridge the gap between the two.

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Topics: IT Services Trends, Cloud Trends

Appreciating the weight of data gravity in the age of the cloud

Posted by Mike Vizard on Oct 15, 2015 10:35:53 AM

At the recent AWS re:Invent conference, Amazon Web Services (AWS) made it clear that, like other public cloud service providers, it is intent on moving as much data from on-premise IT environments into the public cloud as possible.

AWS is trying to speed up this migration by establishing alliances with IT services firms such as Accenture and unveiling of its physical Snowball appliance, which IT organizations can deploy inside their own data centers to move as much as 50TB of data in and out of the AWS cloud.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Box wants to build a seamless cloud

Posted by Ron Miller on Sep 30, 2015 4:08:46 PM

Box held its annual BoxWorks customer conference in San Francisco this week, and they let it be known that they want to build seamless connections across cloud products, whether those products are from Box or another company, and even embed Box services on the backend of completely unrelated products if need be.

That kind of connectivity across systems is one of the unique characteristics of the cloud and what has separated it from the types of computing that came before it.
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Topics: Cloud Trends

Salesforce was never about no software  

Posted by Ron Miller on Sep 18, 2015 1:24:08 PM

There's a famous logo that has permeated Salesforce's marketing messages for years. It's a red slash over the words  "Software" to symbolize "no software." The truth, though, is that Salesforce has never been about eliminating software; it was about changing the way we provision it.

Instead of buying software licenses and installing it on your own hardware in your own datacenter, Salesforce transformed the industry by introducing the notion of running the software on its servers and selling subscriptions.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

On the eve of Dreamforce, Salesforce has grown into cloud powerhouse  

Posted by Ron Miller on Sep 11, 2015 1:00:00 PM

On the eve of Dreamforce, its annual customer extravaganza — last year over 130,000 people attended — Salesforce has truly grown into an enterprise cloud software force, a company born and raised in the cloud.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

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