Big IT vendors finally embrace cloud

Posted by Ron Miller on Oct 30, 2014 8:30:00 AM

For big IT vendors, 2014 will be remembered as the year they fully embraced the cloud. Surely some have dabbled in it along the way to various degrees, but this year, they went all in -- and they acknowledged the public cloud too. Whether we are talking HP, IBM, EMC, Cisco, Oracle or Red Hat; they are all here to tell you they are the cloud vendor you have been waiting for -- really.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

GE Leads Enterprise Charge To Public Cloud

Posted by Ron Miller on Oct 27, 2014 8:30:00 AM

GE has big plans to close most of its data centers and move to the public cloud. When I was talking about this story idea last week with my editor, she was surprised by the idea that GE, an industrial giant that makes appliances and ginormous things like jet engines, railroad locomotives and wind turbines would be progressive enough to make a major move to the cloud like this — but in an interview with InfoWorld recently, GE COO of IT Chris Drumgoole said GE was in fact making a big move to the public cloud.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Cloud 5: Hybrid cloud center stage, Microsoft cloud in a box, Red Hat CEO talks cloud

Posted by Ron Miller on Oct 24, 2014 9:24:00 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.

This week we look at big companies focusing on hybrid cloud computing, Microsoft's new cloud in a box, and Red Hat's CEO talking cloud.

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Topics: The Cloud 5, Cloud Trends

Google Chromebook quietly takes aim at the enterprise

Posted by Ron Miller on Oct 21, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Google's Chromebook is a cheap alternative to a more expensive Windows or Mac PC or laptop, but up until recently it lacked any specific administrative oversight tools for enterprise IT. While IT might have liked the price tag, they may have worried about the lack of an integrated tool suite for managing a fleet of Chromebooks. That's changed with release of Chromebook for Work, a new program designed to give IT that control they crave for Chromebooks.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Cloud 5: GE all in on public cloud, IBM-SAP cloud partnership, Big data and the cloud

Posted by Ron Miller on Oct 17, 2014 9:48:49 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.

This week, we look at the impact of cloud computing on the recent corporate splits, cloud computing and big data and the IBM-SAP cloud partnership.

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Tame BYOD with MDM, VMI, and file sync and share

Posted by Alan Earls on Oct 16, 2014 9:00:00 AM

BYOD – the bring-your-own-device revolution that has exploded the traditional world of IT – is not going away…For better or worse, top management and business owners love their iPhones, iPads, and Android devices and insist that regardless of issues of complexity and security, they should be able to use them as their front-end to all the goodies in the corporate store.

That means IT has got to follow their lead and just make it work. Fortunately, there are some helpful technologies emerging into widespread use.

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Topics: Cloud Trends, Customer Management

Cloud 5: Google Chromebooks in enterprise, missing innovation at Interop, more

Posted by Ron Miller on Oct 10, 2014 7:46:45 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.

On the radar this week are items about Google Chromebooks, HP, Interop, Oracle, and a lesson learned by Harvard Business Publishing.

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Topics: The Cloud 5, Cloud Trends

Cloud 5: Cloud's impact on sport, surviving the AWS reboot, more cloud price cuts

Posted by Ron Miller on Oct 3, 2014 8:00:00 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, Oracle joins the cloud price wars. The cloud price wars have reached the shores of Oracle. The company wants to increase its cloud presence and it's willing to get down and dirty on pricing with AWS to get Database as a Service customers.

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Oracle Joins The Cloud Price Wars

Posted by Ron Miller on Sep 30, 2014 8:37:00 AM

Oracle is holding their yearly party this week, Oracle Open World and they want people to know (again) they're all about the cloud. Of course, the long tail still haunts their leader, CTO and executive chairman (or whatever his title is now) Larry Ellison who once famously dissed the cloud in a 2008 speech calling it "ludicrous" and concluding, "We think it’s very hard to make money in this thing."

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Cloud 5: Cloud standards, taxing the cloud, and the fate of CloudStack

Posted by Ron Miller on Sep 26, 2014 8:45:07 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.

Before we jump into this week's links, please have a look at one of our recent blog posts, Red Hat Declares Client-Server Era Over. When Red Hat declared they were going all in on the cloud and OpenStack this week, they effectively announced the end of the client-server era as the dominant computing paradigm inside organizations. Enterprise Linux and client-server aren't going away tomorrow of course, but it's fair to say the torch has been passed.

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

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Topics: The Cloud 5, Cloud Trends