Microsoft on the frontlines in a battle over privacy in the cloud

Posted by Mike Vizard on Jul 14, 2016 9:57:35 AM

Speaking at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) this week, Microsoft president and lead counsel Brad Smith provided a glimpse into the legal battle Microsoft is conducting against the U.S. government to protect data in the cloud from unreasonable search and seizure.

Smith told attendees that Microsoft has received a large number of subpoenas from the U.S. government demanding access to data in a way that prevents Microsoft from even informing customers this is occurring. Microsoft argues those orders are a violation of the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. constitution, which requires the government to inform people when their property is being searched or seized.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Go cloud or go home

Posted by Ron Miller on Jul 6, 2016 3:44:37 PM

Last week, Gartner released a report with a title that made me pause: By 2020, a corporate "no-cloud" policy will be as rare as a "no-internet" policy is today

It made me wonder, do companies still have no-cloud policies today?

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On the occasion of Office 365's fifth birthday

Posted by Ron Miller on Jun 30, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Microsoft Office 365 had a momentous birthday this week, turning five years old. It's easy to forget at this point, but under Steve Ballmer, Microsoft was lukewarm on the cloud. It was only when Satya Nadella took the reigns that the company began to take its cloud business much more seriously.

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AWS's Jassy: Cloud agility drives innovation

Posted by Ron Miller on Jun 22, 2016 9:42:20 AM

It may be seem obvious to many by now, but it bears repeating because it seems not enough companies get it. By its nature, the cloud drives the speed and agility organizations require to innovate today.

That was the message Andy Jassy had this week during a live onstage interview in Washington, DC. Jassy talked about the elements of successful organizational change, and even though he had a stake in the message, what he said was broadly applicable.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Big money changes hands in huge week for cloud acquisitions

Posted by Ron Miller on Jun 17, 2016 1:45:04 PM

To say there was a lot M&A action this week would be a huge understatement. More than $30 billion changed hands — and most of it involved the cloud directly or indirectly.

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The cloud and mobile have driven workplace change

Posted by Ron Miller on Jun 9, 2016 4:30:53 PM

By now, we know the undeniable link between cloud and mobile exists on so many levels, from personal content access to elastic resources, and the cloud drove most of the changes we've seen in the workplace over the past decade.

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Cloud giants turn attention to artificial intelligence

Posted by Ron Miller on May 31, 2016 9:04:38 AM

Artificial intelligence has suddenly caught the attention of the biggest cloud companies. Can you guess why? It's not so much that they're interested in the tech as the resources required to run it.

Much like big data processing, artificial intelligence takes a lot of compute, storage, and memory, and by happy coincidence, that's precisely what the cloud infrastructure vendors are selling.

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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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Public cloud spending spins out of control

Posted by Mike Vizard on May 24, 2016 11:41:58 AM

As is often the case in life, there can always be too much of a good thing. A new survey of 189 IT professionals attending the recent Amazon Web Services Global Summit conference in Chicago finds that while over half (54 percent) describe cost allocation being important to them, a full 82 percent say they find reconciling actual consumption of cloud service to billing to be a significant challenge. In fact, just under a third (31 percent) admit they don’t proactively manage their spending on public cloud services at all.

Nevertheless, 40 percent estimate that usage of public clouds inside their organization will increase 25 to 50 percent in the next 12 months, and another 38 percent pegged usage growth at between 10 to 25 percent. Only five percent said there would be no growth at all.

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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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