The cloud is the glue that keeps us connected

Posted by Ron Miller on May 22, 2015 12:08:07 PM

Even though the cloud remains a somewhat nebulous term to the population at large, nearly everyone has a sense that it allows us to keep our digital lives in order and access content from any device, anywhere, anytime (as long as there is an Internet connection—and even sometimes when there's not).

At a simple level, it's how you can save your photos or documents and access them from anywhere. But the cloud is really the connective tissue for so much more, and it's allowed mobile to take off on several levels.

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Topics: Cloud Industry and Technology, Cloud Trends

Cloud 5: Google price drop, future connected cloud, DR in the cloud

Posted by Ron Miller on May 22, 2015 10:13:00 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 doesn't find the cloud funny anymore. Larry Ellison famously made fun of the Cloud back in 2008. Oracle plans to provide 95% of its offerings in cloud by fall. Guess the cloud isn't a joke any more.

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

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Topics: The Cloud 5, Cloud Trends

Cloud 5: Crime fighting in cloud, cloud in Africa, cloud by numbers

Posted by Ron Miller on May 15, 2015 9:06:55 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 doesn't find the cloud funny anymore. Larry Ellison famously made fun of the cloud back in 2008. Oracle plans to provide 95 percent of its offerings in cloud by fall. Guess it's not a joke anymore.

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

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Tests find Microsoft trumping AWS in cloud storage performance

Posted by Mike Vizard on May 14, 2015 1:48:00 PM

Recent research has suggested that while the gap between Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft is still fairly wide, Microsoft has been gaining traction. Now Nasuni, a provider of cloud storage gateways, has put out a new report that might in part explain why this is happening.

Results of cloud storage tests

For the past three years Nasuni has published a series of cloud storage tests. This year, those tests were run on Microsoft Azure Blob Storage, Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3), and Google Cloud Storage clouds. For the first time, Nasuni reports that Microsoft Azure has bested AWS across all those tests.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Oracle doesn't find the cloud funny anymore

Posted by Ron Miller on May 13, 2015 3:03:49 PM

Back in 2008 Oracle Chairman Larry Ellison famously ridiculed cloud computing as fashion-driven gibberish.

"The computer industry is the only industry that is more fashion-driven than women's fashion. Maybe I'm an idiot, but I have no idea what anyone is talking about. What is it? It's complete gibberish. It's insane. When is this idiocy going to stop?," Ellison once stated about cloud computing.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Why backend as a service platforms are quickly gaining popularity

Posted by Mike Vizard on May 12, 2015 11:53:00 AM

Thanks mainly to a sharp spike in demand for custom mobile applications, the way enterprise IT organizations think about how mobile applications interact with backend applications and services is fundamentally changing.

Collaboration is key

Rather that stitching together all the individual backend services that mobile applications need to invoke, many IT organizations are increasingly turning to backend as a service (BaaS) platforms that unify the management of these services. Intended to be a more turnkey approach to deploying mobile applications, a backend as a service platform exposed via application programming interfaces (APIs) enables developers to use software development kits (SDKs) to invoke user management tools, push notifications, and integrate with social networks.

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Topics: Mobile Device Management, Cloud Trends

Cloud 5: OpenStack Kilo APIs, Oracle reaches for cloud, Google backs Docker Rival

Posted by Ron Miller on May 8, 2015 11:35:00 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.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Deployment of Windows Server on AWS spikes

Posted by Mike Vizard on May 5, 2015 1:14:02 PM

In the recent revelations about how large the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud has become, many people overlooked just how many of the applications hosted on AWS are running in production environments compared to application development and testing projects.

Amazon disclosed that in the most recent quarter AWS posted an operating income of $265 million on revenues of $1.57 billion. That's a roughly 17 percent gross margin on what is on track to become a $5 billion business this year. But to get a little more insight into what is actually happening inside the AWS cloud, it’s worth taking a look at the AWS Scorecard published each quarter by 2nd Watch, a provider of managed IT services for AWS.

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Topics: Cloud Industry and Technology, Cloud Trends

Cloud 5: Cloud takes over, explaining cloud ROI and HP's cloud adventures

Posted by Ron Miller on May 1, 2015 9:00:00 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, AWS still bigger than all rivals combined. For all the bluster from its rivals in the cloud market. Amazon Web Services has more market share than all of them combined. But Microsoft is pushing hard to be number 2.

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

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Artifical intelligence set to become multi-billion dollar market

Posted by Mike Vizard on Apr 30, 2015 2:00:00 PM

After many false starts over the past decade, it looks like artificial intelligence (AI) applications are finally starting to make their way into everyday applications across the enterprise market.

Most notably, AI is gaining traction in the form of machine learning software and cognitive computing applications powered by the IBM Watson platform. Having access to massive amounts of data is making it easier to justify the cost of investments in AI technologies that promise to transform the way most organizations operate.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

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