The myth about big cloud infrastructure customer wins

Posted by Ron Miller on Sep 28, 2016 3:48:13 PM

Cloud vendors are fighting a huge battle these days over customers. Each company, especially those chasing market leader AWS, like to scream from the hill tops when they get a big customer win, but how seriously should we take these announcements, and are they as significant as these companies would have us believe?

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Adobe has struck gold since moving to the cloud

Posted by Ron Miller on Sep 22, 2016 1:58:01 PM

If you need proof that a company can successfully transition to the cloud, look no further than Adobe, the creative software company that announced it was moving to a cloud subscription model in 2013 after 27 years selling boxed software.

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Oracle so desperately wants to be a cloud player now

Posted by Ron Miller on Sep 21, 2016 1:15:11 PM

Oracle has been holding its Open World customer conference this week in San Francisco, and that noise you hear is Larry Ellison pounding his chest and telling the world he's coming for AWS.

All I can say is good luck, because they have a long, long road ahead of them, and it's going to take more than bluster to get there.

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Bare metal servers gain momentum in the cloud

Posted by Mike Vizard on Sep 20, 2016 9:53:05 AM

Bare metal servers are a growing niche of the public cloud space, and IT service providers should start paying more attention to it as the nature of the application workloads being deployed in the cloud continues to evolve.

Today, a bare metal server is most often used by a Big Data application or some other type of workload, such as gaming, where the performance penalties associated with virtual servers is just too high. The dominant provider of bare metal servers in the cloud is IBM, which acquired SoftLayer back in 2013. One of the major things that differentiated SoftLayer is that it provided support for both bare metal and virtual servers.

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Google Cloud brings Evernote into the fold with a big cloud win

Posted by Ron Miller on Sep 15, 2016 9:28:28 AM

Google scored a huge cloud win this week when Evernote announced it was moving its 200 million users from a private cloud to Google Cloud.

Chances are Evernote was running into the same types of problems many companies experience when they run their own data centers. It's hard to keep scaling and updating because it gets so expensive.

By moving to the cloud, Evernote should gain all the advantages of elasticity and scalability, while moving expenses from CapEx to OpEx. As Diane Greene, the executive vice president of Google Cloud Enterprise said yesterday at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco, the way a cloud vendor like hers handles all the hard stuff for customers is one of the primary advantages of the cloud.

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Cloud First is in the eye of the beholder

Posted by Mike Vizard on Sep 6, 2016 2:22:12 PM

The term Cloud First has become such a standard refrain that most IT organizations now take for gospel, but what Cloud First actually means to any given IT organization varies widely.

A global survey of 1,200 IT professionals conducted by 451 Research finds that 38 percent of IT organizations have an official Cloud First policy in terms of where workloads should run. But a much larger percentage are pushing workloads into the cloud. The survey suggests that 60 percent of all workloads will be running on some form of cloud by the middle of 2018.

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The Clinton campaign runs on AWS

Posted by Ron Miller on Sep 1, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Last month, I wrote a piece in this space about how political campaigns should be run in the cloud to avoid the kind of vulnerabilities the DNC and the Clinton campaign have faced from hackers.

As it turns out, much of the Clinton campaign is being run in the cloud, Stephanie Hannon, CTO for the campaign explained in an online interview on the Product Hunt. Hannon actually spent most of her professional life working for Google, so she knows a thing or two about it.

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Everyone is suddenly seeing gold in cloud infrastructure market

Posted by Ron Miller on Aug 24, 2016 12:10:17 PM

Count Chinese software company Kingsoft as the latest organization, boldly believing it can grab a chunk of the cloud infrastructure market. Who can blame them when there's clearly big money there.

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Salesforce wants to remove the friction between its products

Posted by Ron Miller on Aug 18, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Salesforce.com announced a new integrated calendar for its Salesforce InBox product this week with the goal of removing the friction between its CRM tool and the calendar. By linking the two tools, it saves employees from having to move deliberately between them.

That may not sound like much, but it's actually attacking a huge pain point for users, especially on mobile devices where it's not always a simple matter to move information between enterprise apps.

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Profiting in a multi-cloud world

Posted by Mike Vizard on Aug 16, 2016 9:43:32 AM

When it comes to competition in the era of the cloud, it’s increasingly apparent that one size will not fit all — not even for a single customer. An IT organization may very well decide to run one class of application workload on one cloud and then in the next breath decide to deploy another type of workload on an entirely different platform.

In fact, this week Workday made it clear that employing multiple clouds is now the new normal. While the provider of software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications will continue to use Amazon Web Services to host its production applications, Workday revealed that it will be using the IBM SoftLayer cloud to host its application development and testing environments. Terms of the seven-year deal were not released, but for IBM any win of this scale in the cloud against AWS is significant.

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