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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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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Rackspace earnings shows there's big money in small slices of cloud market

Posted by Ron Miller on May 13, 2016 3:30:37 PM

Rackspace reported its earnings last weekand the numbers were surprisingly good for the Austin-based cloud services company, so good in fact it proved to me that even a small slice of the cloud with a well-defined strategy can produce good results.

Rackspace might not be a household name, but it was founded in 1998, went public a decade later, and was one of the founding members of OpenStack, the private cloud project. It has made its mark providing cloud infrastructure services and more recently helping companies that are transitioning to the cloud to manage multiple clouds.

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Next round of cloud battles to make all others look like a skirmish

Posted by Mike Vizard on May 12, 2016 9:56:25 AM

cloud_battles.jpgWhen public cloud computing first started to gain momentum, a wave of players jumped into the fray that arguably fell into two camps. On the one side there were IT infrastructure players such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, and Google. On the other side there were the carriers lead by Verizon and AT&T. Fast forward to today, and it’s clear that in terms of dominating the public cloud the infrastructure camp has pretty much thrashed the carriers.

As a result, the carriers these days are putting more emphasis on connecting private clouds to public ones using their networks. Carriers have also been more successful leveraging their traditional hosting capabilities to be a force to be reckoned with. Case in point is Desutsche Telecom, which a new report from Technology Business Research (TBR) identified as the top cloud carrier provider, followed by NTT Communications.

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SharePoint 2016 on prem is about putting lipstick on a hybrid pig

Posted by Ron Miller on May 5, 2016 10:53:03 AM

Microsoft released its newest version of SharePoint the other day, one of those quaint old-fashioned, monolithic on-prem software packages that was three years in the making. Meanwhile SharePoint Online (aka Office 365 in a case of confusing branding) has been rolling along with regular updates.

Microsoft is in the unenviable position of having to support both the cloud version and the on-prem version of the same software. The last time I attended a SharePoint conference several years ago, they were just on the cusp of this transition trying to entice their reluctant customers that it was in their best interest (and Microsoft's) to move to the cloud.

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