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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Topics: Cloud Trends

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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Topics: Cloud Trends

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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Topics: Cloud Trends

Delta's data center trouble illustrates the problem with a single point of failure

Posted by Ron Miller on Aug 9, 2016 3:31:20 PM

No doubt you've probably heard about Delta's no good, horrible, very bad week. It began early Monday morning when a power failure at its Atlanta data center led to an outage of epic proportion, causing a domino effect in which all its systems shut down.

The entire airline was affected, causing over 700 flights to be canceled worldwide and delaying countless others on Monday alone.

While it's beginning to get on its feet today, this should serve as an object lesson to those who think that a private data center is a better option than the cloud

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Topics: Cloud Trends

It's time to run political campaigns in the cloud

Posted by Ron Miller on Aug 2, 2016 1:58:15 PM

When the DNC got hacked in June, it got added to the list of high-profile hacks nobody wants to be on, joining the likes of Sony, OPM, JP Morgan and Target (among others) in hacking infamy.

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Topics: IT Security, Cloud Trends

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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Topics: Cloud Trends

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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Topics: Cloud Trends

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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Topics: Cloud Trends

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