Even healthcare and financial services are all in on the cloud

Posted by Ron Miller on May 2, 2017 1:55:18 PM

When it comes to the cloud, the standard argument has always been that healthcare and financial services were two heavily regulated industries where it just wasn't a good fit. That always felt like a false argument and a recent survey by security company McAfee found that to be the case.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Cloud storage price war is now underway

Posted by Mike Vizard on May 2, 2017 11:38:08 AM

Price wars in the age of the cloud have largely been limited to virtual machines and a few of the more esoteric services that are not widely used. But a new report from 451 Research suggests that a price war involving cloud storage is now in the offing.

The market research firm is reporting that pricing for object-based storage has dropped more than 14 percent over the past 12 months. In comparison, 451 Research reports that virtual machine pricing has dropped only 5 percent over the same period. 451 Research is predicting that declines in cloud storage pricing will not only accelerate over the next 18 months, they will also be extended to other services such as databases.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

IBM's road to transformation has been filled with pot holes

Posted by Ron Miller on Apr 27, 2017 9:39:31 AM

IBM launched as a company in 1911. It's interesting that its 100 year anniversary year in 2011 marks the last the time the company reported positive revenue. That's right, for the last five years or 20 consecutive quarters, the company has reported declining revenue.

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Topics: Cloud Trends, IBM

How the cloud is driving artificial intelligence development

Posted by Ron Miller on Apr 20, 2017 3:55:05 PM

Artificial Intelligence is the buzz word du jour, but the technology whose roots go back to research in the 1950s has finally come of age — and it owes a debt of gratitude to cloud computing.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Huawei latest company to invest $1B in public cloud

Posted by Ron Miller on Apr 13, 2017 1:35:52 PM

This week, Huawei, the Chinese telecom giant that also makes cell phones, tablets and smartwatches announced it was jumping into the  public cloud computing game with the old chestnut of a billion dollar investment to jump start the business.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

MSPs stand to benefit most from rise of multi-cloud computing

Posted by Mike Vizard on Apr 6, 2017 1:53:46 PM

At this point, it’s no secret that Microsoft has been gaining some ground on Amazon Web Services (AWS) in the public cloud. But new survey data from 451 Research suggests that both Google and IBM are picking up momentum as well.

The 451 Research survey of 700 IT professionals finds that AWS remains top dog in the public cloud, with 56 percent of respondents relying on AWS for infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS). But AWS is starting to fall behind in two important categories.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

VMware throws in towel on its vCloud Air public cloud business

Posted by Ron Miller on Apr 6, 2017 1:17:19 PM

VMware popularized the idea of a virtual machine and forever changed the face of IT. But, when the industry began to move away from private data centers and toward the public cloud, VMware saw the future, and decided to start a public cloud business of its own.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

AWS turns its attention to enterprise software

Posted by Ron Miller on Mar 29, 2017 10:54:53 AM

AWS has tight grip on the infrastructure as a service (IaaS) market, but it wants more. It also wants a piece of enterprise software, and to that end, the cloud giant announced a new call center software this week called Amazon Connect, delivered as a cloud service.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Microsoft Azure ascends in the public cloud

Posted by Mike Vizard on Mar 28, 2017 11:07:10 AM

Microsoft finally appears to be catching up to Amazon Web Services in terms of public cloud adoption. A new survey of 235 IT professionals at organizations with 500 or more employees conducted by UBM Media, publisher of InformationWeek, on behalf of Sumo Logic, finds that 66 percent of respondents are using either infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) or platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offerings from Microsoft. That compares to 55 percent for AWS.

Those survey results come on the heels of a survey conducted by JP Morgan that found that a majority of CIOs view Microsoft as the more critical of the two cloud service providers.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Cloud 5: IBM's new blockchain service, Microsoft and Adobe partner

Posted by Ron Miller on Mar 24, 2017 9:29:38 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

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