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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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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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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Adobe reaps rewards of recurring revenue

Posted by Ron Miller on Mar 22, 2017 1:50:40 PM

It's been a good month for Adobe. Last week, the company had a wildly successful earnings report. This week it held its Digital Marketing Summit in Las Vegas, making all kinds of high-profile announcements.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Oracle still has a long way to go in the cloud

Posted by Ron Miller on Mar 16, 2017 1:07:05 PM

Oracle has always faced a hard road to the cloud. As one of the premier vendors of the client-server era, it had up until fairly recently resisted the move to the cloud, but like all legacy vendors, Oracle has made its move.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Google Cloud gets its 15 minutes

Posted by Ron Miller on Mar 14, 2017 10:30:00 AM

Last week, Google held its Google Cloud Next Conference in San Francisco. Like any company-centric conference, it gave Google three days of non-stop control of the microphone to make its cloud case with media, analysts, and potential customers in attendance —and it did its best to take advantage of its time in the spotlight.

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Topics: Cloud Industry and Technology, Cloud Trends

The march toward cloud neutrality

Posted by Mike Vizard on Mar 9, 2017 11:37:37 AM

At the Google Cloud Next 2017 conference this week, cloud service providers (CSPs) professed much love for the partners they've finally acknowledged are critical to their success in the enterprise. After all, convincing independent software vendors (ISVs) to host their software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications on a cloud is one thing. Getting IT organizations to host enterprise-class workloads on a public cloud requires a level of hand holding that CSPs themselves are not willing to provide directly.

Based on hard-won experience, however, enterprise IT organizations are wary of being locked into a platform. In that light, the most significant announcement at Google Cloud Next was a pledge by SAP to make its HANA in-memory database available on the Google Cloud Platform. SAP already makes HANA available both on a cloud it manages that runs on the IBM Cloud service and on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure clouds.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Salesforce rolls on

Posted by Ron Miller on Mar 3, 2017 1:25:49 PM

It's almost like a broken record by now, but Salesforce had another great quarter when it reported its Q4 2017 earnings earlier this week. 

The company raked in $2.2 billion in revenue for the quarter, up 27 percent year over year. What's more, it pulled in $8.39 billion for fiscal 2017, up 26 percent year over year.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

AWS outage creates a teachable moment

Posted by Mike Vizard on Mar 2, 2017 12:29:39 PM

Undoubtedly phones were ringing and there emails were flying this week in the wake of an Amazon Web Services (AWS) outage that adversely affected organizations all across the Internet. But now that the initial hysteria has passed there’s an opportunity for IT service providers to have one of those teachable-moment conversations with their customers.

Line-of-business executives embraced public clouds because it allows them to both treat IT as an operating expense and, frankly, deploy applications faster. But in the rush to the public cloud many of the fundamentals of data protection have been ignored.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

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