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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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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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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The battle of analyst's cloud market predictions

Posted by Ron Miller on Feb 23, 2017 12:04:29 PM

IDC and Gartner came out with their annual cloud market predictions this week, and it's always interesting to see how these two firms see the market taking shape. Fair to say, they both see it growing at a rapid clip, but even a casual observer would know that's the case.

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Amazon makes SaaS-y move with new Chime communications tool

Posted by Ron Miller on Feb 16, 2017 9:35:18 AM

Amazon Web Services is a highly successful cloud company, but that doesn't mean it's simply content to rest on its success. It's continually looking for new areas to exploit. Just this week, it announced Chime, which has been billed as a unified communication tool.

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Google brings integrated search to GSuite

Posted by Ron Miller on Feb 9, 2017 9:16:58 AM

Let's face it, if there is one thing Google knows how to do well it's search. For all of the moonshots and extracurricular products the company puts out, its core search tools remain the company's bread and butter. Perhaps that's why they decided to apply that primary skill to the GSuite product set when it introduced Cloud Search this week.

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Snap's relationship with Google Cloud is kind of complicated

Posted by Ron Miller on Feb 6, 2017 11:43:20 AM

When Snap filed its IPO paperwork last week, hidden with the minutiae of the S-1 was word of a five year, $2 billion contract with Google Cloud Platform to run its infrastructure. While that deal was somewhat surprising in itself, even more so was the fact that Snap felt compelled to list it as a risk factor for future investors.

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Oracle's tricky transition to cloud

Posted by Ron Miller on Jan 26, 2017 1:02:17 PM

It's no secret that Oracle was one of the most successful software companies in the client-server era, raking in billions in software license and support revenue. But, as the world has begun to shift to the cloud, it has been forced to make a full-on transformation to become a cloud company.

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Latest Azure pricing puts Cloud Service Providers front and center

Posted by Ron Miller on Jan 20, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Microsoft recently published a somewhat confusing blog post outlining its new Azure pricing model. While the content was difficult to parse, one thing jumped out from the post that's worth exploring further: Microsoft wants Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) to play a bigger role in helping SMBs manage their presence in the Microsoft cloud.

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How the iPhone helped drive cloud computing

Posted by Ron Miller on Jan 12, 2017 12:18:59 PM

I think it’s safe to say, without a hint of irony, that 10 years ago this week, Steve Jobs walked on stage and made an announcement that changed the world when he introduced the iPhone on January 9, 2007.

It was June before we saw the first phones enter the market, and another year still until the debut of the App Store — an idea that was also revolutionary at the time, but that touch screen phone with built-in storage and internet connectivity was about to change our lives in ways we couldn't possibly imagine.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

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