July 2015

Cloud Computing: 5 Reasons Why Docker Is A Billion Dollar Company

Grazed from Forbes.  Author: Mike Kavis.

I have seen a lot of billion dollar valuations lately that have left me scratching my head. Many of those are in the B2C or social media space where companies are measured more on “eyeballs” (the number of active users) and less on things like revenue or business models.  So after Docker cracked the billion dollar club with a $95M round I decided to research exactly what it is about containers that could drive this type of valuation.
 
I have been covering Docker since the company, then called dotCloud, was toying around with the idea of pulling the Docker technology out of their core product and releasing it as an open source project. I saw the value of containers very early on. What I did not see coming was the vision that CTO Solomon Hykes laid out before our eyes at Docker Con in San Francisco last month...

US Air Force Takes To The Cloud With Office 365

Grazed from TechAeris.  Author: John Vincent.

The United States Air Force. Cloud computing. The pun-filled headlines virtually write themselves. However we’ll try to refrain from being too punny.  Last week, the Air Force, in partnership with the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), announced that it awarded more than 100,000 seats of a Department of Defense dedicated version of Microsoft Office 365 to Microsoft, Dell and General Dynamics.
 
As part of the deployment, which will begin in the next government fiscal year, the Air Force will have access to secure e-mail, calendaring, Office Web Applications, Skype for Business, and other important collaboration tools, helping the agency communicate more easily across active, civilian, and reserve personnel and move toward a consolidated mobile and messaging platform. Just as important, the Air Force anticipates that the migration will help it realign critical resources to better support its mission in a trusted cloud environment...

Public, Private, Hybrid? Which Cloud is Right for your Agency?

 Grazed from Business2Community.  Author: Caron Beesley.

Should your agency move data or applications to the private or public cloud or a hybrid combination of the two? But those aren’t the only options. Other choices include a community cloud, a multi-tenant infrastructure that is shared among several organizations from a specific group with common computing concerns.  Then there’s the hybrid cloud which composes two or more of the above (private, public or community)
 
In our eBook, we suggest that choosing public over private (or any combination thereof) really comes down to risk management and is very dependent on your specific workload, your use case, and your security profile.  DISA’s CIO, David Bennett agrees. “You have to understand the risk and the data you’re dealing with,” said Bennett at a recent Nextgov event...

In Cloud Computing, It Pays To Commit

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Paul Miller.

451 Research recently released the latest update to their Cloud Price Index. The basic cost of renting from one of the big public cloud providers* has fallen just over 2% since the Index began in October 2014. For those who are willing to commit to buying cloud-based resources for months or years at a time, prices fall dramatically: 451 Research reports a 44% saving over the on-demand price, in the best case.

At a time when commentators have cited recently announced increases to Microsoft’s pricing in some regions, 451 Research’s numbers indicate that — overall — the downward trend in cloud pricing continues. A 2% fall in 10 months is hardly a ‘race to the bottom,’ but the direction appears inexorably downward. This is not a surprise...

10 recommendations for cloud partners

Grazed from ComputerDealerNews. Author: Paolo Del Nibletto.

One of the top market analysts in the world Tiffani Bova, VP of Gartner Research, has comprised a list of essentials for channel partners who are in tough with the transition to the cloud. The noted analyst delivered her top 10 list to an overflow audience at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference and said it’s not too late for the channel to embrace the cloud phenomenon. Before Bova unveiled her must-knows for the channel she told the crowd to ask themselves these hard, soul searching questions:

1. What kind of partner should I become?
2. Should I invest in cloud services?
3. Do I have the rights sales and technical skills?
4. Will our products and services resonate?
5. Can you think 2020 instead of 2015?...

ComputeNext Launches Cloud Training Program for Channel Partners

Grazed from TalkinCloud.  Author: Nichole Henderson.

Cloud services brokerageComputeNext launched a new training program for the channel, calledCloudEd, which aims to help cloud resellers migrate wary customers to cloud-based solutions.

Created by ComputeNext’s director of channel development Dan Moore, CloudEd offers video tutorials for channel professionals partnering with the ComputeNext platform as well as an optional, free general cloud certifications provided by CompTIA...

Amazon Surges on Confidence Over Cloud, Spending Discipline

Grazed from Bloomberg.  Author: Spencer Soper.

Amazon.com Inc.’s shares reached another record, three days before the company’s earnings report, as investors expected upbeat results from the fast-growing cloud-computing business, a boost in sales from last week’s Prime Day promotion and signs that the company is controlling spending.  Amazon rose 1.1 percent to close at $488.10 in New York on Monday.

The stock set records three days last week and is up 12 percent this month, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 Retailing Index has gained 5.5 percent.  The Seattle-based online retailer reports earnings Thursday. Analysts on average project earnings of $364 million on sales of $22.4 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg...

Cloud Integration as the Key to Customer Relevancy

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Mike Vizard.

Like a lot of vendors Informatica created a dedicated business unit with its own selling motion to address cloud computing opportunities. Now that cloud computing is becoming the mainstream vehicle through which IT services are being delivered, Informatica is reunifying the way it brings products and services to market.

Jeff Moses, newly appointed vice president of cloud sales for Informatica, says one of the biggest opportunities that cloud computing creates is the need to not only integrate legacy systems running on premise with the cloud, but also all the applications that run in different cloud services. In an age where most IT organizations are now regularly accessing two or more cloud platforms, Moses said the number of integration opportunities that solution providers are likely to encounter is only going to increase exponentially...

IBM continues to invest in the cloud as sales slide

Grazed from Fortune. Author: Jonathan Vanian.

IBM continues to take the saying “you have to spend money to make money” close to heart. The tech colossus on Monday reported its thirteenth straight decline in quarterly revenue while executives continued to funnel money into IBM’s “strategic imperatives,” which includes its cloud computing and data analytics business.

For the three months ending June 30, IBM IBM -4.01% logged $20.8 billion in revenue, a 13.5% decline from the $24 billion it brought in the same time period a year earlier. The company’s software business was responsible for a big part of the drop. Revenue in that division fell to $5.8 billion from $6.5 billion the previous year...

Dell CloudRunner Offers Marketplace of SMB Cloud Apps

Grazed from TheVarGuy. Author: Charlene OHanlon.

Dell is hoping its new cloud marketplace offering will ease the transition for solution providers looking to enter the cloud fray. Through a partnership with IT-as-a-service provider CloudRunner—and with support from Microsoft (MSFT)—Dell has created the CloudRunner offering, which provides a platform of services accessible on all types of devices at any time.

Aimed mostly at the SMB space in the healthcare, financial services and legal verticals, CloudRunner aggregates all the necessary business apps along with enterprise-grade security and compliance in one monthly subscription pricing model. “The SMB market changed overnight, empowering SMBs to no longer have to worry about IT,” said Darrin Swan, director of Worldwide Sales and Business Development, Dell Service Provider Program...

Google announces Cloud Native Computing Foundation

Grazed from BusinessInsider. Author: Matt Weinberger.

Today, Google announced that it's turned over one of its key technologies to a new industry consortium — the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, an industry association dedicated to helping developers build web apps the way the big companies do. The Cloud Native Computing Foundation, or CNCF, is housed under the Linux Foundation, with a membership roster that includes companies like Twitter, IBM, Intel, Cisco, and Goldman Sachs, among others.

The basic idea is that, over the years, big companies like Google have gotten really good at "achieving very efficient deployment, development, and scalability" of applications running on the modern web, says Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation. The industry term "cloud native" itself speaks to the mission of the foundation: It's the current favored buzzword for applications that are designed to run on a cloud computing infrastructure, like Amazon's giant cloud, or Google's own...

Cloud Giants Establish Container-Focused Industry Group

Grazed from TopTechNews. Author: Shirley Siluk.

Enterprises moving applications to container-based clouds will benefit from an industry-wide, open-source effort to coordinate tech development, according to founding members of the newly created Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF). Led by the Linux Foundation, the new group includes such companies as Google, CoreOS, Docker and VMware.

The goal of the new foundation is to "advance the state of the art for building cloud-native applications and services." Cloud native means those applications and services will support containers, dynamic scheduling and micro services. The creation of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation comes at the same time that Google has released a production-ready version of its Kubernetes open-source container orchestration system...

Private Cloud or Public Cloud?

 
Article written by Leo Reiter

I’ll be very clear up front… I am not a big believer in private cloud (versus public cloud) for most organizations and use cases. But in the spirit of objectivity, let’s look at both approaches and when one makes more sense over the other. I reserve the right to offer my biased but carefully thought out perspective along the way, because well, this is my column after all!
 
Let’s start at the beginning…
 
What is Private Cloud?

Private cloud, unlike public cloud, begins with dedicated infrastructure. Customers leveraging private cloud enjoy the benefits of not having to compete with other “tenants” for resources. The flip side of this (among many other issues) is that capacity is fixed, until it’s explicitly increased, but more on that later.

Univa Joins CNCF Cloud Native Computing Foundation

Grazed from InsideHPC. Author: Rich Brueckner.

Today Univa joins Google, IBM, and other world-class companies founding members of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF). The new CNCF organization will accelerate the development of cloud native applications and services by advancing a technology stack for data center containerization and microservices.

"Univa is excited to participate as a founding member of the CNCF,” said Gary Tyreman, CEO of Univa Corporation. “Enterprises want to capture the power and benefits of containerization and we’re proud to be among the industry pioneers who are stepping up to the challenge. We look forward to sharing our expertise in optimizing diverse data center workloads gained from our experience with hundreds of different enterprise environments.”...

Alibaba Unveils Plans to Protect Cloud Data

Grazed from WSJ. Author: Gillian Wong.

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. unveiled plans Wednesday to protect user data on its cloud computing platforms globally, highlighting the e-commerce giant’s ambitions to expand its services in markets like the U.S. where it has plans to build a second data center. The Chinese e-commerce giant’s cloud computing unit, known as Aliyun, issued a “Data Protection Pact” promising that customers of its cloud computing platform would have “absolute ownership” over all of their data and the rights to access, share, exchange, transfer or delete their data at any time.

The pact promises customers ranging from developers to government agencies and consumers that their data cannot be altered or transferred by Aliyun in any way. It states that Aliyun is responsible for establishing management and internal audit systems for improving capabilities to protect against threats and the recovery of data in disasters...

Altair to Offer HPC Cloud Solutions on Microsoft Azure

Grazed from NetComposites. Author: Editorial Staff.

Altair has formed a business collaboration with Microsoft to build and offer high-performance computing (HPC) solutions on the Azure cloud computing platform. This follows Microsoft's decision to name Altair's PBS Works suite as its preferred workload management solution for Azure manufacturing clients.

Altair says it will work closely with Microsoft to develop turnkey solutions allowing users to access cloud high-performance computing (HPC) resources in Azure from any web-enabled device. These solutions will leverage Altair's PBS Works platform in Azure to enable intuitive web portal access and secure workload management for rapid, scalable access to Azure HPC resources...

Dell Adds To Its VDI, Cloud Offerings

Grazed from VirtualizationReview. Author: Dan Kusnetsky.

Dell recently announced a number of things it is relating to enterprise VDI and Azure-based cloud computing. The announcement included the release of Wyse 7000 and 5000 series Windows 10-based thin clients, Wyse vWorkspace 8.6 and the Dell Unified Communications Command Suite (UCCS). Let's examine these one by one:

Wyse Windows 10-Based Thin Clients

Dell announced the Wyse 7490-Z90Q10 and 5490-D90Q10 thin clients. The devices will be available with the specialized "Windows 10 IoT Enterprise" operating system, starting July 29. The company says these thin client devices are "secure, highly scalable and provide a superb user experience." The devices are based on AMD G-Series quad-core microprocessors...

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Data protection – backup, replication, business continuity, monitoring – is not always considered an IT pro’s most exciting work, but it is one of the most critical services provided by the IT organization.

Making matters even more challenging is the fact that there are many different approaches to data protection and that different people even define “data protection” differently than others. Some see data backup as the definition while others see data protection as a spectrum of services rather than just one niche need.

Cloud business optimism fails to lift Microsoft stock

Grazed from InvestorsBusinessDaily. Author: Patrick Seitz.

Microsoft played up its cloud computing transition, but its June-quarter earnings report went over like a lead balloon with investors on Wednesday. Microsoft shares fell 3.7% to 45.51 on Wednesday after the company late Tuesday posted its fiscal fourth-quarter results. Microsoft's sales fell 5% year over year to $22.2 billion in its fiscal Q4 ended June 30.

Excluding the impact of foreign currency exchange rates, Microsoft's revenue would have fallen 2%. It was just the second quarter in at least the last four years that Microsoft's sales have declined on a year-over-year basis. Microsoft earned 62 cents a share excluding items, up 11% from a year earlier...

Cloud Computing: Google Launches Click-to-Deploy Video Streaming With Wowza

Grazed from eWeek. Author: Jaikumar Vijayan.

The full suite of Wowza Media Systems’ Streaming Engine functionality is now available to Google Compute Engine users. Google is aiming to make it easier for organizations to stream high quality, on demand video and audio content to users around the world using its cloud-computing platform.

The company on Wednesday announced the availability of Wowza Media Systems’ Streaming Engine software as a click-to-deploy option on Google Cloud Platform. All of Wowza’s functionality, including its technology for transcoding video to different formats to accommodate a variety of end user devices, is now available to Google Cloud Platform customers...