September 2016

Paul Maritz's Vision For Pivotal And The Battle With Amazon Over Open Source Cloud Computing

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Andrew Cave.

As the third highest-ranking executive behind Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer in Microsoft’s heyday at the end of the last century, Paul Maritz learned a thing or two about cultural and technological shifts. Responsible for virtually all of Microsoft’s desktop and service software, he played a key role in the development of Windows 95 and Internet Explorer as executive vice-president of the company’s platforms strategy and developer group and a member of the five-person executive management team,

When he retired from Microsoft in 2000, Gates said that his vision and technological insight had had “a major impact not only on Microsoft but on the entire computer industry.” Going on to found Pi Corporation and join EMC when it bought Pi in 2008, Maritz then served as chief executive of virtualization specialist VMware...

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Oracle: Cloud Success Relies On Cultural Shift

Grazed from TechWeekEurope. Author: Ben Sullivan.

This is according to Oracle, which claims that the befuddlement is down to a majority of companies’ overall IT spend being driven by individual business units versus traditional IT departments, making it difficult for organisations to fully benefit from the cloud services they’re subscribing too. Another part of the problem, claims Oracle, is that most organisations are continuing to fund their IT investments without aligning to revenue potential.

Cultural transformation

These claims are from Oracle’s ‘Putting Cultural Transformation at the Heart of Cloud Success’ report. The findings reveal businesses should rethink their IT funding models and undergo a cultural transformation in order to fully exploit the benefits of cloud computing. One third of respondents said an inappropriate IT funding model is inhibiting their business. One third also believe their company’s IT culture is unfit for the cloud computing age...

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Cloud battles persist as IT and business fight it out

Grazed from CBROnline. Author: James Nunns.

Cloud computing technology has become one of the most disruptive forces sweeping across the business world. But while its benefits are widely lauded, it is still not being used as extensively as it could be. The reasons for this are numerous, with some holding more weight than others, however, it is clear that copious amounts of evidence is being laid at the feet of businesses to show them why they should be using cloud.

Many businesses are using cloud technology with 44% of companies surveyed by Oracle saying that they already have a ‘cloud-first’ policy in place, while 29% have a ‘cloud-only’ policy in place. It would seem then that businesses have recognised the technology that they need to support future growth...

Cloud computing 101: Advantages and disadvantages

Grazed from RCRWireless. Author: Phillip Tracy.

Tech companies have been storing data and running programs on local hard drives for decades. But cloud computing, a less expensive, more scalable way of storing and analyzing data, has taken center stage in recent years. It is a key element providing the necessary platform for enabling the “internet of things.”

What is cloud computing?

According to IBM, cloud computing is the delivery of on-demand computing resources – everything from applications to data centers – over the internet on a pay-for-use basis. Amazon and Microsoft, leading cloud providers, offer a similar definition. This means that cloud computing uses the internet instead of your computer’s hard drive to access remote servers and processors that perform intensive compute and storage tasks over the internet...

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Doubt Darkens $19 Billion Global Market for Cloud Computing

Grazed from Brink. Author: Editorial Staff.

The future of cloud computing depends on the trust and acceptance businesses place in the industry to store their critical data, but a recent survey of four key markets in the Asia-Pacific region might give the $18.9 billion global market a reason to be concerned. According to the survey—of 130 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore—70 percent said they weren’t likely to adopt a cloud first strategy, while just 29 percent have either adopted it or will do so in the next 12 months.

More concerning: 73 percent of companies surveyed believe that their data is safer in their control than it is in the cloud, and only 12 percent believe it to be the other way round. This suggests while businesses may see the cloud as part of their strategy, a majority are not inclined to make it the focal point in terms of how IT is run...

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What Should The Data Warehouse Become In The Cloud?

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Dan Woods.

Judging from the momentum from all of the big players, if you have a data warehouse, you will soon be asked if it is time to move to the cloud. This is a big decision. Most companies have been working for many years on their data warehouse, and are not going to move it anywhere or change how it works without good reason.

So, the vendors are going to have to make a strong case to justify this move. You will be provided with different reasons depending on who is doing the persuading. Some vendors will suggest you move everything to a new solution in the cloud. Others will suggest you add an outpost in the cloud. Others may suggest you move all or part of your existing data warehouse to the cloud...

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U.S. cloud vendors adjust to Snowden effect, Privacy Shield

Grazed from CIO. Author: Clint Boulton.

When whistleblower Edward Snowden shocked the world in 2013 by revealing that the NSA was allegedly siphoning data from U.S. internet companies, pundits proclaimed that winter was coming for American cloud vendors in Europe. Evidence now suggests those fears may have been overblown.

IDC said this month that U.S. cloud vendors have increased their combined cloud infrastructure revenue two-and-a-half-times in Western Europe, topping $2 billion since the Snowden Effect was supposed to freeze the market. Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft, Alphabet’s Google and IBM increased their market share by a third in the region, hitting 40 percent in 2015...

Microsoft, IBM, among others, to provide cloud services to government departments

Grazed from VCCircle. Author: Mansi Taneja.

In sync with the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government’s Digital India initiative, the ministry of electronics and information technology (IT) plans to bring in private operators to provide cloud-based services for government departments, according to government officials.

As part of the exercise aimed at facilitating various e-governance initiatives, the ministry has shortlisted 11 firms including Microsoft India Pvt. Ltd, IBM India Pvt. Ltd, Tata Communications Ltd and Sify Technologies Ltd, among others, for empanelment to offer cloud services for an initial period of two years. This period can be extended by another year...

Tech companies rally round Microsoft over US government cloud surveillance

Grazed from Computing. Author: Graeme Burton.

Microsoft has been backed by technology companies and a swathe of US corporates in a legal action against the US government over laws that could have major implications for the development of cloud computing. The law would enable US government agencies to seize data hosted on third-party computers, while at the same time barring the hosting company from informing its customers of the seizure.

Microsoft claims that the law is unconstitutional, and filed suit in April in a Seattle federal court in a bid to have the law overturned. Microsoft argues that the law violates the Fourth Amendment, prohibiting unreasonable searches and seizures, and requiring warrants to be judicially sanctioned and supported by "probable cause"...

3 Problems Solved by Moving to the Cloud

Article Written by Autumn Salama, Senior Director of Cloud Services at Symmetry

SMBs tend to base cloud migration decisions on IT considerations - they move when it becomes too difficult, pricey or risky to continue hosting onsite. But the benefits of moving to the cloud go beyond the IT department. We looked at organizations from a variety of industries to learn what problems they've solved by moving to the cloud. 

1.     Moving to the cloud eases mergers and transitions. Mergers leave organizations with multiple technology stacks, hosted on separate hardware by different teams. This makes it very difficult to integrate the new company, and poses added security and compliance risks. Getting all the pieces to work together quickly is crucial to staying competitive and maintaining morale and investor confidence. Moving to the cloud with an experienced managed services partner is usually the most competitive way to do this.


Inoapps Included On GCloud 8

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Oracle Platinum Partner Inoapps ( has been appointed as a supplier to the UK Government’s G-Cloud 8, the most recent iteration of the Crown Commercial Service's procurement framework for Cloud based computer services, hosted via the Digital Marketplace. The Crown Commercial Service works closely with departments and organisations across the public sector, ensuring that maximum value is extracted from every commercial relationship.

Severalnines and WooServers bring ClusterControl to web hosting

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Severalnines, the provider of database automation and management software for open source databases, today announced its latest partnership with WooServers. WooServers is a web hosting platform, used by 5,500 businesses, such as WhiteSharkMedia and SwiftServe to host their websites and applications.

WooServers will make available, in this partnership with Severalnines, a managed service that includes comprehensive infrastructure automation and management of MySQL-based database clusters. The service is available on WooServers data centers, as well as on Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. The main target group is online businesses who rely on solid IT infrastructure, but wish to avoid the operational heavy lifting of managing high availability databases across data centers, or even across different cloud providers.

Mitigating Risks and Negotiating Terms for Cloud Services

Grazed from DailyReportOnline. Author: Michelle Tyde.

Cloud computing services (the outsourcing of information technology services via the internet) continue to evolve rapidly in the technology industry due to greater flexibility and economy. According to the research analyst Gartner, the use of cloud computing will become the bulk of new IT spend this year.

Providers are able to offer low-cost, flexible solutions because they standardize their offerings for multiple customers. Customers benefit from the cost savings, flexibility and scalability of the services. The downside to cloud services are that providers are less likely than traditional outsourcing providers to adapt their solutions to a customer's needs or negotiate contract terms...

Migrating Your Database to the Cloud?

Grazed from CloudExpo. Author: Mike Azevedo.

Companies are migrating infrastructure to the cloud in order to achieve advantages and agility that they need to remain competitive. However, they may have difficulty achieving one extremely important benefit of cloud computing as they attempt to run their MySQL databases in the cloud - scalability in true utility fashion.

Similar to the power utilities we are all familiar with, this entails the ability to get what you need, when you need it and pay for only what you use, even during peak demand. Why switch to the cloud if databases like MySQL limit scalability and performance? It's very simple: the advantages of shedding the headaches of managing one's own machines and reducing operating and capital expenditures are still too great to ignore...

Oracle will buy cloud warehouse management applications firm LogFire

Grazed from PCWorld. Author: John Ribeiro.

Oracle will acquire LogFire, a provider of cloud-based warehouse management applications, with the aim of boosting the features of its supply chain management cloud offering. The Redwood Shores, California, software and cloud giant expects that the addition of the LogFire applications will complement the logistics functionality of its Oracle Supply Chain Management (SCM) Cloud by adding warehouse management capabilities.

The financial terms of the proposed acquisition of the Atlanta, Georgia, firm were not disclosed. The management and employees of LogFire, which was started in 2007, will join the Oracle SCM Cloud team. Oracle has been making acquisitions of cloud computing companies to shore up its applications for various industries...

DigitalOcean Introduces Hatch to Support the Next Generation of Startups

Grazed from DigitalOcean

Hatch Offers Startups up to $100,000 in Cloud Infrastructure Credits for a Year and Provides Free Technical Training, Mentorship, Priority Support, and a Community to Connect With Other Startups, Accelerators, and Investors

DigitalOcean, the cloud for developers, today announced Hatch, a global incubator program designed to support the next generation of startups as they launch and scale. The program provides startups with access to DigitalOcean's cloud for 12 months so they can focus on building their businesses and not worry about their infrastructure. The program also provides startups with free technical training, mentorship, priority support, and an opportunity to connect with other startups, accelerators, and investors.

dinCloud Selects Continuum's R1Soft Server Backup Manager

Grazed from Continuum and dinCloud

No. 1 Brand in Hosted Workspaces, dinCloud Offers Enhanced Data Protection to Clients for More Resilient Workspaces with R1Soft Server Backup Manager

Continuum®, the only channel-exclusive IT management platform company, announced that cloud services provider dinCloud selected its R1Soft® Server Backup Manager (SBM) to provide continuous data protection services as part of its dinBackup solution for more resilient workspaces for existing and new clients. dinBackup provides backup and snapshot capabilities as a self-service to clients who choose to self-manage or work with channel partners to manage backups. The service runs in a hosted private cloud for each customer, powered by dinCloud. R1Soft SBM is the leading commercial backup software, deployed by more than 1,800 web hosting providers, protecting nearly 250,000 servers worldwide.

The $67 Billion Dell and EMC Deal Closed Today

Article Written by David Marshall

Nearly a year after it was first announced, Dell Inc. today closed its $67 billion deal to buy EMC Corporation; and with it, taking on a new name -- Dell Technologies.  With this transaction, Dell has closed the largest technology merger in history and has become the world's largest privately held technology company with $74 billion in revenues.

Dell Technologies will initially employ ~140,000 workers, making it the largest privately controlled technology company by the numbers according to Tom Sweet, Dell Technologies' CFO.

The new company also underscores a shift toward IT industry consolidation as leading players in servers like Dell and storage leaders like EMC search for synergies in order to meet enterprise demand for hybrid cloud and cloud-native offerings.

Cloud computing: When in doubt, DIY!

Grazed from DeccanChronicle. Author: Vishnu Anand.

Companies like SAP, IBM, HP and Oracle have been ruling the enterprise software business worldwide. But India is sending them back to school to learn how to do business in a country where they tail wags the dog -- where the opportunity lies with thousands of small and medium businesses (SMBs), rather than with a handful of big-name marquee clients.

The late management guru, C.K. Prahlad called it 'the fortune at the bottom of the pyramid' -- and at least one software biggie -- SAP-- has had to adjust its India strategy, to come up with models where small businesses can work through its channel of partners rather than with the German parent...

IBM cloud chief: The next phase of cloud is a race to add value

Grazed from NetworkWorld. Author: Brandon Butler.

At 105 years old, IBM has been through more than a few major technology transformations. Arguably, none is bigger than the current retooling of the company around cloud computing – an effort overseen by Robert LeBlanc, senior vice president, IBM Cloud. LeBlanc says IT leaders and business executives aren’t caught up in Wall Street’s worries over IBM’s revenue declines or the pace of the cloud transformation.

Instead, they’re focusing on the higher-value capabilities – like Watson cognitive computing or internet of things functions – IBM is layering atop what LeBlanc calls the ‘phase one’ cloud that will help them transform their own businesses. In an interview with Network World Senior Editor Brandon Butler and IDG Chief Content Officer John Gallant, LeBlanc talked about how IBM is tailoring its cloud services to specific vertical industries and what Big Blue is doing to enhance its Platform- and Infrastructure-as-a-Service capabilities...

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