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Microsoft quarterly profits rev up as Nadella pivots to cloud computing

Grazed from WION. Author: Editorial Staff.

Microsoft on Thursday reported a strong jump in profits in the just-ended quarter but revenue fell short of expectations in the tech giant's first earnings report incorporating social network LinkedIn. Net profit rose 28 per cent to $4.8 billion while revenues edged up eight per cent to $22.1 billion in the quarter ending March 31, Microsoft said.

Shares in Microsoft fell 1.8 per cent in after-hours trade on the results. The earnings for Microsoft's fiscal third quarter come as chief executive Satya Nadella seeks to reduce the tech giant's focus on software, shifting to cloud computing and business services. "Our results this quarter reflect the trust customers are placing in the Microsoft cloud," Nadella said in a statement...

Amazon, Microsoft and Google’s financial results give an intriguing state of the cloud

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: James Bourne

Analysis April 27 saw Alphabet, Amazon and Microsoft release its most recent financial results, with cloud at the heart of their success. But this doesn’t quite tell the full story. Amazon reported net sales for Amazon Web Services (AWS) hit $3.66 billion (£2.83bn), up 42% from a year before, but up only 3.5% from the previous quarter’s $3.54bn.

Amazon’s cloud computing arm secured 12 bullet points of its own in the 32-point strong ‘highlights’ of the quarter, with particular reference to the general availability of Amazon Lex, the technology which powers Alexa, as well as Connect, the company’s cloud-based contact centre service. AWS also said that customers had migrated more than 23,000 databases using its database migration service since it had become available in 2016...

Cloud Computing Is Pushing the Education Landscape Forward

We've seen how much cloud computing affects various industries over the years. While businesses seem to be the ones taking the most advantage of the cloud technology, they are certainly not the only parties benefiting from capable cloud servers and the services built around them. In fact, we're starting to see other industries such as healthcare and manufacturing utilizing the cloud to gain several advantages.

In recent years, education is a field that has been increasingly benefiting from using the cloud as part of its workflows. Universities across the country are taking more of their operations to the cloud. There are different ways cloud computing is pushing the education landscape forward.

Better Research Programs

The switch to collective resources and cloud computing in education started with various research programs conducted by universities. There are plenty of research programs in fields like medicine and applied physics that require a large amount of computing power to crunch numbers and do simulations. It would be too expensive for individual universities to invest in such a large supercomputer, which is why cloud computing becomes an essential part of these programs.

Nerdio ITaaS Integrates Kaseya VSA for Comprehensive Centralized IT Management and Monitoring

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Nerdio, a pioneer in ITaaS technology, announced today it is integrating Kaseya's remote management and monitoring (RMM) solution, VSA.

Nerdio's platform fully automates the provisioning and management of entire virtual desktop-centric IT environments -- all from a single admin portal. Nerdio's three-click approach takes previously cumbersome and time-consuming IT tasks and makes them virtually effortless.

Kaseya also utilizes a single, centralized management console to offer proactive, user-defined monitoring of servers, workstations, remote computers, Windows Event Logs, and applications. It enables instant notifications about problems or changes system-wide, so that IT professionals can minimize disruptions and keep their organizations running efficiently.

Rackspace Launches Portfolio of Professional Services for AWS

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Rackspace today announced the expansion of its managed service offerings for the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud to include a portfolio of Professional Services. The Fanatical Support for AWS Professional Services are tailored to support customers who are new to, or growing on, AWS and need deep, customized expertise to help enable their AWS Cloud journey in key areas such as architectural design, migrations, cloud automation and DevOps. This new offering aligns with Rackspace's broader efforts to develop professional services that deliver end-to-end support and expertise to help customers move workloads out of their data centers and onto the world's leading cloud platforms.

The addition of Fanatical Support for AWS Professional Services to the Rackspace suite of managed services for AWS reflects a continued commitment to help customers take full advantage of AWS. AWS-certified architects and engineers will work with customers to enable their journey to AWS, helping to ensure they achieve maximum performance, agility and cost-efficiency.

"Rackspace is famous for its support, and we use it a lot," said Paul Keen, CTO of Airtasker, a Fanatical Support for AWS customer. "We work with the Rackspace Professional Services team for any projects we can't do in-house, as well as using security services to tighten up our systems, and we iterate monthly to improve our services. Rackspace really cares about its customers. We expected that level of care during the sales cycle, but it has continued throughout our engagement with them. That's what really sets them apart."

Sauce Labs Expands U.S. Data Center with New Real Device Cloud

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Sauce Labs, Inc., provider of the world's largest cloud-based platform for automated testing of web and mobile applications, today announced the opening of a new mobile Real Device Cloud in its California Data Centers. Featuring 500 real devices, the new Real Device Cloud provides both manual and automated testing of web, hybrid, and native apps in either private or public cloud configurations. In addition, the company announced availability of the latest emulators and simulators for testing mobile apps and websites on virtual devices.

"The world we live in is not merely mobile, but mobile-first," said Lubos Parobek, vice president of product at Sauce Labs. "It is imperative for companies during development to test their apps early and often across every popular platform, browser, OS, and device combination to catch problems quickly and speed new apps to market. With our new Real Device Cloud and updated simulators and emulators, Sauce Labs is the only cloud-based automated testing platform that enables developers to test across desktops, emulators, simulators, and real devices -- providing truly comprehensive platform coverage."

Key Benefits of the Cloud in Healthcare

The healthcare industry is among the fastest when it comes to implementing cloud computing across the board. A few years ago, big industry players were still focusing on medical imaging and the implementation of electronic health records of EHRs. Today, however, a lot of big hospitals and medical institutions are fully utilizing the cloud to their advantage.

Speaking of advantages, there are a number of key benefits offered by the implementation of cloud in healthcare. These benefits are not just helping healthcare service providers operate better, but benefiting patients as well. Here are the key benefits of the cloud in healthcare.

Faster and More Accurate Treatments

Doctors, physicians, and nurses - healthcare providers in general - rely on information to provide patients with accurate and effective treatments. The information they needed was stored in the form of printed documents and offline digital archives. Before doctors could gain access to a patient's complete medical records, they needed to jump through hoops to get them.

European CIOs Invest in Hybrid Cloud to Accelerate Digital Transformation

Grazed from Equinix. Author: Marek Moszynski.

Cloud computing continues to grow at a steady pace across Europe. IDC predicts that the EMEA public cloud market will expand 26% over the next four years. Hybrid cloud is driving public cloud adoption and is the catalyst for much of European enterprises’ digital transformation. In fact, a CIO Research survey showed that over half of CIOs and IT managers in France, Germany and the UK identified hybrid cloud as the most common cloud adoption model.

What we have seen from customers in our 62 Equinix data centers across EMEA, and heard at conferences such as this year’s Cloud Computing Expo in Paris, is that the enterprise cloud ecosystem grows along with a CIO’s trust! The following factors are influencing greater “cloud confidence” and adoption in the region, specifically at the digital edge where there are higher concentrations of users, applications, data and clouds:...

Read more from the source @ https://blog.equinix.com/blog/2017/04/26/european-cios-invest-in-hybrid-cloud-to-accelerate-digital-transformation/

Global Cloud Xchange & Alibaba Cloud join forces for new cloud project

Grazed from DataCenterNews. Author: Julia Gabel.

Alibaba Cloud is the cloud computing division of Alibaba Group. The Chinese company has teamed up with Global Cloud Xchange (GCX) for a new mission: to provide direct access to Alibaba Cloud Express Connect via GCX’s CLOUD X Fusion in Singapore. Global Cloud Xchange is a subsidiary of Reliance communications and operates in more than 160 countries.

“As the Cloud revolution continues and innovation becomes even more rapid and breath-taking, we see an exponential growth in connectivity requirements and robust infrastructure especially with the rapidly evolving Internet ecosystem in China,” comments Bill Barney, CEO, Reliance Communications and Global Cloud Xchange...