Business Strategy

GoDaddy Pulls the Plug on Its Amazon-Like Cloud Business

Grazed from Fortune. Author: Jonathan Vanian.

GoDaddy is giving up on a business that it debuted just a little over a year ago. The website hosting company is ending its cloud computing business, which it unveiled in March, 2016 as an alternative to Amazon Web Services (AMZN, -0.43%) and other cloud companies. GoDaddy confirmed to Fortune that it is shutting down the business unit, but did not say why. Tech news site TechCrunch first reported the planned closure.

“After serious consideration, we have decided to end-of-life our cloud servers’ product,” GoDaddy senior vice president of hosting Raghu Murthi said in a statement. “GoDaddy Cloud Servers provided numerous learnings for us that we’ve already been applying to other products and services.”...

Cloud Computing: HPE's Whitman Sees Acquisitions as Bigger Part of Strategy

Grazed from Bloomberg. Author: Brian Womack.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. Chief Executive Officer Meg Whitman, who has been racking up acquisitions to stay competitive in the age of cloud computing, said the company's shopping spree may not be over. "I think you will see acquisitions become a bigger part of our strategy," Whitman said in an interview Tuesday in Las Vegas at the company's Discover conference. The company, based in Palo Alto, California, has already unveiled purchases so far this year worth more than $1.5 billion.

Whitman is hunting for tools that would help boost demand for the company's main server and storage products, seeking to push back against direct competitors such as Dell Technologies, as well as cloud-computing providers such as Amazon.com Inc. She's spent the past few years slimming down HPE, including splitting off the personal-computer and printer business and shedding some services and software units in multibillion-dollar deals. Now, she said, it's more clear where the company's resources should be spent...

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Cloud Computing: Rackspace names Joe Eazor as new CEO

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Editorial Staff.

Rackspace's board of directors has appointed Joe Eazor as the company's new CEO, effective June 12, Rackspace announced Wednesday. Rackspace President Jeff Cotten has been serving as interim CEO since chief executive Taylor Rhodes left earlier this month. Eazor has spent more than 25 years as a technology executive and was most recently CEO of EarthLink.

Rackspace highlighted Eazor's role leading EarthLink into new, profitable areas like cloud computing, noting that he doubled EarthLink's free cash flow. In February, he led Earthlink's sale to Windstream for $`1.1 billion. Prior to serving at EarthLink, Eazor was an executive at EMC and HP. He was also an executive at EDS before and after its sale to HP. After the acquisition, Eazor was responsible for integrating EDS's $22 billion business into its new parent company...

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Cloud Computing: VMware Is Poised To Continue Its Run

Grazed from SeekingAlpha. Author: John Longsworth.

VMWare, Incorporated (NYSE:VMW) stock has run up strongly since bottoming in early 2016. Right now it's in a resting pattern as it builds strength. It has plenty of room to run though, and great fundamentals to power that run. It's a technology stock that's worth consideration. Let's take a closer look at it.

VMW Provides Cloud Computing Services

VMware, Inc. is a subsidiary of Dell Technologies. It was part of EMC until 2016, when Dell took EMC over. There was a lot of concern at the time about the future of the company. But in August 2016 VMW released several new products and told the public that it was alive and well. Since then the company has thrived. VMware provides the infrastructure for cloud utilities, virtualization software services, and server software...

Cloud Computing: CEO Satya Nadella Seeks to Change Microsoft’s Image

Grazed from WSJ. Author: Jay Greene.

Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Satya Nadella is pushing the company to shed its not-invented-here approach and learn where it can improve. “We want to push to be more of a learn-it-all culture than a know-it-all culture,” Mr. Nadella said Monday during an appearance at The Wall Street Journal’s WSJDLive 2016 global technology conference.

One of Microsoft’s challenges has been its early success with Windows and Office. “Early success is probably the worst thing that can happen in life,” Mr. Nadella said. He acknowledged Microsoft’s missteps in mobile phones. “We clearly missed mobile,” Mr. Nadella said. “There is no question.”...

Microsoft eyes huge potential in China's rising cloud market

Grazed from ChinaDaily. Author: Fan Feifei.

Microsoft Corp will increase investment in China's cloud computing market and the scale of its cloud platform Microsoft Azure will grow at least tenfold in China in the next few years, a top executive in charge of the company's cloud service said on Wednesday. "China regards technological innovation as an important driving source for development, which let us see China's huge market potential for the cloud business," said Scott Guthrie, executive vice-president of Microsoft cloud and enterprise group on Wednesday.

The company launched more than 10 new services and functions including image recognition and internet of things (IoT) capabilities on Microsoft Azure by teaming up with Beijing-based data infrastructure provider 21Vianet Group Inc. "We will work together with local partners to develop customized cloud services and user-experiences in China," said Samuel Shen, chairman of Microsoft Asia-Pacific Technology Company Ltd...

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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: HP Enterprise to Spin Off, Merge Services Business

Grazed from WSJ. Author: Don Clark.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. plans to spin off most of its technology services operations and merge them with those of Computer Sciences Corp., in an $8.5 billion transaction that marks HP Enterprise’s latest adjustment to a shifting landscape that is roiling the market for corporate technology.

HP Enterprise will shed a business that accounts for roughly 100,000 employees, or two-thirds of the Silicon Valley giant’s workforce. The deal, a blockbuster follow-up to the breakup of Hewlett-Packard Co. last fall, will create a corporate technology services specialist that will be led by Computer Sciences executives and have roughly $26 billion in annual revenue, the companies said...

Cloud Computing: IBM Shutters Somers, New York, Campus

Grazed from WSJ. Author: Robert McMillan.

International Business Machines Corp. is closing its Somers, New York, campus, home to approximately 2,000 employees in the company’s systems and software divisions. Workers will be relocated by March 2017 to an IBM facility in nearby North Castle, New York, which is being modernized, said IBM spokesman Edward Barbini, Big Blue plans to sell the 700-acre Somers property, he said.

The Somers campus was built to accommodate 2,700 workers. It was designed by architect I.M. Pei and completed in 1989. IBM is struggling with the contraction of its traditional software and services businesses and trying to reinvent itself as a seller of cloud computing and artificial intelligence services...

Intel refocusing itself, and its revenue stream, on cloud

Grazed from ComputerWorld. Author: Sharon Gaudin.

With Intel looking to lock in on the next big thing and cloud continuing to grow in importance, it makes sense for the chip maker to seize on cloud computing as a way to transform itself. That's the word coming from industry analysts after Intel this week announced it will lay off 12,000 employees -- or 11% of its global workforce -- as it shifts focus from its traditional PC business to the Internet of Things (IoT) and the cloud.

With PCs seen as yesterday's tech trend, Intel is betting its future on the growth of the cloud, which stores everything from music to corporate records and powers enterprise apps and billions of smart, connected devices. The cloud, Intel wagers, will be the company's primary growth engine...

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