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Cloud Computing: Microsoft files lawsuit against US government and secret snooping orders

Grazed from BusinessCloudNews. Author: Jamie Davies.

Microsoft has filed a new lawsuit in federal court against the United States government arguing the right that customers should have the right to know when the state accesses their emails or records. Under current law, the government has the right to demand access to customer information, while also issuing orders to companies such as Microsoft to keep these types of legal demands secret.

Microsoft claim these orders are becoming too often common place; rather than common routine, these secrecy issues should be the exception not the rule. “We believe that with rare exceptions consumers and businesses have a right to know when the government accesses their emails or records,” said Brad Smith, President and Chief Legal Officer at Microsoft on the company blog...

Amazon's Cloud Is Not Enterprise-Ready, Says Oracle Exec

Grazed from Fortune. Author: Barb Darrow.

Peter Magnusson wants to make one thing clear: Amazon Web Services, in his opinion, does not define enterprise cloud computing. In fact, if Magnusson, senior vice president of cloud development for Oracle ORCL 1.03% , is worried about any rival cloud provider, it is Microsoft MSFT 1.14% , he told Fortune in an interview after an Oracle CloudWorld event in New York on Wednesday.

Those words might surprise companies like Comcast CMCSA 1.36% , General Electric GE 2.43% , and Capital One bank, which are all big AWS customers. But then again they’re likely big Oracle and Microsoft customers as well. And Oracle, as we keep hearing, is getting into the cloud computing, including public cloud, big time. Critics say it’s late to this game. Defenders would say cloud adoption remains in its early stages...

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Microsoft’s Azure Is Starting to Close the Gap With Amazon’s Cloud Service

Grazed from MacroInsider.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Final year software maker stopped relying on (AMZN) for its cloud solutions and turned to Microsoft (MSFT) as an alternative. K2 Chief Executive Officer Adriaan van Wyk says he’s delighted with the choice—most of the time. The developer tools of Microsoft’s Azure cloud service are superior, he says, and he likes its customized client service.

Yet occasionally Azure is slow, and on Nov. 18 it suffered a worldwide outage that lasted numerous hours. As insurance, Van Wyk has moved five percent of his organization back to Amazon Internet Solutions. “We nonetheless like Microsoft,” he says. “At the identical time, it’s been a bit bumpy. The five % tends to make confident if we have to move back to AWS we can do it swiftly"...

Cloud Infographic: Startup Soup - Hot or Cold?

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Editorial Staff.

It is not easy running a startup, but it’s getting much easier due to the availability and low cost of Cloud computing and its related services. This will inevitably mean more competition, but with the growing interest in Big Data, IoT, Cloud Computing, Wearable Technology and Clean Technology, there will be a tremendous number of options to demonstrate innovation.

The bad news is that most of the startups don’t last past the first few years as seen in the infographic provide by However, the good news is that VC’s are out in full-force spending boatloads on new products and services. This is very good news to startups which are innovative, stick through the tough times and make smart sound business decisions...

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Trintech Accepted by Cloud Security Alliance as Corporate Member

Grazed from BusinessWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Trintech , a leading global provider of integrated software solutions for the Last Mile of Finance™, today announced it has joined the Cloud Security Alliance [CSA] alongside dozens of the most highly recognized cloud computing providers worldwide. This new relationship further acknowledges Trintech’s commitment and dedication to providing highly secure and least-risk cloud-oriented applications for end-to-end financial governance.

“Our Cadency ™ cloud-based record-to-report solutions have transformed the way many of our customers perform everything from balance sheet certification and regulatory compliance, to financial close, disclosure and journal entry management,” said Sharon Walsh, Trintech Vice President of Technology Services...

Adobe and Salesforce in Close Race for Marketing Cloud

Grazed from TheStreet. Author: Adrea Tse. CFO Graham Smith couldn't have picked a better time to leave the cloud computing giant, retiring at a time when a change of face at the CFO level probably wouldn't make a major difference to investors. In its latest reported quarter, Adobe produced a large display of above-target financial numbers, demonstrated "stickiness" with all-time low attrition rates and soaring large enterprise deals, and continued to stoke interest in its new sales leadership and strategies with the recently-introduced Salesforce1 platform. Shares quickly rebounded from news of Smith's retirement coupled with a wider GAAP loss.

The details of the earnings call last week once again underscored that it's essentially been smooth sailing for Salesforce's customer relationship management solutions business or sales cloud, by far the largest piece of its cloud solution. This business has basically been left unchallenged by competitors such as Oracle, SAP and Microsoft, with the first two still unable to catch up to Salesforce after their delayed entry into the sales cloud...

Juniper revamps Partner Advantage program around services, cloud computing

Grazed from Author: Jeff Jedras.

Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR) used its second annual Global Partner Conference in Las Vegas to announce an expansion of its Partner Advantage partner program to include two key new revenue opportunities for partners: services and cloud computing. The program, which launched in 2012, now supports more than 12,000 global partners, and is being expanded to include cloud offerings, as well as new support, maintenance and professional partner services.

"Last year at the Global Partner Conference, Juniper Networks announced the most significant investment in our partner organization since the company launched into the channel. Throughout 2012, our partners have leveraged the program to enhance their value and drive profitability through new opportunities with their customers,” said Emilio Umeoka, senior vice-president, worldwide partners and alliances for Juniper, in a statement...

Okta gets $25M more to take on cloud identity management

Grazed from GigaOM. Author: Stacey Higginbotham.

The enterprise IT market is undergoing a radical shift thanks to cloud computing. On-demand computing has added agility but also increased complexity, and Okta, a startup that helps track who can access what corporate assets, has raised $25 million to bring identity management into the future.

Okta, an almost-four-year-old startup pushing a new type of identity management aimed at cloud-based enterprise applications, has raised $25 million in third-round funding. This round brings the San Francisco-based company to $52 million in total funding. New investor Sequoia Capital led the round with existing investors Andreessen Horowitz, Greylock Partners, Khosla Ventures and Floodgate also participating...

RightScale Takes Cloud Expertise to SXSW

Grazed from MarketWatch.  Author: PR Announcement.

RightScale, the leader in cloud computing management, is taking its cloud knowledge to South by Southwest Interactive in Austin. The company will be participating in two discussions at the conference and is also hosting a cocktail party fit with an indie rock band and renowned graffiti artists.

The cloud is no longer a trend -- it's the way business is done. And with the cloud explosion, RightScale has seen tremendous growth over the past year, including customer and partner momentum. With RightScale, users now have access to 10 public clouds across the globe, and can also build private clouds with the help of three leading private cloud partners. The company has increased the number of registered users per account by more than 80 percent since 2008, and this past fall, reached the three million server milestone...