Cloud Computing Infrastructure

Cloud Computing: Light, not bytes - The evolution of the pipeline

Grazed from GameIndustry. Author: Will Freeman.

Over in the consumer space, the notion of stuffing a hard drive with files has become rather antiquated. By default, music, movies and games are streamed in many homes, while lay-software is increasingly bearing the burden of its gradual superseding by offerings like Google Docs.

And yet, at many different games developers where a flag is confidently staked in the cutting edge, development pipelines are still housed in on-premise hardware, stitched together from middleware, software and other technologies. They thunder away, handling files and assets while pushing data to workstations, at a time where even the once-futuristic gigabyte is now seen as trivial volume of data...

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Oracle Closing in on AWS, Microsoft With Public Cloud Infrastructure

Grazed from eWeek. Author: Scott Petersen.

Oracle has been accused of being "late to the party" when it comes to cloud computing—almost 10 years too late—but it is now the company is moving like Olympic champion sprinter Usain Bolt rounding the turn in the 200 meters. Now the Silicon Valley stalwart and its irrepressible Executive Chairman Larry Ellison are as confident and brash about their cloud strategy as the perennial gold-winning Jamaican running when crossing the finish line with another victory.

In keynotes here at the Oracle World conference this week, Ellison called out cloud competitor Amazon Web Services on several counts by virtually announcing the AWS' reign at the top of the cloud infrastructure services market. "Amazon's lead is over," he said, and followed that up with attacks on AWS's database services...

HPE edging out Cisco in cloud infrastructure space, argues research

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: James Bourne.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and Cisco continue to battle it out for supremacy in the cloud infrastructure market with HPE having the slight advantage, according to the latest note from Synergy Research. The note, which assesses the most recent Q1 data, sees Cisco just ahead of HPE and Dell in public cloud hardware, but HPE more dominant in the private cloud hardware space, capturing more than 20% of the overall market.

In cloud software, Microsoft has more than 40% share and is streets ahead of nearest competitor VMware, but given the relatively nascent size of the market sees the Redmond giant in third place for the overall poll. Even though both HPE and Cisco gained market share in the previous quarter, HPE slightly widened its advantage, according to Synergy...

Amazon Vs. Alibaba: Cloud Computing & Infrastructure Growth

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Editorial Staff.

Online retail giants Amazon and Alibaba have both seen massive growth in their cloud computing businesses over the past few years. Both Amazon Web Services and Alibaba’s cloud computing and infrastructure segments have outpaced the growth in total worldwide spending on cloud computing and infrastructure services.

Alibaba has grown at a faster pace than Amazon, primarily due to the fact that it is primarily present in China, which is a relatively nascent and fast-growing market. Correspondingly, Alibaba’s cloud computing revenues are significantly lower than Amazon’s AWS revenues. According to an estimate by Technology Business Research, the global cloud computing market is likely to continue to grow at a similar pace over the next few years...

Verizon Exec Denies It's Selling Off Cloud Infrastructure

Grazed from Fortune. Author: Barb Darrow.

Fran Shammo, Verizon’s chief financial officer, strongly denied recent reports that the company is selling off the infrastructure underlying its cloud business. These stories are “factless conjecture with no foundation,” Shammo said in response to a question at the Wells Fargo Securities 2015 Technology, Media & Telecom Conference on Tuesday.

Late Friday, Reuters reported that Verizon was weighing a sale of enterprise assets, including what used to be known as MCI and Terremark, a data center-and-cloud company Verizon bought 5 years ago to boost its presence in cloud computing. The report said the company was seeking up to $10 billion in a potential sale. A Verizon spokesman had no comment on the report...

The cloud infrastructure tools helping to boost business mobility

Grazed from ITProPortal.  Author: Barclay  Ballard.

Mobility is now absolutely vital for a huge number of businesses operating across a wide range of industries and the cloud is, more often than not, the technology that gives firms the flexibility and agility required to gain a competitive edge and outmanoeuvre their rivals.
Perhaps the most ubiquitous use of cloud computing, amongst consumers and businesses, is accessing files and applications remotely. This has boosted work productivity immensely by enabling employees to work wherever they are. External meetings or being unable to get to the office no longer means being out of the loop. The cloud has broken down the physical barriers of the workspace to greatly boost company mobility...

Sifting through an explosion of choice to build the right cloud infrastructure for you

Grazed from CloudTech.  Author: Martin Cooper.

When it comes to deploying IT infrastructure, selecting the right model is crucial. Fundamental to this decision, IT departments must make sense of the options available to them and understand their strengths and weaknesses.
But this isn’t as simple as deciding which model is better. It’s about understanding which model is right for the business — right now and into the future. With such a variety of models (as well as vendors) to choose from though, this can be a challenge for companies of all sizes to figure out...

HP tops IDC cloud infrastructure market rankings, ahead of Dell and Cisco

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: James Bourne.

IDC’s ranking of cloud infrastructure providers is in: HP has hit the top of the charts, with Dell and Cisco making up the top three. The findings, which arrive in the analyst house’s Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker report, cover storage, server and Ethernet switch and show HP’s revenue growing 37.4% between 1Q14 and 1Q15, and market share at 15.7% for total 1Q15 revenues of $985 million. Dell, in second, has first quarter revenues of $745m, a market share of 11.9% and year over year revenue growth of 34.2%. Cisco, in third place, has first quarter revenues of $582m, an overall market share of 9.3% but revenue growth year over year of 30.1%.

The two companies positioned in fifth place, NetApp and Lenovo, had contrasting fortunes. NetApp’s revenue went up year on year by 1.5% to capture a 4.4% market share in 2015, down from 5.4% in 2014, while Lenovo’s revenue growth between 2014 and 2015 skyrocketed at 770.3%, moving from 0.5% market share in Q114 to 3.6% in Q115 – not especially surprising given IBM sold the majority of its x86 server business to the company last year...

HP and Dell Lead Cloud Infrastructure Market

Grazed from Datamation. Author: Pedro Hernandez.

Cloud computing's ever-expanding footprint is good news for IT vendors, particularly HP and Dell. In the fourth quarter of 2014 (4Q14), cloud data center operators snapped up $8.0 billion worth of servers, disk storage and Ethernet switching equipment worldwide, according to IT market research firm IDC, a 14.4 percent year-over-year improvement.

In total, the cloud represented 30 percent of all IT infrastructure spending in 4Q14, compared to 27 percent during the same year-ago period. Private clouds are growing more popular among enterprises, IDC's data indicates. Spending in the segment reached $2.9 billion, an 18.3 percent year-over-year increase. Public clouds accounted for $5 billion in IT revenues, a 12.3 percent gain...

Federated Clouds Are Key For Infrastructure Availability

Grazed from Business2Community. Author: Ted Navarro.

One of the most significant factors influencing cloud adoption is the promise of enhanced availability. Because it’s so much less complex and expensive to create redundant infrastructure architectures, the cloud makes building reliable and highly available networks economically viable. The key word here is “building”. Clients have to build redundant infrastructure — it doesn’t come as a given simply because infrastructure is deployed on the cloud.

It’s true that at the data center level, cloud platforms may have some built-in redundancy for compute, and especially for storage, but at levels higher than the data center, clients have to actively think about and deploy redundant systems if they’re obtain acceptable levels of consistent availability...