Cloud Strategy

Verizon charts a different cloud services path

Grazed from CIO.  Author: Andy Patrizio.

When running down the list of top cloud vendors, the name Verizon doesn't come up immediately, but the firm is looking to expand its particular brand of cloud services that complement main players like Amazon and Microsoft. It's also fending off rumors it's getting out of the cloud business. 
Late last year, the company denied reports it was looking to sell off its enterprise services business, which include cloud services and data centers. At the Wells Fargo Securities 2015 Technology, Media & Telecom Conference in late November, Verizon CFO Francis Shammo denied reports that his company is considering selling some of its enterprise assets after a Reuters report said just that...

Cloud growth? Take a number, Microsoft. Two engines have stalled

Grazed from The Register.  Author: Gavin Clark.

 Microsoft’s second fiscal quarter showed a company at dangerous stage in its transition. It also revealed a firm that is clearly unable to rely on the certainties of old.  Not so long ago, Microsoft relied on three engines of growth to drive its business – Office/personal productivity, server and tools, and Windows client machines.
Last September, Microsoft revamped the way it collects and reports revenue. It still has three units, only those three units are now known as Productivity and Business Process, Intelligent Cloud and More Personal Computing...

Going Cloud-First as an Enterprise Strategy

Grazed from NoJitter.  Author: Vadym Fedorov.

Among the Google results for "cloud trends 2016," spotting a repeatedly mentioned prediction for this year doesn't take long: the growing popularity of the so-called "cloud-first strategy, which, in turn, is expected to accelerate enterprise cloud adoption. So what is this cloud-first strategy about, and what is its role in the cloud market?
Cloud-first is a fairly self-explanatory business strategy built around the primary goal of reducing IT costs by leveraging the benefits of using shared infrastructure and paying only for resources consumed. However, everything has its pros and cons: Apart from substantial business benefits, the strategy encounters certain risks on the way to the eventual positive outcomes. That's exactly what defines the three key trends driving cloud computing in 2016: the motive to get value from the cloud-first strategy, risk mitigation, and reduced time to value...

Cloud Computing: Why Cisco and Ericsson are Teaming up for Future Growth

Grazed from Fortune. Author: Stacey Higginbotham.

Cisco and Ericsson, two giants in the telecommunications gear sector, have teamed up to generate $1 billion in revenue for each company by 2018. The two companies will co-develop products, align customer service and share patents in a partnership that’s unprecedented in the industry.

The alliance, announced Monday, is a sign both of consolidation and competition in the market for telecommunications equipment as rival Alcatel-Lucent merges with Nokia, but also a symptom of the merging of both computing and communications as more business is conducted in the so-called cloud. Both companies are stuck in a mature industry providing equipment that underlies the backbone of both the wired and wireless Internet...

Cloud Computing: Watch Out Intel, Here Comes Facebook

Grazed from Barron's.  Author: Tiernan Ray.

For 50 years, the computer-chip industry has ridden a road of economic miracles, but now it’s reaching an end, and a potential crisis is unfolding for some of the industry’s biggest names.  The phenomenon known as Moore’s Law, which held that the number of transistors on a chip doubled every two years while the cost fell by half, led to vibrant markets such as the personal computer, with ever-rising performance and falling prices.

But Moore’s Law is now breaking down, and the physics of chips is becoming treacherous. Approaching the atomic level in size, transistors have started performing less reliably, making them less efficient. Intel and other semiconductor makers have had to add extra manufacturing steps, increasing costs...

Oracle chief Mark Hurd dismisses cloud concerns

Grazed from Telegraph. Author: Christopher Williams.

The joint-chief executive of Oracle, Mark Hurd, has dismissed suggestions that the IT giant is under pressure from the same forces that prompted Dell’s audacious $67bn takeover of EMC. That deal, the biggest in the history of the industry, has prompted claims that many of the powerhouses of corporate IT are now facing an existential threat from the rise of ‘cloud’ services; software delivered over the internet and paid for by subscription.

Wired magazine, Silicon Valley’s chronicler-cum-cheerleader, went so far as to curse Oracle, along with Dell, EMC, IBM, Cisco and HP, as a member of technology “walking dead”. Speaking before rumours of the takeover emerged, Mr Hurd insisted his company was making great strides in the cloud as the large and conservative IT departments with which it trades begin to adopt the new way of working...

AWS is leading IT's reinvention in the cloud

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: David Linthicum.

AWS Re:Invent 2015 is now a memory -- a good memory for Amazon Web Services fans and a bad memory for AWS’s competition. Other providers in the market hoped that AWS would slow down or stumble. That’s not happening -- AWS had the right list of cloud services from the start, and it's been expanding them in the right order as the latest Re:Invent has shown, from the Internet of things to improvements in container management.

Once upon a time, some of us thought AWS would have trouble getting into Global 2000 companies because its sales approach did not mesh well with enterprises that required a high-touch selling process. But AWS adapted, and now AWS is systemic to most cloud strategies in large corporate IT shops. Four years ago, who'd have thunk it?...

Amazon's Strategy To Dominate Cloud Computing With AWS

Grazed from SeekingAlpha. Author: Gary Bourgeault.

Amazon has been ramping up the pace of its growth strategy for Amazon Web Services (AWS), as it moves from primarily servicing small and mid-size businesses, to enterprise companies. Its existing strategy has been based upon gaining market share by slashing prices, having done so for just under 50 times since 2006.
That will probably continue going forward.

That has some risk associated with it because of the potential it could be considered a commodity business rather than one that adds value. Some of that appears to have been mitigated by its large number of announcements of new products or services added to its cloud business. Rather than look at the new services in this article, we'll look at the strategy Amazon is using to gain market share while positioning itself for future price boosts once its customers are locked in...

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Could a Dell-EMC deal smooth out the companies' cloud strategy?

Grazed from Fortune. Author: Barb Darrow.

It was pretty clear, earlier this year, that EMC was working to rationalize its scattered strategy for its cloud computing business. Now that the company will be acquired by Dell and Silver Lake Partners in a blockbuster deal announced Monday morning, the question is whether their combined assets will make that effort easier or more complex.

Will Dell’s multiple cloud alliances and Boomi cloud integration product fit into EMC’s cloud portfolio, which includes VMware’s vCloud Air and offerings from Virtustream, the software company it acquired in July? On conference calls Monday morning, EMC EMC chief executive Joseph Tucci said the combined company will have a $30 billion (or more) systems business, a virtualization business in VMware, a computer security business, and a cloud computing business led by Virtustream’s software...

How much of Red Hat's $2 billion in revenue will come from cloud?

Grazed from Fortune. Author: Barb Darrow.

Red Hat, the company behind a flavor of the Linux operating system popular with businesses, should hit $2 billion in revenue this year, chief executive Jim Whitehurst told analysts on the company’s second quarter earnings call Monday. But how much of the pie will come from Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), OpenShift, or other products running in the cloud is an open question.

Some history: Red Hat RHT 0.00% which sells support and service for RHEL and other software, hit the $1 billion mark in 2012 making it what some called the first billion-dollar open-source company. And now, Red Hat, like every other tech company, is managing a shift in customer workloads from on-premises facilities to cloud deployment where the customer may not own or operate the servers running its workloads...