Cloud Strategy

Microsoft talks about cloud computing

Grazed from BetaWired. Author: Editorial Staff.

New leadership at Microsoft talks about cloud computing, the upcoming Windows 10 operating system and the push for more diversity in the company. This emerged at the company’s shareholders meeting Wednesday. Chief Executive Satya Nadella and Chairman John Thompson oversaw a largely scripted affair touting the company’s progress in cloud computing, hopes for the Windows 10 operating system, and efforts to create a more inclusive company.

The company’s shares hit a 14-year peak last month. Nadella on Wednesday reiterated his view that Microsoft should follow consumers beyond the company’s Windows flagship, emphasizing mobile devices and cloud-computing. Microsoft during Nadella’s nearly 10-month tenure has taken steps some observers said were unlikely to have occurred Ballmer’s leadership, including allowing free versions of its Office suite on devices made by competitors and permitting developers to have access to portions of the code behind a key software development platform...

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Inside Cisco's OpenStack Cloud Strategy

Grazed from eWeek. Author: Sean Michael Kerner.

Cisco first got involved with the open-source OpenStack cloud platform in 2011 with the Bexar release and initially was focused mostly on networking. Over the last several years, Cisco's OpenStack involvement and product portfolio have grown beyond just networking.

In a video interview with eWEEK, Lew Tucker, vice president and CTO of Cloud Computing at Cisco, detailed his firm's OpenStack platform efforts. Tucker commented that Cisco has been expanding its OpenStack efforts a lot more outside of networking as the adoption of OpenStack within Cisco has grown...

Moving to the cloud is "so easy your mother could do it", exec claims

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: James Bourne.

Danvers Baillieu, chief operating officer at VPN provider hidemyass, says he can’t understand companies who are reluctant to move to the cloud because it’s so easy to set up “your mother could do it.” Baillieu spoke to CloudTech after research from Reconnix earlier this month found the majority of UK businesses weren’t ready to move to the cloud, citing a lack of in-house skills as the problem.

“I assume nobody is saying they can’t move over to Gmail apps because it’s so easy to set up that your mother could do it,” he says. “The whole point of a lot of those services [is] it requires no IT skills. “I think actually the resistance from the IT department comes because they see themselves being done out of a job when half of these things get implemented,” he adds...

Serious question: Who will win the "race to zero" in the cloud?

Grazed from VentureBeat. Author: Editorial Staff.

As the public-cloud market enters its adolescence, the pervasive concept of a “race to zero” has created an impression that only the established leviathans can compete in the space. On their path to dominance the likes of Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Compute Engine, and Microsoft Azure gobble up nascent software-as-a-service startups and lesser infrastructure-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service providers as they aggressively drive down costs and make it seem unattractive for customers to not be in the cloud. Google’s latest round of price cuts on an array of services and applications have reaffirmed this popularly held belief.

Yet, now that last week’s re:Invent conference has left AWS fanboys and girls satiated by new features, I couldn’t help but notice the conspicuous absence of the familiar price reduction announcements that have consistently generated juicy headlines. I’m not the only one. What does this mean for the race to zero? Is the cloud price war effectively over with only Google and Microsoft left playing a game of “how-low-can-you-go” chicken?...

Here's What the Rewrite of DOD's Cloud Strategy Will Look Like

Grazed from NextGov. Author: Editorial Staff.

An update to the Defense Department’s cloud computing strategy aims to decentralize the process for purchasing commercial cloud solutions away from the Defense Information Systems Agency and toward individual agencies, according to a draft document of the retooled cloud strategy obtained by Nextgov.

The 46-page draft document has not been released publicly and is subject to change, according to a DOD spokeswoman. DOD acting Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen alluded to its pending release in a recent speech. The new strategy, “DOD Cloud Way Forward,” describes a “cradle-to-grave process” that service providers and customers can follow to get DOD computing to the cloud...

Cloud Computing: IBM - Most Businesses Lack Clear Enterprise IT Infrastructure Strategy

Grazed from Talkincloud.  Author: Dan Kobialka.

A new IBM Institute for Business Value survey of 750 technology executives revealed 71 percent of respondents recognized that IT infrastructure "plays an important role in enabling competitive advantage or optimizing revenue and profit."

However, the survey, titled "Continuing the IT Infrastructure Conversation: Why Building a Strong Foundation Requires More Than Technology," also showed that only 22 percent of respondents said their businesses have a well-defined enterprise IT infrastructure strategy in place.  IBM noted its most recent survey findings correspond with an IT infrastructure report that it released in July...

Microsoft Buys Security Solutions Provider Aorato for Hybrid Cloud Strategy

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: CJ Arlotta.

Microsoft (MSFT) on Thursday announced it has bought Aorato, an enterprise security solutions provider. According to Microsoft's blog, the Israeli-based company leverages machine learning to detect suspicious activity on a company’s network. The Redmond, Washington-based software giant did not disclose the terms of the acquisition.

Tech Crunch today, however, reported that its sources put the deal at approximately $200 million in July, which is when the two companies began talking. "We are making this acquisition to give customers a new level of protection against threats through better visibility into their identity infrastructure," said Takeshi Numoto, corporate vice president of Cloud and Enterprise Marketing at Microsoft, in the blog post...

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Here's The 'Dirty Little Secret' Of Microsoft's Cloud Business

Grazed from BusinessInsider. Author: Julie Bort.

There's a huge change going on in the tech industry that will create a whole new crop of winners and losers: cloud computing. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella recently declared that Microsoft was already in with the winners. "We absolutely caught the trend ... it's no longer up for debate, whether we get the cloud," he said. One reason he gave to back up his claim: Microsoft's cloud business is on track to be a $4.5 billion business. But sources tell Business Insider that this $4.5 billion number isn't as straightforward as it seems...

The Dirty Secret

The $4-billion-mark is a major milestone for cloud computing companies. Pure cloud company Salesforce.com just hit over $4 billion in revenues in its last fiscal year and expects to hit $5.3 billion at the end of its current fiscal year. It took it 15 years and a major acquisition, marketing automation company Exact Target...

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Five steps to get your first cloud computing strategy in gear

Grazed from CCI.  Author: Editorial Staff.

For those looking to dive into cloud for the first time, Rick Delgado picks the top five things to consider when looking to create a cloud solution.  Companies are always on the lookout for new trends, tools and technologies and how they can incorporate the latest developments into their business. The hard part is finding where to start, and how to build a strategy around new features.

Such is the case with cloud computing. So many companies are recognising the cost-saving benefits and diminished IT risks and responsibilities by operating within the cloud. Company leadership is pushing for cloud integration, but many don’t have specific goals in mind. As a result, it can be difficult to determine where to begin...

Google Renews Its Cloud Efforts

Grazed from WSJ. Author: Alistair Barr.

Google Inc. built one of the world’s most powerful networks of data centers, able to handle more than three billion search queries a day. But it fell behind Amazon.com Inc. in the fast-growing business of renting out computing horsepower to others. Now, Google is making a renewed effort to catch Amazon. At a conference on Tuesday, Google will highlight new offerings that make it easier for customers to set up so-called cloud services more quickly.

Google executives say they’ve learned from past mistakes and are adapting the company’s offerings. It will be a tough sell. “Five years ago, when we were starting, Google’s service didn’t really exist and Amazon was the only complete option,” said Adam D’Amico, director of technical operations at Okta Inc., an identity-management startup that runs its business on Amazon’s computers...