Microsoft just rubbed Google's nose in a big cloud computing customer win: Land O' Lakes

Grazed from Reuters. Author: Editorial Staff.

Microsoft on Monday posted a surprising case study about a $13 billion company: Land O' Lakes. Land O' Lakes owns several businesses, among them the agriculture tech company WinField. On Monday, Land O' Lakes CIO Mike Macrie described in a blog post published by Microsoft how WinFien will be moving its "R7” app to Microsoft Azure.

"This app takes a vast array of agronomic research, weather information and satellite data and puts it together on a mobile device for farmers – and the WinField specialists who help them – so they can make important planting decisions and react to real-time changes in the field, every day," Macrie says...

OpenStack vs. VMware battle set to heat up over IoT, NFV

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Tom Nolle.

Any journey is a combination of where you start and where you want to go, and this is a critical component of the OpenStack vs. VMware debate. Enterprises have been using VMware for years but other IT vendors that work with those enterprises have committed to OpenStack. The outcome of the tug-of-war between VMware and OpenStack may depend on two emerging applications of the cloud -- network functions virtualization and the Internet of Things.

Virtual resources create a new level of complexity for data center operations teams. Traditionally, many companies installed and integrated their applications manually, or relied on simple operating system scripting languages. But if you have to deploy applications to a resource pool, simple scripts leave too much room for configuration errors. Enterprises now rely on DevOps tools for agile deployment support...

Cloud Computing: Microsoft Takes Aim at Google

Grazed from FoxNews.  Author: Steve Tobak.

All leading technology companies have one thing in common: They don’t play by the rules; they make the rules. They create new growth markets, new product categories and new customer experiences. In other words, they lead. Following is the other guy’s job.  It’s been a long time since that’s been true of Microsoft.
For a good many years now – an eternity in tech time – the software giant has been chasing the likes of Apple, Google, Samsung, even struggling Sony in every hot market from mobile and search to the cloud and gaming. Windows and Office may be corporate mainstays, but Microsoft barely registers in the minds of consumers...

Cloud: Computing, telecoms industries set on collision course

Grazed from Reuters. Author: Editorial Staff.

Telecom network gear makers are on a collision course with Silicon Valley computing giants as software and cloud computing have begun to change the way operators from AT&T to China Mobile run their networks. The shift, while in its early stages, involves relying on ever cheaper computer boxes and powerful software that promises to make networks more flexible and efficient.

As networks move to relatively standard hardware, formerly entrenched equipment groups must increasingly compete for contracts with the likes of Cisco, Hewlett-Packard and VMware, as well as a slew of startups. Relying more on software to run networks could boost the gear makers' profit margins one day, but will also force them to search for new sources of revenue...

Stop Amazon: A New Era Of Cloud Co-opetition

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Charles Babcock.

A recent pact between Google and VMware reflects a new air of co-opetition among major cloud computing service suppliers, as companies try to keep Amazon from running away with the market. Ray Noorda, the late founder of Novell, popularized the term co-opetition, meant to convey how competitors will cooperate where their interests overlap in one narrow sphere, while continuing to compete on many other fronts.

Amazon's continued ability to innovate and create new on-demand computing services around its online retailing base of operations has made it a formidable competitor. As enterprise IT shops experiment with and embrace cloud services, rivals including VMware, Google, Microsoft, Rackspace, and IBM SoftLayer have reason to worry that Amazon will win today's cloud-services land grab before they can bring forth a full suite of competing services...

Cloud Computing Price War Rages On

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Editorial Staff.

There’s little question that the business world is a competitive place, but probably no area in business truly defines cutthroat quite like cloud computing. At the moment, we are witnessing a heated price war pitting some of the top cloud providers against each other, all in a big way to attract as many customers as possible. It hasn’t been easy, at least not at first.

Many companies have been slow to embrace cloud computing, citing unease with giving a third party access to sensitive data and other possible trade secrets. As a way to get past these fears, leading cloud vendors started slashing prices, setting off an intense race to see who can provide the lowest prices...

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

Grazed from NationalGazette.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Last year software program maker stopped relying on (AMZN) for its cloud services and turned to Microsoft (MSFT) instead. K2 Chief Executive Officer Adriaan van Wyk says he’s satisfied 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 customer service.

However occasionally Azure is slow, and on Nov. 18 it suffered a international outage that lasted several hours. As insurance coverage, Van Wyk has moved five % of his business enterprise back to Amazon Internet Services. “We still like Microsoft,” he says. “At the similar time, it’s been a bit bumpy. The 5 % makes certain if we have to move back to AWS we can do it rapidly.”...

IBM SoftLayer IaaS stands up to AWS with free support, networking

Grazed from TechTarget.  Author: Beth Pariseau.

Amid reports that IBM will restructure to refocus its cloud computing strategy, it's worth taking a close look at how its current cloud offerings stack up against its biggest competitor -- AWS.  IBM finds itself among large technology companies that struggle to revamp themselves for the cloud era, according to David Linthicum, senior vice president for cloud consultancy Cloud Technology Partners, based in Boston, Mass.

"The biggest hindrance to IBM is who they are -- they sell hardware and software," Linthicum said. "And so every cloud service that they sell is going to, in essence, cannibalize their existing base."...

Cloud price wars give way to feature battles among Amazon, Microsoft and Google

Grazed from NetworkWorld. Author: Brandon Butler.

Two years ago the biggest battles in the IaaS cloud computing industry were over price. Amazon Web Services would drop prices one day, and Google or Microsoft would cut the price tag on virtual machines or storage weeks, days, or even hours afterwards. It was a seemingly non-stop back and forth that caused some to wonder how low the prices could go.

Fast forward to today and providers are still dropping prices, but not with the same vigor and frequency as in 2013. Constant jostling of prices doesn’t grab headlines, nor the buzz of the industry like it used to. At AWS’s most recent re:Invent conference it didn’t even make a price cut announcement, which had become standard for any big AWS news event...

Can OpenStack open up Europe to Huawei's cloud computing ambitions

Grazed from Diginomica. Author: Chris Middleton.

The rise of the Chinese computing and telecoms giants has been the subject of considerable attention in the West in recent years and in particular the potential impact they will have on what has been a US dominated tech sector. An interesting perspective was cast on this this week at the OpenStack Summit in Paris where Huawei, staking a claim to be China’s leading IT company (by sales) at the event, announced its intention to be a cloud provider of choice in Europe.

In particular the firm sees the UK higher education sector as a key target, and named Northumberland University as its first client in that space. Telefonica UK (O2) already uses Huawei cloud services. The company sees its mission as being to fill a gap, according to Ren Zhipeng, president, cloud computing product line, with that gap being the operational gulf between legacy systems and new cloud deployments...

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