Study: Amazon, Microsoft Continue IaaS Battle

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: CJ Arlotta.

Cloud services providers (CSPs) leveraging infrastructure as a service (IaaS) platforms seem to have differing opinions on which services provider offers the best option, especially when market research conflicts. Even Talkin' Cloud's own research confirms a difference in results among respondents. According to the 2014 Talkin' Cloud 100 — which ranks the world's top cloud service providers, aggregators, brokers and more according to cloud revenues and other metrics — Amazon Web Services (EC2) is the favorite IaaS platform among CSPs.

Not only did Amazon rank as the most commonly used IaaS platform among CSPs, the Seattle-based tech giant also showed its dominance on our research list overall, snagging the number three spot with $3.94 billion in total recurring revenue in 2013. Microsoft (MSFT) Windows Azure took the number two spot on Talkin' Cloud's most commonly used IaaS platform list. VMware (VMW) vCloud Hybrid Service ranked third. Citrix Systems (CTXS) took fourth...

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ProfitBricks Slashes Cloud IaaS Pricing Again - Continues To Lead Industry In Price/Performance Ratios

Grazed from MarketWire. Author: PR Announcement.

ProfitBricks, the price/performance leader in Cloud Computing IaaS, is challenging the industry yet again, slashing prices 30 percent, and has doubled the price drop percentage of the industry leader in the last year. "Customers should have fundamental control and flexibility over their cloud experience, and not have to worry about being gouged on price," said Andreas Gauger, co-founder of ProfitBricks.

"With our approach, customers can tailor their service to meet their exact requirements, and avoid over- or under-buying of cloud infrastructure. It's an 'unbound' philosophy that we feel delivers on the true promise the cloud was intended to be. We kicked off the current price war with a 50 percent drop in July 2013 and we are now seeing the largest players in the industry resort to the old, tired pricing, packaging and lock-in schemes of yesterday's enterprise IT."...

Tech Data to bring SaaS/IaaS platform to Canada

Grazed from ComputerDealerNews. Author: Paolo Del Nibletto.

Tech Data’s StreamOne platform for cloud and software-as-a-service (SaaS) has arrived in Canada. As part of a global launch rollout, Tech Data Americas president Joe Quaglia told CDN that StreamOne will be made available wherever the distributor does business. Going forward, these types of rollouts will be part of a North American strategy.

The StreamOne platform offers channel partners cloud services that they can resell to their own customers along with software in an as-a-service model. Through an online solution store solution providers in Canada can now search, compare, quote and order products for independent software vendors and cloud providers. This also includes Platform-as-a-Service and Infrastructure-as-a-Service offerings...

Can Amazon and Microsoft be beat in IaaS?

Grazed from VentureBeat.  Author: Editorial Staff.

There’s no denying that cloud services, in particular Infrastructure-as-a-Service, has come of age. Its main gatekeepers are now playing a no-win game that limits the value you get from using their services. Businesses are getting smart to this game, but how did we end up here? More importantly, what’s next?

Feature-driven market

Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure built their lead in the IaaS market (and PaaS market in the case of early Azure) by adopting the exact same strategy: by broadening their offers through new features. And it was a winning strategy. Every time they launched a new feature, they essentially created a new market and cornered the demand. As long as they could show acceptable reliability, they had little concern for additional metrics like price or performance. It’s hard to blame them since there was no one for them to compare unfavorably to, and they were making major investments to get these new services lit up...

ProfitBricks Cuts IaaS Prices, Claims Pricing Leadership

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Chris Talbot.

ProfitBricks has slashed the price of infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) offerings and is claiming that it is winning the cloud price wars against its biggest competitor Amazon Web Services (AWS). For this volley in the cloud price wars, ProfitBricks has reduced its prices by 30 percent and "has doubled the price drop percentage of the industry leader in the last year," according to the vendor.

With this price cut, a cloud instance with two dedicated CPU cores, 7.5GB of RAM and 500GB of block storage is now $73.95 per month. That includes support. It's the first big price cut from ProfitBricks in a year, when it challenged Amazon with a major price cut and claimed its pricing was 50 percent of its rival's...

SingleHop Launches Virtual Private Cloud IaaS Solution for Enterprises

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Dan Kobialka.

Chicago-based infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) provider SingleHop has launched a private cloud solution that leverages tools from EMC (EMC), Veeam, VMware (VMW) and other technology giants. SingleHop's new release, Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), is a cloud-enabled managed IaaS offering that "provides a groundbreaking way for businesses of any size to benefit from a private, yet scalable cloud strategy," SingleHop said.

"Our customers can take advantage of our enterprise-driven network and managed services," Jordan Jacobs, SingleHop's vice president of products, told Talkin' Cloud. "Our flagship offering gives customers the ability to granularly choose the level of management they need. We can fully manage our customers' entire VPC environment, [or] they can manage it themselves and everywhere in between."...

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CloudSigma IaaS Signs Onto Equinix Cloud Exchange

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Chris Talbot.

Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) provider CloudSigma has signed on to Equinix Cloud Exchange to give a boost to its hybrid cloud solutions portfolio. CloudSigma is also hoping to expand its global cloud footprint and make it easier to access its services around the world.

This announcement follows up on the October 2013 news that CloudSigma had expanded its presence in the U.S. using Equinix's DC6 International Business Exchange (IBX) data center in Washington, D.C. The addition of a relationship with Equinix for its cloud interconnect solution expands CloudSigma's footprint even more, providing it with the potential for accelerating adoption of its own cloud infrastructure services...

Behind the Curtain of OrionVM’s Next-Gen IaaS Platform

Grazed from OrionVM.  Author: Sheng Yeo.

By now, you’ve probably seen a great deal about our IaaS platform making business sense. Our Wholesale Cloud Platform provides a turnkey cloud computing infrastructure you can use to launch your own cloud, complete with a white label rebrand, integrated account management and no CapEx.

We think it’s pretty cool. But how did we build it? How does the underlying technology work?   Today we thought we would give you a look under the hood of our distinctive cloud architecture...

Rackspace Withdraws from IaaS, Focuses on Support

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Chris Talbot.

It appears that Rackspace (RAX) is ceding the growing infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) market to its competitors, instead preferring to focus on supporting customers that are planning to build their own clouds. According to a Network World article, the OpenStack company plans to discontinue its IaaS offering while shifting its focus entirely to its existing managed cloud business.

One could look at this as Lady Luck not being on Rackspace's side, but it looks more like the company is finally recognizing where its strengths-and weaknesses-lie. Instead of competing against Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure (MSFT), Google Cloud (GOOG) and others making up the growing IaaS market, which Rackspace has been doing for the last few years, it makes a lot of sense for the cloud company to bow out...

Cloud Computing: Spotlight on Infrastructure as a Service

Grazed from Westel.  Author: Ediotial Staff.

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) in the cloud refers to shared online computing resources that include data processing, storage and networking. While users may not own the platform, they can control the operations of software and data for their purposes. The following characteristics will help you clarify this customized infrastructure.

On Demand Access

One of the most important characteristics of infrastructure as a service is on demand self-service for users. Examples might be the capabilities for consumers to set their own appointments or a function that allows them to independently upload and store content on a cloud server. Another characteristic is the ability for consumers to order as many items at a time as they choose...