Not all clouds are born equal: IaaS vs. SaaS vs. Paas

Grazed from OnBase. Author: David Jones.

I like to compare the different enterprise content management (ECM) cloud deployment types to my children playing with Legos. We have a large box of Lego pieces that my children can use to build anything. My eldest daughter loves this ground-up style of playing and can make some fascinating creations – simply by combining raw bricks and her imagination.

This compares to Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) in that all of the raw components to host a cloud solution are provided – servers, virtual machines, load balancers and so on. What is required is the guile and skill to combine these components (Lego bricks) with the required software tools (imagination) to create the desired effect...

Virtustream Included in the 2014 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service

Grazed from BusinessWire.  Author: PR Announcement.

 Virtustream, the enterprise-class cloud software and services provider, today announced it has been included by Gartner, Inc. in the “Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)” for the third consecutive year. The report evaluates cloud IaaS providers, listing the top 15 leading vendors worldwide.

According to Gartner, the IaaS market is the fastest growing area of public cloud computing that the firm tracks, with a projected compound annual growth rate of 41.3 percent through 2016. To rank in the highly competitive Magic Quadrant for Cloud IaaS report, vendors must offer high-quality service, with excellent availability, performance, security and customer support...

The Basic Service And Deployment Models Of Cloud Computing

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Mojgan Afshari.

Nowadays, access to reliable high-performance hardware and software resources without large capital outlays, easier access to applications and services, capability of handling large amounts of information have encouraged managers of companies to migrate to cloud computing.

Cloud computing is a service-oriented technology that use both hardware and software to provide services through a network regardless of time and location. Cloud computing consists of three different service models and a company should cover all three distinctive service models in order to adopt cloud computing. These three cloud service models are: infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), software as a service ( SaaS). (Infographic Source: Horn Group)...

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Best Cloud Infrastructure and Best Cloud Management Solution; ProfitBricks Wins Two SIIA Software CODiE Awards

Grazed from ProfitBricks. Author: PR Announcement.

ProfitBricks, the price/performance leader in Cloud Computing - IaaS, is pleased to announce that we have won two 2014 SIIA CODiE awards for Best Cloud Infrastructure and Best Cloud Management Solution. Winners of these prestigious awards represent the software industry's best products, technologies and services.

The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries. A SIIA CODiE Award win for Best Cloud Infrastructure and Best Cloud Management Solution is an especially prestigious honor as each award winner was reviewed by a field of industry experts, whose evaluations determined 125 finalists. SIIA members reviewed the finalists and voted to select this year's CODiE Awards Winners...

IBM Named Top IaaS Provider

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Charles Babcock.

IBM, HP, Cisco, and AT&T are the preferred infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) providers, topping the likes of Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, or Rackspace, according to a new IDC report on enterprise cloud computing. In a key finding, the report says, "buyers selected IBM as their overall top preference among providers they believe can most effectively provision IaaS, whether private or public. Following IBM in the top spots were Cisco, HP, AT&T, and Google."

The report, "U.S. Buyers Rank IBM, Cisco, HP, AT&T, and Google as Likely Most Effective Top 5 Providers in Delivering IaaS," is IDC's first Public Cloud Tracker report. It was authored by IDC analyst David Tapper. Tapper defined infrastructure-as-a-service as either shared, multi-tenant servers in the cloud (public IaaS) or dedicated servers in the cloud (private IaaS)...

FiberLight Launches IaaS in Partnership with Cirracore

Grazed fro TalkinCloud. Author: Chris Talbot.

High-performance fiber optic network solutions provider FiberLight is getting into the infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) business through a partnership with Cirracore, a provider of VMware (VMW)-based cloud IaaS solutions for disaster recovery and business continuity.

The public cloud and hybrid cloud IaaS offering is intended to provide customers with a viable business continuity and disaster recovery solution for data transport, processing, storage and distribution. According to the companies, the new IaaS product enables customers to easily scale out infrastructure while reducing their technology spending by taking advantage of the scale of cloud computing...

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Continues Stellar Start With Windows Azure

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Glenn Blake.

At last week’s BUILD developer conference in San Francisco, Microsoft announced major changes to their cloud computing platform, Windows Azure. These changes included added support for foreign languages and third-party tools, and the introduction of the Azure Preview Portal, which allows developers to build and manage instances while they are running. These improvements will go a long way to helping Microsoft compete with other cloud computing giants like Google and Amazon.

When Satya Nadella was appointed CEO of Microsoft in February 2014, the company was stagnant in terms of product innovation. The man Nadella replaced, Steve Ballmer, does deserve credit for raking in enormous profits for the company. But under Ballmer’s tenure Microsoft lagged behind the technology developments of its competitors, especially in the realm of cloud computing...

Cloud Price Wars: Are IaaS Players Finally Ready to Challenge Amazon?

Grazed from Wired. Author: Ryan Koop.

The race to $0 is heating up in the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) space:

  • March 25th - Google fires the first salvo in the pricing wars at their Google Cloud Platform Live event by reducing GCE by 32% across all sizes, regions, and classes.
  • March 26th - AWS quickly responds by reducing EC2, S3, RDS, ElastiCache, and Elastic MapReduce pricing effective April 1st.
  • March 31st - Microsoft wants to play too and after renaming Windows Azure to Microsoft Azure, they are cutting prices on compute by up to 35% and storage by up to 65%.

Bingo. Bango. Bongo... Hey Rackspace, where you at? And this isn't the start of the price wars either. Things started in 2012 and continued through 2013 (see RightScale's solid cloud price analysis for 2013). The above is just the most reactive back-and-forth we've seen yet...

Microsoft Azure embraces outside technologies

Grazed from ITWorld. Author: Joab Jackson.

As it rolled out tools and features for coders at its Build developer conference Thursday, Microsoft showed that it is ready to embrace technologies and platforms not invented within its walls. Rather than relying solely on internal tools, the Azure cloud services platform has incorporated a number of non-Microsoft technologies, including popular open source tools such as the Chef and Puppet configuration management software, the OAuth authorization standard, and the Hadoop data processing platform.

The company has also taken steps to incorporate open source into its product roadmaps, by releasing the code for its new compiler and setting up a foundation for managing open source .Net projects. "Clearly Microsoft's message is its support of multi-platform. It will take any part of your stack, it doesn't have to be just Microsoft software," said Al Hilwa, IDC research program director for software development. "This is good for Microsoft and good for the ecosystem."...

Microsoft Azure becomes available in China

Grazed from PCAdvisor.  Author: Zafar Anjum.

Microsoft Azure is now generally available for all customers in China, making it the first global public cloud provider to have comprehensive cloud operations in China, Microsoft China announced today.  Operated by 21Vianet, Microsoft Azure provides fully functional services to cloud customers in China, and is already leading the market with over 3,000 customers, including CNTV, LineKong, GMW.cn, and Coca-Cola China, the software vendor said in a statement.

"Cloud computing is a strategic, growing industry in Shanghai that is playing a significant leading role in economic transformation and long-term sustainable development. Shanghai has a long-standing relationship with Microsoft, which has resulted in many contributions to local economic development and innovation," said Zhiqin Rong, the general secretary of Shanghai Municipal Commission Of Economy and Informatization...