Investing

Investing: What You Need To Know

Investing: What You Need To Know

Pooling your money into places of investment can seem daunting, especially if you're not able to gain a guarantee that your venture will be fruitful. This is often the very nature of investment, and you cannot always be sure. If you're keen to continue ahead, then you will need to decide where you're going to invest, and thoroughly research which areas are the safest. These areas include mutual funds, individual stocks and bonds, real estate and land, to name just a few. You can no longer just go by what your gut tells you when there are large sums of money at stake, so it's imperative that you learn as much as you can on financial theories, active terminology, the risks, and good starting points.

Cloud Computing: Amazon.com Won’t Rely on E-Commerce Forever

Grazed from Nasdaq.  Author: Editorial Staff.

If you were to ask anyone what Amazon.com 's core business was, I'd wager that 10 out of 10 times the answer would be "e-commerce." That's undoubtedly true today, but it might not be true forever.  It turns out that the company's Amazon Web Services division, which is currently the No. 1 cloud computing vendor by a healthy margin, could very well become Amazon's most important business.

It depends on how you define "largest"

To be clear, Amazon will most certainly always be an e-commerce heavyweight; but at a recent media event in Las Vegas, AWS chief Andy Jassy outlined Amazon's future plans for its cloud computing business. Amazon wants to take over the cloud world...

Read more from the source @ http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2014/11/18/amazoncom-wont-rely-on-e-commerce-forever.aspx#ixzz3JTzV5uLA

Little Risk, Yet Potential for Reward in the Cloud

Grazed from Fool. Author: William Alder.

While the cloud-computing market continues to grow, there appears to be some degree of blowback with the upcoming IPO of Box. While there are a few cloud-computing companies that are seeing far more investor buzz than profits, there are companies turning profits in the cloud.

Adobe (NASDAQ: ADBE) has a nice niche with its subscription cloud model, while IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) have different, but successful cloud strategies. The three large-cap companies are diversified, but have solid positions within the cloud segment. They offer investors a less-risky alternative to the companies that are cloud-only, but still have the ability to capitalize on the anticipated growth in the cloud market...

Dark Clouds Forming For Cloud Computing Companies

Grazed from SeekingAlpha. Author: Michael Blair.

Salesforce.com (CRM) is one of a pile of Cloud computing companies sharing space in a market deeply into "bubble" territory where dark Clouds are forming and we are heading for a storm. The silliness is evident in Cloud storage firm Box Inc. filing for an initial public offering despite massive losses since it started up with its deficit reaching $361 million by January 31, 2014.

Almost half that cumulative deficit came from Box Inc.'s $169 million loss in the fiscal year ended on that date, according to its SEC filings. Profits are not expected any time soon. The lack of profits in current operations is seen as a positive by investors in Cloud companies as I see it - no pesky analysis of price earnings multiples and no easy way to tell when a stock is undervalued, richly valued or overvalued...

Amazon.com Cloud Push Seen Creating 'Losers' In IT

Grazed from Investors.com. Author: Reihardt Krause.

Amazon.com's widening push into cloud-computing services has the traditional IT industry bracing for more competition. Amazon Web Services, the cloud unit of the e-commerce leader, this month showcased its fast-growing cloud wares for large enterprises at its own developers conference. Amazon's shift in focus from smaller companies to big enterprises is having an impact on many information technology companies.

Shares of data center technology firmsCitrix Systems (CTXS) and VMware (VMW) fell last week after AWS announced new services. IBM (IBM) has launched an ad campaign vs. Amazon (AMZN) on their respective cloud prowess. Rackspace Hosting (RAX) and others, meanwhile, are struggling to make the investments needed to challenge AWS...

Citrix, VMware Stocks Fall On Amazon Cloud Push

Grazed from Investors.com.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Shares of Citrix Systems (CTXS) and VMware (VMW) were down for a second day following Amazon.com's (AMZN) announcement that its Amazon Web Services unit will enter the desktop virtualization market to boost its cloud computing business.

VMware's virtualization software is widely used in corporate data centers to increase the flexibility and capabilities of computer servers, but it's also moving onto desktops. Citrix has focused its virtualization technology in desktop PC environments.  AWS said in a blog post Wednesday that it plans to offer Amazon WorkSpaces, a desktop virtualization product. Analysts expect AWS virtualization platform to be ready in the first half of 2014...

Andreessen Horowitz bets big on cloud security company CipherCloud

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: Doug Dineley.

Because Web 1.0 is many years behind us, we can all look back and laugh at the sorry state of application and database security in those days. When we look back at Cloud 1.0 in a few more years, we're sure to have another good chuckle. New technology takes time to mature -- and even longer to secure, it seems. It may be years before cloud service providers natively deliver the stringent data protection and regulatory compliance capabilities that the most security-sensitive enterprises seek. In the meantime, we can expect those needs to be filled by third-party vendors.

Some of those third-party vendors, such as CipherCloud, will be new companies with new ideas. The maker of a data encryption gateway for cloud services and SaaS applications, CipherCloud announced today that it has received $30 million in funding from Andreessen Horowitz. In an interview with InfoWorld, company founder and CEO Pravin Kothari said the investment would be poured into expanding sales and marketing into a global presence, as well as further product development. The company currently claims more than 40 customers in banking, insurance, health care, and technology. It's looking to bring a cloud-based version of the solution to midmarket customers next year...

No clouds for Salesforce. Stock up 8%.

Grazed from CNNMoney. Author: Paul R. La Monica.

Salesforce.com (CRM) bulls should be singing the following refrain today. "Hey. Hey! You. You! Get onto my cloud." (Still bummed that I didn't get Rolling Stones tickets for their upcoming show at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn.)

The cloud computing giant reported earnings and sales on Tuesday that topped analysts' forecasts. Salesforce's stock shot up 8% on the news Wednesday, making the company the best performer in the S&P 500 Wednesday...

IT Confidence in Cloud Computing Going Up as Investor Surety Falls

Grazed from Midsize Insider. Author: Doug Bonderud.

As cloud computing becomes a ubiquitous part of IT business life, administrator confidence grows--at least according to VMware. The virtualization giant's third annual Cloud Index says that many Asia-Pacific IT pros now believe they "strongly understand the cloud." But despite increased use and comprehension, investor surety in the cloud isn't keeping pace. Even companies with huge sales numbers are still unprofitable; is the market headed for a cloud tipping point? Does this get worse for midsize IT before it gets better?

Certain in Singapore

According to the VMware Cloud Index 2012, Singapore tops the list with 82 percent of respondents confident in their knowledge of the cloud. The study covered 10 economies in the Asia-Pacific region, with nine of those boasting numbers above 70 percent. Only Malaysia came in under that mark, but 66 percent is still a solid percentage given the immaturity displayed by many cloud services. Among the top drivers of cloud adoption in the region were optimizing IT and reducing costs; interestingly, cost also made it into the "top cloud concerns" along with data privacy and security. Singapore and Hong Kong especially expressed concerns about data privacy and residency, despite efforts by their governments to encourage local data centers over foreign owned interests...

Unlocking Huge Value From Cloud Computing With 2 Stocks

Grazed from Trefis. Author: Morgan Smith.

Over the past several years, technology has taken some giant leaps forward in terms of allowing businesses to better engage with their employees, customers, and competitors – and one of the biggest keys in providing companies with the means to do so is cloud computing. The term cloud computing – a concept that was unknown to the majority of the planet until just a few short years ago – has today become almost a household name.

In this article, I will discuss how the current and future need by large and small companies, as well as by individuals, has helped in transforming the businesses that both provide cloud computing and allow for the usage of cloud computing capabilities – and in turn may lead to a great opportunity for investors...