Cloud Companies

The Linux cloud swap that spells trouble for Microsoft and VMware

Grazed from TheRegister. Author: Editorial Staff.

Just occasionally, you get it right. Six years ago, I called containers "every sysadmin's dream," and look at them now. Even the Linux Foundation's annual bash has been renamed from "LinuxCon + CloudOpen + Embedded Linux Conference" to "LinuxCon + ContainerCon".

Why? Because since virtualization has been enterprise IT's favourite toy for more than a decade, the rise of "cloud computing" has promoted this even more. When something gets that big, everyone jumps on board and starts looking for an edge – and containers are much more efficient than whole-system virtualization, so there are savings to be made and performance gains to win...

Salesforce Launches $50M Fund for Cloud Consulting Firms

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Nicole Henderson.

Salesforce’s corporate investment group Salesforce Ventures has announced a new $50 million fund on Wednesday, aimed at growing the next-generation of cloud consulting firms. The new SI (system integrator) Trailblazer Fund will provide new cloud consulting companies with the capital required to build and scale their Salesforce services capabilities.

To keep up with demand from customers, Salesforce is going to need 10 times the number of consultants in the next five years, according to data based on recent research from IDC. And what better way to grow this base than infuse $50 million into it. "Growing customer demand for Salesforce has created a critical need for more Salesforce-trained consulting partners as part of the thriving 'Salesforce Economy,'" Tyler Prince, EVP of Worldwide Alliances and Go-to-Market Innovation, Salesforce said in a statement...

Cloud Computing: Rackspace names Joe Eazor as new CEO

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Editorial Staff.

Rackspace's board of directors has appointed Joe Eazor as the company's new CEO, effective June 12, Rackspace announced Wednesday. Rackspace President Jeff Cotten has been serving as interim CEO since chief executive Taylor Rhodes left earlier this month. Eazor has spent more than 25 years as a technology executive and was most recently CEO of EarthLink.

Rackspace highlighted Eazor's role leading EarthLink into new, profitable areas like cloud computing, noting that he doubled EarthLink's free cash flow. In February, he led Earthlink's sale to Windstream for $`1.1 billion. Prior to serving at EarthLink, Eazor was an executive at EMC and HP. He was also an executive at EDS before and after its sale to HP. After the acquisition, Eazor was responsible for integrating EDS's $22 billion business into its new parent company...

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Microsoft offers cloud computing services to non-profits

Grazed from EconomicTimes. Author: Editorial Staff.

Microsoft India, as part of the software giant's 'Public cloud for good' initiative, is making public cloud platform Microsoft Azure broadly available to eligible non-profit organisations, bringing the power of technology to them. Qualifying non-profits can avail free Azure credits worth $5,000 for a year to unlock benefits such as insight, agility and operational efficiency.

Globally, Microsoft is donating $1 billion in cloud computing resources between 2016 and 2018 to 70,000 non-profits and NGOs worldwide, including in India, the company said in a statement. To drive greater inclusion, Microsoft India partnered with NASSCOM Foundation to organise an Azure for Good workshop in Hyderabad on Friday...

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IBM Announces The Defense Calculator And A Cloud Computing Service

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Editorial Staff.

This week’s milestones in the history of technology include the world’s first analog computer, experimenting with the Web via TV in pre-Web days, the birth of the ITU, and IBM’s first commercially available scientific computer and first computing service bureau.

May 16, 1979:

The Associated Press distributes a story titled "Teletext: Soon You'll Be Punching Buttons and Talking Back To Your TV." Wrote David Briscoe: Using your TV as a data bank with almost unlimited capacity may be only a few years away… Bonneville International’s KSL-TV in Salt Lake City and KMOX-TV in St. Louis, owned by CBS, have been testing a signal capable of giving viewers access to 120 pages of information...

Oracle Criticizes Amazon Web Services’ Cloud Computing Solutions - Again

Grazed from 1RedDrop. Author: Shudeep Chandraskehar.

The cloud computing wars and the race to add the next client have become so intense that it has reached a stage where tech leaders are taking potshots at each other. Oracle and Amazon have always been at each other’s throats, touting their own excellence and highlighting the other’s failures, and Google’s Diane Greene also took a thinly veiled dig at other cloud service providers at the company’s Cloud Next conference two months ago.

But if you cut through the sound bites and look at what is actually happening, then it will become clear to you that the intensity of the competition is possibly starting to strain a few nerves; more importantly, however, there is a subtle but recognizable shift in the focus areas of the top cloud service providers...

SUSE Unveils SUSE OpenStack Cloud Monitoring to Simplify and Manage OpenStack Cloud Deployments

Grazed from OpenStack. Author: Editorial Staff.

SUSE® today unveiled SUSE OpenStack Cloud Monitoring, an open source software solution that makes it simple to monitor and manage the health and performance of enterprise OpenStack cloud environments and workloads. Based on the OpenStack Monasca project, SUSE OpenStack Cloud Monitoring makes it easy for operators and users to monitor and analyze the health and performance of complex private clouds, delivers reliability, performance and high service levels for OpenStack clouds, and reduces costs by simplifying, automating and preconfiguring cloud monitoring and management.

“OpenStack deployments produce a lot of complex and useful monitoring and log data,” said Michael Miller, SUSE president of Strategy, Alliances and Marketing. “As customers move to large-scale production they need operational tools to maintain their private cloud. The Monasca open source project makes this data manageable and valuable for enterprise users...

In Oracle’s cloud pitch to enterprises, an echo of a bygone tech era

Grazed from SiliconAngle. Author: Robert Hof.

Oracle Corp. sought to position itself once again today as the one best place for companies moving to cloud computing to get everything they need. Speaking at a media day Thursday at its Redwood Shores, California, headquarters, executives at the database and business software giant distanced Oracle from public cloud leaders such as Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure that provide computing, storage and other services to corporations looking to reduce or eliminate their data centers.

“Our cloud is more comprehensive than any other cloud in the market today, a full end-to-end cloud,” said David Donatelli, Oracle’s executive vice president of converged infrastructure. “We design from the chip all the way up to the application, fully vertically integrated.” What’s interesting about that messaging, which Oracle has been refining since at least its OpenWorld conference last September, is not simply the competitive positioning...

Adobe bets big on cloud computing for marketing in India

Grazed from BGR. Author: Editorial Staff.

Emphasising that Adobe Experience Cloud represents the largest opportunity for the company, Adobe President and CEO Shantanu Narayan says the tech giant has clearly established itself as a leader in helping companies roll out the digital transformation in India and globally with its cloud solutions.

The change in consumer expectations is the main factor that triggered innovation and growth for Adobe’s digital marketing business and brands across verticals are readily embracing its cloud solutions globally, he adds. “The massive tailwind across the world is that consumer expectations have changed and one of them is that consumers prefer to interact with any company digitally.  Mobile as a way to interfacing with businesses has become a de-facto standard. Digital is cheaper, faster and it delivers a better experience,” Narayen told IANS...

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IBM to Buy Verizon's Private Cloud, Managed Hosting Business

Grazed from ChannelPartnersOnline. Author: Editorial Staff.

Verizon is selling its private cloud and managed hosting services to IBM. George Fischer, senior vice president and group president of Verizon Enterprise Solutions, wrote in a blog Wednesday that the carrier will partner with IBM for “strategic initiatives" in cloud and networking. “This is a unique cooperation between two tech leaders to support global organizations as they look to fully realize the benefits of their cloud computing investments," Fischer said.

The companies have not disclosed the terms of the deal, but it is expected to close later this year. Fischer says Verizon Enterprise Solutions is set up to provide customers intelligent networking, business communications and managed IT services. “It is the latest development in an ongoing IT strategy aimed at allowing us to focus on helping our customers securely and reliably connect to their cloud resources and utilize cloud-enabled applications," he said...