Cloud Companies

Veritas, Microsoft sign multi-year cloud deal

Grazed from ITWire. Author: Sam Varghese.

Information management vendor Veritas Technologies and Microsoft have signed a multi-year deal to promote the use of the Azure cloud platform for hosting Veritas Enterprise Vault.cloud management and governance service. The two companies will jointly sell hybrid cloud storage solutions.

Under the deal, the data protection software Veritas NetBackup 8.0 will support storage tiering to Azure. A statement said this would give businesses a chance to reduce costs and avoid deploying additional storage. It said Veritas Backup Exec 16 now supported movement of back-up data to Azure, reducing time and costs and improving resource savings...

Cloud Computing: Apple, Microsoft and Amazon offer fairer deal on cloud storage

Grazed from PCWorld. Author: Peter Sayer.

Apple, Microsoft and Amazon have agreed to give cloud storage subscribers fairer contracts after intervention by the U.K.'s Competition and Markets Authority. Such cloud storage services are typically used to store photos, videos, music or digital copies of important documents. If the services shut down or vary their capacity or prices without notice, customers can lose their data, or be held hostage.

The CMA asked the storage service providers to give adequate notice before closing, suspending or changing services, and to allow customers to cancel their contracts and receive a pro-rata refund if they didn't accept service changes. The regulator last year obtained similar undertakings from Google, Dropbox and five other cloud storage providers...

Where Does Alphabet Stand in the Cloud?

Grazed from MarketRealist. Author: Naomi Gray.

Alphabet (GOOGL) has long been viewed as a cloud computing underdog alongside Oracle (ORCL) and International Business Machines (IBM). Let’s see if anything has changed The chart below shows the leading cloud vendors by market share, as estimated by Synergy Research Group.

Although Alphabet still declines to break out its Google Cloud revenues, the company hinted in its 4Q16 earnings report that it’s rapidly gaining ground in the cloud space. The tech giant’s nonadvertising revenues come from sources such as cloud, app, and hardware sales. These revenues increased 62% YoY (year-over-year) to $3.4 billion in 4Q16, a record for the segment...

Microsoft announces Azure Service Bus Messaging for improved public cloud infrastructure

Grazed from WWPI. Author: Anna Ribeiro.

Microsoft released this week its Azure Service Bus Messaging with deep feature set available anywhere in public cloud infrastructure. The Azure Service Bus broker infrastructure, available in all global Azure regions and the Azure Government cloud, processes nearly 500 Billion message transactions per month. Each cluster in these regions is backed by as many as hundreds of compute cores, terabytes of memory, and Petabytes of backing storage capacity, exceeding the cluster deployment scale of any commercial or open source broker.

The Azure Premium Messaging tier provides performance predictability and further enhanced reliability by reserving processing resources on a per customer basis inside an environment that provides all the management and cost advantages of cloud scale. As a transactional broker that builds on the ISO/IEC standard AMQP 1.0 protocol, Service Bus provides a basis for commercial and financial workloads...

Oracle outlines plans to take on Amazon in cloud

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: Brandon Butler.

Oracle executives on Tuesday revealed the results of years’ worth of engineering and development efforts on its IaaS public cloud and announced a new bare metal cloud database service and an international geographic expansion. Oracle is typically not considered one of the top IaaS public cloud leaders, but the company has hopes of competing in the market by combining its infrastructure services – which focus on its core database services – with a suite of application development and software as a service offerings.

At its Cloud World event in New York, company executives laid out their vision of how they will take on competitors such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Salesforce.com. Oracle founder and now CTO Larry Ellison once famously denounced the cloud, questioning whether the technology was just hype...

Google launches cloud-based key management with new service

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: James Bourne.

Google has announced the launch of Cloud Key Management Service (KMS), which enables admins to manage their encryption keys in Google Cloud Platform without maintaining an on-premise management system. The news marks Google’s entry into this particular security arena, following Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft who launched such initiatives as far back as 2014 and 2015 respectively.

“Customers in regulated industries, such as financial services and healthcare, value hosted key management services for the ease of use and peace of mind that they provide,” wrote Maya Kaczorowski, Google Cloud Platform product manager in a blog post. “Cloud KMS offers a cloud-based root of trust that you can monitor and audit...

Cloud Computing: AWS Quietly Acquired Cybersecurity Firm Harvest.ai

Grazed from MSPMentor. Author: Chris Burt.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) acquired San Diego-based cybersecurity firm harvest.ai for a reported $19 million sometime in early 2016, investor Fred Wang has confirmed. Wang, a general partner with harvest.ai investor Trinity Ventures, declined to confirm the terms of the deal, but told GeekWire “it was a good win for the investors and for the management team.”

“The company works in an area called data-leakage prevention,” Wang said. “At one time a lot of companies got into it, but most of them didn’t get much traction. Harvest.ai automated looking at file-access patterns to detect which are normal and which are not.” It does this by using neural nets, natural-language processing, and other AI algorithms, and tracking data storage and access, and components, applications, and users on the network...

Channel Needs to Navigate the AWS Cloud With Care

Grazed from ChannelInsider. Author: Mike Vizard.

With Amazon Web Services now several times larger than rival cloud service providers combined, the presence of AWS across the channel is ubiquitous. In fact, at the recent AWS re:invent 2016 conference, the company revealed that in the last year, it has added more than 10,000 partners. Competition between partners across the AWS cloud ecosystem is already fierce.

AWS is also starting to extend its influence beyond the public cloud, and a new AWS Lambda service can run compute functions locally. At the same time, AWS is recruiting partners interested in moving workloads that previously ran VMware in a local data center environment into AWS. In addition, AWS is targeting workloads running on Oracle databases that can now run on a new Postgres database service that's compatible with existing Oracle applications...

Cloud Computing: IBM Breaks Record with 8,000-plus Patents in Calendar Year

Grazed from eWeek. Author: Chris Preimesberger.

New-generation companies aren't the only ones bringing IT innovation into the marketplace. IBM, the granddaddy of all IT companies that has been in business since before World War I (1911), continues to be quietly inventive and probably doesn't get enough credit for its own innovations.

Big Blue revealed Jan. 9 that it broke the U.S. corporate patent record in 2016 with 8,088 patents granted to its inventors in a single calendar year. This marks the first time any company or organization has earned more than 8,000 patents in one year, and it is the 24th consecutive year that IBM has been No. 1 on the list...

AWS Managed Services targets enterprise workloads

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: Brandon Bulter.

AWS (Amazon Web Services) recently announced a new Managed Services product for its public cloud that aims to ease migration of legacy enterprise applications. AWS Managed Services is a series of infrastructure operations management tools meant to provide ongoing management, support, monitoring, and security of an AWS cloud environment.

It’s delivered jointly by AWS employees and certified AWS partners and is meant to serve AWS’s largest clients who are planning to migrate workloads to Amazon’s public cloud. Gartner Vice President and Distinguished Analyst Lydia Leong says most workloads can be broken down into two categories:...