Cloud Companies

Cloud Computing: How Azure Event Grid Can Become The Foundation Of Microsoft Serverless Strategy

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Editorial Staff.

Microsoft ­­has added an important component to its public cloud, Azure Event Grid, which is a fully-managed intelligent event routing service that allows communication through the publish-subscribe model. Azure Event Grid provides lightweight infrastructure for applications to exchange messages. On one side, there will be sources that generate data and raise an event, and on the other hand, there are interested parties consuming the data by responding to these events.

Microsoft is integrating a variety of Azure services with Event Grid that acts as the event sources. An application subscribed to an Event Grid topic may be notified each time a new virtual machine is provisioned, or a new document is uploaded to cloud storage. It is really up to the application on what it does with this data...

Juniper SVP: Cloud Computing’s Next Wave Unifies Security and Connectivity

Grazed from SDXCentral. Author: Jessica Lyons Hardcastle.

Juniper Network’s security products have taken a backseat to its switches and routers over the past year as the company’s cloud business strategy continues to boost revenues. But as hyperscalers, telcos, and enterprises invest more in cloud data centers and architecture, they’ll need to beef up security — which makes cloud security a “very attractive market,” said Kevin Hutchins, SVP of strategy and product line management at Juniper.

Speaking at the 2017 Instinet Media and Telecom Conference, Hutchins acknowledged that Juniper’s security product performance “hasn’t been where we’d like it to be.” But, he added, there’s an opportunity to grow that portfolio. “Security is just going to become a key feature of how do you connect users to applications, applications to applications, regardless of where they are sitting,” Hutchins said...

Can Microsoft Save the Private Cloud?

Grazed from Datamation. Author: David Linthicum.

Microsoft just came out with a private cloud…well, another one. They tried private cloud a few years ago, but quickly moved on to their Azure public cloud service. So far, they have been successful in promoting their public cloud, largely due to their existing customer base. Of course, AWS remains their largest competitor, but Microsoft’s growth has actually accelerated in the IaaS market.

The larger question: how do the private clouds play within the enterprise? That is a larger question than the viability of Azure Stack. Microsoft is the latest to push private and hybrid cloud, but if they are successful, others are likely to enter, or reenter the market, perhaps even public cloud-only AWS and Google...

Google’s cloud gets a boost as Forrester names it a leader in data analytics

Grazed from SiliconAngle. Author: Mike Wheatley.

Google Inc.’s efforts to establish itself as a major player in cloud computing received a small boost Wednesday when it was named by research firm Forrester Inc. as the undisputed leader in a part of the market Forrester calls “Insight Platform-as-a-Service.” It should be noted that Insight PaaS is just a small subsection of the overall PaaS market, so Google still has some way to go.

Forrester defines the Insight PaaS category as an integrated set of data management, analytics and insight application development and management components, offered as a platform. PaaS more generally is the middle layer of cloud computing, customarily defined as services to allow software developers to create applications that run on the Internet...

Microsoft joins Cloud Native Computing Foundation

Grazed from Microsoft. Author: John Gossman.

I’m excited to share that we have just joined the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) as a Platinum member. CNCF is a part of the Linux Foundation, which helps govern for a wide range of cloud-oriented open source projects, such as Kubernetes, Prometheus, OpenTracing, Fluentd, Linkerd, containerd, Helm, gRPC, and many others. Since we joined the Linux Foundation last year, and now have decided to expand that relationship to CNCF membership as a natural next step to invest in open source communities and code at multiple levels, especially in the area of containers. Some specific examples include:

* Kubernetes: Microsoft has been contributing code to the Kubernetes project, as well as running Kubernetes as part of the Azure Container Service. Engineering manager and architect Brendan Burns is one of the Kubernetes project maintainers.

* Helm: The Helm project was started by Deis before being acquired by Microsoft and continues to be developed and improved by Microsoft engineers. Adam Reese, Michelle Noorali, and Matt Butcher are all project maintainers...

Read more from the source @ https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-cncf/

Google triples number of $500k cloud deals year over year as latest results announced

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: James Bourne.

Google says it has tripled the number of its big cloud deals year over year as its parent company Alphabet announced revenues of $26 billion (£19.9bn) for the most recent quarter. In a call with analysts, Google CEO Sundar Pichai – who it was also announced is joining the Alphabet board of directors – discussed the company’s ‘impressive’ cloud assets.

“[Google Cloud Platform] continues to experience impressive growth across products, sectors and geographies and increasingly with large enterprise customers in regulated sectors,” he said, as transcribed by Seeking Alpha. “To be more specific about our momentum with big customers, in Q2 the number of new deals we closed worth more than $0.5 million is three times what it was last year,” Pichai added...

GoDaddy Pulls the Plug on Its Amazon-Like Cloud Business

Grazed from Fortune. Author: Jonathan Vanian.

GoDaddy is giving up on a business that it debuted just a little over a year ago. The website hosting company is ending its cloud computing business, which it unveiled in March, 2016 as an alternative to Amazon Web Services (AMZN, -0.43%) and other cloud companies. GoDaddy confirmed to Fortune that it is shutting down the business unit, but did not say why. Tech news site TechCrunch first reported the planned closure.

“After serious consideration, we have decided to end-of-life our cloud servers’ product,” GoDaddy senior vice president of hosting Raghu Murthi said in a statement. “GoDaddy Cloud Servers provided numerous learnings for us that we’ve already been applying to other products and services.”...

Microsoft Reaps Rewards of Its Cloud-Computing Business

Grazed from NewYorkTimes. Author: Editorial Staff.

A few years ago, Microsoft appeared to be another tech has-been, having whiffed on its efforts to compete in mobile phones and internet search. Although it is too soon to say whether Microsoft can pull off a full-blown renaissance the way Apple has, the company is firmly back in favor.

Not long after its shares reached another all-time high at the close of regular trading, Microsoft reported on Thursday that its profit in the most recent quarter more than doubled from a year ago. One reason for that jump was the failure of its mobile phone business, which produced big losses for the company in past years, yielding a $1.8 billion tax benefit that Microsoft was able to recognize last quarter...

SAP Lifts Sales Outlook, Buying Back Stock on Cloud Growth

Grazed from Bloomberg. Author: Editorial Staff.

Software giant SAP SE raised its annual revenue outlook and said it would buy back up to a half billion dollars in stock after reporting a better-than-expected jump in sales, lifted by a revamped version of its flagship software. The German maker of applications that run businesses’ finances, manufacturing and personnel is projecting sales of 23.3 billion euros ($26.8 billion) to 23.7 billion euros this year, based on constant currencies.

That’s up about a 100 million euros on both ends of its prior forecast. SAP is about to start a share buyback of up to 500 million euros this year, and it raising its outlook for cloud and software revenue. Shares of SAP fell 0.4 percent to 90.94 euros at 9:26 a.m. in Frankfurt. SAP had lost 2 percent since its first-quarter report April 25, while Germany’s 30-stock Dax Index was largely unchanged as of Wednesday’s close...

Backup and Sync from Google: Fight Ransomware Risk with Cloud Computing

Grazed from 1RedDrop. Author: Shudeep Chandrasekhar.

Google today launched a much-anticipated desktop app called Backup and Sync. Not one to mince words, the company is encouraging users to sync whatever media they have on their local systems to a location in the cloud. Essentially, it’s going to act as a replacement for older Drive client applications, as well as for the older Photos app.

The tool will be mindful of any existing settings you have on your Mac or PC for backups, but you can basically sign into your Google account and specify which folders need to be backed up regularly to Google Cloud. Not only does Backup and Sync keep your desktop backed up at all times, but it can also access and sync data from external memory devices like USB sticks, hard drives, cameras and SD cards...