Cloud Companies

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...

Distributed Cloud Computing Platform iExec Joins the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance

Grazed from CryptoInsider. Author: Giulio Prisco.

The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) wants to connect Fortune 500 enterprises, startups, academics, and technology vendors with Ethereum subject matter experts. “Together, we will learn from and build upon the only smart contract supporting blockchain currently running in real-world production – Ethereum – to define enterprise-grade software capable of handling the most complex, highly demanding applications at the speed of business,” states the EEA website.

Store of Value recently published a short EEA explainer, noting that the EEA wants to create open-source standards for corporations to develop their own Ethereum implementations, while ensuring that applications built on Ethereum-derived platforms will run on all Ethereum platforms. Many high-profile banks and financial operators, which have joined the EEA, are listed in the EEA news page...

Microsoft to offer local version of Azure cloud service

Grazed from TheStar. Author: Editorial Staff.

Microsoft Corp on July 10 unveiled a new service that allows customers to use its cloud technology on their own servers, part of the company's efforts to refocus its product line to compete more effectively with rivals Amazon.com Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google. The world's biggest software maker is looking to carve out a niche among customers who cannot or do not want to move all their computing operations to the massive shared data centres that are collectively known as the cloud.

“One of the key differentiations we have with Azure versus our two biggest competitors in the cloud platform space is our ability to support true hybrid solutions,” Judson Althoff, Microsoft's executive vice president of worldwide commercial business, told Reuters. Azure is Microsoft's cloud-computing platform, pegged by most market share studies as second in cloud computing behind Amazon Web Services...

Microsoft improves Azure's analytical capabilities with Cloudyn acquisition

Grazed from TechRepublic. Author: Mark Caelin.

As an industry, cloud computing services have matured to become a staple of information technology in the enterprise. Organizations of all sizes are using cloud computing to achieve economies of scale that could never have been reached with conventional on premises solutions. But while the benefits of cloud computing solutions may be obvious, at least anecdotally, measuring the actual cost benefits can be a bit more elusive.

By acquiring Cloudyn, a company that helps enterprises optimize their investments in cloud services, Microsoft is looking to add a toolset to Azure that can provide customers with a way to measure the cost benefits of cloud computing. It is an important step toward creating the dominant cloud services platform for business and confirms Microsoft's strategy of competing in a mobile-first, cloud-first world...

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Cloud Computing: Microsoft Is Bundling Office and Windows For Business Customers

Grazed from Fortune. Author: Editorial Staff.

Microsoft’s biggest selling software products are now being sold in an all-in-one package. The business technology giant debuted its Microsoft 365 software package on Monday that includes the Windows 10 operating system, Office 365 workplace software, and security software for mobile devices.

The new software bundle is intended to make it easier for companies to buy Microsoft’s flagship enterprise software products in one subscription as opposed to paying for them individually. Microsoft (MSFT, +0.62%) will sell two versions of Microsoft 365, with one version, Microsoft 365 Business, tailored for small-to-medium-sized companies and the other, Microsoft 365 Enterprise, for larger organizations...

Amazon CTO advocates cloud migration for enhanced security

Grazed from ITWeb. Author: Editorial Staff.

The most useful tool offered by a migration to cloud computing for enterprises is security according to Dr Werner Vogels, Chief Technology Officer at electronic commerce and cloud computing company Amazon. Speaking at the AWS Summit in Cape Town this week, Dr Vogels said it is important to think about how cloud offers 'superpowers' to build and operate better - especially by securing information through interventions that include encryption, identity management, compliance and using shields and firewalls, for example, to secure the network.

"I think probably the absolute most important super power in all of this is 'force field'. That in essence relates to giving you tools (as an enterprise) to protect yourself, to protect your customers in ways that you could never do before. You really have to protect your business and your customers otherwise you don't have a business, and if you look at the last two to three years, the threats are increasingly advanced. No hacker has ever looked at a website and said 'oh it has an ISO 27001 stamp, I can't touch that'..."

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Baidu Partners with NVIDIA to Apply AI Across Cloud, Autonomous Vehicles

Grazed from WindowsITPro. Author: Editorial Staff.

Chinese internet search and cloud company Baidu rallied in premarket trade on Wednesday after it detailed a partnership with Santa Clara-based chipmaker NVIDIA to expand investments in artificial intelligence across its cloud and self-driving vehicle initiatives. According to Baidu president and COO Qi Lu, who spoke at Baidu’s AI developer conference in Beijing on Wednesday, one of the ways it will work with NVIDIA is by bringing its next-generation Volta GPUs to Baidu Cloud.

Baidu will deploy NVIDIA HGX architecture with Tesla Volta V100 and Tesla P4 GPU accelerators for AI training and inference in its data centers, according to the announcement. NVIDIA is betting on a future where the majority of workloads in data centers will be deep learning, and is helping cloud providers like Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent in China, and in the U.S. with Google and Microsoft...

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Facebook is planning to move WhatsApp off IBM's public cloud

Grazed from CNBC. Author: Editorial Staff.

Facebook is planning to move WhatsApp off IBM's public cloud, source says Facebook is planning to move WhatsApp off IBM's public cloud, source says. Facebook's WhatsApp messaging service, which is used by 1.2 billion people across the globe, is planning to move off of IBM's cloud and into Facebook's own data centers, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The WhatsApp move, which could begin later this year, would result in IBM losing a high profile customer for its public cloud. A source claims that WhatsApp has been one of IBM's top five public cloud customers in terms of revenue, and was at one point spending $2 million a month with IBM. (IBM says WhatsApp is not currently one of its top five public cloud customers.)...