Cloud Companies

Watch Out Amazon and Alibaba! Huawei’s Coming to the Public Cloud

Grazed from Barron's. Author: Isabella Zhong.

E-commerce giants Amazon (AMZN) and Alibaba (BABA) have been making an aggressive push into public cloud computing services but smartphone maker Huawei now wants to give the pair a run for their money. Huawei has announced plans for a new business that will focus on turning the Shenzhen-based company into a global provider of cloud computing services that will rival Amazon and Alibaba.

The company has previously offered private cloud services. Sijia Jiang of Reuters has more on Huawei’s cloud strategy. Public cloud computing is big business. Morgan Stanley analyst Grace Chen sees a $300 billion market opportunity today that could grow to around $340 billion by 2020. But the potential could be even greater if the public cloud becomes a transformational technology like electricity...

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Microsoft refreshes Azure Stack preview - adds new cloud services

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Mary Jo Foley.

Microsoft has refreshed the third (and said to be final) Azure Stack technical preview with lots of new features and fixes. Don't call it Azure Stack Technical Preview (TP) 4. But given the many features and fixes in the April 6 update, you might be excused if you do. Today's update includes previews of the Azure App Service (web apps, API apps, and mobile apps), Azure Functions server-less computing, and updated version of of SQL/MySQL database services.

In addition, according to Microsoft's blog post on the update, "Based on feedback and several ongoing improvements/bug fixes, we've also updated the Azure Stack TP3 software for a better deployment and operational experience." In order to try out the new Azure Platform-as-a-Service services introduced today, users must first move to the updated TP3 software, which includes refreshed features for both administrators and tenants...

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Oracle secures ISO 27001, HIPAA and SOC certifications for its cloud portfolio

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: James Bourne.

Oracle has announced its public cloud services have achieved various security and compliance certifications, including ISO 27001, HIPAA, SOC1 and SOC2, in what the company describes as ‘continued momentum’ for its products. The Redwood giant’s platform as a service (PaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) has received Service Organisation Control (SOC) attestations across a variety of key services, while its Fusion software as a service (SaaS) is HIPAA-accredited and the ISO 27001 was awarded for ‘the proper management and security of assets such as financial information, intellectual property, employee details or information entrusted to an organisation by third parties’.

The move puts Oracle alongside its various industry competitors; for example, Microsoft’s SOC1 and SOC2 information can be found here – copies of the report are only available to customers who have signed an NDA – while ISO 27001 can be found here. The Oracle accreditations were administered by Schellman & Co...

Read more from the source @ https://www.cloudcomputing-news.net/news/2017/apr/03/oracle-secures-iso-27001-hipaa-and-soc-certification-its-cloud-portfolio/

Teradata launches licence portability for hybrid cloud computing

Grazed from Teradata. Author: Editorial Staff.

The US-based data and analytics company Teradata has introduced licence portability for hybrid cloud computing for its customers. With portable database licenses, Teradata customers can now choose, shift, expand, and restructure their hybrid cloud environment by moving licenses between deployment options as their business needs change, that is, between keeping this data on-premises or on cloud or on both.

This new software licensing model is the first in the hybrid cloud market to feature portability — a shift away from cloud lock-in or siloed on-premises deployments. With this new facility, Teradata's customers can develop an analytic solution on the on-premises system — Intelliflex — and later port the same to the cloud facility, Intellicloud...

Amazon Connect offers Customer Support for Businesses with Cloud Computing

Grazed from CrescentVale. Author: Matthew McGuire.

Amazon Web Services have announced today a new customer service known as Amazon Connect. The platform will allow businesses to provide call centers for their customers to interact with one-on-one. Customers engage with products and services on a wide range of different platforms. Amazon Web Services is using their cloud computing technology to enhance the user experience for customers that prefer to speak with customer service representatives over the phone.

Startups and smaller businesses will have more difficulty being able to provide engaging customer support, as well as developing and delivering products. This platform will help companies, even larger companies, provide better customer support...

Read more from the source @ http://crescentvale.com/2017/03/amazon-connect-offers-customer-support-businesses-cloud-computing/

Microsoft Cloud Initiatives Lining Up for Global Enterprise Segment Domination

Grazed from 1RedDrop. Author: Editorial Staff.

You may have come across several articles in the past about how Amazon is trying to achieve global domination. The way the company has gone about its business, disrupting the retail industry in United States, swiftly moving into all the top ten economies of the world and a few more, and continually growing its revenues at double digit rates despite making more than $100 billion dollars a year. Does it look at all like they are on an unstoppable roll?

But this article is not about Amazon. It’s about Microsoft. Surprise! It’s about how much the company has changed in the past few years, and how, little by little, their plan to dominate the enterprise market around the world is taking shape. Microsoft in its previous avatar did Windows, and then some...

Cloud Computing: AWS acquisition of Thinkbox could lead to more heavy-duty tools, users

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: David Carty.

A recent AWS acquisition taps into vertical market technology, hoping to entice new customers with high-performance workloads while also bolstering its cloud management capabilities at the same time. Earlier this month, Amazon Web Services acquired Thinkbox Software, which provides a suite of image and particle-rendering management and geometry caching tools for media visual effects (VFX) design and development, for undisclosed terms.

The AWS acquisition is the latest example of Amazon, and other large public cloud players, adding services that appeal to specific markets and customers, and it could improve existing cloud services with specific capabilities such as support for compute-intensive workloads...

10 ways Google improved its cloud at NEXT

Grazed from NetworkAsia. Author: Brandon Butler.

Google cloud is seen by analysts as an up and comer. Company executives will even admit that the past few years Google has not had everything it needs to compete for enterprise customers in the IaaS public cloud market against Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and even IBM. But they will also tell you that Google is ready now.

Recently, Google held NEXT, its user conference where the company introduces new cloud features and users get to learn about the cloud platform. In the opening day keynote, Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Alphabet, the parent company of Google’s cloud division, said that not many analysts have questioned Google’s technical abilities in the cloud. But now, they’ve rounded out the rest of their portfolio...

Oracle Turns A Corner As Cloud Revenues Boom, Earnings Top

Grazed from Investors. Author: Brian Deagon.

Database software provider Oracle (ORCL) reported fiscal third quarter earnings late Wednesday that cruised past estimates as the software giant's transition to a cloud-based model picks up momentum. Oracle reported non-GAAP revenue of $9.3 billion, just topping the consensus estimate of $9.25 billion and 3% above a year earlier. It reported earnings per share minus items of 69 cents a share excluding various items, up 8% vs. a year earlier beating the consensus estimate of 62 cents, as polled by Thomson Reuters.

Oracle sees fiscal Q4 down 1% to up 2%. The midpoint for a 0.5% rise would slightly exceed Wall Street forecasts for a 0.2% uptick to $10.618 billion. Oracle also sees Q4 EPS of 78-82 cents in constant currency, though it's unclear how that compares to analysts' target for 78 cents. The software giant also hiked its quarterly dividend to 19 cents a share from 15 cents...

Google’s secret weapon in cloud computing: people

Grazed from ComputerWorld. Author: David Needle.

Google had several big tech and service announcements at this week's second annual Google Cloud Next conference here. But the company is also leveraging a surprising resource to win enterprise customers - people. It's surprising because Google's biggest successes have come from technology that pretty much sells itself, such as search and related advertising services like AdWords and AdSense.

But in those areas, Google succeeded because it was able to adroitly exploit its first mover advantage. In cloud computing, it trails the clear leader Amazon Web Services (AWS) and second-place Microsoft Azure. So at Cloud Next, the company did what smart competitors do: it unveiled new features and pricing designed to better position the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) as a worthy alternative...

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