Cloud Companies

Microsoft could lay off ‘thousands’ as it focuses more on cloud services

Grazed from TheVerge. Author: Nick Statt.

Microsoft reorganized its global sales force today to heighten its focus on selling cloud services instead of standalone pieces of software, according to The Wall Street Journal. The reorganization, just the latest in a series of structural changes the company has undergone since former CEO Steve Ballmer resigned and Satya Nadella took over in 2014, won’t immediately result in layoffs. Yet the WSJ reports that thousands of jobs could be cut down the line as a result of the sales shuffle.

This doesn’t appear like it will have a huge impact on how Microsoft does business on a day-to-day basis. Since the appointment of Nadella, the former head of Microsoft’s cloud division, the company has put more and more resources toward building out its Azure cloud computing platform and selling software subscriptions to businesses...

Cloud Computing: Why Oracle needs to push digital hard

Grazed from LiveMint. Author: Editorial Staff.

US-based Oracle Corp. is sharpening focus on its own digital transformation as well as that of its customers to stay competitive in a world where companies are increasingly grappling with newer business models, and demanding solutions that require expertise in the Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI), besides cloud computing and big data analytics.

Consider cloud computing—a concept that Larry Ellison, now executive chairman and chief technology officer of Oracle, had scoffed at nearly a decade back. At the September 2016 Open World event in San Francisco, however, Ellison insisted, “We are in the middle of a generational change as computing moves from on-premise and lots and lots of data centres and lots of companies in the world to a smaller number of super data centres called clouds.”...

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Nutanix, Google collaborate in the cloud

Grazed from ITWire. Author: Editorial Staff.

Enterprise cloud computing company Nutanix has announced a strategic alliance with Google Cloud which the companies say will address technology opportunities for building and operating hybrid clouds combining cloud architectures and scalable public cloud environments. The two companies have also agreed to collaborate on Internet of Things (IoT) use-cases marrying real-time edge intelligence with core cloud computing.

“Hybrid Cloud needs be a two-way street,” said Sudheesh Nair, president, Nutanix. “The strategic alliance with Google demonstrates our commitment to simplify operations for our customers with a single enterprise cloud OS across both private and public clouds - with ubiquity, extensibility and intuitive design.”...

Cloud Computing: IBM Scores Blockchain Deal With 7 Major Banks

Grazed from Madison. Author: Editorial Staff.

While much attention has been paid in recent months to digital currencies like Bitcoin, with prices soaring due to fervent speculation, the underlying blockchain technology is slowly gaining steam in the technology industry. International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM) has invested in blockchain, looking to use the technology to remove inefficiencies and reduce costs for its customers.

A blockchain is a distributed, decentralized database that can be used to record transactions in a way that can't be altered. Any process that requires multiple parties to maintain records and verify those records against those of the other parties can benefit from blockchain technology. IBM CEO Virginia Rometty put forth the example of buying a house in an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal, a process that involves various parties like banks and tax agencies, and typically takes about 50 days to complete...

Cloud Computing: Amazon Plans to Take On Google Translate, Media Reports

Grazed from Slator. Author: Florian Faes.

Google Translate could get a formidable challenger. Amazon is preparing to roll out its own machine translation service, CNBC reported, citing an anonymous source. Slator was unable to independently verify the report. We will provide follow-up coverage as the situation evolves.

Amazon will offer the machine translation (MT) technology it is already using internally to third parties, according to CNBC. The service, to be provided by cloud computing arm Amazon Web Services, could be announced before the annual Re:Invent conference in Las Vegas in November 2017...

Virtustream COO: Hybrid Cloud Has Already Won

Grazed from Silicon. Author: Sam Pudwell.

Having passed through the first wave of cloud computing, businesses are now looking at how to optimise their cloud operations and get the best ‘bang for their buck’ related to their specific needs. This is happening across all industries and has led to organisations frequently splitting workloads across different cloud platforms and vendors, taking either a multi-cloud or hybrid-cloud approach in what has become an extremely complicated world to navigate. According to Simon Walsh, COO of Dell-owned Virtustream, the route taken is usually triggered by a business problem – or what he calls “a compelling event” – and more often than not, the answer is hybrid.

A hybrid world

“Cloud is a way of doing stuff, it’s something you do not something you buy,” he explained. “Every single company will have a compelling event which forces a change of something.” He cited Jaguar Land Rover as an example, a Dell EMC customer that is currently focusing on updating its legacy data centre infrastructure in order to keep pace with a rapidly changing industry environment. This poses some interesting questions for CIOs...

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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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