Cloud Companies

Comcast Joins Cloud Foundry Foundation

Grazed from Sys-Con. Author: PR Announcement.

Comcast today announced it has joined the Cloud Foundry Foundation, home of the industry-standard multi-cloud platform, as a Silver member. Comcast joins GE, HPE, IBM, Pivotal, SAP, Verizon and more than 60 other technology innovators as a Foundation member. Through its membership, Comcast will be able to contribute ideas to the project while accelerating its own innovation by taking advantage of Cloud Foundry's continuous delivery approach to developing cloud-native software.

"We're looking forward to collaborating with Cloud Foundry's robust, global open source community through our participation in the Cloud Foundry Foundation," said Greg Otto, Executive Director Cloud Services, Comcast Cable. "Cloud Foundry delivers a consistent multi-cloud experience for our developers. This enables our product teams to focus on innovating new customer experiences."...

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Cloud Computing: Computing Cancer, Microsoft Uses Computer Science to Find Cure

Grazed from: Jobsnhire.com. Author: Kay Soliven.

The Microsoft research labs, dedicated to creating solutions to problems of the computer industry, will use algorithms and computers to find a cure for cancer - the deadly challenge for humans today. According to Mircosoft, the company is conducting research in Microsoft Labs, Cambridge, UK to try and merge biology with computer science, in hopes of finding a solution for the disease.

According to corporate Vice-President in charge of the labs Jeannete Wing, "The collaboration between biologists and computer scientists is actually key to making this work." However, the tech giant found two approaches to the problem: first is taking biological processes as information processing systems where tools are developed and used to model computational processes, and second approach is using data to formulate analysis tools that may comprehend the complexity of cancer and its treatments...

Cloud Computing: IBM shows how fast its brain-like chip can learn

Grazed from PCWorld. Author: Agam Shah.

Developing a computer that can be as decisive and intelligent as humans is on IBM's mind, and it's making progress toward achieving that goal. IBM's computer chip called TrueNorth is designed to emulate the functions of a human brain. The company is now running tests and benchmarking TrueNorth to demonstrate how fast and power efficient the chips can be compared to today's computers.

The results of the head-to-head contest are impressive. IBM says TrueNorth can engage in deep learning and make decisions based on associations and probabilities, much like human brains. It can do so while consuming a fraction of the power used by chips in other computers for the same purpose...

Oracle Closing in on AWS, Microsoft With Public Cloud Infrastructure

Grazed from eWeek. Author: Scott Petersen.

Oracle has been accused of being "late to the party" when it comes to cloud computing—almost 10 years too late—but it is now the company is moving like Olympic champion sprinter Usain Bolt rounding the turn in the 200 meters. Now the Silicon Valley stalwart and its irrepressible Executive Chairman Larry Ellison are as confident and brash about their cloud strategy as the perennial gold-winning Jamaican running when crossing the finish line with another victory.

In keynotes here at the Oracle World conference this week, Ellison called out cloud competitor Amazon Web Services on several counts by virtually announcing the AWS' reign at the top of the cloud infrastructure services market. "Amazon's lead is over," he said, and followed that up with attacks on AWS's database services...

Microsoft eyes huge potential in China's rising cloud market

Grazed from ChinaDaily. Author: Fan Feifei.

Microsoft Corp will increase investment in China's cloud computing market and the scale of its cloud platform Microsoft Azure will grow at least tenfold in China in the next few years, a top executive in charge of the company's cloud service said on Wednesday. "China regards technological innovation as an important driving source for development, which let us see China's huge market potential for the cloud business," said Scott Guthrie, executive vice-president of Microsoft cloud and enterprise group on Wednesday.

The company launched more than 10 new services and functions including image recognition and internet of things (IoT) capabilities on Microsoft Azure by teaming up with Beijing-based data infrastructure provider 21Vianet Group Inc. "We will work together with local partners to develop customized cloud services and user-experiences in China," said Samuel Shen, chairman of Microsoft Asia-Pacific Technology Company Ltd...

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Oracle is gunning for AWS with new infrastructure offering

Grazed from ComputerWorld. Author: Blair Hanley Frank.

Larry Ellison has a message for Amazon Web Services: Oracle is going to give Amazon a run for its money in the cloud market. "Amazon's lead is over," he said during his keynote address at the OpenWorld conference in San Francisco. "Amazon's going to have serious competition going forward."

To that end, the company he co-founded is launching a set of new cloud data centers that are aimed at providing more powerful compute instances to help it compete against the likes of AWS, Azure and other cloud players. The generation 2 data centers will help bring a variety of performance improvements to customers who want to run high-performance workloads in the cloud...

Cloud Computing: Oracle’s Larry Ellison Unveils New Cloud Infrastructure, Says ‘Amazon’s Lead Is Over’

Grazed from IBTimes. Author: Avaneesh Pandey.

Larry Ellison, Oracle’s former chief executive and current executive chairman and chief technology officer, has an ambitious vision for his Redwood, California, company. In an over hour-long speech Sunday at the company’s annual customer conference in San Francisco, Ellison predicted Oracle would soon give Amazon stiff competition insofar as providing computing services through the cloud is concerned.

“We’re in the middle of a generational change — from on-premise computing — to super data centers called clouds,” Ellison reportedly said. “Amazon’s lead is over. Amazon’s going to have serious competition going forward.” Among the services unveiled Sunday is one called Cloud@Customer, which lets customers run servers identical to Oracle’s cloud infrastructure services within their own on-premise infrastructure...

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Cloud Computing: HPE Expands Channel Partner Program, Doubles Down on SDN

Grazed from CIOToday. Author: Jef Cozza.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) kicked off its Global Partner Conference in Boston yesterday, its first since the company split off from its printer and personal computer division. The event brings together the company’s strategic partners with member of HPE’s senior management, including CEO Meg Whitman, EVP and GM of the enterprise Relevant Products/Services group Antonio Neri, and chief sales officer Peter Ryan. While partner sales are often major sales channels for enterprise technology companies, that is particularly true for HPE, which generates the vast majority of its sales through strategic partners.

Expanding Flexible Capacity

At the event, HPE announced a number of changes to its existing partner program, including an expansion of its Flexible Capacity program that offers on-premise IT and cloud computing services through a utility sales model that can be scaled up or down depending on the end clients needs...

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Cloud Computing: Salesforce ecosystem to pump in 1.9M new jobs by 2020: IDC

Grazed from TechScreen. Author: Sharmishtha Mukherjee.

IDC has revealed a new research study on Salesforce, detailing how the CRM company and its ecosystem of customers and partners will drive nearly 1.9 million new jobs and more than $389 billion in new GDP impact worldwide by 2020. According to the research, when Salesforce released its first product in 2000, cloud computing was in its infancy, an unproven computing technique.

In fact, cloud computing didn’t surpass 1% of IT spending until 2009. But despite its small share of the $2 trillion IT market, cloud computing has been a major contributor to growth in IT spending, growing at 4.5 times the rate of IT spending since 2009 and expected to grow at better than 6 times the rate of IT spending from 2015 through 2020...

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IBM cloud chief: The next phase of cloud is a race to add value

Grazed from NetworkWorld. Author: Brandon Butler.

At 105 years old, IBM has been through more than a few major technology transformations. Arguably, none is bigger than the current retooling of the company around cloud computing – an effort overseen by Robert LeBlanc, senior vice president, IBM Cloud. LeBlanc says IT leaders and business executives aren’t caught up in Wall Street’s worries over IBM’s revenue declines or the pace of the cloud transformation.

Instead, they’re focusing on the higher-value capabilities – like Watson cognitive computing or internet of things functions – IBM is layering atop what LeBlanc calls the ‘phase one’ cloud that will help them transform their own businesses. In an interview with Network World Senior Editor Brandon Butler and IDG Chief Content Officer John Gallant, LeBlanc talked about how IBM is tailoring its cloud services to specific vertical industries and what Big Blue is doing to enhance its Platform- and Infrastructure-as-a-Service capabilities...

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