Cloud Companies

Cloud Computing: Oracle seals $9.3 bn NetSuite acquisition

Grazed from ChinaPost. Author: Editorial Staff.

US software giant Oracle said Saturday that it has sealed its $9.3 billion acquisition of cloud computing company NetSuite. Oracle said that a majority of shares -- 53 percent -- owned by eligible stockholders in the vote had been tendered. The acquisition is to be completed Monday, the company said in a statement.

The takeover agreement was announced in late July at a price of $109 per share, but it attracted criticism because Oracle executive chairman Larry Ellison and his family own a major stake in NetSuite of nearly 40 percent. Under conditions of the deal, the transaction had to be approved by a majority of small, independent NetSuite shareholders, which excluded Ellison...

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Amazon orders new wind farm in Ohio to help power cloud business

Grazed from SeattleTimes. Author: Angel Gonzalez.

Amazon.com said Monday that it’s commissioning a new wind farm in Ohio to help offset the power needs of its cloud computing business. Amazon Web Services, as the tech giant’s cloud computing division is known, has vowed to fulfill at least half of the energy needs of its big data centers with renewable energy by 2017.

That’s up from 40 percent in 2016, a goal that Amazon says it is on track to meet or exceed. The data centers that house the computing power and storage that Amazon and other cloud giants rent out have been called out by environmentalists as a growing source of emissions. Amazon’s new wind farm will be in Hardin County, Ohio, 70 miles northwest of Columbus, and when it opens in December 2017 it will be its second such facility in the state...

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Amazon Leads in Public IaaS, IBM Has the Private Cloud Edge

Grazed from Datamation. Author: Pedro Hernandez.

The third-quarter results are in and Amazon Web Services (AWS) has a commanding lead in the worldwide public infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) market. "In many ways, public IaaS is the poster child of cloud computing and in that segment Amazon/AWS absolutely dominates the market, with a worldwide market share of 45 percent in Q3," said John Dinsdale, chief analyst and research director at Synergy Research Group, in a research note sent to Datamation. It's an impressive feat, given how quickly rival cloud platforms are growing.

"That market share has been achieved despite Microsoft and Google both continuing to grow their cloud service revenues at well over 100 percent per year," continued Dinsdale. Nonetheless, Amazon is still more than twice as big as Salesforce, Microsoft and IBM combined...

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Cloud Computing: What's Wrong with Apple?

Grazed from Forbed. Author: Greg Stall.

Apple is no longer the darling of the tech world it once was. It used to be that if you wrote something that even mildly suggested problems at the company, you were subjected to howls of execration by a seemingly endless legion of Apple fan boys. Yet clearly, those days are now over.

Consider this. In just the last few weeks, veteran tech journalist Walt Mossberg called Siri stupid, Silicon Valley guru Steve Blank questioned the company’s vision in Harvard Business Review and Business Insider reported that people are now saying that Microsoft is more innovative than Apple. Ouch!...

Cloud Computing: Microsoft's embrace of server bundles may rankle IT

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: Editorial Staff.

Hidden in Microsoft's announcement of the public beta for its Azure Analysis Service was word of another big data development: the SQL Server 2016 DW Fast Track Reference Architecture. It sounds innocuous and even downright useful. Microsoft has, in its words, "collaborated with a number of our hardware partners on a joint effort to deliver validated, preconfigured solutions that reduce the complexity and drive optimization when implementing a data warehouse based on SQL Server 2016 Enterprise Edition."

However, this sounds a lot like the "validated, preconfigured solution[s]" Microsoft has declared its sole delivery method for Azure Stack in hybrid deployments. If Microsoft is building a hybrid cloud future where every significant part, from database to compute, requires specific hardware, that's going to turn off a lot of IT...

GDPR will help the Googles and the Amazons extend their cloud dominance

Grazed from ITProPortal. Author: Sead Fadilpašic.

European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), set to kick off in May 2018, is going to help the big players in the cloud industry to dominate even more, while the little guy won't stand a chance. This is according to Kuan Hon, consultant lawyer at law firm Pinsent Masons.

Speaking at the Computing Cloud and Infrastructure Summit, Hon said that the GDPR will force companies into so much administration only large companies will see profit in cloud. "It will be a big change for sub-processors," said Hon. "Prior consent will be needed and notification of changes, as well as what they call a 'terms flowdown'. ...

Cavium QLogic Accelerates Cloud Deployments with OpenStack Integration

Grazed from PRNewswire. Author: Editorial Staff.

Today, Cavium, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAVM), a leading provider of semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing for enterprise and cloud data centers, announced that it is showcasing technologies available for its FastLinQ™ line of 10/25/40/50/100GbE Ethernet adapters that accelerate the deployment of OpenStack by delivering the ability to orchestrate and manage an OpenStack configuration for hybrid and public cloud deployments.

QLogic technologies like the Plug-in for Mirantis® Fuel for automatic SR-IOV configuration across multiple OpenStack nodes and QConvergeConsole (QCC) for OpenStack physical and logical topology maps enable hyperscale, private/hybrid and telco cloud deployments with Cavium QLogic Ethernet NICs to be accelerated with OpenStack...

Cloud Computing: CEO Satya Nadella Seeks to Change Microsoft’s Image

Grazed from WSJ. Author: Jay Greene.

Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Satya Nadella is pushing the company to shed its not-invented-here approach and learn where it can improve. “We want to push to be more of a learn-it-all culture than a know-it-all culture,” Mr. Nadella said Monday during an appearance at The Wall Street Journal’s WSJDLive 2016 global technology conference.

One of Microsoft’s challenges has been its early success with Windows and Office. “Early success is probably the worst thing that can happen in life,” Mr. Nadella said. He acknowledged Microsoft’s missteps in mobile phones. “We clearly missed mobile,” Mr. Nadella said. “There is no question.”...

Cloud Computing: Virtustream CEO - Being Part of a Larger Dell Is 'Exhilarating'

Grazed from eWeek. Author: Jeffrey Burt.

Rodney Rogers, who co-founded the cloud IaaS company in 2009, says Virtustream can pursue its roadmap while taking advantage of Dell's industry reach. Virtustream, the cloud computing company that now is part of the larger post-EMC-deal Dell Technologies, has been on something of a wild ride over the past 18 months or so.

The company, which was founded in 2009 as a cloud infrastructure provider for the big, complex mission-critical business applications that run in almost every organization and launched its first product in 2010, was bought in May 2015 by EMC for $1.2 billion as part of the data storage giant's efforts to grow its cloud computing capabilities...

Datera Unveils Integration with OpenStack FUEL to Simplify Private Cloud Deployments

Grazed from MarketWired. Author: Editorial Staff.

Datera, the application-driven cloud data infrastructure company, today announced a new integration with OpenStack FUEL that enables companies to deploy applications to OpenStack quickly and with flexibility. Datera's Elastic Data Fabric automatically adapts to an application's storage needs and efficiently scales applications so enterprises can roll out web-scale private cloud deployments instantly.

Datera worked with Mirantis, a leading provider of distribution and cloud management service for OpenStack, to validate the integration. Using FUEL as a control plane, application operators can optimize Datera's Elastic Data Fabric to scale horizontally across Mirantis OpenStack, reducing or eliminating the need for manual integration, configuration and patching. Datera's new integration with FUEL supports a wide range of applications with a price-performance fit, so any company can create a cloud that adapts to its application's needs...