Cloud Companies

Oracle will buy cloud warehouse management applications firm LogFire

Grazed from PCWorld. Author: John Ribeiro.

Oracle will acquire LogFire, a provider of cloud-based warehouse management applications, with the aim of boosting the features of its supply chain management cloud offering. The Redwood Shores, California, software and cloud giant expects that the addition of the LogFire applications will complement the logistics functionality of its Oracle Supply Chain Management (SCM) Cloud by adding warehouse management capabilities.

The financial terms of the proposed acquisition of the Atlanta, Georgia, firm were not disclosed. The management and employees of LogFire, which was started in 2007, will join the Oracle SCM Cloud team. Oracle has been making acquisitions of cloud computing companies to shore up its applications for various industries...

Tech companies rally round Microsoft over US government cloud surveillance

Grazed from Computing. Author: Graeme Burton.

Microsoft has been backed by technology companies and a swathe of US corporates in a legal action against the US government over laws that could have major implications for the development of cloud computing. The law would enable US government agencies to seize data hosted on third-party computers, while at the same time barring the hosting company from informing its customers of the seizure.

Microsoft claims that the law is unconstitutional, and filed suit in April in a Seattle federal court in a bid to have the law overturned. Microsoft argues that the law violates the Fourth Amendment, prohibiting unreasonable searches and seizures, and requiring warrants to be judicially sanctioned and supported by "probable cause"...

Microsoft, IBM, among others, to provide cloud services to government departments

Grazed from VCCircle. Author: Mansi Taneja.

In sync with the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government’s Digital India initiative, the ministry of electronics and information technology (IT) plans to bring in private operators to provide cloud-based services for government departments, according to government officials.

As part of the exercise aimed at facilitating various e-governance initiatives, the ministry has shortlisted 11 firms including Microsoft India Pvt. Ltd, IBM India Pvt. Ltd, Tata Communications Ltd and Sify Technologies Ltd, among others, for empanelment to offer cloud services for an initial period of two years. This period can be extended by another year...

Paul Maritz's Vision For Pivotal And The Battle With Amazon Over Open Source Cloud Computing

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Andrew Cave.

As the third highest-ranking executive behind Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer in Microsoft’s heyday at the end of the last century, Paul Maritz learned a thing or two about cultural and technological shifts. Responsible for virtually all of Microsoft’s desktop and service software, he played a key role in the development of Windows 95 and Internet Explorer as executive vice-president of the company’s platforms strategy and developer group and a member of the five-person executive management team,

When he retired from Microsoft in 2000, Gates said that his vision and technological insight had had “a major impact not only on Microsoft but on the entire computer industry.” Going on to found Pi Corporation and join EMC when it bought Pi in 2008, Maritz then served as chief executive of virtualization specialist VMware...

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Huawei Aims to Sell the Nuts and Bolts of Global Cloud Computing

Grazed from Bloomberg. Author: Editorial Staff.

Huawei Technologies Co. intends to become a major provider of gear and software to global cloud computing providers, aiming for a $10 billion business by 2020. The Chinese company will keep investing in the cloud, its fastest-growing business, as it seeks to supply chips, servers and other equipment to a booming market, said Ken Hu, the rotating chief executive overseeing the fledgling division.

Huawei has begun working with foreign firms including SAP SE and Intel Corp. to crack the market for cloud services. Unlike providers such as Amazon.com Inc. and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., it wants to supply the basic components of computing infrastructure, as domestic industries from education to health care begin to move data online...

Cloud Computing: EMC sale clears last hurdle, Dell to close on purchase next week

Grazed from BostonGlobe. Author: Curt Woodward.

Dell Inc. has received approval from regulators in China for its $65 billion purchase of EMC Corp. and plans to close the buyout of the largest technology company in Massachusetts on Sept. 7, the companies said Tuesday. The sale of EMC ends a storied era in the state’s high-tech sector.

The new company, called Dell Technologies Inc., will instantly become one of the industry’s largest suppliers of big-business computing equipment. The sale, first proposed last October, had been viewed for months as a formality despite some early skepticism from investors. Regulators in the US and Europe approved the transaction months ago, and EMC shareholders overwhelmingly voted for the acquisition in July...

Cloud Computing: Huawei Launches a Kubernetes-based Container Engine

Grazed from TheNewStack.IO. Author: Joab Jackson.

Joining an increasing number of companies, Asian telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies has released its own container orchestration engine, the Cloud Container Engine (CCE). Ying Xiong, Huawei’s chief architect of cloud computing, announced CCE version 1.0 at LinuxCon North America, being held this week in Toronto.

Like orchestration engines from CoreOS and Apprenda, CCE will be based on Google open-source Kubernetes platform . During his talk, Xiong discussed the growing use of containers in China. In 2016, Huawei found that 14 percent of companies were using containers in production, and another 23 percent were using them for test and development. About 44 percent had plans to adopt container technologies within the next six months...

VMware Highlights Cloud Building Blocks During Keynote

Grazed from VirtualizationReview. Author: Jeffrey Schwartz.

VMware has developed new SaaS-based tools that will enable organizations to bridge applications and workloads across multiple private clouds, including Amazon Web Services EC2 and S3, Microsoft Azure, IBM SoftLayer and the Google Cloud Platform. The company’s new VMware Cross-Services provide deployment, security and management of applications and that can be shared across multiple clouds.

Cross-Cloud Services was introduced this morning during CEO Pat Gelsinger’s keynote presentation that kicked off VMworld 2016. The keynote’s purpose was to provide extended hybrid cloud infrastructures and to showcase advances in software-defined networking, storage and end user computing...

Alphabet Inc Shuts Down Cloud Service Of Client For Malicious Attacks

Grazed from MarketExclusive. Author: Adam Russell.

Fred Trotter, the executive of healthcare research startup CareSet and healthcare startup DocGraph recently got to work only to find that Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) had locked him out of his cloud computing service. The CEO reported to work as usual on Monday morning only to finds that Alphabet had shut down his firm’s account on the Google Cloud computing service, worrying him and his team.

Trotter received a warning that one of his systems had been carrying out intrusive attacks against third parties. Alphabet condemned the act and warned the executive and his team that the problem should be fixed. Alternatively, they were expected to explain the legitimacy of the unexpected network traffic. Alphabet threatened to terminate the cloud services if the CEO and his team failed to carry out any of the requests...

VMware New Cloud Plan: Sell Stuff for Rival Clouds

Grazed from Bloomberg. Author: Dina Bass.

VMware Inc. is set to unveil new products in a bid to eke out greater relevancy for the company in internet-based cloud-computing. On Monday, the company will announce Cloud Foundation, which combines software for storage, networking and virtualization into one package, as well as the ability to use that product as a service hosted in IBM's cloud.

The company will also preview new Cross-Cloud subscription services that let customers manage and protect applications hosted in clouds from International Business Machines Corp., as well as market leader Amazon.com Inc. and Microsoft Corp. VMware is shifting its cloud strategy after little traction and executive departures...