Cloud Companies

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...

Cloud Computing: Google announces low latency cold storage Coldline in "major refresh"

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: Editorial Staff.

Google has announced a ‘major refresh’ of its cloud storage options, including Coldline, a new storage class aimed at long-term archival and disaster recovery. The revamped storage classes are multi-regional, for highest availability of frequently accessed data, such as video and business continuity, regional, for data accessed frequently within a region such as data analytics and general compute, Nearline, for infrequent access, and Coldline.

“Whether a business needs to store and stream multimedia to their users, store data for machine learning and analytics or restore a critical archive without waiting for hours or days, Cloud Storage now offers a broad range of storage options to meet those needs,” wrote Kirill Tropin, product manager in a blog post...

Read more from the source @ http://www.cloudcomputing-news.net/news/2016/oct/20/google-announces-low-latency-cold-storage-coldline-major-refresh/

Cloud Computing: Michael Dell - Size, experience will matter as tech industry evolves

Grazed from BizJournals. Author: Will Anderson.

Michael Dell took the stage Wednesday to reassure customers that a massive company like Dell Technologies Inc. is best equipped to manage the technological shifts roiling the industry. With cutting-edge developments in virtual reality, cloud computing, data analysis and artificial intelligence seemingly occurring by the week, Dell Technologies can provide the hardware and software to power all those advancements, he said during the opening keynote for Dell EMC World at Austin Convention Center.

It was the first Dell users conference since the Round Rock-based company completed its historic $58 billion acquisition of Boston-based EMC Corp. in September. Since then, the company has initiated layoffs to cut redundant positions in the huge, 140,000-employee company with a combined revenue of $74 billion. It has also raised cash through shedding divisions, such as the sale of its enterprise content business to Canada-based Open Text Corp. for $1.6 billion...

Read more from the source @ http://www.bizjournals.com/austin/news/2016/10/19/michael-dell-size-experience-will-matter-as-tech.html

Cloud Computing: Google can't be too happy about Snapchat's latest hire

Grazed from Business Insider. Author: Julie Bort.

Snap, the company that makes the popular app Snapchat, just hired away Jerry Hunter from Amazon Web Services, Snap has confirmed to Business Insider. At Amazon he was responsible for Amazon's data centers globally. At Snap he will be the VP of engineering, reporting to Snap engineering chief Tim Sehn, reports The Information's Tom Dotan, who first reported the news.

Before Amazon, Hunter was running global data centers for another huge tech company. He was the VP of IT for Sun Microsystems which, before it got bought by Oracle, was also a pioneer in cloud computing (although the world didn't call it that back in the day). The interesting thing about hiring a data center expert is that Snap doesn't run it's own data centers. It is, instead, a marque customer for Google's cloud, its App Engine service...

Read more from the source @ http://www.businessinsider.com/snap-jerry-hunter-amazon-data-centers-2016-10