Cloud Companies

Microsoft's Cloud to Spread Over France

Grazed from eWeek. Author: Pedro Hernandez.

Next year, Microsoft is planning to open new Azure cloud data centers in France. The announcement was made in Dublin at the Microsoft Experiences event today, the first day of a four-day tour of Europe, in which Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and President Brad Smith will meet with the region's leaders and businesses. Other stops include Paris, Berlin and London.

Dublin is a highly symbolic site for Microsoft. Not only does the Redmond, Wash., software company operate a cloud data center in the Irish capital, it was an email stored there that sparked a major court case with cloud privacy and data sovereignty implications. The U.S. Department of Justice served Microsoft with a warrant in 2013 for emails stored in the Irish facility...

Stratosphere Networks Named One of Top 10 Cloud Computing Consultants by Clutch

Grazed from PRWeb. Author: PR Announcement.

Stratosphere Networks, an IT managed service provider based in Chicago, has been selected as one of the top 10 cloud computing consultants by the Washington, D.C.-based B2B ratings and reviews firm Clutch. Stratosphere Networks and the other nine companies were identified as leading cloud consultants based on more than a dozen qualitative and quantitative details, including their market presence and experience in the realm of cloud computing.

Analysts from Clutch also conducted interviews with past clients to assess how the consultants tackle challenges and custom projects, in addition to how they approach strategy development. “We’re very proud that Clutch has recognized us as one of the best cloud computing consultants,” said Kevin Rubin, president and COO of Stratosphere Networks...

Founded by 2 Australians, Kumolus looks to tap India’s cloud management solutions market

Grazed from Yourstory. Author: Tausif Alam.

Cumulus clouds are the pretty, cauliflower-shaped things you see floating in the sky. Apart from the rain and shade they bring, they seem to have performed one more task — that of serving as inspiration for a startup. Kumolus manages — yes, you guessed right — cloud technology.

Though it’s been almost a decade since cloud computing was introduced and privately used, the phenomenon is still quite new to India. It was just a couple of years ago that Indian companies finally shed security concerns, got impressed by the characteristics of this technology, and adopted it. Now, with enterprises adopting various kinds of cloud strategies to improve workload performance, the cloud systems management software market has grown exponentially in the past few years...

Cloud Computing: Secret passages and skipped meals: Oracle CEO gives rare peek at what it takes to run a $37 billion company

Grazed from BusinessInsider. Author: Julie Bort.

With $37 billion in annual revenue, Oracle is one of the world's biggest tech companies. And every year, tens of thousands of customers, partners, industry analysts, and journalists descend upon San Francisco for the company's OpenWorld tech conference. It is a pinnacle week for the company's top execs — its two famous CEOs, Safra Catz and Mark Hurd, and its even more famous founder, Larry Ellison, who stepped down from the CEO role in 2014 to become executive chairman and CTO, though he's still very much the leader of the executive triad.

Oracle invited me to spend a full day shadowing Hurd last week at OpenWorld as he met with customers, analysts, and others on the biggest day of the conference. During the week, Hurd met with nearly 500 people either in one-on-one meetings or in small groups, answering their questions, solving problems, issuing reassurances, and explaining the company's plans and strategy — all at a surprisingly exhausting pace...

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Renault-Nissan will allow Microsoft to plug cars into the cloud

Grazed from AutoNews. Author: Anita Nussbaum.

Microsoft Corp. agreed to provide cloud-computing services for cars made by the Renault-Nissan Alliance as the two automakers push ahead with developing connected vehicles. Microsoft will build cloud infrastructure for Renault SA and Nissan Motor Co. that can host navigation data and allows drivers to predict gas usage and check on their cars remotely, the software producer said in a statement today.

The U.S. company will also help Renault and Nissan, which are both run by CEO Carlos Ghosn, develop user interfaces for their brands. Vehicles with the new features could reach the market as early as 2018, with more than 10 models with autonomous driving technology to be available two years later...

Read more from the source @ http://www.autonews.com/article/20160926/OEM06/160929878/renault-nissan-will-allow-microsoft-to-plug-cars-into-the-cloud

Microsoft signs Adobe for Azure cloud computing services

Grazed from EconomicTimes. Author: Editorial Staff.

Tech giants Microsoft and Adobe today announced a major partnership to promote the use of each other's cloud-computing tools among their mutual customers. Satya Nadella, Microsoft's chief executive, called the deal a "massive mileston," in an appearance here with Shantanu Narayen, his Adobe counterpart.

The deal follows a pact last year that linked some Adobe products to Microsoft's customer relationship management tools. Cloud-computing, a growing business in which companies increasingly turn to rented, web-based infrastructure to run their software instead of their own back room servers, has a been a showcase of Microsoft's newfound willingness to partner with erstwhile competitors...

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...