Cloud Services

Cloud Services Elevate the Profile of DevOps

Grazed from Baseline. Author: Tony Kontzer.

The widespread adoption of enterprise cloud services represents a double-edged sword: While this new generation of cloud platforms and solutions brings with it a wide range of business value, it also introduces significant complexity. This reality has led directly to the growing profile of DevOps within organizations as more hours are devoted to maintenance, monitoring and operations.

In fact, a recent Intel data center survey, "The State of Enterprise Cloud Services," found that DevOps teams are spending the majority of their time on these lower-value activities. "Most enterprises are not leveraging sophisticated tools currently available that would decrease these hours by at least 50 percent and instead require a team's valuable resources to spend their time performing manual, tedious, time-intensive work," said Jeff Klaus, general manager of data center solutions for Intel...

Need a holiday recipe? AllRecipes.com and Microsoft Azure cloud have you covered

Grazed from CIO. Author: Editorial Staff.

Wondering what to have for Christmas dinner? AllRecipes.com will be a popular site to check this holiday season … and this year it’s using Microsoft Azure’s cloud. AllRecipes, founded in 1997 and owned by Meredith Corp., has undertaken a two-year migration to Azure, the IaaS public cloud. AllRecipes services 1.5 billion visitors each year who view an average of 95 recipes per second, 66% of which are done on mobile devices.

The company’s load is cyclical: On a Sunday afternoon there is 60% more traffic on the website compared to a Monday morning. Just like a retailer, the holiday season is AllRecipe’s crunch time. Eight weeks in November and December including five days in particular – Christmas, Thanksgiving, the day before each and the Super Bowl – create the largest surge in traffic...

SB Cloud Launches Alibaba Cloud for Japan on December 15

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SB Cloud Corporation (“SB Cloud”), a joint venture between SoftBank Corp. (“SoftBank”), the Japan-based telecom subsidiary of SoftBank Group Corp. (TOKYO: 9984), and Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE: BABA) (“Alibaba Group”), announced it will offer packaged Alibaba Cloud services for the Japanese market starting December 15. Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, has the largest share of the Chinese market with its services.

Alibaba Cloud services provide the critical infrastructure that supports the Alibaba Group’s e-commerce sites, which recently processed a maximum 175,000 orders per second during this year’s Singles’ Day, a large-scale sale that takes place in China on November 11. With Alibaba Cloud, customers can use Alibaba Group hosted data centers in China, the United States, Hong Kong, Singapore and other locations in addition to those hosted by SB Cloud in Japan. Since data centers around the world can be used with a single account, Japanese and multinational companies, as well as offshore companies providing services for the Japanese market, can use cloud services conveniently. Also, since SB Cloud offers its services in a Japanese yen denominated basis, Japanese client companies can process expenses with ease.

Informatica Fast Tracks Journey to the Cloud with Pay-As-You-Go Pricing for Informatica Cloud Services for Microsoft Azure

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Informatica, a leading worldwide provider of data management solutions, today announced the availability of hourly pricing for Informatica Cloud® Services for Microsoft Azure in the Azure Marketplace. Now available as a pay-as-you-go hourly pricing model, this solution is designed to help users of the Azure cloud platform and Microsoft Cortana Intelligence Suite jump-start cloud data integration and management projects. Additionally, users can run enterprise-class integration jobs with no upfront costs, and simplify integration of disparate data sources - on-premises, in the cloud or in a hybrid environment - to gain critical insights. 

Fast Track the Journey to the Cloud

Informatica Cloud optimizes the value of Azure services by simplifying complex data management initiatives. This agile data integration and management solution includes pre-configured connectivity to multiple Azure data services including SQL Data Warehouse, Blob Storage, Data Lake Store and DocumentDB.

 

DreamHost Gives DreamObjects -- Its Inexpensive Object Storage Service -- an Upgrade

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DreamHost, a global leader in web hosting and cloud services for entrepreneurs and developers, today announced key improvements to DreamObjects, the company's secure open source cloud storage hosting service powered by Ceph. Like a file system with infinite capacity, customers use DreamObjects to build cloud-ready applications and to store documents, photos, songs and backup taking advantage of its Amazon S3 API compatibility. This upgrade utilizes Ceph's major Jewel release, the newest version of the distributed object store and file system that is enabling DreamObjects to be even more scalable, reliable, and high performing. 

Zen Internet Celebrates a Year of Cloud Success

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Zen Internet’s cloud services enjoyed significant success in 2015/16, with full year results showing a 144% growth in revenue. The company also announced a series of major milestones in the development of the business.

There were important advances for both Zen’s internal Zen Cloud and its Amazon Web Services (AWS) offerings. The company attained AWS Advanced Partner status early in the year, and remains one of only a handful of companies outside London able to offer customers that level of expertise.

The year also saw a substantial investment in Zen’s own Zen Cloud service, improving both hardware infrastructure and the customer portal. Customers now get better performance from an even more reliable and cost-effective storage platform, along with a more intuitive management portal.
 

Azul Announces Zulu Enterprise Deployed Internally at Microsoft for Key Cloud Services

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Azul Systems (Azul), the award-winning leader in Java runtime solutions, today announced that Microsoft’s Azure team has deployed Zulu Enterprise, Azul’s 100 percent open source Java platform based on OpenJDK, as the Java runtime for cloud services delivery applications, including building and supporting Windows-based internal configuration services and external data services using Azul’s proven, open source Java platform.

Cloud services delivery comprises an important set of use cases, as Microsoft uses Azure infrastructure for other cloud-based services, from Azure SQL Database and Azure DocumentDB to Power BI, Microsoft Intune and more.

Fusion Acquires Cloud Services Provider Apptix

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Fusion, a leading cloud services provider, announced today that it has acquired Herndon, Virginia-based Apptix, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Apptix ASA. Apptix provides cloud-based communications, collaboration, virtual desktop, compliance, security and cloud computing solutions to approximately 1,500 business customers throughout the U.S. Total consideration in the transaction was $28.0 million, consisting of $23.0 million in cash and approximately 3.0 million shares of Fusion unregistered common stock priced at $1.68 per share.

The acquisition, which closed on November 14, 2016, was financed with a new $70.0 million senior secured credit facility led by East West Bank, which replaces Fusion's previous $40.0 million senior credit facility. The new credit facility reduces Fusion's weighted average borrowing cost from 8.0% down to 7.5%.

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Snow Software Launches Snow Automation Platform 3.0 to Drive Software Asset Management Best Practices

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Snow Software, the leading developer of Software Asset Management (SAM) solutions, today announced the latest release of its Snow Automation Platform. The new platform automates key software and systems management tasks such as provisioning self-service portals for apps and cloud services, reharvesting unused software and managing joiners/leavers processes.

In addition to its existing automated processes for SAM, the updated Snow Automation Platform introduces new off-the-shelf automation workbooks to manage mobile and cloud investments.

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...