Cloud Services

Microsoft's Azure Cloud Platform Explained - Part 1

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Editorial Staff.

Microsoft launched its cloud platform, Azure, in 2010. Since the launch, the service has posted triple digit growth, and last year generated over $1 billion in revenue, according to reports. Considering the latest quarterly results, in which the company claimed that its cloud revenue grew a 128% year over year, we estimate that the annual revenue run rate for Azure can be close to $2.3 billion.

Azure, currently, is the only major cloud platform that is consistently ranked as a leader for both infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS). While Microsoft continues to use the same platform that is used in Azure for some of its offerings such as X-box live, Bing, Office 365, SQL etc., it is extensively marketing its cloud offering to enterprises to roll out their apps on its platform...

AURO Enterprise Cloud Enables Partners to Accelerate Cloud Services Delivery across Canada

Grazed from PRWeb.  Author: PR Announcement.

AURO Enterprise Cloud announced today the official launch of their Powered by AURO Cloud initiative that empowers their clients to use and benefit from flexible Cloud Computing Services, including the company’spublic cloud computing and cloud services framework, to expand their cloud practices and generate new revenue opportunities.  With this launch, AURO has introduced three partner programs that provide partners with faster time to value and simplified cloud support for their business.

In line with AURO’s Canadian Cloud Computingstrategy to bring cloud computing across Canada, these new options to the Powered by AURO Partner programs enable value-added resellers (VARs) and global system integrators (GSIs) to offer their customers a delivery model that crosses private, managed and public cloud computing environments in Canada...

Web services vs. cloud services: Are they the same?

Grazed from TechTarget.  Author:  Amy Reichert.

The similarities between Web services and cloud services have become an age-old concern. The short answer is, "no," they are not the same. However, they are increasingly dependent on each other if users want the full speed and ease of use effect that such services offer. Technically, organizations can have a Web service without a cloud service or vice versa, but one gets greater business efficiency when the services are combined.

Web servicesare the tools that allow users to interact with software over the Internet.Cloud services are the servers that store the data, security and other infrastructure pieces needed to allow Web services to provide unique value as Web-accessible applications. The two services are currently mingling, intertwining and becoming nearly inseparable...

Cloud computing makes for some strange bedfellows

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Barb Darrow.

Last week there was so much going on at AWS Re:invent, I missed a lot – even some eyebrow-raising stuff. Like for instance, that OpenStack-oriented Rackspace will now support and sell Microsoft Azure services. Second, Microsoft-oriented Apprenda private PaaS will now run on Amazon Web Services.

First Rackspace. It joined the Microsoft Cloud OS Network meaning it will run Windows Server, Hyper-V, System Center and Azure Pack in its U.S. data centers. That means it will provide service and support to its customers for all that infrastructure as well as Microsoft applications like Exchange, SharePoint and Lync running on that stack...

Cloud Computing: A Rare Peek Into The Massive Scale of AWS

Grazed from EnterpriseTech.  Author: Timothy Prickett Morgan.

The idea behind cloud computing, as pioneer Amazon Web Services believed when it launched its first utility compute and storage products eight years ago, is to abstract away the underlying hardware and provide raw resources to programmers for applications to run on. This hardware is a competitive advantage for AWS, as it has been for its parent online retailer, and that is why AWS very rarely talks about its datacenters and systems. But with Google, Microsoft, and IBM all talking up their investments in cloud and the innovations they have come up with, Amazon has to lift the veil a bit.

The reason is simple. The Amazon online retail business may be a $70 billion behemoth, but it does not throw off a lot of cash. Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is not interested in profits as much as he is about transforming the world around him, but the cloud computing business is one of the most capital intensive businesses there are in the world...

Amazon boosts cloud-computing performance with new C4 instances

Grazed from VentureBeat. Author: Jordan Novet.

Amazon Web Services isn’t only announcing new services at its re:Invent conference in Las Vegas this week. Of course, it’s adding new low-level instances — slices of physical servers — in its market-leading public cloud. “The new C4 instance is the highest-performance one that you can get,” Werner Vogels, Amazon’s chief technology officer, told the crowd at the conference.

And the instance results from a tight partnership with Intel, which is giving Amazon an exclusive on the new Xeon E5-2666 v3 chips, said Diane Bryant, general manager of Intel’s data center group. Here’s the lineup of the new C4 instances:...

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Three principles for successfully selling cloud services

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Jason Bystrak.

I recently read a success story about Computer Services Inc. (CSI), a financial services company worth $213 million that acquired a managed services practice two years ago, and is now reporting record revenue growth. What I found most intriguing about CSI's story wasn't the immediate success it experienced from selling managed services. It was the initial struggle it had selling cloud services.

What makes CSI's experience particularly noteworthy is that the company had so many standout strengths: nearly 50 years in business, a staff of 1,100 employees and unmatched expertise in the financial services market. Many smaller IT service providers would assume that it's these traits -- which they don't possess -- that are the reasons why they're not experiencing success selling cloud services...

A fun cloud run: 70,980 cores on AWS for $5,593.94

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Larry Dignan.

Cycle Computing which specializes in technical and high-performance cloud computing, and Western Digital's HGST unit ran the largest Fortune 500 production workload and went from zero to 50,000 cores in 23 minutes. The cloud computing run, executed over the weekend and code-named Gojira, utilized various regions on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and maxed out at 70,980 cores.

In 60 minutes, the companies built a 729 TeraFLOPS cluster, or the equivalent of the No. 63 supercomputer on the June Top500 list. The workload ran over 8 hours. Jason Stowe, CEO of Cycle Computing, said the HGST workload is an example of how enterprises are increasingly using technical computing and high-performance clusters to run analytics workloads and simulations...

Cloud Adoption Gets Harder at Each Stage

Grazed from MobileEnterprise. Author: Editorial Staff.

The mix of technology in the enterprise today varies, but more than 90% of companies are using some form of cloud computing, according to new research from IT industry association CompTIA. Still, as users move beyond experiments and trials into more advanced applications, they're also facing more challenges, according the Fifth Annual Trends in Cloud Computing study. "This may come as a surprise to some firms, as they may hold an expectation that the initial migration and integration posed the largest obstacles to smooth cloud operations," said Seth Robinson, senior director, technology analysis.

Transition Challenges

In fact, companies that have progressed through several of the adoption stages as defined by CompTIA find that the transitions become more difficult as they move forward. Among companies that have progressed from the first experimental stage to a non-critical use stage, 28% rated the transition as requiring significant effort...

Amazon Web Services can't match our global data centre footprint, says OpenStack COO

Grazed from ComputerWorld. Author: Matthew Finnegan.

OpenStack chief operating officer Mark Collier has taken aim at ‘monolithic’ public cloud provider Amazon Web Services, claiming it is unable to meet enterprise customer demand for localised data centre capacity. Addressing delegates at OpenStack Summit in Paris, Collier said that the network of operators running its open source cloud management software was more comprehensive than that of its rival.

This is despite AWS' announcement of a second European data centre in Germany last month in order to address data sovereignty demands, expanding on its Irish facility. “You might say they have a lot of capacity, that they are in every region of the world. But if that capacity is not in the country that you need, then it is not really capacity,” he said...