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Microsoft refreshes Azure Stack preview - adds new cloud services

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Mary Jo Foley.

Microsoft has refreshed the third (and said to be final) Azure Stack technical preview with lots of new features and fixes. Don't call it Azure Stack Technical Preview (TP) 4. But given the many features and fixes in the April 6 update, you might be excused if you do. Today's update includes previews of the Azure App Service (web apps, API apps, and mobile apps), Azure Functions server-less computing, and updated version of of SQL/MySQL database services.

In addition, according to Microsoft's blog post on the update, "Based on feedback and several ongoing improvements/bug fixes, we've also updated the Azure Stack TP3 software for a better deployment and operational experience." In order to try out the new Azure Platform-as-a-Service services introduced today, users must first move to the updated TP3 software, which includes refreshed features for both administrators and tenants...

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Inoapps First To Receive New Oracle MSP Status

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Oracle Platinum Partner Inoapps (www.inoapps.com) has been accepted and accredited by Oracle as the first UK partner with IaaS specialisation to join its new Global Managed Service Provider (MSP) programme. As a fully accredited MSP, the company will provide Professional and Managed Services to Oracle IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) and PaaS (Platform as a Service) customers; spanning readiness assessments, migration and full implementation and managed services.

This scheme will only be available to Partners who have a Global Managed Service capability, so only a handful of Partners with a ‘truly global reach are to be chosen for this new Oracle accreditation. The decision to select Inoapps first reflects the company’s ability to deliver global support and migration services 24 hours a day / 7 days a week / 365 days a year, through its offices across EMEA, the USA and ASEAN territories. Another reason for the choice was Inoapps’ success in receiving both EMEA and Global SaaS Cloud Transformation Specialized Partner of the Year Awards at Oracle OpenWorld 2016.
 

Microsoft's plan to bridge its infrastructure and platform cloud services is unfolding

Grazed from ZDNet.  Author: Mary Jo Foley

Two years ago, Microsoft officials began talking up the company's plan to bring a bunch of Azure platform-as-a-service capabilities to the infrastructure-as-a-service side of the Microsoft Azure cloud.

In March 2016, Microsoft rolled out one piece of this strategy via its delivery of Virtual Machine Scale Sets. Virtual Machine Scale Sets allow users to create thousands of identical virtual machines so as to be able to scale big compute and big data applications quickly.

Microsoft's motto for Virtual Machine Scale Sets: "Control it like IaaS, scale it like PaaS."

IaaS, PaaS, SaaS To Lead $390bn Cloud Economy

Grazed from DataEconomy. Author: Joao Marques Lima.

Global cloud IT market revenues are set to more than double by 2020 with both public and private cloud hardware, software and services set to generate $390bn in revenues by the end of this decade. According to Bain & Company’s “The Changing Faces of the Cloud” report, market revenues accounted to ‘only’ $180bn in 2015 and are now set to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17% until 2020.

Of the $390bn estimated cloud market, public cloud services are set to represent the largest part of the sector, with Software as a Service (SaaS) predicted to grow at a CAGR of 18%. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) are tipped for a 27% CAGR. Public cloud infrastructure and enabling services are predicted to increase at a 12% CAGR while private cloud services, including managed private clouds (MPC) and dedicated private clouds (DPC), are predicted to grow at a 25% CAGR...

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BlackMesh Introduces Healthcare Managed Cloud Solution

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BlackMesh, a leader in fully-managed dedicated and cloud-based solutions, announced today it is continuing to provide innovative technology solutions to the healthcare market by launching its HIPAA-compliant Platform as a Service (PaaS) solution. The cloud offering is designed to meet the specific technical and regulatory needs of the healthcare industry.

BlackMesh’s private healthcare cloud solution meets the strict requirements of the healthcare industry and provides the highest-level of security for important medical data, including Electronic Medical Records (EMRs), Electronic Health Records (EHRs), and other healthcare applications. With the BlackMesh HIPAA-compliant cloud platform, agencies within the healthcare sector can focus on patient-related project initiatives, not underlying network operations or security.

SUSE Acquires OpenStack IaaS and Cloud Foundry PaaS Talent and Technology Assets from HPE

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SUSE has entered into an agreement with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to acquire technology and talent that will expand SUSE's OpenStack Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solution and accelerate SUSE's entry into the growing Cloud Foundry Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) market. The acquired OpenStack assets will be integrated into SUSE OpenStack Cloud, and the acquired Cloud Foundry and PaaS assets will enable SUSE to bring to market a certified, enterprise-ready SUSE Cloud Foundry PaaS solution for all customers and partners in the SUSE ecosystem. The agreement includes HPE naming SUSE as its preferred open source partner for Linux, OpenStack and Cloud Foundry solutions. In addition, SUSE has increased engagement with the Cloud Foundry Foundation, becoming a platinum member and taking a seat on the Cloud Foundry Foundation board.

ScaleArc's Database Load Balancing Software Now Compatible with Amazon Aurora

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ScaleArc, a leading provider of database load balancing software, announced today that it has made its software compatible with Amazon Aurora. Customers of Amazon Aurora can now benefit from the seamless failover, faster application performance, and other capabilities of the ScaleArc software. With this update, customers can enhance the performance and availability of their critical applications.

ScaleArc’s database load balancing software deploys between application and Amazon Aurora database servers to direct traffic into the database on behalf of the application. ScaleArc has now engineered its software to work with Amazon Aurora, a MySQL-compatible relational database engine that combines the speed and availability of high-end commercial databases with the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of open source databases. The ScaleArc software leverages Amazon Aurora’s application programming interfaces (APIs) to apply ScaleArc’s functionality to Amazon Aurora’s environment.

Now Amazon Aurora customers can leverage ScaleArc software to:

Atlantis Computing Expands Partnership with Citrix and Partners with Rancher Labs to Preview Support for Containers

Written by David Marshall

Atlantis Computing today launched the integration of workspace infrastructure into Citrix Director, Studio and Lifecycle Manager. By combining applications, management and infrastructure into a single workspace platform-as-a-service (PaaS) solution, Atlantis says they will make it easier for any-sized enterprise to deploy and manage virtual workspaces at a lower cost.  

Based on similarities between workspace management and the container space, Atlantis also announced a new partnership with Rancher Labs to marry Atlantis management of storage and compute with Rancher orchestration of containers. 
 

Oracle Launches New SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS Cloud Services to Help Organizations in Their Journey to the Cloud

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Oracle today announced that it has expanded its cloud portfolio, releasing new Oracle Cloud services over the past several months to help companies transition to the cloud. The new services enhance the breadth and depth of Oracle's extensive cloud portfolio across all layers of the stack -- SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS.

With these new advancements, Oracle provides all of the cloud-based services that organizations need to capitalize on key transformative technologies such as big data analytics, social, mobile, and IoT, as well as continue to extend foundational use cases that enable organizations to move enterprise workloads to the cloud. Oracle continues to help organizations drive innovation and business transformation by increasing business agility, lowering costs, and reducing IT complexity. The new PaaS and IaaS services can be deployed wherever an organization chooses -- in the Oracle Cloud or in their own data center via the Oracle Cloud at Customer offering

Azure Pricing: Navigating Microsoft's Azure Cloud

Grazed from Datamation. Author: David Needle.

Microsoft may have been late to the cloud party, but steady investment and improvements to its Azure cloud have made it a worthy competitor to Amazon Web Services (AWS). Yet like most cloud platforms, Azure pricing is filled with potential complexity. Among the many advantages of moving to the cloud for cash-strapped IT departments is saving on continued investment in on-premises infrastructure by off-loading to an off-premise cloud platform. In addition to savings in hardware costs and the real estate required to maintain a datacenter, management and security is handled to a great extent (though not completely) by the cloud provider.

Cloud systems let you pay for what you need and scale up, which is far better than guessing at, for example, how many servers you need to buy and maintain in-house and risk getting more than you need or scrambling to add as demand increases. One reason some industries – like retail – overbuy is to handle demand spikes around the holidays even though that means a fair bit of capacity will go underutilized during other parts of the year...