Cloud Providers

Compare the market-leading public cloud providers

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Brien Posey.

You've done your homework and determined you need to extend your data center to the public cloud. You've researched the technology and determined the criteria you will use to make your purchasing decision. Now, it's time to choose the public cloud provider to host your virtual machines.

But which provider offers the services and support that best matches your environment and needs? This is the final article in a series about cloud computing buying decisions. The first article described the benefits of hosting virtual servers in the cloud, while the second detailed public cloud costs and risks...

Choosing A Cloud Hosting Provider With Confidence

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Editorial Staff.

Since cloud computing hit the commercial market, cloud service providers have exploded in popularity, with a huge variety of different services each tailored to its own unique variety of client. For clients, though, this presents a challenge: how to find the right provider? Out of all the numerous options, which one is best for your business?

Of course, in order to answer that question, you first need to know what needs a cloud provider will serve. In other words, what is your unique set of priorities in making the selection? For most people, the primary benefit of cloud computing is that it reduces costs, and so price will be a prime consideration in choosing a service provider...

Surprising No One, HP Admits It Can't Compete As A Public Cloud Vendor

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Ben Kepes.

HP has had an incredibly tortured history in the cloud. One of the backers of the OpenStack open source cloud platform, HP has re-branded and relaunched its own cloud offering several times. The product, now called Helion, is widely regarded as being little more than shelfware – actual customer usage is low to non-existent.

Last year HP made a big bet by acquiring another open source vendor, Eucalyptus. This was a strange sort of a deal considering that Eucalyptus sold itself as being AWS-compatible. AWS is, after all, OpenStack’s natural nemesis. At the time the saving grace in the deal was that HP got the services of Eucalyptus’ former CEO Marten Mickos...

Predicting The Future Of Cloud Service Providers

Grazed from Forbes.  Author: Louis Columbus.

 47% of marketing departments will have 60% or more of their applications on a cloud platform in two years.  When asked which Value-Added Reseller (VAR) is most likely to win their enterprises’ business for a significant hosting project, the majority said IBM IBM +0.8% (18%) followed by Microsoft MSFT -1.02% (11%), Amazon (8%) and Dell (7%).

Database (57%), e-mail (54%) and business applications (ERP, CRM & industry-specific apps) (49%) are the three leading application hosting investments enterprises will be making in the next two years...

Cloud Computing: Microsoft Rolls Out New Azure Backup and Recovery Services

Grazed from TopTechNews. Author: Jennifer LeClaire.

Availability is not merely disaster recovery in the cloud Relevant Products/Services -- it’s the empowering connection between a data Relevant Products/Services center and the cloud for protection Relevant Products/Services and value creation. That’s what Microsoft Azure Product Marketing Group Manager Joel Ferman said when he announced new features for the Azure Backup service.

Microsoft now offers on-demand availability in Azure for both hybrid and heterogeneous environments. That lets organizations harness a nearly unlimited amount of compute and storage in the cloud for developing and testing cloud bursting, migration, reporting and analytics, recovery, backup and long-term data retention, Ferman said...

IBM opens billion dollar Quebec cloud centre

Grazed from ComputerDealerNews. Author: Editorial Staff.

Big Blue today took the wraps off its second SoftLayer data centre in the Montreal suburb of Drummondville. IBM Canada just eight months ago cut the ribbon on a Toronto-based SoftLayer facility. According to IBM Canada officials, the Québec facility is part of $1.2 billion investment in cloud computing from the Armonk, N.Y.-based giant.

SoftLayer currently has a customer base of more than 1,000 organizations including start-ups, financial services/insurance, public sector and retailers. One of those clients is New York-based Baseline Medical Inc. and Silanis Technology Inc. of Montreal, the two companies formed a joint partnership more than 15 years ago to develop and deliver e-business solutions to healthcare and insurance markets along with government...

Why boring workloads trump intergalactic scale in HP’s cloud biz

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

Although having a laugh at so-called “enterprise clouds” is a respected pastime in some circles, there’s an argument to be made that they do serve a legitimate purpose. Large-scale public clouds such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Compute Engine are cheap, easy and flexible, but a lot of companies looking to deploy applications on cloud architectures simply don’t need all of that all of the time.

So says Bill Hilf, the senior vice president of Helion (the company’s label for its cloud computing lineup) product management at HP. He came on the Structure Show podcast this week to discuss some recent changes in HP’s cloud product line and personnel, as well as where the company fits in the cloud computing ecosystem...

IBM overtakes AWS in cloud race to close in on Microsoft

Grazed from CBROnline. Author: Eleanor Burns.

Compare the Cloud has today released the global #CloudInfluence rankings for February 2015, highlighting how IBM has leapfrogged AWS and Apple into second place. Coming in behind Microsoft who retained the number one spot, IBM's leap from 6th to 2nd was put down to the planned $4 billion investment to grow revenue in areas like cloud computing to $40 billion by 2018. Trailing behind Microsoft and IBM, Apple took the 3rd spot while Amazon and its cloud business AWS took 4th and 5th respectively.

"All the cloud players are in a massive battle for market share and mind share," commented Dan Thomas, founder of Compare the Cloud. "Until Amazon breaks out its AWS revenues separately as it will for the first time in its next financial report, we won't know for sure, but its cloud growth appears to be faltering in the face of recent stiff competition from Microsoft and IBM...

Cobweb Solutions joins forces with Cloud Industry Forum

Grazed from CloudIntelligence.  Author: Editorial Staff.

The Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) today announced that Cobweb Solutions, one of the largest independent cloud solutions providers in Europe, has become the latest Cloud Service Provider (CSP) to join the growing roster of members.

Established in 2009, the Cloud Industry Forum is the industry body that aims to improve standards and education in the cloud industry. CIF provides transparency through certification via a Code of Practice to endorse credible online CSPs, and assists end users in determining the information to enable them to adopt cloud services...

IBM SoftLayer vs. AWS cloud security: Choose your tools wisely

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Beth Pariseau.

IT pros considering IBM SoftLayer and Amazon Web Services will find solid security in both clouds, though true cloud security should ultimately be something the user controls, experts say. IBM SoftLayer and Amazon Web Services (AWS) both cater to enterprises with extensive cloud security features, as well as marketplaces full of third-party products to secure the customer's side of the cloud.

Much of AWS cloud security revolves around encryption. It encrypts data at rest in the Simple Storage Service (S3) and Elastic Block Store (EBS). With the AWS Key Management Service, Amazon offers customers a choice of using master keys managed by AWS for encryption or controlling their own keys...