Month: April 2015

April 30, 2015 Off

VMware Integrated OpenStack lifts workloads into cloud

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Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Sander Van Vugt.

There’s little debating that VMware’s influence in the data center has been matched by few other companies. With vSphere, it has been the leading server virtualization market for many years. But now that VMware is moving into new areas, namely cloud computing, things aren’t quite so clear-cut.

In the cloud world, the big news of the last couple of years has been OpenStack. OpenStack is an open source cloud initiative that is developed by many leaders in the software and hardware industry. Because every significant player on the IT market seems to be involved with it, OpenStack has become the go-to cloud platform. It can be used to deploy public and private clouds…

Read more from the source @ http://searchvmware.techtarget.com/tip/VMware-Integrated-OpenStack-lifts-workloads-into-cloud

April 30, 2015 Off

Cloud Computing: Here’s why Microsoft could buy Salesforce

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Grazed from CNBC. Author: Ari Levy.

Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella has made some bold moves since taking over the world’s largest software company last year. But nothing like a $50 billion-plus acquisition. At least one analyst sees it as a real possibility. Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, citing people with knowledge of the matter, that Salesforce.com hired financial advisors upon being approached by potential buyers.

While much of the speculation immediately turned to rival Oracle, Alex Zukin of investment bank Stephens says Microsoft makes the most sense. Nadella has made cloud computing his No. 1 priority as CEO, and even projected at a company conference this week that Microsoft could reach $20 billion in cloud revenue by 2018, up from a current annualized rate of $6.3 billion…

April 30, 2015 Off

Hybrid clouds are the most popular delivery models

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Grazed from Oracle.  Author:  Mattias Drefs.

European companies increasingly enjoy the benefits of cloud computing, whereby, however, private and public clouds are combined in a hybrid model. That is the result of a survey among 625 IT decision-makers in medium-sized and large companies, carried out by IDG Connect on behalf of Interxion, the Dutch data centre service provider.

45 % of those surveyed said that their company has already established a hybrid cloud. 80 % even expect that they will be using a hybrid IT solution featuring a combination of private and public cloud in 2016. Although 50 % of companies currently still rely on their own data centre alone, this figure is expected to drop to a mere 15 % in the coming year...

April 30, 2015 Off

Cloud Computing: Salesforce reportedly fielding takeover offers

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Grazed from SeattleTimes.  Author: Alex Sherman and Cory Johnson.

Salesforce.com is working with financial advisers to help it field takeover offers after being approached by a potential acquirer, people with knowledge of the matter said.

There is no certainty any deal will transpire, the people said, asking not to be named because the information is private. The people didn’t identify potential acquirers. Bankers may help rebuff any suitor or work out an eventual sale, one of the people said.  Salesforce stock jumped 11.6 percent in New York trading Wednesday, giving it a market value of about $49 billion…

April 30, 2015 Off

Microsoft targets $20 bn in annual cloud revenue by 2018

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Grazed from MoneyControl.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Microsoft Corp is targeting USD 20 billion in annual revenue from its cloud-computing businesses by the end of fiscal 2018, Chief Executive Satya Nadella said on Wednesday, signalling a tripling of such revenue in three years.

The world’s largest software company is one of the leaders in the cloud, essentially providing computing power and storage to customers through its network of data centres. Microsoft said last week that its total commercial cloud revenue, which includes online versions of its Office and Dynamics applications, is running at USD 6.3 billion per year…

April 29, 2015 Off

Cloud Computing: Verizon Is Betting on SDN Technology To Deliver Faster Services

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Grazed from CIOToday. Author: Jennifer LeClaire.

Looking to jump into the next generation of networking technology, Verizon is working with Cisco Relevant Products/Services, Juniper Networks, Nokia Networks, and Alcatel-Lucent to deploy a software Relevant Products/Services-defined network Relevant Products/Services (SDN) architecture.

Essentially, Verizon is laying the groundwork for operational efficiencies that will set the stage for faster delivery of new services and applications. SDNs make it possible for network admins to manage network services more dynamically and cost-effectively. It’s a perfect solution for high-bandwidth applications in the telecom industry…

April 29, 2015 Off

Digital Transformation Drives Cloud Computing Demand

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Grazed from SysCon Media. Author: David H. Deans.

Digital Business Transformation projects gained momentum in 2014, as more companies moved their legacy IT workloads to cloud computing platforms and launched a variety of new cloud-native applications. This pervasive trend will continue and accelerate for the duration of 2015.

Total cloud IT infrastructure investment (server, disk storage, and ethernet switch) is forecast to grow by 21 percent year-over-year to reach $32 billion in 2015 — accounting for about 33 percent of all IT infrastructure spending this year, which will be up from about 28 percent in 2014…

April 29, 2015 Off

Cloud Computing: Salesforce hits all-time high amid takeover reports

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Grazed from CNBC. Author: Reem Nasr.

Shares of Salesforce.com jumped on Wednesday amid a Bloomberg report that it is working with financial advisors to help with a potential takeover offer. The report didn’t name any particular suitors, though it noted that a takeover of Salesforce would be the largest software acquisition ever, according to Bloomberg data.

The cloud-computing market has grown increasingly competitive, as behemoths such as Google, IBM, Microsoft and start-ups jostle for business. Shares were trading at all-time high levels since the company went public in 2004…

Read more from the source @ http://www.cnbc.com/id/102631435

April 29, 2015 Off

Interop Winners Announced, JumpCloud Takes Grand Prize

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Grazed from TopTechNews. Author: Dan Heilman.

The organizers of Interop’s annual IT trade fair announced the winners of the 2015 Best of Interop Awards in Las Vegas on Tuesday. There was one winner chosen from three finalists in each of 10 categories.
The 2015 Best of Interop winners were:

Grand Prize & Winner in the Applications Category: JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service

JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service lets organizations stop managing directory services locally, and enables them to move to a cloud Relevant Products/Services-based alternative. It can act as an extension or a replacement for existing AD or LDAP directories, and allows users to extend access to SaaS applications…

April 29, 2015 Off

Why Amazon’s clever office supply play could help boost its cloud business

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Grazed from BizJournals. Author: Rachel Lerman.

Amazon has been the “Everything Store” for consumers for a long time, and now the Seattle company is making a push to offer everything for businesses. Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) launched Amazon Business on Tuesday, a site for office supplies from IT equipment to pens. The service will allow Amazon to target the huge amount businesses spend online, which is estimated to soon top more than $1 trillion a year, according to ZDNet.

The service could also help Amazon build relationships with large companies that would also be likely to use Amazon cloud computing service, Amazon Web Services. AWS is considered one of Amazon’s fastest growing businesses, and the company said last week it was worth more than $5 billion…