Month: November 2015

November 30, 2015 Off

Oracle Jumps Into The Cloud: Smart Or Foolish?

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Grazed from SeekingAlpha. Author: Randall Radic.

Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), a major player in the database software arena, recently decided to gird up its loins and muscle its way into cloud computing. Oracle calls its venture Elastic Computing because, ostensibly, it will offer efficient infrastructure (IaaS) capable of handling anything an enterprise might want to build or run. Translation: Oracle is throwing down the gauntlet and challenging Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) Web Services for supremacy.

The problem is that Oracle is late to the party. Microsoft’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) Azure and Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) arrived ahead of Oracle. And Amazon is the acknowledged heavyweight champion in cloud computing. Amazon got to the party early and already dominates Infrastructure-as-a-Cloud. In other words, Oracle’s late arrival to a very competitive field may prove difficult…

November 30, 2015 Off

Amazon On Track To Exceed $7 Billion A Year In AWS Cloud Services

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Grazed from Forbes. Author: TJ McCue.

Amazon’s “Amazon Web Services” (AWS) and Microsoft’s Azure are in a global land grab, according to cloud expert Adrian Cockcroft. He spoke at the annual Structure Conference last week, shared a tightly focused “state of the cloud” presentation, where he expressed that the tech and investor community is likely underestimating the potential of the AWS offering.

Sitting in the audience with my media pass, I listened attentively, as did 600 others, to Cockcroft’s current assessment and predictions of what’s to come for cloud computing. “Amazon could be growing even faster than current analyst projections of 80% per year,” Cockcroft said. He states that Amazon is in the lead; with Microsoft Azure in second, Google in third…

November 30, 2015 Off

Cloud Computing: Living In A Post-Safe Harbor World – What Your Company Needs To Know

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Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Editorial Staff.

With the striking down of the Safe Harbor agreement in October, we have seen the tip of a data privacy iceberg whose global implications will play out well into the new year. In 2016, U.S. businesses can expect a regulatory domino effect that will occur region by region, as more governments will take steps to protect citizen data, preserve national security interests, and build legal fences to protect local businesses.

These evolving rules will be determined within various governments, with different privacy concerns driving each set of regulations. It’s likely to produce more chaos before consistency. As we close out 2015, representatives from the EU Commission and the U.S. have been working on the terms of a new data-transfer framework that will meet the EU court’s requirements…

November 30, 2015 Off

Google cloud falls over after routing error, strives to remove manual link activation

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Grazed from CloudTech. Author: James Bourne.

Google Compute Engine went down for approximately 70 minutes last week, the company has confirmed, making certain Internet destinations unreachable from the europe-west1 region during that time. The issue first came to light at 1326 PST on November 23 with a status update, before a further missive at 1432 confirming the problems should have been resolved.

Four days later, Google explained what exactly went wrong. At 1151 PST on November 23, Google engineers activated a new peering link – with an unnamed provider who Google says it works with extensively – but during the activation, the providers’ estimations of how much capacity the link could take differed wildly from actual performance…

November 30, 2015 Off

Marketing the Cloud in 2016

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Grazed from PromotionWorld. Author: Adam Groff.

If your business provides cloud services, then you already know how important it is to spread the word about the cloud to potential clients. Fortunately, there are a number of ways cloud providers just like you are successfully marketing their services to businesses of all kinds. Here are just a few cloud marketing tips to keep in mind:

Educate the Customer

Although cloud computing is quickly becoming the new norm in the business world, not all businesses are familiar with cloud technology. It’s your job as a cloud service provider to educate potential customers in cloud terminology. You don’t have to offer a cloud tutorial with your marketing campaigns, but it is wise to incorporate some informational content within each campaign…

November 29, 2015 Off

GE Healthcare to Connect 500,000 Imaging Machines with Announcement of GE Health Cloud and Apps

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Grazed from PRNewswire.  Author: PR Announcement.

 The GE Health Cloud was unveiled today at the 101st annual Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting in Chicago. Designed exclusively for the healthcare industry, the new cloud ecosystem and its applications will connect radiologists and clinicians to speed, efficiency and collaboration across care pathways and multidisciplinary teams – both inside and outside the hospital setting.

 
"Our ultimate goal is to help improve patient care and drive superior clinical, financial and operational outcomes alongside healthcare providers," said Jeff Immelt, Chairman and CEO of GE. "As the digital industrial leader, we are betting big on the GE Health Cloud. By connecting clinicians with the insights needed, when and where they need them, clinicians can take action to improve healthcare outcomes and delivery around the globe."…

November 29, 2015 Off

Google Outsmarts Competition With Custom Machine Types In The Cloud

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Grazed from Forbes.  Author: Janakiram.

Microsoft Azure is no different in overwhelming the customers. It has over 30 VM types with varied capabilities and pricing options but with very little guidance on choosing the right configuration.  Like most of its competitors, Google has a choice of 18 predefined machine types that offer varying power of CPU, memory and storage across 4 categories. Each machine type has its own pricing and is billed separately. For example, customers running transactional databases choose from high-memory machine types while running the development and test workloads on standard machine types.
 
The challenge comes when customers try to map their on-premises server configuration with the available machine types. In most of the cases, they settle for a configuration that’s only a close match but not a symmetrical match. That’s where Google Compute Engine custom machine types come into the play. Customers can create a machine type with the number of cores and memory that mimics their existing server configuration…

November 28, 2015 Off

Microsoft Launches Single Trust Center for Enterprise Cloud Services

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Grazed from Newzy.net.  Author: Sylvia Adams.

 The newly formed Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is to partner with Microsoft as part of its cloud strategy, with a view to Azure filling the public cloud requirement for HPE customers, replacing its own Helion Public Cloud services in the future.  Microsoft just scored a big win in the public cloud wars.

 
Unlike IBM with its own cloud offering, HPE will flog appliances ready to go with Azure.  The company created a single information hub – or "Trust Center" – to provide enterprises with information about Microsoft’s cloud security posture, and how its off-premise services adhere to global and regional legislation…

November 28, 2015 Off

Amazon’s monster Black Friday deal lets you store all your files in the cloud for just $5 for an entire year

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Grazed from Amazon.  Author: PR Announcement.

Being able to store all your videos, photos, and other bulky files in the cloud is a beautiful thing. It lets you have a small (or even practically nonexistent) hard drive, and access you files from wherever you happen to be.

 
This Black Friday, Amazon has rolled out a monster deal on its unlimited cloud storage option. Just today, you’ll be able to buy unlimited cloud storage for a year for only $5 (regularly $60).  You’ll also be able to unlimited photo storage for $1 (regularly $12), though it should be noted that if you have Amazon Prime, you already have this – you might just not know…

November 28, 2015 Off

Cloud Computing: Oracle Corporation to Lay Off 150 Workers in Germany

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Grazed from BidnessETC.  Author:  Martin Blanc.

Oracle Corporation has planned to lay off around 150 employees in Germany, which represents around 6% of the 2,700 total employees in the region, local business magazine, Wirtschaftswoche reported yesterday. The report also said that the company was planning to gather its IT support jobs at one site in Romania. It is interesting to note that the magazine did not name any source.

 
This is not the first time that layoff speculation pertaining to Oracle has emerged. Back in 2009, WSJ reported that Oracle had laid off around 500 employees in North America, citing people familiar with the matter. In 2002, Credit Suisse said the company was preparing to cut 400-800 jobs…