Microsoft launches Cloud OS Network, boosts hybrid options
Microsoft has announced the Cloud OS Network, a global group of over 25 cloud service providers who will deliver services on the Microsoft cloud platform. The providers include the likes of CGI, Dimension Data and NTTX, and is a concerted play from Microsoft to enable more usage of its Windows Azure infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offering.
Oracle announces sponsorship of OpenStack Foundation
Tech giant Oracle has announced corporate sponsorship of the OpenStack Foundation, clearing the path for integration between the open source software and its various clouds. The Redwood firm plans to integrate a huge amount of its products into the OpenStack technology, including Oracle’s virtual machine, its infrastructure as a service, as well as its Exalogic elastic cloud, its storage and its compute cloud.
IBM launches “cloud of clouds” offering, aims to stop vendor lock-in
IBM has developed technology which will allow clients to move data between clouds and backed up whilst avoiding the dreaded vendor lock-in, it has been claimed. A press release on the IBM website explains how the Armonk firm’s patent pending invention enables a “cloud of clouds” theory – the idea that a series of clouds can offer greater protection against outages and data loss than any single cloud.
ClearDATA nails $14m funding round, increases push to healthcare cloud
Cloud healthcare specialist ClearDATA has announced the conclusion of its series B round of funding to the tune of $14m, expanding its opportunities to provide cloud technology in the health industry. The company, which describes itself as “exclusively dedicated” to healthcare in the cloud, has a solution which is approved by HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) and serves over 300,000 healthcare professionals.
IDC predicts value migration from IaaS to PaaS in 2014, cites IT “third platform”
It’s that time of year again, with every analyst firm falling over themselves to predict what will happen in IT during the next 12 months. IDC is no different, issuing the first of its 2014 predictions earlier this week with a straightforward claim: all the big players will make increased investment in cloud, mobile and big data because of the huge emergence of the “third platform” for IT management.
Google seriously joins the IaaS party as Compute Engine goes live
Google has announced general availability of its Compute Engine IaaS platform, with the search giant aiming to play alongside the likes of Amazon and Microsoft in infrastructure as a service. Back in May, CloudTech reported how the service was available to developers and as a preview for companies to sign up. Now, it’s been fully launched – and the Mountain View giant hasn’t set the bar too high with a 99.95% SLA.
Amazon continues to “dwarf all competition” in IaaS and PaaS, analyst claims
The latest report from Synergy Research has claimed that Amazon Web Services’ quarterly revenues continue to be greater than its biggest rivals combined in IaaS and PaaS. Amazon grew by 55% between Q212 and Q213 to over $700m of revenue in the quarter, with Salesforce, Microsoft, IBM and Google combined making over just $600m.
MySQL needs to retain open source roots to keep developer base, survey shows
Nine in 10 respondents claim the primary reason their company uses the MySQL database is because of its open source nature, according to a survey from SkySQL. And there’s bad news attached to that statement: a whopping 94% admitted they would move to MariaDB if MySQL lots its open source power.
Artmotion CEO Mateo Meier on security, storage and a Swiss Cloud
The negative press surrounding the cloud computing industry following the NSA PRISM leaks in June wasn’t a huge surprise. But there are usually winners and losers in every situation – and Swiss cloud service providers stand to gain the most from the scandal. Artmotion, based in Zurich, is one of these companies: in the month following the scandal, revenue went up 45%. But as CEO Mateo Meier points out, the advantages of storing data in Switzerland have been there from day one.
Salesforce CEO Benioff unleashes Salesforce1, cites ‘internet of customers’ future
Cloud giant Salesforce has unveiled its new shiny cloud platform Salesforce1 at Dreamforce in San Francisco, with CEO Marc Benioff stressing the ‘internet of customers’ – the importance of the consumer in a cloud, social and mobile world. “I’ve never been more excited to be part of Salesforce.com,” Benioff bellowed to the audience of customers, partners and non-profits. “In the world of the Internet of Things, it’s really a world of Internet of Customers. “We need to reassess how we connect with customers in a whole new way,” he added.