Google slashes prices for cloud platform, throws down gauntlet to Amazon

You need a PhD to work out the best option, says Google SVP

Google has cut prices for its cloudy infrastructure across the board, aiming to “blend IaaS and PaaS” as well as change the outlook of the cloud pricing wars.

The Mountain View giant is reducing the price of its IaaS offering Compute Engine by a third (32%) ‘across all sizes, regions and classes’, ‘significant reductions in database operations and front-end compute instances’ for the PaaS product App Engine, a two...

By James Bourne, 26 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, IaaS, Industry, PaaS.

Oracle progresses its aggressive cloud strategy

Madan Sheina, Lead Analyst, Software – Information Management

It hardly rains in Palm Springs, California. But there was a great deal of talk about clouds at Oracle’s recent CloudWorld analyst conference.

Oracle presented an update on the aggressive cloud strategy it unfolded at last September’s Oracle OpenWorld conference, where it made a score of announcements around its PaaS, IaaS, and SaaS offerings. Oracle has made significant incremental advances across both its public and private...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 25 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, PaaS, SaaS .

Amazon Web Services turns eight: Highlights...and the future

Amidst the World Wide Web turning 25, a company in Seattle was having a little celebration of its own.

On March 14 2006, Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced the launch of Amazon S3, described as “a simple storage service that offers software developers a highly scalable, reliable, and low-latency data storage infrastructure at very low costs.”

To say the eight years which have passed since then have...

By James Bourne, 18 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, IaaS, PaaS, Research.

CloudBees secures $11.2m series C funding, strengthens Verizon play

PaaS provider CloudBees has secured series C funding to the tune of $11.2m (£6.7m), in a round of investment led by Verizon Ventures.

The latest round puts the total investment at $25.7m (£15.4m), with Verizon joining existing investors Matrix Partners and LightSpeed Venture Partners, as well as new investor Blue Cloud Ventures.

According to CloudBees CEO Sacha Labourey, the money will be used in two capacities – increasing go-to-market capability in different geographies, as well as further...

By James Bourne, 05 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: PaaS, Vendors.

IBM rebrands as a cloud company, moves $1bn of investments into hybrid play

It’s official. IBM is now a cloud company. Big Blue has announced it is to push $1bn (£597.6m) of its resources and investments into cloud, including a developer-friendly platform as a service (PaaS) offering called BlueMix.

The Armonk giant also revealed it was to push SoftLayer into a variety of new zones, including making Watson available on the platform.

Amidst a plethora of announcements within the billion dollar investment, IBM SVP software and cloud solutions Robert LeBlanc described it as...

By James Bourne, 03 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Hybrid, IaaS, PaaS.

CloudBees announces PaaS integration on Verizon Cloud

Enterprise PaaS provider CloudBees has today announced a partnership with Verizon to make its platform as a service available on Verizon Cloud.

This represents another hefty addition to the telco’s rapidly growing cloud ecosystem, after announcing a middleware partnership with Oracle back in January.

For Sacha Labourey, CloudBees CEO, the marriage seems a perfect fit, due to CloudBees’ market position in PaaS and Verizon’s enterprise...

By James Bourne, 19 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, IaaS, PaaS.

Why SAP believes in the "right mix" of cloud, mobile and on-premise

When SAP announced its fourth quarter financial results last month, the focus from analysts and the media was on one particular aspect.

Never mind a fourth consecutive year of double digit growth, or a 69% increase in full revenue on its HANA platform. Everyone’s eyes turned to the mid-term outlook, and specifically this titbit: the company has revised its target of between €3bn and €3.5bn revenue in cloud, as well as its 35% operating margin target, from 2015 to 2017.

“SAP anticipates...

By James Bourne, 04 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, PaaS, SAP.

Why the PaaS market as we know it will not die off

I’ve been hearing a lot about Platform as a Service (PaaS) lately as part of the broader discussion of cloud computing from both customers and in articles across the web. In this post, I’ll describe PaaS, discuss a recent article that came out on the subject, and take a shot at sorting out IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS.

What is PaaS?

First a quick trip down memory lane for me. As an intern in college, one of my tours of duty was through the manufacturing systems department at an automaker. I came...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 24 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Forecasts, PaaS.

Verizon teams up with Oracle, offers middleware for beta cloud

Tech giants Verizon and Oracle have announced a partnership whereby customers can use Oracle Database and Oracle Fusion Middleware on Verizon’s cloud.

“This deal represents two market leaders coming together to create a compelling cloud offering that will help enterprises succeed in a highly competitive market environment,” Oracle president Mark Hurd trumpeted in a statement.

He added: “Combining Verizon’s unique enterprise experience and capabilities with Oracle’s best in...

By James Bourne, 13 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, IaaS, OpenSource, PaaS, SaaS .

China Unicom enters cloud race with Wo-Cloud service

The past couple of weeks have seen a variety of updates from players looking to up their cloudy stake in China, including Amazon and IBM.

Now China Unicom has joined the race, offering a service called Wo-Cloud, according to a report from Web Hosting Daily.

According to the firm’s president, Lu Yimin, China Unicom will focus on the IaaS and PaaS area.

“China Unicom will rely on its advantages in...

By James Bourne, 02 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, IaaS, M&A, PaaS.