A roundup of latest cloud computing online courses
Amazon Web Services, Coursera, Google, MIT Courseware and Microsoft are accelerating the depth and variety of cloud computing courses, courseware and learning materials they are freely making available online.
Over the last six months since the last Roundup Of Free Cloud Computing Online Courses, Amazon Web Services has added an additional series of free instructional videos, self-paced labs and selected free courses...
Amazon’s market lead in infrastructure services dwindles as IBM and Microsoft claw deficit back
Amazon Web Services is still the dominant market leader in infrastructure services, but IBM and Microsoft are closing the gap in revenues with Google well off the pace, according to the latest number crunching by analyst firm Synergy Research.
For the research house, it represents the first changing of the record in some time, having previously been huge advocates of Amazon’s market offering. AWS was “in a league of its own” this time last...
AWS security best practices: Multi-factor authentication and beyond
Last week, the news that Code Spaces suffered a breach that overnight put the company out of business and cost their clients untold millions reminded everyone in the IT community how devastating a major data security breach can be for our companies and clients.
At Logicworks, we manage highly available, compliant cloud infrastructure on Amazon Web Services, and in the...
Why Amazon and Netflix are embroiled in the fight of the century
The battle for viewership in the streaming age is well and truly joined. Amazon and Netflix, the two leading players in this market, have both redoubled their efforts to get the upper hand in market share, creating original programming and investing in its infrastructure.
Six of the best: Business, backups and the BBC
The latest edition of Six of the Best, featuring the CloudTech editorial team’s favourite links from around the web, has either a slightly hotchpotch feel to it, or covers an extremely wide range of cloud computing stories over the past couple of weeks. We’ll leave it up to you to decide.
AWS lays down its vision for the success of cloud computing
Sketch “We apologise for bringing the rain down with us from Seattle,” said Andy Jassy, Amazon Web Services SVP in a slightly sheepish opening.
It was an opening delayed by half an hour because of weather and traffic fears, but those who had made it through the elements to San Francisco were treated to various client testimonials. Ranging from Adobe, to Airbnb and Twilio, they came in a variety of industries and a variety of languages – the latter seemingly to prove AWS’ customer base was...
Amazon responds to Google: You’ve slashed your prices – now here’s ours
Amazon Web Services has announced big price cuts across its cloud computing portfolio at an event in San Francisco – one day after rival Google did the same.
Andy Jassy, AWS senior vice president, explained to delegates in his keynote speech that lowering prices was “not new” for AWS, laying out the company’s latest price drop.
The facts: Amazon’s S3 storage cloud gets a pricing tier decrease from 36% to 65%. M3 gets an average 38% decrease, while C3 gets 30% - these were Linux...
Why managed AWS isn't just about managing AWS
Amazon Web Services (AWS) is like an F-16 Fighting Falcon. In the right hands it can be nimble, graceful, and extremely powerful. Not to mention that it often destroys other cloud platforms in a dogfight… However, an important part of the analogy is the understanding that the AWS fighter plane comes in a thousand pieces with “some assembly required.”
Managed AWS services attempt to take care of some of...
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...
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...
The power of on-demand, and the reason cloud providers don't like it
IT vendors had a golden age before the invention of the cloud. It was essentially a risk-free implementation. Customers required a product, sales would propose a solution to which the customer would sign and commit, the customer would pay upfront, the vendor would start manufacturing, and eventually the solution would be delivered to the customer. Once delivered, it was unlikely the customer would suddenly drop the technology, and move on to something else.
At every step of this journey the vendor took steps...
How do you put a price tag on the cloud?
By Richard Campione, President, Cloud & Data at Services Business at ServiceSource
A recent CIO Zone article stated “cloud computing is increasingly becoming the rule and not the exception.” With cloud computing becoming so pervasive and commonplace in our day-to-day lives and businesses, everyone has differing opinions on how to...
IBM pumps $1.2bn into cloud and data centre offering
IBM has today announced a $1.2bn (£735m) commitment to “expand its global footprint”, building data centres to cover all geographies and financial centres.
“Today’s announcement is another major step in driving a global expansion of IBM’s cloud footprint and helping clients drive transformation,” thundered Erich Clementi, IBM global technology services SVP in a statement.
IBM plans to open 15 data centres in the coming year, to add to its 12 already deployed and the...
CloudTech’s outlook for 2014: Fast forward hybrid cloud
It’s that time again. As 2013 comes to a close, the landscape for 2014 grows ever nearer on the horizon. With a little help from some friends, CloudTech sums up the most compelling stories of 2013 alongside the biggest areas for growth over the coming year.
1) All about hybrid cloud
2013 was the year when hybrid cloud truly came of age, from theories to tangible business use cases.
Big companies practically fell over themselves to push this message through in research reports: Rackspace claimed
AWS looks to expand its platform to China, partnerships announced
Amazon Web Services (AWS) is looking to extend its presence in the cloud services market by opening up a Chinese region.
The company cites “thousands” of customers in China who currently uses AWS’ services, including the likes of Xiaomi, NQ Mobile and Papaya Mobile, and is looking to expand through partnerships.
Partnerships include various local providers, including ChinaNetCenter and SINNET to provide infrastructure and ISP services, with “a select group” of China-based and...
How Amazon WorkSpaces will influence the future of IaaS
As the cloud industry matures, AWS (among other major companies) is quickly becoming part of what many pundits are pointing to when they reference infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS). With its scale and wide spread use, one could argue that AWS is the definitional IaaS platform.
While not rare by any measure, pure IaaS consumption is not the sole method for infrastructure delivery. Managed hosting, colocation, and internal data centers are all part of a fully considered approach to IaaS.
With so much variation...
Informatica unveils broad data integration strategy with Cloud Winter 2014
Madan Sheina, Lead Analyst, Software – Information Management
Data integration continues to loom over organizations looking to move their applications and data into the cloud. With the announcement of the latest platform iteration of the cloud strategy it embarked on several years ago, Informatica continues to address the challenges facing these organizations.
Informatica Cloud Winter 2014, unveiled earlier this month and now generally available, is a major step forwards that (rightly) recognizes that...
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.
The service was available to developers and as a preview for companies to sign up back in May. Now, it’s been fully launched – and the Mountain View giant hasn’t set the bar too high with a 99.95% SLA.
CloudTech readers will know full well the issues with
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.
John Dinsdale, of the Synergy Research Group, noted that the battle for second place will be of more interest to analysts.
“We’ve been analysing the IaaS/PaaS markets...