Cloud 5: Another company all in on cloud, Microsoft's hybrid strategy

Posted by Ron Miller on Sep 30, 2016 9:29:33 AM

5_9-29-16.jpgWelcome to The Cloud 5, our weekly feature where we scour the web searching for the five most intriguing and poignant cloud links we can find.

Before we jump into this week's links, please have a look at one of our recent blog posts, The myth about big cloud infrastructure customer wins. Cloud infrastructure companies love to shout about their wins, but they might not always be as big as they seem on first blush.

And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:

Smithfield Foods prepares for major cloud migration | WSJ

Another major corporation has announced it's moving full bore to the cloud, and it's not wasting any time either. The CIO wants to move 100 percent of the $14.4 billion company's applications to the cloud by mid-2018, an extremely aggressive schedule by any measure.

Enterprises' favorite cloud solution is IaaS | BetaNews

I know, another cloud survey. As with them all, take them as you will, but an Intel DCM study found that the most popular cloud service is infrastructure. What's annoying about it is that it treats infrastructure, software and platform as though they are mutually exclusive when they can be mixed and matched to make everything work.

Microsoft continues pushing hybrid cloud with new launches | Computerworld

In Microsoft's cloud view of the world, most companies aren't going full bore, the earlier story on Smithfield Foods not withstanding. In reality, most large organizations are bogged down by legacy hardware and software and they aren't willing to rip and replace. Microsoft believes it can find a fertile market there.

Microsoft signs up Adobe for its Azure cloud computing services | TechCrunch

Even while Microsoft is pushing a hybrid model, it signed up Adobe, landing a big customer win, one that actually doesn't live in a traditional enterprise hybrid world. But Adobe gives Microsoft a customer it could shout about at its Ignite conference.

Is Meg Whitman's HP mission accomplished? | Fortune

It's hard to believe Meg Whitman has been at HP for five years. We've seen her sue Autonomy (a company her predecessor purchased for $10 billion), split her company, sell off many enterprise software assets including Autonomy, and quit the public cloud. I'm not sure what her mission was, so I can't say if it was accomplished.

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