Hybrid cloud computing war begins in earnest

Posted by Mike Vizard on Jul 11, 2017 10:36:03 AM

Now that most IT vendors have come to recognize that hybrid cloud computing is an end in itself rather than a means to the public cloud, the battle to dominate the next phase of enterprise computing has begun in earnest.

At the Microsoft Inspire 2017 conference this week, Microsoft formally rolled out Azure Stack, an instance of the platform the company uses to drive its public cloud service that IT organizations can deploy in their local data centers. The only catch is that right now the only way to get Azure Stack is to acquire it as part of a high-end server purchased from Dell EMC, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE), or Lenovo.

Microsoft isn't the only vendor with similar hybrid cloud computing ambitions.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Microsoft scores valuable cloud usage data with Cloudyn acquisition

Posted by Ron Miller on Jul 6, 2017 1:01:00 PM

When Microsoft acquired Cloudyn last week, an Israeli startup that helps companies understand and optimize usage across clouds, it got more than just the technology and the employees, it purchased access to a treasure trove of valuable data.

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Topics: Cloud Trends, Azure, Acquisitions

Box and Microsoft's friendship is not as strange as it might seem

Posted by Ron Miller on Jun 29, 2017 1:27:57 PM

Box and Microsoft announced a new partnership this week. It's not the first time these crazy kids have hooked up, but it's certainly a curious and complicated relationship.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Is Amazon getting too big for its britches?

Posted by Ron Miller on Jun 22, 2017 11:36:38 AM

Amazon shocked a few people last week when it announced it intended to purchase the Whole Foods supermarket chain for a whopping $13.7 billion. It raised all kinds of questions about Amazon's intentions and whether perhaps the company was growing too big and too powerful.

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Topics: Cloud Trends, AWS, Amazon

Survey: Are you ready to support the public cloud?

Posted by Lauren Beliveau on Jun 14, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Many businesses are moving toward the cloud, but cloud adoption drastically varies from one business to the next. Some organizations only have one application running in the cloud, while others have adopted a cloud-first mentality. In a recent survey conducted by Osterman Research, 92 percent of end-users admitted they have sensitive information stored in the cloud. As an MSP, it’s your job to protect these environments for your customers—the question is, are you ready to do so?

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Topics: Cloud Trends

MSPs need to rise to hybrid cloud computing challenge

Posted by Mike Vizard on May 30, 2017 10:19:14 AM

By now just about everyone agrees that public cloud computing platforms are playing a major role in the enterprise. What's less clear is the debate about whether all application workloads will move to the cloud or if hybrid cloud computing is the new natural state of IT affairs.

A new survey of 212 IT decision makers conducted by Peak 10 and Microsoft suggests that the latter perception is starting to win out. A full 61 percent of the respondents said they would intentionally choose a hybrid cloud computing strategy if they were starting from scratch today. Only 16 percent said they are employing hybrid clouds as part of a goal to achieve an all-cloud end.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Google doubles down on AI at I/O

Posted by Ron Miller on May 24, 2017 9:59:56 AM

Every time the big three cloud vendors — Google, Microsoft and Amazon — hold an event, we look for the onslaught of new tools aimed at developers, IT providers, and data scientists. It seems like with Amazon so far in the lead, that it may be all window dressing. But it definitely matters and each company is trying hard to make its case.

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Topics: Cloud Trends, Google

Biggest Inhibitor to Cloud Transition Is Simple IT Inertia

Posted by Mike Vizard on May 11, 2017 11:55:00 AM

After being around for slightly more than a decade, cloud computing is finally seeing mainstream adoption across the board. But despite the rise of “cloud first” mandates, when it comes to deploying new application workloads in the cloud a new global survey published by Paessler AG, a provider of network monitoring tools, suggests that in small-to-medium businesses (SMB) adoption of cloud computing is still in its relative infancy.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Chasing AWS

Posted by Ron Miller on May 11, 2017 10:04:47 AM

If you're a cloud company today not named AWS, you have quite a hill to climb. That's because in spite of all the tough talk coming every competitor from Oracle to Alibaba to Google that they are coming after AWS and they're going to overtake them, the fact is that all of those companies combined still don't equal half the marketshare of AWS (according to data from Synergy Research).

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Topics: Cloud Trends, AWS

MSPs should carefully navigate AWS price cuts in a multi-cloud world

Posted by Mike Vizard on May 4, 2017 10:55:46 AM

This week Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced it will employ the considerable amount of scale it has amassed to drive down pricing on virtual machine instances at a time when the overall public cloud computing market is much more competitive.

Depending on the region, type of instance, and length of contract, the savings can be as high as 21 percent. Obviously, AWS is starting to feel some market share pressure from rivals such as Microsoft and Google. Plus, this move comes on the heels of a spate of recent cloud storage price cuts.

But the move managed service providers should take note of is the effort AWS is making to entice customers to sign up for three-year contracts. The implications of that move go well beyond merely trying to gain market share at the expense of other cloud service providers (CSPs).

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Topics: Cloud Trends

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