I'm looking for ideas on the SaaS companies app/feature naming strategy that keeps the branding consistent.I would like to know what are the key things should be considered when naming a new / upcoming feature?
This week in El Reg's weekly techcast roundup, Sarah and Eddie chase down Pokémon, Ashley Madison, Privacy Shield and Theranos.Their special guest this week is Michael Coté, Director of Technical Marketing at Pivotal to jump into the future of Platform as a Service PaaS . 1:00 Coffee with Coté on the coast 17:19 Rebranding Ashley Madison with Polly 21:08 Safe Harbor reboot: Privacy Shield 33:00 FLASHBACK: Pokémon Commercial from 1998
Device as a service, daas, is HP's next hand. In this way, business customers to keep their PC-to-date park promises hardware supplier. The hardware portion of HP, HP Inc, is now beginning to find its way forward. Now the company is launching a new service on the same theme as SaaS software, IaaS infrastructure and PaaS platforms. But this time, it is precisely the hardware that is at the center - daas called the new service, the device as a service. The idea is that it should be enough for a company to sign a single contract for both hardware and services, which according to HP to facilitate the purchase, deployment and administration of the computers.
Device as a service, daas, is HP's next hand. In this way, business customers to keep their PC-to-date park promises hardware supplier. The hardware portion of HP, HP Inc, is now beginning to find its way forward. Now the company is launching a new service on the same theme as SaaS software, IaaS infrastructure and PaaS platforms. But this time, it is precisely the hardware that is at the center - daas called the new service, the device as a service. The idea is that it should be enough for a company to sign a single contract for both hardware and services, which according to HP to facilitate the purchase, deployment and administration of the computers.
With this service enterprises can know more about user behaviour and sensitive data in cloud services, including Software as a Service SaaS , Infrastructure as a Service IaaS and Platform as a Service PaaS .Cisco said that this acquisition can help in further enhancing its security portfolio and will build on Cisco's Security Everywhere strategy which can offer protection from cloud to network to endpoint.With more data, more devices and increasingly decentralised way business is being conducted can mean that security has to evolve more on-premises approach.Cisco Corporate Development vice president Rob Salvagno said: "As companies are migrating to the cloud, they need a technology partner that can accelerate that transition and deliver critical security capabilities for all their users, apps and data in a seamless way."CloudLock brings a unique cloud-native, platform and API-based approach to cloud security which allows them to build powerful security solutions that are easy to deploy and simple to manage."After the acquisition, CloudLock's team will work under the leadership of Cisco's networking and security business group under senior vice president and general manager David Goeckeler.
Now three years later, Docker containers are poised to revolutionize enterprise IT, and at the Red Hat Summit in San Francisco, Red Hat is emphasizing that it has built out an entire portfolio of products to enable the container revolution.Among Red Hat s new products for containers announced at the Red Hat Summit is OpenShift Local, which is a free on-premises version of Red Hat s OpenShift platform-as-a-service PaaS technology.Red Hat shifted OpenShift to be container-based at last year s Red Hat Summit as part of the OpenShift 3.0 milestone update.In addition, Red Hat announced a new Gluster Storage integration for OpenShift, bringing persistent storage capabilities to the container platform.Container securitySecurity was also front and center at Red Hat s press conference, with Cormier announcing what he referred to as a new scanning capability to enable organizations to scan containers for security vulnerabilities.Cormier isn t worried about competition, as he sees Red Hat as having a key competitive advantage.
Cisco has beefed up its security services unit with the acquisition of CloudLock for $293m £220m .CloudLock specialises in cloud access security tech, offering enterprises analytics on user behavior and sensitive data for cloud services, including SaaS, IaaS and PaaS.The acquisition is expected to close in the first quarter of fiscal year 2017, when the CloudLock team will join Cisco s Networking and Security Business Group under senior veep and general manager David Goeckeler.Cisco will pay the sum in cash and equity plus additional "retention-based incentives" for CloudLock employees who join Cisco, said the bizRob Salvagno, veep of Cisco Corporate Development, said the acquisition will boost security for companies seeking to migrate to the cloud.The acquisition of the Massachusetts-based startup is just the latest in the kit-maker's buying spree of cloudy security outfits.Just last year Cisco swallowed US-based Lancope for $452m £340m , UK-based Portcullis Computer Security for an undisclosed sum, and US-based OpenDNS for $635m £476m .
While much of the focus on low code development is on users as developers, the so-called 'citizen developers', they're only part of the story.In my previous column on low code, I pointed to Salesforce's mix of developer platforms as an exemplar of how user-based development can be made to work.App Cloud Mobile is a mobile app-focused set of tools, with a mix of target audiences that add up to a way of building front- and back-end tools that work with Salesforce's data platform and APIs, while taking advantage of the Heroku PaaS.While it's easy to think of Salesforce as a CRM SaaS vendor, it's spent much of the last few years building a hefty development platform -- and bringing in folk from developer-centric companies like Google and Microsoft to run the platform.The first, Force.com, is the direct descendent of its original APEX development environment, allowing you to build applications on top of the Salesforce service and its data.Read more from the '500 words into the future' blog
At the Red Hat Summit in San Francisco today, Red Hat and Microsoft are making announcements that extend the partnership the two companies established last year, when Red Hat agreed to bring the Red Hat Enterprise Linux RHEL distribution to Microsoft s Azure public cloud.Now Microsoft is beginning a private preview of its SQL Server 2016 database software on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux RHEL distribution.This follows Microsoft s attention-grabbing announcement that it would be bringing SQL Server — which traditionally was Windows-only — to Linux.And just last week, Microsoft demonstrated another development in this domain: the ability to run SQL Server inside a Linux container using Docker Datacenter in a virtual machine with the Azure Stack on-premises cloud software.We unblocked a ton of businesses when we made it available on Azure.Microsoft today is also announcing the 1.0 releases of the .NET Core and ASP.NET Core open-source software, and Red Hat is swiftly stepping up and announcing that it will provide support for running .NET Core on top of both RHEL and Red Hat s OpenShift container-based platform-as-a-service PaaS software.Also today, Microsoft is introducing a new Azure Resource Manager template that will simplify the process of deploying OpenShift on top of Azure.The increased tie-up between Microsoft and Red Hat fits in with the former s other partnerships with competitors, including Box, Salesforce, and Canonical.Surprising though it may be for longtime Microsoft observers, clearly the company has changed its views on working together with these rivals.A blog post from Joseph Sirosh, corporate vice president of Microsoft s data group, has more detail.
Oracle Executive Chairman and CTO Larry Ellison zeroed in on two points of focus for the company as it enters its fiscal year 2017: Grow Oracle s cloud software and platform businesses at double the rate of its closest competitors; and use generation two of the company s high-performance data centers to become an even more formidable player in cloud infrastructure.SaaS: Breadth of Offerings We compete in virtually every important SaaS area there is, Ellison said.Oracle now has more than 2,500 customers using its cloud ERP enterprise resource planning, including financial, supply chain, and manufacturing applications and EPM enterprise performance management services, more than two times the installed base from a year ago.PaaS: Database-DrivenAs more companies start to adopt the latest version of Oracle s market-leading database, Oracle Database 12c, Ellison thinks many of them will do tasks such as testing, application migration, and upgrades using Oracle Database Cloud Service, rather than in their own data centers.It s going to save you some money and allow you to get access even faster, Ellison said.That offering, part of a new family of services called Oracle Cloud at Customer, is managed by Oracle, paid for as a subscription just like any public cloud service, but because it s behind a customer s own firewall, it will appeal to banks and other companies that face strict privacy and other regulations.
Profit for the quarter increased to $2.81bn, or $0.66 per share, from $2.76bn, or $0.62 per share, last year.Including the company's infrastructure-as-a-service business, total cloud revenues increased 49% to $859m.Oracle is still lagging behind in the cloud market despite rapid growth.Salesforce's revenues reached $7.7bn in its most recent quarter, after increasing 27%, placing it closer to the $10bn target.Oracle executive chairman and CTO Larry Ellison said: "We expect that the SaaS and PaaS hyper-growth we experienced in FY16 will continue on for the next few years.Earlier this year, Oracle agreed to acquire construction software maker Textura for about $663m to expand its cloud offerings for construction and engineering industry.
Larry Ellison appauls hyper-growth in SaaS and PaaS divisions, as cloud grows almost 50 percentStrong sales in the cloud department did not stop Oracle s revenue falling one percent this week as the software vendor reported its fourth quarter results.In the quarter ending May 31, Oracle s profits hit $2.81 billion £2bn , up from $2.76 billion in the same quarter a year ago.SaaS and PaaS gross margins continued to improve throughout the year, exiting FY16 at 56 percent.Bookings in Q4 were also very strong.We expect that the SaaS and PaaS hyper-growth we experienced in FY16 will continue on for the next few years, added Oracle Executive Chairman Larry Ellison.We re also very excited about the availability of version 2 of Oracle s IaaS – which will enable us to speed up the growth of our IaaS business, which customers want to buy in conjunction with our SaaS and PaaS.
Watch this ... Oracle supremo Larry EllisonOracle is talking up soaring sales for its cloudy operations – while the IT giant's profit has taken a big hit over the past 12 months."We dramatically overachieved again in the cloud," gushed co-CEO Safra Catz in a conference call with analysts, putting her bruised revenue and net income figures aside.Oracle's exec chairman Larry Ellison was quick to set a high bar for his company's SaaS operation, forecasting that Oracle will beat rival Salesforce.com to the $10bn cloud revenue mark on the strength of both its SaaS and PaaS offerings.Both Ellison and co-CEOs Catz and Mark Hurd went out of their way to take shots at Oracle's cloud competitors, particularly SaaS kingpin Salesforce.com.The execs did not touch on the allegations recently made about Oracle's cloud revenues in a whistleblower lawsuit accusing the company of inflating figures.The database biz expects a two to five per cent year-on-year revenue growth in the next quarter.
Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff has seen his company's stock soar to new heights on his promises that Salesforce is on track to hit $10 billion in revenue soon.That would make Salesforce the first cloud software company to hit the $10 billion mark.Oracle is growing its own cloud business so fast, that Ellison thinks he could beat Salesforce to the $10 billion mark.Ellison said emphasis ours : "We expect that the SaaS and PaaS hyper-growth we experienced in FY16 will continue on for the next few years.Its total cloud revenues for its fiscal 2016 were $2.9 billion, up 36% in U.S. dollars and up 40% in constant currency.However, it is signing up new customers at a very fast pace.It said in the fourth quarter alone, it added 1,600 new customers to its software as a service known as SaaS and 2,000 new customers who use its cloud to write and host their own apps known as "platform as a service" or PaaS .Meanwhile, Amazon is also on track to hit $10 billion in cloud revenue, and that looks like it could happen this year.Oracle's cloud business is still just a fraction of the company's overall revenues, which finished fiscal 2016 at $37 billion.NOW WATCH: 40 years ago, NASA sent a message to aliens — here's what it says Loading video...
Companies are flocking to the cloud as fast as they can and Oracle is trying to win them before they sign up elsewhere.Oracle's total cloud revenues were $859 million, up 49% in U.S. dollars and up 51% in constant currency, it said.Benioff has been saying that Salesforce is on track to hit that lofty goal.Here's the press release.Q4 FY16 SaaS and PaaS Revenues Were Up 66%, and Up 68% in Constant CurrencyQ1 FY17 SaaS and PaaS Revenues Expected to Be Up 75% to 80%REDWOOD SHORES, CA -- Marketwired -- 06/16/16 -- Oracle Corporation NYSE: ORCL today announced fiscal 2016 Q4 results.Operating cash flow on a trailing twelve-month basis was $13.6 billion.For fiscal 2016, Total Revenues were $37.0 billion, down 3% in U.S. dollars and up 2% in constant currency."SaaS and PaaS gross margins continued to improve throughout the year, exiting FY16 at 56%.Bookings in Q4 were also very strong enabling us to raise our guidance for Q1 SaaS and PaaS revenue growth, which we now expect to be between 75% and 80%.""We expect that the SaaS and PaaS hyper-growth we experienced in FY16 will continue on for the next few years," said Oracle Executive Chairman and CTO, Larry Ellison.
REUTERS/Robert Galbraith/File Photo Reuters - Business software maker Oracle Corp reported a higher-than-expected revenue in the fourth quarter, boosted by a surge in sales from its cloud business.Shares of the company were up 1.7 percent at $39.29 in extended trading on Thursday.Like its rivals such as SAP SE, IBM Corp and Microsoft Corp, Oracle has focused on moving its business toward the cloud-computing model, essentially providing services remotely via data centers rather than selling installed software.The company added more than 1,600 new cloud software as a service SaaS customers and more than 2,000 new platform as a service PaaS customers in Q4, Oracle Chief Executive Mark Hurd said.Oracle Chairman Larry Ellison said he expects the "hyper-growth" experienced by the company's cloud business in 2016 will continue for the next few years.The company's total revenue fell 1 percent to $10.59 billion, beating analysts' average estimate of $10.47 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
Reuters – Business software maker Oracle reported a higher-than-expected revenue in the fourth quarter, boosted by a surge in sales from its cloud business.Shares of the company were up 1.7 percent at $39.29 in extended trading on Thursday.Like its rivals such as SAP SE, IBM and Microsoft, Oracle has focused on moving its business toward the cloud-computing model, essentially providing services remotely via data centers rather than selling installed software.Total revenue from company s cloud-computing software and platform service rose 49.1 percent to $859 million in the fourth quarter ended May 31.The company added more than 1,600 new cloud software as a service SaaS customers and more than 2,000 new platform as a service PaaS customers in Q4, Oracle Chief Executive Mark Hurd said.Oracle Chairman Larry Ellison said he expects the hyper-growth experienced by the company s cloud business in 2016 will continue for the next few years.The 39-year old company, a late entrant into the cloud market, recently acquired cloud companies Textura and Opower.However, Oracle has come under considerable pressure from nimbler companies in the industry such as Salesforce.com Inc, whose chief executive Marc Benioff has constantly taken potshots at the company.The company s total revenue fell 1 percent to $10.59 billion, beating analysts average estimate of $10.47 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.Oracle s net income rose to $2.81 billion, or 66 cents per share, in the quarter ended May 31, from $2.76 billion, or 62 cents per share, a year earlier.Excluding items, it earned 81 cents per share, meeting average analysts estimate.Up to Thursday s close, Oracle s stock had risen 5.8 percent this year.Reporting by Narottam Medhora in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta
Habitat essentially wraps applications into their own lightweight runtime environment and then allows you to run them in any environment, ranging from bare metal servers to virtual machines, Docker containers and their respective container management services , and PaaS systems like Cloud Foundry.We must free the application from its dependency on infrastructure to truly achieve the promise of DevOps, Chef co-founder and CTO Adam Jacob said in a statement today.The Chef team argues that today s solutions are often too narrowly focused on the enterprise, where the deep silo-ing of responsibility present in most enterprises drives us to design software specifically for one silo or another.Web-scale companies like Google or Facebook, on the other hand, built their own platforms from scratch and their business is often exactly this platform , something most companies can t do.The Habitat supervisor will handle deployment, upgrades and security policies for the environment you want to deploy in.In a way, though, this project also feels like Chef s reaction to containers, which at least partly threatens its core business.
Enterprises, Datos IO declares, need dedicated cloud-native data protection to recover applications quickly and completely from disasters like this rainy washout.Datos says it "has the industry s only next-gen recovery platform, specifically designed to protect distributed databases like Cassandra Apache, MongoDB, Hbase, AWS and beyond."Such databases are distributed across cluster nodes and have eventual consistency from their BASE Basically Available, Soft state, Eventual consistency semantics.Datos IO says it's the first supplier to provide this with the RecoverX product, which features:Consistent Orchestrated Distributed Recovery CODR architecture that is not dependent on media servers, and transfers data in parallel to and from file-based and object-based secondary storage for cluster-consistent backups and recoveryScalable versioning at any interval and granularitySemantic deduplicationOne-click recovery in minutes for operational recovery and test/dev useThe idea of semantic deduplication involves going beyond block-based dedupe and "comparing and reducing semantic equivalents of data spread across a database cluster, resulting in up to 70 per cent reduction in storage costs."The software is available in Standard and Enterprise editions with annual subscription, with a free 14-day trial usage limits on cluster size and database size apply on Amazon Web Services AWS or Google Cloud Platform GCP based environments.Pricing is capacity-based with no dependency on node count.
According to the filing PDF , Blackburn, a senior finance manager at Oracle, claims her bosses "instructed her to add millions of dollars in accruals to financial reports, with no concrete or foreseeable billing to support the numbers, an act that plaintiff warned was improper and suspect accounting."In her allegations, Blackburn paints a picture of senior executives padding Oracle's cloud figures despite her objections.She says she refused to play ball on the accounting techniques because they broke the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act."We don't agree with the allegations and intend to vigorously defend the matter," Oracle spokeswoman Deborah Hellinger told The Reg.In January, Gartner issued a report warning that many technology firms have been artificially raising their cloud figures, and cited Oracle as counting some of its hardware leases as infrastructure-as-a-service sales.In its latest quarterly results, Oracle's profits were down 14 per cent but cloud revenues were up 58 per cent on the year-ago quarter, with software-as-a-service SaaS and platform-as-a-service PaaS contributing $583m to the pot.
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