Oracle said today that it will unveil the second generation of its cloud infrastructure offering at its annual OpenWorld conference in San Francisco in the coming days.Oracle brought in $171 million in the quarter that ended on August 31, the company said in a statement.That s up just 7 percent year over year.But cloud in general is a growth area for Oracle, and the infrastructure updates could help.Next week at Oracle OpenWorld, we will introduce the second generation of our Infrastructure as a Service, Oracle cofounder, former chief executive, and current chief technology officer Larry Ellison is quoted as saying today in the statement.Our Generation2 IaaS delivers twice the compute, twice the memory, four times the storage and ten times more I/O at a 20 percent lower price than Amazon Web Services AWS .IaaS represents a huge new cloud opportunity for Oracle to layer on top of our rapidly growing SaaS and PaaS businesses.
Michael Dell says scale is necessary in a fast-changing IT world, while Meg Whitman says being smaller and more nimble will win outThe diametrically opposed strategies that Dell Technologies and Hewlett Packard Enterprise are taking to navigate their way through a rapidly changing tech industry were on full display the same day last week, giving executives for both the chance to make their cases.And make their cases they did, with both Dell CEO Michael Dell and his HPE counterpart, Meg Whitman, not only arguing why they made the moves they did, but also why their strategy put their company in a better position to manage the industry s shift to the cloud and the broad range of emerging technologies, including the fast-growing internet of things IoT , the proliferation of mobile devices, big data analytics, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and software-defined everything.Michael Dell is betting more than $60 billion that bigger is better.It has multiple companies—including VMware, Pivotal, SecureWorks, RSA and Virtustream—140,000 employees though job cuts are coming in 180 countries.He also noted that a key advantage for Dell is that it is a private company—though VMware and SecureWorks are public—and that enables it to think differently about the future than a public company like HPE.
Microsoft today is announcing that it will launch its Azure Service Fabric cloud service available for Linux out of limited preview on September 26.The core service, which offers developers a platform for building and running applications in small building blocks known as microservices, launched out of preview in March, and soon the Linux flavor of the service is becoming available to any member of the public in preview.In March Microsoft first announced the limited preview of Azure Service Fabric for Linux and said it would be open-sourcing certain pieces of the software this year.The open-sourcing work has begun, Microsoft Azure chief executive Mark Russinovich wrote today in a blog post.And beyond that, Russinovich wrote, an installer will be coming out to help companies deploy Azure Service Fabric in their on-premises data centers, or between public and private clouds, or on multiple public clouds.While it s not news that Microsoft has a strategy of gradually bringing its cloud tools to companies data centers to simplify operations, it is still fascinating to see Microsoft being willing to more fully promote Linux on premises.That s because Windows Server has instead been the mainstay for Microsoft for decades.Microsoft s previous public displays of affection for Linux include the announcement that it would bring SQL Server to Linux and the launches of open source PowerShell and Visual Studio Code for Linux.Microsoft s top public cloud infrastructure rivals, Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform, offer platform as a service PaaS tools but do not make the software available for cross-cloud or on-premises deployment.
As the shift from the traditional world of monolithic enterprise applications accelerates, a host of new problems are arriving.And one of them could be hiding serious issues for anyone considering making the shift: many of the cloud services we're using as core elements of our business infrastructures weren't initially designed to be components.You might be being presented with a RESTful API, but are you getting the right service level for your application?While this isn't an issue with services that have been built to be what's becoming known as "functional PaaS", it's still something that you need to control - if not for performance purposes, then certainly for managing billing.That's all very well while code is under development, but what happens when it's in production and that personal API key suddenly gets overwhelmed by expensive requests?And what happens when that developer leaves the company and pulls their keys without considering what they're being used for?
Microsoft Cloud is today being hosted from UK based data centres and the company has claimed a victory over Amazon Web Services for UK cloud roll out.By being first to publically declare a UK cloud region a company spokesperson said: "Microsoft is the first global cloud provider to offer a complete cloud from data centres in the UK – no other organisation is currently able to offer UK resident IaaS, PaaS and SaaS cloud services."The race to open cloud data centers began last year when Amazon CTO Werner Vogels revealed on November 5th that the company would be creating a UK region, which requires the creation of multiple data centres.This is not expected to be live until the end of 2016 or early 2017.The decision by Microsoft to open data centres in the UK was first announced by CEO Satya Nadella on November 10th at the Future Decoded conference.From today Azure and Office will now be generally available from three data centre locations in London, Cardiff and Durham.
Promo Cloud computing is evolving rapidly, and new ideas about Cloud 3.0 will be featured this week at Huawei Connect 2016, the company's flagship conference in Shanghai.Huawei characterises the mid-2000s boom in server virtualisation as Cloud 1.0.Cloud 2.0 was all about infrastructure-as-a-service, with special emphasis on tuning clouds so they could handle the most demanding workloads.But even though today's clouds offer remarkable flexibility, they still ask users to take care of server-maintenance chores like maintaining anti-virus software and updating applications.In Cloud 3.0 those chores start to disappear, as platform-as-a-service PaaS becomes more prevalent and users can consume applications rather than running servers in someone else's data centre.Cloud 3.0 can't happen without openness and collaboration, which is why Huawei has based its own cloud software – the FusionSphere Cloud OS and FusionStage PaaS – on the open source OpenStack and employed 6,000 developers in cloud research and development.
Infrastructure as a service IaaS is a maturing segment of the cloud computing market.In Amazon's most recent quarterly results Q2 2016, ended 30 June , AWS generated $2.9 billion in revenue, representing 58 percent year-on-year growth:Data: Amazon / Image: ZDNetAWS's $2.9 billion is just 9.5 percent of Amazon's total $30.4 billion revenue for Q2 2016 -- but it's a profitable segment, generating $718 million in operating income for the company.In his keynote at the 2015 re:Invent conference last October, Andy Jassy, then senior VP now CEO in charge of AWS, highlighted the number and breadth of organisations that are going "all-in" on the company's cloud services.Amazon may be the dominant public cloud infrastructure player, but there are plenty of would-be challengers, including Microsoft's Azure and Google's Cloud Platform.
Spending on cloud computing will more than double by 2020, say abacus-shufflers IDC.The firm's new Worldwide Semiannual Public Cloud Services Spending Guide says that in 2016 we'll all spend US$96.5bn on software-as-a-service, infrastructure-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service SaaS, IaaS and PaaS .By 2020 that figure will reach $195bn, at a compound annual growth rate CAGR of 20.4 per cent between 2015 and 2020.That's good news if you're selling cloud but perhaps a little confronting if you sell, prefer or hold shares in companies that offer on-premises technology.Enterprise kit-makers should be especially uncomfortable, unless they can start to supply cloud operators.Business software vendors are also going to have to change their spots, as IDC's senior research analyst for SaaS and Business Models, Benjamin McGrath, says By 2020, about half of all new business software purchases will be of service-enabled software, and cloud software will constitute more than a quarter of all software sold."
Azure Stack is a Microsoft Azure cloud infrastructure product that will let businesses run Azure IaaS and PaaS services directly in their own data centres.Essentially, customers will be able to benefit from the full range of public Azure services, but maintain them on their own hardware in private or hybrid platforms.Microsoft believes Azure Stack will put the company in good stead to compete with cloud rivals Amazon Web Services AWS and Google, as well as OpenStack.With Azure Stack, Microsoft is bringing proven innovation – including IaaS and higher level PaaS services – from hyper-scale datacenters to on-premises, enterprise-scale environments to meet customers business requirements, explains Mike Neil, corporate vice president for enterprise cloud at Microsoft.Customers will be able to run virtual machines, virtual networks and blob/table storage for applications such as SQL Server or SharePoint.Applications can be built and deployed in exactly the same way they are in Azure, too, using Azure Resource Manager to build reusable application templates for both traditional and cloud-native apps.
Credits will serve Blockchain platform to UK public sector via government s Digital MarketplaceBlockchain platform provider Credits is now supplying its Blockchain-as-a-Service to the UK public sector, via the Government Digital Services Digital Marketplace.Awarded by the Crown Commercial Service CCS , the place on the G-Cloud 8 framework agreement for Credits allows for the supply of its distributed ledger technology DLT throughout the UK public sector,This means organisations across the UK, including central and local governments, the devolved administrations, health, education, emergency services, defence, and not-for-profits, can use the service.The Credits Blockchain-as-a-Service will enable UK public sector bodies and their solution and managed service providers to build and deploy secure and interoperable DLT services.Credits is based at the Level39 Technology Accelerator in Canary Wharf.
Software-as-a-Service SaaS is the best-known segment of the cloud computing market, largely because it faces the most users: many people will have first-hand experience with cloud-based apps like Office 365, Salesforce, Box and Google Apps, for example; far fewer will have developed apps using PaaS Platform-as-a-Service , or spun up a datacentre's-worth of VMs using IaaS infrastructure-as-a-Service .No surprise, then, that in its 2015 Cloud Computing Hype Cycle, Gartner placed SaaS well on the way towards the 'Plateau of Productivity' the final stage, where mainstream adoption has been achieved , with 'Sales Force Automation SaaS' having already got there:Salesforce.com, founded in 1999, was the original 'poster child' for SaaS, which explains the pole position of Sales Force Automation SaaS in Gartner's Hype Cycle.Salesforce is now a $55 billion company and remains the enterprise SaaS market leader, despite impressive growth from software giants like Microsoft, Adobe and SAP:According to Gartner, the worldwide market for public cloud services will be worth $204 billion in 2016 -- a year-on-year growth rate of 16.5 percent.SaaS applications have traditionally addressed broad business functions such as accounting and finance, analytics and business intelligence, collaboration, customer relationship management CRM , e-commerce, enterprise resource planning ERP , human resources HR and security.
Privacy Shield aside, that could spell opportunity for overseas competitorsThere are plenty of companies vying for a piece of the worldwide cloud infrastructure market, but the top four -- all in the U.S. -- currently dominate by such a wide margin as to effectively leave their competitors in the dust.That's the overriding conclusion of a study released Monday by Synergy Research Group, which provides quarterly market tracking and segmentation data, including vendor revenues by segment and region.Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, IBM, and Google collectively control more than half of the worldwide cloud infrastructure service market, Synergy found, with an overwhelming lead by AWS, which held a 31 percent share in the second quarter.Amazon and the other big three players have distanced themselves from the competition in this market and continue to widen the gap, said John Dinsdale, chief analyst and research director with Synergy.What marks them out as different is their global presence, marketing muscle, ability to fund huge investments in hyperscale data centers and, in most cases, a determination to succeed in the market."
News: Company aims to help solve data residency issues.The first of Fujitsu s four European public and Virtual Private K5 cloud deployments has launched in the UK.Hosted in the UK from two Tier III/List X data centres in Greater London, the K5 cloud service is designed to provide data residency for Infrastructure as a Service IaaS and Platform as a Service PaaS .Including the open source PaaS application Cloud Foundry, K5 is designed to enable hybrid IT through the inclusion of Apigee, which the company says will fully exploit the potential of data within existing legacy systems.K5 will also enable fully automated blueprint and workload management, these capabilities come from Fujitsu s recent acquisition of UShareSoft.The cloud will offer fully-scalable OpenStack-based services for businesses to support Systems of Record and Systems of Engagement, VMware and bare metal options will be released at a later date.
There is no doubt at all that Microsoft is entering relentlessly cloud solutions such as Office 365, Dynamics 365 and Azure, and it is actually difficult to find some information sessions dealing with nothing but clouds. Azure Stack provides the ability to run some of the services available in the public Azure at home and make it easy to move applications between the local environment and the cloud. Read also: How to pull Microsoft customers further down in the swamp license with the new Windows Server 2016 In some cases, companies also have to use Azure Stack, for example, the next version of Dynamics AX only be able to run on Azure Stack because the product is now being made on order to be delivered as a cloud service in the form of Dynamics 365 and Microsoft would obviously not maintain two different code bases, one for traditional installation of an OS and to run on Azure. This has already led to mixed reactions and the tech world sat down with Mark Jewett, Senior Director Product Marketing, Cloud Platform at Microsoft to sort things out. - It is something we will follow closely based on feedback from customers, but as of now is that SQL Azure SQL PaaS service.
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.
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