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, 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.
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,, 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 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 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...