Microsoft’s cloud computing business went into acceleration mode during the last quarter, and this is evident from the latest earnings reported by the company on Thursday. According to a press release, Microsoft’s commercial cloud business, including the sale of cloud-based Office 365, soared by 49 percent from the previous quarter.
Though cloud business is not a separate reporting segment, the online and on-premises versions of its cloud-based software such as Office 365 and Dynamics saw a six percent increase, as sales climbed to a whopping $6.7 billion. Revenue from Azure grew by 116 percent, and the company reports that the use of Azure’s compute service [...]
Google is the latest of cloud storage providers to announce changes to its service. In the GCPNext Event in London, the company announced the launch of Coldline, a new cold storage service that would store archival data. This storage offers a cheap rate for customers to store data that they’re likely to access less than once a year. The cost for this service is 0.7 cents for every gigabyte of data.
This announcement has come as a surprise because Google’s rates are already one of the lowest in the market. Also, a closely related service called Nearline is already offered by Google for users who access data less than once a month. This service costs only one cent [...]
Microsoft is known to provide customized products for government agencies at the federal, state, and local levels, to ensure that its products meet the necessary requirements and certifications laid down for these agencies. To add a feather to its cap, Microsoft announced on Tuesday that it would create custom versions of its cloud platform, Azure and Office 365, to meet the Impact Level 5 requirements laid down by the US Department of Defense (DoD). This product is expected to be available by the end of 2016, according to a press release.
In this version, Azure and Office 365 will be physically isolated and kept in two new regions dedicated for it. According to the company, [...]
Gone are the days when people used to work in an office from 9 AM to 5 PM before heading back home. Today, it’s a connected world where you can work at anytime and from any place of your choice. Much of this job convenience can be attributed to rapid advancements in the world of connectivity, and the emergence of cloud as a platform to bring workers together.
In general, if you need a computer to do your work, then you can do it from anywhere. Obviously, more people are taking to this idea of remote working because it gives them the choice to balance different aspects of their life. It also reduces the need for people to take breaks from work. For example, a young mom [...]
IBM was awarded a contract to run a pilot program, that could lay the basis for this company to build, own, and operate data centers on behalf of the US Army. This contract, worth $62 million, is called the Army Private Cloud Enterprise, and it is the first step ever taken by the US Army to tap into the expertise of commercial IT industry to run a large-scale data center on its behalf.
The exact document was not revealed, so the scope of the project is not known. But press releases show that IBM will get one base year, and four option years to build a data center, and manage it for the Army. Also, this new data center would start off as a migration point for all the systems [...]
For many years, VMware and Amazon have been on two sides of the storage world. While VMware had asked customers to run their businesses on their own computer servers, Amazon had always encouraged companies to move it to the cloud. But now, both the companies have teamed up to integrate their views and services.
Beginning next year, VMware’s software will run on Amazon cloud, thereby giving VMware customers to use the existing tools to manage their servers, except that their servers will be located in the cloud. Alongside, users can also make use of Amazon’s database and storage tools and services.
Now, you can already run VMware’s virtual machines on [...]
IBM has set a high standard for cloud storage with its new service called Cloud Object Storage. This service allows organizations to store any amount of unstructured data on their own servers, in the cloud, or in any combination, at one of the lowest rates in the cloud storage market today. This service will be available from October 13th, 2016 in the US, and from April 1, 2017 in Europe.
This service is built on a technology called SecureSlice that combines encryption, erasure coding, and geographical dispersal of data. Encryption is a technology where messages are encoded in such a way that only those who are authorized can view this message. Erasure coding is also a way of [...]
It’s an exciting time to be a part of the cloud world, as new products are coming up every day to add value to businesses and to end customers at large. One of the new entrants to the cloud is CloudCoreo – a Seattle based startup in the cloud management arena. Located in South Lake Union District – the cloud computing capital of the world, this company is all set to take a share of the huge potential in cloud management.
This company is led by Tom Hull, its CEO, who previously was a founding member of a company called Union Bay Networks. After it was acquired by Apple in 2004, Hull, along with a few others came together to create CloudCoreo. Jason Needham, [...]