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Microsoft Buys Capptain for Mobile Analytics, Cloud Services

09 Jun 2014, Posted by Rayboy Insider Search in Blog

Microsoft plans to boost its Azure cloud services with its acquisition of Capptain, whose product helps developers track and analyze usage of their Web and mobile apps and implement customer retention strategies.

Cloud Computing“We are hard at work integrating Capptain’s solution with the wider Microsoft Azure suite of services so that enterprises can not only build mobile apps to engage customers and employees, but also analyze and optimize that engagement,” wrote Microsoft official Omar Khan in a blog post.

Capptain, based in France, defines its product as a “response marketing tool” designed to let developers slice and dice usage data, and based on that information, push targeted messages, announcements and offers to customers in real time.

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Private-Cloud-Vs-Public-CloudFortyCloud, a pioneer in network Security-as-a-Service for the cloud, today introduced its offering that breaks new ground by enabling companies to make their public cloud — private. FortyCloud is the only vendor to uniquely combine software defined networking (SDN) and software defined security (SDS) technologies. In doing so, the FortyCloud Solution isolates and interconnects cloud deployments using a distinct “overlay network.” By harnessing FortyCloud’s overlay network, an organization is now able to build and control its own secure, flexible, and scalable virtual private cloud network over any, or over multiple, cloud infrastructure platforms (i.e.: Amazon, Rackspace, Google) as well as data centers.

According to a 451 Research report, there are a number of concerns that companies face in migrating to the cloud. Notably, 69% of respondents named security as the number one concern, overshadowing their concerns over all the other cloud migration issues.

By 2017, the public cloud market overall will grow 18.5% to $131 billion, with IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service) being one of the fastest growing parts of public cloud services, according to Gartner. FortyCloud was designed to help companies, which have already migrated or are planning to migrate to the cloud, greatly improve their ability to:

  • fortify their security beyond what their cloud vendor provides,
  • integrate identity with their cloud solution,
  • reduce operating costs through simplifying and automating security configurations, and
  • improve business agility by leveraging multi-cloud deployments that include multiple data centers and even different cloud providers.

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Electric Cloud Selected as a Red Herring Top 100 North America Winner

04 Jun 2014, Posted by Rayboy Insider Search in Blog

photo-4Electric Cloud, the leader for accelerating Continuous Delivery success, today announced its selection as a Red Herring Top 100 America award winner. Red Herring selects 100 companies from more than 3,000 tech startups financed each year in the US and Canada. Since 1996, Red Herring and its editors were among the first to recognize companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, Skype, Salesforce.com and YouTube. Electric Cloud plays a pivotal role in how organizations automate and speed software development through the practice of Continuous Delivery.

“In 2014, selecting the top 100 achievers was by no means a small feat,” said Alex Vieux, publisher and CEO of Red Herring. “In fact, we had the toughest time in years because so many entrepreneurs had crossed significant milestones so early. But after much thought, rigorous contemplation and discussion, we narrowed our list down from hundreds of candidates from across North America to the top 100 winners. We believe Electric Cloud embodies the vision, drive and innovation that define a successful entrepreneurial venture. Electric Cloud should be proud of its accomplishment, as the competition was very strong.”

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veeam_logoSwift Systems, a regional managed IT services and cloud infastructure provider, partners with Veeam Software, an innovative provider of backup, replication, and virtualization management solutions. This partnership represents a strategic milestone for Swift’s rock-solid third generation private cloud offering. Additionally, Swift’s IT services team will now include Veeam as a staple of virtual solutions for clients’ cloud-based or onsite platform needs.

Swift will continue to deliver flexible and easy to manage virtual “cloud” server solutions to enterprise, mid-size, and small business clients. As a value added reseller, the Swift Systems partnership with Veeam extends Swift’s cloud computing offering by adding a new level of robust backup, replication, and recovery options to Swift’s suite of cloud services. Veeam’s products empower light-speed data recovery, enhanced levels of visibility and control, and provide the reports needed for well-informed decisions balancing capacity and risk with unprecedented efficiency.

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IBM Named Top IaaS Provider

21 May 2014, Posted by Rayboy Insider Search in Blog

IBM-companyIBM, HP, Cisco, and AT&T are the preferred infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) providers, topping the likes of Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, or Rackspace, according to a new IDC report on enterprise cloud computing.

In a key finding, the report says, “buyers selected IBM as their overall top preference among providers they believe can most effectively provision IaaS, whether private or public. Following IBM in the top spots were Cisco, HP, AT&T, and Google.”

The report, “U.S. Buyers Rank IBM, Cisco, HP, AT&T, and Google as Likely Most Effective Top 5 Providers in Delivering IaaS,” is IDC’s first Public Cloud Tracker report. It was authored by IDC analyst David Tapper. Tapper defined infrastructure-as-a-service as either shared, multi-tenant servers in the cloud (public IaaS) or dedicated servers in the cloud (private IaaS). Rackspace and IBM’s SoftLayer unit provide dedicated servers to customers who want greater isolation than multi-tenant servers allow.

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Adobe Creative Cloud Crashes, Is Restored

19 May 2014, Posted by Rayboy Insider Search in Blog

If you can’t log onto a cloud-based application, is it still really there?cc-overview-poster-940x450

That’s the conundrum many of the 1.84 million paid Adobe Creative Cloud subscribers faced on Wednesday night into Thursday as they found they could not log into the cloud-based home for Flash, Illustrator, InDesign, Muse, Photoshop, and other Adobe creative tools.

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Nuance Adds Radiology Image Sharing To Healthcare Cloud

12 May 2014, Posted by Rayboy Insider Search in Blog

healthcare-cloudHaving won a strong following among radiologists who would rather dictate than type diagnostic reports on the images they read, Nuance Communications is branching out with a cloud service aimed at the images themselves.

The Nuance PowerShare Network announced this week is specialized file sharing for radiology images, offered as an extension of the PowerScribe 360 service. Nuance is best known as a vendor of voice recognition technology, including a series of products aimed specifically at healthcare professionals, and PowerScribe 360 extends that capability with online workflow for routing reports to support staff members or back-end service providers who can correct transcripts and get the data from the reports recorded correctly in electronic health records and insurance claims.

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OpenStack’s French Connection: eNovance

09 May 2014, Posted by Rayboy Insider Search in Blog

enovanceOne of the few services available for implementing OpenStack clouds is eNovance, a major contributor to the OpenStack project. Like other major contributors Red Hat, Rackspace, and Mirantis, it’s also a member of the OpenStack Foundation board of directors.

Unlike those firms, however, eNovance is based in Europe, with offices at 10 rue de la Victoire in Paris. It’s the only European member of the board, and typically the seventh largest contributor of modules of code to OpenStack.

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SAP Reports Strong Growth in Cloud Amid Slow Overall Revenue Growth

25 Apr 2014, Posted by Rayboy Insider Search in Blog

SAP reported a strong growth in cloud revenue and fast adoption of its HANA platform in the first quarter, while its software revenue dipped from the same quarter in the previous year.

Cloud-Market-GrowthThe business software company said Thursday its revenue grew 3 percent to a!3.7 billion (US$5 billion), while its cloud subscriptions and support revenue grew 60 percent to a!219 million in the quarter under IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards).

Its net profit grew 3 percent to a!534 million in the quarter.

SAP’s annual cloud revenue run rate is now approaching a!1.1 billion, and subscribers of its cloud applications now exceed 36 million, the company said.

Reflecting the transition in the market from on-premises software and services to applications delivered through the cloud on a subscription model, SAP’s software revenue in the quarter fell 5 percent to a!623 million. Its support revenue was up 5 percent to a!2.2 billion.

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HP Unleashes CloudSystem 8 For Private, Hybrid Clouds

21 Apr 2014, Posted by Rayboy Insider Search in Blog

originalHP announced Friday that its CloudSystem 8 is generally available. It’s a converged system, with hardware and nearby storage in the rack, virtualized and ready to go for either private cloud operations or general purpose, virtualized infrastructure.

Margaret Dawson, HP cloud evangelist and VP of product marketing, talked about HP’s position in the cloud — and CloudSystem 8 in particular — in an interview Thursday at Interop (run by UBM Tech, InformationWeek’s parent company). CloudSystem 8, she said, is based on HP Converged System 700 or 700X racks of server blades, disks, and switches. It’s HP’s way of bringing the right combination of infrastructure elements together to support large-scale VMware virtualization in the enterprise.

“HP has consolidated its position as a leader in private cloud computing,” said Dawson, citing a recent Forrester Research report. HP’s approach is different from all-proprietary approaches in that it is a heavy contributor of code to OpenStack — ”We’re always among the top five contributors” — and relies on its version of OpenStack, dubbed Cloud OS, to provide the end-user with self-provisioning, usage tracking, and chargeback. Among the OpenStack projects that it contributes to are Neutron software-defined networking and the Horizon management dashboard.

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