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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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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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Microsoft-SQL-ServerMicrosoft SQL Server 2014 has been released to manufacturing, the company announced on Tuesday, promising general availability of the product on April 1. The company also announced the general availability of Hadoop 2.2 support in its Windows Azure HDInsight service, bringing support for YARN and Stinger (Hive SQL Query) improvements to the vendor’s cloud-based Hadoop service.

Any release of Microsoft SQL Server is important, as it’s the world’s top database management system (DBMS) in terms of unit sales. But the 2014 update is particularly important as it introduces an In-Memory OLTP (online transaction processing) option that promises breakthroughs in performance.

“In-memory transaction processing speeds up an already very fast experience by delivering speed improvement of up to 30x,” wrote Quentin Clark, corporate VP of Microsoft’s Data Platform Group, in a blog announcing the release.

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RapidSclouds1cale, a leader in Cloud Computing solutions, has announced that CloudOffice, its Desktop Virtualization platform for small to medium businesses, is now available on the Samsung Solutions Exchange. The Samsung Solutions Exchange addresses the needs of line of business owners by creating holistic mobile solutions on a robust portfolio of enterprise-grade Samsung Mobile devices.

CloudOffice is a ground-breaking all-in-one SMB cloud solution that brings together core business applications, business vertical applications, and key business drivers such as Microsoft Office Professional, Microsoft Lync, unlimited storage, 24x7x365 “We Care” support, the Adobe Suite, Microsoft Visio, Microsoft SharePoint, and Citrix ShareFile. Furthermore, CloudOffice provides an unmatched user experience, is budget-friendly, and can be used on any Samsung smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop. RapidScale has established one of the most expansive and comprehensive cloud solution sets in the market today and will be featured as a premier Desktop as a Service provider for Samsung.

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As any networking professional knows, downtime costs money. However, few know exactly how much money downtime costs. Estimates, calculations, and incidentals are all open to interpretation. This creates a lot of uncertainty.Hidden-Cost-Puzzle-2

Cloud computing is a good tool to use here. Many IT pros are turning to cloud-based technologies to mitigate the cost of downtime. However, is the viability of a cloud migration backed by facts or based on suppositions?

The assumption that cloud services can reduce downtime is founded on the belief that third-party providers deploy all sorts of continuity technology that all but guarantees uptime. That belief, coupled with service-level agreements (SLAs) that make promises about limiting unscheduled interruptions in service, can give you a sense of security. The real question becomes whether that sense of security is false or justified — and, more importantly, whether a value can be assigned to it.

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Game_Changer_screen_1110_624If I were to choose one technology breakthrough that completely revolutionized the way data centers are designed and managed, I’d choose server virtualization platforms like VMware, Hyper-V, Xen, and KVM. There are a number of reasons why server virtualization has been so beneficial, including hardware cost savings, decreased data center footprint, and eliminating vendor lock-in.

Beyond these benefits, most of us moved to server virtualization because of the flexibility one has when spinning up customized servers that meet specific application requirements. But for the most part, server virtualization technologies have plateaued. There simply aren’t very many new and groundbreaking features being released.

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MuleSoft Quietly Becomes Cloud Powerhouse

07 Apr 2014, Posted by admin in Blog

mulesoft-logoMulesoft has grown up, from a company built around a quiet open source project to supply an enterprise service bus, into a potential cloud behemoth. It now offers 200 connectors to provide integration, either on-premises or in its CloudHub service running on Amazon Web Services.

Its three most recent rounds of venture capital funding have boosted its take to $131 million, with the latest round of $50 million backed by Cisco. The previous round was backed by Salesforce.com, and the one before that was backed by SAP AG. “It shows the neutrality of what we’re doing in the middle of everything,” declared Greg Schott, president and CEO, in an interview after Mulesoft announced the third round March 13.

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cloudsigmaCloudSigma, a public cloud IaaS provider with advanced hybrid hosting solutions, today announced that it has partnered with software analytics company New Relic, Inc. to provide customers with new levels of real-time insight into the health of their applications and server infrastructure. Tightly integrated into CloudSigma’s existing public cloud infrastructure, New Relic’s software-as-a-service application performance management solution gives CloudSigma customers the confidence to deploy more mission-critical workloads into the cloud, knowing that their applications and services are running at peak performance.

With New Relic’s advanced feature set, CloudSigma customers can now get full visibility and insight into their end-user, application and server performance. Presented on a New Relic dashboard, which is accessible in CloudSigma’s Web console, all of the performance data is presented in an easy-to-understand way that makes it actionable, so customers can not only identify the root cause of any performance degradation, but also how to remedy it. For instance, customers can easily monitor server resource loads and even dive into code-level application performance metrics to pinpoint the exact bottleneck in the stack.

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Navy Eyes Cloud Storage

02 Apr 2014, Posted by admin in Blog

090513-N-8104B-135In its ongoing efforts to reduce network and IT infrastructure costs, the US Navy wants to move most of its non-classified, publically available data to a commercially provided cloud, cut the number of Navy data centers from 150 to 25, and eliminate redundant costs including duplicative software applications.

The move reflects the Navy’s desire to cut $1.3 billion from its IT budget, and cloud-based data storage is a cost-effective option, Navy CIO Terry Halvorsen told executives at a government IT event in Washington D.C. on March 13. A substantial part of those savings would come from consolidating the Navy’s data centers and adopting cloud computing and virtualization for most of the service’s non-classified data, Halvorsen said, adding that the Navy would continue to keep mission-sensitive and critical information in its classified databases.

Medicare-and-Medicaid-Spending-Growth-1024x768Enterprises finally started opening their pocketbooks for external storage systems in the final quarter of last year, but economic uncertainty and the appeal of public cloud services continue to hold back the market, according to research company Gartner.

Revenue from external controller-based storage, which includes both hard-drive and flash arrays but not components for unique platforms such as the Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google clouds, rose to US$6.3 billion worldwide in the fourth quarter. That was up 5 percent from a year earlier, but it came at the end of a dismal year for the industry, Gartner said.

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