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Monthly Cloud Update: February 2017

Andrew Gravell
Monthly Cloud Update: February 2017
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Business News

Orange introduces public cloud service with Huawei in OpenStack partnership Computer Business Review. February 21st.  The company has formed a partnership with Chinese handset-maker Huawei and says that the new service complements its existing private cloud portfolio. The partnership will use OpenStack technology for cloud computing which is an open-source software platform for cloud is computing.

Closing the gap to make true hybrid cloud a reality DABCC. February 16th. On January 31st, HPE sponsored a Wikibon CrowdChat, Simplify Hybrid Cloud, where analysts, IT industry luminaries and many others shared thoughts on deploying hybrid cloud. Over 80 people participated in the one hour live chat, resulting in 479 posts, more than 2,000 views, 3.4 million impressions!

Technology News

OpenStack Ocata Improves Cloud Usability and Federation eWeek. February 22nd. The OpenStack Foundation announced on Feb. 22 its 15th release of the OpenStack cloud platform with the debut of Ocata. The latest open-source cloud infrastructure platform release had only four months of development time, rather than the typical six months, though it’s still packed with new features and usability improvements.


Business News

Rackspace announces US layoffs just three months after $4.3bn buyout Computer Business Review. February 9th. Rackspace did not reveal further details about where the layoffs will come from or the specific number of employees that would be affected, saying the job cuts will be in areas where the workforce has grown more rapidly than the revenue.


Business News

Salesforce bolsters design services with Sequence acquisition  Computer Business Review. February 2nd.  Salesforce has acquired Sequence, the user experience design agency which works with brands like Best Buy, Peets, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Salesforce brings Einstein AI to Service Cloud ZDNet. February 14th. The CRM giant on Monday rolled out Service Cloud Einstein, a souped up version of its customer service cloud designed to make work more intuitive for customer service agents and their managers.

Equinix adds Salesforce to its Cloud Exchange, plots more 2017 expansion  ZDNet. February 15th.  Equinix said it is launching new operations in Amsterdam, Chicago, Dubai, Rio de Janeiro and Toronto. Company also reports fourth quarter earnings.

Salesforce builds out ecosystem for Health Cloud, adds better patient targeting, risk scoring ZDNet. February 20th. Salesforce added risk segmenting tools, patient targeting and lead conversion data to its Health Cloud, an effort to expand the company’s footprint in an industry that accounts for 17.8 percent of U.S. Gross Domestic product.


Business News

Splunk Inc. (SPLK) Earns “Outperform” Rating from William Blair  American Banking and Market News. February 13th. A number of other research firms also recently commented on SPLK. Wedbush reissued an “outperform” rating and set a $75.00 price objective on shares of Splunk in a recent report.

Splunk Q4 Preview: Expect EPS Beat, Yet Conservative Guide As Company Entering A Transitional Year benZinga. February 17th. MKM Partners expects fourth-quarter EPS/revenue of $0.13/$288.4 million versus consensus estimate of $0.17/$288.1 million. The company expects fourth-quarter revenue of $286 million–$288 million.

Technology News

Splunk Customers Find Threats Faster with Adaptive Response  Dataversity. February 17th. A recent press release out of the company reports, “ Splunk Inc., provider of the leading software platform for real-time Operational Intelligence, today announced five new members of the Splunk Adaptive Response Initiative.

ClearSky Data for Splunk Enterprise – Reference Architecture DABCC. February 17th.Many organizations have deployed Splunk to analyze the machine data captured throughout their enterprise. However, providing high-performance storage for accessing frequently searched data as well as economical storage for enormous amounts of cold and archival data is a challenge facing virtually all enterprises using Splunk.

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Business News

Alibaba’s Ant Financial invests $200m in Kakao Pay  ZDNet. February 22nd.  Alibaba’s financial services arm Ant Financial (Ant) is investing $200 million in Kakao Pay, the mobile payments solution from South Korean messenger maker Kakao.


Business News
Veeam and Its Partners to Give Away $200 Million in Cloud Backup and DRaaS Services  DABCC. February 15th. Veeam announced a new initiative to give away up to $200 million through an exclusive Veeam FREE Cloud Services program. Effective immediately, every customer using Veeam for on-premises backup and recovery is now eligible for up to $1,000 in free cloud backup and Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) from Veeam and its partners.

How Much Cloud Is Too Much? Virtualization Review. February 3rd. Don’t let fear force you to spend more than needed on backup and disaster recovery.

Public cloud spending: It’s time to ignore the forecasts and focus on the business value  Computer Business Review. February 22nd.  Earlier this week it was the analysts at IDC that revealed the spending on public cloud services and infrastructure is expected to reach $122.5bn this year, a growth of 24.4% from last year. Further good news from the analyst firm is that public cloud spending should reach $203.4bn by 2020.

Technology News
ARM Server Chips Challenge X86 in the Cloud  The Next Platform. February 1st.  The low-power architecture dominates the mobile world of smartphones and tablets as well as embedded IoT devices, and with datacenters increasingly consuming more power and generating more heat, the idea of using highly efficient ARM chips in IT infrastructure systems gained steam.

Solving the Challenges of Scientific Clouds The Next Platform. February 6th.  In distributed computing, there are two choices: move the data to the computation or move the computation to the data. Public and off-site private clouds present a third option: move them both. In any case, something is moving somewhere.

Red Hat IT Single Sign On(SSO) Runs on Red Hat Virtualization DABCC. February 9th. Red Hat IT selected to adopt a hybrid-cloud deployment model for Red Hat SSO, as the majority of normal traffic for is serviced out of one of our corporate data centers. SSO and virtually every other application runs on top of Red Hat Virtualization.

Oracle Adds Data Integrator Cloud Service to Cloud Platform Portfolio Database Trends and Applications. February13th.  Oracle Data Integrator Cloud offers a flow-based declarative user interface along with release management capabilities. In addition, Oracle Data Integrator Cloud’s architecture, with its ELT capabilities and advanced parallelism options are designed to enable faster, more efficient loading and transformation for data marts, data warehouses, and big data systems.

Oracle Announces Four New IoT Cloud Applications  Database Trends and Applications. February 14th. Oracle is expanding its Internet of Things (IoT) portfolio with four new cloud solutions to help businesses take advantage of digital supply chains. The solutions allow organizations to detect, analyze, and respond to IoT signals.

How serverless computing is turning the cloud on its head centers?  Computer Business Review. February 14th. Cloud computing is the new normal, businesses no longer wish to run or maintain their infrastructure and the cloud’s elastic capability means they only pay for what they need.

6 Hybrid Cloud Adoption Trends DABCC. February 15th. To find out more about hybrid cloud adoption trends, HPE worked with Forrester to survey enterprises worldwide to find out details and insights from director-level and above IT decision-makers on their hybrid cloud strategies and trends.

The Top 5 Questions to Ask DABCC. February 15th. Gartner recently published a report that predicted: “By 2019, 50% of new virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) users will be deployed on DaaS platforms.” It’s a bold statement that reflects a growing trend towards IT simplification. This trend is prompting many CIOs to consider hybrid cloud infrastructure and SaaS vendors for their workspace deployments because they not only offer excellent time to value but also significantly reduced TCO.

How to Drive Hybrid Cloud DABCC. February 17th. While C-level leaders can make big claims about moving operations to the cloud, development teams are often swamped with keeping up with the needs of the company’s data and maintaining the on-premises environment.


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