Have you watched the recent earnings reports lately? Amazon posted total revenue across all segments of $43.7 billion for the quarter. Amazon Web Services contributed just over 10 percent of that at $4.6 billion. If you’re keeping track, AWS’s revenue increased 41 percent from this time last year. That’s impressive growth, and right in line with the explosive growth of cloud computing in general. Then we have Microsoft, which posted total revenues of $24.5 billion. Although the company does not give specific numbers for Azure, the company’s “intelligent cloud” segment (more Azure) went up 13 percent to $6.9 billion over the last year, and the “productivity and business processes” segment (more Office 365) grew 28 percent to $8.2 billion.These numbers show that the growth of the public cloud IaaS market is concentrated around two providers: Amazon and Microsoft. The market is living up to the adage “success breeds … [Read more...] about In the enterprise cloud, it’s come down to AWS vs. Microsoft Azure
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I hate writing about politics because the topic is so polarizing. However, I’ve had enough questions about the net neutrality issue that I felt InfoWorld readers needed some preliminary guidance about its effect on enterprise-grade cloud computing.The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has repealed the net neutrality rules it passed just two and a half years ago. This move has sent a lot of people over the edge, in terms of its potential impact on consumers, small businesses, and small websites. Moreover, there is a lot of speculation that the prices for internet-delivered media services, such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, could significantly increase.The FCC’s 2015 rules prohibited broadband providers from selectively blocking or slowing web traffic. However, they never covered enterprise internet services, which are typically offered through customized arrangements. The 2015 regulations did protect small businesses’ access to the internet.Republicans, … [Read more...] about How the end of net neutrality will affect enterprise cloud computing
By Sourabh / January 16, 2014 Category: Cloud Computing, Enterprise, Technology What’s the state of Cloud Computing in India? In an attempt to answer the question, VMware Cloud Index, a study conducted by Forrester Research across 12 Asia Pacific countries reveals that nearly 90 percent respondents in India believe that Cloud Computing, or ‘as-a-service’ approach, is relevant to their organization and nearly 80 percent respondents in India say they currently have a cloud-related initiative in place within the organization, or are planning to implement cloud, or ‘as-a-service’ approach, in the next 12 months. In terms of the top business priorities in India over the next 12 months, 87 percent of IT decision makers said improving the quality and capabilities of their products and 85 percent said addressing the rising expectations of customers and improving customer satisfaction. The Software Defined And Mobile Cloud Era In India Respondents in … [Read more...] about Cloud Computing in India: A Market View
By Sourabh / January 13, 2014 Category: Cloud Computing Cloud Computing Trends for 2014 by Leading IT Companies: IDC, NetApp, Forrester, Rackspace & Red Hat IDC “Value will start to migrate “up the stack”, from infrastructure as a service (IaaS) to platform as a service (PaaS) and from generic PaaS to data-optimized PaaS. The latter will be most evident as Amazon Web Services rolls out an avalanche of platform-as-a-service offerings for developers and higher value services for businesses. This will force incumbent IT suppliers – the companies that won market leadership in the 2nd Platform era (pre-mobile, big data, cloud) – to urgently reconfigure themselves to fight for position in the 3rd Platform (mobile, big data, cloud) marketplace. Joining them in the fight will be Google, which will realize it is at risk of being boxed out of a market where it should be vying for leadership.” – Frank Gens, senior vice president and chief … [Read more...] about Cloud Computing Trends for 2014 by Leading IT Companies: IDC, NetApp, Forrester, Rackspace & Red Hat
The cloud has been a boon for many companies, enabling CIOs to turn off servers or even shutter data centers. CIOs rent processing power, storage and other tools from a mix of vendors in a quickly growing market. But a small contingent of IT leaders is looking to a more efficient way to rent computing horsepower. Rather than take on the often onerous obligations of designing and managing cloud architecture, they are going “serverless.”With serverless computing, cloud instances are no longer allocated, only to sit idle until called upon to fuel applications and other functions. Rather, resources are provisioned only when a specific event occurs. A textbook example of event-based computing is the internet of things (IoT), with sensor-based devices reacting to triggers on the fly. And when a user accesses a mobile app from his or her smartphone — an event — virtual machines in the cloud retrieve and serve up the information.New York Times CTO Nick Rockwell is … [Read more...] about Serverless: The future of cloud computing?