At this week’s Oracle OpenWorld conference, Oracle chairman Larry Ellison announced his company’s new autonomous database product. However, Larry being Larry, he took several minutes to disparage Amazon Web Services, especially its Redshift database technology.AWS dominates the cloud market. Now that Oracle is fully committed to gunning for the exploding cloud marketplace, AWS stands in Ellison’s crosshairs. As you might imagine, AWS took exception to his comments and decided to issue a public rebuke.[ InfoWorld’s Matt Asay says don’t take Oracle’s cloud claims too seriously. | Working with data in the cloud requires new thinking. InfoWorld shows you the way: How Cosmos DB ensures data consistency in the global cloud. | Stay up on the cloud with InfoWorld’s Cloud Computing Report newsletter. ]What was the mudslinging all about? Ellison stated that AWS’s cloud is not at all elastic, and he provided a use case for his argument, … [Read more...] about The cloud computing wars have forgotten the enterprise
Oracle CEO Mark Hurd claims he doesn’t “really worry so much about” Amazon Web Services. That statement is either profoundly disingenuous or utterly ridiculous. Or perhaps Hurd and Oracle chairman Larry Ellison, who launched this week’s Oracle OpenWorld by fixating on AWS, trying mightily to convince attendees that AWS’s cloud pales in comparison to Oracle’s cloud.You know, the same Oracle cloud that can’t even muster a Top 10 place in Gartner’s list of leading IaaS providers. For IaaS, Gartner pegs AWS cloud revenues at more than 80X times Oracle’s. Even in the PaaS market, where Oracle has seen more growth—bumping up from 1.1 percent market share to 2 percent in 2016—it’s still just a tenth the size of AWS, which saw its PaaS share boom from 13.7 percent to 19.8 percent in the same period.[ InfoWorld’s David Linthicum says the cloud vendor wars have neglected the enterprise. | Learn all about the cloud at … [Read more...] about Don’t take Oracle’s cloud-computing superiority claims too seriously
Now that enterprises have done serious work in the cloud, they’re a bit unhappy with their cloud technology providers. It turns out that migrations are not so easy, and service levels aren’t what they expect.According to a recent report by 451 Research, three quarters of organizations are willing to pay a premium for enhanced services from their cloud technology providers. Just under half (48.7 percent) of the 600 IT pros polled said they would pay to enhance their security, 43.3 percent said they would pay extra for guaranteed uptime and performance metrics, 33.6 percent would pay more for enhanced customer service, and 26.4 percent would pay more for enhanced operational management.[ What is cloud computing? Everything you need to know now. | Also: InfoWorld’s David Linthicum explains how to move into a cloud career from traditional IT. ]IT shops were also dissatisfied with the security services they were getting in their cloud services; only 38.8 percent were … [Read more...] about It’s hangover time for enterprise cloud computing
We live in a world where we like to name things. In the case of cloud computing, the names revolve around patterns of use: public cloud, private cloud, and hybrid cloud. Now there’s a new term, multicloud, for an emerging pattern of use for cloud computing.Terms and definitions“Multicloud” means using more than a single public cloud. That usage pattern arose when enterprises tried to avoid dependence on a single public cloud provider, when they chose specific services from each public cloud to get the best of each, or when they wanted both benefits.[ Learn all about the cloud at InfoWorld. Start with the basics: What is cloud computing? Everything you need to know now. Then learn what is IaaS (infrastructure as a service), what is PaaS (platform as a service), and what is SaaS (software as a service). ]Defined: “Multicloud” vs. “hybrid cloud”So, how does multicloud relate to hybrid cloud? Some people use them interchangeably, but they do … [Read more...] about What is multicloud? The next step in cloud computing explained
Developers longing to build more intelligent, more proactive, more personalized apps seem to gain more options with every passing day. With Haven OnDemand, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE) has joined the applied machine learning fray, competing directly with IBM Watson Services, Microsoft Cortana Analytics Suite, and several Google ML-based APIs. Haven OnDemand is a platform for building cognitive computing solutions using text analysis, speech recognition, image analysis, indexing, and search APIs. While IBM based its cognitive computing/machine learning cloud services primarily on Watson, the “Jeopardy” winner, HPE based its recently announced Haven OnDemand services primarily on IDOL, its enterprise search engine. [ The InfoWorld review roundup: AWS, Microsoft, Databricks, Google, HPE, and IBM machine learning in the cloud. | Get a digest of the day's top tech stories in the InfoWorld Daily newsletter. ] … [Read more...] about Review: HPE’s machine learning cloud overpromises, underdelivers
The “cloud” in cloud computing originated from the habit of drawing the internet as a fluffy cloud in network diagrams. No wonder the most popular meaning of cloud computing refers to running workloads over the internet remotely in a commercial provider’s data center—the so-called “public cloud” model. AWS (Amazon Web Services), Salesforce’s CRM system, and Google Cloud Platform all exemplify this popular notion of cloud computing.But there’s another, more precise meaning of cloud computing: the virtualization and central management of data center resources as software-defined pools. This technical definition of cloud computing describes how public cloud service providers run their operations. The key advantage is agility: the ability to apply abstracted compute, storage, and network resources to workloads as needed and tap into an abundance of pre-built services.[ Download the public cloud megaguide PDF: Amazon, Microsoft, Google, IBM, … [Read more...] about What is cloud computing? Everything you need to know now
The “cloud” in cloud computing originated from the habit of drawing the internet as a fluffy cloud in network diagrams. No wonder the most popular meaning of cloud computing refers to running workloads over the internet remotely in a commercial provider’s data center—the so-called “public cloud” model. AWS (Amazon Web Services), Salesforce’s CRM system, and Google Cloud Platform all exemplify this popular notion of cloud computing.But there’s another, more precise meaning of cloud computing: the virtualization and central management of data center resources as software-defined pools. This technical definition of cloud computing describes how public cloud service providers run their operations. The key advantage is agility: the ability to apply abstracted compute, storage, and network resources to workloads as needed and tap into an abundance of pre-built services.[ Download the public cloud megaguide PDF: Amazon, Microsoft, Google, IBM, … [Read more...] about What is cloud computing?
Pity the Patent and Trademark Office examining attorney who gave Dell the green light propelling its trademark application for the term "cloud computing" toward the home stretch this summer. That particular individual was obviously unaware that the phrase had become, over the course of a year, one of the hottest buzzwords in the tech industry. The irony is that Dell was denied the trademark because "cloud computing" has achieved the status of a commonly used term -- but common though it may be, this ubiquitous industry phrase is, at best, nebulous. Wikipedia describes it as "the Internet-based ("cloud") development and use of computer technology ("computing") with the cloud serving as a metaphor for the Internet. It is a general concept that incorporates Software as a Service (SaaS), Data as a Service (DaaS), Web 2.0 and other recent, well-known technology trends, in which the common theme is reliance on the Internet for satisfying the computing needs of the users." 68 Million … [Read more...] about Cloud Computing, Part 1: Some Breaks in the Fog
By Jack M. Germain Dec 9, 2009 4:00 AM PT In the early days of business computing, data was shipped from corporate locations to a central server. To spare enterprises the hands-on control of the process, third-party service providers handled the freight. Today, that same business model for massive off-site data storage and application delivery has a more nebulous name: cloud computing. A new name, larger server farms, often unknown locations of the so-called clouds -- the process is almost like online banking, where you never actually visit a physical location to check on your deposits and make hands-on cash withdrawals. Cloud computing entails more than mere long-distance data storage, however. It also involves the use of Web-based applications that come from someplace beyond a corporate server. Cloud computing, in addition, can carry with it a security risk. For the cloud customer, it's often been understood that the service provider and the application developers take care of … [Read more...] about Securing Web Apps: Build Then Patch or Rebuild From Scratch?
New artificial intelligence software from Google can teach itself how to play-and often master-classic 1980s Atari arcade games. "This work is the first time that anyone has built a single general-learning system that can learn directly from experience to master a wide range of challenging task-in this case, a set of Atari games-and perform at or better than human level at those games," says one of the AI's creators Demis Hassabis, who works at Google DeepMind in London. Hassabis and colleagues detailed their findings in in this week's issue of the journal Nature. (And you can download the source code from Google here.) The researchers hope to apply the ideas behind their AI to Google products such as search, machine translation, and smartphone apps "to make those things smarter," Hassabis says. Artificial intelligence is now experiencing a renaissance because of groundbreaking advances in machine learning. One important machine learning strategy is reinforcement learning, in which a … [Read more...] about Google AI Learns Classic Arcade Games From Scratch, Would Probably Beat You at Them
As with nearly every IT trend, including service-oriented architectures and Web services, just because we're all talking about cloud computing doesn't mean we're talking about the same thing. I recently joined a LinkedIn/Google group on cloud computing, a member of which posted what should have been an innocent question: Is there a difference between cloud computing and what we know as grid computing? I was ready with my own answer, but overnight about a dozen responses had already flooded in, creating an e-mail chain that offered some interesting nuances on the terminology. [ Learn more about the cloud computing trend in "What cloud computing really means" and "The platform lock-in game moves to the cloud." ] I hope this doesn't get me kicked out of this group, but I thought it might be interesting to reproduce some of these as food for thought. In the interests of privacy, I'm not publishing anyone's names, and I've edited some of the definitions for the sake of clarity and length. … [Read more...] about Five ways of defining cloud computing
Under fire from angry shareholders and rocked by a stream of high-profile executive departures, embattled Yahoo on Thursday announced another reorganization, one that includes the formation of a cloud computing and data infrastructure group. The move has some analysts speculating that Yahoo may have plans to enter the market for hosted IT services like Google and Amazon have done. In its latest attempt to snap out of its years-long technology and financial funk, Yahoo will now centralize its product development operations. It will also create a business region just for the United States and its end-users, advertisers, and Web publishers. In addition, Yahoo will form what it calls an "insights strategy team" and enhance its technology infrastructure so that product designers and engineers will communicate and collaborate better. "These moves accelerate the ability of our deep and talented team to build great products, grow our audiences and improve monetization globally," said Jerry … [Read more...] about Does Yahoo reorg signal cloud computing move?
The Tubes are atwitter with discussion of the news from PDC this week, not least of which was the announcement of Microsoft's new Windows Azure cloud computing platform. Details about the offering remain scant at this point -- the SDKs and developer programs are "by invitation only" -- but what I've heard so far sounds promising. I'm particularly interested in Live Services, which finally lifts the lid off the inner workings of Live Mesh (of which I am a devoted user). But while I'm fairly rah-rah about the potential of cloud computing platforms in theory, I remain skeptical about their efficacy for enterprise software development in practice. By comparison, Microsoft is nothing if not gung-ho. Where Amazon and Google have tread carefully, unveiling their cloud services first as pilot programs with limited applications, Microsoft seems determined to deliver its version of the cloud to its entire ISV community on a plate. While the geek in me is itching to play around with this stuff, … [Read more...] about Cloud computing isn’t all azure skies
Lots going on in the cloud computing space these days, and SOA is clearly along for the ride. Indeed, there are many things that cloud computing providers (and that's a rather big category these days) and those building SOAs can learn from each other. I'm just scratching the surface here. What SOA can learn from cloud computing: Service design. Those deploying services in the cloud, such a Amazon, TheWebService, Force.com, and others, have done a pretty good job with service design. You have to, really, in order to rent the darn things out. Many SOA project have a tendency to build services that are too course-grained, too fine-grained, or just not at all well designed. Service expandability. Cloud computing services are designed to expand as needed, and those leveraging cloud services do so because they can get the services, when they need them, on demand. The ability to expand services within an SOA is typically a painful and expensive process. What cloud computing can learn from … [Read more...] about What SOA can learn from cloud computing — and the other way around
The buzzword of 2009 seems to be "cloud computing." And it's being fueled by a recession that's taking on the global economy like a prize fighting champ. When you start to look at the bottom line, you might be tempted to move away from capital expenses to a friendlier and more manageable monthly service fee. Hey, it seems to make sense. But if you keep hearing the words and aren't sure what they mean, your first question might be, "what is this cloud computing?" Well, like "virtualization," cloud computing is a broad term and one that gets tossed around more and more these days -- in fact, it has become part of IT 2.0 buzzword bingo. Typically, it refers to software, services, and resources that operate on computers somewhere out there in the Internet or off in the clouds. Users may not have any knowledge, expertise, or control over the technology infrastructure in the cloud, but that's OK. It's all part of the master plan. [ Virtualization skill sets are in high demand right now, … [Read more...] about Will cloud computing do away with IT pros?
Don't believe anyone who says cloud computing is just a buzzword, doomed to become the next failed, overhyped industry former technology darling. Cloud computing is already here, and if you don't learn to secure it, you won't have much of a job to cling to in the not-too-distant future. Think of the information security version of a Cobol programmer. Being a computer security professional is one of the toughest jobs in the world -- perhaps not as dangerous as an Alaskan crab fisherman or a high-voltage power lineman, but technically it is as tough as they come. In the computer world, technology changes so fast that you have to learn -- and master -- something completely new every two years. And you are evaluated on only what you've done lately. No one cares anymore if you were "da man" in fighting macro viruses or if you could disassemble VBScript worms. Your bosses only care how you fared fighting hackers and malware in 2009. Nothing else matters. [ Beware the 7 cloud security risks … [Read more...] about Learn cloud security before it’s too late
So much digital ink, on InfoWorld and elsewhere, has been spilled analyzing cloud computing -- what it is, whether it's anything new, whether it will change IT as we know it. But a recent conversation has me thinking that cloud computing's greatest contribution may be in the way it applies the principles of mass production to IT. Last week I spoke with Siki Giunta, vice president of cloud computing and software services at global IT consultancy CSC. Giunta, who has led seven large-scale cloud engagements for CSC, says that from her standpoint everything centers on the cloud service catalog. [ For analysis of the latest cloud computing developments, read David Linthicum's Cloud Computing blog. | Also on InfoWorld: Learn what the private cloud really means. ] [ Give yourself a technology career advantage with InfoWorld's Deep Dive technology reports and Computerworld's career trends reports. GET A 15% DISCOUNT through Jan. 15, 2017: Use code 8TIISZ4Z. ]In other words, a whole range of IT … [Read more...] about Cloud computing: IT as commodity
Every overhyped technology has good and bad aspects. The trouble is that few are willing to fill you in on the bad aspects. Doing so is often met with several dozen rounds of being called a hater. Cloud computing is no exception. Here are the three major cloud computing secrets: Some public cloud computing providers are falling and will fail. Public clouds don't always save you money. Using clouds can get you fired. [ Get the no-nonsense explanations and advice you need to take real advantage of cloud computing in InfoWorld editors' 21-page Cloud Computing Deep Dive PDF special report. | Stay up on the cloud with InfoWorld's Cloud Computing Report newsletter. ] [ Download InfoWorld's quick guide and get started with Azure Mobile Services for building apps today. | Stay up on the cloud with InfoWorld's Cloud Computing newsletter. ]Now to the details. Dirty cloud secret 1: Some public cloud computing providers are falling and will fail. Many of the smaller cloud computing providers … [Read more...] about 3 dirty little cloud computing secrets
Cloud computing seems simple in concept, and indeed, simplicity of operation, deployment and licensing are its most appealing assets. But when it comes to questions of compliance, once you scratch the surface you'll find more questions than you asked in the first place, and more to think about than ever before. Compliance covers a lot of ground, from government regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley and the European Union Data Protection Act, to industry regulations such as PCI DSS for payment cards and HIPAA for health data. You may have internal controls in place, but moving to a public-cloud infrastructure platform, a cloud-based application suite or something in between will mean giving up some controls to the cloud vendor. [ InfoWorld's David Linthicum says Watch out: The feds want to regulate the cloud. | Get the no-nonsense explanations and advice you need to take real advantage of cloud computing in the InfoWorld editors' 21-page Cloud Computing Deep Dive PDF special report. | Stay … [Read more...] about Cloud computing: 4 tips for regulatory compliance
With the shift to cloud well under way, can we expect to see the same innovation-crushing surge of patent abuse in the field of cloud computing? Given the increasing deal sizes in the cloud space, the move by market leaders to focus on cloud for future growth, and the shortfall of current reform activity to restrict only the most egregious patent trolls (and not those using trolling as a line-of-business within a larger enterprise), it seems foreordained. Much of cloud computing relies deeply on open source software. So the cloud news from the OIN (Open Invention Network) that broke in December -- that Google would join and OIN would cover OpenStack -- should come as no surprise. [ Is OpenStack the new Linux? Read the early signs around the "cloud operating system." | Track the latest trends in open source with InfoWorld's Technology: Open Source newsletter. ] [ Roundup: TensorFlow, Spark MLlib, Scikit-learn, MXNet, Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit, and Caffe machine learning and deep … [Read more...] about Patent trolls target their next victim: Cloud computing