2017 has been a pivotal year for the database technologies market, with several massive paradigm shifts that shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. Companies are pivoting away from the traditional monolithic database architectures which, for decades, powered generations after generations of applications in exchange for a more optimized, agile, self-managed cloud-focused data platform strategy.With the increasing demand for scale, security, performance, high availability, and, perhaps most important, cost and operation optimization, we can identify three significant drivers powering the proverbial “2.0 version” of next-gen database architectures: Customers are becoming specifically cloud-centric. Customers are increasingly relying on platform-as-a-service database solutions. Customers are adopting open source database engines. Want to validate that your own IT database strategy aligns with the overall direction of where the database market is going? All you have to do is … [Read more...] about The trifecta for your next-generation database: cloud, platform-as-a-service, and open source
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Microsoft on Tuesday introduced to attendees at its Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto what amounts to pay-as-you-go plans for the enterprise.One is Windows 10 Enterprise E3 in CSP (Cloud Solution Provider) which is "basically the OS wrapped with security and management delivered as a subscription," said Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group.Another is the Surface as a Service Program, which lets Microsoft CSPs who are also Surface Authorized Distributors use a managed service offering to provision Microsoft resellers and customers with Surface devices, as well as managed cloud services, Office 365, Windows 10, and relevant products from independent software vendors.The system will ensure that customers have the latest Surface devices fitted with the best and latest Windows and Microsoft Office features. Business customers are flocking to Windows 10, with more than 96 percent running active pilots, claimed Yusuf Mehdi, corporate VP in Microsoft's Windows and Devices … [Read more...] about Microsoft Unveils Enterprise Windows 10, Surface Pay-as-You-Go Plans
Almost all the successful technological companies are striving hard to become a part of automated and connected car revolution which is in full swing currently. The Redmond giant Microsoft does not aspire to become a part of the automated car race. It aims to be the backbone of this revolution by providing substantial technology for it. Microsoft has clearly stated that it holds no interest in manufacturing cars. Instead, it wants to focus on the services which will enhance the connected cars experience in the future. The company announced at the CES 2017 that its technology ‘Microsoft Azure’ will provide these cars cloud-based software.This platform will provide the car manufacturers cloud software to power their connected car services. Dubbed the new Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform, it will go live in the form of a public preview later on this year. Peggy Johnson, Microsoft’s executive vice-president for business development, clarified in the official … [Read more...] about Microsoft Azure will Provide Cloud-based Software to Connected Cars
Microsoft’s Nic Fillingham said on Thursday that customers subscribing to Windows 10 Enterprise through the Cloud Solution Provider program (CSP) or Microsoft’s volume licensing program can now upgrade devices running Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 Enterprise without having to purchase separate upgrade licenses. This free upgrade applies to customers subscribed to Windows 10 Enterprise E3 and E5, and Secure Productive Enterprise E3 and E5.Microsoft introduced subscription plans for Windows 10 Enterprise during the summer of 2016. The E3 version costs $7 per user per month (or $85 per user per year), and consists of Windows 10 Enterprise, the ability to freely deploy the license across five of the user’s devices, and the option to revert back to Windows 10 Pro when the subscription expires or is transferred to another user.As for Windows 10 Enterprise E5, this subscription costs $14 per user per month (or $168 per user per year), and builds on the … [Read more...] about Microsoft is now throwing free upgrades at subscribers of Windows 10 Enterprise
Two of the most popular cloud storage solutions are Google Drive and Dropbox, and with good reason. Their feature sets, pricing, and free trial options make them some of the best cloud backup offerings out there. But how can you choose one over the other? In this guide, we’ll pit Google Drive vs. Dropbox to find out which is the best for you.Free storageBoth Dropbox and Google Drive offer free storage space for those who would like to try out their respective services before putting down a few dollars a month for something more expansive and permanent. Google Drive comes as standard, with 15GB of free space, which is far more than Dropbox’s initial free storage offering of just 2GB.Although that does give Google a serious edge in this section, Dropbox offers a number of ways to increase your free storage. Basic (free) accounts can earn an additional 500MB of storage space for each friend or family member referred to the service, up to 16GB. Dropbox also recently introduced … [Read more...] about When you pit Google Drive vs. Dropbox, which is the best cloud storage provider?
Data Analysis In the first part of this series,1 we discussed the impact of the GMP regulations on cloud computing and, in the second part, we discussed Software as a Service (SaaS) requirements and the need to qualify IT infrastructure.2 In this part we will look at the ways you can audit a cloud service provider.EU GMP Annex 11, section 3.13 requires that there must be an agreement between the IT service provider, such as a hosting company and the regulated user. This agreement must cover the roles and responsibilities of the people involved and the services offered. However, before the pen hits the paper, there is a more important considerations that must be taken into account. Do we audit the cloud provider? Annex 11 provides some guidance in this respect. Clause 1 states that risk management should be applied throughout the lifecycle of the computerized system, taking into account patient safety, data integrity and product quality.3 More specifically, clause 3.2 states that: The … [Read more...] about The Cloud Meets GMP Regulations – Part 3: Options for Auditing a Cloud Service Provider
Microsoft on Monday announced a series of major enhancements to its enterprise cloud platform, as well as a new strategic partnership with Adobe, advancing its drive to attract new business from core competitors like Salesforce and Amazon.Microsoft has entered a strategic partnership to make Azure the preferred cloud platform for the Adobe Marketing Cloud, Adobe Creative Cloud and Adobe Document Cloud. Adobe Marketing Cloud will become the preferred service for Microsoft's Dynamics 365 Enterprise edition."I think we would both say that SaaS has completely disrupted how enterprises are thinking about software," said Shantanu Narayen, chief executive of Adobe, at Microsoft Ignite in Atlanta. "We think it's absolutely critical that we provide this integration ... between sales and marketing and visualization."The announcement of the new Azure monitoring and management updates, which allow seamless integration, was critical for Microsoft, said Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle … [Read more...] about Adobe Leaps From AWS to Microsoft’s Cloud
Part 1 of this three-part series discusses the promise cloud computing holds for federal agencies to drastically cut costs while boosting performance and improving services. Part 2 explores the current governmental strategies for achieving broad-based adoption of cloud services.The allure of utilizing the latest advance in information technology -- cloud computing -- is that cloud applications will greatly increase efficiency and reduce IT costs. The U.S. government, which spends upwards of US$80 billion per year on information technology, clearly presents a big opportunity for cloud applications.By some estimates, nearly 40 percent of annual federal IT spending -- some $32 billion -- is for infrastructure operations, the component of IT use that embraces cloud technology. In order to gain future efficiencies on current IT operations by using the cloud, federal IT managers will have to make some significant front-end investments. In addition, as these agencies gain experience with … [Read more...] about Uncle Sam Wants the Cloud, Part 3
Although the ultimate definition of "the cloud" remains elusive to vendors and end users alike, the cloud represents the next major paradigm shift in the IT industry and business computing. Coinciding with the emergence of cloud computing, green IT and sustainability are becoming integral components of corporate strategies in top-performing organizations.Businesses are looking at green IT solutions to reduce costs, energy consumption and carbon emissions.For businesses of all sizes, cloud computing can deliver operational efficiencies while establishing the building blocks for the next major wave of IT innovation and business architectures.Cloud solution providers can range from developers of cloud-specific enabling technologies to large solution providers offering cloud computing with infrastructure, platform or applications capability. For purposes of Aberdeen's research studies, we have defined the vendor landscape in three major categories:Cloud consulting and integration: … [Read more...] about ANALYSIS Does Your Cloud Have a Green Lining?
Microsoft on Thursday announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire FieldOne, developer of a cloud-based field service management solution. FieldOne's technology will add a new dimension to Microsoft Dynamics CRM.FieldOne provides field service management tools for work order management, automated scheduling, asset management, contract management, inventory and procurement management, workflow capabilities and mobile collaboration, said Microsoft spokesperson Stacey Andrews."These capabilities allow people in enterprises and mid-market companies to better manage and deliver service to their customers in the field," she told CRM Buyer."This announcement is further evidence of our commitment to providing the most comprehensive customer service offering available," Andrews added. "We will continue to support existing FieldOne customers, and for new customers, the FieldOne capability will be available with Dynamics CRM in the near future."Pricing and licensing details will be … [Read more...] about Microsoft Bolsters Dynamics CRM With FieldOne Buy