Google Google announced plans to purchase a small Tel Aviv-based startup that helps companies move their internal corporate infrastructure to cloud providers. Velostrata has raised $31.5 million since 2014, pitching itself as a service that works with a lot of different providers like AWS, Azure, and — more recently — Google's cloud computing service. This acquisition could mean that Velostrata will no longer offer services that help clients move to competitors. The terms of the deal haven't been disclosed. Google plans to buy the small enterprise startup Velostrata as the search giant continues growing its cloud computing business. Google said Wednesday that it would acquire Israel-based Velostrata, which specializes in helping companies move their internal corporate infrastructure to cloud providers. Terms of the Google-Velostrata deal were not disclosed, but Google said that Velostrata’s employees would join the company’s office in Tel … [Read more...] about Google is planning to buy a startup that helps companies move to the cloud as it builds out its own cloud computing business
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The public cloud is, frankly, a fascinating place. Sitting on the throne we have the undisputed leader of the public cloud Amazon Web Services, more commonly known by its three-letter acronym, AWS (well, to be fair, IBM disputes the contention that AWS is No. 1 but no one really agrees). We then have an interesting power struggle as two very different vendors battle it out to be next in line. In one corner we have Google, the company with immense operational experience but some critical flaws. In the other corner stands Microsoft, a late starter in the public cloud and once something of a cloud denier but now reinvigorated and ready to do battle. Let's take a look at the strengths and weaknesses of these two players. Go the 'plex, Google, and its pan-galactic scale Google is a pretty incredible organization: In only a few short years Google has grown from a fairly random experiment by two somewhat strange Stanford students to one of the world's largest technology companies. From its … [Read more...] about Google and Microsoft clouds enter the ring
Greg Downer, senior IT director at Oshkosh Corp., a manufacturer of specialty heavy vehicles in Oshkosh, Wisc., wishes he could tip the balance of on-premises vs. cloud more in the direction of the cloud, which currently accounts for only about 20% of his application footprint. However, as a contractor for the Department of Defense, his company is beholden to strict data requirements, including where data is stored."Cloud offerings have helped us deploy faster and reduce our data center infrastructure, but the main reason we don't do more in the cloud is because of strict DoD contract requirements for specific types of data," he says.In Computerworld's Tech Forecast 2017 survey of 196 IT managers and leaders, 79% of respondents said they have a cloud project underway or planned, and 58% of those using some type of cloud-based system gave their efforts an A or B in terms of delivering business value.Downer counts himself among IT leaders bullish on the cloud and its potential for … [Read more...] about Cloud vs. on-premises: Finding the right balance
In a way, Amazon's release of a general cloud storage service seems natural; Amazon already offers several consumer and developer-facing cloud services for some time now. So it seems unsurprising that as Google, Microsoft, and Apple step in to tackle the terrain established by startups like Box and Dropbox, Amazon is making motions that it wants to enter the full-blown cloud storage fray as well.Specifically, Amazon today released desktop applications for Mac and Windows PCs, offering their take on the virtual-folder experience that Dropbox popularized. Amazon hasn’t announced a mobile app yet, and there isn’t automatic syncing on the desktop, but if Amazon is serious about cloud storage those are surely in the works.And it seems likely that Amazon is very serious about cloud storage, as Amazon's services begin to mirror the Apple's and Google's of the world. Strategic product releases by the big players in our shiny digital future are demonstrating how similar their goals … [Read more...] about Does Amazon’s new cloud storage service hints at bigger role in the battle over mobile ecosystems?
It’s business as usual at Google parent company Alphabet, despite a growing number of controversies surrounding the company’s firing of former employee James Damore and a reckoning over content policies at YouTube. Alphabet posted its 2017 fourth quarter earnings today, showing sales of $32.32 billion and profit of $9.70 per share, coming in under Wall Street expectations of $9.96 per share. Wall Street reacted negatively to the profit miss, sending Alphabet stock down as much as 4 percent in after-hours trading. However, Google’s core ad business remains healthy, pulling in $27.27 billion in revenue and helping push Alphabet to a 24 percent year-over-year increase in sales. Concerning some analysts and investors is Google’s TAC, or traffic acquisition costs. Those continue to grow and gobble up a larger percentage of advertising revenues as Google shifts more of its business to so-called programmatic advertising and mobile search ads, which inherently have … [Read more...] about Alphabet profit miss sends stock down, but Google ad and cloud sales remain strong