News & Commentary
Content tagged with Infrastructure as a Service posted in January 2014
Amazon Posts 20% Revenue Growth, Stock Drops
News  |  1/31/2014  | 
Amazon.com and its Web Services unit grew in the fourth quarter of 2013 but not enough to please investors -- Amazon stock dropped 9.5%.
Microsoft CEO Search: 3 Things Satya Nadella Brings
News  |  1/31/2014  | 
Microsoft is set to name Nadella as its next CEO. Take a closer look at who he is and what he brings to the table.
Open Hardware Is Like Linux: True Or False?
Commentary  |  1/31/2014  | 
Examine this analogy closely. Open-source hardware and open-source software involve different processes with different levels of user participation.
FedRAMP Deadline Looms For Agencies, Cloud Providers
Commentary  |  1/31/2014  | 
Federal agencies have until June 5 to certify their cloud systems. Here's what will happen if they miss the deadline.
16 Top Big Data Analytics Platforms
Slideshows  |  1/30/2014  | 
Data analysis is a do-or-die requirement for today's businesses. We analyze notable vendor choices, from Hadoop upstarts to traditional database players.
Microsoft's Open Compute Move: Just Good PR?
News  |  1/29/2014  | 
The disruptive power of Microsoft's Open Compute Group move has spurred debate. Let's talk image versus cold hard revenues.
Oracle's Hurd: A 'Once-In-A-Career Opportunity'
Commentary  |  1/29/2014  | 
President Mark Hurd explains Oracle's strategy on cloud, marketing, innovation, and those pesky startup rivals.
IBM Sells Its Business Machines: Takeaway Lessons
Commentary  |  1/29/2014  | 
You've seen IT silver bullets come and go before? Make no mistake: IBM truly expects data centers to move to the cloud.
Microsoft Makes Azure Server Design Open-Source
News  |  1/29/2014  | 
Open-source hardware movement wins a surprise supporter. Microsoft joins Open Compute project, shares its server design ideas.
Apprenda 5.0 Eases Cloud Application Scaling
News  |  1/28/2014  | 
PaaS enables moving legacy Java and .Net applications to the cloud, brings slider interface to automatically scaling server instances as demand rises and falls.
Altiscale Launches Hadoop-As-A-Service
News  |  1/28/2014  | 
Founded by big data pioneers from Yahoo and Google, startup unveils cloud-based offering built specifically for Hadoop users.
Microsoft's Strong Quarter: 5 Key Facts
News  |  1/24/2014  | 
Microsoft's enterprise sales are booming, but Surface is still no match for the iPad.
When The Open Cloud... Isn't
Commentary  |  1/24/2014  | 
Cloudscaling CEO Randy Bias argues that using public APIs and open-source code doesn't make your cloud service "open."
Google's Competition Is Amazon, Not Apple
Commentary  |  1/24/2014  | 
People tend to think of Amazon as an online store. But it's so much more.
Amazon Cuts Cloud Storage Prices, Adds Server Instances
News  |  1/23/2014  | 
Amazon Web Services will cut Elastic Block Store prices by up to 50% and Simple Storage Service by an average of 14%, plus add two new M3 virtual servers.
Lenovo To Buy IBM's x86 Server Business
News  |  1/23/2014  | 
IBM will shed its low-margin, low-end server business for $2.3 billion after more than a year of on-again, off-again negotiations with Lenovo.
VMware Goes Mobile With AirWatch Buy
News  |  1/22/2014  | 
VMware accelerates expansion outside the datacenter in a $1.54 billion deal that will broaden the company's End-User Computing portfolio.
How FedRAMP Lifts All Cloud Ships
Commentary  |  1/22/2014  | 
FedRAMP's role in making cloud services more secure also helps agencies offset some of the complexity of their IT operations, says NIST's Ron Ross.
IBM Plans Layoffs, New Investments
News  |  1/22/2014  | 
IBM says it will "rebalance" its workforce in 2014 after a steep slide in hardware sales, but also invest in cloud, mobile, analytics, big data, and security to fire up growth.
Social Security Administration To Build Private Cloud
News  |  1/22/2014  | 
SSA issues request for information seeking software that would help automate the agency's IT processes and create a self-service portal.
2014 IT Budget Survey
Steal Our Slides  |  1/20/2014  | 
Is the IT budget moving out of ITís control? Maybe -- 37% of respondents say the rate of outside spending is on the rise, up from 22% last year. Just 21% of CIOs retain full spending authority. What is in our control: How we respond.
Intel Desperately Seeking Mobile Momentum
News  |  1/17/2014  | 
Posting mixed earnings, Intel tries to catch up in mobile while getting ahead in wearable tech and the Internet of Things.
Look Out, Nest: 5 Smart Home Startups
News  |  1/17/2014  | 
Is every dream home a startup? Not yet, but Google's charge into the smart sensor market should spark more interest in this sector. Here are some names to watch.
Microsoft Researchers Seek Performance-Based Cloud Pricing Patent
News  |  1/17/2014  | 
Cloud pricing scheme based on performance levels, instead of units of time, would be interesting play against rivals such as Amazon Web Services.
IBM Bets Big On Global Datacenter Network
News  |  1/17/2014  | 
IBM will spend $1.2 billion and build out 40 SoftLayer-based datacenters to deliver enterprise cloud services. Locales range from China to Mexico.
Microsoft CEO Search: Ericsson's Vestberg A Contender
News  |  1/16/2014  | 
As Microsoft works to replace Steve Ballmer, Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg reportedly lands on the short list.
Oracle Adds Cloud Adapter For Salesforce.com
News  |  1/16/2014  | 
Oracle joins the cloud-integration party late, but says its wizard-driven SOA Suite will appeal where on-premises apps prevail.
IBM Stuffs Flash Into Next-Generation Servers
News  |  1/16/2014  | 
IBM moves flash storage inside the box -- 12.8 TB of it -- to work alongside RAM and cut data movement latencies.
PaaS Is Dead. Long Live PaaS
Commentary  |  1/15/2014  | 
Platform-as-a-service is not dead -- Red Hat exec Krishnan Subramanian says it has evolved to a higher state.
Top 10 Retail CIO Priorities For 2014
Slideshows  |  1/15/2014  | 
NRF Big Show 2014 serves up a wealth of advice for retail tech leaders looking to embrace digital commerce, adopt a mobile-first strategy, and take advantage of big data.
Is The Cloud Platform Battle Over?
Commentary  |  1/15/2014  | 
Iaas and PaaS platform distinctions will soon become irrelevant, as OpenStack's Solum project shows.
Rackspace Names Taylor Rhodes President
News  |  1/14/2014  | 
Former chief customer officer aims to shake off investor doubts about Rackspace's cloud service fortunes.
Dropbox Takes Blame For Cloud Outage
News  |  1/14/2014  | 
Post-mortem analysis says Friday's cloud service outage was caused by bad script in routine maintenance update.
With Watson, Is IBM Riding Right Wave?
Commentary  |  1/10/2014  | 
IBM bets that its Watson technology will ride the cognitive-computing wave to commercial success -- while rivals gear up for the connected-computing era.
SAP Reports Gains, Loses Cloud Chief
News  |  1/10/2014  | 
SAP wraps up 2013 with triple-digit cloud gains, but its cloud business leader, Bob Calderoni, has resigned.
IBM Breeds New Business Unit To Feed Watson
News  |  1/9/2014  | 
IBM is investing more than $1 billion in a new business unit. It's banking on a market for cognitive computing services that actually learn and reason.
IT Analytics: Measuring Up Is Hard To Do
Commentary  |  1/9/2014  | 
IT groups are struggling to measure their own performance, especially around cloud services, new research says.
CenturyLink Eases Cloud Foundry Deployments
News  |  1/9/2014  | 
CenturyLink embraces Bosh software support from Tier3 acquisition, aims for a greater piece of the PaaS pie owned by Amazon, Microsoft, Google.
Benioff: Oracle's 'Big Mistake' Is Salesforce's Gain
News  |  1/9/2014  | 
Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff says hiring former Oracle executive Keith Block moved the company "to the next level" in selling to big companies.
IBM Builds A Better OpenStack Scheduler
News  |  1/8/2014  | 
IBM's Platform scheduler uses more efficient resource management to improve on OpenStack's own scheduler operations.
GSA CIO Coleman Joins AT&T Government Solutions
News  |  1/8/2014  | 
Deputy CIO Sonny Hashmi named acting CIO of General Services Administration.
Vendors Must Cater To Developers Or Die
Commentary  |  1/8/2014  | 
Technology providers need to realize that the procurement game has fundamentally changed.
eLynx Maps Mortgage Docs Move To Public Cloud
News  |  1/6/2014  | 
Provider of mortgage documents and digital signatures says banks and mortgage lenders will follow its move to public cloud.
CES 2014: 8 Technologies To Watch
Slideshows  |  1/4/2014  | 
Giant TVs, laser-equipped cars, wearable computers -- it must be the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show. Which products will dazzle?
6 Cloud Upstarts To Watch
News  |  1/2/2014  | 
Watch out, Amazon Web Services. These younger cloud companies bring new architectures and provisioning methods to the game.


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