Posts Tagged ‘cloud’

SAP Launches Cloud Platform Built On Hana

October 18, 2012

SAP jumped into the cloud platform-as-a-service market on Tuesday by launching the first in a series of planned cloud-based application services and database services. Announced at the vendor’s annual TechEd conference in Las Vegas, the new services make SAP a more comprehensive cloud player and open up new points of competition with the likes of Oracle and Salesforce.com.

Uniting both services is the fact that they run on the Hana in-memory database, creating what SAP chief technology officer Vishal Sikka described as a “RAM-optimized platform” that will set the SAP cloud apart from the competition. In the case of Oracle, Sikka said in-memory-based cloud services would enable companies to reimagine and transform cloud-based apps, not just speed them up–a reference to Oracle’s recent Open World claims about performance gains with its latest engineered systems

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Amazon’s Has A Whopping 600 Job Openings For Its Cloud

August 28, 2012

Amazon’s Web Services is clearly the biggest, baddest cloud computing option available. But the company doesn’t disclose much about it, like how much revenue AWS generates.

It likely brings in $1 billion a year in revenue, Quentin Hardy at the New York Times reports. That’s not huge for Amazon, which brought in $50 billion last year. But given that AWS is the same cloud that Amazon uses for its own IT needs, that’s impressive all the same. Most companies view their IT departments as sheer overhead.

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The world may be cloud-crazy, but Outlook for Mac is stuck on Earth

August 14, 2012

Store your data in the cloud and have it accessible to you from any computer, anywhere. That’s the pitch we hear more and more from companies like Apple, Google and Microsoft. So how is it that all of these companies allow Outlook for Mac 2011 to remain absurdly earthbound?

I’m a long-time Outlook user on Windows, now working with Outlook full-time on the Mac. Even though Gmail is my email provider (the Google Apps version of it), I find Outlook a better way to interact with Gmail than using Gmail directly through the web.

No, I’m not crazy (but if you love Gmail’s web interface, more power to you). In a future column, I’ll explain exactly why Outlook (either for Windows or Mac) is a perfect paring with Gmail, especially for its excellent offline support and the easy ability to open and manage multiple email windows.

That’s a story for another time. For now, the point is that when it comes to syncing email, Outlook loves the cloud. When it comes to syncing other data that users create and store in Outlook, the program falls short on the Mac-side. Painfully short.

Read more via The world may be cloud-crazy, but Outlook for Mac is stuck on Earth | Common Sense Tech – CNET News.

With Nicira buy, VMware claims cloud freedom of choice

July 24, 2012

Three weeks, two acquisitions — DynamicOps and Nicira — and a lot of talk about freedom of choice. What gives, VMware?

The answer is simple: VMware sees the writing on the wall, it knows acting like a dictator won’t work in an IT society that craves democracy. Half of the story around VMware’s rumored cloud computing spin-out focused on the need for the company to focus on its core virtualization business in order to fend off advances from the likes of Microsoft, Citrix, OpenStack and others. Most experts agree that embracing those competitors is VMware’s best chance to blunt their attacks.

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Where IT is going: Cloud, mobile, and data

April 24, 2012

Cloud computing seems to often get used as a catch-all term for the big trends happening in IT.

This has the unfortunate effect of adding additional ambiguities to a topic that’s already laden with definitional overload. (For example, on a topic like security or compliance, it makes a lot of difference whether you’re talking about public clouds like Amazon’s, a private cloud within an enterprise, a social network, or some mashup of two or more of the above.)

However, I’m starting to see a certain consensus emerge about how best to think about the broad sense of cloud, which is to say IT’s overall trajectory. It doesn’t have a catchy name; when it’s labeled at all, it’s usually “Next Generation IT” or something equally innocuous. It views IT’s future as being shaped by three primary forces. While there are plenty of other trends and technology threads in flight, most of them fit pretty comfortably within this framework.

Read more via Where IT is going: Cloud, mobile, and data | The Pervasive Data Center – CNET News.

Cloud and healthcare IT

April 6, 2012

While many industries are reliant on information technology to deliver services and drive innovation, none is so deeply entwined in IT than healthcare.  Whether it’s federal government mandates to move towards fully electronic information processing, or the explosive growth of consumerized tools like tablets and smartphones, the healthcare industry both shapes, and is shaped by, the technology it uses.

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