IaaS - Infoworld http://www.infoworld.com/t/3253 en Google steps up competition with Amazon, expands Cloud Platform to Asia http://www.infoworld.com/d/cloud-computing/google-steps-competition-amazon-expands-cloud-platform-asia-240530?source=rss_iaas <p>Google has expanded its Cloud Platform to include locally hosted computing capacity, storage and data bases for the Asia-Pacific region.</p> <p>The launch is in line with Google's increasing investment in the region, the company said <a href="http://googlecloudplatform.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/google-cloud-platform-expands-to-asia-pacific.html" target="_blank">in a blog post</a>. It comes following the opening of data centers in Taiwan and Singapore at the end of last year.</p> Cloud Computing Google Google Compute Engine Cloud Storage IaaS Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:35:26 +0000 admin 240530 at http://www.infoworld.com Build: Microsoft Azure embraces outside technologies http://www.infoworld.com/d/cloud-computing/build-microsoft-azure-embraces-outside-technologies-239850?source=rss_iaas <p>As it rolled out tools and features for coders at its <a href="http://www.buildwindows.com/">Build developer conference</a> Thursday, Microsoft showed that it is ready to embrace technologies and platforms not invented within its walls.</p> <p>Rather than relying solely on internal tools, the Azure cloud services platform has incorporated a number of non-Microsoft technologies, including popular open source tools such as the Chef and Puppet configuration management software, the OAuth authorization standard, and the Hadoop data processing platform.</p> Cloud Computing Microsoft Azure IaaS PaaS Private Cloud Thu, 03 Apr 2014 21:52:06 +0000 admin 239850 at http://www.infoworld.com After cloud price cuts from Amazon, Google, and Microsoft, what's next? http://www.infoworld.com/t/cloud-computing/after-cloud-price-cuts-amazon-google-and-microsoft-whats-next-239580?source=rss_iaas <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/cloud_checklist.jpg" alt="After cloud price cuts from Amazon, Google, and Microsoft, what's next?" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>Now that <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/t/cloud-computing/google-puts-amazon-notice-new-cloud-platform-features-239078">Google</a>, <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/d/cloud-computing/amazon-counters-google-its-own-c Cloud Computing Google IBM Microsoft Amazon Web Services IaaS PaaS Cloud Computing Tue, 01 Apr 2014 17:47:20 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 239580 at http://www.infoworld.com Amazon Web Services super-sizes instances to lure Hadoop users http://www.infoworld.com/d/cloud-computing/amazon-web-services-super-sizes-instances-lure-hadoop-users-239578?source=rss_iaas <p>Amazon Web Services hopes to entice more Hadoop users to its Elastic MapReduce service with new virtual servers, one of which has 262GB of memory and 6.4TB of storage for big-data analytics.</p> <p>On Tuesday, the company launched <a href="http://aws.amazon.com/elasticmapreduce/details/" target="_blank">12 new virtual servers or instances</a> that organizations can use to run their applications using Elastic MapReduce clusters. Potential applications include Web indexing, data mining, log file analysis, financial analysis, scientific simulation and bioinformatics research.</p> Cloud Computing Amazon Web Services IaaS Hadoop PaaS Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:23:23 +0000 admin 239578 at http://www.infoworld.com Microsoft slashes Azure prices, introduces new basic tier http://www.infoworld.com/d/cloud-computing/microsoft-slashes-azure-prices-introduces-new-basic-tier-239552?source=rss_iaas <p>Microsoft said Monday it was cutting prices of its Azure cloud services to match the prices of competitor Amazon Web Services in the latest in a price war in cloud services.</p> <p>Besides introducing a new tier of general-purpose services, Microsoft also announced a move to region-specific pricing to help customers save money, as some workloads may not be dependent on location.</p> Cloud Computing Microsoft Microsoft Azure Cloud Storage IaaS PaaS Tue, 01 Apr 2014 11:44:00 +0000 admin 239552 at http://www.infoworld.com What the latest cloud explosion really means http://www.infoworld.com/t/cloud-computing/what-the-latest-cloud-explosion-really-means-239460?source=rss_iaas <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 192px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/cloud_business_user.jpg" alt="What last week's cloud explosion really means" width="243" height="182" align="right" /><br /><em><p align="right">Credit: byryo</p> </em></div><p>The cloud surge last week was like nothing I've ever seen. It reminded me of one of those sudden blasts of fog through the Golden Gate.</p> Cloud Computing Google Google Compute Engine Microsoft Amazon Web Services IaaS PaaS SaaS Cloud Computing Mon, 31 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Eric Knorr 239460 at http://www.infoworld.com Amazon, Cisco, Google crowd the cloud -- no thanks to NSA or IT http://www.infoworld.com/t/cloud-computing/amazon-cisco-google-crowd-the-cloud-no-thanks-nsa-or-it-239250?source=rss_iaas <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/cloud_checklist.jpg" alt="Amazon, Cisco, Google crowd the cloud -- no thanks to NSA or IT" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>The gravitational pull of the cloud will not be denied -- or resisted, it seems, despite persistent fears about its security. Cloud Computing Cisco Systems Google Amazon Web Services Hybrid Cloud IaaS Private Cloud SaaS Cloud Computing Fri, 28 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 239250 at http://www.infoworld.com Amazon counters Google with its own cloud price cuts http://www.infoworld.com/d/cloud-computing/amazon-counters-google-its-own-cloud-price-cuts-239177?source=rss_iaas <p>The price war among major cloud providers continues, with Amazon Web Services announcing Wednesday that it is lowering the prices of a number of its cloud services, one day after Google slashed prices.</p> <p>Amazon Web Services Senior Vice President Andy Jassy downplayed any idea that the price cuts were competitive in nature, however.</p> Cloud Computing Amazon.com IaaS PaaS Private Cloud Wed, 26 Mar 2014 21:30:20 +0000 admin 239177 at http://www.infoworld.com Update: Cisco plans $1 billion investment in global cloud infrastructure http://www.infoworld.com/d/cloud-computing/update-cisco-plans-1-billion-investment-in-global-cloud-infrastructure-238962?source=rss_iaas <p>Cisco Systems plans to invest over $1 billion to expand its cloud business over the next two years, including building an OpenStack-based "network of clouds" with partners.</p> <p>The whole IT industry is moving to a world where more applications are running in hosted environments, and Cisco doesn't want to be left behind. The key building blocks of this push are Cisco Cloud Services and what the networking giant has dubbed an Intercloud, which will be hosted across a global network of Cisco and partner data centers, it said on Monday.</p> Cloud Computing The Industry Standard Cisco Systems IaaS OpenStack SaaS Technology Business Mon, 24 Mar 2014 14:21:42 +0000 admin 238962 at http://www.infoworld.com There's no future in on-premises IT -- it's time to move to the cloud http://www.infoworld.com/d/microsoft-windows/theres-no-future-in-premises-it-its-time-move-the-cloud-238610?source=rss_iaas <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/IT-In-The-Clouds_hp.jpg" alt="There's no future in on-premises IT -- it's time to move to the cloudE" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>I've been lying to myself: I thought IT would survive the next shift in technology as all infrastructure moves to the cloud.</p> Cloud Computing Microsoft Windows IT Management IT Training IaaS PaaS Wed, 19 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 J. Peter Bruzzese 238610 at http://www.infoworld.com IBM latest tech company to deny links with NSA spy program http://www.infoworld.com/d/security/ibm-latest-tech-company-deny-links-nsa-spy-program-238475?source=rss_iaas <p>IBM said it has not provided client data to the U.S. National Security Agency or any other government agency under surveillance programs involving the bulk collection of content or metadata.</p> <p>The enterprise-focused company is the latest among U.S. tech companies to distance itself from NSA surveillance, which has raised concerns among customers worldwide about the safety of their data from U.S. government spying.</p> Cloud Computing Security IBM Internet IaaS Internet Privacy Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:19:00 +0000 admin 238475 at http://www.infoworld.com Microsoft takes Dynamics ERP upmarket with Azure support, new services http://www.infoworld.com/d/applications/microsoft-takes-dynamics-erp-upmarket-azure-support-new-services-237617?source=rss_iaas <p>Microsoft has completed a series of moves aimed at making its Dynamics AX ERP software a more viable option for large enterprises, and plans to showcase them this week during the Convergence conference in Atlanta.</p> <p>Dynamics AX 2012 R3, the latest version of Microsoft's high-end ERP (enterprise resource planning) offering, will be available May 1 both in on-premises form and on the Windows Azure cloud infrastructure service, Microsoft announced Tuesday.</p> Applications Cloud Computing Microsoft IaaS CRM ERP SaaS Tue, 04 Mar 2014 15:55:59 +0000 admin 237617 at http://www.infoworld.com Mark Russinovich: How Microsoft is building its cloud future http://www.infoworld.com/t/cloud-computing/mark-russinovich-how-microsoft-building-its-cloud-future-237465?source=rss_iaas <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 192px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/microsoft_cloud_blue_2.jpg" alt="Mark Russinovich: How Microsoft is building its cloud future" width="243" height="182" align="right" /><br /><em><p align="right">Credit: iStockphoto</p></em></div> Cloud Computing Hybrid Cloud IaaS Microsoft .Net PaaS SaaS Cloud Computing Mon, 03 Mar 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Eric Knorr 237465 at http://www.infoworld.com Ultimate cloud speed tests: Amazon vs. Google vs. Windows Azure http://www.infoworld.com/d/cloud-computing/ultimate-cloud-speed-tests-amazon-vs-google-vs-windows-azure-237169?source=rss_iaas <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/cloud_checklist.jpg" alt="Ultimate cloud speed tests: Amazon vs. Google vs. Windows Azure" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>If the cartoonists are right, heaven is located in a cloud where everyone wears white robes, every machine is lightning quick, everything you do works perfectly, and every action is accompanied by angels playing lyres.</p> Cloud Computing Google Amazon Web Services IaaS Cloud Computing Wed, 26 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Doug Dineley 237169 at http://www.infoworld.com IBM says bye-bye to hardware and hello to the cloud http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/ibm-says-bye-bye-hardware-and-hello-the-cloud-237043?source=rss_iaas <div id="tw-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/Corporations_in_Cloud_hp.jpg" alt="IBM says bye-bye to hardware and hello to the cloud" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div> <p>Here are two things you didn't know about IBM: More than 200,000 of its employees are located in the Netherlands, and it is the third-largest seller of software applications in the world.</p> Cloud Computing Computer Hardware The Industry Standard IBM IaaS SaaS Servers Technology Business Tue, 25 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Bill Snyder 237043 at http://www.infoworld.com IBM buys NoSQL cloud provider Cloudant http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/ibm-buys-nosql-cloud-provider-cloudant-236995?source=rss_iaas <p>Adding more muscle to its cloud operations portfolio, IBM is acquiring hosted NoSQL database provider Cloudant.</p> <p>Based in Boston, the privately held Cloudant offers a hosted version of the Apache <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/d/data-management/couchdb-releases-nosql-database-runs-windows-229" target="_blank">CouchDB</a> open source data store. Its own version, called BigCouch, can be run across multiple servers, providing a way to build and maintain an extremely large and fast data store for a front-end application.</p> Cloud Computing The Industry Standard IBM IaaS M&A NoSQL SaaS Mon, 24 Feb 2014 16:59:40 +0000 admin 236995 at http://www.infoworld.com IBM begins moving software portfolio to the cloud http://www.infoworld.com/d/cloud-computing/ibm-begins-moving-software-portfolio-the-cloud-236914?source=rss_iaas <p>Swiftly putting its recently acquired Softlayer global cloud to use, IBM is moving much of its software portfolio and all of its existing platform services to the Softlayer cloud, where they all can be accessed as services under a common open architecture.</p> Cloud Computing IBM IaaS SaaS Mon, 24 Feb 2014 15:38:07 +0000 admin 236914 at http://www.infoworld.com Microsoft Azure continues enterprise push with private on-ramps http://www.infoworld.com/d/cloud-computing/microsoft-azure-continues-enterprise-push-private-ramps-236866?source=rss_iaas <p>Microsoft continues to target the enterprise with the introduction of a private on-ramp for Windows Azure cloud services.</p> <p>The service, called ExpressRoute, allows organizations to <a href="http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsazure/archive/2014/02/20/announcing-windows-azure-expressroute-new-partnership-with-level-3-and-exciting-updates-to-other-azure-services.aspx">directly connect their data centers to Azure</a> without using the public Internet.</p> Cloud Computing IaaS Fri, 21 Feb 2014 22:54:28 +0000 admin 236866 at http://www.infoworld.com Joyent offers Canonical-customized Ubuntu as a cloud service http://www.infoworld.com/d/cloud-computing/joyent-offers-canonical-customized-ubuntu-cloud-service-236748?source=rss_iaas <p>Joyent wants to bring Linux into its fold of advanced computing cloud services and has started offering an enterprise-supported version of the Canonical Ubuntu distribution that has been modified to take advantage of Joyent's infrastructure.</p> <p>"The two companies actually complement each other, from an engineering perspective," said Bryan Cantrill, Joyent senior vice president of engineering, speaking of Joyent and Canonical, which manages the Ubuntu distribution.</p> Cloud Computing Open Source Software Linux IaaS Thu, 20 Feb 2014 20:44:55 +0000 admin 236748 at http://www.infoworld.com Which vendors will be on target in the era of New IT http://www.infoworld.com/d/data-center/which-vendors-will-be-target-in-the-era-of-new-it-234403?source=rss_iaas <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 192px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/bulls-eye.jpg" alt="Which vendors will be on target in the era of New IT" width="243" height="182" align="right" /><br /><em><p align="right">Credit: Chris Boswell</p></em></div> Applications Big Data Business Intelligence Cloud Computing Data Center Mobile Technology Amazon.com Apple AT&T Dell EMC VMware Google Hewlett-Packard (HP) IBM Microsoft Oracle Salesforce.com Samsung SAP Symantec Verizon Big Data BlackBerry IT Management Service-oriented Architecture IaaS iOS SaaS Cloud Computing Mobile Technology Tue, 18 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Galen Gruman 234403 at http://www.infoworld.com