Dell has its big conference this week in Texas and while perhaps the audience was wowed by Elon Musk rolling into Dell World in a Telsa Model S (yup, that's him in the passenger seat making his grand entrance courtesy of @stu) the bigger news from the show, from a cloud perspective, was the announcement of a partnership between Dell and Red Hat. These are two heavy hitters in the OpenStack world and they're looking to take on the cloud market by working together. Here's what's behind this move. Read more
Twitter (TWTR) is stepping up its ability to track the location of its users.
The social sharing site has inked a deal to improve its geotracking feature by using a Location Intelligence platform from IT consulting firm Pitney Bowes, PB announced today. Read more
HP this week released the 13.5 version of its cloud platform, which is the software that serves as the basis for the company's public cloud offering.
Toward the bottom of a note about new features, HP mentions something quite interesting: HP's cloud no longer inherently supports Amazon Web Service's cloud Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2).
It may not sound like a big deal, but it marks a strategic shift for the company and the fluid market dynamics in the IaaS industry. Read more
There's a lot of buzz in the tech and retailing world on this Cyber Monday about the latest invention from Amazon.com: Package-delivering drones that could be flying in a neighborhood near you.
In a story on CBS's 60 Minutes, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos unveiled plans for Amazon Prime Air, which he called "octocopters." These electric-powered drones can deliver packages weighing less than 5 pounds to a location within a 10 mile radius of an Amazon fulfillment center. Read more
Forrester analyst Lauren Nelson has spent the last 6 months taking a deep dive into the private cloud market - she compiled a list of 27 vendors to profile, then narrowed that down to 10 and took in-depth product demonstrations and conducted customer interviews for each vendor. She judged each of the 10 companies on 61 criteria that she came up with based on inquires she has received from clients, along with the input from Forrester's other analysts. Read more
Open up your morning New York Times or Wall Street Journal and you may see the latest ad from a cloud computing company praising the virtues of their services.
It's the latest push by some vendors, including VMware, IBM and Pivotal, and it's coming with some snarky fallout too.
Technology companies have long taken to traditional media outlets to pitch their products, but in recent weeks the back and forth between competitors seems to have ramped up. Read more
Every day thousands of customers spin up and down virtual machines and make billions of requests for processes on the storage being held in the Amazon Web Services cloud. But what happens when a customer is done renting that hardware? Read more
Marc Benioff is never afraid to make bold statements in speeches, business or, apparently fashion.
The king of SaaS and founder of Salesforce.com took the stage at the company's annual Dreamforce conference this morning donning pretty much regular business attire - a business suit with no tie and a jacket. And these shoes:
Today we have two nuggets of news from the cloud world that both aim to alleviate concerns that customers may have with using a multi-tenant public cloud. Read more
Vendor-sponsored tech conferences are becoming big deals, just check out Salesforce.com's Dreamforce event.
If Salesforce was expecting to attract 80,000 or 90,000 like it did last year that would be impressive. 100,000 would be a pretty big show and bigger than any show from Salesforce, or anyone else, in recent memory.
When Schrodinger Materials Science tools wanted to test out 200,000 different organic compounds to see which ones could be a good fit to be used in photovoltaic electricity generation, the amount of data it had to deal with was an inhibiting factor, to say the least. Read more
Amazon's big cloud show hasn't even started yet, and there's already controversy in the Twittersphere.
Well, sort of.
Throughout the morning buzz has been growing regarding the big cloud show happening this week, AWS re:Invent, the second-ever customer conference for Amazon Web Services. Some are even calling it the "Cloud Superbowl." Read more
Pivotal is a company to watch. The spin-out being led by former VMware chief Paul Maritz has assembled technology from EMC and VMware as well as a variety of open source platforms.
Pivotal wants to be the place where enterprises build big data analytics apps for cloud-like infrastructures. To do that, Pivotal offers a variety of application development tools, data management products, and analytics intelligence platforms, all of which can run on a customer's premises, or in a variety of public clouds. And Pivotal is just getting started. Read more
We don't typically track user surveys, but the annual state of the OpenStack questionnaire provides some interesting insights into this still emerging open source cloud computing platform.
Here are some key takeaways:
-Really small and really big companies are most likely to be using OpenStack Read more
I recently wrote a story about what some folks in the cloud industry see as the biggest issues holding back adoption of cloud computing. Topics like process, security and data integration all came up. But all those people are from the vendor side of the house.
Engineers at VCE, which is the company formed when EMC and Cisco came together with investments from VMware and Intel to create a converged infrastructure platform, are exploring how VCE vBlocks can be used as underlying hardware for OpenStack clouds. Read more
News broke today that IBM will be phasing out SmartCloud Enterprise and migrating customers over to SoftLayer, which is an IaaS company Big Blue purchased over the summer.
Here's one way to celebrate the ghostly holiday: Buy a funeral home. Read more
Google today rolled out new functionality to its database offerings, adding support for native MySQL connections.
That means that customers will have an easier time using their existing connections between applications and MySQL, even when the database is hosted in Google's cloud. It’s an important move because often times users are concerned about how the cloud presents a whole new management paradigm. The more the cloud can mirror traditional processes, the easier that migration will be. Read more
One of the perks of being a tech journalist is that every once in a while a company will send you some marketing gimmicks. Well, today I got an Ostrich Pillow. Check it out: