Cloud Computing

SAP Quarterly Cloud Software Sales Top Estimates

Grazed from BusinessWeek. Author: Aaron Ricadela.

SAP SE reported fourth-quarter cloud-computing sales that beat analysts’ estimates as more users of traditional business software bought programs delivered through the Internet. The shares rose the most in more than a year. Revenue from cloud subscriptions and support rose 72 percent to 360 million euros ($426 million), the world’s largest maker of business-management software said today, citing preliminary figures.

That exceeded the 319.6 million-euro average estimate compiled by Bloomberg. Software and related services revenue, which captures newer cloud products, traditional on-premise software as well support sales, rose 8 percent to 4.73 billion euros, also topping estimates. The numbers show that Chief Executive Officer Bill McDermott is convincing clients to add cloud products to the SAP software they already run in their data centers...

Cloud providers protect the security & stability of cloud infrastructures by limiting app management in public cloud services

Grazed from TechnologyNews. Author: Editorial Staff.

Public cloud computing providers offer subscribers as much flexibility as they can, but their first commitment is always to the security and stability of the cloud infrastructure. This means limiting the degree to which subscribers can manage hosted applications.

Blocking application patches

One of the ways service providers limit the degree of application management is by blocking subscribers from installing application patches. Organizations often outsource applications to cloud service providers in order to free themselves from the burden of managing the application. Many administrators are all too happy to walk away from their patch management chores...

Why CoreOS just fired a Rocket at Docker

Grazed from GigaOm. Author: Jonathon Vanian.

For the past several months, it seemed like Docker was on its way to becoming the de-facto standard for container technology, the hottest thing in cloud computing in 2014. Then along came CoreOS, which dropped a bomb (or in this case, a rocket) on Monday, kicking off what could become a container-standardization war between the two entities.

CoreOS’s announcement that it has built a container engine that can potentially compete with Docker’s container technology caused quite a commotion within the tech community on Monday. Docker has enjoyed a swift ride to prominence past year with its container skills catching on with some of the biggest names in the industry, such as Google, Amazon and Microsoft...

Netskope: Most Cloud Apps Are Not 'Enterprise-Ready'

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Dan Kobialka.

A new Netskope report revealed that nearly half of all cloud application activity now occurs on mobile devices. The research, titled "October 2014 Netskope Cloud Report," also showed that nearly 89 percent of cloud apps are not "enterprise-ready," and more than one-third of all data leakage policy violations occur on smartphones and tablets.

"There's a veritable storm of corporate activity across a wide variety of cloud apps, and it's increasingly happening on mobile devices and often from remote locations," Netskope CEO Sanjay Beri said in a prepared statement. "This makes it even more difficult for IT to keep tabs on sensitive corporate and customer data on user-owned devices, especially when you consider that the majority of these apps aren't enterprise-ready."...

Read more from the source @ http://talkincloud.com/cloud-computing-research/11252014/netskope-most-cloud-apps-are-not-enterprise-ready

Open source has won -- let the infighting begin!

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: Matt Asay.

For years, the open source world has taken comfort in a bit of Gandhi wisdom: “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” Red Hat went so far as to emblazon the phrase on the walls of its lobby, a reminder to open sourcers everywhere to take courage against the proprietary software machine.

Open source has different problems today. In a world that has gone from accepting open source to expecting it, to paraphrase MongoDB’s Dwight Merriman, what machine should the open source world be raging against? Given the absence of an outside enemy, it’s likely that open source will turn on itself...

Ubuntu 14.10 has landed - and it's not just for desktops

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols.

When people think about Ubuntu, they generally think about the desktop. The new release of Ubuntu 14.10 — while it certainly does include a new and improved desktop — saves its biggest improvements for its cloud and server versions. This new release, Utopic Unicorn, features what parent company Canonical calls "the fastest, most secure hypervisors on bare metal, as well as the latest in container technologies with Docker v1.2."

The company also claims that "Ubuntu offers user-level container control, the ability for any user to spin up containers without the need for superuser privileges, providing higher security, privilege separation and greater system robustness." This is a feature that's being explored in the just released Docker 1.3...

Microsoft Says Windows Will Run Docker, the Next Big Thing in Cloud Computing

Grazed from Wired. Author: Ross Patton.

The next big thing in cloud computing doesn’t work with Microsoft’s Windows operating system. But Microsoft wants to change that. As part of its ongoing effort to embrace the latest tech trends, Microsoft says it’s building a version of Windows that will offer something akin to Docker—a technology originally created for the Linux operating system that’s all the rage among the companies and engineers developing the massive online services that have come to define the modern tech world.

To build a modern online service—such as a Google, a Facebook, a Twitter, or even the services running inside major financial institutions and other traditional businesses—you’re typically forced to run software across dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of computer servers, and Docker provides a way of doing this more easily and more efficiently...

Loggly Secures $15M Venture Round, Releases DevOps Troubleshooting Tool

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: CJ Arlotta.

Loggly has secured $15 million in new venture funding from private equity firms, and it has also released a new solution that aims to reduce the time developers spend on identifying and troubleshooting problems. Headquartered in San Francisco, the cloud-based log management solutions provider on Tuesday said it plans to use the additional funding to "support its areas of differentiation," which include engineering, sales and marketing.

Harmony Partners led the Series C financing round, while existing investors Matrix Partners, Trinity Ventures, Cisco (CSCO), Data Collective and True Ventures all increased the size of their investments. This funding round brings the company's total financing to date to $33.4 million. Loggly received $8 million in Series B funding from investors in September 2013...

Read more from the source @ http://talkincloud.com/cloud-computing-funding-and-finance/101414/loggly-secures-15-series-c-financing-releases-problem-solving-so

Enterprises overlook common cloud application migration snags

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Beth Pariseau.

Application migration can be daunting when IT pros first look to make their way to the public cloud, but it doesn't have to be, according to experts with experience moving workloads on behalf of clients. Whether you're a novice cloud user or one of the enterprise clouderati, some rules of thumb apply when moving apps from being hosted on-premises to a cloud service provider's data center. It's important to note that at least half the battle lies in preparation for running in the cloud, from assessing applications to evaluating internal operations processes. After that, a phased, stepwise approach to cloud migration is strongly recommended.

Get ready: Assess applications first

Before migrating, IT professionals must assess applications and understand their business objectives for the cloud. Will the cloud host production or test and dev applications? And is there a variable demand for resources within those apps that can take advantage of flexible cloud infrastructure?...

Piston Delivers Secure 'Management Free' Private Cloud Software

Grazed from Piston. Author: PR Announcement.

Piston Cloud Computing, Inc. today announced a new release of Piston OpenStack™, a software product that automates the orchestration of an entire private cloud environment on x86 servers. Companies building web, mobile, and big data applications use Piston’s secure and cost-effective Amazon Web Services (AWS)-like capabilities to bring new products to market faster.

By managing a group of servers as a single pool of elastic and scalable computing resources, Piston OpenStack improves datacenter efficiency thereby accelerating the application development process. In conjunction with today’s product news, the company also introduced a simple-to-use Piston OpenStack TCO calculator that estimates the total cost of ownership of a Piston private cloud and allows customers to compare it to their AWS bill...