Cloud Applications

Sprint to resell Google Apps for Business cloud service

Grazed from ComputerWorld. Author: Mark Hamblen.

Sprint on Wednesday announced a partnership with Google to offer the Google Apps for Business cloud service, adding that customers of the service won't be required to use Sprint's wireless network or Android devices. The partnership helps move Sprint well beyond it's role as a basic wireless carrier for businesses to one that will bolster basic Google cloud service and access to Google apps with Sprint's own hands-on professional consulting, much of it free.

The announcement comes amid widespread reports that Sprint is in discussions to buy T-Mobile and just weeks after a six-month study of wireless carrier network performance found Sprint didn't finish first among national carriers in any of 125 U.S. cities. Sprint's resale of Google Apps for Business kicks off officially on Aug. 18...

Cisco Launches DevNet To Woo Developers

Grazed from CIO-Today. Author: Jennifer LeClaire.

Working to woo dvelopers with a new initiative that promises to spark community and teamwork, Cisco has launched a new developer program dubbed DevNet. The program aims to drive an open community of software Relevant Products/Services developers -- including ISVs, customers and systems integrators and channel partners -- to help them build Cisco-enabled apps faster.

Susie Wee, vice president and CTO of networked experiences at Cisco, said the company is encouraging developers to adopt APIs across its products while also fostering integrations with third-party products. DevNet’s overarching goal: fueling software innovation. “As Cisco adds powerful software and services to our market-leading hardware portfolio, we recognize that developers are critical to creating value for our customers,” Wee said...

NetFortris Offers Cloud-Based Solutions for App, Data, Voice Services

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Dan Kobialka.

Cloud-based voice and data communications provider NetFortris yesterday unveiled new services for mid-sized, multi-location enterprises. NetFortris, previously known as Telekenex, is offering a Cloud Communications Platform (CCP) that manages application and network resources.

"The NetFortris CCP is a powerful platform upon which organizations can grow their business," NetFortris CEO Grant Evans said in a prepared statement. "We've built a world-class support infrastructure, giving companies the support they need as they build their IT infrastructure on the NetFortris platform."...

VMware Invests In Software Management Startup JFrog

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Ben Kepes.

As infrastructure becomes more and more commoditized by cloud computing vendors like Amazon Web Services and DigitalOcean, those legacy vendors whose bread and butter relates to infrastructure provision are scrambling to find product offerings to fill the revenue gap left by dwindling sales. I’ve written at length about Cisco’s attempts to staunch the flow but another company in a similar situation is VMware. Long the king of virtualization, VMware VMW -0.73% still has great revenues, but these are being threatened as more and more organizations forego virtualization to move “up the stack”.

VMware hasn’t stood still however, it has invested in other solutions – from its hybrid cloud offering, VCHS, to multiple end user tools rolled out by its end user computing group – VMware has been full throttle on innovative revenue streams. It is this same quest for new and interesting products that has led the virtualization juggernaut to invest in JFrog, the bizarrely named startup that delivers tools to ease software management and distribution...

Windows 9 features may address unified apps and the cloud

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Robert Sheldon.

As I've already noted, rumors abound regarding Windows 9 development at Microsoft. There are Windows 9 features to consider beyond the possible release date, subscription cost and whether the older Start menu will be fully restored. What kind of apps will Windows 9 run, and how much will it integrate with cloud computing?

Windows 9 applications

Microsoft has great hopes for Windows 9 applications. The company is aiming for a common development platform, which enables a developer to create a single app that can run on Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox One. These unified apps would rely on a common Windows runtime that spans all devices to deliver a consistent experience on each device, while still accounting for the differences in the devices themselves, just like the operating system is supposed to do...

Moka5's Enterprise AnyWare Looks to the Cloud

Grazed from BusinessWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Moka5, the leading provider of next generation end-user computing solutions, today announced new cloud enhancements to its core infrastructure – Moka5 Enterprise AnyWare – enabling the widest range of deployment options for secure, client-side container management: on-premises (on-prem), cloud, or anywhere in between.

“While there’s been a lot of discussion about cloud computing and its impact on enterprise IT, most enterprise organizations aren’t ready for cloud-only infrastructure management,” said Dave Robbins, CEO of Moka5. “IT needs a flexible, intelligent architecture for container management that enables them to deploy wherever they need based on their requirements...

AWS offers Marketplace software on annual subscriptions

Grazed from ITWorld. Author: John Riberio.

Amazon Web Services is offering on its Marketplace annual subscriptions to over 90 software products, which could help customers cut software costs by over 40 percent, the unit said. Customers can purchase AWS Marketplace products on an annual subscription basis and have unlimited use of the software for that Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instance for the next 12 months, wrote Jeff Barr, chief evangelist for Amazon Web Services, in a blog post on Monday.

Users can apply one annual subscription to a Marketplace software product to one EC2 instance, Amazon said in its help section. The products on offer under the annual subscription program include those from software vendors such as Alert Logic, Barracuda Networks, Citrix Systems, Fortinet, Riverbed Technology and Sophos...

Infosys to boost investment in cloud computing, apps

Grazed from TheHansIndia.  Author: Kuldeep Nayar.

India's second largest IT services provider Infosys Ltd said on Friday it would boost investment in cloud computing, smartphone apps and other new technologies to win more high-margin outsourcing contracts.
The move towards these more lucrative deals heralds a change in focus by Infosys, once a trendsetter in India's $100 billion IT outsourcing industry but which has struggled in recent years to retain staff and market share. Analysts say new technology is the next big requirement for global corporations. Infosys currently derives the bulk of its revenue from low-margin and highly competitive businesses like application development and maintenance and IT infrastructure management services. "Change is inevitable," Outgoing Chief Executive Officer and co-founder S.D. Shibulal told reporters after Infosys posted a higher-than-expected quarterly net profit growth of 21.6 percent...

Making the most of the cloud: A software-defined approach

Grazed from FCW. Author: Colby Hochmuth.

Cloud computing has become ubiquitous for the federal IT workforce, as many if not most agencies have begun to move functions like email or data storage into the cloud. But approaching cloud as a software-defined environment is still a relatively new concept in government.

A software-defined approach holistically automates network, computing and storage capabilities and opens the lines of communication between them, according to Anil Karmel, founder and CEO of C2 Labs Inc. and former deputy chief technology officer at the National Nuclear Security Administration...

Amazon takes on Google, Microsoft with new collaboration tool

Grazed from CNet. Author: Donna Tam.

Amazon Web Services, Amazon's cloud computing arm, on Thursday launched a new cloud storage and sharing service, signaling the company's first steps into territory dominated by tech titans Google and Microsoft. The service, called Zocalo, allows users to share files between desktop and mobile devices, and collaborate by highlighting content and adding notes.

It's also integrated into Amazon Workspaces, a virtual desktop Amazon launched in March. These are enterprise cloud tools a company implements for its employees. Cloud storage and collaboration have become popular services in recent years, with startups like Box and Dropbox leading the charge for working in the cloud, often painting Microsoft as a dinosaur with outdated office tools...