The Social Cloud: Twitter’s Top Cloud Titans It’s fair to say that a sizable percentage of cloud-savvy folk maintain active social networking profiles, one of which being an account on mega microblogging titan Twitter. Facebook may tout a larger membership, but few social networks (besides, perhaps, Pinterest) can brag of as compellingly quick growth as that cute little blue bird mid-song. Twitter’s popularity stems from two of its manifold assets: the ability to receive news before the press or media, and the democratization of users (i.e., even Joe Schmo from Saskatchewan can tweet with Justin Bieber, albeit not necessarily mutually).
The Cloud 300: Who is Gaining Mind Share in 1Q 2012? Ok, so it’s a few more than 300. What can I tell you? The segment is growing by leaps and bounds. The question remains, who is gaining mind share in the 1st quarter of 2012? So lets take a look at the Top Cloud Enablers Gaining Mind Share, and The Leaderboard (Cloud Innovators, Movers and Shakers). Large enterprise IT companies continue their rapid restructuring to an on-demand cloud compute model enhancing their portfolios with Cloud acquisitions. 2012 Acquisitions: Akamai acquires Cotendo (Cloud platform / Web acceleration) Apigee acquires Usergrid (API, mobile) AMD acquires Seamicro (Microservers) Best Buy
Why Did Amazon Cut Cloud Computing Rates? Part II (Continued from Part I) Of course, the explanation behind the price decrease may be as simple as economies of scale. After all, the amount of data stored in S3 did triple in 2011, marking its fastest year of growth since 2006. At the same time, the challenge posed by smaller, yet rapidly growing rivals cannot be discounted. Hence, this move may also have been to leverage its first-mover advantage to stave off competition. Even with the more recent EC2 price decreases, Amazon has described it as passing on cost savings to its customers. Amazon’s Jeff
HP Seeks To Give Amazon Competition with a New Public Cloud Service For several years now, Amazon has held sway over the cloud computing heap, especially in IaaS. HP, in contrast, though being one of the largest traditional IT infrastructure players, had been slow to jump onto the cloud computing bandwagon. However, over the last year, it had tried to overcome its late start with furious action. From expensive acquisitions (See: HP’s Revised Proposal of $33 per Share Values 3PAR at $2.4 billion and HP acquires data software firm Stratavia) to partnerships (See: SAP Certifies HP as its Cloud Services Provider and
Leveraging a Virtualized Data Center to Improve Business Agility – Part 1 Everyone knows that the age of cloud computing is here. The bigger question, on which even the greatest minds of technology revolution can’t agree, is what the impact will be and how best to apply this approach to computing resources and business optimization. Many enterprises looking for the benefits of public cloud-style scaling are deterred by increasingly complex compliance and regulatory requirements. Morphlabs has origins in open source disruption and has been working with cloud computing technology for the past five years. And, during our own evolution, we
Making The Leap From Public To Hybrid Cloud Computing While the Private vs Public Cloud debate continues to plod along, a major Public Cloud user struck an equally massive blow for Hybrid Cloud when Zynga decided to make the move from AWS to their own zCloud private servers. In a move which flipped 80% of their Public Cloud usage to specialized Private Cloud servers which Zynga have dubbed zCloud, the move illustrates one potential path for small startups and SMBs to follow in their pursuit of massive exponential growth on a Cloud Computing based platform. Just a few years ago,
SunGard Announces Solution Provider Relationship with Amazon Web Services Santa Clara, Ca. – Cloud Connect: February 15, 2012 - SunGard Availability Services today announced it will provide highly available cloud backup through Amazon’s Direct Connect services to both Amazon Web Services and SunGard cloud customers during the course of 2012. As the first phase of the relationship, SunGard will leverage AWS Direct Connect, providing LAN-like connectivity from AWS’ east coast data centers to the SunGard Enterprise Cloud. This arrangement will enable SunGard to provide customers with bi-directional disaster recovery services between SunGard and AWS, without transporting data over the public internet. This new service, in technical preview