Google’s long-touted public cloud platform, Google Compute Engine, was released for general availability Tuesday, joined by HP’s Open Stack-based public cloud. But while both public cloud platforms have launched with some noteworthy features, a lack of breadth and – in the case of HP – a slew of technical issues suggest AWS is likely to continue its six year lead in the public cloud game. At least for the time being.
Nurego Inc., a Seattle-based startup focusing on cloud optimisation and led by veterans of Microsoft, VMware, EMC and Amdocs recently secured $2 million in equity financing, according to an SEC filing. The company claims to be working on patent-pending technology that can optimise the cloud stack’s performance for service providers.
Enterprise resource planning tools provided by major vendors like SAP, Microsoft and Oracle are at the heart of many medium and large enterprises’ critical systems. But research published today by integrated systems provider K3 FDS suggests UK businesses are struggling with ERP implementation projects due to unnecessary over-complexity and cost, with nearly four in five IT and financial decision makers claiming dissatisfaction with their ERP roll-outs.
EDF Group, a global consortium of energy companies, announced a partnership with IT service providers Bull and Osiatis Monday that will see the two companies build a private cloud platform for EDF’s digital collaboration assets. Serving 160,000 users, the platform will be one of the largest of its kind in the world according to the companies.
Enterprises are showing record levels of interest in private cloud solutions, with 55 per cent of IT decision makers planning on building out private cloud infrastructure in 2014 according to new research by Forrester. Lauren Nelson, an analyst at the firm told Business Cloud News that HP’s Open Sack-based platform is leading the private cloud pack on the vendor side, with Cisco, IBM and Microsoft following closely behind. But the research also suggests vendors are mainly lagging in hybrid cloud support, which may give enterprises cause for concern as they figure out how to bridge the private-public cloud divide.
The UN Climate Change secretariat on Friday announced a partnership with the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI), a consortium of telcos, vendors and cloud service providers to highlight the use of ICT and cloud-based technologies for cutting greenhouse gas emissions.
Are SMBs failing a new generation of mobile workers? A new study surveying over 1,500 SMB office workers across Europe suggests that while enterprise employees are driving the shift towards the mobile workplace, the cloud-based tools that could potentially enhance mobile productivity are still actively banned by IT departments. Peter Plested, director of European solutions at Sharp Europe says the results suggest vendors haven’t been able to effectively allay businesses’ (reasonable) concerns over the cost, security and complexity of these solutions.
In a bid to make the internet and the cloud stack more secure Microsoft and Facebook have this week launched an Internet Bug Bounty programme to entice hackers into revealing exploits in everything from the internet to the popular coding platforms that power it.
Big data platform provider Cloudera today announced a slew of new partnerships with a number of cloud infrastructure service providers including Savvis, Verizon, Softlayer and T-Systems. The company said the move will help bolster enterprise penetration of its big data services, despite the notable absence of the big three – Amazon, Google and Microsoft.
Oracle announced Thursday that it has acquired Compendium, a cloud-based marketing platform. But the software and hardware behemoth is likely to face tough competition from partners like Microsoft and Salesforce as it pushes further into the online marketing sector.