Over half of a company’s IT applications are predicted to be located in the ‘cloud’ within the next two years, according to industry analysts. This requires yet another shift in asset management methodologies as the traditional ‘WINTEL’ environments of the past continue to be superseded by heterogeneous platforms combining Linux, Mac, Windows, virtualisation and software as a service (SaaS) applications. As the switch to cloud based applications continues to gain pace, this will upset the traditional view of software asset management (SAM) as being primarily concerned with delivering licensing compliance and widen the emphasis on cost optimisation.
Within hours of Amazon announcing that it plans to launch AWS in China in early 2014 IBM said that it plans to bring its infrastructure as a service to the country sometime in the new year. The move may help counteract a slump in the company’s hardware business in China.
Luxury car manufacturer Aston Martin said Thursday that it uses the Microsoft’s public cloud platform to manage traffic spikes after the company’s vehicles are featured on Top Gear, a widely viewed car-focused television programme.
US operator AT&T has teamed up with Microsoft to offer a cloud solution allowing enterprise customers to connect to Microsoft’s cloud platform using a private network. The solution will use cloud integration technology from AT&T over a virtual private network to pair with Microsoft’s Windows Azure platform.
In the wake of its $7.2bn acquistion of Nokia, Microsoft has revealed plans to build a new datacentre in Nokia’s home country.
Microsoft on Wednesday announced the preview of a distributed cache service it is adding to its Windows Azure platform in a bid to position its cloud infrastructure as a service ahead of leading incumbent Amazon Web Services.
While global adoption of public cloud computing seems to be picking up pace in 2013, enterprise datacentre growth has either remained flat or decreasing, according to a report published Thursday by international datacentre authority Uptime Institute.
But while it’s too early to tell how the restructuring will pan out it is clear that culturally the company will have to go through a fundamental transformation in order to achieve its goals moving forward.
Salesforce.com and Oracle have announced a nine-year technology partnership that will see Salesforce adopt a range of Oracle technologies as a platform for its popular cloud services. As part of the agreement, Salesforce.com will standardise its platform on the Oracle Linux operating system and use the company’s Exadata engineered hardware systems, Oracle database and Java middleware.
Following Microsoft’s announcement in November 2012 that it was working with data centre company 21Vianet to bring the Azure platform to China, the Redmond-based software giant’s this week confirmed that the infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) will go live on June 6.