Linux Gains Ascendance in Cloud Infrastructures: Report


Linux is now the dominant operating system on Amazon’s AWS cloud service and is growing rapidly on Microsoft’s Azure platform this year, according to a report on public cloud adoption trends Sumo Logic released on Tuesday. The company’s second annual State of Modern Apps report reveals usage trends on AWS, Azure and Google clouds, and how they impact the use of modern apps in the enterprise. The report gives organizations a set of frameworks, best practices and hard stats to guide their migration to the cloud.

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Oracle Unveils Exadata Database as a Service


Oracle has announced the availability of its Exadata platform on its next-generation cloud infrastructure, which essentially means the company is providing Exadata as a Service. The Oracle Cloud infrastructure is a comprehensive set of integrated, subscription-based services that let business run any workload in an enterprise-grade cloud managed by Oracle. It enables self-provisioning of multiple bare metal servers in less than five minutes, with each supporting more than 4 million IOPS. It also allows block storage that scales linearly.

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Microsoft Strengthens Partner Bonds


Microsoft on Monday announced several new offerings aimed at strengthening its position in the cloud marketplace, including Microsoft 365 Enterprise and 365 Business, at its Inspire partner conference in Washington, D.C. Microsoft 365 Enterprise is designed to empower employees of large organizations to be creative and work together securely. Microsoft 365 Business, which targets small and medium businesses with up to 300 employees, includes a console for deploying and securing devices and users in one location.

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Salesforce Offers Alternative to Old-School Partner Portals


Salesforce has announced the Sales Cloud Lightning PRM app as a replacement for partner portals and electronic data interchanges that lack modern features such as built-in mobile, social analytics and AI capabilities. The PRM app has an interactive Guided Setup Wizard that lets channel managers configure, customize and deploy the app in days. It manages lead distribution, deal registration and marketing development funds, and it automatically assign partners into meaningful tiers for targeted promotions and customized content.

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Google Swipes at Nvidia With Learning-Capable Cloud TPU

Google introduced a powerful AI processor called the Cloud TPU, with 180 teraflops of performance.

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Reinventing Online Marketplaces in the Cloud


In the world of the cloud, showcasing the partner ecosystem in an online marketplace has become an imperative. Salesforce has been in the vanguard of this trend. Since its inception in 2005, the AppExchange has grown to include more than 3,000 partner solutions that augment Salesforce’s growing portfolio of cloud services. AppExchange has strengthened significantly Salesforce’s position in the marketplace by cataloging the company’s rapidly expanding ecosystem of ISV and consulting partners.

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Oracle's Strategery


Watching Oracle’s cloud strategy roll out has given me renewed respect for its approach to the market. As a company that has been public for a long time, Oracle has displayed all the warmth of an anaconda. I have friends there, and they are not anacondas, but I hope they know what I mean. Oracle knows its business and it’s making money, and it does it unabashedly, so I can understand criticisms of its pricing model or high maintenance fees. However, another side of the business is coming into sharp focus as the cloud rollout gains momentum.

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Kingsoft Adds Cloud Support to WPS Office


Kingsoft on Tuesday announced that it has expanded its WPS Office suite to include WPS Cloud. The upgrade enables users to work in a cross-platform office suite environment with added storage, file roaming and sharing capabilities. The cloud-enhanced version is available for PCs and mobile as a fully functional free release and with premium subscriptions. It runs on Linux, Windows, Mac and Android devices. The free version is ad-supported. Today’s mobile users are accustomed to ad-supported apps and other software, according to Kingsoft.

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Google Nabs Kaggle to Stay Ahead of Data Science Curve


Data Science Community Kaggle will be joining Google Cloud, said Fei Fei Li, chief scientist of Google Cloud AI and machine learning, at last week’s Google’s Next ’17 conference. The Kaggle community, which includes 800,000 data experts around the world, use the network to stay up to date on the latest innovations in data science and machine learning, according to Li. The barriers to entry for artificial intelligence must be lowered and made available to the largest possible community of developers, Lee told the audience at Next.

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Salesforce Adds Health Cloud Features


Salesforce this week announced new features and an expanded partner ecosystem for its Health Cloud at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society conference in Orlando, Florida. The new features are lead-to-patient conversion, risk stratification and advanced segmentation. Salesforce also announced a slew of new partner-developed applications for Health Cloud that can be installed via the Salesforce AppExchange. “Salesforce has continued to build momentum in the healthcare space,” noted Nucleus Research analyst Rebecca Wettemann.

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Report: Microsoft prepping a locked-down version of Windows, with RT-like restrictions

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Windows Cloud is less about a cloud-based operating system, and more about Microsoft challenging Google in the education and enterprise markets, where the locked-down nature of Chromebooks makes them preferable.

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Cloud Enters Mainstream in Federal IT Investment Plans


U.S. government agencies will continue to invest hefty sums in cloud computing technology over the next five years. After that period, spending on cloud is likely to moderate, but the amount of investing will remain at impressive levels. Cloud computing is far from mature within the federal government, but it has reached a point at which it is a mainstream component of government IT resources. Government agencies finally have arrived at a place of “real, concrete adoption,” said Chris Wiedemann, a market analyst at immixGroup.

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AWS Gives Customers On-Premises Linux Option


Amazon Web Services recently expanded its menu of cloud services to give customers the option of using the Amazon Linux AMI on premises. Customers can use the Amazon Container Image on premises for the purpose of developing and testing workloads, AWS Chief Evangelist Jeff Barr explained.
The AMI provides a stable, secure and high-performance environment for applications running on the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, he said. “It is built from the same source code and packages as the AMI and will give you a smooth path to container adoption.”

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Google's Jamboard Aids Enterprise Brainstorming Sessions


Google on Tuesday announced Jamboard, a digital whiteboard for collaboration in the cloud. It’s compatible with G Suite and Google Search, as well as Google Drive. Users can collaborate and broadcast their work globally through Google Hangouts. Jamboard has a 55-inch 4K display with touchscreen functionality, a built-in HD camera, speakers, and WiFi connectivity. Features include sticky notes, stencils, and handwriting and shape recognition. The Jamboard will be available for purchase next year at a price point of less than $6,000.

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Microsoft Adds Muscle to Dynamics 365


Microsoft last week shared new information about its upcoming Dynamics 365 cloud service: the addition of 100 new apps; the inclusion of Solution Integrator partners in Appsource; the division of apps and features into Enterprise and Business Editions, the latter for SMBs; and a new subscription model. Many of the new capabilities will be available in both editions when Dynamics 365 rolls out on Nov. 1. With the new subscription model, customers can get apps on a per app, per-user basis.

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Bring Back the CIO


The cloud revolution has made an enormous contribution to the evolution of sales and marketing software, as well as to business software of all types. There’s a long list of benefits it’s conferred on its users — from the ability to outsource security and maintenance tasks to the avoidance of manual upgrade processes, to — most significantly — the switch in payment modes, to a model more affordable for more businesses. It’s also made deployment much, much easier: Sign the contract, log in and go. That’s great.

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Specialized processors might reignite performance scaling, but they’ll also change the nature of computing forever

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The advent of cloud computing could restart system performance scaling — but that scaling won’t be delivered the way it used to be. Instead of continuously more-powerful devices, we may use relatively static hardware to connect to consistently more powerful cloud compute services.

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Adobe Leaps From AWS to Microsoft's Cloud


Microsoft on Monday announced a series of major enhancements to its enterprise cloud platform, as well as a new strategic partnership with Adobe, advancing its drive to attract new business from core competitors like Salesforce and Amazon. Microsoft has entered a strategic partnership to make Azure the preferred cloud platform for the Adobe Marketing Cloud, Adobe Creative Cloud and Adobe Document Cloud. Adobe Marketing Cloud will become the preferred service for Microsoft’s Dynamics 365 Enterprise edition.

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