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Microsoft brings two open source tools to Azure

Microsoft brings two open source tools to Azure | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Following through on promises from new CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft continues to add support for non-Microsoft technologies, allowing them to run well on the company's Azure cloud hosting platform.
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The company has partnered with two organizations that offer popular open source programs for managing cloud resources -- Packer and OpenNebula.

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Can Amazon and Microsoft crack cloud computing in China? | China Economic Review

Can Amazon and Microsoft crack cloud computing in China? | China Economic Review | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Almost all of the six hundred and twenty million Chinese people and the hundreds of thousands of domestic firms that connect to the internet daily store some form of content online.

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Microsoft is the only global company that has managed to offer a completely public cloud service in China.

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Intelligent Cloud Services: Too Smart for Their Own Good?

Intelligent Cloud Services: Too Smart for Their Own Good? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
In 1957, prolific science fiction writer Issac Asimov penned "The Feeling of Power." In it, Asimov describes a futuristic world in which humans no longer have the knowledge to perform even basic mathematical functions, leaving the task to computers instead. ...
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Software and applications are disappearing. ..... legacy deployments are now being replaced with cloud alternatives.

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Intelligent Cloud Services: Too Smart for Their Own Good?

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Review: Microsoft Office Online vs. Apple iWork for iCloud vs. Google Drive

Review: Microsoft Office Online vs. Apple iWork for iCloud vs. Google Drive | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Online word processors, spreadsheets, and presentation apps can be surprisingly useful, or surprisingly lame, and not even Microsoft aces Office document compatibility
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Although promising the results of this review suggest that Online office substitutes are still lagging when compared to the more traditional office suites.

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Why the private cloud has stalled

Why the private cloud has stalled | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The idea of pouring the benefits of the cloud into your own data center has been around for at least five years. Here's why it's taking a while
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The word from the latest OpenStack conference is that adoption appears to have slowed, in part because OpenStack remains a moving target. ....

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How to get into the cloud – and protect your data

How to get into the cloud – and protect your data | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

It may look to some people as if there's no negotiating room when entering into agreements with cloud service providers, especially when it comes to protecting sensitive data that may pass through the hands of third parties.

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......... noted how the Ontario ministry of education persuaded Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) and Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) to add contractual addenda protecting the data privacy of students who access Google Apps for Education and Office 365.

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How to get into the cloud – and protect your data

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Microsoft's new cloud music service can't compete against Apple's Beats

Microsoft's new cloud music service can't compete against Apple's Beats | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Reports say Microsoft is building a streaming cloud-based music service like Google Music, but if true, it won't help the company compete against Apple and Beats music. What else can Microsoft do if it wants to thrive in the streaming music business?
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.......... if Apple buys Beats, some other company will look at buying Spotify -- and Microsoft would do well to be that company.

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Cloud computing in India is set to explode

Cloud computing in India is set to explode | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
For 32-year-old Yogendra Shah, cloud computing was the best business decision he's made since starting his research company iResearch Services.
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"Spending on cloud services increased over the past two years, indicating even the mom and pop shops are ready to adopt the cloud,"

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VIDEO: Microsoft's cloud strategy shows early signs of pay off

VIDEO: Microsoft's cloud strategy shows early signs of pay off | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Microsoft reports better than expected profits after increasing marketing spend to support its cloud computing products.
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The company generated net income of $5.66bn in the three months to 31 March, a 6.5 per cent decline on the previous year, but better than analysts estimates. Revenue was flat at $20.4bn in the period.

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VIDEO: Xbox One Cloud Computing Demo Shows How CPU Assist Can Beat The PS4

VIDEO: Xbox One Cloud Computing Demo Shows How CPU Assist Can Beat The PS4 | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

The Xbox One cloud computing demo recently show off by Microsoft shows at least one way the Xbone can beat the PS4 performance gap.

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..... in physics and AI heavy situations, cloud computing is claimed to make a huge difference .........

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Build: Microsoft Azure embraces outside technologies

Build: Microsoft Azure embraces outside technologies | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Microsoft has open-sourced its new C# compiler and Azure now incorporates the open source Chef and Puppet configuration managers
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Microsoft’s Azure strategy is to “enable developers to use the best of Windows ecosystem and the best of the Linux ecosystem together ...

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Dark Clouds Forming For Cloud Computing Companies

Dark Clouds Forming For Cloud Computing Companies | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Salesforce.com (CRM) is one of a pile of Cloud computing companies sharing space in a market deeply into "bubble" territory where dark Clouds are forming and we are heading for a storm.The silliness is evident in Cl
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With major cloud companies beginning to slash prices to grab business, those companies with far from healthy balance sheets are going to start getting squeezed. 

 

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Amazon vs. Google vs. Windows Azure: Cloud computing speed showdown

Amazon vs. Google vs. Windows Azure: Cloud computing speed showdown | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The cloud computing sales pitch is seductive because the cloud offers many advantages. There are no utility bills to pay, no server room staff who want the night off, and no crazy tax issues for amortising the cost of the machines over N years. You give them your credit card, and you get root on a machine, often within minutes.
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Very detailed review. To quote "At first glance, the options seem close to identical. You can choose from many of the same distributions, and from a wide range of machine configuration options. But if you start poking around, you'll find differences -- including differences in performance and cost."

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Top 10 cloud computing benefits: Flexible, economical, secure

Top 10 cloud computing benefits: Flexible, economical, secure | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
What's great about life in the sky
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We know the cloud is not the answer to all IT needs, as we noted in our top 10 cloud computing concerns in May. But it would be churlish to deny its benefits, of which there are many.

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Google, Microsoft Push 50GbE for Cloud Computing Network

Google, Microsoft Push 50GbE for Cloud Computing Network | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Consortium formed to promote 25 GbE and 50 GbE connectivity between servers and top-of-rack switches Read More
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Companies like Google and Microsoft, which build massive data centers to support delivery of their services globally, will benefit from both capital and operational expense savings since the standard will enable them to reduce overprovisioning of resources.

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The Era of Cloud Computing

The Era of Cloud Computing | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Analysts estimate that over the next six years 90 percent of new spending on Internet and communications technologies will be on cloud-based technology.
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.......... He added: “Historically, we’ve been in a world where computing was a scarce resource. Now it is moving to being an abundant resource. ..........

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Windows Server 2012 R2 finally arrives on Amazon's cloud

Windows Server 2012 R2 finally arrives on Amazon's cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The company is also offering preconfigured images with SQL Server 2014
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Tiered storage is one of the reasons CIOs should consider upgrading to Release 2, according to Amazon.

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How cloud computing is like getting a rental car

How cloud computing is like getting a rental car | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
There are many benefits to small firms that wish to leverage cloud computing capabilities.
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Renting a car doesn't require the significant upfront investment that buying a car does. .....

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SAP apps heading to Microsoft Azure cloud

SAP apps heading to Microsoft Azure cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Microsoft and SAP's long-standing partnership is being strengthened with the pending certification of SAP's ERP (enterprise resource planning) and other software for deployment on the Azure cloud infrastructure service.

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The deal makes sense for both SAP and Microsoft, according to Holger Mueller, vice president and principal analyst at Constellation Research.

 

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Study: Microsoft Office applications barely used by many employees | PCWorld

Study: Microsoft Office applications barely used by many employees | PCWorld | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Migration to cloud apps could save a fortune, a study says. It also reveals some disturbing trends about how infrequently used these "essential" apps really are.
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The challenge is working out who those people are, which is where Softwatch’s Application Usage Analytics SaaS service comes in, the firm said. It could analyse who was using what and for how long over a given period.

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Microsoft OneDrive really, really wants to be your only drive

Microsoft OneDrive really, really wants to be your only drive | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Microsoft, Google, and Apple weren't purposely trying to kill these cloud storage companies "as much as trying to force users to stay in their own ecosystems by restricting their compatibility with third-party services.

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A default storage increase from 25GB to 1TB (yes, terabyte)

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INFOGRAPHIC: The Explosive Growth of Cloud Computing

INFOGRAPHIC: The Explosive Growth of Cloud Computing | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Today I have an infographic from a UK based internet service provider called Eclipse Internet all about the growth of cloud computing. The 1st part of the infographic is about the growth of cloud com…
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Excellent Infographic on the amazing growth of the cloud.

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Love infographics... focus on content less blabla !

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Reinventing cloud computing in manufacturing

Reinventing cloud computing in manufacturing | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
This article was first published in the Spring 2014 issue of Prime, a Microsoft technology magazine for the manufacturing industry
Until now, the main barriers that have stopped businesses realising the full benefits of cloud computing have been security and bandwidth. Companies like to know where the data is held and how they can access it if necessary. They must also have an adequate internet connection, both in terms of speed and uptime. However, more people are taking advantage of the ...
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Big data and cloud computing drive up software sales, propel Salesforce into big league

Big data and cloud computing drive up software sales, propel Salesforce into big league | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
On-demand pioneer enters Gartner's top 10 software vendors list for first time, Microsoft still on top
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Salesforce also did well from the cloud momentum, entering the top 10 list for the first time with revenues of $3.8bn.

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patrick Anguet's curator insight, April 3, 3:49 AM

Microsoft toujours au devant des attentes du marché. Salesforce est en 10ième position. 

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Google's Bold Plan to Overthrow Amazon as King of the Cloud

Google's Bold Plan to Overthrow Amazon as King of the Cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Much like Amazon and Microsoft, Google has long offered cloud services that let outsiders run software on its infrastructure, so that they needn’t set up their own computer servers and other hardware. But whereas in the past these were treated as a sideline, they now represent a massive slice of the company’s future.
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It has become clear that the public cloud is the way of the future. One day, this could be bigger than ads. Certainly, in terms of market potential, it is.

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