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Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) platforms offer a wide array of “hosting” features, in varying degrees. IaaS can be thought of as “data centre in the cloud”.

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These include:

  • Strategy and Innovation
  • Service Experience
  • Conflict Resolution
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Software Winners In a Post-Pandemic World – Atlassian Is a Refreshing Value Play
August 21, 2020

COVID-19 has forced software companies and their suppliers to refocus efforts around prioritizing systems and workflows that are nearly 100% digital in nature. As a result, Info-Tech has observed the quick emergence of six market themes that are highly relevant post COVID-19. This note series will profile key vendors and how they fit into the post-COVID-19 world.

Author: Scott Bickley (Info-Tech)

Software Winners In a Post-Pandemic World – Microsoft Checks All the Boxes
August 05, 2020

COVID-19 has forced software companies and their suppliers to refocus efforts around prioritizing systems and workflows that are nearly 100% digital in nature. As a result, Info-Tech has observed the quick emergence of six market themes that are highly relevant after COVID-19. This note series will profile key vendors and how they fit into the post-COVID-19 world.

Author: Scott Bickley (Info-Tech)

Oracle Launches Cloud@Customer, Bringing the Autonomous Database to the Data Center
July 20, 2020

Oracle has announced the general availability of Exadata Cloud@Customer, a managed service that enables enterprises to unlock the previously cloud-first features of Oracle's Autonomous Database for on-premises data centers. This offering is ideal for enterprises that must conform with regulatory and/or technical challenges that force on-premises database residency.

Author: Scott Bickley (Info-Tech)

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Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a secure cloud services platform, offering compute power, database storage, content delivery and other functionality to help businesses scale and grow. Explore how millions of customers are currently leveraging AWS cloud products and solutions to build sophisticated applications with increased flexibility, scalability and reliability.

8.4

Composite Score

8.6

CX Score

+85

Emotional Footprint

88%

Likeliness to Recommend

111

Reviews

Google

Google Cloud Platform

Cloud Platform provides the building blocks so you can quickly develop everything from simple websites to complex applications. Explore how you can make Cloud Platform work for you.

8.3

Composite Score

8.6

CX Score

+88

Emotional Footprint

86%

Likeliness to Recommend

79

Reviews

Microsoft

Microsoft Azure

With its software-defined architecture, factory integration and simplified order process, CPS accelerates your journey to your hybrid cloud. CPS delivers a self-service, multi-tenant cloud environment for Windows and Linux applications that provides optimized deployment packs—both for applications like Microsoft SQL Server, SharePoint and Exchange, as well as remote desktops/desktop virtualization.

7.9

Composite Score

8.1

CX Score

+81

Emotional Footprint

82%

Likeliness to Recommend

61

Reviews

Oracle

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

From the most comprehensive portfolio of cloud solutions, to the world’s #1 enterprise database, Oracle offers the choice and flexibility to meet your business requirements.

7.9

Composite Score

7.8

CX Score

+72

Emotional Footprint

85%

Likeliness to Recommend

13

Reviews

DigitalOcean

DigitalOcean

DigitalOcean helps you create, automate, and manage a robust infrastructure with features like API, Floating IPs, Shared Private Networking, and Team Accounts.

8.3

Composite Score

8.7

CX Score

+81

Emotional Footprint

93%

Likeliness to Recommend

5

Reviews

Dell EMC

EMC ControlCenter

EMC ControlCenter: Infrastructure management software to monitor and analyze SANs. Built to meet the demands of the cloud computing era, ControlCenter enables enterprises to enhance performance and improve storage utilization as they adopt technologies and processes across a virtual infrastructure.

6.7

Composite Score

6.9

CX Score

+69

Emotional Footprint

62%

Likeliness to Recommend

6

Reviews

IBM

IBM SoftLayer Bare Metal

Move your workloads to a high performance global cloud infrastructure. Choose robust virtual or bare metal servers for unparalleled flexibility and performance. A network of networks—public, private and management—links together global data centers with security and efficiency.

6.5

Composite Score

6.7

CX Score

+55

Emotional Footprint

68%

Likeliness to Recommend

7

Reviews

Hewlett-Packard Enterprise

HPE Helion Cloud System

HPE Helion CloudSystem is a flexible, integrated solution that supports rapid infrastructure provisioning, cloud management of heterogeneous IT environments, seamless migration of traditional applications to cloud, and development and deployment of cloud-native applications.

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Composite Score

10.0

CX Score

+100

Emotional Footprint

94%

Likeliness to Recommend

2

Reviews

Joyent

Joyent Cloud Systems

High-Performance Container-Native Infrastructure for Today's Demanding Real-Time Web and Mobile Applications

--

Composite Score

--

CX Score

--

Emotional Footprint

--

Likeliness to Recommend

0

Reviews

Groupe Fujitsu Technology Solutions

Fujitsu Cloud System

Cloud solutions can enable a business to innovate and modernize, but one size doesn’t always fit all. At Fujitsu we offer a range of cloud services, enabling organizations to maximize value and innovation from the cloud. With security and integration at the forefront of our trusted cloud solutions, we work with clients to adopt the right cloud solution and to make the adoption of cloud as seamless as possible.

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Composite Score

5.8

CX Score

+32

Emotional Footprint

48%

Likeliness to Recommend

3

Reviews

ManageEngine

ManageEngine Cloud Monitoring

A growing number of organizations are leveraging cloud computing services to improve the flexibility and scalability of IT services delivered to their end users. Public cloud computing services such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) enables organizations to use externally hosted computing resources on which to run their own applications and services. It is important to continually monitor these business-critical cloud hosted applications to ensure they perform at expected levels at all times and to ensure cloud resources are being effectively utilized.

--

Composite Score

--

CX Score

--

Emotional Footprint

--

Likeliness to Recommend

0

Reviews

Landos Biopharma

AppFormix Cloud Optimization

AppFormix is a commercial cloud technology that allows enterprise cloud operators to streamline their cloud operations and manage any OpenStack or Kubernetes cloud.

--

Composite Score

--

CX Score

--

Emotional Footprint

--

Likeliness to Recommend

0

Reviews

CloudCruiser

CloudCruiser

Cloud Cruiser is architected from the ground up to collect and normalize data from multiple cloud environments, transform that technical data into business meaning giving you valuable analytics to optimize your cloud investments.

--

Composite Score

--

CX Score

--

Emotional Footprint

--

Likeliness to Recommend

0

Reviews

Verismic

Verismic Cloud Management Suite

Cloud Management Suite allows you to get the complete picture of your entire IT environment from the cloud. Automatically discover network devices, remotely deploy software applications and automate patch management. A single web based console allows access to any device from anywhere, all without the need to install agents on your endpoints.

--

Composite Score

--

CX Score

--

Emotional Footprint

--

Likeliness to Recommend

0

Reviews

Scalr

Scalr

The SCALR CMP helps enterprises embrace cloud-native culture while reconciling the needs of DevOps, IT and Finance. Leverage a single UI and API to orchestrate, automate and enforce policy on multiple clouds. IT retains control, DevOps productivity is increased and cost efficiency is achieved.

--

Composite Score

--

CX Score

--

Emotional Footprint

--

Likeliness to Recommend

0

Reviews

Dell Technologies

Dell Cloud Systems

Dell Cloud Manager enables you to deploy and manage enterprise-class applications across your private, public and hybrid clouds. It provides a suite of tools for managing your cloud infrastructure, including the provisioning, management and automation of applications across the leading private and public cloud platforms. Available as software-as-a-service (SaaS) or as on-premises software that enables you to control the cloud from within your own data centers, Cloud Manager provides agility, governance, and choice for your enterprise.

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Composite Score

7.4

CX Score

+29

Emotional Footprint

78%

Likeliness to Recommend

2

Reviews

Flexiant

Flexiant Cloud Systems

Flexiant is the best and most innovative provider of cloud management and orchestration software. A complete IaaS software platform that allows telcos, hosters and service providers the ability to build, sell and monetize differentiated cloud services, at scale in days.

--

Composite Score

--

CX Score

--

Emotional Footprint

--

Likeliness to Recommend

0

Reviews

Egenera

Egenera

The Egenera Cloud Suite combines PAN Cloud Director, PAN Manager and PAN Domain Manager to deliver a best in class cloud management software platform that makes it simple to design, deploy, manage and protect IT as a cloud service. In combination, these software components deliver the most comprehensive cloud management and data center management software solution in the market today. Egenera Cloud Suite may be deployed as a comprehensive package, or each of the data center and cloud management software products may be licensed separately.

--

Composite Score

--

CX Score

--

Emotional Footprint

--

Likeliness to Recommend

0

Reviews

Platform9

Platform9

Platform9's unique SaaS approach means that you get your OpenStack private cloud operational within minutes. With just a few simple clicks, your Platform9 dashboard starts offering visibility into your infrastructure across compute, storage, network, and existing workloads — and your OpenStack cloud is live.

--

Composite Score

--

CX Score

--

Emotional Footprint

--

Likeliness to Recommend

0

Reviews

CloudSigma

CloudSigma

We offer a combination of raw underlying computing power with an approach and tools that channel computing power in the most effective way. The result is best price/performance on the market and a solution that customers can and do build production services with.

--

Composite Score

--

CX Score

--

Emotional Footprint

--

Likeliness to Recommend

0

Reviews

NetIQ

NetIQ Cloud Manager

Cloud Manager delivers a complete Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) experience for both IT consumers and IT providers, with a focus on end-to-end business service delivery. It gives IT service providers, as well as business and technical users, a single product to build, manage, and consume cloud computing resources.

--

Composite Score

--

CX Score

+92

Emotional Footprint

67%

Likeliness to Recommend

1

Reviews

INAP

Internap cloud Systems

Internap cloud services are designed to meet the demands of large-scale, high-performance workloads. More than virtual and bare metal, our cloud solutions are backed by low-latency IP service for maximum network performance. With worldwide data center locations, Internap cloud services are available where you need them.

--

Composite Score

--

CX Score

--

Emotional Footprint

--

Likeliness to Recommend

0

Reviews

TIBCO Software

Tibco Cloud Systems

The promise of cloud is real: it allows for greater efficiency and faster time-to-market of new capabilities at reduced cost. While the benefits are proven, cloud solutions must do more than deliver cost-efficient scalability to support basic operational needs – they need to enable the organization at large by accelerating innovation and empowering ways to competitively differentiate.

--

Composite Score

--

CX Score

+81

Emotional Footprint

100%

Likeliness to Recommend

1

Reviews

Jelastic

Jelastic

Multi-cloud feature provides the ability to achieve higher availability through geo-distribution among different data centers or clouds, easily relocate the projects to the superior hardware with the help of environment migration, choose between higher quality or more cost affordable hardware and host applications with the trusted cloud vendors.

--

Composite Score

--

CX Score

--

Emotional Footprint

--

Likeliness to Recommend

0

Reviews

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Software Winners In a Post-Pandemic World – Atlassian Is a Refreshing Value Play
August 21, 2020

COVID-19 has forced software companies and their suppliers to refocus efforts around prioritizing systems and workflows that are nearly 100% digital in nature. As a result, Info-Tech has observed the quick emergence of six market themes that are highly relevant post COVID-19. This note series will profile key vendors and how they fit into the post-COVID-19 world.

Author: Scott Bickley (Info-Tech)

Software Winners In a Post-Pandemic World – Microsoft Checks All the Boxes
August 05, 2020

COVID-19 has forced software companies and their suppliers to refocus efforts around prioritizing systems and workflows that are nearly 100% digital in nature. As a result, Info-Tech has observed the quick emergence of six market themes that are highly relevant after COVID-19. This note series will profile key vendors and how they fit into the post-COVID-19 world.

Author: Scott Bickley (Info-Tech)

Oracle Launches Cloud@Customer, Bringing the Autonomous Database to the Data Center
July 20, 2020

Oracle has announced the general availability of Exadata Cloud@Customer, a managed service that enables enterprises to unlock the previously cloud-first features of Oracle's Autonomous Database for on-premises data centers. This offering is ideal for enterprises that must conform with regulatory and/or technical challenges that force on-premises database residency.

Author: Scott Bickley (Info-Tech)

Microsoft Cloud Services Usage Surges 775% for Teams in Regions With Enforced Social Distancing – Part 2
April 27, 2020

Experiencing issues when using Microsoft online services? You are not alone. Capacity constraints were being hit, pre-COVID-19, and usage has surged in regions with enforced social distancing.

Author: Aadil Nanji (Info-Tech)

Google Cloud Introduces a Premium Support Offering – What Took Them So Long?
April 15, 2020

Google has announced a premium support plan for its cloud customers, promising a 15-minute response to the highest severity tickets. Google’s cloud has long struggled with enterprise customers – especially when compared to giants Microsoft and AWS – and this announcement is the latest incarnation of Google’s push to better serve a critical constituency.

Author: Jeremy Roberts (Info-Tech)

Microsoft Announces Expansion of Azure Canadian Infrastructure, Offers Data Residency and High Availability
April 15, 2020

In January, Microsoft announced what it’s calling “the largest expansion of its Canadian-based cloud computing infrastructure” since 2016. Additional availability zones and services will increase capacity for cloud-hungry Canadians, and the addition of an Azure ExpressRoute site in Vancouver will guarantee security and performance in a regulated jurisdiction.

Author: Jeremy Roberts (Info-Tech)

Microsoft Announces Server-Side Encryption for Azure Managed Disks, Customer-Managed Keys Included!
April 15, 2020

Microsoft’s announcement that server-side encryption with customer managed keys for Azure Managed Disks is now available is welcome news for security-minded public cloud customers. Managing one’s own keys in a cloud environment can be an important step in complying with regulatory requirements, and this new feature should open Azure Managed Disks to a wider group of customers who may have held back for this reason.

Author: Jeremy Roberts (Info-Tech)

AWS Improves Security Options With VPC Ingress Routing
April 13, 2020

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has provided its customers with better options for Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) ingress routing. Customers will have to consider which works best for their needs.

Author: Derek Shank (Info-Tech)

AWS VPC Traffic Mirroring Improves Out-of-Band Traffic Inspection
April 13, 2020

AWS VPC Traffic Mirroring gives customers more visibility for out-of-band traffic inspection. This feature is another useful tool for monitoring in the AWS cloud.

Author: Derek Shank (Info-Tech)

Microsoft Cloud Services Usage Surges Over 700% in Regions With Enforced Social Distancing: How Could This Impact Your Organization?
March 31, 2020

Organizations have been running into capacity constraints on cloud infrastructure in regions with enforced social distancing due to COVID-19. Having a back-up plan will be critical to your business continuity plans.

Author: Aadil Nanji (Info-Tech)

Microsoft Adding Additional Support Months to Windows 10 Due to COVID-19
March 26, 2020

Microsoft has added six months of additional support to Windows 10 Enterprise and Education 1709. This will help reduce pressure to upgrade and provide support in the interim as companies focus on business continuity plans due to COVID-19.

Author: Aadil Nanji (Info-Tech)

Working With Microsoft During an Economic Downturn
March 26, 2020

Microsoft’s deep pockets and Financing division can save your IT budget. If your Enterprise Agreement is coming up for renewal in the next six months, we will likely be in an economic downturn.

Author: Ted Walker (Info-Tech)

Part 2: Microsoft’s Change From Premier to Unified Support May Cost Organizations Up to 30% More
March 18, 2020

A year has passed since Microsoft converted Premier Support to Unified. High costs, little information, and few comparable options make it difficult for many organizations to decide whether to keep Unified Support, find an alternative, or drop it all together.

Author: Aadil Nanji (Info-Tech)

AWS CloudEndure Price Cut: Replicate Your Heart Out
March 12, 2020

AWS has cut the cost of its CloudEndure disaster recovery service by 80%.

Author: Andrew Sharp (Info-Tech)

Google Cloud’s Acquisition Journey Provides Hints to GCP’s Strategy
March 10, 2020

As Google Cloud prepares to finalize its $2.4B acquisition of Looker, a data analytics company, a look back at recently announced acquisitions sheds light on GCP’s shift towards building capabilities that can directly compete with Azure and AWS.

Author: Scott Bickley (Info-Tech)

The JEDI Saga Continues: Microsoft and DoD Must Pause Work After Court Ruling
February 21, 2020

The force is not with Microsoft after a US federal judge ordered the company to stop work on its $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract with the Department of Defense.

Author: Carmi Levy (Info-Tech) &
Mahmoud Ramin (Info-Tech) &
Ken Weston (Info-Tech)

Google Acquires Mainframe Migration Company Cornerstone
February 21, 2020

On February 19, Google Cloud announced its acquisition of Cornerstone Technology. This acquisition aligns with Google’s focus on ease of migration as a differentiator for its cloud services.

Author: Derek Shank (Info-Tech)

MSFT Q2 FY20 Earnings – Cloud Strength Propels Microsoft to New Heights
February 04, 2020

Microsoft reported earnings for their Q2 FY20, and the results continue to amaze, with revenue of $36.9 billion (YoY growth of 14%). All three of Microsoft’s operating segments saw material year-over-year (YoY) growth.

Amazon’s Quantum Adventure: Amazon Announces Braket, Its First Foray Into Quantum Computing-as-a-Service
January 29, 2020

Amazon Web Services has announced Amazon Braket, its first customer-facing foray into quantum computing-as-a-service. Though it is not yet live, Amazon promises that Braket will provide developers with the tools needed to experiment with quantum algorithms and explore different hardware options available to consumers.

Author: Jeremy Roberts (Info-Tech)

Amazon Announces General Availability of Its Outposts Hybrid Solution
January 29, 2020

Amazon announced its Outposts product, the AWS stack in your datacenter, ordered through its cloud console, in late 2018. In December 2019, the service, which promises a fluid experience between Amazon’s cloud and customers’ on-premises environments, marks a big step towards the next phase of cloud competition.

Author: Jeremy Roberts (Info-Tech)

AWS Data Exchange: Bringing Third-Party Data to Amazon’s Cloud
January 27, 2020

Amazon recently announced its new “AWS Data Exchange” service – users of large repositories of third-party data rejoice! With Data Exchange, AWS customers will be able to more easily take advantage of cloud-native third-party data.

Author: Jeremy Roberts (Info-Tech)

AWS Sells on Speed, Not Cost
January 23, 2020

At the opening of AWS Summit in Toronto, Joshua Burgin emphasized that the main benefit of AWS cloud services is increased speed and agility. This aligns with Info-Tech's framework for evaluating cloud and realizing its benefits.

Author: Derek Shank (Info-Tech)

AWS and Azure AD: A Match Made in Heaven?
January 16, 2020

AWS customers can now integrate Azure AD with AWS single sign-on. This will bring the convenience of the Office 365 sign-on to Amazon’s cloud, and it’s a signal that multicloud deployments are the future.

Author: Jeremy Roberts (Info-Tech)

Oracle’s Q2 FY20 Earnings Are Good, but Top Line Growth Remains Stagnant
January 15, 2020

Oracle reported slightly better-than-expected Q2 FY20 results, but despite substantial revenue numbers and high growth areas such as Oracle Cloud, Fusion ERP, and Autonomous Database, it’s unclear when these market segments will accelerate revenue growth materially.

Author: Scott Bickley (Info-Tech)

Microsoft Is Reducing Software Assurance Benefits Again
January 14, 2020

Microsoft is retiring some of the key and most valuable benefits of its Software Assurance Benefit (SAB) program. These soon-to-be-retired benefits will include Deployment Planning Services, Training Vouchers, and 24x7 Problem Resolution Support.

Author: Ted Walker (Info-Tech)

AWS re:Invent Highlights Amazon’s Relentless Push Closer to the Customer With Outposts
January 08, 2020

AWS pioneered the IaaS industry, predicting that private data centers would become a relic of the past. Ironically, AWS now finds itself moving hardware and software into its customers’ data centers with AWS Outposts.

Author: Scott Bickley (Info-Tech)

Capital One and BoA Go Deep on Public Cloud Adoption
January 07, 2020

Highly regulated industries have resisted the full-scale move into the public cloud to date. In typical fashion, the finance industry is preparing to be a leader by example as two major banking institutions take the public cloud plunge, albeit via different routes.

Author: Scott Bickley (Info-Tech)

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