Cloud IaaS Platforms

August 15, 2019 Microsoft Drops Azure Archive Storage Pricing

Microsoft recently announced a reduction in the cost of Azure Archive Storage, its solution for “rarely accessed data with flexible latency requirements.” For anyone using – or looking to use – this service, the price cut is a win, but remember, the real cost of cloud storage is in data egress.

August 15, 2019 EPYC Changes: Google Brings AMD EPYC Hardware to Its Cloud Customers

Google Cloud has announced a partnership with AMD to bring that company’s EPYC processors to its customers. Cloud nerds rejoice! According to Google, “These will be the largest general-purpose VMs we’ve ever offered.” AMD has been on a bit of a tear lately, and the news of performant processors penetrating previously predominantly-Intel environments is welcome from a competition perspective, and will lead to improved services for consumers.

July 22, 2019 ServiceNow and Microsoft Partnership: Great for ServiceNow and Microsoft Customers, Great for Vendor Lock-In

ServiceNow and Microsoft are furthering their partnership by hosting the Now platform in the Azure-trusted cloud. These features and integrations are powerful, but comes at the price of vendor lock-in.

July 18, 2019 A New Way to Buy Microsoft Azure Services

Microsoft is changing the way that customers will buy Azure Services with a new procurement program called the Microsoft Customer Agreement. This new, slimmed down, online agreement will simplify how Azure Services are procured, and in most cases, eliminate any pricing and terms negotiation and greatly reduce the need for a licensing partner.

July 18, 2019 Oracle’s Q4 FY19 Earnings May Shed Light on Cloud Strategy

Oracle just reported slightly better than expected Q4 FY19 results with revenues of $11.1B for the quarter and $39.5B for the year, up 3% in constant currency. A closer look at Oracle's change in the reporting of cloud revenues offers some clues about its longer-term cloud transition strategy.

July 05, 2019 Google Cloud Acquires Looker, Takes Another Step Towards Becoming an Enterprise Cloud Option

Google Cloud is in the process of acquiring data visualization vendor Looker for $2.6B. Adding Looker to the Google Cloud arsenal of capabilities provides a direct competition channel against Tableau, Domo, and Microsoft's Power BI.

July 05, 2019 Oracle-Microsoft Cloud Partnership Provides Benefits for Both Vendors, but What About the Customers?

Microsoft and Oracle have announced a new partnership whereby customers will be able to run workloads in an Azure environment linked to database and other services in the Oracle Cloud.

June 19, 2019 AWS Pushes Unlikely Competitors Into “Frenemy” Territory

Microsoft and Oracle join forces to provide interoperability across their public cloud environments. Customers of both organizations are now untethered and can run Azure workloads that connect to Oracle’s Autonomous Database solutions across their application stack.

April 24, 2019 Azure Stack HCI: A Cloud for Cloud Skeptics?

If Microsoft’s Azure is a swim in the cloud pool, and Azure Stack is a paddle in the shallow end, Azure Stack HCI is a toe dip. For some organizations, that is just enough cloud.

April 22, 2019 Proofpoint SOARs Above the Rest With Award-Winning Security Orchestration, Automation, and Response

Proofpoint’s Threat Response has claimed the Cybersecurity Excellent Awards Gold Winner for 2019 in the Incident Response category.

April 18, 2019 Google Cloud Assembles Dream Team

A new wave of rock star cloud executives are joining Google Cloud as the company makes a strong pivot towards the enterprise market.

April 17, 2019 Getting the Most Out of Your Procurement (Sourcing) Department

Sooner or later you will have to collaborate with your procurement or sourcing department to onboard your vendor, conduct an RFP, or negotiate the vendor’s renewal. Unless you are lucky enough to have a dedicated IT category sourcing professional, chances are your procurement department will not have the resources to understand technology or the ability to comprehend the nuances of IT vendors. Understanding what is essential to your procurement team will increase your operational efficiency and save time and money.

April 16, 2019 Go Mobile With ServiceNow Madrid

ServiceNow Madrid will have improved mobile device capabilities. These benefits will take effort, but should be worth the investment.

April 15, 2019 Hi, I’m a robot, how may I direct your call?

Google’s Contact Center AI is in beta. Start a proof of concept so you are ready to take advantage of this product when it reaches general availability.

April 15, 2019 "We Won't Lock You In, We Promise": Google's Anthos Platform

Google touts the avoidance of vendor lock-in as a key benefit of its new Anthos platform.

April 12, 2019 Google Markets Anthos as Big Red Easy Button

Google claims its Anthos product is the easy button of cloud services. Will Anthos be able to provide enterprises with the full value of cloud without the work?

April 11, 2019 Google Introduces Anthos in a Bid to Embrace Hybridity

Google has rebranded its Cloud Services Platform as Anthos and announced compatibility across platforms. Users will be able to manage hybrid cloud deployments in Azure and AWS, along with Google Cloud. This is an acknowledgement from Google that the cloud’s future is hybrid, and that the major players aren’t going anywhere any time soon.

April 10, 2019 Vendor Management Skills: A Critical Skill Set You Should Include in Every Interview

Vendor management skills are essential to ensure the successful execution of your IT strategy. The ability to objectively navigate, negotiate, perform conflict resolution, and effectively execute analytical evaluation will be required at every level in IT.

April 09, 2019 SentinelOne Partners With Automox to Offer Customers Automated Vulnerability Patching

Late last month, SentinelOne, the autonomous endpoint protection company, and Automox, a cloud-based automated patch management and configuration management solution, announced their partnership to facilitate automated vulnerability patching for SentinelOne customers.

April 08, 2019 Informatica Announces AI-Driven Innovations for Supporting Intelligent Enterprise Data Governance

Informatica announced new features and AI-driven innovations across key segments, including data governance. New advancements to its Axon Data Governance product line include intelligent automation for data governance rule generation and execution using metadata-driven AI and machine learning.

April 05, 2019 The Intelligence Cloud? The US Intelligence Community (IC) Announces Multi-Cloud Push

The US Intelligence Community (IC), including the CIA and NSA, has an obvious need for the latest analytical technology. That exists in the public cloud. The IC recognizes this and will procure “tens of billions” of dollars in public cloud services by 2021.