Cloud Infrastructure as a Service
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
AWS has cut the cost of its CloudEndure disaster recovery service by 80%.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.