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Google, Amazon Cut Cloud Prices Again

The battle for cloud supremacy intensified again.  At its Cloud Platform Live event Tuesday, Google slashed the prices for its cloud services lower than Amazon and Microsoft. Amazon responded with similar cuts. No news from Microsoft yet, but one thing is clear.

The big winners are cloud users.

Google Hits Microsoft Again By Slashing Storage Prices

As we noted yesterday, Google upped the game in the ongoing battle for dominance in the productivity suite space by offering new add-ons as well as cash to users who switch to Google Drive. Now Google is slashing the price of storage on Google Drive. 

Our 2 Cents on Forrester Wave for Big Data Hadoop Solutions

Analyst reports can be a big bore -- the Forrester Wave: Big Data Hadoop Solutions, Q1 2014 ($2495 fee) is not.

Its authors, Mike Gualtieri and Noel Yuhanna, have done a bang-up job writing in simple English and giving a spot-on overview of what the market looks like:“cutthroat,” where “pure-play upstarts (Cloudera, Hortonworks, MapR) must capture market share quickly to make venture investors happy” and in which “stalwart enterprise software vendors (IBM, Pivotal, Teradata) must avoid being disintermediated.” 

Altiscale has the RX for Hadoop Headaches

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Hadoop isn’t easy.

Sure, there are vendors out there who will tell you that it is ... Just take this course or that exam. Work with us side-by-side as we “elephantize” your Enterprise, and presto you’re a pro.

No, you’re not.

Not yet, anyway. Regardless of what any of the 268,000 hits you get when you enter the term “Hadoop training” into Google happens to say. And it’s not that these folks are trying to mislead you — they’ve put their heads and their hearts into encouraging and enabling the widespread adoption of Hadoop.

It’s just that becoming a master at Hadoop (Wikipedia definition: open-source software framework for storage and large scale processing of data-sets on clusters of commodity hardware) takes time, experience, trial and error and enough opportunities to generate a continuous record of success. But that’s not all. As a new technology with a vibrant Open Source community, Hadoop keeps changing, so it’s hard to keep up.

Microsoft Ups Hybrid Cloud Stakes to Grab Amazon, Google Market Share

 Microsoft has upped the stakes again in the battle for cloud platform supremacy with the launch of Cloud OS Network. It brings 25 top cloud service providers under the same banner to deliver hosted services on the Microsoft Cloud Platform.

Google Targets Amazon, IBM, Microsoft with Broader Cloud Platform

After more than a year in preview, Google has finally made its Google Compute Engine (GCE) Generally Available (GA). The GA release also comes with a 10 percent price cut for standard instances and a guaranteed uptime of 99.95 percent.

The announcement, which appears in a blog post by Ari Balogh, vice president of storage infrastructure products at Google, pits Google against the likes of Amazon, IBM and Microsoft for a share of the public cloud computing market.

10 Ways Amazon AWS Makes Building Enterprise Solutions Sexy

Stories are legion of IT projects gone wrong. According to Standish Chaos Reports, a majority of projects fail, fail to deliver as promised, run way over budget, deliver something that isn't wanted or doesn't get used, or are outright abandoned and never finished. In other words, they waste time and squander money, never mind the lost opportunity costs.

In the Age of Cloud, Big Data, Mobile and Social, Could Amazon Emerge a Leader?

When EMC CEO Joe Tucci addressed a crowd of 15,000 attendees at EMC World last year, he made a somewhat startling prediction: a number of today’s computing giants won’t survive the current period of disruption.

Amazon Changes the Big Data Game with Kinesis: Leaves Competition Speechless (For Now)

It’s likely that neither big data vendors nor developers slept well last night because they were all probably thinking about Kinesis, Amazon’s fully managed service for real-time processing of streaming data at massive scale (like that generated by Twitter and the Internet of Things). It was introduced in Las Vegas yesterday at Amazon’s re:Invent Conference and brought on the same kind of enthusiasm among developers as the first iPhone brought to consumers.

Pivotal Launches Multi-Cloud Enterprise Platform-as-a-Service

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This morning, long before the developers attending re:Invent, Amazon Web Services (AWS) annual conference, open their eyes, EMC and VMWare spin-off Pivotal will make an alluring announcement. The news — Pivotal One, “the world’s first next-generation multi-cloud Enterprise PaaS” (Platform-as-a-Service) will open for business on Friday. Coincidence? I think not.

ClearDATA Raise US$ 7m For Specialized Helathcare Cloud, Other Clouds On The Way?

ClearData HIPAA Compliant Cloud, information managementWhile we have noticed in the last couple of years a growing move towards specialized information management technologies for specific verticals, it is still relatively rare in cloud computing. However, the announcement by medical cloud provider ClearDATA that it has raised US$ 7 million in Series B funding suggests this is changing.

 

Amazon's Jeff Bezos New Owner of Washington Post in US$ 250 Million Deal

Amazon's Jeff Bezos New Owner of Washington Post in US$ 250 Million Deal

Amazon founder and renowned billionaire Jeff Bezos has paid out US$ 250 million in order to buy the WashingtonPost, a move that could be a blessing for the Post, or a curse for its new owner.

Amazon EC2 Dedicated Instances Price Drops

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Amazon continues to put pressure on the compute on demand market by once again dropping the price of its EC2 Dedicated Instances this week by as much as 80%.

Google I/O 2013 Day 1 Wrap Up: Search, Mobile + Cloud Updates

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Voice search in Google's Chrome browser now features hands free search by saying the phrase, "Okay, Google."

Once a year, Google throws its I/O developers conference, and day one in 2013 featured plenty of updates about the company's most popular search, mobile and cloud products including a hands free voice search feature for laptops and desktops.

Tibco Partners with Amazon AWS for Cloud Launch of Tibbr Social Network

Enterprise middleware vendor Tibco has partnered with Amazon AWS and The Netherlands based KPN for the cloud launch of its tibbr social network.

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