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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. 

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.

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.

Microsoft Updates Windows Azure with Push Notifications, SQL Server AlwaysOn Support

Microsoft Updates Windows Azure with Push Notifications, SQL Server AlwaysOn Support

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Microsoft has unloaded a series of major updates to its Windows Azure service, including notification hubs, SQL Server AlwaysOn support and disaster recovery.

Microsoft May Be Developing Government Cloud OS

Information Management, Cloud Computing,Microsoft May Be Developing Government Cloud OSThere is further evidence this morning that cloud computing is getting specialized with reports that Microsoft may be in the process of developing one or more versions of its cloud operating system customized for government users.

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.

 

Cloud Service Models (IaaS, SaaS, PaaS) + How Microsoft Office 365, Azure Fit In

Cloud Service and Microsoft IaaS SaaS PaaSCloud is a hot, but ambiguous buzzword in the IT industry. A Sofware Developer may describe the Cloud in a different way than a System Admin, while a Database Admin may have an altogether different definition. What constitutes the cloud is a rather complicated question. However, there is one common view that most IT people share ...

Microsoft's 8 Business Priorities - For Now

With the rumor mill about Microsoft and possible announcements on restructuring now in overdrive, Microsoft has been using its Worldwide Partner conference in Texas to outline its business priorities.

Watch Microsoft's Build 2013 Keynote To See Windows 8.1 In Action #bldwin

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Microsoft has another stab at a second coming today with the unveiling of Windows 8.1, along with a host of developer-related products, news and events at this year's Build conference. Watch the keynote today to see if there's any big surprises. 

Microsoft, Oracle Partnerships Offers Oracle Software On Azure, Hyper-V

Even if expected, the announcement last night of Oracle and Microsoft’s new partnership is still surprising in how far it actually goes. Announced at the ongoing Microsoft Build conference in San Francisco, it means that from here on in Oracle’s software will be able to run on the Azure cloud, as well as the Hyper-V virtualization platform.

Microsoft Offers Dynamics ERP Through Azure

Microsoft Offers Dynamics ERP Through Azure, cloud compting If Microsoft has been pumping up the Azure offering by slashing prices, it has also been adding to its appeal by adding new products. This week it has announced the addition of two of its ERP solutions to the cloud, including Dynamics GP 2013 and Nav 2013. 

Centrify for Office 365 Simplifies Deployment, Gives IT More Control

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Office 365 has been gaining momentum. Last week Office 365 Home Premium Edition passed the 1 million subscription mark. Before that it was reported that one in five of Microsoft’s enterprise customers have now subscribed to Office 365, up from one in seven a year ago. With more companies embracing Office 365, IT departments are likely to face additional challenges of deploying, supporting and managing access to cloud hosted versions of Office's server platforms. Enter Centrify for Office 365.

WEM Roll-up: Microsoft WebMatrix Azure Integration, OmniUpdate Version 9.19

Let's take a look at a few notable updates this week in web experience management (WEM) from Microsoft and OmniUpdate that look to make it easy to move to the cloud and enhance WYSIWYG capabilities.

Take Your Seats: Microsoft Revs Up IaaS on Azure, Challenging AWS

Grab some popcorn. Microsoft has thrown down the proverbial gauntlet for Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), upgrading its Azure cloud service for direct competition with Amazon Web Services (AWS). 

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