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SharePoint in the Clouds: Choosing Between Office 365 or Azure

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Every time I read about “the cloud” I want to drag out a red pencil and edit the sentence. Why? Because we should really be talking about “the clouds,” plural.

There are dozens of cloud hosting options for SharePoint, beyond Office 365. Amazon, Rackspace and Fpweb offer compelling alternatives to Microsoft’s public cloud for SharePoint online with a mix of capabilities.

Will Oracle Ever Make Investors Smile Again?

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Larry Ellison is confident in Oracle Corp. Just listen to what the CEO just said as the company posted fiscal 2014 fourth quarter numbers:

Oracle is now the second largest Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) company in the world, ... In SaaS, we're in front of everybody but Salesforce. In infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), we're larger and more profitable than Rackspace. We have by far the most complete portfolio of modern SaaS and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) products in the industry."

But if you listen to investors and Wall Street analysts, confidence and Oracle are not synonymous.

One analyst called Oracle's numbers this week "an all-around miss."  Analysts were expecting 95 cents per share on $11.48 billion in revenue. They got 92 cents a share on revenue of $11.3 billion. 

Pivotal's Cloud Foundry Gives Enterprises New Mojo

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Enterprise computing needs some new mojo — and if Pivotal CEO Paul Maritz and his crew have their way, it will first be built — and then found — atop their brand of Cloud Foundry.

Bear with us as we explain this because Cloud Foundry is an Apache Open Source project that will soon be governed by a foundation and leveraged by as many as 34 vendors (thus far). Pivotal CF is an enterprise-grade Platform as a Service (PaaS) that EMC and VMware spinoff Pivotal provides. It is powered by Cloud Foundry.

Sound complicated? Just think of Cloud Foundry as the Cloud’s Linux.

Cloud Foundry Unveils Computing's 3rd Era #CFSummit

Unless you’ve had your ears plugged and your eyes closed for the past few years, you know that we’re quickly moving away from computing’s 2nd Era and onto the 3rd.

We’ve heard it said that the only industry sector that’s growing more slowly than the one made up of computing’s client-server companies is the tobacco industry.

"Wow!," we said when we heard that. We knew the world was going the way of cloud. We just didn’t know it was happening this quickly.

IBM's Offers: Customizable Cloud Apps for Business

IBM has upped the stakes in the cloud space with its announcement of a new set of cloud packages that will put it ahead of more traditional cloud offerings from competitors like Amazon and Microsoft.

Under the umbrella title of IBM Global Business Services, IBM is offering organizations the possibility of mixing and matching a number of IBM technologies and services to meet the needs of the organization as they arise.

SharePoint in the Cloud: You Have Options

When it comes to hosting SharePoint on premises or moving it into the cloud, there is never one right answer. Companies need to understand every hosting option available to them and find the one that best fits their available resources and technical needs. In this article, we’re going to take a look at the available platforms and who might benefit most from each.

Forrester Names HP, Cisco, Microsoft Top Private Cloud Vendors

Private cloud computing is going mainstream. It has moved from a technology limited to a handful of innovative enterprises to a technology that has been prioritized for development in the next 12 months by more than half the enterprises surveyed, according to new Forrester research. Differentiation between competing vendors now lies in user experience, ease of use and the provision of hybrid environments. 

2013: The Year of Mass Cloud Computing Extinctions

Information Management, 2013: The Year of Mass Cloud Computing ExtinctionsCloud computing provides tremendous value for businesses of all types. But as we can see from the number of products that shut down in 2013, it isn't all a silver lining. 

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.

Battle For Government Contracts Heats Up as Oracle Releases Government Cloud

Oracle Government Cloud.jpgOracle has just announced the release of its Government Cloud to give government users access to what Oracle describes as mission critical applications. However, the real benefit here is the agility it offers, not to mention the foothold it gives it in the battle for government contracts.

IBM, Pivotal Partner: Place WebSphere on Open Source Cloud Foundry

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IBM continues to play in the open source and cloud space, this time with the announcement that it is teaming up with EMC spin-off Pivotal to develop technologies that will enable Cloud Foundry’s Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) to work with IBM’s technology, as well as the OpenStack IaaS cloud.

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, 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.

Report: IT Focused on Internal Clouds, Skeptical About Public Cloud Savings

While clouds are on every enterprise’s horizon, they’re mostly internal clouds. That’s a key finding in an annual study conducted by 451 Research about the state of cloud computing for businesses. 

IBM Enables Easy Cloud Application Management, Extends SAP Cloud Alliance #ibmconnect

It seems as if every year IBM Connect always throws in some interesting items -- and this year is no different. In what almost appears to be a timed response to Oracle’s outline of its cloud strategy, IBM has given its SmartCloud a lot of attention, including a great big dollop of SAP love.

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