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Data Center Infrastructure Market Growth Lags, Public Cloud Flourishes: Synergy Research Group

Synergy Research Group’s new Q2 data shows that the quarterly spending on overall data center hardware and software has grown by only 5% in the last 2 years, while spending on the public cloud portion of the same has grown by 35%. The spending on traditional, non-cloud data hardware and software has also decreased by 18%. But private cloud infrastructure market has grown, though less compared to public cloud. The total revenues of data center infrastructure equipment (cloud & non-cloud hardware and software), in the second quarter were over $30 billion, of which 30% accounted for public cloud infrastructure. Operating Systems, networking, servers, storage and virtualization software accounted for 96% of the overall data center infrastructure market, with the remaining being compr...

Acronis celebrates business growth with success of new hybrid cloud products

Acronis, a global leader in hybrid cloud data protection, celebrated three years of opening its International Headquarters in Singapore. Acronis was founded in 2003 in Singapore, with a vision of developing innovative data protection solutions for service providers, businesses and consumers. From then, the company has witnessed continuous growth, and it is now the largest software and internet services company in Singapore, servicing global market. The company had moved its headquarters to Singapore in 2014, with its Corporate Headquarters in Schaffhausen, Switzerland. “Singapore is an important international technology hub with unparalleled levels of neutrality, which is critical to a global company like Acronis working in the area of data protection. High standards, inclusive cultu...

Microsoft announces preview of burstable VM series

Microsoft has announced the public preview of its new Azure VM family – the B-series, which will offer cost efficiency and burstability to workloads that are running in Azure. These VMs are best suited for workloads that do not need a continuous CPU performance like web servers, small databases and development/test environments. The B-series VMs are designed to optimize performance during less workload, and burst capacity during increased workloads. The concept is quite similar to what AWS and Google have been offering through T2 instances and f1-micro and g1 small instances, respectively. During less workloads, the B-series VMs will run in low points without utilizing the full capacity of the CPU. However, the user will pay for the full CPU only. Once the VM accumulates enough credits, it...

Box and Microsoft partnership paves way for future innovation with Azure intelligent cloud services

With Box Inc. and Microsoft Corp. announcing a partnership, future integration possibilities between Azure’s machine learning and artificial intelligence abilities with cloud content management platform of Box is expected in the near future. The expanded partnership will help both the companies to promote each other’s cloud services. This is not the first time that the two companies have come together as Box has been offering compatibility for Microsoft products like Office 365 and others for long. Microsoft and Box are strategic partners but they also compete in terms of their cloud storage services – OneDrive and Box. “Azure is a trusted partner in the enterprise, and we’re thrilled to be integrating our technologies and going to market with Microsoft,” said Aaron Levie, co-founder, and ...

VMware to extend its Horizon Cloud services on Microsoft Azure

VMware Inc. – leading provider of cloud infrastructure services and business mobility, through an official announcement, conveyed that it will deliver its VMware Horizon Cloud on Microsoft popular cloud platform – Azure. The integration will accelerate the adoption process of Windows 10 and expand the reach of VMware virtual desktops and applications to globally present Azure regions. Last year, the company had entered a deal on similar lines with Microsoft’s key competitor, AWS, extending its infrastructure on Amazon’s public cloud. With this, VMware is all set to follow a cross-cloud strategy for extending its services on a global scale. Talking about the move, Sumit Dhawan, senior vice president and GM, VMware said, “The addition of VMware Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure puts VMw...

Companies accelerate ways to be GDPR compliant as countdown to enforcement begins

Cybersecurity and privacy has always been a matter of concern for the industries worldwide. Customer data is continuously under the risk of cyber-attacks like security breaches, email threats, malware, bots, mobile vulnerabilities etc. The latest to be added to this list was WannaCry ransomware that hit some of the major companies around the mid of this month. The increasingly data-driven world needs equal attention to the protection of user data and files in organizations’ systems. The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) was approved by the EU parliament in April 14th, 2016 and was brought in-force after 20 days, as an effort to protect the user data. But, the policy was to be made applicable in all the member states after two years of the enforcement date, i.e. by May 25th, 2018. M...

Microsoft Azure Stack TP3 – leading the way to hybrid cloud adoption

Microsoft, the leading provider of legacy hardware and software products, cloud-based software and productivity solutions has always managed to stay ahead in terms of new technological developments and software inventions. Its public cloud platform- Azure is growing exponentially, giving a tough competition to its market contemporaries – AWS and Google. While Azure was primarily focused towards the public cloud, Microsoft expanded its horizons to cover the hybrid cloud opportunity with Azure Stack. Hybrid cloud is rising as a popular IT service adoption model with over 79.7% of large organizations already having a hybrid cloud strategy in place, against 51.4% who are using both public and private cloud, as per an IDC study commissioned by Dell EMC. With hybrid cloud, users get the be...

Google focuses on building an AI-first world with its new Cloud TPUs

Artificial Intelligence is continuously leading the way among the span of technologies in bringing out new software designs and capabilities. Google’s new AI chip is the latest one to get added to this. At company’s annual developer conference held recently, CEO Sundar Pichai announced a new AI chip that can be a technological break-through in the world of machine learning and automation. With this, Google signaled the increasing role of AI in software and hardware development. The chips known as Cloud Tensor Processing unit (TPU) are designed to speed-up the machine learning operations and are also an upgrade from the first generation of chips Google announced at its last year’s I/O meet. The second-generation chips can deliver nearly 180 teraflops of performance which is much higher as c...

Plesk Acquired by Oakley Capital Private Equity for $105 Million

Plesk announced today that it has completed its separation from Parallels Holdings Limited having been acquired by mid—market private equity investor, Oakley Capital Private Equity (Oakley Capital), in a transaction valued at $105 million (€95.9 million). As an independent company and with Oakley Capital’s investment, Plesk will move beyond traditional web hosting into the hyperscale cloud. By forging a strong partnership with Automattic — who operate WordPress.com, Plesk anticipates becoming the market leader in WordPress management. Plesk will offer web professionals push-of-a-button access to advanced tools like Docker, support for microservices, and simplified cloud management. Jan Löffler, Chief Technology Officer, Plesk said in his statement, “The growing dominance of hyperscale clou...

Multi-cloud is the new norm with digital transformation

The Multi-Cloud World Is Real, Tightly Linked to Digital Transformation. 41% of Organizations Are Already On- Board, Driven by Best Execution Venue Considerations, Maximizing On-Premises IT Investments, and Opex-based IT Resource Extension – 451 research. The above findings were revealed in a study conducted by 451 research for Microsoft Cloud and Hosting Summit 2017 that concluded last month. The research found that demand for multi-cloud and hybrid environments is on the rise in different regions, including APAC, North America, WE, LA and MEA. The research identified some common factors or drivers of hybrid and multi-cloud environment which enable migration to them. Hybrid cloud gives an organization the required flexibility to balance between the on-premise and the cloud environment. 41...

Oracle Shares Hit New High With its Cloud-Service.

Oracle Corp. shares hit as high as 9 percent in New York on Thursday setting a record of $46.94, as it signaled the growing demand for its Cloud-based services, giving competition to Amazon.in and Salesforce.Inc. Oracle reported that the business revenue rose to 62 percent in the third-quarter, while Oracle’s traditional on-premise software licenses declined to 16 percent. Beating analysts’ estimates, the company reported adjusted profit and sales of its quarter. After continued revenue declines since last few years, the report marked three straight quarters of revenue gains. Ellison said, “We are now in position to help our hundreds of thousands of databases customers move millions of Oracle databases to our infrastructure-as-a-service cloud,” Ellison said. “...

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