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Business Insider: Snap and Google have partnered on a new cloud storage deal
Snap and Google will be partnered for the next five years, according to Snap’s S-1 filing released last week. Completed on January 30, the deal commits Snap to purchasing $400 million in Google's cloud services annually until 2022, totaling $2 billion over the period. The new lease is a formal continuation of a partnership that began around 2013, TechCrunch notes. The deal is a big win for Google Cloud, as mobile video is poised to make up a larger portion of the data storage space. Snapchat users are highly engaged, with the average daily user turning to the app 18 times each day, according to Snap's S-1. And although Google doesn’t break out revenue from its cloud business, instead lumping it together with nonadvertising, which includes the Google Play store, the $400 million deal will give it a hefty annual bump. In Q4 2016, nonadvertising accrued $3.4 billion in sales.
With the industry experiencing massive adoption of the public cloud, it is clear that the enterprises have crossed the cloud chasm. Some of the most skeptic CXOs from the financial and public sector domains are now convinced about the value of cloud. With cloud computing becoming mainstream, what’s next for the enterprise infrastructure? The next big thing for enterprise IT comes in the form of edge computing – a paradigm where compute moves closer to the source of data. Edge computing addresses many challenges that enterprise IT faces when running data-centric workloads in the cloud. It reduces the amount of data that flows back and forth between the datacenter and the public cloud. Edge computing will enable IT to retain sensitive data on-premises while still taking advantage of the elasticity offered by the public cloud. It reduces the latency involved in dealing with public cloud platforms.
Business software giant SAP on Thursday introduced a cloudier version of its technology as it continues to push into the modern world of public cloud computing. The new product, unveiled at an event in New York, promises to let business customers perform the same accounting, financial, and manufacturing management tasks as before, but in a more modern and efficient manner. SAP, like rival Oracle, has been around for more than 40 years, and has spent the last few of them navigating a tricky transition from selling software that runs on customer sites (which it still offers) to software that performs the same functions but operates out of a shared data centers.
Network World: The future isn't cloud. It's multi-cloud
Cloud computing was supposed to simplify IT environments. Now, according to a recent study by Microsoft and 451 Research, nearly a third of organizations work with four or more cloud vendors. It would seem multi-cloud is the future of cloud computing. But what is driving this trend? Some organizations simply want to have more options—using multiple cloud providers to support different applications and workloads mean they can use the solution best suited to their needs. For example, an organization’s core applications may need resilient applications that can run even if local power is lost or that can expand or contract their capacity depending on workload.
If virtual machines are what made the cloud possible, then containers are what will make the cloud elegant. Think about it this way: as a computing entity, an entire virtual machine is a pretty coarse, hefty resource if what you're really looking to do is distribute a single application. Containers, on the other hand, let you deploy an application, its dependencies and its environment in an efficient vessel that fits pretty tightly around them and can be pushed into both cloud and on-premises environments very efficiently.