Computerworld: Azure surpasses AWS as the public cloud of choice
A new survey of IT professionals shows Microsoft Azure has overtaken Amazon Web Services (AWS) as the public cloud provider of choice, although there is considerable overlap. The survey was commissioned by Sumo Logic, a data analytics provider, and was performed by UBM Research. It surveyed 230 IT professionals from companies with 500 or more employees. The survey found 80 percent of enterprises currently use or plan to use at least one public cloud provider, if not more. And given the figures, a large number are clearly using more than one. Around two-thirds (66 percent) of respondents said they use Azure while 55 percent said they use AWS. Salesforce App cloud comes in third at 28 percent, IBM fourth at 23 percent and Google is at 20 percent.
The cloud-computing industry is going through a gradual shift towards becoming an intelligent cloud. While compute, storage, and networking continue to be the revenue spinners for cloud vendors, it is machine learning that is becoming the focal point of the contemporary cloud. Here are five cloud services that are highly influenced by machine learning.
The first thing to know about serverless computing is that "serverless" is a pretty bad name to call it. Contrary to the vernacular, the technology that has burst onto the cloud computing scene in the past two years still does in fact run on servers. The name serverless instead highlights the fact that end users don’t have to manage servers that run their code anymore.
VMware is selling its infrastructure-as-a-service offering vCloud Air to global hyperscale cloud provider OVH. VMware launched vCloud Air Network in 2014 with the aim of providing greater flexibility to users of VMware technology. Three years on, its public cloud business is set to be bought by French cloud computing and web hosting company OVH. In an interview with Fortune, VMware chief executive Pat Gelsinger said the sale will include vCloud operations and sales staff, datacenters, and customers. The financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed, and the buyout is expected to be completed during the second quarter of this year.
Fortune: Amazon Cloud Goes Nordic
Amazon Web Services plans to add new data center facilities near Stockholm next year to power its cloud computing operations. Amazon and its public cloud competitors offer masses of computer servers, storage, and networking equipment to companies that want to augment or even replace their internal data centers. These companies are pushing data center expansion worldwide so that data storage and computer operations can be placed closer to customers' physical locations. The longer that distance, the longer the latency or delay between issuing a command and getting a result. The new Swedish AWS Region, slated to open in 2018, will put Amazon's computing power and storage closer to business customers throughout the Nordic region, an important hotbed for startups.
Rackspace, a company that was early to the cloud computing market with its own private and public cloud products and related support, is unveiling a new professional services division to help business customers move from their own data centers into the cloud (or clouds) of their choice. A public cloud consists of data centers that yoke together masses of servers, storage, and networking gear—that capacity is rented out to many customers. The leading providers are Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, and Google. A "private" cloud is used by just one company, but the setup offers some of the flexibility of public cloud services—allowing a company's internal departments to pay for the resources they use, and add and delete services as needed. Generally, most companies are looking to put at least some of their data, software development, and even applications into a public cloud service.