Analyst firm Gartner’s latest 2018 Magic Quadrant for infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) shows some rapid consolidation in the cloud space. Whilst there is no shift at the top of the market with Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure still leading, Gartner has omitted more than half of the vendors it covered last year on grounds that customers now demand more than just rented servers and storage.Whilst this is interesting in itself, more intriguing is what’s behind the decision. Customers apparently now have high expectations from their cloud IaaS providers. They demand market-leading technical capabilities, according to Gartner with “a depth and breadth of features, along with high availability, performance and security.” They also, crucially, expect management rather than simply ‘hardware’ infrastructure features. In other words, they demand service. A worrying trend At Cogeco Peer 1 we recently conducted a study among … [Read more...] about Consolidation is inevitable, but customer service is still king
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By Sourabh / June 1, 2018 Category: Cloud Computing, Enterprise The procurement of a cloud service isn’t the same as the traditional approach to purchasing technology. Traditional procurement is designed for the complete and permanent purchase of hardware or software. It therefore may not be cognizant of the dynamics of buying infrastructure as a service. A failure to adjust technology procurement procedures to accommodate the unique requirements of the cloud can inhibit an organization’s ability to identify and leverage the power of the cloud. Here are the things to think about before procuring a cloud service. 1. Know Why Cloud Service is Different The commercial delivery of a cloud service is markedly different from an on premise technology purchase. Cloud services are more standardized and do not have the degree of customization you see for traditional IT. Knowing this difference can ensure more effective purchase. Cloud services negate the need for a … [Read more...] about 6 Things To Know Before Procuring a Cloud Computing Service
SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 24, 2018--Today, Polycom unveiled its unified cloud solutions strategy, Polycom Cloud Services, and released Polycom Device Management Services (PDMS). This service provides new capabilities to enterprise customers to manage and measure their telephony devices. As a market leader with over 15 million desktop and conference phones, Polycom’s footprint in enterprises and service providers alike will be complemented by the new cloud service’s ability to streamline and simplify management, provisioning, and updating.Polycom also announced it will continue to roll out new cloud solutions for enterprise customers and add services for solution providers in the coming months. These new services simplify the audio device lifecycle management process by using the cloud to bring data and analytics to manage, monitor, and measure the growing complexity of audio devices in organizations.“Employees are solving problems together more than ever … [Read more...] about Polycom Launches New Cloud Services So Customers Can Measure and Manage Their Meeting Room Technology
Nintendo Switch Online is Nintendo's upcoming subscription-based service that offers four major features that non-subscribers won't have access to. Depending on what you do with your Switch, it's either going to be the best $20 per year (or $40 per year for a family plan) you'll spend or not worth a dime. Do you play multiplayer online games? Probably the most important feature of the Nintendo Switch Online subscription service is online access. Right now, you're able to take advantage of this feature for free to play against other people around the globe in games like Super Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Splatoon 2. However, once Nintendo Switch Online officially launches, you won't be able to play games online without a subscription. So if you're a multiplayer online gamer, the answer is clear. You'll want to put your money where your mouth is if you want to stay on top of the global leaderboards. Do you play games that allow you to chat with others? If you subscribe to Nintendo Switch … [Read more...] about Nintendo Switch Online Service: Is it worth it?
Citrix and VMware have offered on-premises solutions for VDI/RDSH since the beginning of the category, so most people who implement these legacy solutions would assume they are the leading providers in the cloud too, since Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) has been offered for several years now.And they would be wrong. What most people don’t realise is that Amazon WorkSpaces’ flavor of DaaS generates at least 10 times more revenue than Citrix and VMware combined on public cloud infrastructure. That’s pretty amazing, since Amazon WorkSpaces was launched just a few years ago.In 2017, legacy VDI/RDSH solutions deployed on-premises, generated approximately $3 billion in revenue. The growth rate for on-premises solutions is in the mid-single digits according to most analyst reports. That’s why legacy providers are shifting to broader “workspace suites,” which bundle various elements together to drive up margins and growth rates.From a practical implementation … [Read more...] about Building a cloud-native desktop service is a different game
While it may seem like Apple’s biggest competition comes from Samsung, Google is still hanging around and has been gaining steam over the last few years. However, even companies as big as Apple and Google have to look elsewhere from time to time in order to provide customers with a better experience. We’ve seen this with Google’s recent acquisition of a portion of HTC”s division for its Pixel lineup of devices, and Apple outsourced its iPhone X display needs to Samsung. It seems that Apple’s outsourcing isn’t done yet, as it was revealed that the company makes use of the Google Cloud Platform for iCloud storage. This is a new change and one that has replaced the old guard of using Amazon’s S3 services alongside Microsoft Azure. However, those days are gone as the iOS Security Guide has been updated with new language confirming Google’s involvement. For those wondering, just because iCloud’s infrastructure takes advantage of … [Read more...] about Apple’s iCloud confirmed to be powered by Google’s Cloud Services
Was 2017 the year that every product under the sun was marketed as being cognitive, having machine learning, or being artificially intelligent? Well, yes. But don’t hate all of them. In many cases, machine learning actually did improve the functionality of products, sometimes in surprising ways. Our reviewers didn’t give any prizes for incorporating AI, but did pick out the most prominent tools for building and training models. These include the deep learning frameworks TensorFlow and PyTorch, the automated model-building package H2O.ai Driverless AI, and the solid machine learning toolbox Scikit-learn. The MLlib portion of Apache Spark fits into this group as well, as does the 25-year-old(!) R programming language, of which our reviewer says, “No matter what the machine learning problem, there is likely a solution in CPAN, the comprehensive repository for R code, and in all likelihood it was written by an expert in the domain.” 2017 was also the year when … [Read more...] about Technology of the Year 2018: The best hardware, software, and cloud services
At first glance, it's easy to assume that Microsoft's OneDrive and Sharepoint are a major duplication of service. They share many features and seem to have the same basic premise – cloud service and collaboration for work.However, there are some subtle differences that can play a major factor in how they're for business. They both excel in certain contexts, although in many other cases they complement one another. If you're confused about how each of these cloud-enabled services work, here's a simple breakdown that may help in planning your company's work strategy.Microsoft offers consumer and enterprise versions of OneDrive. While OneDrive for Business uses some SharePoint technology behind the scenes, its major focus is with document storage and collaboration.As Microsoft explains on the OneDrive for Business site, the service is geared for file sharing, backup, and collaboration. When a team's files are in OneDrive, they can be accessed and worked on via Windows, Mac, iOS or … [Read more...] about Microsoft Sharepoint vs. OneDrive: What’s the Difference?
For some time now, server unit sales have been steadily dropping for the major x86 server vendors as enterprises draw down their on-premises hardware in favor of cloud services. The response from the hardware vendors is if you can’t beat ‘em, clone ‘em. Vendors are adopting a pay-as-you-go model not unlike that of a cloud provider, where you pay for how much compute time you use and hand back the hardware when you are done rather than buying it outright. Most of the major vendors have some kind of plan. HPE has Flexible IT Capacity, plus it has the OpenStack Private Cloud offering in conjunction with Rackspace and it just launched GreenLake, which bundles software packages like Big Data, SAP HANA and edge computing. Dell EMC’s program is called CloudFlex. Cisco’s is called CloudPay. Lenovo is the only major x86 server OEM without a program. Vendors like to call it flexible consumption, which includes hardware, software and services. How flex plans work All … [Read more...] about Server vendors push flex pricing to challenge cloud providers
Check out these awesome posts! 15 best shopping apps for Android Shopping online is pretty much the way to shop these days. Brick and mortar stores are fun, but at the end of the day, the ability to pick up your mobile device and search for … 10 best Facebook apps for Android Facebook is the most popular social media site on planet Earth. It has over a billion registered users, most of which are active on almost a daily basis. Unfortunately, the official Facebook app is a … 5miles Price: Free / $39.99 per month 5miles is an one one of the more popular apps to sell stuff. It's an online marketplace where you can post your stuff to have it sold. It uses GPS and zip code to show your post to people in your area. Additionally, it has Facebook integration, built-in seller-buyer messaging, and more. It's fairly easy to use as well. This is definitely good for those who want to sell things on Craigslist and also want another place to post it as well. Some people … [Read more...] about 10 best Android apps to sell stuff