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Amazon's S3: 762 Billion Objects Stored

Amazon remains secretive about revenues from its business in providing cloud services to enterprises, and nothing was said in this week's earnings announcement to shed further light on the question. But if you consider the amount of content stored in its cloud service as any indicator, Amazon Web Services (AWS) is growing like gangbusters.

At the end of 2011, there were 762 billion objects in Amazon's Simple Storage Service (S3), up nearly three-fold, or 192 percent, from the 262 billion objects stored at the end of 2010. "S3 grew faster last year than it did in any year since it launched in 2006," said AWS evangelist Jeff Barr in a blog post that revealed the latest metric. More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on February 01, 2012 at 11:59 AM0 comments


Salesforce.com Launches Mobile, Social Help Desk Service

Salesforce.com on Tuesday launched a cloud-based help desk offering conveniently called Desk.com.

Based on Salesforce.com's September 2011 acquisition of Assistly for $50 million and its procurement of the Desk.com domain earlier this month, the subscription-based help desk service will let businesses offer customer support from mobile devices and social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on January 31, 2012 at 11:59 AM0 comments


Amazon Web Services Enters the Datacenter with Storage Gateway

Amazon Web Services (AWS) on Wednesday introduced a service that lets enterprises connect their on-premises data with its cloud-based storage.

The company's AWS Storage Gateway consists of an appliance that sits in the customer's datacenter and allows them to mirror their local storage with the cloud. This lets customers create backup and disaster recovery scenarios using Amazon's Simple Storage Service (S3). More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on January 26, 2012 at 11:59 AM0 comments


Scribe Extends Cloud Service To Boost CRM Synchronization

Scribe Software, which last year released a cloud service to connect Microsoft Dynamics CRM data with other business applications including Salesforce.com apps, is extending its capabilities to synchronize content more easily with disparate premises-based business-critical software.

The company is billing Scribe Online Synchronization Services (SYS), released this week, as an alternative to integration middleware such as Dell Boomi, IBM Cast Iron and Microsoft's own SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) and BizTalk connectivity software. Scribe Online SYS connects Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Salesforce.com data with business critical apps using third-party connectors via the cloud. More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on January 25, 2012 at 11:59 AM1 comments


With New Funding, AppDynamics Aims To Grow APM

AppDynamics, a provider of cloud-based application performance management (APM) software, last week received an infusion of $20 million from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB). The C-Series funding adds KPCB as its latest investor, joining Greylock Partners and Lightspeed Venture Partners.

AppDynamics' namesake software helps IT manage distributed Web applications running on premises and in the cloud, and is targeted at both operations and development teams. More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on January 24, 2012 at 11:59 AM0 comments


AT&T Goes 'Down Market' with Public Cloud Service

AT&T is the latest major IT provider to add a public cloud service. Revealed at its developer conference in Las Vegas alongside the Consumer Electronics Show last week, Cloud Architect is targeted at enterprise app developers.

I caught up Wednesday with John Potter, AT&T's VP of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), to discuss how Cloud Architect, available now, will extend the telecommunications carrier's existing enterprise cloud offerings and compete with IaaS offerings from the likes of Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Rackspace Hosting. More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on January 19, 2012 at 11:59 AM0 comments


Symantec Acquires Cloud Archiving Provider LiveOffice

Looking to build on its e-discovery, compliance and storage management portfolio, Symantec this week said it has acquired cloud archiving provider LiveOffice for $115 million.

The deal will allow Symantec to extend its push into helping customers address retention of e-mail and other content. EMC, IBM and Hewlett-Packard all have competitive offerings. Thanks to its $10.3 billion acquisition of Autonomy last year, HP has become a major player in the market for enterprise search and e-discovery software and services. More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on January 19, 2012 at 11:59 AM0 comments


Salesforce.com Hires Former U.S. CIO Vivek Kundra

Salesforce.com has nabbed Vivek Kundra, the United States' first CIO, as executive VP of emerging markets.

The company announced Kundra's appointment Monday. Kundra, who was named by President Barack Obama as the country's first CIO in 2009, stepped down last summer to take a fellowship at Harvard University as a joint fellow at the Kennedy School and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on January 17, 2012 at 11:59 AM0 comments


Amazon Gains More Direct Connections, Security Options

Amazon Web Services in August launched AWS Direct Connect, an option that lets customers build a dedicated network link from a datacenter or collocation facility to an Amazon facility, which it calls an AWS Region.

Amazon added this option to customers who were concerned about privacy, network costs and those who were seeking better connectivity than the Internet provides, the company said at the time. But the connectivity was limited to one location: an Equinix collocation facility in Virginia. More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on January 12, 2012 at 11:59 AM0 comments


Internap Extends Cloud Footprint with Voxel Acquisition

Looking to expand its global footprint and addressable market, cloud hosting provider Internap this week said it has acquired Voxel Holdings for $30 million in cash.

By adding Voxel, Internap can target smaller customers that require more automation and self-service implementation of cloud and hosting services. Internap addresses large enterprises that typically spend a minimum of $10,000 per month and as much as $1 million monthly, said President and CEO Eric Cooney, speaking Tuesday during an investor conference call announcing the acquisition. More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on January 05, 2012 at 11:59 AM0 comments


IBM-Green Hat Deal Targets Cloud-Based Software Testing

IBM kicked off its first acquisition of the new year on Wednesday saying it has agreed to buy Green Hat, a provider of tools that lets application developers use cloud resources to test their software.

Big Blue did not disclose financial terms of the deal. Green Hat will be folded into IBM's Rational Software business where it will be offered in conjunction with the company's application lifecycle management (ALM) portfolio. More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on January 04, 2012 at 11:59 AM0 comments


Top 5 Cloud Acquisitions of 2011

With the rush to the cloud, it's no surprise that some of the largest IT vendors shelled out big bucks to gain ground in 2011.

Many players were slow to acknowledge that the cloud is for real, or they have legacy platforms that are not easy to transform. Consequently, some pioneers in cloud computing are now becoming parts of established vendors such as Verizon, Oracle and SAP. Meanwhile, leading cloud pioneer Salesforce.com continues to fill in gaps that exist in its offerings. More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on December 20, 2011 at 11:59 AM1 comments