Anil Ambani-owned Reliance Communications launched a next-generation cloud services delivery network in five cities across the country of India. Reliance Communications has positioned Cloud Xchange, abbreviated Cloud X, nodes in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad. They plan to launch 120 more nodes in areas across the world by the end of 2015.
Reliance Group Chairman Anil Dhirubhai Ambani has shared, “We will achieve full deployment of our Next-Generation content and Cloud Delivery Network by the end of this year, with–what is a first in India–five fully-operational Cloud Xchange points. Cloud Xchange nodes can help government departments access 240 times the amount of compute power currently available in government data centers, and over six times the high-speed storage currently available in India.”
This next generation service offers on-demand low-cost cloud services. Users will be able to organize cloud servers and applications and manage lifecycle of these resources online, according to Reliance Communications.
Reliance Communications and Global Cloud X CEO Bill Barney has stated, “Cloud X is changing the paradigm of cloud computing. The network must now undergo a profound transformation, from a static entity to a dynamic, intelligent, application aware fabric that can support multiple traffic requirements, diverse geographies and flexible pricing models.”
Manoj Menon, Senior Partner & Managing Director of analyst firm Frost & Sullivan, has added, “Cloud computing has already made an impact on the everyday life of many Indians. It is driving business model innovation and helping businesses. Going forward, the impact will be even more pervasive—with innovative solutions around safe cities, smart homes, connected cars and better healthcare.”
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Cloud Technology Partners, the professional services firm behind hundreds of the world’s most advanced cloud initiatives, has announce that it has finished an approximately 3.5 million dollar top-up round. Led by existing investors Pritzker Group, Venture Capital and Oak Investment Partners, the funding will go towards increasing Cloud Technology Partner’s sales and delivery capabilities.
Chris Greendale, CEO and Founder, has said “We have been doubling the number of cloud professionals we hire every year, and we need to increase this level of hiring in order to support the exponential growth in demand for our services. The good news is that given our position in the market, we have been able to recruit outstanding cloud thought leaders and experienced practitioners. We are exceedingly pleased with the vote of confidence our investors, ecosystem partners and clients have made in us as we continue to build a great cloud company.”
In addition, Managing Partner of Pritzker Group, Chris Girgenti, stated, “Across the industry, we are seeing profound IT and business results achieved by leveraging cloud as an enabling platform – many of which have been realized by Cloud Technology Partners’ clients. We are pleased to participate in this funding round as it serves to further enable Cloud Technology Partners’ growth.”
Cloud Technology Partners has completed more than 200 cloud projects for a myriad of enterprise clients throughout the world while working with cloud giants such as Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform to accelerate the adoption of both public and hybrid cloud services by enterprises.
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In past endeavors, Oracle has sold database software to major businesses using licensing agreements. In contrast to companies like IBM, Oracle has seen where it must go in order to thrive in the new high tech world. It is going to the cloud.
In the latter part of 2014, Oracle acquired major cloud companies, such as Datalogix, a data analytics firm. Oracle can both store information and analyze it, making it able to not only provide technology but also a solution.
The Oracle cloud engine has four distinct parts: Software-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service, Infrastructure-as-a-Service and, most recently, Data-as-a-Service. The aim of the Oracle cloud engine us to be able to provide a solution to a company no matter what level it is.
Due to the rise of the cloud and companies such as Amazon that operate outside of the standard of locking customers into contracts, Oracle has had to be become more flexible in order to keep its customers.
Oracles latest financial report exemplifies how well it has been performing in the cloud market. While Wall Street was looking for earnings of 87 cents per share with $10.95 billion in revenue, Oracle reported non-GAAP revenue of 78 cents per share on revenue of $10.7 billion. Oracle blamed this disappointing news on currency fluctuation.
The company has noted a seventeen percent decline in new software licenses year after year. Customers have began to break away from the traditional model and have started to utilize more recently developed cloud technology.
“We sold an astonishing $426 million of new SaaS and PaaS annually recurring cloud subscription revenue in Q4,” CEO Safra Catz wrote. “We expect our rapidly increasing cloud sales to quickly translate into significantly more revenue and profits for Oracle Corporation. For example, SaaS and PaaS revenues grew at a 34% constant currency rate in our just completed Q4, but we expect that revenue growth rate to jump to around 60% in constant currency this new fiscal year.”
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Jaguar Land Rover is currently developing technology that will utilize cloud computing to push data from vehicles to not only other connected vehicles but municipal authorities. This technology takes its MagneRide platform a step forward. In-vehicle sensors record the location and severity of road hazards such as pot holes or manhole covers. This data is then pushed from the vehicle from which it was obtained onto a cloud computing platform where it is then available to other connected cars within the system as well as municipal authorities.
This information will help other connected drivers avoid the same hazards as well as giving local repair authorities vital information as to which areas of roads need priority maintenance.
Mike Bell, global connected car director for Jaguar Land Rover, said these developments will “allow the vehicle to profile the road surface under the wheels and identify potholes, raised manholes and broken drain covers. By monitoring the motion of the vehicle and changes in the height of the suspension, the car is able to continuously adjust the vehicle’s suspension characteristics, giving passengers a more comfortable ride over uneven and damaged road surfaces.”
While communication with street authorities is still being designed, MagneRide technology is currently available in both the Range Rover Evoque and Discovery Sport vehicles.
This technology exemplifies a practical application of cloud technology, which is often viewed on a large scale perspective without practical use being considered. This technology will not only help drivers as they drive through more hazardous roads, but will help repair the roads as well.
Bell also noted that this technology could also be another step toward driver-less cars, which Google has seen great success with.
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A year ago, Cisco Systems Inc. announced its plans to invest one billion dollars in a cloud computing company to compete with six billion dollar Amazon Web Services. This plan was christened with the name Intercloud.
At the Cisco Live annual conference, the company revealed its plans to take the Intercloud a step forward. The Intercloud will not offer this cloud itself from its own data centers but will instead unify smaller cloud service providers onto a large platform of products that will be compatible with each other. The Intercloud will prevent the smaller providers from losing customers to Amazon while allowing Cisco to continue to sell these providers hardware as they grow and develop. So, the aim of Intercloud is to enable these smaller providers and Cisco to unify and compete with Amazon.
In addition, Cisco is opening the Intercloud marketplace, an app store that gives customers the tools, software, and technology they need to quickly and efficiently use their cloud. Cisco is partnering up with many tech companies like Hortonworks and Docker for this marketplace, which will 35 apps.
Cisco also announced the development of the Intercloud Fabric, which will allow customers to manage and control their data centers and Intercloud at the same time. The Inter cloud Fabric makes it easier for customers to manage what can be a very tough technology. Cloud service providers like Datalink, Peak 10, and Sungard Availability Services have already backed Cisco’s plan to develop the Intercloud Fabric.
Cisco insists that while Amazon Web Services may have a head start in the cloud computing market, cloud computing still has much room to grow, making it anyone’s game.
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Suvro Ghosh, founder and CEO of Texas-based ClinZen LLC, has developed a cloud application based upon Big Data that will help facilitate healthcare access for those living in the densely populated Indian City of Kolkata. The new platform, named 24by7.Care also aims to connect those living in rural areas to those in the metropolis.
Ghosh has reported to the media, “Given Kolkata’s dense population and the plethora of problems regarding accessibility to healthcare at any given time, we need to build a framework based on latest technologies such as cloud computing and Big Data. The 24by7.Care platform is a database dependent one and we are currently building a data base.”
Big data is extremely large data sets that may be analyzed computationally to reveal patterns, trends, and associations, especially relating to human behavior and interactions. This platform consisting of both big data and cloud computing would be able to aid Kolkata’s healthcare system by serving needs such as booking a doctor or admitting a patient to the hospital.
This new healthcare system is initially set to take place in Kolkata and will be available on every computing platform. Cloud computing allows computing facilities to be accessed from anywhere over the network on a multitude of devices ranging from smartphones to laptops and desktop computers. This system increases accessibility pertaining to information about healthcare and will therefore improve the current system that is in place in Kolkata.
This new service is set to be implemented in three months.
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GoPro Inc. has had immense success with their series of cameras that can survive in almost any condition. However, now they want to branch away from this and become a lifestyle company. The first thing on their to-do list is to utilize cloud services to make it easier for customers to share their content. Right now, all of the content is saved onto SD cards that require many steps before it can be shared.
GoPro is planning to create an iTunes like management system which would allow the content to be uploaded to the cloud while the camera is plugged in to charge. This eliminates the need to manually upload the content to be edited, users can edit and share the content right from the cloud. GoPro is also looking into a service that will cut and edit the content into highlight reels.
By moving to the cloud, GoPro believes more cameras will be sold based on the ease of editing and sharing the content. At the moment, you can register your camera but there isn’t really any incentive to do so. With the cloud service, registering your camera comes with the benefits of the new system.
Since this idea is in the very early stages, there are not many details available. One thing that needs to be figured out soon is the security issue associated with running a cloud. Moving to a cloud means there will be very large amounts of data being obtained and stored, and securing that will be a challenge. GoPro has not stated who they will be partnering for this.
GoPro recently released wireless add-ons to allow their cameras to stream content directly to broadcasters. Future high-end GoPro cameras will likely include this ability while the rest of the product line will have Bluetooth and WiFi capabilities.
If the move to the cloud is smooth and comes with high security measures, GoPro could see great success and growth.
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IBM announced their new cloud service called High Performance Services for Electronic Design Automation (EDA), which is the industry’s first Software-as-a-Service that provides users the tools to build out electronic systems used for mobile and wearable devices. These tools have been made available through a partnership with SiCAD, a Silicon Design Platform provider with expertise in EDA, design flows, networking, security, platform development, and cloud technologies.
The service opens up the door for anyone interested in designing the next big tech innovation. IBM says that anyone with the SoftLayer subscription can begin designing electronic technology in the cloud using patented technology that IBM’s own internal product designers use. This service is delivered on their SoftLayer infrastructure and is on a pay as you go model.
The first phase of the launch will deliver three key tools: 1) IBM Library Characterization, to create abstract electrical and timing models required by chip design tools and methodologies; 2) IBM Logic Verification, to simulate electronic systems described using the VHDL and Verilog design languages; and 3) IBM Spice, an electronic circuit simulator used to check design integrity and predict circuit behavior, all on an IBM Platform LSF cluster built on the IBM SoftLayer cloud.
The cluster will use physical and network isolations for enhanced security and the cloud services ingle-tenant servers, which means that clients don’t share servers and firewalls to enhance security as well. These tested tools are expected to set new benchmarks in price-performance. This means that verification work will get done quicker and utilize fewer resources or produce better quality through more verification in the same amount of time.
Cloud computing provides the scalability requirements for EDA, along with making it affordable. Clients can scale up or down based on demand, manage peak demands, increase design productivity, reduce capital expenditure and increase operational efficiency using IBM High Performance Services. Another positive of using this cloud service is that clients will not need to purchase any new hardware or technology.
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Coupa Software is the leading provider of cloud-based financial software, with over 500 customers in over 40 countries. Coupa provides a suite of true cloud applications for finance, including accounts payable, sourcing, procurement and expense management that allows customers to see a return on their investment within a few months as well as reduce their costs.
Coupa Software announced the closing of an $80 million investment round led by funds and accounts advised by T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. and Iconiq Capital, with participation from Premji Invest as well as existing investors. Their total capital raises have now reached more than $165 million in aggregate.
Coupa plans to use the raised capital to further expand their global operations, grow sales, support and marketing worldwide, and increase product development to meet the evolving needs of global enterprises. One of their investors commented that they believe Coupa is delivering a disruptive force in the market with cloud innovations that are helping to redefine the value enterprise software delivers to businesses through creating business value for their customers and respective suppliers with an Open Business Network approach and Savings-as-a-Service offering.
The market opportunity for cloud spend management solutions, and therefore Coupa as well, is continuing to scale. Coupa paved the way for cloud-based spend management solutions and remains a leading pure play cloud provider offering an Open Business Network free of fees. They have taken the wheel of consumerizing B2 commerce for companies and suppliers.
Coupa was created based on the vision of delivering real, measurable customer success. This includes saving customers money and boosting profitability, earnings per share, and stock price. The software makes all of these things tangible and measurable.
Other benefits from the use of Coupa’s software include: seeing results sooner than with other software, consumerized user experience that leads to greater adoption, increased real-time visibility and control of spend across a global enterprise and purchase orders and invoices processed in days instead of weeks or months
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The biggest industry where big data is mentioned the most is in healthcare. It makes sense because of the incredibly large amount of data the industry obtains and analyzes each day. Healthcare is trying to become lest wasteful and more cost effective, which has led to many new devices designed to automate the data collection for medical professionals.
Writer Trevir Nath recently wrote an article outlining the six main ways healthcare could take advantage of big data and cloud services. These include reducing waste and costs, improving both patient care and pharmaceutical research and development, lessening government subsidies, and improving digital health monitoring. In the article, he mentions how better research and development can lead to more positive patient outcomes, data transparency, and a significant amount of savings, on the scale of billions of dollars.
In the Wall Street Journal earlier this month, the director of health policy at Thomas Jefferson University stated that the use of big data and cloud technology could help create highly customized health care based on our individual genome while at the same time analyzing patterns of a broad demographic. He also said that electronic health records would replace the systems used today, and that almost real time analysis of a patient data could help track things such as disease outbreak and spreads.
Another way this technology comes into play is through wearable technology, such as fitness tracking watches. At the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year, many of the large technology companies had wearable tech incorporated into their showcases. The data this technology obtains can prove extremely valuable to healthcare professionals. Healthcare providers must acknowledge this and be ready to utilize this information and technology in order to provide better care.
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