Amazon Web Services (AWS) dominates the worldwide public IaaS market, is in tight competition in the PaaS market. But it’s an also-ran when it comes to the managed private cloud category, according to a report from Synergy Research Group. InformationWeek: Cloud
“Our board, with the assistance of independent advisors, determined that this transaction, upon closing, will deliver immediate, significant and certain cash value to our stockholders,” said Graham Weston, co-founder and chairman of Rackspace, in a statement. “We are also excited that this transaction will provide Rackspace with more flexibility to manage the business for long-term growth and enhance our product offerings.”
Rackspace, a company that was an early player in the cloud market, is being forced to evolve or continue to be left behind.
The cloud and web-hosting company announced today that it’s being acquired by Apollo Global Management, a U.S.-based private equity firm, and will become a private company. It’s a move analysts say will enable Rackspace to make big changes without worrying about an anxious or angry response from shareholders.
Under the $ 4.3 billion deal, Rackspace stockholders will receive $ 32 per share. The purchase is expected to be finalized in the fourth quarter, according to the company.
Small businesses with global ambitions will soon have a new cloud partner — at least wherever Vodafone has data centers.
Vodafone Total Cloud Flex is a virtual private cloud service that can be managed via a self-service portal, and directly integrated with on-premises infrastructure via VPN or MPLS.
Telecommunications operator Vodafone unveiled the service in Hanover, Germany, on Sunday, on the eve of the Cebit trade show.
The service is scheduled to go live by the end of June in Germany, Italy, the U.K. and Ireland. Other countries will follow, half a dozen of them in the third quarter, including the U.S. and either Hong Kong or Singapore, said Nadja Risse, Vodafone’s head of sales for cloud and hosting in central and southern Europe.
Every cloud in the sky is unique, as is every computing cloud. Microsoft has its own view of what its cloud is all about, what it’s made of, and the tools it provides to help connect Microsoft-powered private clouds with Microsoft Azure public clouds with service clouds (from third parties).
Having multiple options as to where your cloud services reside provides real agility should you need or want it.
But some organizations may not want it. For example, you may require complete control over your data and data compliance — for example, to satisfy regulations. In those cases, Microsoft’s options let you create a private cloud using Windows Server 2016 and Microsoft System Center.
‘Private cloud’ is a term people throw around a lot – but what is it exactly? We sit down with Forrester analyst Lauren Nelson to discuss what you need to build a private cloud and why this should be an important part of your IT strategy. CIO Cloud Computing
Just having a highly virtualized environment is not a private cloud, even though many people likely mistake it as so.
In the latest edition of the Cloud Chronicles video series, I sat down with Forrester analyst Lauren Nelson to discuss what a private cloud is, what you need to do to build one, and why this should be an important part of your IT strategy.
CHRISTUS Health is a sprawling healthcare operation headquartered in Irving Texas, with primary acute care facilities in Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Mexico, Chile and, coming soon, Colombia, as well as long-term care facilities in Georgia, Iowa, Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas. Lynn Gibson was brought in almost four years ago as CTO to help CHRISTUS gird for change, and Network World Editor in Chief John Dix recently stopped by his office to get his take on where they stand and what comes next.
Amazon’s Virtual Private Cloud has long made it possible to partition a hunk of AWS with a private network of its own, complete with a VPN connection for secure access.
But setting up a VPN to access the Internet is drudgery, since connections to and from VPC have to be mapped with network address translation (NAT) using a manually created cluster of EC2 instances that serve as a gateway.
Earlier this week, Amazon did away with some of that headache by providing a new Managed NAT Gateway for AWS to automatically create NAT gateways for AWS VPNs without having to do anything more than click through a wizard.
Forrester Research describes the Infrastructure-as-a-Service private cloud industry as healthy, growing and “intensely competitive.”
“Customers no longer question cloud computing? as a viable technology choice,” writes Forrester senior analyst Lauren Nelson in a recent report. “And in a growing number of enterprises, cloud is now the first choice.”
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