Rackspace has partnered with San Jose-based Vormetric to deliver encryption solutions for the Rackspace cloud via Vormetric’s Transparent Encryption Solution. Vormetric’s Transparent Encryption provides encryption at rest solutions for Rackspace’s managed cloud offerings without compromising the performance of the encrypted infrastructure. Rackspace joins the Vormetric Cloud Partner Program and offers its customers encryption and key management services that not only bolster cloud data security, but also facilitate the achievement of compliance regulations that require encryption. With Vormetric, Rackspace customers can maintain control of the encryption keys, implement advanced role based access and receive notifications that suggest whether a security breach is in progress. Rackspace’s inclusion in the Vormetric Cloud Partner Program further underscores the positioning of Vormetric as a leader in the cloud data security space. Other participants in Vormetric’s Cloud Partner Program include Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure and Virtustream.
Axcient today announced the release of the second generation of its virtual appliance for enabling organizations to implement cloud-based backup and recovery solutions. The second generation of Axcient’s virtual appliance features backup speeds at rates twice as fast as the initial version of the appliance, a reduction in the storage footprint required for backups and the ability to run more instances of the virtual appliance within the same virtual host machine. In addition, whereas the initial appliance delivered backups of up to 20 TB, the second generation of the Axcient virtual appliance allows users greater flexibility in the maximum infrastructure designated for backup by allowing backups ranging from 1 TB to 20 TB. Moreover, the second version now supports AMD processors in addition to Intel. Axcient’s virtual appliance represents one of the company’s top selling products and currently boasts roughly 75 Managed Service Provider clients that serve over 280 end user organizations as told to Cloud Computing Today in an interview with Product Marketing Manager, Daniel Kuperman.
The company’s disruptive cloud-based recovery as a service technology earned the company the distinction of Excellent in “Critical Capabilities” in Gartner’s Recovery as a Service report. Meanwhile, Forrester’s evaluation of Disaster Recovery Service vendors by Rachel Dines noted that Axcient “excelled in its proven success and experience” and delivered “competitive” product offerings as did HP and CenturyLink. The bottom line here is that Axcient has ushered in a revolution in data protection for the enterprise at the level of both product functionality and economics that threatens to render traditional, on premise colocation facilities obsolete. Axcient represents one of the vendors that spearheaded the creation of a Recovery as a Service space that prided itself as much on recovery as it did on backup. With an appliance that can be installed in minutes that boasts faster backups, a lower storage footprint and greater flexibility in the maximum backup size, the Recovery as a Service space should brace itself for even greater traction on the part of Axcient, even as the space witnesses new entrants and upstarts.
RackWare today announced the general availability of version 3.0 of the RackWare Management Module, the cloud management platform that delivers rule-based automation for enhancing the mobility and elasticity of cloud workloads. Version 3.0 features enhanced disaster recovery (DR) functionality that allows customers to create a backup and recovery solution that automates the process of migrating a customer’s infrastructure to an alternative physical or cloud-based infrastructure. RackWare’s “anywhere to anywhere” disaster recovery solution enhances the flexibility of customer disaster recovery options by enabling customers to select one or more target platforms for DR purposes as needed, thereby eliminating vendor lock-in. Moreover, customers can specify the parameters of the synchronization process for ongoing, incremental backups by using screens such as the following:
As illustrated above, customers can create synchronization options for host and target infrastructures with varying frequencies, schedule times and image selections. Version 3.0 also boasts version control and rollback functionality that allows customers to restore infrastructures to the date and time that corresponds to a designated version. RMM 3.0 also empowers customers to restore aggregations of files that have been tagged according to keywords that enable subsequent identification and recovery. Additionally, version 3.0 includes advanced failover functionality that ensures the continuation of mission-critical operations by redirecting workloads to the replicated version in the event that the original instance experiences a disruption. Whereas RackWare 2.0 focused predominantly on workload migration and scaling, RackWare 3.0’s focus on disaster recovery catapults the platform into the exploding space of cloud-based DR solutions and its accompanying disruption of the economics of backup and disaster recovery.
On Thursday, HP announced an agreement to invest $50M in Hortonworks. HP’s investment builds on the $100M Hortonworks raised in March in a financing red led by funds managed by Blackrock and Passport Capital as well as existing investors. The investment illustrates HP’s commitment to its reseller relationship with Hortonworks that allows it to resell the Hortonworks Data Platform. Moreover, HP plans to continue refining the engineering of its products such that they integrate with YARN, the resource management component of version 2.x of Hadoop. In addition to preparing its products to operate in conjunction with YARN, HP will be integrating its product architecture to optimally perform in conjunction with the Hortonworks Data Platform more generally. Key HP products targeted for integration with the Hortonworks Data Platform include the HP HAVEn platform, one component of which is HP Vertica. As a result of the $50M equity investment, HP’s Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Martin Fink will join the board of directors of Hortonworks. HP’s investment in Hortonworks underscores how the Big Data revolution lies poised to accelerate as technology companies deepen their relationships with Hadoop vendors in anticipation of delivering turnkey big data analytics solutions that simplify and streamline the operationalization of Big Data.
•Revenue for the quarter ending June 30, 2014 amounted to $23.38B, up 18% year over year from $19.89B.
•Net income was $4.61B, down from $4.97B for the same quarter during the preceding year.
•Earnings per share calculated to $0.55/share or $0.05/share below the $0.60/share earnings target anticipated by Wall Street. For the same quarter in 2013, Microsoft posted earnings of $0.59/share.
•Commercial cloud revenue grew 147% to an annualized run-rate of over $4.4B. Over the course of the quarter, cloud revenue grew $564M, largely due to triple digit growth in enterprise sales of Office 365 and Azure.
•Windows licensing revenue grew 11% to $13.48B.
•Office 365 subscribers grew to 5.6 million and added a million users this quarter.
•Bing advertising revenue grew 40% and now consumes 19.2% of the U.S. search engine market.
•Revenue from server products grew 16%, including Azure, SQL Server and System Center.
Despite missing its earnings per share target, cloud revenue represents the shining star in this quarter’s earnings report as Microsoft pivots toward Nadella’s “mobile first and cloud first” strategy and away from a business model based on PCs. Nadella himself commented on the Q4 2014 earnings results by highlighting the figures related to cloud revenue as follows:
We are galvanized around our core as a productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud-first world, and we are driving growth with disciplined decisions, bold innovation, and focused execution. I’m proud that our aggressive move to the cloud is paying off – our commercial cloud revenue doubled again this year to a $4.4 billion annual run rate.
The bottom line here is that Microsoft’s aggressive move to focus on Azure and a cloud-based version of Office 365 has paid dividends in an impressively short period of time. Investors can feel confident in the cloud-component of Microsoft’s new strategy, although they are likely to feel less certain about its ability to deliver with respect to mobile devices and applications, particularly given the challenges specific to the $7.2B Nokia acquisition, which itself claims responsibility for 12,500 of the 18,000 employees that are slated to be laid off by the Redmond, WA tech behemoth. That said, 147% growth in its cloud business bodes well for the Azure platform, particularly given that it is fueled in part by Microsoft’s booming Office 365 cloud-based subscription offering, which operates on Azure infrastructure. Expect growth in Microsoft’s cloud revenue to continue although the company will wrestle with the $1.1 to $1.6 billion cost of integrating Nokia Devices and Services (NDS) through fiscal year 2015, and the first half of the 2015 fiscal year in particular.
VMware has partnered with SoftBank Commerce and Service to deliver VMware’s vCloud Hybrid service IaaS platform to Japan. SoftBank will provide VMware with datacenters, network and a dedicated sales team whereas VMware will manage the implementation and subsequent management of the vCloud platform in Japan. Meanwhile, VMware stands to benefit from SoftBank’s network of more than 7000 resellers in Japan. Japan represents only the third country after the U.S. and U.K where VMware is launching its vCloud Hybrid Service and the first country in Asia. vCloud Hybrid Service is currently available in private Beta and will be generally available in Q4 of this year. vCloud Hybrid Service creates a single-tenant private cloud, a multi-tenant virtual private cloud or a disaster recovery cloud that facilitates the extension of on-premise infrastructures to the cloud. VMware also announced preliminary plans to use its technology in China to build a hybrid cloud service in Beijing in collaboration with China Telecom.
Rackspace and Datapipe Take Leadership Positions In Gartner Magic Quadrant For Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting, North America
Datapipe and Rackspace take the two leadership positions in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting, North America as illustrated below. Datapipe offers fully managed hosting solutions on Amazon Web Services in addition to private cloud and hybrid cloud solutions. Rackspace, meanwhile, recently introduced a managed cloud service that builds upon its branding for “fanatical support” by delivering managed infrastructure and managed operations solutions. CenturyLink was also positioned strongly as a visionary with a strong ability to execute. Managed hosting solutions are likely to play a critical role in the next phase of the evolution of IaaS adoption as organizations increasingly strive to simplify and streamline IaaS adoption by transferring responsibility for provisioning, managing and troubleshooting IaaS environments to vendors who specialize in managed cloud solution delivery.
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