Close on the heels of its decision to shutter its Helion public cloud, HP Enterprise is going the partner route to the hybrid cloud with a new alliance with Microsoft Azure
HP Enterprise will now sell customers on Microsoft Azure services while Microsoft will send customers seeking out consulting and private cloud services to HP Enterprise
HP Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman slipped a surprise into the Q4 2015 earnings call, the last quarter in which HP reported as a single company. The company is teaming with long-time ally Microsoft in the cloud. HP Enterprise, which announced last month that it is scrapping its own Helion public cloud services, will now be a preferred Microsoft Azure partner. The company will now sell Microsoft Azure public cloud services while the latter will point clients in need of public cloud and consulting services to HP. Continue reading “HP Enterprise’s Newest Cloud Tactic? Work with Microsoft to Sell Customers on Azure”→
For CIOs, the hype around M2M is irrelevant to the value they can get from it.
If they can cost-justify a use case now, they should just do it; telcos need volume to drive prices even lower.
IoT has struggled to become pervasive because there is a mismatch between the longevity and cost of the communicating device and the application it serves, and the value they create. Since silicon can last forever, the secret is to increase the number of chips and applications in service. So when they talk to their telco suppliers about M2M applications, CIOs need to bear in mind the cost/volume/profit (CVP) relationship, and seek to maximize the value they can create. Continue reading “Looking for Wood Among the M2M Trees”→
Having recently completed Current Analysis’ bi-annual update of the top mobile operators’ global managed mobility services, it is clear there is not a lot that is substantially new in this segment.
This could mean a number of things: value-added mobility services may be profitably humming along; or they are no longer highlighted, as they have been increasingly integrated with other strategic enterprise services; or – worst case – they are commoditizing and somewhat stagnant service elements.
Current Analysis recently completed its updates of the top global mobile operators’ managed mobility services (MMS) portfolios. Information for some of these reports came from recent analyst events, but ironically, few of these events actually included separate sessions on this segment. The reasons for this varied from operator to operator, but a few issues stand out. Enterprise mobility is no longer a novelty; it is a given that companies of every size and in every region are increasing their use of mobile services on smartphones and tablets for voice and data communications (both internal and external) as well as for public and intra-company information access, navigation, access to databases with the ability to transact key business processes from mobile apps while on the road for functions such as CRM, product inventory, sales enablement, etc. No one denies that the productivity gains of mobility are huge, as fewer employees are tethered to their desks and mobile devices provide capabilities way beyond the old e-mail/PIM apps of yesteryear. Continue reading “Have Managed Mobility Services Commoditized or Are They Just Humming Along?”→
Vendors prioritize API management technologies as part of MADP and PaaS offerings.
There are mixed messages over how enterprises will consume API services.
Recently, while at Oracle’s fall conference, I attended a session on the new API economy. The speaker began his presentation by asking how many developers in the audience had begun API projects with the aim of achieving new monetary revenues as a result. Most in the audience raised their hands. He then asked how many would like to have API solutions provided by said vendor, and no one raised their hands, much to his amazement. Continue reading “API Providers Remain Unclear Over Enterprises’ Requirements for API Services”→
Most vertical cloud solutions to date have been industry applications offered as a service
Public cloud services dedicated to key verticals could remove some barriers to utility computing adoption
Some vertical cloud service offerings have been around for some time, although not quite as long as horizontal SaaS offerings for applications like CRM. In Europe, there are a handful of consortia and trading platforms ranging from the UK public sector’s G-Cloud to the EU scientific community’s Helix Nebula cloud marketplace, the latter supported by Atos, CGI, CloudSigma, T-Systems and others. In both cases, end user organizations have the choice of a range of providers for a number of defined solutions across IaaS, SaaS, PaaS and value-added services. Individual service providers have well-developed solutions for core verticals – e.g., healthcare, financial trading and e-commerce – but the focus there tends to be on business applications. Continue reading “Could Vertical Public Clouds Become Reality in Europe?”→
• FireEye’s CEO is disingenuous in trying to blame reduced cyberattacks by China for its Q3 earnings miss.
• The reality is FireEye is suffering from increased competition, poor public perception and inability to execute.
Threat detection vendor FireEye caused quite a stir in the security and investment communities last week following its third-quarter earnings announcement. Despite record revenue topping $165 million, FireEye missed both revenue and earnings estimates, posting a net loss of $123 million. That in itself isn’t remarkable; companies disappoint Wall Street every day. What caused heads to turn was the intimation by FireEye CEO Dave DeWalt that it fell short because of reduced cyberespionage activity originating from China, what he called “a reduction in the threat landscape,” which in turn reduced business opportunities for FireEye. Continue reading “What’s Wrong with FireEye? Here’s a Hint: It’s Not China”→