Could Vertical Public Clouds Become Reality in Europe?

  • John Marcus
    John Marcus

    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?”

What’s Wrong with FireEye? Here’s a Hint: It’s Not China

Summary Bullets:
• 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”