Building on its Hyper-V Recovery Manager, Microsoft has unveiled a service that brings Azure’s cloud based capabilities to bear on disaster recovery for both on-premise Windows Server and Azure-based workloads.
Disaster Recovery for Azure is part of the recently renamed Microsoft Azure Site Recovery (ASR), which is currently in preview. It is based on the current version of Hyper-V Recovery Manager (HRM) which has been available since January this year and enables automated protection, asynchronous ongoing replication, and orchestrated recovery of virtualized workloads between private clouds across enterprise sites.
Brad Anderson, corporate vice president of the cloud and enterprise group at Microsoft said the news is “more than just a name change.” The disaster recovery service will allow enterprises to encrypt, replicate, and failover virtual machines (residing both onsite and in the cloud) directly to Microsoft Azure.
Anderson said the service touts a number of built-in features that will make it immediately appealing to enterprise customers. For instance, VMs can be encrypted at rest, and all of the service’s traffic passing through Azure is also encrypted; it also gains near-synchronous data replication, taking system snapshots up to every 30 seconds.
Author: Jonathan Brandon
Oracle boasted a 25 per cent increase in cloud revenue in its latest earnings report as it looks to continue its transformation to offering a predominately cloud-focused portfolio of services. But the company reported minimal revenue increases, 3 per cent, a decline in traditional software license revenues, and missed analysts’ profits and sales estimates.
Oracle reported fiscal Q4 2014 total revenues were up 3 per cent to $11.bn, and software and cloud revenue increases of 4 per cent to $8.9bn. GAAP software-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service revenues were up 25 per cent to $322m, from $257m the year before.
“Our cloud subscription business is now approaching a run rate of $2bn a year,” said Oracle president and CFO Safra Catz.
“As our business has transitioned, more software revenues are being recognized over the life of a subscription rather than upfront. We’re making this transition to cloud subscriptions and ratable revenue recognition while continuously increasing our top-line revenue and our bottom-line profits year-after-year.”
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison boasted that the company is now the second largest SaaS company in the world.
“In SaaS, we’re in front of everybody but salesforce.com. In IaaS we’re larger and more profitable than Rackspace. We have by far the most complete portfolio of modern SaaS and PaaS products in the industry,” he said. “All these SaaS products run on the world’s most powerful PaaS: the Oracle in-memory multitenant database and Java.”
In a call with analysts Thursday evening Ellison added that Oracle was outdoing its cloud-native rival Workday in the HCM segment, and that the company added 870 cloud customers in Q4 including in HCM nearly 320 customers, with Fusion HCM, ERP and sales force automation revenue all growing triple-digits.
But the company also missed analysts’ estimates on sales and profits. Analysts were expecting $11.5bn but the company reported $11.3bn in sales. And according to the firm the addition of new cloud users took a 1 per cent chunk out of traditional software licenses for the quarter.
In a bid to transition its business towards selling more cloud-based software Cisco is ramping up investment in cloud services, pouring up to $1bn into products and services in the sector over the next two years according to the Wall Street Journal. The networking giant said it will spend the money building its own datacentres to host cloud services.
“Everybody is realizing the cloud can be a vehicle for achieving better economics (and) lower cost,” Rob Lloyd, Cisco’s president of development and sales told the WSJ.
Cisco said it will spend $1bn on developing its cloud services portfolio over the next two years as it moves to rebalance its hardware-focused products and service offerings
Cisco could not be immediately reached for comment, but the company said the announcement will be discussed in more depth with customers at a news conference. The news arrives barely a week after Cisco announced its first partnership with a service provider, Telstra, that will see the Australian telco deploy the Cisco Cloud Services platform within its own datacentres. Cisco seems to be following in the path of other predominately hardware-focused companies that have shifted their emphasis on developing and deploying cloud-based services (i.e. IBM), particularly in order to fight declining revenues and flat growth. In November 2013 it acquired start up datacentre and cloud solutions provider Insieme Networks for a total pay-out of up to $863m, which gave the company a big boost in its infrastructure management capabilities. The company, which predominately sells networking hardware, saw revenues declined 3.1 per cent year on year in Q2 this year and 12 per cent in Q1, and is predicting even steeper sales declines in the current quarter. In a Q2 call with analysts Cisco’s chairman and chief executive officer John Chambers said most of that revenue loss was contained to emerging markets, where he said customers were holding off large infrastructure upgrades.
“While this economic trend remains out of our control, we have put in place important programs and efforts designed to capture growth and position Cisco to capture share even if these markets remain challenged,” he said. “We don’t get to decide whether or not we will emerge as the number one IT company. Our customers do. What we do get to decide is how we continue to deliver the value to our customers to retain the market leading position. This will be done by selling business outcomes enabled by architectures.”
Source: Business Cloud News
The majority of operators have not yet made the call on whether to migrate their BSS environment to the cloud, according to the 2014 Telecoms.com Intelligence Global Industry Survey.
More than a third have decided against the movement and less than 20 per cent have actually put initiatives in place to accomplish such a shift. The findings of the Telecoms.com Industry Survey 2014 sought to establish which elements of the BSS environment are being addressed with the most urgency along with how and where operators are looking to the cloud to enhance their performance.
Questions in this section were put to operators exclusively and in addressing their BSS environments, operators clearly have a good deal more thinking to do. Almost half of respondents said they were not sure whether their organisation was planning a move to a cloud-based BSS solution inside the next 12 months, suggesting that for many operators decisions on this question have not been taken. More than one third reported that there are no such plans in place, while 17.9 per cent of respondents said that their businesses are planning a cloud BSS deployment this year.
It is important to understand why more than 80 per cent of represented operators are currently not committing to a cloud-based BSS solution and it is perhaps not surprising that security is chief among their concerns.
Respondents were asked to rank a range of concerns for severity on a scale of one to seven, where seven represented a “very serious concern”. Security issues was scored as six or seven by 39.7 per cent or respondents.
“Security was and still is a concern for operators when choosing a cloud based solution but it is possible to achieve the full range of cloud benefits, like cost savings and agility, without compromising on security,” says Yuval Mayron, general manager, Amdocs Product Group.
“The key for operators or MVNOS is choosing a well-established and recognised industry partner that they can rely on and grow with. This peace of mind can be achieved when operators and MVNOs select a complete solution, both on the platform and on the service side, to guarantee service availability, customer satisfaction and that all solution components are certified and meet the highest standards in the industry.”
A subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom is building a datacentre the size of 30 football fields in order to help satisfy Germany’s high demand for cloud services.
T-Systems, the IT and telecommunication services arm of the operator group, will begin operations from the 150,000m2 datacentre, which will be Germany’s largest, in 2014.
Located in Saxony-Anhalt, it will be T-System’s 90th datacentre.
Together with a datacentre already running in Magdeburg, the new construction in Biere will form a “TwinCore,” – a twin data centre which offers the highest level of data and operational security, since in the event of an incident any twin can immediately take over for the other. T-Systems is using 22 data centres of this type specifically for cloud services. (more…)