Posts Tagged ‘Google’
Ongoing concerns about privacy and security — and a resulting softness in the market for domestic data center services — isn’t keeping Microsoft and a host of other tech giants from making big bets in the nation’s heartland.
In this new services era, business clients associate the value of a service with the company that provides it. Microsoft seems to get that message. Partners must as well.
Google is finally opening unrestricted sales of its famed Google Glass wearable computing device. While it’s a neat idea, it has few practical applications, and early adopters are essentially paying for the privilege of helping Google develop better, less-expensive devices.
A new report by ABI Research not only confirms growing demand for Google Chromebooks, but a sales pace that puts the Web-based devices on track to take a significant share of the market from Microsoft and Apple.
Far from discouraging and discounting its value, the failure of Google Flu Trends could actually help Big Data advance and find its rightful home in the enterprise.
Amazon Web Services, the market leader for hosted infrastructure, didn’t waste time responding to Google’s price drop, by slashing the base price for its cloud services by 51 percent. The price war is heating up and sending the wrong message to the market.
Google announced a 30 percent price-cut for infrastructure and platform services, presenting a challenge to rivals Amazon and Microsoft. This is another escalation in the cloud pricing war as big providers race to capture market share. If it keeps going, it will present challenges to cloud companies and their reseller partners.
Managed services tools vendor GFI MAX released App Control, a new system that allows MSPs to monitor and manage cloud-based applications and licenses on behalf of their customers. It’s also a sign of how managed services will evolve and become part of cloud computing.
While much attention is being focused on the pending end of life of the vaunted Windows XP operating system, Microsoft is also discontinuing support for Exchange Server 2003. This opens another significant opportunity for solution providers to upgrade to a newer version or convert customers to a cloud-based e-mail service.
Google is expanding its cloud channel program by creating three tiers of partnership, which will allow the company to segment its resources to give better-performing partners more support. The intent is to put Google on a better competitive footing with Amazon and Microsoft.