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    [EN] New Gartner Magic Quadrant for IaaS

    Lydia Leong anunciou no Twitter o novo MQ ( Price: $1,995.00 USD, PAGES: 42). Dentro de algumas horas o estudo deverá estar disponivel como cortesia de alguns listados.

    Summary

    The market for cloud IaaS is dominated by two leading service providers. Other service providers have responded by launching new offerings, but customers must carefully manage the risks of adopting less-mature offerings.


    Magic Quadrant

    • Alibaba Cloud
    • Amazon Web Services
    • CenturyLink
    • Fujitsu
    • Google
    • IBM
    • Interoute
    • Joyent
    • Microsoft
    • NTT Communications
    • Oracle
    • Rackspace
    • Skytap
    • Virtustream



    Vendors Dropped

    • VMware






    Lydia Leong‏ @cloudpundit 2 minutes ago

    The new Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, Worldwide has been published! - https://www.gartner.com/doc/3738058 (paywall)

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    off-topic: 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Access Management



    For years, pundits have been saying that Access Management technology is unable to handle modern networks, The idea is nothing new, but it’s been getting a lot of airtime, as data breach after data breach result from clumsy workplace access management. Now, many are saying that even Role-based Access Control (RBAC) isn’t enough to account for the countless devices, environments, and circumstances of the modern workplace. According to some critics, the answer to these problems is Contextual Access Management. And now it seems that Gartner too sees contextual and adaptive access as the way forward for AM.

    According to Gartner, most AM vendors are now capable of using contextual information, such as date, time, location, endpoint information, such as browser and software characteristics, and IP address when making access decisions.

    https://solutionsreview.com/identity...agic-quadrant/

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    Gartner Magic Quadrant for IaaS 2017


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    Alibaba just got a huge vote of confidence in the cloud war against AWS and Azure

    Alibaba Cloud leads the cloud infrastructure market in China, Gartner says.

    Jordan Novet
    June 15, 2017

    In terms of ability to execute, Alibaba is ranked No. 4, ahead of IBM and Oracle, among others. But in terms of completeness of vision, it's behind both.

    Alibaba Group established its cloud in 2009, three years after Amazon introduced market-leading Amazon Web Services (AWS), Gartner analysts Lydia Leong, Raj Bala, Craig Lowery and Dennis Smith wrote in the new report. Today the Alibaba Cloud leads the cloud infrastructure market in China, although it only launched its international offering, including an English-language web service, last year.

    Like other big providers, Alibaba Cloud has been setting up more data centers around the globe to handle other companies' computing workloads, while also coming out with new services.

    Still, the Alibaba Cloud isn't perfect.

    "It has a limited track record, and does not have the full capabilities or performance of the China offering," the analysts wrote. "Alibaba's international offering has very little in the way of unique differentiation compared to other hyperscale providers. Additionally, Alibaba Cloud's vision seems inextricably tied to that of its global competitors; it takes liberal inspiration from competitors when developing service capabilities and branding."

    On top of that, international customers could have security or compliance worries that stem from relying on a Chinese company, the analysts wrote.

    http://www.cnbc.com/2017/06/15/aliba...e-gartner.html

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    Gartner puts AWS, Microsoft Azure top of its Magic Quadrant for IaaS

    Larry Dignan
    June 15, 2017

    The two leaders aren't all that surprising.

    AWS, one of the few that outlines its operating results quarterly, has a bevy of enterprise customers and use cases. Gartner noted that AWS is "most commonly chosen for strategic, organization wide adoption."

    Microsoft Azure appeals to multiple levels of customers with varying cloud maturity. According to Gartner, Azure is broad and can handle multiple workloads. Microsoft is also seen as more of a strategic enterprise cloud partner.

    As for Google Cloud Platform, Gartner said the company is a distant third, but is a good option for cloud-native companies. Gartner also said that Google's emphasis on portability and its innovation engine is critical.

    On IBM, Gartner focused on the SoftLayer infrastructure, which is currently being reengineered. Gartner also noted that IBM hasn't improved SoftLayer's infrastructure since buying it in 2015.

    Gartner sees Alibaba Cloud as a key way to play in China and its current offering show a lot of potential in the future, said Gartner. Outside of China, however, Alibaba Cloud has a limited track record.

    http://www.zdnet.com/article/gartner...rant-for-iaas/

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    Lembrando que a estrelinha da hora, Alibaba, está promocionalmente oferecendo o seguinte pacote:

    • 1 vCPU Intel Xeon E5-2682 v4
    • KVM
    • 1GB RAM
    • 40GB SSD Cloud Disk
    • 1TB Data Transfer Plan
    • US$ 30 / 12 meses (2,50/mês)


    This promotion applies to ECS instances deployed in US West, US East, EU Central (Frankfurt) and Australia regions

    This promotion is limited to 10 orders per user, with 1 instance per order. Each user can purchase up to 10 instances.

    This promotion is valid until August 19, 2017.

    Alibaba/Aliyun - SSD Cloud Server from US$ 30 for a whole year


    The cloud platform is called Apsara. It is built using the Alibaba’s own proprietary technology that enables massive scalability. “A single Apsara cluster can be scaled up to 5,000 servers with 100 petabyte storage capacity and 100,000 CPU cores,” the company wrote in the SEC documents.



    Tópico sobre VPS da Alibaba: http://www.webhostingtalk.com.br/for...yun-Free-Trial
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    Alibaba – Why it is a Growth Monster

    Kevin Hua
    June 15, 2017

    ...

    3. Cloud business is the second growth engine

    Like Amazon.com, Alibaba has not simply settled into its comfort zone of being just a leading e-commerce retailer and marketplace. It is aggressively growing adjacent businesses including cloud computing and digital media as well as making significant investments in payments and logistics.

    Its cloud computing business has grown revenues with a CAGR of 115 per cent in the last two years and has quickly become China’s leading cloud platform with 874,000 paying customers and 15 data centres around the world. To put that into perspective, Amazon Web Services grew at a CAGR of 88 per cent prior to reaching its first US$1 billion in revenues.



    Gartner estimates that the public cloud market will grow from a US$209 billion industry to a US$436 billion industry by 2021. The market is led by Amazon Web Services with a 46 per cent market share but remains fragmented with the next four providers (Microsoft, IBM, Alibaba and Google) having a combined 18.5 per cent share according to IDC. As such, there is plenty room for growth, particularly in China where Alibaba dominates – it has 41 per cent of the Chinese market and is the same size as the next seven largest cloud providers.

    ...

    https://which-50.com/alibaba-investo...rowth-monster/

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    Alibaba Details Its Plans for World Domination

    Natalie Walters
    Jun 15, 2017

    Alibaba (BABA) executive chairman Jack Ma recently made the bold prediction that the Chinese e-commerce giant would hit $1 trillion in gross merchandise value (GMV) by the 2020 fiscal year, and eventually serve two billion customers by 2036. Although Alibaba currently dominates the enormous Chinese market, achieving such lofty goals obviously would require a significant global expansion.

    "If a company can serve two billion consumers, that is one-third of the total population of the world," Ma told about 400 investors at its annual investor day event in Hangzhou, China last week. "If a company can create 100 million jobs, that is probably bigger than most governments can do. If a company can support 10 million profitable businesses on its platform, this is called an economy."

    Expanding beyond its stronghold in China has long been a goal of Alibaba's. Shortly after Daniel Zhang was named CEO in 2015, he said the company "must absolutely globalize and it must be a successful effort."

    Last year, Alibaba absorbed Southeast Asian e-commerce platform Lazada, which helped spur Alibaba's 56% revenue growth overall for the year to $23.3 billion. The company is also partnering with Argentina to make it easier for the country to sell wine and produce on its platforms.

    Alibaba's international platforms Lazada and AliExpress, a B2C platform that allows Chinese companies to sell their items to international consumers, had a combined 83 million annual active buyers for the past year ended March 31, with their combined revenue increasing 233% year-over-year to $1.066 billion.

    But the company still has a ways to go.

    "We now have 500 million consumers in China," Alibaba vice chairman Joe Tsai told TheStreet earlier this week. "So obviously we're a long way from that [Ma's two billion customer goal], so we need to think about expanding the business outside China."

    The natural next step for Alibaba is to help businesses sell their products to its huge base of customers in China, Tsai said, helping Alibaba gain customers and giving small businesses around the world access to the $4.8 trillion China retail market. China surpassed the U.S. as the world's largest retail market last year.

    "In terms of global expansion, we have to think about how we can leverage the advantages of being in China," Tsai said. Chief among these, Tsai said, is Alibaba's close relationship to a huge base of customers in China.

    Alibaba is already working on marketing these advantages to businesses in the U.S. On June 20 and 21, Alibaba is hosting a conference in Detroit called Gateway '17 to teach small businesses in the U.S. about opportunities in the China market. "The Chinese market presents tremendous opportunities for U.S. small businesses and farmers to grow their businesses, and in turn, create more U.S. jobs," Ma wrote in an April blog post. At a meeting with President Donald Trump in January, Ma committed to creating one million jobs in the U.S. within the next five years.

    While Alibaba has not laid out plans for establishing a U.S.-based e-commerce operation that would compete directly with Amazon.com (AMZN) , the Detroit event could be a prelude to a future entry into the U.S., said Tigress Financial Partners CIO Ivan Feinseth, who predicted it could happen within the next one to five years. "They haven't said much on it because you don't want to give away your battle plan, but the bottom line is that you have to go where the customers are," he explained.

    China's population of 1.4 billion dwarfs the U.S.'s 321.4 million, but the U.S. is still the second largest retail market in the world. China's total sales of $4.89 trillion in 2016 just barely surpassed U.S. sales of $4.82 trillion, according to eMarketer.

    Breaking into the U.S. would be a big challenge, however, considering Amazon's huge lead and large base of Prime members, who each pay a yearly membership fee for benefits such as free two-day shipping on many items and a vast library of movies and TV shows. While Amazon doesn't release Prime membership figures, Cowen & Co. analyst John Blackledge estimates there are 80 million Prime subscribers worldwide (Guggenheim Securities analyst Robert Drbul put the number at 65 million).

    According to Feinseth, though, online shoppers are not particularly brand loyal, and so there's an opportunity for competitors to offer better prices and better fulfillment. "There's just no stickiness in online retail," he said. "That means Amazon can potentially be 'out-Amazoned'."

    While Tsai did not comment on where Alibaba is looking to expand next, he has noted in the past that the company is looking for growing markets that boast large populations with high mobile phone usage. These are all characteristics of places it's already ventured into, such as India, Indonesia and Thailand.

    While Alibaba is actively expanding, Tsai emphasized that it has an advantage by being based in China, not only because of its large consumer base, but also because of its huge manufacturing base. "Being in China means that both inbound and export, we have an advantage," Tsai claimed. "Having one leg in China gives us the advantage to do a lot of cross-border trade."

    https://www.thestreet.com/story/1418...omination.html

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    off-topic: Think you’re buying on Amazon? It’s actually from Alibaba

    Krystal Hu
    June 15, 2017

    Peter Koch, a 37-year-old engineer living in Serbia, says he’s making $3,000 every month by selling the same seven baby products on Amazon to American customers. His secret? Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba.

    As one of the third-party sellers who contribute to more than half of Amazon’s sales, Koch began importing goods from Chinese manufacturers he connected with through Alibaba in 2014.

    Koch is likely far from the only third-party seller to make money selling products from Alibaba on Amazon. A number of individuals on both Quora and Reddit have discussed how to buy goods from Chinese manufacturers and sell on Amazon. John Frigo, an e-commerce veteran based in Chicago, posted a video on YouTube saying he made $250,000 in sales a month that way. It has attracted nearly 1.5 million viewers.

    Products made in China tend to be particularly inexpensive for Amazon’s third-party sellers.

    “I tried to explore if there is any possibility to source from other countries,” Koch told Yahoo Finance. “Unfortunately, there isn’t. I managed to find places where the price of each piece is lower than China, but the shipping cost is much higher.”

    How third-party sellers profit from Alibaba and Amazon

    Third-party sellers make their profit from markups. Frigo sells products on Amazon ranging from beach tents to cooler bags, which he originally buys on Alibaba. To ensure profitability under Amazon’s return policy and fierce market competition, he makes the retail price three times what he pays on Alibaba.

    Once a product becomes a hit, sellers tend to follow the trend and flood the market. The latest example is the fidget spinner. The toy took off in April, and now more than 9,000 spinners are listed on Amazon. The unit price ranges from $1 to $100.

    “There is not much difference in those products, and some of them may come from the same Chinese manufacturer,” Frigo said. “What sets you apart is how you do the marketing.”

    A successful seller usually identifies popular products in the early stage, and then customizes them to cater to market needs and build a brand. Every month, Frigo uses software and social media to stay on top of the next big thing.

    Made by Alibaba, shipped by Amazon

    The Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) service enables Koch to sell to the US, a country he’s never set foot in. After sellers ship their products directly from Chinese factories to Amazon’s warehouses in the US, Amazon will “pick, pack, ship, and provide customer service for these products,” according to the company’s website.

    In 2016, more than 2 billion items were delivered by FBA and the number of sellers using the service grew more than 70%.

    Amazon requires packages delivered by third-party sellers to contain labels listing sellers’ information. Without seeing or touching his products, Koch asks manufacturers to stick private labels with his information on the boxes. He says some factories in China add these labels for free, while others ask for $20 to stick labels on 1,000 pieces.

    “We have sent (to Amazon’s warehouses) so often, by FedEx or DHL,” Elizabeth Li, a saleswoman for a fidget spinner maker on Alibaba, told Yahoo Finance.

    So if you’re an Amazon customer, it’s almost impossible for you to tell whether the product comes from an American seller or a factory in China. Third-party sellers use the FBA to avoid having to store their inventory and to reduce shipping time.

    But to Frigo, this could be a riskier model. “They are not actually handling the product,” he says. “They don’t know what the customer is receiving.”

    Quality inspection: whose responsibility?

    Unlike Alibaba, which is a platform for individual sellers, Amazon owns many of the products it sells to customers — so it can guarantee quality and delivery service. But as the number of third-party sellers grows, Amazon may face quality-control and counterfeit problems that have plagued Alibaba for years now.

    Indeed, customers who buy products delivered by FBA may end up testing their quality themselves and writing a review that could make or break a product. “Review is everything,” Frigo said.

    Amazon requires everything sold to “comply with all laws and regulations and with Amazon’s policies.” But when sellers skip the quality-inspection part, it becomes harder for people to notice potential problems until things go really wrong.

    In late 2015, hoverboard fever took over the holiday gift market. It was only after the products exploded and caught fire that Amazon asked sellers for documentation showing listed hoverboards complied with “applicable safety standards,” one manufacturer told CNN. Amazon ultimately stopped the sale of most hoverboard models, according to CNN.

    “Who is actually responsible for making sure products are in compliance with American standards in the Amazon’s FBA model is a gray area that has not been clarified yet,” Renaud Anjoran, president at China Manufacturing Consultants, told Yahoo Finance. “Consumers can easily tell if the product works by trying it, but it’s not like they would pay to test if it’s in compliance with standards.”

    If you’re just starting out as an Amazon seller and want to avoid such product disasters, Anjoran’s advice is pretty simple: “Avoid anything for kids, electronics, anything with food.”

    An Amazon spokesperson declined to comment on the record for this story.


    https://finance.yahoo.com/news/think...192708862.html

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    Specsavers embraces Azure, AWS, IBM, and Oracle

    The move comes as the 33-year-old retailer has cut its IT infrastructure and network of 200 legacy suppliers to just 25 in a modernisation project

    Gavin Clarke
    13 Jun 2017


    Specsavers (the British optical retail chain) ditched a tapestry of accounts payable systems in favour of Oracle ERP – but Oracle failed to make the grade on cloud.

    Oracle's cloud has been judged too risky, too expensive and not up to scratch by Specsavers, which is aiming to complete an AWS and Azure combo next year.

    And, in another plus for Microsoft, Specsavers is adopting Office 365 over Google Docs, saying Microsoft is cheaper.

    Global CIO Phil Pavitt, responsible for Specsavers' modernisation, told The Reg that Oracle's cloud had cost too much and was too risky a bet. "For a company that was going to have its whole back office running on [cloud], it's not mature enough for us," he said.

    Oracle pricing is Wow!

    He was also unwilling for Specsavers to become a guinea pig for Oracle's cloud.

    "Secondly, there's no huge user cases on it [Oracle cloud] like us, so why would we go first? We need industrial strength.

    "Thirdly the pricing is wow! They need to work the pricing out. Cloud services are not cheap. The idea that 'cloud is cheap' is a lie."

    He dinged Oracle's cloud not for its licensing, compute or storage but for the "bits you add on – that's expensive about Oracle".

    "Azure and AWS are broadly similar pricing but, frankly, Oracle is a measure more – they have heard that from me a number of times and they are working on it. Oracle would like people like us, but we are not going to choose them today. Would we be willing to choose them in three to four years? That would be interesting."

    It's not the first time Pavitt has hit Oracle where it hurts. In February 2016, he compared Oracle's tough approach to licence negotiation with putting a gun to the head.

    Specsavers is putting all new apps on AWS and Azure, with existing apps being rewritten rather than ported. Forty per cent of the IT estate is currently non-cloud and the rest is set to float by the end of 2018. Specsavers has seven data centres globally but will retain just two for backup.

    Microsoft is 'cheaper than Google'

    When it comes to productivity, Specsavers is switching cloud – dumping Google Docs for Office 365. The addition of VoIP, with Skype for Business, made Office 365 cheaper. "The cost of doing Google Docs was more expensive than doing Office 365 – that was the prime driver," Pavitt said.

    Office 365 has meant staff need retraining, and Pavitt said his training budget has increased 300 per cent for 2017 and 2018 – although he didn't give a figure.

    "Six months ago nobody on my service desk had experience in Office 365. Today I have retrained 75 people," Pavitt said.

    Elsewhere, many Specsavers coders have been retrained as designers and testers or are working as business functional analysts.

    Driving this is an attempt to make IT delivery simpler and cheaper, and to let Specsavers quickly develop and spin up new digital services founded on data.

    With outlets in 10 countries, Specsaver's existing IT set-up was the result of years of mergers and expansions, running regionally or in stores.

    "We had started a load of projects in the past but never really got anywhere with them," Pavitt said. "The critical part of that was moving to the cloud, which will be done in 2018. The last objective was the cloud – we use digital and all those new technologies to really change the customer journey.

    "For us, digital is really interesting. I don't really like the word, but for us it's about the customer journey."

    Specsavers has developed a single customer record using Oracle's Customer Hub (OCH) that will be rolled out in the UK later this year and the rest of the world in 2018.

    An eye to the future

    The retailer will soon start pilots at three stores using IBM's Watson for pattern management data, in a step to predicting possible developments in the eye health of its customers.

    The pilots will use image recognition software from Merge Healthcare that IBM bought in 2015 for £1bn, which forms part of IBM's Watson Health unit.

    "If you had an eye test 30 years ago and stayed with us every two years we have your physiology – we can tell your eyes are doing this, we have 15 sets of data," Pavitt said.

    "We are now exploring with IBM, and others, pattern management of health, as you saw some of the deals with DeepMind and NHS. We are in that game. What we are seeing is machine learning and pattern management and we are seeing some very, very comprehensive, interesting sets of data coming out."

    The Royal Free NHS Trust was pulled up for sharing 1.6 million patient records with Google's DeepMind in May.

    Specsavers told The Reg that patients' data won't be shared with IBM Watson – during the pilots at least. "All data will remain within Specsavers' secure network," a spokesperson said.

    Pavitt – a former HMRC CIO and director general of change – is leaving Specsavers at the end of June, two years after joining.

    https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/0..._oracle_cloud/


    Specsavers Optical Group Ltd is a British optical retail chain, operating globally, which offers "optician services", along with eyeglasses, contact lenses and hearing aids. In 2012 it had the largest single market share of the four major opticians, with 42% of the market within the United Kingdom.

    The company had a total turnover of £1.7 billion in 2012, with 1,648 branches in the United Kingdom, Guernsey, Jersey, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, the Netherlands, Spain, Australia, and New Zealand. Number of employees: over 30,000
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Specsavers
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