AWS quietly launches tool for migrating on-premesis apps to the cloud

Amazon is trying to simplify the process of moving legacy applications to the cloud with a new service that it quietly launched this week.  The aptly named Server Migration Service is designed to help IT teams set up the incremental replication of virtual machines from their on-premises infrastructure to Amazon’s cloud. More companies are adopting… Continue reading AWS quietly launches tool for migrating on-premesis apps to the cloud

Microsoft’s embrace of server bundles may wrankle IT

Hidden in Microsoft’s announcement of the public beta for its Azure Analysis Service was word of another big data development: the SQL Server 2016 DW Fast Track Reference Architecture. It sounds innocuous and even downright useful. Microsoft has, in its words, “collaborated with a number of our hardware partners on a joint effort to deliver… Continue reading Microsoft’s embrace of server bundles may wrankle IT

MySQL face-off: Amazon outscales Google

Many web applications have been built on an open source stack that included MySQL. Despite its limitations, MySQL managed to become the world’s most widely used open source RDBMS. What limitations, you ask? Out of the box, MySQL does not scale all that well and, in particular, cannot handle a lot of simultaneous clients compared… Continue reading MySQL face-off: Amazon outscales Google

Platforms in the cloud take heavy lifting out of architecture tasks

For six years, Watchfinder, a U.K.-based global buyer and seller of pre-owned luxury watches, split the role of DevOps between application development and management of a virtual infrastructure environment. But the company’s ambitious growth plans, which included expansion to the U.S. earlier this year and an expected doubling of monthly watch sales, required IT director… Continue reading Platforms in the cloud take heavy lifting out of architecture tasks

IBM to fold SoftLayer into Bluemix cloud development platform

IBM has announced with little fanfare that its Bluemix cloud development platform will gradually assimilate all of the SoftLayer portfolio of public cloud services, making them part of the Bluemix brand. Initial details were announced on the SoftLayer blog over the weekend, with much of the discussion revolving around the implications for existing SoftLayer customers. To read this… Continue reading IBM to fold SoftLayer into Bluemix cloud development platform

Google is trying to reinvent the whiteboard

What’s big, red, and supposed to be the next big thing in workplace collaboration? Google’s new Jamboard, a massive touch display and accompanying cloud service that’s supposed to help business users brainstorm together.  Jamboard works like a digital whiteboard, letting users sketch out ideas, attach digital sticky notes, plus bring in content from the web… Continue reading Google is trying to reinvent the whiteboard

Azure brings SQL Server Analysis Services to the cloud

SQL Server Analysis Services, one of the key features of Microsoft’s relational database enterprise offering, is going to the cloud. The company announced Tuesday that it’s launching the public beta of Azure Analysis Services, which gives users cloud-based access to semantic data modeling tools. The news is part of a host of announcements the company… Continue reading Azure brings SQL Server Analysis Services to the cloud