Microsoft Plans to Kickstart Azure Stack in 2017

This new Azure stack would be a comprehensive cloud solution for the business partners that will include hardware, software, services and support all together.

Microsoft kickstarts Azure  During the Worldwide Partners Conference WPC 2016, Microsoft Corporation announced that the company is strictly focusing on the mid of 2017 for the release of the Microsoft Azure stack to strengthen the partnerships on the comprehensive cloud solutions. The WPC 2016 conference is being held by the software giant in Toronto, Canada from 10 to 14 July 2016. It is high profile meet of all partners associated with the Microsoft Corporation.

It was further informed about the Azure platform in the conference that many partners, like HPE, Lenovo and Dell will integrate the Azure stack into their systems to speed up the implementation and adoption of the stack. The customers who are planning to utilize these systems of the partners will be given higher priority to increase value in the cloud services.

It is very important to note that the announcement to initiate a comprehensive Azure Stack was made in the Ignite Conference, which was held last year. The new system focuses on the great value for the partners by helping realize the real power of the cloud services while maintaining the high level of controls over the data centers to get full agility of hybrid cloud computing.

While talking about this new platform, the senior director cloud platform and product marketing, Mark Jewett said, “Partners and a rich ecosystem are critical to delivering on the promise of Azure Stack. Here at WPC, it is exciting to see how the industry is responding to customer interest and contributing to the promise of Azure Stack.”

“Our ultimate goal is to facilitate the creation of an expanding inventory of applications and solutions that customers and partners can use invest in and build with the confidence their investments will work in any Azure or Azure Stack cloud” he further maintained.

It is very imperative to note that Microsoft is already in partnership with many leaders in the field, such as Chef, Bitnami, Red Hat, SUSE, Dockers and others to realize the dream project for cloud services.

In his statement, the COO of Bitnami, Mr. Erica Brescia said, “As the provider of over 100 open source server applications for Microsoft Azure, Bitnami has worked closely with Microsoft to ensure that software development and deployment in the cloud is easy, secure, and kept up-to-date.”

Oracle Records 68% Growth in Q4 Cloud Revenue

The overall revenue of the company has decreased by 3% but posted a huge revenue growth in the cloud based offering by more than 68% as compared to Q4 of  2015.

oracle  The financial results of Oracle Corporation for the fourth quarter of 2016 were announced today with mixed financial picture of the company. The company has recorded a huge growth in the cloud computing offering, such as software as a service (SaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS). According to the posted results, the company earned as much as $859 million during the fourth quarter in the domain of cloud computing products.

The company posted $10.6 billion revenue for the fourth quarter. The share of SaaS and PaaS products stands at about $690 million. The over revenue of cloud computing products during the fourth quarter increased by over 51%.

“Fourth quarter SaaS and PaaS revenue growth accelerated to six percent in constant currency, significantly higher than my guidance,” said joint CEO Safra Catz. “SaaS and PaaS gross margins continued to improve throughout the year. Bookings in the fourth quarter were also very strong, enabling us to raise our guidance for first quarter SaaS and PaaS revenue growth, which we now expect to be between 75% and 80%.” She added further.

The over results fo the company were not so encouraging for the company. It has recorded decline in many sectors as well as in the over revenue. The license sales has declined by more than 12% and stands at $2.77 billion down from the previous revenue of $3.14 billion. The over sale of the license has also decreased substantially by over 15% down from the previous revenue of $8.54 billion to $7.28 billion.

The founder of the company was also very excited about the cloud earnings. He coined a term “idiocy” for the cloud services a few years back, but now he is confident that cloud earning would help the company. He said, “Hyper-growth” of SaaS and PaaS Oracle has experienced in 2016 to continue on for the next few years.” He further said, “That gives us a fighting chance to be the first cloud company to reach $10bn in SaaS and PaaS revenue.”

Meanwhile, the share of the Oracle has sustained a substantial pressure and dipped by over 5% after the announcement of the financial results of the company for year 2016.

Intel Announces Phase of Restructuring to Put Focus on Cloud

The restructuring initiative will help the company accelerate its evolution from a PC company to a cloud powered company, and it will also slashes 12000 employees of Intel globally.  Intel Corporation announces a restructuring initiative to speed up its growth from a PC company to one that powers the cloud and billions of smart and connected computing devices. Intel will deepen its focus on high growth areas where it is placed for long-term leadership, client, value and growth, while making the corporation more proficient and beneficial.

The data center and Internet of Things (IoT) businesses are Intel’s primary development engines, with memory and field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) speeding up these opportunities, fueling an upright cycle of growth for the company. These growth businesses brought $2.2 billion in income growth last year, and made up 40 percent of income and the greater part of operating profit, which mainly offset the decline in the PC market division.

“Our results over the last year demonstrate a strategy that is working and a solid foundation for growth,” said Krzanich. “The opportunity now is to accelerate this momentum and build on our strengths. These actions drive long-term change to further establish Intel as the leader for the smart, connected world,” he added. “I am confident that we’ll emerge as a more productive company with broader reach and sharper execution.”

“The data center and Internet of Things business are now Intel’s primary growth engines, and combined with memory and FPGAs, form and fuel a virtuous cycle of growth” he said.

Whereas making the company more resourceful, Intel plans to amplify investments in the products and technologies that that will fuel income growth, and make more beneficial mobile and PC businesses. Through this complete idea, the company plans to raise investments in its data center, IoT, memory and connectivity businesses, as well as rising client divisions such as 2-in-1s, gaming and home gateways.

This transformation will result in the decrease of up to 12,000 positions globally, about 11 percent of employees, by mid 2017 through the site consolidations worldwide, a blend of voluntary and involuntary departures, and a review of programs. The greater part of these actions will be corresponded to exaggerated workers over the next 60 days with some actions spanning in to 2017.

Intel is looking forward to the program to deliver $750 million in funds this year and annual run rate savings of $1.4 billion by mid 2017.