Cloud pricing and cost optimization
- April 29, 2020
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure has boosted its support for mission-critical workloads with new options based on AMD's second-generation EPYC processors.
- December 19, 2019
Hybrid and multi-cloud approaches evolved in 2019, cost management efforts rose and deployment options vied for dominance. Those trends are all likely to continue through 2020.
- November 20, 2019
Google could attract more legacy application workloads through new bare-metal cloud instances, but it's unclear how they measure up to competitors on manageability and cost.
- November 07, 2019
Azure Cost Management, which helps customers track spend on the cloud platform, can provide sweet rewards if used correctly and comprehensively, according to candy maker Mars.
- June 05, 2019
Google Cloud has expanded its committed use discount plan to include GPU, TPU and local SSD resources to spark more AI and machine learning workloads.
- May 30, 2019
Microsoft's Azure Cost Management tool now integrates with AWS to track spending across both cloud platforms, a nod to customers' increased shift toward multi-cloud strategies.
- May 16, 2019
Apptio looks to strengthen its cloud cost optimization services with the addition of Cloudability, as the industry continues to coalesce around hybrid and multi-cloud management.
- March 15, 2019
Several Google Cloud services suffered some recent hiccups, but analysts gave the service provider high marks for quick resolution and transparency.
- March 06, 2019
Google Cloud Storage's expanded annual budget framework may give customers more cost savings and control, but they should consider other factors such as vendor lock-in.
- February 27, 2019
Enterprises can use a variety of software tools to control cloud spending, but they would further benefit from an operational model that aligns IT more closely with finance teams.
- January 30, 2019
Cisco hopes additions and changes to its CloudCenter software will appeal to companies that want to work with multiple clouds.
- December 10, 2018
Microsoft hopes a series of features, deployment options and price changes can convince more customers to migrate their database workloads to Azure and not to rival clouds.
- November 12, 2018
Why does private equity firm Vista Equity Partners want to pay nearly $2 billion for IT spend analytics vendor Apptio? Here's a clue: It's the rise of hybrid cloud.
- June 20, 2018
IoT sensors can produce seemingly endless streams of data, so users must beware how much to send back to the cloud to avoid jaw-dropping monthly bills.
- May 09, 2018
Microsoft added multi-master write replication and more granular cost controls to Cosmos DB to cover the broadest number of uses in the hotly competitive managed database market.
- April 16, 2018
Recently added Google and Microsoft cloud cost control tools are critical for users who want to gain insight into how corporate cloud budgets are spent.
- September 29, 2017
Amazon, Microsoft and Google have all changed their cloud pricing models this month, as the focus returns to cloud costs and which vendor offers the best deal to its users.
- May 04, 2017
Users anticipate fewer multicloud management snags with Ansible natively integrated into the latest version of Red Hat's CloudForms management platform.
- April 13, 2017
IT organizations that rely on AIX-based applications still whirring away may feel the cloud computing age is passing them by -- but help is on the way.
- March 23, 2017
Public cloud customers have a range of storage options but still battle with complexity. IBM's Flex service is intended to ease that issue and get a leg up on the market.
- January 26, 2017
HPE scooped up cloud cost management vendor Cloud Cruiser this week, a move that might cause some users to question whether the tool will continue to offer multicloud support.
- January 25, 2017
Changes to Azure licensing options that streamline pay-as-you-go options underscore Microsoft's subscription-based business model and its commitment to channel partners.
- October 21, 2016
Google is revamping its Cloud Storage services to woo users and challenge AWS with price cuts, lifecycle management and cold storage with quicker retrieval times than Amazon Glacier.
- October 05, 2016
The latest Azure price cuts may not mean much to those using higher-level services, but they're an incentive for on-premises users Microsoft wants to entice to the cloud.
- September 16, 2016
Managing cloud costs offers different challenges than on-premises budgeting. While users and providers are getting better, it's still a maturing space.
- July 29, 2016
A cloud service agreement helps providers and users know what to expect before going into business together – but it's crucial to read the fine print and understand the different commitments for ...
- July 19, 2016
IT pros use everything from common sense to new tools to determine the best deal for running workloads in their own data centers or in the public cloud.
- March 24, 2016
AWS remains king, but Google Cloud Platform has made strides to offer enterprise IT some enticing features to give it a second look.
- March 09, 2016
Beta users of the Tutum platform aren't happy with a steep price increase, but Docker officials say to stay tuned for further pricing options this year.
- February 11, 2016
The Internet giant predicts a tipping point for adoption of its public cloud offering, despite lingering questions about the size of its enterprise customer base and maturity of the platform.
- January 15, 2016
Microsoft Azure will reduce VM cloud prices next month by up to 17%, tapping into customers' cost sensitivity around this time of year when budgets are top of mind.
- January 14, 2016
Microsoft is facing off against archrival Amazon in the race to establish cloud IoT services, but its Azure IoT Suite still has some key components missing or in preview.
- December 18, 2015
The Cloud Foundry PaaS certification solidifies the core of the technology backed by some of the biggest IT vendors in the world.
- December 11, 2015
OpenStack has gained traction, but there's not enough talent to implement the technology. In response, more courses and more tailored training have become available to meet that demand.
- December 10, 2015
With its refreshed cloud services portfolio, Oracle hopes to become a force in the enterprise cloud market. But is it enough to win customer mind share from leader AWS?
- December 07, 2015
With its public cloud soon a thing of the past, the HPE cloud strategy around hybrid management continues to take shape with Helion Managed Cloud Broker.
- November 25, 2015
The acquisition of automation platform Ansible and a partnership to run its services on Microsoft Azure highlight a busy month of bolstering for the Red Hat cloud strategy.
- November 24, 2015
Despite lingering concerns around compliance and lock-in, IT pros are deploying cloud storage services for a range of applications and use cases.
- November 17, 2015
Google took on two of the key issues around containers -- security and scalability -- with the latest upgrades to Google Container Engine and Container Registry.
- August 31, 2015
Even as cloud adoption grows, many cloud provider SLAs still need to evolve to more accurately reflect real-world enterprise use cases.
- August 26, 2015
VMware's cloud strategy has its fair share of critics, but the company could change perceptions on hybrid cloud during VMworld with key improvements.
- August 18, 2015
The Dell cloud strategy is focused squarely on hybrid, and new financing models aim to ease that transition for companies concerned about cost.
- August 17, 2015
At Gartner Catalyst, Kyle Hilgendorf discusses why cloud-first doesn't mean cloud forever and how to best estimate monthly cloud expenses.
- August 06, 2015
Encryption key management has become table stakes for cloud vendors, but bringing your own key isn't always the right move.
- July 31, 2015
HP has one more Cloud Foundry PaaS offering following an acquisition that may help the company get into more hybrid cloud projects.
- July 22, 2015
Dell Cloud Manager added Azure Pack Support, custom catalogs and auto-scaling features as the company tries to meet the demands of hybrid IT environments.
- July 15, 2015
As cloud computing continues to grow in popularity, businesses must change the way they look at IT. But for some, that's not an easy hurdle to clear.
- July 08, 2015
Currency fluctuations are behind an Azure price hike from Microsoft, but it's more of a blip in the market than a larger trend.
- June 30, 2015
Public cloud credits are becoming table stakes in the world of startups, where vendors continue to fish for the next big thing to fill their balance sheets.
- June 16, 2015
Cloud service brokers tackle a multitude of important tasks that can make or break a move to the cloud.
- June 12, 2015
At the Cloud Computing Expo in New York (June 9-11), there was plenty of talk about Docker, APIs, everything-as-a-service, and all manner of things technical. Yet, there was an interesting ...
- June 04, 2015
IBM and Cisco both made acquisitions this week to shore up their cloud portfolios and consolidate the private cloud and OpenStack market.
- May 27, 2015
EMC just laid down some serious cash to acquire a cloud software company that has some technology overlap with VMware but also fills an important gap.
- May 22, 2015
Enterprises were on full display at the OpenStack Summit as vendors push the notion of it being production-ready despite outstanding challenges.
- May 19, 2015
Google has introduced a new instance type and reduced the costs of its IaaS cloud instances by up to 30%, putting new pressure on rival AWS.
- May 12, 2015
'Shark Tank' entrepreneurs often see Web traffic spike and sales skyrocket after the show. The cloud allows them to survive their new product feeding frenzy.
- May 08, 2015
IT shops that want to use cloud services but don't have the staff or know-how to make it work can benefit from managed cloud services.
- May 04, 2015
Azure Stack combines PaaS and IaaS to give Microsoft shops a streamlined way to manage and deploy legacy and cloud apps.
- May 01, 2015
Microsoft's latest round of upgrades to its big data cloud tools include a handful of new Azure SQL offerings that compare to Amazon Redshift.
- April 30, 2015
Migrating workloads between clouds can be an expensive and tedious process. IT can alleviate that burden, however, with the right automation tools.
- April 28, 2015
One startup's failed OpenStack install highlights the challenges that remain in implementing the emerging open source cloud platform.
- April 14, 2015
HP knows its cloud services won't beat AWS, Google and Azure, but its hardware can play an important role in the cloud.
- April 01, 2015
With Cisco's Intercloud Fabric, users can migrate workloads across different public and private clouds. But are enterprises really ready for a multi-cloud world?
- March 25, 2015
HP's new private-cloud-in-a-box, Helion Rack, should speed deployment of private clouds for IT pros unable to jump the OpenStack skills hurdle.
- March 12, 2015
Google rolls out Nearline, its cloud cold storage answer to Amazon Glacier, offering low cost, limitless capacity and access to data in seconds.
- February 23, 2015
IBM is going after the hybrid computing market -- again -- but this time it is armed for bear. Will IT pros actually take notice?
- February 16, 2015
Developers have enjoyed an era of 'free cloud love,' with unlimited public cloud access. But nothing lasts forever, as IT looks to rein in the cloud.
- January 28, 2015
U.S. federal agencies have been slow to adopt cloud due to security concerns, budget constraints and other factors. But that might change soon.
- January 28, 2015
Google expanded its storage offerings this month with the general availability of local SSD -- a feature pegged for high-demand apps and supplementing RAM.
- January 16, 2015
IBM's SoftLayer IaaS offers low-cost networking and free support, tempting some customers away from AWS.
- January 13, 2015
Microsoft continues to build its Azure cloud platform with new features around security, massive VMs and Docker support.
- December 05, 2014
Cloud migrations are never easy or cheap, but the best results come when applications are re-architected to take advantage of what the cloud can offer.
- December 03, 2014
Comparing cloud storage options can be daunting, especially AWS vs. Google vs. Azure. Focus on cloud storage services and features -- not just prices.
- August 13, 2013
Think cloud computing is just a matter of spinning up resources? You could be in for sticker shock. Watch out for these cloud computing costs.
- August 13, 2013
Cloud providers are sniping at each other over differences in IaaS prices, but IT pros say other factors are more important in choosing a cloud.
- June 22, 2012
A new report on cloud resiliency calculates average system availability at "three nines," which could cost cloud providers in more ways than one.
- April 06, 2011
Big Blue takes aim at Amazon Web Services with the Smart Business Cloud - Enterprise, a true general purpose Infrastructure as a Service. And it's priced to compete.
- August 20, 2010
Amazon, Microsoft, Google and Rackspace all offer cloud ROI calculators, but can they really help you figure out the true worth of cloud computing?
- February 25, 2010
Marc Benioff is bragging about running the biggest enterprise cloud company on planet Earth. Is he telling the truth?
- January 14, 2010
HP and Microsoft trotted out the big guns to trumpet a data center partnership, but analysts say the move is mostly feel-good and not feature-heavy.
- April 29, 2009
Hardware standardization can benefit cloud computing and virtualization, and it reduces management issues and hardware costs, but at the risk of vendor lock-in.
- March 30, 2009
The given wisdom is that cloud computing decreases IT costs and improves employee productivity. But evidence suggests that the benefits of the cloud aren't so clear-cut.