This week’s top stories in software-defined infrastructure, June 20 – 24

Microsoft gains higher footing in the cloud industry, Samsung acquires Joyent and Nottingham University deploys its own private cloud

Microsoft Azure is surpassing AWS as the most popular cloud vendor, according to Business Insider. In a recent HyTrust study, 34 percent of respondents indicated they would employ Microsoft Azure for their cloud solutions, whereas only 22 percent of respondents said they would use AWS. Microsoft’s success is most likely linked to its enterprise brand recognition and its ability to provide more robust hybrid cloud offerings, according to the article. Many companies consider public cloud a significant risk for sensitive data, suggesting that hybrid cloud strategies will continue to dominate in the enterprise.

The University of Nottingham has teamed up with NetApp to move to a private cloud infrastructure. CIO Lucy Barrow told CIO.com that the project will continue to support that university’s core values: research, teaching and learning. “Using a private cloud system will enable the automation of key processes and a self-service functionality for users, enabling them to ‘burst out to the public cloud,’” according to the article. Many of the IT people at the university struggled initially to understand the new technology, but with the help of NetApp, Nottingham’s private cloud was officially launched.

A new Gartner report predicts that by 2020 corporate “no cloud” policies will be as rare as “no internet” policies are today. Many companies that claim to have a no-cloud policy inevitably have to use some sort of cloud technology, according to a press release published by the analyst this week. Gartner predicts that in the near future no-cloud policies will not be an option at all. Gartner also made further predictions, including: By 2019, more than 30 percent of the 100 largest software vendors’ new investments will have shifted from cloud-first to cloud-only; and by 2020, more compute power will have been sold by IaaS and PaaS cloud providers than is sold and deployed into enterprise data centers.

Samsung is in the process of acquiring public and private cloud provider Joyent. According to Engineering.com, both companies will benefit from the acquisition. Samsung will obtain all the technology and work Joyent has fostered over the years while Joyent will have access to Samsung’s brand, capital and global scale, offering Joyent plenty of room to grow. This move will the be the next in Samsung’s recent drive to increase its position in the cloud technology market. Last month, Samsung announced Samsung ARTIK Cloud, an IoT platform designed to increase device interoperability. More recently, Samsung announced that it was funding Afero, an IoT startup with a similar cloud-based platform.

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