5 must read cloud stories for April 20

Is Box boxed in?

Even before cloud content management service Box held its initial public offering in January, it already had more than $500 million privately. The 10-year-old Silicon Valley company has grown from a small start-up to a company employing 1,200 that is considered at the cutting edge of businesses offering cloud computing systems.

Box is worth $2.1 billion but its losses are mounting and it may soon have to fight for its survival, according to a recent report in the New York Times.

Find out why here

Microsoft’s new Azure Service Fabric

Microsoft Corp announced a new cloud service aimed at developers who want to rapidly update certain parts of applications rather than entire monolithic applications.

The company’s Azure Service fabric is meant for building and running apps in small building blocks known as micro services.

The fabric will be launched at Microsoft’s Build conference later this month.

Read more here

New firewall promises better protection for hybrid clouds

Security software company Radware is releasing a new firewall product that is meant to protect both on-premises and cloud-based applications using a single solution.

The company’s Hybrid Cloud Web Application Firewall (WAF) is designed to repel Web attacks and a wide range of distributed denial of services attacks.


Radware said WAF provides users with a comprehensive ability to detect and mitigate attacks with minimal false positive reports and no impact on legitimate traffic.

Find out more here

Google beefs up BigQuery, Cloud Dataflow

Google has rolled out enhancements to its big data management systems BigQuery and Cloud Dataflow,

The search engines two services, compete against Amazon Web Service’s DynamoDB and Data Pipeline.

Google said it is making BigQuery and Cloud Data Flow “NoOps” services. This means used do not need to know anything about how the systems are deployed, scaled or managed.

Read more here

How Windows 10 is taking the PC to the cloud

Microsoft’s new Windows 10 operating system has the potential to push the widespread use of virtual desktop integration.

Click through this slideshow from Informationweek to find out how the IT department can benefit from a cloud-based virtual Windows 10 desktop solution.










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