New AWS cloud management tools cut business intelligence costs

8 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Amazon Messes With Billions in Corporate Computing Dollars.

Amazon Web Services announced services Wednesday that give businesses new ways to transfer, manipulate and derive insights from data they store in the company’s cloud. The products span diverse areas of information technology, from a business intelligence service named Quicksight, to security systems, to new tools to help people move their databases from proprietary versions into free ones hosted within Amazon. It’s a threat to privately held cloud BI providers like Birst, Domo, GoodData, and BIME, as well as more traditional BI software that can be run in companies’ on-premises data centers, too.

But at Amazon’s AWS re:Invent conference Wednesday, it was Amazon taking aim at Oracle and the smaller Salesforce. “Amazon senses a target of opportunity,” Forrester analyst Jeffrey Hammond said. “They are listening to customer complaints about Oracle’s pricing, we hear them too, and are taking action.” “We didn’t wanna do a conference that was like all the other enterprise technology conferences. A legacy business consists of current customers who use a company’s databases and software applications, and can generally be counted on to buy the new versions. The products and services shown at the company’s Re:invent customer conference in Las Vegas represent a further expansion by Amazon into territories dominated by competitors, such as database vendors such as Oracle Corp. or business intelligence companies such as Tableau Software Inc. This year the Foo Fighters headlined Dreamforce. “You don’t have to sell me on going to a Foo Fighters show,” Jassy told CNBC. “But I think that for us, we don’t view ourselves as the typical corporate enterprise technology company that’s looking to sell, you know, whatever they can sell to customers at the highest possible price they’ll pay.” Amazon is playing scrappy upstart to what Jassy terms the “old guard.” Oracle is the biggest provider of traditional databases, a business that has been shrinking as more companies migrate key operations to the cloud. “The technology area that’s been slowest to adapt to the cloud, that’s still steeped a little bit in the old world, is the database space,” he told CNBC. “What that means for customers is that they’re paying way too much. The effort also keeps the pressure on traditional hardware providers, who are seeing their businesses slow as more of their customers opt for cloud computing offered by Amazon and others.

And they’re being locked into these proprietary old-guard database providers.” On stage, Jassy highlighted a post poking fun at Oracle’s strong-arm tactics to lure customers to its own cloud service — to the 19,000-strong developer crowd. Amazon’s Web Services division generated $1.8 billion in sales in the Seattle-based company’s most recent quarter and almost $400 million in operating profit. At its annual customer conference, Amazon on Wednesday introduced new features and services aimed at offering legacy customers on all sorts of computing systems not just easy ways to get off the old technology, but also better and faster ways their old data can work on A.W.S.

Among the most notable, there was a 47-pound data storage device that A.W.S. would ship to a customer, and for $200 would suck down 50 terabytes of data, incidentally converting it from an older system to a more modern one. The startup’s tools can run on multiple public clouds or in on-premises infrastructure. “That better matches the needs of enterprises that don’t want to be locked into one provider or need hybrid or on-premises for corporate protocol or security reasons,” cofounder and chief executive Travis Reeder told VentureBeat in an email.

To ensure its future growth, Amazon needs to pull in as much data from businesses as possible so that it can grow and achieve greater economies of scale. That will let the company lower the prices of its services and generate more business, said Holger Mueller, an analyst with Constellation Research. “The question is for the second or third phase of the public cloud business, how do they get the load to keep growing?” Mueller said. “It’s all about getting the data.” Ellison, the longtime head of Oracle and now its executive chairman, as a symbol of the “old guard” companies that abused their customers with onerous terms.

Hammond noted that data management and virtual machines are the next two product categories where companies spend a lot of money on commercial software, and are not happy about it. “Our goal is to have every company run all of their businesses and all of their applications on top of our technology infrastructure platform,” Jassy said. Previously, old-guard enterprise companies dismissed A.W.S. and cloud computing, then grudgingly ceded them a place for start-ups and new applications.

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BMW and Nissan roll out dual-plug EV chargers across the US

24 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

BMW and Nissan partner to create joint fast-charger network in the US.

BMW and Nissan announced Monday that they have teamed up to launch a public network of fast-charging stations across the country, challenging Tesla’s Supercharger network.CNN Money calls the Tesla Model X “the new king of crossover SUVs.” In its round-up of its favorite luxury SUVs of 2015, CNN places the electric ute on the top of its list.

The Model X’s EV powertrain, excellent acceleration and handling and cool design and technology features (including much attention paid to its slick Falcon Wing doors) earn it high praise. With dual 50 kW DC Fast-charging station with both CHAdeMO and CCS (Combo) connectors incorporated into each station, Nissan LEAF and BMW i3 drivers will be able to travel virtually range-anxiety-free. The breadth of Nissan and BMW’s fast-charger buildout is expansive, with fast chargers now available in California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, North and South Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin.

These 50 kW stations can charge EVs from Nissan and BMW up to 80 percent in about 20-30 minutes, as compared to the longer time required to recharge at a Level 2 (240V) charger, currently the most commonly available public charging station. When the network will be completed, however, is not yet known. “Drivers can easily locate the chargers with ConnectedDrive in the BMW i3 — either using the in-vehicle Navigation or by using the BMW i Remote App — or via the Nissan EZ-Charge smartphone app,” read the joint press release. “Additionally, these chargers are compatible with the Nissan EZ-Charge cards.” This is a significant move. Since the launch of Nissan LEAF – the world’s best-selling electric car – Nissan has reinforced its commitment to zero-emission mobility with investments in EV charging infrastructure to serve the needs of LEAF drivers in markets across the U.S.

Nissan also recently introduced the new 2016 LEAF, which has available best-in-class range of 107 miles, making it the first affordable EV to get more than 100 miles on a single charge. All LEAF models feature an 80kW AC synchronous motor that generates 107 horsepower and 187 lb-ft of torque, providing a highly responsive, fun-to-drive experience. BMW i is focused on the development of visionary vehicles and mobility services, inspiring design, and a new understanding of premium that is strongly defined by sustainability.

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