Saturday, March 17, 2012

Amazon Cutting Cloud Prices, Pressuring Microsoft

Amazon Sees Further Price Drops in Cloud, Pressuring Microsoft
By Dina Bass on March 16, 2012 Inc. (AMZN), which dropped prices on its Internet-based cloud-computing service last week, said it will keep cutting when it can, putting pressure on competitors like Microsoft Corp.

NTT Communications Named Key Provider of Cloud Computing Solutions in Spain
Sacramento Bee
By NTT Communications NTT Communications has been positioned by Penteo, an independent ICT analyst, as one of the key providers of cloud services in Spain to offer a complete portfolio ofcloud based Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solutions.

Are You Paying Too Much for Cloud Services?
"I think it's a problem just about everyone could be facing," says Paul Burns, an independentcloud analyst at Neovise. Burns believes there is somewhat of a misnomer about paying forcloud services. While many consumers think they are paying for ...

NEC Expands UNIVERGE(R) Cloud Services Globally
MarketWatch (press release)
NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) announced today the expansion of UNIVERGE(R) Cloud Services, a set of enhanced Software as a Service (SaaS) offerings to help businesses improve IT operations, cash flow and to thrive in a competitive global economy.

Research and Markets: Global Cloud Computing Market Is Strengthened by Telco ...
Service providers are well-positioned to deliver cloud services, but first they have to understand the dynamics of the sector and define clear objectives for their cloud strategies, according to a new report. Global Cloud Computing Market Is ...

HP Cloud Apps to be Aired Shortly
The announcement was in sync with HP's intention to shift its focus on the higher-margin cloud computing arena. As per the internal executive's statement, HP is about to air its cloud services, which are expected to be similar to the cloud platform ...

Cloud Computing: HP to Field Public Cloud Soon
SYS-CON Media (press release)
Come May a better-late-than-never Hewlett-Packard is going to go into the multi-tenant public cloud business à la Amazon's infrastructure-as-a-service according to what the head of HP's cloud services Biri Singh told the New York Times the other day.
SYS-CON Media (press release)

Cloud Computing Easily Understood - SaaS
SYS-CON Media (press release) (blog)
Backup solutions: Backup files and data from servers, laptops and desktops tocloud storage, two examples: mozy and carbonite. Electronic Medical Records. Software as a Service to enable healthcare providers to access patient data via a browser or ...
SYS-CON Media (press release) (blog)

Evaluating Cloud-Based ID Management Solutions
The process of managing identity for enterprise applications and services is hard to begin with, but a lack of identity standards across cloud-based applications means that organizations looking to manage employee access to those applications will find ...

Private SharePoint Cloud Beats Other Cloud Hosting Options for Enterprises on ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)
AIS Network is deploying SharePoint Server 2010 in a single private cloud for less than competitors charge for a public or hybrid cloud implementation. Enterprise-class SharePoint 2010 customers should look only to private cloud environments for the ...

Gartner: Forget PCs, the 'personal cloud' will rule in 2 years
By David Linthicum | InfoWorld The report says, "The personal cloud will begin a new era that will provide users with a new level of flexibility with the devices they use for daily activities, while leveraging the strengths of each device, ... improves cloud offerings with Salesforce Rypple and Salesforce ...
CTR, an enterprise cloud computing company, announced Thursday Salesforce Rypple and Salesforce - two new products that extend the social enterprise to reach every employee and every customer. The next generation of the social ...

OpenStack 101: What Every CIO Needs To Know
Joshua McKenty is CEO of Piston Cloud, an enterprise cloud software company. He was the founding technical architect of NASA's Nebula cloud computing platform. In the last month, IBM, Red Hat, AT&T, Deutsche Telekom and Ericsson have announced that ...

Cloud Computing/SaaS: The Subscription Economy and Customer-Focused Selling
Formtek Blog (blog)
But why the move to the cloud? Much of the attraction of the cloud has been lower costs, or at least perceived lower costs. Gartner's modeling actually found that while SaaS is cheaper for companies during the first five years of use, longer term, ...

Meet the power challenges of high-speed interconnects in the cloud
With the addition of cloud services (for example, Apple iCloud) to the already massively connected Internet, data centers are seeing an unprecedented increase in sheer compute and storage requirements. This growth directly impacts energy consumption.

Cloud clearing for resellers
Last year Exeed began offering cloud services in the form of SMX email security and is increasing its range of services and products available through its cloud platform. "Given we are a distributor -- is it relevant for us to respond to what resellers ...

Cloud Expo Keynote: 'Mission-Critical Apps in the Cloud' Myth or Reality?
SYS-CON Media (press release)
The latest generation of cloud computing is now capable of addressing the needs of the enterprise mission-critical applications. These applications require computing infrastructure that is secure, optimizes performance, and is highly resilient.

Cloud Computing Easily Understood - PaaS
SYS-CON Media (press release) (blog)
Platform as a Service is a cloud offering one level higher (see graphic in my first post). No longer am I dependent on the platform offered by an IaaS. I am not required to install databases, web and application servers. Instead I use developer tools ...
SYS-CON Media (press release) (blog)

Cloud Computing Migration Expert Virtustream Raises $15M
TalkinCloud (blog)
by Brian Taylor on Cloud computing migration specialist Virtustream has raised $15 million in Series B funding, bringing its total venture capital to $75 million. Columbia Capital, Intel Capital, Noro-Moseley Partners, TDF with the addition in this ...

Cloud-computing software makers reach for the skies on debut
Economic Times
Demandware Inc shares closed almost 48 per cent above their IPO price, joining a clutch ofcloud-based software companies that have had shining debuts over the last few months as investors seek a share of the booming demand for cloud technology.

CallidusCloud Sponsors Forrester's Technology Sales Enablement Forum 2012
MarketWatch (press release)
PLEASANTON, CA, Mar 16, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Callidus Software Inc. (NASDAQ:CALD) , the leader in sales effectiveness and cloud computing, announced today that it is a sponsor at Forrester's Technology Sales Enablement Forum 2012.

HITECH Act Needs Cloud Computing to Put Health Care IT in Stable Condition
But while the act has been successful in getting hospitals onboard with electronic reporting, many believe a move to cloud computing is required before the system can be truly effective. In a recent Reuters article, University of Pennsylvania professor ...

Sponsor post: Cloud Expo 2012 New York
16, 2012, 5:55am PT No Comments No one can take full advantage of cloud computing without first becoming familiar with the latest issues and trends, which is why the organizing principle of the 10th International Cloud Expo, June 11–14, 2012, ...

12000 new cloud computing jobs here by 2015
SINGAPORE - While IT spending is expected to grow by just 16 per cent over the next four years, Singapore could see a 30.6 per cent growth in cloud-generated jobs. According to a report by analyst firm IDC, commissioned by Microsoft, cloud computing is ...

Cloud Computing: Apptio Picks Up $50 Million Round
SYS-CON Media (press release)
Another cloud company has pulled in a monster fourth round. Apptio, which already has $41 million, is getting a fresh $50 million from newcomer T Rowe Price (mostly) as well as existing investors Andreesen Horowitz, Greylock, Madrona Venture Group and ...
SYS-CON Media (press release)

Cloud Computing: FRAND Wins One
SYS-CON Media (press release)
A Dutch court Wednesday told Samsung it couldn't have an injunction against Apple's iPhone 4s based on patents it pledged to ETSI and 3G/UMTS standards. Not when Apple is willing to license them on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms.
SYS-CON Media (press release)

CRN Names Abiquo in “20 Coolest Cloud Storage & Data Center Vendors 2012”
Business Wire (press release)
(BUSINESS WIRE)--Abiquo, the leading Enterprise Cloud software company, today announced that it was named among the “20 Coolest Cloud Storage & Data Center Vendors 2012” in a report on March 13, 2012 by CRN. Other leading vendors named in the category ...

HP CloudAgile program pursues more cloud services providers
HP CloudAgile program pursues more cloud services providers On Talkin' Cloud, Joe Panettieri puts the announcement in context. "HP isn't the first big hardware company to pursue CSPs as partners. Cisco Systems, for one, has clearly articulated a cloud ...

Cloud Computing: Adaptive Planning Gets $22 Million
SYS-CON Media (press release)
Adaptive Planning, whose cloud-ified collaborative SaaS platform lets finance, sales, HR, and other management teams work together to plan, monitor, report on and analyze financial and operational performance using business data from across the ...

SYS-CON Media (press release)

V3 readers keen to embrace cloud computing to benefit from latest technology
by Dan Worth The benefits of cloud computing mean that the vast majority of V3 readers are planning to take advantage of the technology in the coming months, according to the results of two polls recently hosted on the site. In the first a whopping 89 ...

TIA ICT Market Review & Forecast Says Smartphones, Tablets and the Cloud Will ...
MarketWatch (press release)
TIA's President Grant Seiffert said, "The rapid advance of smart phones, cloud services and video is placing an enormous demand on the network. These devices and services are essential for consumers and have become critical for businesses.

Cloud Computing Interoperability Forum to Revive After Two Year Absence
Web Host Industry Review
(WEB HOST INDUSTRY REVIEW) — The Cloud Computing Interoperability Forum, a nonprofit organization that advocates best practices and architectures for cloud computing, is reviving after being defunct for a couple of years. These kinds of cloud ...

Study Shows Enterprise Cloud Usage to Double by 2015; Appointment-Plus ...
Albany Times Union
A recent study conducted by IBM shows that the number of enterprises turning to cloud computing technologies is expected to double by 2015 as these groups look for solutions to improve organizational efficiency. Appointment-Plus enterprise scheduler ...

Outages prompt multi-cloud evaluations — Cloud Computing News
By Barb Darrow
After public Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Windows Azure outages -- the latest just this week -- more business customers are evaluating multiple-cloud deployments to build in redundancy and hedge their cloud computing bets.

Ambient cloud storage: cheaper, high availability, but what about ...
By Cloud Security Blog
Check out Symform to see is a real-world example of the evolution of ambient cloudarchitectures. The cost per stored GB on this is orders of magnitude less than even iCloud, the next most efficient cloud storage consumer offering (more ...
Simply Security

Cloud Computing Taking The Nation By Storm «
These applications are for use in the cloud and also to be used for the cloud services available to end-users. The services are broken down into storage, connectivity and application uses. If you haven't heard of cloud before now, and you are ...

Google, Microsoft Vie for Asia Pacific SME Cloud Computing Market ...
By J. Angelo Racoma
Cloud computing is on the rise in the Asia Pacific region, although providers like Google and Microsoft will have to closely work with channel partners in order to attract SME customers. ...This enables companies to go for staged and tiered adoption of cloud services, which can work hand-in-hand with existing implementations of enterprise Microsoft products like Exchange and Active Directory. But it's not only the consumers that Google and Microsoft will need to worry about. With other ...
Tech Wire Asia

Cloud Infographic: Cloud Computing Job Creation Trends 2012 ...
By Ivan
Cloud computing will create almost 14 million jobs worldwide by 2015, spread equally among small businesses and large enterprises.
The Cloud Infographic

Bitdefender Safebox Gives Free 2GB Of Cloud Storage To Android ...
By A. Rehman
Joining the likes of Dropbox, Box, CX and the recently reviewed Zoolz, the renowned computer and internet security solution provider, Bitdefender, has.

NJVC's Kevin L. Jackson Co-Authors INSA White Paper On Cloud ...
By Kelly Petty
A white paper was released last Tuesday that was co-authored by NJVC vice president and general manager Kevin L. Jackson highlighting the risks and benefits of cloud computing for the intelligence community. The white paper “Cloud ...
News & Insight for the DC Area Executive

Research and Markets: Global Cloud Computing Market Is ...
Service providers are well-positioned to deliver cloud services, but first they have to understand the dynamics of the sector and define clear objectives for their cloud strategies, according to a new report. Global Cloud Computing Market Is ...

Intermedia Featured on ZDNet: Are Your Cloud Service and Hosted ...
By Intermedia Editor
While all great offerings, consumer cloud services are by definition not designed for businesses, as they lack key elements that businesses need, including security, control, SLAs and more. Also getting a lot of attention is the developer cloud.
The Business Cloud Blog

Is Cloud computing the future? | IT Support Ireland - Computer PC ...
By newsbot
There's a lot of news lately about the cloud and cloud computing. But do the ordinary web user know what cloud computing is?The cloud has been a symbol for the.
IT Support Ireland - Computer...

Cloud Recruitment Perspectives | Rickscloud
By Rick Blaisdell
As companies shift from proprietary application servers towards virtualization and cloud computing, related skills will be in demand among employers. While some IT executives will choose to re-train current staff, others will hire specialists with ...

What Public Cloud Storage Looks Like to the Average Enterprise ...
Public cloud storage adoption is accelerating but enterprises are for the most part just starting to dip their toes into the cloud storage waters - primarily storing ...

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