Microsoft to Acquire Skype For $8.5 Billion REDMOND, Wash., and LUXEMBOURG – May 10, 2011 – Microsoft Corp. and Skype Global S.à r.l today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Microsoft will acquire Skype, the leading Internet communications company, for $8.5 billion in cash from the investor group led by Silver Lake. The agreement has been approved by the boards of directors of both Microsoft and Skype. The acquisition will increase the accessibility of real-time video and voice communications, bringing benefits to both consumers and enterprise users and generating significant new business and revenue opportunities.
EMC Moves Closer to Cloud with Microsoft Applications EMC, a global provider of information infrastructure solutions is moving towards achieving a cloud model for maximum efficiency and business agility. The company aims to achieve its goal by leveraging its knowledge of Microsoft technologies and virtualization and new EMC product integration with Microsoft System Center. EMC has introduced new solutions, tools and technologies that are integrated with the Microsoft applications and technology. Businesses can leverage these offerings to boost the management of virtualized Microsoft applications and Windows environments, including virtualized Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft SharePoint Server. EMC
Reactions to the Amazon Cloud Outage and the Company’s Explanation The last two weeks have been the most difficult for cloud computing in general and Amazon Web Services in particular. The outage that left several online businesses non-functioning just before Easter. The cloud has led to many analysis and debates. When Amazon finally came out with an apology and an explanation a week after the incident, it gave rise to further speculation and comments, and also taught some valuable lessons to providers and consumers alike (See: Lessons from the Amazon Cloud Outage). For example, questions still remain as to the
Environmental Challenges to Cloud Computing Cloud computing has been popularly considered to be environment-friendly. In fact, I had written an article along those lines, although I had expressed some skepticism on the extravagant claims being made on this issue (See: How Green Is Cloud Computing?). However, a recent report by environment watchdog Greenpeace does raise some questions the industry will have to answer. According to this report, provocatively titled “How dirty is your data? A Look at the Energy Choices That Power Cloud Computing”, the data centers that power cloud computing account for about 2% of global energy demand and
Cloud Based SugarCRM Releases Sugar 6 SugarCRM’s new edition of software-as-a-service, Sugar 6, is believed to have entered a beta test program from April 13. SugarCRM is an open-source package that now appears with a newly revamped user interface which can accommodate faster navigation with the help of a one-click access to many of its features, and an overhauled application for mobile connectivity. Company officials said that Sugar 6 is scheduled to be available to a selected group of production customers from June, while its general release to the public is scheduled for July. Clint Oram, the vice president of
Cars on the Cloud: Microsoft and Toyota Join Hands in Cloud Computing Space “What fools indeed we morals are To lavish care upon a Car, With ne’er a bit of time to see About our own machinery!” – John Kendrick Bangs (1862-1922), American author, editor and satirist. Cars define America. For decades, Americans have lavished care on their four-wheeled friends, to some, family members even. Now, Toyota and Microsoft, the largest auto manufacturer and software manufacturer respectively, have joined hands to deliver the next big thing in in-car technology. If the allusion to “cars on the cloud” had given wings
Polycom Hosts Cloud-Based Media Services on Microsoft Azure Polycom’s Accordent Media Services are powered by Microsoft Windows Azure. Organizations can leverage this cloud services offering hosted on the Windows Azure platform to rapidly and cost effectively deploy a single, secure, searchable video content management solution for all their video assets. Although businesses want to enjoy optimal productivity benefits from their growing libraries of multi-source, multi-format video assets, they do not want to invest a lot on extensive IT resources. Polycom notes that businesses also do not want to make major capital expenditures on networking or storage hardware. These issues are