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.
Should You Be Concerned? A List of Recent Cloud Computing Failures – I “One swallow does not a summer make, nor one fine day.” – Aristotle (384BC – 322BC), Greek philosopher. Now, Aristotle’s sayings are as relevant today as they were 2400 years ago. In case you differ, consider what he had to say about the youth of his age: “The young people of today think of nothing but themselves. They have no reverence for parents or old age. They are impatient of all restraint. They talk as if they alone knew everything and what passes for wisdom with us
Xerox and Cisco to Form Cloud Computing Service Alliance Market leaders plan to join forces to bring new revenue opportunities to channel partners; simplify and connect infrastructure for the enterprise LAS VEGAS, May 9, 2011 – Xerox Corporation (NYSE: XRX) and Cisco announced today that they intend to form an alliance to simplify IT management by delivering cloud-based services and technology solutions that combine network intelligence and print. The alliance plans to bring Xerox’s market-leading managed print and cloud IT outsourcing (ITO) services to customers over Cisco’s intelligent network infrastructure. Both companies will arm channel partners with solutions that help
Was The HP Leak A Publicity Stunt? “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” – Andy Warhol (1928-1987), legendary American painter, printmaker, and filmmaker. In 1968, Andy Warhol famously declared the universality, and temporary nature of fame that would, in his opinion, soon engulf the world. Now, it seems HP vice president and chief technologist of cloud services Scott McClellan seems to have achieved exactly that through his LinkedIn profile that “leaked” confidential details about the company’s cloud strategy. To jog your memory, around two months back HP declared its intention to get on the cloud computing
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
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
SAP Certifies HP as its Cloud Services Provider HP Enterprise Services has become an SAP-certified global provider of cloud services in support of SAP solutions. HP specializes in providing standardized IT solutions and services based on shared resources via the internet. The company enables smooth delivery of SAP applications to clients in a scalable manner via HP Hybrid Delivery Cloud Services. According to HP, it is among the first partners to achieve this certification, which assures clients using SAP applications through HP’s cloud services. Clients now know that they can benefit from increased flexibility, which enables business process alignment to
VMware Acquires Cloud-based Presentation Provider SlideRocket Palo Alto-based cloud computing company VMware has announced the acquisition of San Francisco-based SlideRocket for an undisclosed sum. While the former focuses on virtualization and cloud infrastructure, the latter is a cloud-based online presentation application that produces slideshows and is used by over 20,000 customers and 300,000 users. Considering that presentation software is second only to email as the most widely used business software, this acquisition can considerably expand and enhance VMware’s portfolio. The benefits of using a cloud-based product like SlideRocket’s eponymous product were outlined in a blog posted by VMware CTO and