Microsoft Works To Challenge Google As more research comes out, it appears Microsoft is working as hard as ever to challenge Google in the cloud. Microsoft’s hybrid cloud solution, Office 365, has been pitted against Google’s cloud service, Google Apps, for the past year since Office 365’s inception. And ever since, Google has proved time and again that it is the authority in the cloud. Most recently, Gartner Inc., a research firm, was the one to confirm Google’s lead in the cloud competition. This May, the firm released new data showing that between one-third and one-half of businesses moving to
Developing Economies in Love with Cloud Computing The Business Software Alliance, in a recent research study, has reported that time is ripe for the cloud computing service providers to make a lasting impact particularly in budding economies via free as well as paid offerings, but at the same time the malicious lot amongst the beneficiaries is more probable to share user-identification specifics, rendering license misuse inevitable in some cases. The research findings are an outcome of mutual collaboration between Business Software Alliance and Ipsos Public Affairs. BSA and IPA collectively covered about 15,000 end users in roughly 33 different countries,
Some Recent Cloud Computing Acquisitions – I This is the second in a continuing series on cloud computing acquisitions. You can read the first one in the series here: Some Recent Cloud Computing Acquisitions. This article covers two recent acquisitions. IBM – Platform Computing IBM seems to be on an acquisition spree as far as cloud computing is concerned. After DemandTec in December (See: Some Recent Cloud Computing Acquisitions) and Green Hat in January (See: How Does the Green Hat Acquisition Help IBM’s Cloud Strategy? ), Ontario-based Platform Computing (http://www.platform.com/) became the latest company to enter the IBM fold, also
HP ‘Master The Cloud’ Event (Montreal) – Part 1 It’s a cold, bright day in Montreal, Quebec, where HP has chosen to present their day long Master the Cloud event this 26th of January, 2012. Le Palais de Congrés, or Convention Centre, is packed with Canadian HP customers, vendors, press, bloggers, and staff. Promptly at 9, Dave Frederickson, VP and General Manager of Enterprise Servers and Storage Networking take the stage. Dave knows that HP can help businesses small and large to harness the capabilities of the cloud. Some may then reply, “But does HP have the credibility to do so?” Well, they have been doing
Cloud Computing Startups Raise Big Money: UPDATE 3 This is the fourth in a continuing series on startups raising funding. You can read the first three in the series here: 1. Cloud Computing Startups Raise Big Money: UPDATE 2 2. Cloud Computing Startups Raise Big Money: UPDATE 1 3. Cloud Computing Startups Raise Big Money Today, there are two startups in focus – VMTurbo and ServiceMesh. VMTurbo (http://www.vmturbo.com/) Massachusetts-based VMTurbo announced recently that it has closed a $10 million B-round of funding, financed by returning investors Bain Capital Ventures and Highland Capital Partners, bringing total capital raised to $17.5 million. It
The Cloud and Babies: Parents and Umbrellas I was a member of the first generation of humanity to grow up with computers. We surfed the web as babes, toddlers turning HTML into child’s play. The infants of the 2010s will be the first to mature alongside technology’s own robust, promising infant: cloud computing. What to make of this realization? I did a little research to determine my thoughts. Let’s begin with the heartwarming. HP’s official blog, Data Central, wrote a clever piece last year on Kenyan babies, the cloud, and President Clinton. It revealed how the President’s Health Access Initiative partnered with
Cloud Computing and the Travel Agent: Thomas Cook Signs 10-Year Deal with Accenture Calling Thomas Cook a travel agent may be akin to calling the Taj Mahal a marble building, but its business depends on the same things as any business – responding rapidly to customer demand and minimizing costs while maximizing revenue. Taking this into consideration, it’s not surprising that Thomas Cook has decided to go on the cloud through its service provider Accenture. England-based Thomas Cook Group plc is one of the world’s leading leisure travel groups with sales of £8.9 billion ($13.7 billion) and 22.5 million customers.