Oracle Introduces Oracle Government Cloud For North American Region Tech giant Oracle launched the Oracle Government Cloud today in the North American region with an aim to strengthen its connection with government agencies as the top cloud service provider. The Oracle Government Cloud, in its essence, is an advanced form of the Oracle Cloud solution, delivering a broad and complete portfolio of public, private and hybrid cloud offerings. Through a news release on its website, Oracle claimed that its new cloud solution is the ‘best-in-class’ option available in the market that offers ‘integrated capabilities across multiple service options’ for government agencies.
The Cloud Computing Market In 2013 When it comes to cloud computing, expectations are high for 2013. Businesses of all sizes are putting their hopes into cloud computing technologies and services to help them deliver business value while reducing operating costs. According to a recent Foresights survey nearly 50% of all enterprises in North America and Europe will set aside budgets for cloud investments in 2013. Also, 50% of software development companies are planning to deploy applications in the cloud. Let’s see what analysts and researchers expect from the cloud computing market in 2013: Cloud technology will reach more customers
Air Force and Army Clouds Debate: Commercial or Gov’t? It is now official: cloud computing now has serious gov cred. We recently learned that the Air Force was strongly considering the possibility of leaping into the cloud, as a strategy to slash the girth of maintenance and operations in their budget, as well as to tighten security measures. Many readers will wince at that last aim; cloud computing and great security are hardly synonymous, they will muse. The Air Force has nevertheless honed in on several of the cloud’s virtues from a military perspective. These advantages may lie in cloud’s
Sometime back I had written an article on how US government officials had expressed reservations on adopting cloud computing (See: Does Moving to the Cloud work for the US Federal Government?). However, as per the testimonies from several Federal officials before the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies, it would seem that, in spite of cloud proponent former CIO Vivek Kundra’s departure (See: Will Vivek Kundra’s Departure Affect Government’s Flight to the Clouds?), cloud computing will continue to find favor in the official administration. There have been concerns about security on the cloud, especially in the light of
8×8 Acquires Cloud Call Center Services Provider Contactual 8×8 has acquired cloud-based call center and customer interaction management solutions provider Contactual acting on its intent to buy the company on September 12, 2011. Headquartered in Redwood City, California, Contactual provides small businesses and enterprise departments with an efficient way to improve customer satisfaction while lowering costs. The company has been acquired for 6,700,000 shares of unregistered 8×8 common stock on September 15, 2011. The companies note that this share amount was reduced at closing by 215,100 shares as 8×8 agreed to pay statutory tax withholding on behalf of five former
Does Moving to the Cloud work for the US Federal Government? The Federal government’s relationship with cloud computing have always been a topic of interest on this website. Over the last months, I have covered this area in considerable detail. However, but for the slight hint of skepticism, the articles have been largely positive about cloud computing and the Federal government’s efforts to embrace this new technology. However, today, I adopt a slightly critical tone and discuss some issues that have been raised, issues that say cloud computing’s benefits have been largely exaggerated. Most of the Federal government’s enthusiasm about
8×8 Appoints Vance Raeside to Lead Federal Government Cloud-Based Sales Initiative SUNNYVALE, Calif., Aug. 31, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — 8×8, Inc. (Nasdaq:EGHT), provider of innovative cloud communications and computing solutions, today announced the appointment of Vance Raeside as its Washington DC-based Director, Federal Sales, responsible for overseeing all direct and indirect sales activity with federal, state and local government agencies. Raeside brings nearly two decades of telecommunications sales experience to 8×8, including 13 years selling into the public sector as Manager, Federal Sales at Shoretel, Inc. and Manager, Business/Systems Integrator Partners at Nortel Government Solutions. While at Shoretel, Raeside developed
NetApp Joins Commission of Experts to Provide U.S. Government with Road Map to the Cloud Cloud Technology Is Fundamental to America’s Continued Growth and Success; Many Government Organizations Already Leveraging NetApp as Foundation for the Cloud SUNNYVALE, Calif.—July 27th, 2011—The pathway to the cloud for the U.S. government is critical to America’s continued growth and ability to provide new opportunities for government organizations, businesses, and citizens alike. Earlier this week, Greg Gardner, NetApp’s chief architect for government solutions, joined a select group of experts from the commercial and public sectors to deliver the highly anticipated report from the Commission on