Cloud Billing – Interview with MetraTech’s Scott Swartz Every SaaS, IaaS and PaaS vendor needs a robust billing module which works seamlessly across both single and hybrid Cloud deployments. Even though every Cloud service provider gives billing functionality, the issues arise when you have a hybrid Cloud deployment and you want to stitch together various billing services to provide a unified view of the costs. This is what MetraTech specializes in and offers products and services which enable SaaS vendors, for example, to focus on delivering value through their service while MetraTech’s MetraNet takes care of all their billing requirements.
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Startup Brings wine to the Cloud Cellar They say that wine gets better with age. This is only true, however, when it is under slow fermentation in a cellar, and at that, a cloud-based dungeon, if the following news-making transition by a US company is anything to go by. The startup has already transferred all sales, marketing and distribution constituents of its brewery to the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) framework. One only has to make a request, and voila, the bottle is at the table, abroad. There are some worthy additions, however, that make this more than mere email
Icelandic Steam, French Bidding Wars: Europe and Cloud Computing in Early 2012 The European continent is — finally! — putting cash where its proverbial mouth is regarding the presence of cloud computing throughout the EU. At Switzerland’s World Economic Forum, Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes announced that Europe is ready to pledge 10 million euro to a forthcoming European Cloud Partnership. Kroes believes with fervency that this Partnership will surmount such hurdles in the cloud’s being accepted as fear of data protection, legality concerns, and distribution of important general information on the cloud to small businesses. Says Kroes, “I expect