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SCORE, source of free and confidential small business advice for entrepreneurs, and Intacct, a cloud financial management and accounting applications, on Monday announced an exclusive partnership that will benefit SCORE and the more than one million businesses SCORE helps to start and ...
SingleHop a IT infrastructure and web hosting provider, announced on Monday the launch of its new cloud hosting platform, Cascade. The new platform completes SingleHop's strategy of bringing the benefits from traditional dedicated server hosting and cloud computing advancements togethe...
Not long ago, Forrester analyst James Staten wrote a report with the compelling title: You’re Not Ready for Internal Cloud. What Staten meant, of course, by the term “internal cloud” is what we have been referring to in this blog as a private cloud. Whether you’re ready or not probably...
Terremark, a provider of managed IT infrastructure services, on Monday announced that it has been positioned by Gartner in the leaders quadrant in the Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service and Web Hosting, 2010 report. The Magic Quadrant depicts Gartner's analysis of how...
Skytap, the cloud automation start-up, has gotten a $10 million C round led by OpenView Venture Partners with its existing financiers Ignition Partners, Madrona Venture Group and Washington Research Foundation kicking in.
"One day the cloud really will be big..." concludes an article in this week's international print edition of The Economist, an intriguing article that sets out to quantify the size of the three main layers of the cloud computing ecosystem.
Every year, I like to decompress a bit and take a break. Usually, I like to go scuba diving – the dive sites I like are usually far removed from email, Twitter, Facebook, etc. and it gives me a chance to actually unplug, defrag, and think a bit. This year, the family went to Grand Cay...
If you subtract the hype, cloud computing is moving like a tortoise – slow and steady, more slow than steady. Will it win the race? Maybe; but not next year. The question is where we will be one year down the line. [You need to read this post in conjunction with my earlier post wher...
JNBridge, a provider of interoperability tools that connect the Java and .NET Frameworks, on Wednesday said interoperability will make or break cloud computing success in 2011 and beyond.
Oracle on Wednesday introduced Oracle Cloud Office and Open Office 3.3, two complete, open standards-based office productivity suites for the desktop, web and mobile devices -- helping users significantly improve productivity, reduce costs and achieve greater innovation across the ente...
Equinix, a provider of global data center services, on Thursday announced that Cyso, a Dutch provider of cloud services, has moved its operations into Equinix’s fourth International Business Exchange (IBX) data center in the Netherlands (AM2). The IBX data center officially opened Thu...
History has many examples of invaders wielding steel swords, repeating rifles, or whatever the latest weapon may be, driving out people who are less well-equipped. Corporate IT departments are starting to go the same way, at the hands of people equipped with cloud computing. The Open ...
At an event aimed at lawyers and called "Doing Business in the Electronic Age," EMC VP and Deputy General Counsel Krish Gupta has been emphasizing how cloud computing is the future of business. Virtualization and cloud computing are the top two priorities of CIOs, Gupta said.
“The recent additions to our portfolio, including Cloud Connect and Critical Sites, make logical business sense for those looking for best-in-class hosted solutions as alternatives to expensive and inefficient on-premise IT infrastructure,” said Rackspace CTO John Engates as his compan...
Operation Payback, the revenge attacks on institutions refusing to do business with WikiLeaks or its front man Julian Assange, is reportedly pushing on to Visa after crippling MasterCard, the Swiss Post bank and others. The message was going round that “We Are Attacking www.visa.com in...
IBM on Thursday announced that SAP AG has certified its capabilities to deliver and manage clients' implementations of SAP applications via a hosted delivery model and IBM's Cloud Platforms. The certification enables IBM to provide enterprises around the world with hosted and cloud-bas...
Compellent Technologies on Wednesday announced an expansion of its partnership with VMware with the availability of Compellent Storage Center systems bundled with VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager. The new disaster recovery solution enables organizations to create a "disaster ready"...
Seeweb on Thursday announced web hosting service with Scality's RING storage platform to provide a cloud storage service to its customers fully hosted in Italy. Seeweb expects to launch its new service for B2B customers next weeks, as well as to introduce a similar service to private i...
Cisco, on Wednesday, announced its intent to acquire privately held LineSider Technologies, Inc., a provider of network management software that helps customers build the network services necessary to securely create and deploy cloud computing infrastructure. LineSider will enhance Cis...
Mimecast, a supplier of cloud-based email security, continuity, policy control and archiving, today announced that it ranked number five on the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 EMEA 2010, a ranking of the 500 fastest growing technology companies in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA)...
A few days ago, Microsoft published The Economics of the Cloud, a whitepaper that has so far not gotten nearly as much attention or consideration as it deserves. Perhaps this indifference is due to a collective freshman flashback on the dreaded “Econ 101” or, to skepticism about Micro...
The EU-funded VISION Cloud initiative, led by IBM, has been launched and is focused on creating a metadata format that will enable users' data to be interoperable among Cloud service providers. This is potentially a huge development for all business, but especially small businesses, wh...
After Michael Dell titillated Wall Street from Hong Kong Monday by saying that Dell was about to make cloud acquisition – and the punters drove up Rackspace 7% by mistake – Dell Tuesday bought Boomi, a little application integration ISV in Pennsylvania with some platform-as-a-service w...
Cloud Expo Silicon Valley opened Monday at the Santa Clara Convention Center to an audience in the main Keynote Room so large and that the very first speaker, standing up to introduce the keynote by Oracle's Dr Mohamad Afshar, declared that he could see with his own eyes that "interest...
At the 7th International Cloud Expo, Larry Carvalho, Principal at Robust Cloud LLC, will present a session on how ISVs and SIs can make money from cloud computing. Larry Carvalho runs Robust Cloud, an advisory services company helping various ecosystem players develop a strategy to ta...
Small and midsized companies can now access the information and data critical to their business right on their mobile device, with SAP Business One and Coresuite Mobile, an innovation from Coresystems. SAP Business One is a centralized business management solution by SAP, built specifi...
In the run-up to the next Cloud Expo, 7th Cloud Expo (November 1-4, 2010) at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Silicon Valley, it's time to give my earlier list a complete overhaul. Here, accordingly, is an expanded list of the most active players in the Cloud Ecosystem.
Nexaweb is a company with a unique combination of software, skills, methodology, and moxie that claims they can convert just about any legacy client/server application into a rich cloud app and they can do it for a fixed price on a fixed schedule. They have racked up some impressive n...
Cloud computing technology is changing the landscape of solution delivery. Solution providers are beginning to pick platforms enabling them to take advantage of the technology and deliver the best value proposition to their customers. Recent announcements show that there are decision...
Cloud computing has just crested the peak of inflated expectations and has begun its descent into the proverbial trough of disillusionment. There’s no telling how long the downward slide will take, but Gartner, which first memorialized the now famous hype cycle, figures cloud computing...
There are lots of different cloud-based document management services already out there, and virtually all of them force customers to store documents in the cloud and tightly couple storage with management and access functions into web-based applications. This approach is fine for some...
Amazon Web Services (AWS) has added Read Replicas to its Relational Database Service (RDS) to make it easier to scale MySQL deployments to meet the performance demands of high-traffic web applications. Read Replicas lets users create one or more copies of a MySQL Database Instance a...
Adaptivity, The IT Blueprint Company, provides an intelligent IT blueprinting software suite to help companies manage and optimize enterprise technology infrastructure, announced today that it has raised a $7.2 million round of venture capital financing. The Series A round of fundi...
ShadowProtect provides fast and reliable disaster recovery and system migration to the same system, dissimilar hardware and to and from virtual environments – P2P, P2V, V2P and V2V. ShadowProtect solutions are an integral part of industry-leading cloud solutions as the engine for backu...
A vast network of agents (supermarkets, gas stations, many other stores) act as agents for the program, enabling its widespread use; there are now 6.5 million subscribers, in contrast to 3 million bank accounts in this country. The program has also been launched in Tanzania and Afghani...
IT professionals at the world’s five million small and mid-sized businesses control the adoption of cloud services for nearly 200 million employees. They’re also tasked with figuring out how to effectively manage increasingly hybrid cloud computing/on-premise technology environments. ...
Not long ago Larry Ellison was the guy who couldn’t stand the taste of the word cloud in his mouth. Well, now he’s got one of his own. Well, to be precise, he’s got a rack-mounted pre-packaged integrated middleware machine – and if you’ve never heard of such a thing it’s because it’...
SingTel will announce next week a new set of integrated cloud services that includes servers, infrastructure, and applications in what the company claims to be the "world's first intelligent utility". The offering is the first Asian implementation of the technology platform created by...
Cloud computing presents a unique opportunity for startups and SMBs. Through the use of cloud, these smaller organizations can level the playing field and compete at a global level with the largest of enterprise companies. Cloud allows minimal capital investments, limiting financial ex...
Verizon is getting feistier. It's going mano a mano with Amazon and Rackspace with a US-only pay-as-you-go infrastructure cloud for SMBs. It figures its pricing is competitive and it can offer customers an upgrade path that's way sexier than its rivals. Anyway, its idea of SMBs i...