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Microsoft rejigs Azure to take on Amazon

Microsoft Corporation officially threw down the gauntlet here on Thursday, right at the feet of Amazon’s web services, launching a revamped version of its cloud services platform and simultaneously hosting a software developer meet here.

“With the economic slowdown, large companies are eager to cut down capital expenditure, and funding for start-ups is even lesser. Cloud computing helps cut down expenditure without cutting down on capacity. To this end, we are also partnering venture capital firm Freemont Ventures to help fund non-professional developers and start-ups who are based wholly on the cloud,” Mr. Karnakota said.

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Experts: Security is important to businesses using cloud computing

Experts in cloud computing told a meeting of Sacramento business leaders Friday that companies can reap benefits from shifting data storage and processing to remote servers — but they must continue to think about security.

Cloud computing allows companies to store data and run applications from servers hosted or owned by third-party data centers, saving money by employing economies of scale.

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Telstra, Accenture, to deliver SAP cloud

German software giant SAP has signed a landmark deal with the nation’s largest telco Telstra and IT services giant Accenture that will see the pair deliver hosted SAP solutions to Australian customers from Telstra’s on-shore datacentre infrastructure.

Telstra doesn’t just want to sell businesses and government departments telecommunications services any more; it also wants to sell them cloud computing and software as a service offerings which will run over the top of those networks. Infrastructure as a Service, Microsoft Office 365, and now SAP; pretty soon I’m sure Telstra will be able to offer a complete enterprise IT package, with Accenture waiting in the wings to pick up the integration scraps from Telstra’s table.

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Cloud providers aren’t selling the real value of the cloud

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I hear this pitch all the time: “Cloud computing provides the shortest time to deploy or time to market because there is no need to purchase and configure hardware and software.” That makes sense.

If the value of time to deploy is not the big deal we’re told it is, what is the compelling reason to move to cloud computing? You might think it’s the efficiency of the public cloud platforms, but that too is a relatively small advantage.

The trouble is that the value of adaptability, which far exceeds that of other benefits of cloud computing, is both difficult to define as a concept and even more challenging to model for a specific problem domain or a whole enterprise. Nonetheless, it should be the ultimate objective of cloud computing and — for that matter — any new technology.

Cloud providers should stop leading their pitches with the tactical values that vary greatly from enterprise to enterprise and instead discuss the core strategic reasons for moving to the cloud. For its part, IT needs to get a clue about this concept so that it can apply cloud computing technologies in the right directions. My fear is that both providers and enterprises don’t yet understand the true value of cloud computing, and tactical “quick win” thinking will get us into trouble — again.

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Dimension Data expands its cloud portfolio and channel

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Selling cloud services is no easy feat and finding ways to do so successfully can be a challenge. Dimension Data, one of the largest and best known channel partners in the world, recently acquired cloud provider OpSource, boosting its own cloud services portfolio and enabling smaller partners to resell its infrastructure and applications.

The acquisition marks a trend in the way that channel partners approach the cloud. They fall into two camps: Those that build their own infrastructure and become cloud providers and those that sign on to partner with the providers.

In addition to the OpSource acquisition, Dimension Data also announced the inclusion of managed Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 and Microsoft Lync 2010 cloud services from its cloud. With this expansion, Dimension Data provides public, private and hybrid cloud service offerings in addition to managed messaging, collaboration and communication apps.

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Amplidata Shares the Secrets Behind Storage Clouds’ Exceptional Performance with Big Data at GigaOm Structure

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Amplidata, an innovator in optimized object-based storage technology, will share a few secrets of storage cloud providers best practices in coping with Big Unstructured Data at the GigaOm Structure conference this week in San Francisco, starting Wednesday June 20.

Storage clouds service are the conduit for an increasing percentage of business users to access their daily cloud computing needs, not just for casual access to files while traveling, or sending an occasional large file among collaborators. Rather than base their storage clouds on traditional RAID architectures, cloud service providers, online storage companies, and even large organizations are moving to achieve scalability and cost-efficiency in the same way as Facebook, Google and Amazon have done – with object storage implementations. This is particularly true with Big Unstructured Data applications, where the traditional file structure no longer can meet today’s demand for scalability and cost-efficiency.

Amplidata will also showcase its capability with Panzura to leverage the Panzura global file storage solution and Amplidata’s cloud computing storage solution for making all files available to all the users across all locations in a corporate network - and enabling fast, efficient document storage and sharing in a plug and play, seamlessly integrated solution.

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SPEC forms cloud benchmarking group

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New group to set out standards for cloud computing agility and elasticity

Cloud computing is on the rise and represents a major shift in how servers are used and how their performance is measured,” said Rema Hariharan, chair of OSGCloud. “We want to assemble the best minds to define this space, create workloads, augment existing SPEC benchmarks, and develop new cloud-based benchmarks.”

The group is targeting three types of users for the workloads and benchmarks it will create: Hardware and software vendors providing products that enable cloud services, cloud providers and business customers who could use benchmark results to help them select cloud providers.

While the group is off to a “great start” in creating guidelines for benchmarks with clearly defined, standardised metrics, Hariharan added that she “would like to see wider participation, especially from cloud providers and users.”

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SPEC forms cloud benchmarking group

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New group to set out standards for cloud computing agility and elasticity

Cloud computing is on the rise and represents a major shift in how servers are used and how their performance is measured,” said Rema Hariharan, chair of OSGCloud. “We want to assemble the best minds to define this space, create workloads, augment existing SPEC benchmarks, and develop new cloud-based benchmarks.”

The group is targeting three types of users for the workloads and benchmarks it will create: Hardware and software vendors providing products that enable cloud services, cloud providers and business customers who could use benchmark results to help them select cloud providers.

While the group is off to a “great start” in creating guidelines for benchmarks with clearly defined, standardised metrics, Hariharan added that she “would like to see wider participation, especially from cloud providers and users.”

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Consumerization of IT Driving Virtualization to the Private Cloud

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Thanks to improved efficiencies and greater business agility, the number of companies looking to deploy private cloud service infrastructures has increased dramatically in 2012. CIOs across industries can no longer ignore the compelling business case for cloud computing. In his February 2012 report, “Top Five Trends for Private Cloud Computing,” Gartner analyst Tom Bittman forecasts: “the number of [private cloud service providers] deployments throughout 2012 will be at least 10 times higher [than 2011].”

Many companies view private clouds providers as the next phase in their virtualization efforts with the goal of enabling the “consumerization of IT.” Compared to virtualization, private clouds service providers are an even larger paradigm shift that requires significant changes in the way many companies deliver IT services. Unless IT teams thoughtfully plan how they are going to address the organizational and cultural challenges, they will likely derail their initial cloud deployments or deliver a solution that cannot be scaled to other groups or businesses within the enterprise.

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KPMG Compares Taxes On Cloud Computing

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KPMG has introduced an online resource that examines how tax authorities in 18 different countries are dealing with the challenge of taxing cloud computing services.

The new resource, Country Perspectives on Taxing the Cloud providers, is designed to help users and providers of cloud computing services as they plan their operations and activities and work to manage their tax exposure while gaining the desired benefits from this new technology.

Cloud computing is fast becoming an attractive option for managing operational and client service needs of businesses and consumers in the United States and across the globe,” said Steven Fortier, principal-in-charge of KPMG’s U.S. Tax in the Cloud service initiative, in a statement. “Yet most tax authorities have yet to develop detailed rules and guidance for cloud-based operating models, and many business executives are neither evaluating the tax implications of cloud computing nor do they know if these factors are being evaluated within their organizations. Companies should expect added scrutiny as tax authorities become more aware of revenue implications they may face with the switch to a cloud-based operating model.”

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