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Cloud Computing

The Future of Enterprise Email

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The Future of Enterprise Email

Gartner reports "the time is right" for smaller enterprises to move their email services to either cloud-based or SaaS offerings, with 10% of enterprises to start using cloud email and collaboration services (CECS) by 2014. 

The growth towards CECS and SaaS email will be slow-- taking off on 2014, before levelling off in 2020 when usage exceeds 55% of enterprises.

The enterprises currently most ideal to move towards CECS include retail, hospitality and manufacturing. 

However Gartner warns "the list of reasons to move to CECS is long, as is the list Read more...

Cloud Computing Sees Strong Revenue Growth

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Cloud Computing Sees Strong Revenue Growth

CompTIA's latest survey reports cloud computing will generate "significant revenue streams" for IT channel companies planning to boost their 2012 cloud investments. 

The organisation says 46% of cloud-offering channel companies derive 50% or more of their annual revenue from cloud-related products and services in the last 12 months. 

85% also expect cloud sales to grow within the next 12 months. 

Current revenue-generating cloud solutions include the in demand (yet simple to implement) "low-hanging fruit" of cloud-based email, storage, backup/recovery Read more...

Vivek Kundra Points at the Cloud

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Vivek Kundra Points at the Cloud

Former US government CIO Vivek Kundra says the global economy is "wasting billions of dollars on unnecessary information technology"-- and the cloud is an opportunity to cut such costs while increasing productivity.

Writing on the New York Times, Kundra accuses the "IT cartel" of powerful private contractors for worsening the situation by encouraging "reliance on inefficient software and hardware that is expensive to acquire and to maintain."

Until leaving the Obama administration this summer, Kundra planned a "Cloud First" strategy, advocating cloud Read more...

Private Cloud-- Channel Partners' New Frontier

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Private Cloud-- Channel Partners' New Frontier

Canalys reports WW private cloud infrastructure and services revenues for channel partners will total $36 billion in 2011-- from a cloud computing opportunity worth $40Bn in total. 

Meanwhile the analyst estimates WW public cloud business revenues will total $85Bn, as consumers drive public cloud expansion for companies including Google, Microsoft, Baidu, Facebook, Yahoo! and YouTube. 

Canalys conclusion might be somewhat obvious by now-- "Private cloud initiatives provide the obvious choice for channel partners looking to grow new business," as Read more...

Cloud Foundry Gets Key Partners

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Cloud Foundry Gets Key Partners

VMware announces its collaboration with "key industry partners"-- Canonical, Dell, enStratus and OpsCode-- in order to expand its vision of becoming something akin to cloud computing's Microsoft.

Ubuntu guardian Canonical will include Cloud Foundry's client and server components in its Ubuntu build (11.10), with client and server deployable tools using Ensemble-- allowing users to deploy applications in AWS, Openstack or their own internal servers. 

Dell will release a version of its Crowbar software framework allowing Cloud Foundry installation Read more...

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