SAP and Microsoft Join Efforts on Cloud Computing

I wanted to share news of an announcement this morning at SAPPHIRE NOW, SAP’s business and technology conference being held in Orlando, Florida this week.  The announcement states that SAP and Microsoft will work together on making application development and cloud management easier for developers and IT staff, helping customers harness the power of cloud…

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IDC: Time to Embrace the Cloud is Now

There’s an interesting article over on Eweek.com from Chris Preimesberger about a presentation by IDC SVP and Chief Analyst, Frank Gens. The story talks about how the industry and IT are at a crossroad similar to the one 25 years ago with the transformation from traditional mainframes and terminals to the new class of end-user…

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Real Customers, Real Private Clouds

I wanted to highlight a post from David Greschler, Microsoft’s Director of Virtualization and Cloud Strategy, over on the VMBlog.com site that touches on a couple of customers using real Private Cloud implementations today.  The customers include Lionbridge, Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts (LIPA), and EmpireCLS Worldwide Chauffered Services, and the post focuses on…

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Businessweek on Cloud Providers and Customers

I was reading an interesting story just published by Bloomberg Businessweek titled “The Cloud: Battle of the Tech Titans”.  The story covers some of the more obvious benefits of cloud computing such as reducing the costs associated with having underutilized hardware and time spent maintaining software, but it also drills into a variety of other…

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Evolution of Enterprise IT and Virtualization Infrastructures to Private Cloud

I was having lunch with a colleague yesterday and we were talking about the logical evolution underway in IT, which began a couple of years ago with the broad availability of server virtualization technology like Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V.    With the advent of cloud computing as an infrastructure choice, the evolution crank is…

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An Independent Perspective on Private Cloud

I recently saw a great article by Greg Shields on TechTarget, called Defining the Hyper-V Cloud. (You’ll need to register [free] to read it, but TechTarget is an excellent third-party source for IT insight, so it’s well worth the effort.) In it he not only describes the Hyper-V Cloud programs, but has a good take…

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