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Dell Signs New Partner Deals To Advance Cloud Computing

Grazed from Network Computing.  Author: Robert Mullins.

Dell has announced two new partnership deals that it says will improve its competitiveness in cloud computing. The company has partnered with Joyent, a cloud computing software and service provider, and Aster Data, a data management and analytics firm, to deliver their technology through Dell's Data Center Solutions (DCS) business.

The DCS effort is intended to help customers to built data centers optimized from the beginning for cloud computing, be they a private, public or hybrid model, said Roy Guillen, general manager of DCS, at a news conference Nov. 19 in San Francisco.

Scaling Data Management to Meet the Cloud

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Arthur Cole.

The cloud may be the newest technology on the enterprise block, but in many ways it is following the same deployment pattern of previous hardware and software developments.

One habit that never seems to change is the need to get up and running with the latest offering and save pesky details like monitoring and management for later. Unfortunately, some top-tier firms that are already pushing workloads onto the cloud are finding that later is already here.

Brennan wins five year, $5m contract

Grazed from IT Wire.  Author: Gordon Peters.

The contract, valued at about $1 million a year, requires Brennan to provide Northline with a hosted managed service, including servers, a national private network linking all Northline offices and telecommunications infrastructure that allows for portable personalised numbers and videoconferencing.

Northline CEO Craige Whitton, said the new technology infrastructure, backed by fully redundant Brennan IT data centres in Sydney and Brisbane, would allow the company to deploy the latest release software without any disruption.

Google Apps for Business users gain access to 'full spectrum' of consumer apps

Grazed from IT Wire.  Author: Stephen Withers.

Google has dramatically increased the functionality available to its commercial Google Apps customers by including its previously consumer-oriented applications such as Picasa Web Albums, Google Voice, Reader, and Blogger.

The significance is mainly that the change allows administrators to specify that groups have access to particular applications, as the additional apps are still only provided on a 'best effort' basis, with no guaranteed service levels or phone support.

Microsoft Update Integrates Cloud, On-Premise Processing

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Loraine Lawson.

I talk a lot about integration between the cloud and on-premise, but, by and large, that's about integrating data. But when it comes to processing power, as far as I can tell, you pretty much have a choice: You're on-premise or you're off-premise, with something like Amazon EC2.


Microsoft, rather smartly, just added another option: Do both.


Putting Private Clouds on Public IT Infrastructure

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Michael Vizard.

When people talk about private cloud computing there is a natural assumption that a variant of cloud computing is going to be deployed by an internal IT organization using IT infrastructure on their premises that is protected by a firewall.

Managing Clouds Within Clouds

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Michael Vizard.

Cloud Computing Customers Say Channel Partners Aren't Prepared

Grazed from CRN.  Author: Andrew R. Hickey.

Nearly two-thirds of enterprises feel their channel partners aren't adequately prepared to support their cloud computing endeavors, a recent survey by research firm Chadwick Martin Bailey (CMB) has found.

In its recent CMB Tech Pulse survey, the firm asked 247 IT decision makers from companies of various sizes to share their thoughts on cloud computing.

HyperOffice Waging Cloud Computing Channel War With Google, Microsoft

Grazed from CRN.  Author: Andrew R. Hickey.

Cloud computing messaging and collaboration player HyperOffice is looking to amass a strong stable of channel partners to battle cloud computing foes Google Apps and Microsoft Office 365.

Business Consultants: MIA in the Cloud

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Michael Vizard.

With the rise of cloud computing it will become more practical to execute any number of business processes. The problem is that most businesses today are not exactly sure what those business processes might be.