Cloud Services

Microsoft drafts .NET chief to lead Azure cloud war

Grazed from The Register.  Author: Gavin Clarke.

.NET fan favorite Scott Guthrie has been elevated in a Microsoft reorg intended to "sharpen its focus" and win greater support among developers for the company's push into the cloud.

Services Marketplace Gets Cloudy

Grazed from eWeek.  Author: Jessica Davis.

Everybody is talking this week about HP's most recent service offering announcement,  HP Strategic IT Advisory Services, which the company says is designed to "help CIOs use IT as a key driver of innovation, growth and profitability." That's because what this new offering provides sounds a lot like what channel partners provide to end customers, leaving many to wonder if HP is competing with its partners.

NephoScale Targets Cloud Newbies With Free Cloud Services Starter Kit

Grazed from CRN.  Author: Andrew R. Hickey.

Cloud hosting startup NephoScale wants to give users an on-ramp to the cloud with a free Cloud Computing and Storage Starter Package to lower the barrier of entry to the cloud and provide cloud newcomers a way to test drive cloud services.

Lenovo collaborates with Intel on cloud-based applications service

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  Agam Shah.

Lenovo on Tuesday announced a hosted applications service that can detect the hardware capabilities of an end user's laptop and tailor the service accordingly.

Secure Cloud Access (SCA) provides access to Windows applications that are hosted on a central server and optimises the services based on the available processing power, memory, graphics, battery life and bandwidth, said Bryan Thomas, manager of alternative client computing and server software at Lenovo.

Heroku Grows Up Under’s Wing

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

Appirio crowdsources the cloud with CloudSpokes

Grazed from ZDNet.  Author:  Dennis Howlett.

has announced CloudSpokes, an open crowdsourcing environment for enterprise. It is committing $1 million in contest funding to help seed the initiative. From the blurbs, here’s how it works:

Companies who need cloud development work can sponsor a challenge on CloudSpokes, giving developers a way to earn cash rewards, and test and prove their skills for badges and other recognition...

Does Bob Muglia’s Departure Spell Doom for Windows Azure?

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

Cloud computing infrastructure services 'becoming established'

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: James Glass.

A growing number of companies are set to make use of cloud computing infrastructure services in the next few years.

This is the opinion of a new report from IT analyst Gartner, which forecast the global enterprise software market will record revenue growth of 7.5 per cent in 2011 compared to last year.

Tom Eid, research vice president at Gartner, said: "The focus in the enterprise software industry is on upgrading of build-run-manage technologies to improve agility, establishing cloud computing infrastructure services and results-reporting transparency."

Mobile cloud services to emerge in 2011

Grazed from ZDNet.  Author: Kevin Kwang.

According to Nitin Bhat, partner at research house Frost & Sullivan Asia-Pacific, the world is becoming more Web-connected than ever before, and will drive the number of connected devices sold globally from 6 billion in 2011 to 80 billion in 2020. Connected devices include smartphones, tablets, televisions and smart grids, Bhat said during a media briefing here Thursday to reveal the research firm's 2011 ICT predictions.

Meet Elastic Beanstalk, Amazon’s PaaS Play

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Stacey Higginbotham.

Amazon Web Services, which popularized cloud computing with its Elastic Compute Cloud and Simple Storage Service, has moved up the stack from infrastructure to providing Amazon Elastic Beanstalk, its Platform-as-a-Service play. However, Amazon is layering its PaaS offering on top of its other services in a way that’s easily reversed, which means developers can take the easy way out of developing on Beanstalk, or they can peel back the platform to manually provision and tweak their underlying VMs if they want.