Cloud Services

Indian outsourcer Tata offers cloud computing services

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  John Riberio.

India's Tata Communications is offering cloud based computing infrastructure services in India, with plans to extend the services to other markets including the US, Europe, Singapore and South Africa. The new InstaCompute service, launched on Thursday, takes advantage of Tata Communications' investment in global communications infrastructure, managed services, and data centres, Vinod Kumar, president and COO of Tata Communications said at a press conference in Mumbai.

Software-as-a-service solutions 'enabling enterprise collaboration'

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: James Glass.

Software-as-a-service solutions are allowing companies to work more effectively while also cutting IT costs.

This is the suggestion of IT Pro Portal columnist James Nixon, who stated that such cloud-based services are helping to "revolutionise" technology for both personal and business users.

"Hosted apps known as 'software-as-a-service' … enable workers to collaborate, sharing documents and spreadsheets online," he pointed out.

Mr Nixon added that such offerings frequently have an impact on a company's bottom line.

Software-as-a-service 'differs greatly from ASP model'

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author:  James Glass.

There are "large and importance" differences between software-as-a-service and Application Service Provider (ASP) models.

This is according to TNooz columnist Glenn Gruber, who compared the merits of both methods of accessing software applications on the internet.

He said that software-as-a-service's advantage is that it has a consumption-based model, which allows companies to only pay for the services they use.

ASP instead offers a hosted single instance of the software and database for each user, Mr Gruber explained.

How Cloud Computing Is Changing the Video Game Industry

Grazed from ReadWriteWeb.  Author:  Audrey Watters.

According to the PC Games Digital Downloads Analyst Report, during the first six months of 2010, more video games were purchased online and downloaded digitally than were bought at retail stores.

This marks the first time that digital downloads comprised the majority of total PC game sales. And although retails sales still make up a greater share of dollar revenue, it was simply because games that come with a CD or DVD in a box sell for a higher price...

CompTIA Partners with Industry Coaches

Grazed from ChannelPro SMB.  Author: Editorial Staff.

IT industry trade association CompTIA has announced that it will begin working closely with industry business coaches in an effort to provide members with their counsel, mentoring, and services.
 

During its recent Breakaway 2010 trade event in San Antonio, CompTIA convened a summit of leading business coaches from across the IT channel. Summit participants discussed ways to make coaching more accessible to solution providers. They also addressed training in the channel and shared ideas for future development.

Partly Cloudy

Grazed from Destination CRM.  Author: Koa Beck.

Ever since the world slipped into one of the worst economic depressions in history, companies have tried to reduce upfront expenditures. 

The most popular within technology circles has involved software-as-a-service (SaaS) and, more recently, cloud computing. Analysts also say that virtualized resources have a lot to offer companies getting back on their feet after taking severe financial hits. 

System Building and the Cloud: It's Time to Prepare

Grazed from ChannelPro SMB.  Author: Geoffrey Oldmixen.

For system builders who sell custom infrastructure and systems to SMBs, the proliferation of hosted applications and services is likely a troubling trend. After all, the more popular cloud computing gets, the less hardware SMBs will need to buy.

So what can system builders expect in the coming years? How much erosion of sales will there really be as the cloud grows? And are there any opportunities?