Why Is Rackspace Targeting Startups?

Why is Rackspace targeting Startups? I have often spoken about how cloud computing can help level the playing field between established enterprises who can afford to spend millions on information technology (IT) infrastructure to support their operations, and smaller entities that cannot. (See: Fighting Above Your Weight Class Through Cloud Computing). Cloud computing, with its

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BlackBerry-maker RIM Ties Up with Microsoft for Cloud Storage

BlackBerry-maker RIM Ties Up with Microsoft for Cloud Storage Last week saw the announcement of two major joint ventures in the cloud computing space. While German enterprise software maker SAP AG tied up with Verizon to offer its CRM solutions on the cloud, BlackBerry-manufacturer Research in Motion (RIM) announced it was teaming up with Microsoft

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Is Consolidation Coming to Cloud Computing?

Is Consolidation Coming to Cloud Computing? In recent times, the biggest news in cloud computing has been Hewlett-Packard’s (HP) entry into the sector. And this entry is not a side business; the new CEO truly believes the company’s future lies in the cloud, going on record saying, “Everything that we do in the future will

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SAP And Verizon Announce Tie-Up: SAP Products To Be Available On Verizon Cloud

SAP products to be available on Verizon cloud For several years now, German software giant SAP AG has been at the forefront of enterprise software. Now, the largest software firm in Europe (and the fourth biggest in the world) has decided to tie up with the largest communications company in the US, Verizon, to offer

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The Small Print in Cloud Computing Contracts

Cloud Computing Contracts “The universe never did make sense; I suspect it was built on government contract.” – Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988), American science fiction writer. A contract is defined as “a legally enforceable agreement between two or more parties for the doing or not doing of something specified.” Contracts are the cornerstones of business.

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Looking Back at Joe Weinman’s 10 Laws of Cloudonomics

Looking Back at Joe Weinman’s 10 Laws of Cloudonomics Back in September 2008, Joe Weinman, Strategic Solutions Sales VP for AT&T Global Business Services, came up with a new term “Cloudonomics” to describe the economic effects of cloud computing. At that time, cloud computing hadn’t entered the popular lexicon and his definition went a long

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HP Declares Ambitious Plans in Cloud Computing Space

HP Declares Ambitious Plans in Cloud Computing Space For a long time, relatively speaking, Hewlett-Packard (HP) has been content to sell servers that service providers use to create cloud computing products and services. Now, HP has realized the immense potential of cloud computing and is planning a more active role in this field. In this

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Gaming as a Service – The Future of Cloud Gaming

Gaming on the Cloud “Gaming is no child’s play; it’s big business!” Quick, what’s the first thing that comes to mind when you visualize gaming? If you are thinking “unsocial teenager whose only exercise is moving his fingers on the computer keyboard”, you are wrong. While unsocial teenagers do comprise a big chunk of the

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Earthquakes and Cloud Computing

Earthquakes and Cloud Computing “We learn geology the morning after the earthquake.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), American poet and lecturer. Switch on the television, and there’s only one news item grabbing headlines around the globe – the earthquake in Japan. Unless you have been meditating in the Himalayas, you must know that Japan has

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IBM Invests $38 million In Singapore Data Center To Address Asia-Pacific Cloud Computing Needs

On 11 March, IBM announced a $38 million investment in a new IBM Asia Pacific Cloud Computing Data Centre in Singapore. This center will help deliver the company’s cloud computing services to clients in the Asia Pacific region which has seen a tremendous growth in demand. “IBM’s investment in our Asia Pacific Cloud Computing Data

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To The Cloud For Enhanced Mobility!

The three most popular electronic devices used nowadays are: The personal computing device – laptop, tablet, etc. The personal communication device – mobile phones. The personal entertainment device – iPod, Zune, etc, Now, what is the common attribute they share, other than the fact that whenever you buy one, you feel that you should have

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How Green Is Cloud Computing?

How Green Is Cloud Computing? “There must be a better way to make the things we want, a way that doesn’t spoil the sky, or the rain or the land.” – Sir Paul McCartney, singer-songwriter and member of the legendary ‘Beatles’. What with all the news about global warming and rising sea levels, sustainability and

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IBM Expects To Generate $7 billion In Cloud Computing Revenues By 2015: CEO

IBM expects to generate $7 billion in cloud computing revenues by 2015: CEO That some of the big IT players are expecting big bucks from cloud computing is nothing new; what’s new is Big Blue IBM’s amazing optimism on the future of the market in general and its fortunes in particular. On 8 March 2011,

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Amazon Chief Technology Officer talks about the Cloud Computing Ecosystem

Amazon Chief Technology Officer talks about the Cloud Computing Ecosystem At the Cloud Connect conference currently on in Santa Clara, California, Amazon Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Werner Vogels spoke about what he called the “cloud computing ecosystem.” By “ecosystem”, Vogels was referring to the gamut of services built upon the base of Amazon’s cloud-based platform

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