Microsoft’s Strategy In The Private-Cloud Computing World

Microsoft’s Strategy In The Private-Cloud Computing World The private-cloud computing world has been bombarded with a barrage of service providers. In the thick of this barrage, Microsoft has emerged with innovative and accessible ideas. To start off, Microsoft’s private-cloud platform includes the general purpose windows server and the system center, which is optimized for top

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Microsoft’s Biggest Client, or Just a PR Stunt? – Part II

Microsoft’s Biggest Client, or Just a PR Stunt? – Part II This is the concluding part of a two-part article. For the first part, please see Microsoft’s Biggest Client, or Just a PR Stunt? – Part I . There is another possibility at play here. If Microsoft manages to sell the viability of its cloud offerings

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Microsoft’s Biggest Client, Or Just A PR Stunt? – Part I

Microsoft’s Biggest Client, or Just a PR Stunt? – Part I On April 13, Reuters ran a news item where “Microsoft announced its biggest-ever customer for cloud computing – software that it hosts on behalf of clients and delivers over the Internet – after winning a contract to provide free services to the All India

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Why Is There A Need For Cloud Computing Backup?

Why Is There A Need For Cloud Computing Backup? Cloud computing provides access on-demand to resources online which requires less management effort and can be easily provisioned. Such resources may include application programming interface, servers, storages, applications, blogs, presentations, emails, documents, chats, software, and networks. Users can be given secure access to such resources by

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Are The Big Players Being Hypocritical On Cloud Computing Standards?

Are The Big Players Being Hypocritical On Cloud Computing Standards? The usefulness (and necessity) of developing universal cloud computing standards has been covered in several articles (See: Cloud Computing Standards: How Important Are They?  and Cloud Computing Standards – is it time? ). However, now that some concrete steps are being taken towards this goal,

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Can The US Government Assuage Cloud Privacy Concerns?

Can The US Government Assuage Cloud Privacy Concerns? Even as the world tries to find a balance between individual privacy and the eternal vigilance of a nanny state, cloud computing is a casualty of the heightened security concerns in post-911 America. This is something that I had explored in earlier articles, from the ramifications of

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European Firm Refuses To Go On the Microsoft Cloud Due to PATRIOT Act Concerns

European Firm Refuses To Go On the Microsoft Cloud Due to PATRIOT Act Concerns Sometime back I had written about how Australian cloud computing company Ninefold was trying to drum up fear that data residing on Amazon’s servers in Australia were under the jurisdiction on the US PATRIOT Act, and thereby, subject to search and

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Google vs Microsoft: US Government Agrees to End Microsoft Bias

Google vs Microsoft: US Government Agrees to End Microsoft Bias The cloud computing market is huge, and as with any other technology, the government is one of the biggest customers (How Much Can the US Government Save by Going to the Cloud? ). Therefore, it comes as no surprise that the biggest providers clamor to

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IT Workers Will Survive In a World on the Cloud

IT Workers Will Survive In a World on the Cloud You must have heard of the phrase, “Form is temporary, class is permanent,” This phrase is often used to defend a sportsperson with an impressive history of achievements who experiences a terrible loss of form, leading to doubts being raised about his ability. I would

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Cloud Computing’s Unlikeliest Supporter

Cloud Computing’s Unlikeliest Supporter “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.” – Sun Tzu (544 BC – 496 BC), Chinese military general, strategist and philosopher. Sun Tzu is widely considered as the best military strategist who ever lived. Even today, 2500 years after he wrote The Art of War, his book is the most

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Metanga Enhances Microsoft Cloud Computing Adoption

Metanga Enhances Microsoft Cloud Adoption MetraTech, a provider of agreements-based billing and compensation solutions, has launched its multi-tenant software-as-a-service (SaaS)-based billing solution, on Microsoft Windows Azure. Known as Metanga, this solution will help Microsoft’s customers to monetize their Windows Azure offerings. It facilitates the adoption of Windows Azure to new audiences and also make Microsoft’s

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LinkShare Develops Marketing Application with Microsoft Cloud

LinkShare Develops Marketing Application with Microsoft Cloud LinkShare is using Microsoft’s Cloud Services Platform to develop the next generation of online performance marketing application LinkShare Lightning. This online performance marketing firm decided to use Windows Azure after evaluating the cloud computing offerings from Amazon Web Services and Google App Engine. Microsoft claims its massively scalable

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YubiKey Authenticates Microsoft Azure Cloud Platform

YubiKey Authenticates Microsoft Azure Cloud Platform Yubico has announced the availability of its authentication token YubiKey to increase security for Microsoft Cloud Platform Windows Azure platform applications. Yubico specializes in providing easy and secure login solutions and the scalable and cost-effective Windows Azure Platform enables customers to build, host and dynamically scale applications and services

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Microsoft Tweaks License Agreement to Encourage Cloud Migration

Microsoft Tweaks License Agreement to Encourage Cloud Migration Microsoft is not leaving any stone unturned in an effort to get companies to switch over to cloud computing, the Microsoft cloud that is. Last week at the Microsoft Hosting Summit in Bellevue, Washington, the company announced that it had made changes in its license agreement in

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