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FEDRamp Begins Review Process for Govt Cloud Providers

FEDRamp Begins Review Process for Govt Cloud Providers

The U.S. Government intends to have three cloud services providers accredited under the Federal Risk Authorization and Management Program (FEDRamp) for providing cloud services to federal agencies by the end of 2012, said General Services Administration (GSA) Program Manager for Cloud Computing Katie Lewin said during a recent event in Washington. Now that I’ve given […]

Windows Azure Takes on Amazon with Upgrade Announcements

Windows Azure Takes on Amazon with Upgrade Announcements

Last month the cloud blogosphere was abuzz with talk of expected IaaS developments from both Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) and Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT). As expected, Redmond announced new IaaS capabilities and other updates at its Meet Windows Azure event this past week. The updates have been described as bold moves aimed at an IaaS provider and […]

CTERA Shares Secure Cloud Storage, Mobile Perspectives

As the consumerization of IT converges with the cloud storage services market, many channel partners are seeking new ways to help customers protect business data — both on premises and in the cloud. This week I had the opportunity to speak with Rani Osnat (pictured), VP of marketing at CTERA, about those risks and challenges. […]

Microsoft Flying High After FAA Chooses Office 365

Microsoft Flying High After FAA Chooses Office 365

Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) is racking up a host of government customers for its Office 365 cloud productivity suite: The Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) plans to deploy a Computer Sciences Corp. (NYSE: CSC) cloud productivity solution based on Microsoft Office 365. As the Microsoft partner, CSC will oversee the contract, providing 60,000 […]

CloudOne, IBM Introduce Services to the Public Sector

CloudOne, IBM Introduce Services to the Public Sector

More CloudOne news from IBM Innovate this week. The SaaS provider and IBM (NYSE: IBM) Premier Business Partner announced it will provide its cloud-based Rational tools for public sector customers through IBM’s SmartCloud for Government infrastructure. The solution, according to CloudOne, combines IBM’s government-specific capabilities, which comply with FISMA standards, with its SaaS-based Rational tools […]

Red Hat Launches CloudForms to Manage Open Hybrid Clouds

Red Hat Launches CloudForms to Manage Open Hybrid Clouds

Open source software provider Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) released for general availability Red Hat CloudForms, an open hybrid cloud management platform designed to enable enterprise customers to deploy and manage IaaS hybrid clouds, with the opportunity to provide computing resources to users “in a managed, governed and secure way.” During the webcast announcing CloudForms, Red […]

Salesforce Adds MindTouch Social Help Platform to Help Desk

Salesforce Adds MindTouch Social Help Platform to Help Desk

MindTouch announced its eponymous cloud-based social help system is now integrated with the Salesforce.com Help Desk software to help improve agent efficiency and customer service experiences. Using a web-based environment that employs a knowledge base, help center, ticketing system and help button, agents are better able to resolve customer issues faster and more precisely, according […]

BT Conferencing Adds Polycom RealPresence for VaaS

BT Conferencing Adds Polycom RealPresence for VaaS

Converged communications firm Polycom (NASDAQ:PLCM) announced that BT Conferencing will use the Polycom RealPresence Platform (RMX) to support its Video-as-a-Service (VaaS) offering for Polycom deployments. The two companies are seeking to build interoperability and to enable customer video collaboration through multiple platforms and devices. According to the press release, BT Conferencing’s video cloud in conjunction […]

Xceedium Announces $12M Series B, Xsuite Cloud for AWS

Xceedium Announces $12M Series B, Xsuite Cloud for AWS

Privileged identity and access management specialist Xceedium announced both a $12 million Series B financing round and the launch of Xsuite Cloud, an offering designed for customers already utilizing Amazon Web Services (NASDAQ: AMZN) (AWS). Xceedium closed a $12 million Series B financing extension led by Arrow Path Venture Partners with participation from new investor Western […]

Cloud Battle Goes Social: Oracle Buys Collective Intellect

Cloud Battle Goes Social: Oracle Buys Collective Intellect

Social media acquisitions continue at a brisk pace this week. Barely had the dust settled after the Salesforce.com purchase of Buddy Media, when the very next day Oracle struck back: Larry Ellison and Co. announced its acquisition of Collective Intellect, a provider of cloud-based social intelligence solutions that enable organizations to “monitor, understand and respond […]

Nirvanix Adds Switch SuperNAP Data Center to Global Network

Nirvanix Adds Switch SuperNAP Data Center to Global Network

Enterprise cloud storage firm Nirvanix announced the addition of the Las Vegas-located Switch SuperNAP data center to its global network. The Switch SuperNAP is the world’s largest data center and technology ecosystem, providing efficient and secure facilities for customer business applications. According to Nirvanix, several of its customers are already using the SuperNap data center […]

Votela Unveils Cloud UC Services Partner Program

Votela Unveils Cloud UC Services Partner Program

Enterprise-level unified communications as a service (UCaaS) provider Votela launched its Votela Cloud Provider (VCP) offering for VARs and MSPs involved in cloud communications. Votela touts its ability to provide for oversubscription and its “seat/product bundling,” providing a revenue stream for solution provider partners yet retain full control of their subscribers and customers. “VCP answers […]

CloudOne Announces Reseller Program, Hourly SaaS Testing

CloudOne Announces Reseller Program, Hourly SaaS Testing

At IBM Innovate in Orlando this week, CloudOne, a SaaS provider for IBM (NYSE: IBM) Rational Software development, announced a new reseller program and also expanded its hosted SaaS testing program to offer performance, load and stress tests payable in hourly increments. CloudOne’s first announcement was the launch of its CloudOne Affiliate Reseller Program, designed […]

Salesforce’s Buddy Media Buy Adds to Social Marketing Skills

Salesforce’s Buddy Media Buy Adds to Social Marketing Skills

Enterprise cloud computing contender Salesforce.com (NASDAQ: CRM) announced, after much buzz and rumors leading up to the news, that is has entered into a “definitive agreement” to acquire Buddy Media, a social media marketing firm, for approximately $467 million in cash and $184 million in Salesforce.com common stock, as well as $38 million in vested […]

Visiongain: Global Cloud Market Worth $38 Billion

Visiongain: Global Cloud Market Worth $38 Billion

London-based business research firm Visiongain released a report titled, “The Cloud Computing Market 2012-2017,” which finds that the global computing market in 2012 will be worth $37.9 billion and predicts strong growth over the next five years, especially in industrialized markets. The report looks at the enterprise cloud market and how businesses can use cloud […]

Office 365 Partner Intermedia Joins Cloud Security Alliance

Office 365 Partner Intermedia Joins Cloud Security Alliance

Intermedia, a channel-focused provider of cloud services to small and midsized businesses, announced its corporate membership in the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), a non-profit whose mission is to promote cloud security best practices, as well as provide education cloud computing uses. CSA corporate members include companies in technology, telecoms, manufacturing and consulting. “As our customers […]

Cloud Archive Firm Sonian Completes $13.6M Series C Round

Cloud Archive Firm Sonian Completes $13.6M Series C Round

Cloud-based archiving and search specialist Sonian announced it has completed a $13.6 million Series C round of funding led by new investor OpenView Venture Partners with participation from existing investors Summerhill Venture Partners and Prism VentureWorks. Sonian plans to use the funds to boost sales and marketing and for innovating the firm’s cloud archiving products. […]

HP Unveils Architecture for ‘Net Zero’ Energy Data Center

HP Unveils Architecture for ‘Net Zero’ Energy Data Center

Hewlett Packard (NYSE: HPQ) unveiled cloud-related research from its HP Labs division detailing architecture for a data center that does not need any net energy from standard power grids. When the architecture for HP’s Net Zero Energy Data Center is coupled with effective energy management, according to the company, organizations can reduce power usage by […]

Bulletproof Integrates New Relic Performance Management

Bulletproof Integrates New Relic Performance Management

Cloud and data center performance management provider New Relic announced a partnership with Bulletproof Networks, whose customers will receive New Relic Standard for free with a free two-week upgrade to New Relic Professional. Bulletproof customers can now use New Relic’s “deep app performance visibility” to help them monitor and optimize their cloud applications. Founded in 2001, […]

DRFortress Lauches First Local Cloud Services for Hawaii

DRFortress Lauches First Local Cloud Services for Hawaii

DRFortress, a cloud services and co-location provider based in Hawaii, announced the launch of DRFcloud, “the first local, pay-as-you-use, cloud computing services based in the State and available throughout the Pacific Rim.” The announcement follows the company’s successful launch of a Nirvanix hybrid cloud in Hawaii; the new cloud services will be offered with IaaS […]

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