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Microsoft’s Chief Operating Office Kevin Turner said today that the world’s largest software company will provide financial support to four cloud-computing startups in India. The support will be in the form of grants and will amount to about $100,000 in total, Turner said in Mumbai today.

Microsoft and Adobe Systems Inc. are among companies [...]

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Cloud computing is significantly influencing the IT landscape: from government, industry bodies to public and private organizations – more and more organizations and evaluating and implementing cloud strategies.

However CIOs are facing a broader set of questions that need to be answered which will impact how IT is being delivered [...]

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MeriTalk, the government information technology (IT) network, today announced the results of the “Federal Cloud Weather Report” report. The report provides a status on Federal cloud computing migration, explores agencies’ cloud challenges, and delivers insight on the road ahead. Underwritten by VMware, the leader in virtualization and cloud [...]

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Microsoft is increasingly investing its R&D efforts in Cloud Computing. Microsoft International President Jean-Philippe Courtois said the company will spend 90 percent of its $9.6 billion research and development budget on cloud strategy this year. Microsoft’s global growth is “balanced and healthy” with faster growth in emerging markets, Courtois said in [...]

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Salesforce announced it is acquiring social media monitoring platform Radian6 for $276 million in cash and $50 million in stock. The transaction is set to be completed by July 31, 2011, subject to certain terms and conditions. This acquisition represents a huge opportunity for Salesforce as it is expected to gain a leadership position [...]

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Cisco announced on Tuesday that it plans to acquire newScale, in a deal that would ramp up its cloud computing services.
NewScale, provides self-service, service catalog, and lifecycle management software for enterprise IT and private/hybrid cloud computing.  The company, founded in 1999,  is privately held and based in San Mateo, CA,  [...]

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According to Bloomberg, Hewlett-Packard needs to spend as much as double the historical valuation for software takeovers to catch up in cloud computing.

Although Apotheker said this month he will follow a “disciplined” approach to acquisitions for Hewlett-Packard, he may be forced to pay up to offset cuts [...]

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Savvis announced today that its Government Wide Service (GWS) platform is now available to all government departments and third-party suppliers in the United Kingdom. GWS was developed to help the government achieve its ambition of creating a G-Cloud – a hosted environment for public sector IT operations and services.

Government agencies looking to reduce costs use Savvis’ [...]

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Deloitte issued today it’s annual Technology Trends report which identifies the 10 disruptive and emerging technologies that are expected to play a crucial role in how businesses will operate globally over the next 18 months. For 2011 Deloitte identified 10 important trends, grouped in two categories:

1.      (Re)Emerging Enablers: represents 5 trends that CIOs are [...]

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Facebook has agreed to acquire London based Israeli  startup, Snaptu, that makes apps for feature phones, for an estimated $70 million. Snaptu offers a service that makes social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn easily available on regular,  non-smartphones, that make up more than 80 per cent of handsets sold globally. According to market [...]

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AlwaysOn partnered with Morgan Stanley, KPMG, Hewlett-Packard, Blackstone Group, Bridge Bank, Fenwick & West, Silicon Valley Bank, along with industry experts, to identify the top 100 private on-demand and SaaS companies – plus 16 to watch – that are pioneers in cloud computing and [...]

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Verizon and SAP America, a subsidiary of SAP AG, annouced on March 16, that they will deliver SAP CRM (Customer Relationship Management) through Verizon’s computing as a service cloud.
The new SAP CRM targets enterprises and offers rapid deployment with a ready to use software, predefined services and price, and preconfigured content.  Users will now be able [...]

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Microsoft launched the Release to Market version of Internet Explorer 9  today at the South by SouthWest (SXSW) event in Austin, Texas. Microsoft launched the beta version of IE9 last year and received generally positive reviews and 40 million downloads.

“A fully hardware-accelerated browser, taking advantage of Windows and the latest in PC hardware innovations…means [...]

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Hewlett-Packard is trying to compete directly with Amazon.com Inc. and Salesforce.com Inc. by leveraging its large manufacturing base and experience with servers and computers to build a new “cloud” service.
HP has been largely absent from the newest Internet trend “cloud computing,” but its servers are sold to [...]

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More than a year ago Netflix was having problems keeping up with the growth in demand for its services and turned to the cloud for help. The company decided to move most of its production systems into Amazon EC2 after having struggled to keep up by building its [...]

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We met up with Will Conway from Rackspace at this year’s Cloud Connect in Santa Clara. Will has helped many Fortune 500 companies construct and implement their cloud strategies and helps Rackspace partners become educated, not only where Cloud technology is going, but how it can be successfully implemented in their own corporate portfolio. In [...]

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In 2012, more than 1.7 million jobs in the field of cloud computing remained unoccupied, according to analysts firm IDC. READ MORE
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Cloud marketing has the ability to drastically change the ways in which they reach and engage their audience, particularly with regard to distributing and storing mission-critical data. READ MORE
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PwC: Cloud, SaaS and Mobile Are Changing Software Industry
The software industry is undergoing major changes by trends such as cloud, SaaS, mobile technology and the “consumerization of IT”. READ MORE
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