What Can You Do About Cloud Sprawl?

The proliferation of cloud services has helped many IT pros spin up capacity on demand. But one consequence of the growth of these services is cloud sprawl.

That was the conclusion of a study released earlier this month by global integrator Avanade. Based on a survey of 573 C-level execs, 60 percent were worried about cloud sprawl. Twenty percent said it's impossible to manage all of the cloud services today and 25 percent said they have no central system to track and identify the cloud services that are in their organizations. More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on June 30, 2011 at 11:58 AM0 comments


Cloud May Bring Improvements, But Now What?

A vast majority of cloud specialists within organizations using or considering cloud services see their initiatives significantly impacting one or more business processes, yet they aren't prepared to deal with those changes.

According to a recent survey conducted by The Open Group, 82 percent said their cloud initiatives will bring about such improvements to their business process, but of those, 72 percent have no idea how to adapt to those improvements. More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on June 30, 2011 at 11:58 AM0 comments


Cloud Sherpas Targets Midwest with Beloit Acquisition

It looks like Google Apps reseller Cloud Sherpas is on an expansion binge. The company today announced its second acquisition this month, this time picking up Overland Park, Kan.-based Beloit Solutions Group for an undisclosed amount.

Atlanta-based Cloud Sherpas broadened its footprint earlier this month when it acquired Omnetic, based in San Francisco, giving the company a coveted West Coast presence. By acquiring Omnetic, Cloud Sherpas said it now has the largest concentration of Google Apps Certified Deployment Specialists outside of Google. More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on June 27, 2011 at 11:58 AM0 comments


Verizon To Emphasize Terremark Cloud Services

Two months after closing its $1.4 billion acquisition of Terremark, Verizon Communications is talking up its plan to offer cloud services through the combined entity.

Perhaps most noteworthy is that Verizon has moved 40 of its datacenters over to the Terremark business unit. The new entity, called Terremark, a Verizon Company, now has roughly 50 datacenters throughout North America, Latin America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on June 23, 2011 at 11:58 AM0 comments


Dropbox Leaves Doors Unlocked

Dropbox warned customers of its cloud-based storage service that some accounts were exposed for several hours on Sunday. The accounts were accessible to anyone without the correct password.

The company said fewer than 1 percent of all accounts were exposed during a four-hour period. The exposure was the result of a code update to the software authentication mechanism of the service, in which a bug was introduced. More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on June 22, 2011 at 11:58 AM5 comments


Public Cloud Spending Forecast To Hit $72.9 Billion by 2015

Public cloud spending will reach $72.9 billion by 2015, up from last year's $21.5 billion, according to a report released by market researcher IDC this week.

That accounts for a compounded annual growth rate of 27.6 percent over the next four years, according to the new forecast. More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on June 22, 2011 at 11:58 AM0 comments


Federal CIO Vivek Kundra To Depart

The man who helped move the federal government to the cloud is moving on.

Vivek Kundra, the nation's first federal CIO, is taking a fellowship at Harvard University, where he will serve as a joint fellow at the Kennedy School and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, the White House announced today. More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on June 16, 2011 at 11:58 AM1 comments


Intermedia Acquires Zlago

Microsoft Exchange hosting provider Intermedia on Tuesday said it has acquired Zlago, a provider of similar services as well as virtual servers and hosted desktops, for an undisclosed sum.

The move comes just weeks after New York-based Intermedia itself was acquired by private equity firm Oak Hill Partners. Zlago is based in Washington, D.C. but has a nationwide presence through a network of channel partners. More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on June 15, 2011 at 11:58 AM0 comments


HP Bursts into Hybrid Clouds

Hewlett-Packard Co. is looking to let customers create hybrid cloud services that extend internal private clouds to public cloud services.

The company today announced what it describes as a "dual bursting" capability that will allow customers to add capacity from outside cloud providers when they have a spike in demand for capacity. More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on June 07, 2011 at 11:58 AM0 comments


Cloud Sherpas Acquires Omnetic

Google Apps reseller Cloud Sherpas today said it has acquired Google solution provider Omnetic for an undisclosed sum.

By acquiring Omnetic, Cloud Sherpas says it will have the largest concentration of Google Apps Certified Deployment Specialists outside of Google. Cloud Sherpas says it has migrated 800,000 users to Google Apps, while Omnetic has moved 100,000. More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on June 02, 2011 at 11:58 AM0 comments


RightScale Launches MultiCloud Marketplace

RightScale this week kicked off its MultiCloud Marketplace, aimed at providing a repository for buying and selling cloud management solutions.

The goal is to provide predefined cloud deployments, while offering the ability to customize them, the Santa Barbara, Calif.-based company said. Some of the solutions will be free, others available to RightScale subscribers and yet others for sale by partners. Enterprises can also create their own walled-off version of the marketplace to share their own pre-defined cloud deployments. More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on June 01, 2011 at 11:58 AM0 comments


Is Office 365 Coming in June?

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said Office 365 will launch in June but company officials are not confirming that timing.

Office 365 is the successor to Microsoft's Business Productivity Online Services offering. It provides hosted Exchange, SharePoint and Lync along with integration to Office. More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on May 31, 2011 at 11:58 AM2 comments


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