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  • Does business have its head in the cloud?

    When I first saw the headline on the MicroScope story, I was pretty impressed. "Cloud to become a business conversation in 2012," it stated. According to a global study by auditors KPMG, cloud computing would no longer just be a technology ... 

  • Is Junosphere the world's first cloud testing environment? Not really

    There's a funny list circulating on the web of the Ten Most Pointless Phrasesin technology PR. 'World's first' isn't on it. But it should be. Juniper Networks has launched Junosphere, which appears to be a cloud based testing system for service provi... 

  • Yes, partners should be committed, but how do you define their commitment?

    "Underperformance is no longer an option." Chilling words from Anthony O'Mara, Trend Micro EMEA senior vice president, in the context of what the vendor expects from its channel partners going forward. He hits the nail on the head when he d... 

  • Is Gmail a bad advert for cloud computing?

    I'm constantly amazed as the omnipotent power of marketing in IT. Mumbo jumbo really has conquered the world. If you repeat a lie often enough, people will inevitably start to believe it and pass it on. You wanna get a solar panel, they'll say. I kno... 

  • Can Microsoft explanation for Office 365 and Windows Live outage reassure cloud customers?

    The explanation as to why Microsoft suffered an outage of three and a half hours to its Office 365 and Windows Live services on 8 September might not be too reassuring for those people out there tempted to move to the cloud. According to a blog post ... 

  • Who else thinks resellers can thrive in the cloud era?

    I'm a bit confused by the Channel Transformation Alliance, the body which has been set up to promote and further the spread of cloud computing and managed services in the channel. It's not that I don't think it's a good idea. After all, who could... 

  • How Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff made me feel small - then big again

    At a Billy Graham-style rally in London last week, Marc Benioff told his converts to reject their government and follow him into the cloud. It was all very humbling. They can make you feel very small, these charismatic CEOs of billion dollar corporat... 

  • PCs in retreat as market prepares for tablet invasion

    Poor old PC. Things are not looking good. After all the furore surrounding HP's decision to retreat from the PC arena, we now read that Gartner has downgraded its PC market forecast for 2011, suggesting the PC is "not a particularly compelling p... 

  • Will you end up being the Norman Wisdom of the cloud?

    Panic can set in when a cloud service is over subscribed. In their desperation to keep the plates spinning, the staff and systems will bumble all over the place, like a team of Norman Pipkins, the comic creation of Norman Wisdom. Are you about to exp... 

  • If you don't get cloud right first time, you're mullered

    Craig Beddis, the regional software vice president at UC4 Software, says if you don't get your cloud supplier right first time, it'll be ruinously expensive to change. Investing in cloud services is not a new thing but what's on offer is getting bett...