Cloud Platforms

  • March 16, 2011 16 Mar'11

    IDC forecasts cloud growth to equal on-premise in 2011

    The cloud will generate half of the anticipated growth in the European software market this year, according to research by IDC. The market watcher estimates that on-premise software will rise by just 2% or $1.7bn to $84.9bn but applications sold as ...

  • March 11, 2011 11 Mar'11

    Cloud growth will shake-up the UK software channel

    Resellers dragging their heels on moving to the cloud have been given another warning that the market is fundamentally changing and they face being left behind if they stick with traditional product delivery models.

  • March 01, 2011 01 Mar'11

    Magirus to slash public sector vBundle costs

    Data centre and network distributor Magirus is making plans to capitalise on the end of the public sector financial year on 5 April by offering 50% discounts on its preconfigured vBundle virtualised data centre packages.

  • March 01, 2011 01 Mar'11

    Rackspace streamlines cloud partner experience

    Hosting and cloud provider Rackspace has combined four disparate partner programmes into a single global model in a move it claims will streamline the overall partner experience and enable its dealer network to add additional services to their sales...

  • February 25, 2011 25 Feb'11

    In-depth: Distributors find a role in the cloud

    When the cloud hype kicked off in earnest a couple of years ago it sounded as if there were going to be few angles for distributors to get involved.

  • February 23, 2011 23 Feb'11

    Cloud forecast still hazy outside technology sector, says CA

    Cloud computing sales are gaining traction within the technology sector but still lagging in other verticals, according to a new study of channel partners by IT management solutions vendor CA Technologies.

  • February 22, 2011 22 Feb'11

    Demand for cloud experts outstrips supply ecosystem recruitment agency Resource in Demand has warned that cloud computing resellers are facing a battle to fill a glut of vacancies in the sector. Job openings for cloud experts among partners and ISVs are thought to have risen ...

  • February 11, 2011 11 Feb'11

    Ingram Micro reveals progress in the cloud

    Ingram Micro is "actively" assembling a cloud portfolio in EMEA to stake its claim early in the development of the market.

  • February 09, 2011 09 Feb'11

    SCC urges G-Cloud rethink

    SCC has urged the government to view cloud computing as a strategic initiative rather than a tool to cut procurement costs, saying the coalition was missing a trick.

  • February 04, 2011 04 Feb'11

    NetSuite grows revenues but losses remain

    Cloud player NetSuite was unable to cut its losses in the last quarter but saw revenues rise as more users started to turn towards hosted applications. Net loss for the fourth quarter, ended 31 December, was $6.4m not much improved on the $6.5m it ...

  • February 03, 2011 03 Feb'11

    Distributors define role in the cloud economy

    The traditional role of IT distributors will be just as relevant in the new cloud-computing era as it has been for the past three decades, according to established players in the market - though some admit challenges lie ahead.

  • January 27, 2011 27 Jan'11

    Citrix buoyed by cloud and desktop virtualisation demand

    The shift towards the cloud, consumerisation of IT and the customer demand for greater consolidation has benefited virtual infrastructure specialist Citrix.

  • January 24, 2011 24 Jan'11

    Education needed to get more resellers selling the cloud

    The gap between the cloud message from vendors and the ability of the channel to service the demand that is being stoked up is one causing some concern.

  • January 20, 2011 20 Jan'11

    Computacenter takes on giants of cloud

    Computacenter is making a defensive play against the likes of Atos Origin, Unisys and Fujitsu Services by launching into the cloud market with hosted mail, soon to be followed by collaboration and virtual desktop services.

  • January 18, 2011 18 Jan'11

    Aerohive acquires cloud networking outfit

    WLAN architecture specialist Aerohive has handed over an undisclosed sum for privately-held cloud-based networking firm Pareto Networks, which released the world's first cloud-based routing and VPN solution last year.

  • January 17, 2011 17 Jan'11

    Resellers lack coherent cloud plan

    The vast majority of resellers have stilled not yet developed a cloud offering for customers. According to a survey from security distributor Computerlinks around 64% of resellers are still not selling cloud services.

  • January 17, 2011 17 Jan'11

    Ingram Micro picks up Anomalous contract

    Ingram Micro has added another networking firm to its expanding comms portfolio in the shape of cloud networking software developer Anomalous Networks. The Canadian start-up, which has been going since 2009, offers a cloud-based network management ...

  • January 14, 2011 14 Jan'11

    Public sector voices challenges of moving to the Cloud

    Public sector organisations migration to cloud-based services is being held up by budget cuts, lingering doubts over data security and complex application environments.

  • January 14, 2011 14 Jan'11

    Cloud build out to drive server sales for years, says Intel

    Intel squeezed out a bumper set of fourth quarter financials last night and declared that the corporate refresh has plenty of legs left yet with the cloud and Windows 7 expected to drive PC and server sales.

  • January 05, 2011 05 Jan'11

    Cloud services set to be more widely adopted by SMEs

    Among all of the predictions about the growth of cloud computing this year are expectations that the technology will become more widely adopted by SMEs.

  • January 04, 2011 04 Jan'11

    Cloud tipped as main growth area

    Cloud is being tipped as one of the major growth areas this year as vendors try to place their bets of where the growth in the channel will be coming from.

  • December 15, 2010 15 Dec'10

    Cloud security concerns diminishing

    The biggest concern holding back wider adoption of cloud services is set to be significantly overcome next year as more security firms deliver hosted products.

  • December 07, 2010 07 Dec'10

    Cloud to deliver billions to UK economy

    Cloud computing is set to improve the economies of those in the European Union significantly as the technology is more widely adopted helping cut costs and improve efficiencies.

  • December 03, 2010 03 Dec'10

    Cloud code of conduct will help users choose right resellers

    The moves by the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) to introduce certification for hosted suppliers has been seen as a way of not just dispelling customer fears but of establishing a legitimate channel for web delivered applications and services.

  • December 02, 2010 02 Dec'10

    Resellers urged to develop cloud strategy as market grows

    The channel needs to be talking about the cloud now rather than waiting on the sidelines before putting together a coherent pitch for customers. Along with its forecasts of a £6bn UK cloud market by 2014 the analyst house Tech Market View has ...

  • December 01, 2010 01 Dec'10

    Firms starting to make private cloud development a priority

    The debate might rage about when public clouds will take off but on the private front deploying the technology is becoming a priority for users.

  • November 25, 2010 25 Nov'10

    Organisations underestimate the cost of cloud computing

    Moving IT to the public cloud could costs IT department's more than running services in-house, research from analyst firm Ovum has revealed, writes Bill Goodwin.

  • November 22, 2010 22 Nov'10

    Cloud Industry Forum develops code of practice

    The Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) has moved a step forward in helping establish a Code of Conduct for hosted providers to adhere to as part of moves to break down user resistance to the technology.

  • November 17, 2010 17 Nov'10

    Ingram Micro to launch cloud services in Europe next year

    Ingram Micro is planning to introduce cloud services operation recently set up in the US to Europe next year, acting as an aggregator and educator for resellers looking to get into hosted services.

  • November 16, 2010 16 Nov'10

    Hosted private clouds will emerge as channel play in 2011

    Hosted private clouds will outnumber internal systems next year as more customers look to avoid building their own systems and suffering failure.

  • November 15, 2010 15 Nov'10

    Research: Resellers show caution towards cloud hype

    The cloud is going to grow over the next few years but it's impact on resellers is not going to be as dramatic as some hosted enthusiasts might have thought. According to research from MicroScope in association with IBM resellers are divided over ...

  • November 10, 2010 10 Nov'10

    Citrix setting out to increase reseller cloud knowledge

    Citrix is stepping up its educational resources it makes available to resellers looking to develop sales in the virtual desktop and cloud arena.

  • November 05, 2010 05 Nov'10

    NetSuite cuts losses but fails to hit expectations in Q3

    Long time SAP-baiting rival NetSuite has been able to cut its losses in the third quarter but saw its billings for its One World service drop raising fears that the Software as a Service specialist is losing ground.

  • November 04, 2010 04 Nov'10

    Channel conflict set to intensify in the cloud, warns Forrester

    Resellers that are building hosted and managed services are heading for conflict with technology vendors amid predictions that fierce competition in the market could force up to 15% of channel firms out of business.

  • November 02, 2010 02 Nov'10

    Cloud code of conduct would help widen user adoption

    A lack of confidence in the cloud caused by the lack of standards is holding back a more widespread migration towards the hosted option.

  • October 26, 2010 26 Oct'10

    IBM brings partners down to earth with cloud computing lab

    IBM has opened its inaugural UK-based cloud computing development lab that lets partners test services based on Big Blue technologies.

  • October 21, 2010 21 Oct'10

    Microsoft Azure boss working on attracting more ISVs

    The head of Microsoft's Azure platform has welcomed the number of developers that have got behind the vendor's cloud efforts but indicated it has more work to do.

  • October 19, 2010 19 Oct'10

    Cloud the foundation for enterprise technology developments

    Cloud is set to become standard and enterprise customers will start looking to the channel to provide greater business intelligence and mobility technology in the next couple of years.

  • October 14, 2010 14 Oct'10

    Cloud and virtualisation in demand from customers

    Cloud and virtualisation have been the technologies in demand over the third quarter as customers look to embrace software in order to support growth.

  • October 11, 2010 11 Oct'10

    ComputerLinks adds secure backup to cloud options

    Computerlinks continues to build up its cloud portfolio for resellers adding secure backup as one of the options available through its Alvea cloud services portal.

  • October 07, 2010 07 Oct'10

    Microsoft urges partners to embrace the cloud

    Software resellers hoping that the shift to the cloud will happen at a pace slow enough to enable them to enjoy a few more years of the on-premise model have been given fresh warnings to adapt their businesses.

  • October 05, 2010 05 Oct'10

    Private clouds growing at a faster rate than expected

    Private clouds are being rolled out by enterprise customers at a faster rate than previously expected as users look to cut costs.

  • October 04, 2010 04 Oct'10

    Distributors prepare for cloud assault

    Distributors are getting in on the buzz surrounding cloud computing to ensure they are not left out in the cold next year when the market is forecast to take-off.

  • October 04, 2010 04 Oct'10

    Magirus latest Cisco distie to launch data centre training

    Following last week's launch of Comstor's LEAP facility, Magirus has rolled out a dedicated Cisco data centre training plan called DC Traction that will help both new and existing Cisco resellers get up to speed on its data centre proposition.

  • September 22, 2010 22 Sep'10

    Cloud now worth 10% of external IT services spend

    Gartner has warned that IT resellers which do not invest in delivering technology via a cloud mechanism will become increasingly marginalised as customer demand continues to soar.

  • September 20, 2010 20 Sep'10

    Oracle sets sights on cloud with Exalogic Elastic

    Oracle has set its sights on taking a major slice of the cloud market after unveiling an all-in-one middleware appliance to provide users with a straightforward route to hosted applications.

  • September 13, 2010 13 Sep'10

    Poor cloud performance costing firms thousands

    Performance problems are costing enterprise cloud users tens of thousands of pounds leading many to delay or stop moving more of their applications to a hosted environment.

  • September 06, 2010 06 Sep'10

    ComputerLinks provides cloud service for resellers

    Computerlinks has signed up with cloud provider OpSource to offer those resellers that do not have the infrastructure with a platform for delivering hosted services.

  • September 01, 2010 01 Sep'10

    Cloud Industry Forum code of practice aims to build user trust

    The C loud Industry Forum is on the brink of unveiling a code of practice to help increase confidence in hosted services. The Forum will use an industry event next week to promote the code which has emerged after months of consultation.

  • August 27, 2010 27 Aug'10

    Cloud a way round Windows 7 migration skills gap

    Desktop virtualisation and the cloud offer a potential route out of difficult operating system migrations and a way of avoiding the skills gap around Windows 7.

  • July 13, 2010 13 Jul'10

    Microsoft unveils cloud accreditations for resellers

    Microsoft has taken the wraps off channel cloud accreditations designed to encourage and promote those resellers that make a dedicated move into selling hosted applications.

  • July 13, 2010 13 Jul'10

    Microsoft's UK resellers ready for cloud

    Microsoft's British resellers are already well on course to benefit from the cloud revolution having made the move to embrace the hosted application model a couple of years ago.

  • July 12, 2010 12 Jul'10

    Ballmer sets out importance of cloud in WPC keynote

    Cloud computing has dominated the first day of Microsoft's worldwide partner conference (WPC) with the vendor making product announcements and underlining to resellers just how important the hosted application option is for customers.

  • July 12, 2010 12 Jul'10

    Gartner sets out charter of user's cloud rights

    Gartner has set out the six rights that cloud consumers have that will ensure they are provided with a good service. One of the factors holding back wider adoption of cloud computing has been the fear of inconsistent service delivery along with ...

  • July 12, 2010 12 Jul'10

    Microsoft and Fujitsu join forces on the cloud front

    In a move designed to provide Microsoft with a stronger platform to compete against cloud rivals such as Google it is teaming up with Fujitsu to use the vendors network of data centres. The arrangement between Microsoft and Fujitsu is one that ...

  • July 09, 2010 09 Jul'10

    Cloud coming but on-premise software clinging on

    The rush towards the cloud might well take longer to come than some in the industry have expected with on-premise software remaining the customer favourite for the time being.

  • July 05, 2010 05 Jul'10

    Enterprise cloud adoption on the rise across Europe

    The march towards cloud computing has started in earnest with the majority of enterprise customers in Europe expecting to have made the move to a distributed model in the next two years.

  • July 01, 2010 01 Jul'10

    Citrix agrees to stump up millions to settle with tax man

    Citrix could take a hit of up to $15m in its second quarter earnings after the software player came to an agreement with tax authorities in the US.

  • June 30, 2010 30 Jun'10

    Microsoft dishes out tough message for cloud sceptics

    Microsoft has warned resellers continuing to rely on traditional software delivery methods that they risk becoming marginalised as customers begin transitioning to the cloud.

  • June 22, 2010 22 Jun'10

    Cloud services taking off as users embrace SaaS

    The cloud services market is set to reach a global revenue of $68.3bn this year as customers continue to adopt Software as a Service (SaaS) application delivery models.

  • June 07, 2010 07 Jun'10

    Resellers key to helping cloud providers expand

    The channel is set to play a crucial role in helping public cloud providers reach their growth targets with the relationship between reseller and hosted specialist mirroring the traditional one of vendor and dealer.

  • June 04, 2010 04 Jun'10

    Mid-market the target for channel cloud sellers

    The mid-market is embracing cloud technology quicker than the enterprise or small business sector providing resellers with a clear market segment ready to sign up for hosted services.

  • May 25, 2010 25 May'10

    Steps needed to combat cloud ignorance

    The channel is being urged to take steps to deal with steadfast ignorance of cloud computing and services among business users after two different reports in the space of a week highlighted the fact that IT buyers are still largely unaware of the ...

  • May 11, 2010 11 May'10

    Cloud computing a positive for hard drive specialists

    Industry observers that thought cloud computing was going to be bad for the hard drive business might be surprised to hear those selling the products describing it as one of the best things that has ever happened to the industry.

  • April 22, 2010 22 Apr'10

    Cloud computing set to challenge software giants

    Cloud computing is set to change the rules in the software industry challenging existing suppliers and threatening the income of those resellers that are not offering users greater flexibility.

  • April 16, 2010 16 Apr'10

    Infrastructure collapses as cloud takes hold

    Natural disasters, accidents or terrorist attacks provide a perfect platform for marketing executives to push products or services in front of resellers and the volcanic eruption in Iceland that has created a large plume of ash is no different.

  • April 13, 2010 13 Apr'10

    Over half of general public unaware of cloud computing

    Cloud computing may well be taking the IT industry by storm but the majority of ordinary people in Europe have no idea what "in the cloud" means.

  • March 30, 2010 30 Mar'10

    Hosted clouds Rise for FastHosts

    Web-hosting specialist FastHosts has branched out into the cloud with the launch of a wholly-owned cloud infrastructure-as-a-service venture called Rise, pitched at SMBs through both IT and comms resellers.

  • March 05, 2010 05 Mar'10

    Analysis: Oracle sets out cloud ambitions

    Oracle is attempting to reposition its existing offerings in a cloud-friendly light, but is currently not repackaging them in a channel-friendly way to make them easier for partners to sell.

  • February 24, 2010 24 Feb'10

    European UC cloud market to hit €1.6bn by 2014

    Cloud based Unified Communication services are forecast to grow by nearly 80% annually across Europe for the next four years as businesses look to alternative delivery models that require a lower upfront cash investment.

  • February 09, 2010 09 Feb'10

    NetSuite takes potshot at SAP following CEO exit

    SAP's senior management must have been expecting it but the move by rivals to exploit the current uncertainty stemming from the surprise departure of the CEO Leo Apotheker has started.

  • February 04, 2010 04 Feb'10

    SME sector look to clouds as pay-as-you-go is embraced

    The SME sector has started to embrace cloud computing with the perception of renting IT one that is sinking into the mainstream.

  • January 26, 2010 26 Jan'10

    Cisco goes in with NetApp, VMware on datacentre architecture

    Cisco, NetApp and VMware have announced early details of theirvirtualised datacentre design architecture, set to be sold through a "mutual ecosystemof partners" that work with all three vendors. The new architecture is to be based ...

  • January 22, 2010 22 Jan'10

    Government IT strategy signed off – clouds and cuts ahead

    The government has signed off the final version of its IT strategy and isawaiting ministerial approval, as it gears up to cut IT costs across Whitehall. Government CIO John Suffolk said the final strategy document is "notfar away". The ...

  • January 14, 2010 14 Jan'10

    HP and Microsoft form $250m cloud alliance

    Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft have teamed up to develop the cloud infrastructure in a three-year relationship which is being supported by a $250m investment.

  • January 12, 2010 12 Jan'10

    Star launches white label MS services

    Hosted ICT services provider Star has launched a channel-pitched white label services programme designed to help Microsoft partners safeguard their investment in the vendor.

  • December 16, 2009 16 Dec'09

    HP aims for cloud cost predictability

    Hewlett-Packard has used its annual Software Universe event as a platform to talk up the cloud in response to what it predicts will be times of restrained spending next year.

  • December 11, 2009 11 Dec'09

    Government CIO warns channel about cloud complacency

    Systems integrators will have to face up to cloud computing and recalibrate their business models as the days of large scale roll outs paid up front are numbered the Government CIO has told MicroScope.

  • November 27, 2009 27 Nov'09

    Ingram Micro plans to extend cloud services beyond the US

    Ingram Micro has built up a range of managed and cloud services in North America over the last two years and they could be on their way to Europe.

  • September 28, 2009 28 Sep'09

    Computerlinks seals move into virtualisation hardware

    Computerlinks has inked a distribution deal with Virtual Machine in a move that marks its debut handling a vendor operating on the hardware side of the virtualisation market.