Cloud Platforms

  • 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.

  • 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.