Cloud computing cheat sheet

All our resources on the cloud computing delivery model are gathered right here, including news, blogs, tips and podcasts on cloud computing.

Cloud computing is evolving into the delivery mechanism of choice for many IT customers. Putting applications and data beyond the corporate firewall poses risks and rewards for customers. Solution providers must figure out where they play in a world where vendors, distributors and other partners are vying for the trust -- and applications -- of IT customers. Our cloud computing cheat sheetis a one-stop-shop for news, analysis, tips and other resources on the cloud computing phenomenon.

News

  • Tech Watch: Cloud computing services
    Cloud computing services are projected to account for one-third of IT spending by 2013. Find out what functions value-added resellers should target and how to keep up with this evolutionary change.

  • Alliances on demand: Partners explore relationships in cloud computing
    Partners of all stripes are evaluating the emerging world of cloud computing, and some solution providers are building their businesses around that delivery model.

  • Partners play advisory role in cloud computing model
    The role of the solution providers includes weighing the advantages and disadvantages of the cloud computing model for your customers.

  • Cisco exec Marie Hattar talks network virtualization, cloud computing
    Marie Hattar, Cisco's vice president of network systems and security solutions, sat down with SearchITChannel.com after Interop New York to discuss Cisco's plans around virtualizing the network and the shift toward the cloud.

  • SQL Server Data Services: Good news, bad news for partners
    Microsoft's plan to roll out cloud-based SQL Server Data Services has some of its partners intrigued -- others worried.

  • NetSuite-HP deal brings partners closer to the cloud
    Hewlett-Packard and NetSuite formed a deal that could drive traditional VARs into cloud-based computing, and drive NetSuite into the small and medium-sized business (SMB) market.

  • IBM wants more ISVs on its cloud infrastructure
    IBM is luring more independent software vendors to develop and deploy their software on its cloud infrastructure with free beta services.

  • Ballmer pledges Windows skills will carry over to Microsoft cloud
    Microsoft partners will be able to parlay their Windows and .NET skills in the company's future cloud infrastructure, CEO Steve Ballmer said.

    Blogs

  • The impending cloud
    For many solution providers, cloud-based computing is a worrisome prospect -- functions served up direct to users from a vendor-owned and -operated cloud poses a huge disintermediation threat to partners.

  • VMware jumps onto cloud bandwagon
    Bad news for people who hate buzzwords: Another big-name IT vendor is delving into cloud computing.

  • Will telcom operators shake up competition in cloud computing?
    AT&T's move into cloud computing is a sign that Software as a Service players will see intense competition from a powerful source -- telecom network operators.

  • Amazon tiers S3 prices, provides volume discounts
    Amazon Web Services is "tiering" the pricing on its hosted storage system and gearing up its cloud computing efforts.

  • Windows, SQL Server moving to Amazon cloud
    The company told reporters in an email that Windows and Microsoft SQL Server will soon be running on Amazon's Elastic Computing Cloud (EC2).

  • Up, up and away: Oracle heads for the clouds
    At Oracle OpenWorld, president Charles Phillips and executive VP Chuck Rozwat said the company is making its database and full Fusion middleware toolset available to run on Amazon.com's cloud infrastructure.

    Multimedia

  • Partner News Podcast: Sun Microsystems profits
    Download this podcast to learn how Sun's finances are affecting its partners and about AT&T's new push into the cloud computing space.

  • Partner News Podcast: Windows 7 and Azure debut at Microsoft PDC 2008
    Microsoft developer Robert Anderson, chief technology officer of Digipede Technologies, raves about Microsoft's new cloud development platform, Azure, but says Windows 7 still needs a lot of work.

    Tips

  • Key aspects of cloud computing services
    Find out what you need to know before you add cloud-based services to your offerings, according to Gartner analyst John Pescatore.

  • Cloud storage service options
    VARs wondering how to respond to client inquiries around cloud-based storage have four options: ignore it, become an agent, set up cloud services for customers or offer their own cloud storage services.

  • Staying profitable in the face of cloud computing, SaaS
    VARs should start strategizing now to remain viable when cloud computing and Software as a Service take hold in earnest.
  • This was first published in April 2009

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