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Google cuts cloud storage costs; Amazon expands its horizons

Steve Cimino, Assistant Editor
Cloud computing roundup, November 9-13

Google cuts price on Gmail storage
Storage on Google's cloud services, including photo-sharing application Picasa and Gmail, has dropped to $5 per year for 20 gigabytes.

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The cut follows Microsoft lowering prices on its Business Productivity Online Suite and the launch of competitors like IBM's Lotus iNotes and Cisco's WebEx Mail.

AWS extends across the ocean
Amazon Web Services will offer its cloud computing services to Asian businesses starting next year. Pricing has not been announced, but data center locations will be opened in Singapore in early 2010.

SaaS revenue to rise 18% in 2009
Software as a Service, the largest cloud-related service on the market, is projected to rise from earning $6.4 billion in 2008 revenue to $7.5 billion in 2009.

Indian and Japanese companies team on cloud project
India-based global IT provider NIIT Technologies and Japan-based IT infrastructure provider Hitachi have announced plans to collaborate on cloud computing services. The duo plans to turn the NIIT data center in Bangkok into their first hub.

BPM moves to the cloud
In an attempt to expand its business process management (BPM) software, Fujitsu America Software's newest Interstage release is a cloud version designed for quick return on investment (ROI) testing for small projects.

Collaboration software for developers…in the cloud?
Mortgage software maker Ellie Mae, Inc, in San Francisco can now communicate with its Beijing development team in a real-time virtual data center, thanks to new technologies from test and development cloud provider Skytap.

$32 million in government money spent on cloud research project
Magellan, the expensive cloud computing project currently funded by the United States government, involves the linking of computing centers in California and Illinois to test cloud services In high-performance computing (HPC) environments.

Upset about Rackspace outages? Not new flagship customer Posterous
Blogging service provider Posterous, trotted out as a model customer by Rackspace after they moved from AWS, is treating the recent Rackspace outage as small potatoes and even committing to the company's Cloud Files service for its storage needs. No word on what Posterous is getting in return for the kind words.

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