Cloud computing market starts off 2010 with a bang

This week: Acquisitions and partnerships among IT giants dominate the news.

Cloud computing roundup, January 11-15

Technology giants unite in a three-year pact
Microsoft and HP, two of the most recognizable names in the technology industry, have decided that $250 million is the amount needed to "advance cloud computing." The two companies announced a joint, three-year venture to collaborate on a private cloud offering. Some industry experts, however, noted with raised eyebrows the proximity of this announcement and EMC's recent wheeling and dealing.

vCloud to be enhanced by Zimbra acquisition
VMware's acquisition of messaging vendor Zimbra, along with the relatively recent purchases of CloudFoundry and SpringSource, seemed to confirm the theory that left many IT pros flabbergasted last week: VMware is building up its vCloud service to take on Google and Microsoft.

Microsoft tweaks Azure for the better
In response to issues with the operating systems working under Windows Azure, Microsoft has added a new feature, OS versioning, to control which patches and updates will apply to their Azure Windows instances.

Heroku learns from Amazon outage
When Platform as a Service startup Heroku kicked off 2010 with its own personal Amazon outage, the company learned a valuable lesson on how to contingency plan for the cloud.

Rackspace over Amazon
Valuing better performance over the scale and affordability provided by Amazon Web Services (AWS), video encoding startup Encoding.com moved its primary operations from AWS to Rackspace.

CA acquires Oblicore
In an attempt to improve cloud vendor management the assurance of cloud service quality, CA has acquired longtime partner and service-level management software provider Oblicore.

Advanced Telemetry moves to the cloud
While an early move to Microsoft Azure has created migration challenges for Advanced Telemetry, an energy consumption monitoring and management provider, the company is already seeing the financial benefits of cloud computing.

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