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European enterprises to benefit from NTT cloud offering
The European arm of telecommunications giant NTT is selling its VMware-based OpSource Cloud to companies in Europe. OpSource is a public cloud product that offers managed hosting.
This latest news from the public cloud front means more options for companies in the European market looking to deploy computing power on-demand. NTT Europe's product "is built to run enterprise-class Software as a Service (SaaS) and Web applications, and is ideal for customers who are developing applications," according to the company's press release. It complements NTT's private cloud, known as Global Virtualization Services.
Siemens to offer QM in the cloud
Siemens PLM Software, in partnership with Microsoft, has announced its new product lifecycle management (PLM) cloud computing-based quality management solution. To demonstrate that a quality control application can be used as-needed in the cloud, the joint effort will use Windows Azure to run Siemens' Dimensional Planning and Validation (DPV) software.
Microsoft recently demonstrated the application to 1,400 attendees from the global manufacturing industry at the Siemens PLM Connection User Conference in Dallas.
Microsoft steers partners toward cloud services
As Microsoft places more and more emphasis on cloud computing, eyes turn to the economic side of the cloud. Google gives a good deal of its cloud services away for free; how is Microsoft going to compete with that? Rebates, referral fees and margin increases, of course.
Microsoft upped its partner margins on Dynamics CRM Online sales from 18% to 40%, and partners that close Business Productivity Online Suite deals will be given a 20% rebate, as well. The company appears to have shifted its focus from "software plus services" to "services plus software," and these changes should help reassure Microsoft's partners to the fact that, yes, there is a business model in the cloud.