Microsoft public cloud emerges via UK provider

Managed services provider Fasthost's Infrastructure as a Service cloud computing offering could be the first public or semi-public cloud built on Microsoft technology.

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Microsoft cloud spotted in the field
UK managed services provider Fasthost is pushing cloud services into the U.S. via a new partnership with IT services firm Titanium Ant, which, if nothing else, is a great name for an IT firm. Fasthost's channel division Rise is providing its Data Center on Demand offering to Titanium Ant as an "IaaS-in-a-box."

What makes Rise and Titanium Ant interesting is that Rise appears to be based on Microsoft Hyper-V and Dynamic Datacenter. That's right, an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud based on Microsoft. This may be the first public or semi-public Microsoft cloud to be spotted in the wild; its success or failure will be fascinating to watch.

Another cloud platform debuts
Silicon Valley startup Cloupia has officially launched its cloud platform software. We're not entirely sure what happened to v1.0, or v2.0, but the Cloupia Unified Infrastructure Controller (CUIC) V2.2 is officially open for business. The CUIC performs to the standard expectations of a cloud platform these days: it sits on top of your hypervisor and makes it easy-peasy for users to get their hands on virtual machines.

The company claims it has angel money and is based out of Santa Clara. It joins a very, very crowded ecosystem where it will swim with cloud platforms with pedigrees (Cloud.com, Nimbula), cloud platforms with actual customers (Enomaly, Eucalyptus) and giants like VMware, launching vCloud Director next week, CA, buying every cloud company in sight, BMC, and so on.

HP unveils a cloud scorecard
Continuing on its theme of helping enterprises plan for cloud (or not for cloud), Hewlett-Packard has released a new tool for businesses to judge their cloud infrastructure value.

The Cloud Readiness Scorecard is a pop quiz for IT managers to see which of HP's cloud services they should open their wallet for, from cloud basics workshops to consulting services. Choosing different answers provides occasionally amusing results; if you select a security rating of "Excellent," HP offers a hearty "Congratulations on your organization's excellent cloud security capabilities. You are ready for a secure cloud deployment." Well, that was easy.

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