IBM wants you to have some cloud
Big Blue is giving away cloud computing resources. The Global Entrepreneur Initiative offers access to "IBM's software portfolio through a cloud computing environment," the use of IBM researchers and program management help, and a sign-on for IBM's DeveloperWorks forums, the company announced.
That's great news for struggling startups wishing they could get cracking on IBM-centric software. It's not exactly open to the masses; potential free-IBM-cloud-getters are picked "through IBM SmartCamps and forums at IBM Innovation Centers throughout 2010" and have to be private, less than three years in business and working on IBM's Smarter Planet projects, which tend to run towards meta-cloudy, large-scale, distributed data mining and management stuff.
AT&T drops $1 billion on infrastructure in 2010
AT&T is promising improvements to its Synaptic Storage cloud service, adding "cloud enablers" (which are presumably better APIs than cribbing EMC Atmos's), expansions to its East Coast Synaptic locations and a new data center in London. It will also be adding "turn-key" cloud hosting for the value-added-ambitious.
That's all part of an astonishingly stingy $1 billion business infrastructure upgrade in 2010 that will see AT&T pushing ahead with modest improvements to connectivity where there's easy money to be made (big cities) and a promise to "increase support for the more than 750 wireless devices already connected to the AT&T network." More bandwidth and wider coverage might be a tad higher on the wish list for AT&T mobile users.
VCs bullish on cloud
A Sand Hill Group survey is reportedly encouraging for venture capital investors looking at cloud computing. The survey says, essentially, that enterprise spending on cloud right now is "0 to 3%" of IT spending (despite the concerted efforts of untold legions of "thought leaders") but over the next three years, 80% of those surveyed will be allocating more than 7% of their budget to cloud.