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Microsoft guns for Google Apps, signs up Kentucky

Microsoft challenges Google Apps by giving the entire state of Kentucky free hosted email via its Live@edu service.

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Microsoft gives free email to Kentucky
Break out the dueling banjos, as Microsoft heads to Kentucky to compete with Google Apps in giving away email. It's landed the entire state as a customer for its Live@edu email hosting services, and it's all free. Google Apps also trumpets a free version just for educational organizations, although to get more than email, even the ivory tower types have to pay eventually. Live@edu is free mailboxes and hosted Exchange services used with Outlook Live.

The deal is said to eventually include 700,000 users, who will switch from on-premise email systems to hosted email from Microsoft. A blog post at Microsoft by Kentucky IT manager Chuck Austin laid out the details.

"We support more than 700,000 students, faculty and staff, and the move to Live@edu helps us avoid some $6.3 million in costs over four years," he said in the post. He also noted that it was a big jump for rural areas that didn't have much IT to begin with. The move is a big step for Redmond, as it demonstrates the ability not to deliver Hotmail to cloud-hungry users and instead substitute an online mail service that actually works.

HP, Intel and Enomaly "partner" on cloud
Cloud platform maker Enomaly has announced a partnership with HP and Intel to provide bespoke cloud infrastructures -- ProLiant servers running Intel Xeon CPUs, StorageWorks NAS and HP Networking (nee 3COM) switches all delivering Enomaly's virtual automation software. Details are sketchy and partnership might be a strong word for what is probably a sales channel hardware bundle for Enomaly customers.

HP doesn't appear to have any reference to it on its site, but Intel has a collection of Enomaly white papers and other material. Intel was a sponsor of Enomaly when the company was launched, and recently announced that Enomaly can implement Intel's Trusted Computing Platform technology.

The HP/Intel/Enomaly trio also lacks a cool-sounding product name that reminds people of a car engine either, but there's always time. 'eBlock', anyone?

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