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When Microsoft announced their new cloud-based Office 365 service yesterday, the press release didn't say much about how it would actually be deployed.  But, from what their executives said at the announcement event, the take-away was that customers would get at the new on-line versions of Office, Exchange, SharePoint, and Lync through a Microsoft-run public cloud.  So I thought and thus reported, but that was only the less interesting half of the story. Fortunately I am read in Redmond, and this morning someone from Microsoft who works in the area of "hosting, telecommunications, and media partner channels" sent me a nice note pointing to the... ressst of the story, an article written by Marco Limena, the Microsoft VP of Communications Sector Business Channels.  The title of the article asks a question that I must admit crossed my mind after I filed my story, "Off... (more)

Public Cloud Computing: Enabling the Elastic Enterprise

Sometimes the results of a Google search can be most enlightening for what they don't show.  For instance, I was wondering about the differences between private and public cloud computing in terms the strategic business benefits of each, so I did a Google search that looked like this: As you can see, that search only returned 24 results, and ten of those were duplicates!   Not only is 14 a surprisingly tiny number, but about half of those were cases where the two phrases happened to occur on the same page with no semantic relationship between them, and the remainder all expressed... (more)

Amazon Cloud Gains Major Security Certification

On Amazon's Web Services Blog, their indefatigable cloud evangelist, Jeff Barr just announced that the company has received certification of compliance with the standard formally called ISO/IEC 27001:2005 - Information technology -- Security techniques -- Information security management systems - Requirements and known to most simply as "ISO 27001".  The standard specifies an explicit, auditable information security management system for risk assessment and threat response and AWS's compliance sends a strong signal to the market about its readiness to handle the really serious st... (more)

Hostway Launches Public Cloud with a Pricing Twist

Hostway, the venerable managed services, hosting and private cloud provider, has entered the public cloud business with the release of FlexCloud Servers, an "enterprise-grade" offering with an appealing pricing scheme that should make it stand out from growing Hosting 2.0 crowd. As raw public clouds go, FlexCloud seems pretty complete, robust and maybe easy to use, if not particularly unique.  Customers do their own administrations and provisioning through a web-based console.  With it they can create and manage multiple clouds and automate resource management for server instanc... (more)

Why Adobe AIR Is Not Google Gears, Prism, JavaFX or Silverlight

Adobe’s release last week of its AIR 1.0 (Adobe Integrated Runtime) cross-platform platform got plenty of ink. Much of it missed the point. And that’s understandable, given that we are tumbling into the next generation of everything all at once right now – SaaS and SOA, Web 2.0, Blu-ray, cellular streaming, and on and on – like a tornado crossing a junkyard. It’s one of those times when it’s hard to keep things straight. So Adobe’s AIR announcement roiled the swamp and raised the themes of rich Internet applications, offline Internet applications, and cross-platform runtimes in a... (more)