Cloud Business News Roundup: January 03 – 09, 2011

cloud technologyThis week Cloud Business Review news roundup highlights a study conducted by 7th Sense Research on behalf of Microsoft, as reported on Internet.com. The study is on the adoption of cloud computing in small business computing environments. The results show some interesting facts.

Some stats: 29 percent of small businesses go cloud to be more strategic, 27 percent get into the cloud because it integrates well with their existing technology infrastructures, and 12 percent capitalize on cloud computing to start a new business.

Despite the encouraging trends, only 20 percent of small businesses know what cloud technology is. This is actually a great thing, because there are plenty of room to explore – a great opportunity for cloud vendors to educate the market and grab their market shares.

Some other notable updates from cloud computing and cloud business arena this week are as follow:

Amazon pushes its cloud computing support sign ups by lowering prices

Amazon Web Services (AWS) uses the pricing game to persuade customers to sign up for Amazon’s technical support. It lowers the price tag for 2 of its existing plans, while introducing a new AWS support level aimed for developers market, Bronze level, priced at $49 a month, with unlimited customer support requests.

Salesforce acquires Dimdim, a web conferencing company, for USD 31 million

One of the pioneers and strong players in customer relationship management (CRM,) Salesforce, expands its cloud computing line of services by acquiring Dimdim, Inc. for USD 31 million in cash. Dimdim, founded in 2007, is a US and India-based company offering web conferencing services.

Google cloud gains favor in its battle with Microsoft BPOS to win USD 60-million-deal with US Department of Interior

Google should thank a federal judge for keeping the US Department of Interior from accepting Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) bid to take care of the Department’s 88,000 staffs e-mail and collaboration needs. This finally happens 2 months after Google sued the agency for unfair request for proposal. The Department of Interior 5-year deal worth USD 60 million – something worth pursuing for.

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