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cloud computing for niche businessThis week’s cloud business news roundup highlights the rise of niche cloud services. Some cloud vendors are now making their marks by laser-targeting certain niches in the market; a smart move, considering the big guys are taking on the general consumer/small business/enterprise cloud markets.

As reported by CloudTweaks, according to a cloud services study on US-based small and medium business conducted by AMI-Partners, US SMBs are having strong interest in cloud business applications, as the cloud computing solutions enable them to access enterprise-class solutions on a budget.

By going niche, both cloud service providers and clients can expect mutually beneficial relationship. Businesses adopting cloud computing are prioritizing on niche-related cloud services with an assumption that such niche cloud services understand their niches very well, as well as the convenience in acquiring niche-tailored cloud services.

Let’s take this week’s update on niche cloud businesses:

Optimum LIghtpath announces cloud-based phone service

Optimum Lightpath has announced the availability of a cloud phone service – Optimum Lightpath Hosted Voice – to cater the needs of mid-market and large businesses in a more affordable, flat-rate pricing model – so, no huge upfront costs for clients.

Autodesk launches Autodesk Cloud – a cloud computing solutions for designers

Designers can now access design capabilities in the cloud – thanks to Autodesk Cloud. With Autodesk Cloud, designers can now access dozens of cloud-based tools, that include cloud-based rendering and design optimization, visualization and collaboration.

A premier real estate firm chooses cloud fax services from Retarus

Slifer Smith & Frampton, a leading real estate firm from Vail Valley, has partnered with Retarus for its Faxolution for Desktops, cloud fax services to fulfill their fax messaging needs. Faxolution for Desktops offers innovative, fully redundant cloud fax environment with total transparency in the messaging process.

CareClouds, cloud solutions for doctors, raises $20 million

CareCloud, a provider of cloud-based practice management tools for healthcare providers based in Miami, just raised more than $20 million from investors. The fund will help CareCloud to further develop cloud apps for doctors that already include a community collaboration and communication platform to securely share patient information, a medical practice management system for billing and scheduling as well as a revenue cycle management app.

Niche cloud services are growing well and we predict the trend will continue – there will be more niche-related and business operation-related cloud solutions to cater businesses’ specific need for cloud services. What’s your take?

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cloud tipping point

As predicted by many, cloud computing will continue to grow substantially. There is no sign of slowing down, despite some try to deny the facts.

This week cloud business news roundup features the cloud’s tipping point, as written by Ray DePena in Sys-Con.com. DePena explains that although some IT business owners tend to dismiss the fact that cloud computing is “taking over” the IT world, sooner or later they will need to join the cloud bandwagon – or left in the dust – literally.

How so? At certain point (DePena called it the cloud’s tipping point, a term coined by Malcolm Gladwell referring to a particular event that will trigger many other events) everybody will leave legacy IT systems and go cloud – rapidly. The reasons for business customers are apparent: Cloud computing gives them the capability to be more productive at huge savings on their IT budget, not mentioning an improvement in their ability to take on new challenges and innovations.

Business IT vendors that don’t have business plans involving the cloud will be left with their old IT systems with nobody want to buy them anymore. The end is predictable: Your business, R.I.P.

There will be no more installed software, as customers and developers are focusing to do everything in the cloud. DePena suggest that within 5-8 years, quite possibly 25-40 percent small software vendors won’t ship shrink wrapped software products anymore. So, are you ready to go cloud?

Why cloud-based IT vendors will reap what they sow – a case study and some stats…

No wonder big companies are investing heavily in the cloud; the market is there, and the demand is huge. Smaller companies are also enjoying the benefit of it.

A cover story on CRN, titled Rise Of The Cloud Provider shares what David Rice, the co-founder of TrueCloud, a cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) provider for small and medium businesses, think about the prospects of cloud computing for business.

Rice says, “There is no shortage of customers.” In today’s uncertain economy, Rice’s TrueCloud is seeing triple-digit growth – a growth rate that Rice predicts will continue at least through 2015 as more customers are becoming more knowledgeable about what the cloud can offer them. Let the numbers do the talking: TrueCloud’s revenue is up by 150 percent year over year and clients interested in cloud solutions are up by 400 percent. Lucrative, indeed.

Here is a survey that back Rice testimonial on cloud computing trends for business: According to InspiresMe.co.uk, OnApp’s survey on global cloud providers reveals that 49 percent cloud providers expect that small businesses will take cloud services in the next 12 months. 27 percent of cloud providers also expect that their primary customers are from the enterprise sector, while 18 percent of them view individual customers as their main target market to make it big.

So, what about the prospects themselves? Here’s how much small business owners want to learn about business cloud solutions; as reported by MSPMentor, SkillSoft has released the 100 most popular e-books for business and IT professionals during Q2 2011. The result: 4 out of 10 most popular IT analyst reports and 14 out of 100 overall e-book titles were cloud-related.

So, will you put cloud computing in your business plan for growth?

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cloud backupThis week’s cloud business news roundup features updates on everything involving your data storage in the cloud: Cloud hosting, cloud backup and cloud storage.

The cloud offers unparalleled solutions for storing your data in the cloud for backup and security purposes. There is a simple logic following that trend: The cloud services store your data in the cloud securely, in such a way that you can always access them whenever you need them, for various needs: backups, storing important data, sharing data, and more.

The question is, do you actually have cloud backup plans for your business? If you don’t, then you need to strongly consider cloud backup solutions.

Fortunately, you have plenty of options to choose from. This week alone, there are literally hundreds of updates on everything cloud storage, as well as cloud backup and cloud hosting solutions. We have picked several worth-noted news pieces to help you decide:

Bitcasa offers infinite cloud storage for just $10/month

Implementing data deduplication technology – hence the low price tag – Bitcasa is not your typical cloud backup or file sharing solutions.

Bitcasa synchronized the data in your computer device to the cloud, scan and analyze your data, and store only one version on the cloud. So, if there are 10 same business white papers coming from different users, Bitcasa only store 1 version in the cloud to be accessed by the 10 users.

Zetta cloud storage service provider raises $9 million in business funding

Cloud storage is promising, and investors know it. Targeting enterprise storage in the cloud, Zetta takes your data to the cloud and protect it well.

FireHost cloud hosting provider raises $10 million in business funding

Not only Zetta, FireHost also enjoys fresh capital to grow the business well. As well as cloud backup, cloud hosting is rising in popularity because it offers flexibility and scalability, allowing clients to pay only what they use, nothing more.

FireHost will use the additional capital to grow the company and enter the European market, starting from the UK.

NTT America partnered with Asigra, Coldstor Data and VMware to offer cloud backup solutions

NTT America, a telecommunications vendor, formed a partnership with three cloud companies – Asigra (cloud backup and data security,) Colstor Data (data archiving) and VMware (virtualization) – to offer these cloud computing solutions for small business and enterprise customers alike: data protection recovery and business continuity services.

Symform focuses on low-cost cloud storage market

Symform boasts its storage cloud system to be 10 times cheaper than the conventional cloud adoption. Not only cheap, the cloud storage solutions Symform also features cloud security and simple setup process.

Here’s how it works: Symform uses peer-to-peer networking system, incorporating unused PCs’ hard disk spaces within the network as storage spaces in the cloud, to form a fully-functional service.

So, there you go – plenty of choices for you; if you want recommendations, just read our Cloud Business Review on regular basis…

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cloud computing for businessThe main topic of this week cloud business news is cloud computing as a game changing agent. We kick off with highlighting big cloud computing solutions providers. Big players in cloud computing know where the money is in: Small businesses. Just ask IBM and Dell, aggressively pitching offers toward small and medium business (SMB) decision makers to partner with them in going cloud.

Dell and IBM focus on small businesses

Dell, now focusing on business services, announced its brand new Dell Cloud Business Applications at DreamForce 2011, Salesforce’s cloud computing industry event of the year. Dell Cloud Business Applications is a one-stop, integrated cloud applications, services and support for small businesses – regardless of their sizes.

On the other hand – as reported by Network World – IBM, already a big player in cloud computing for business, is aggressively working on securing small business clients by providing $1 billion in business financing to qualified small and medium businesses to help them buy cutting-edge IBM technologies, including cloud business solutions and business tools.

What both cloud computing solution providers are doing is only common sense; small businesses are said to benefit the most from cloud computing compared to their larger counterparts.

Cloud computing: Small business’ critical success factor?

Cloud computing to small businesses is a game-changing factor that can level the playing ground, allowing them to take on big companies with speed and agility; we know that small businesses embrace changes well without the long chain of commands like those of big companies.

Is that really the case? Well, according to this AllBusiness.com article, Rhonda Abrams, a small business expert, claims that adopting the cloud and moving her business to the cloud has saved her time, money, and hassle on software upgrades.

Some word of caution…

However, pay attention to cloud computing trends in the mid markets. According to a survey, the value of the cloud and telecommuting is overstated. Mid market companies still consider cloud computing as a complement – not a must-have.

The bottom line, when cloud computing is integrated at the right time, it can bring competitive edge to businesses. However, be sure not to follow others blindly in moving to the cloud: Cloud computing is probably good for other businesses, but it is not necessarily good for your business.

You should do your due diligence in analyzing what your business really needs. Adopting the cloud without proper understanding the pros and cons of cloud computing for business can present you issues later on.

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the cloud revolutionThis week’s cloud business news roundup highlights the cloud revolution predicted to happen in the near future. It seems that we are actually in the midst of the revolution today, as big businesses are revamping their business to go all the way to the cloud.

As reported by Mike Wall of BusinessNewsDaily.com, the IT chief technology officer Tomas Soderstrom of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) explains that “The cloud is a total game-changer, and we’re right at the beginning.”

JPL is embracing the cloud and has actively utilizing cloud technologies to analyze and handle data gathered by unmanned vehicle deployed in Mars today and in the future.

Talking about revolution; HP is probably the most radical of all businesses involved with cloud solutions provision. HP – the largest PC maker in the world – will sell its PC and mobile business and focus on software, allegedly cloud-based services and solutions.

HP is said to follow IBM’s footpath, although rather late behind; IBM has sold its PC business to Lenovo some times ago.

HP has already built a strong cloud computing plan, establishing enterprise cloud business that is competitive enough to go head-to-head with IBM, Oracle, and the other big guys. Looking into the future, it’s a bold move taken by HP – obviously planning to profit big time from its cloud business services.

To kick off its cloud computing revolution, HP acquired a software developer Autonomy Corp. for $10 billion, as reported by Bloomberg.

HP will also capitalize on the cloud by partnering with Microsoft; HP is Windows Azure Appliance partner and there’s probability that HP will resell Microsoft cloud solutions.

HP must be aware that it needs to be able to respond well to changes, including outages. Since HP is partnering with Microsoft, HP will be exposed to the risks as Microsoft, such as the latest Microsoft cloud issues, the Office 365 outage.

Talking about the outage – Microsoft, again, fails to communicate well regarding the Office 365 outage, leaving users in dismay and rage.

One thing for sure – cloud computing revolution can be a smooth ride or rough ride. Cloud businesses, in my opinion, need to step up in their communication with the clients. What clients want beyond good services is great support.

Well communicated problems and issues is a form of great support, so if Microsoft (and the rest of the cloud giants) still fumble on the communication issues, it means that the cloud revolution is still very open for small cloud businesses to join and grab their market share.

For you and me – the cloud users – all we need to do is to sit back and enjoy better cloud services, more cloud service options, and be ready to get our lifestyle evolved – all thanks to the cloud.

What’s your view? Will the cloud revolution benefits both business and personal cloud users? Please share your thoughts by commenting on this article.

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microsoft office 365 launchMicrosoft is the company much talked about this week with the launch of Office 365 on June 28, 2011. The launch is reminding us to the Microsoft commercials launched about 6 months ago (the “to the cloud” commercials.)

The company has actually pitched us with its catchy but ambiguous phrase: “To the cloud” – for promoting the ability of Windows 7 and Windows Live to bring people, well, to the cloud. The commercials raise many comments, such as getting classified as somewhere in between “mildly irritating” and “intolerable” by Amelie Gillette in A.V. Club, and considered as misleading by many, such as this blogger’s blog post on Juggle.com.

Introducing: Office 365 – a small business cloud solution

The launch of Office 365, a cloud-based collaboration tool, reminds us to the “to the cloud” ads that are still ringing in our head today (maybe it’s a sign of a successful ad campaign?)

The cloud collaboration software itself is promising, with a hint of been-there-done-that concept (“Work from virtually anywhere and on almost any device.”)

Rhonda Abrams reports on USA Today that Microsoft hopes its offer will be less confusing and more compelling than the “to the cloud” TV ads. In her article, Kurt DelBene, the President of Microsoft Office Division mentions that he envisions that 50 percent of small businesses will adopt Office 365 within 10 years.

One issue raised up by PCWorld Business Center is that the customers of Microsoft BPOS – essentially the previous version of Office 365 – will need to wait for about 2 months to enjoy Office 365. Not good.

Microsoft Office 365 vs. Google Apps

With Office 365, Microsoft will try to win back small businesses; in doing so, the company will fight Google (with its Google Apps) head to head to win the $100 billion a year cloud market.

In addition to that, Peter Yared writes on VentureBeat that Office 365 will clobber Google Apps – thanks to its familiar Microsoft Office-like interface with pretty-looking front-end.

To compare, Peter mentions that Google Apps “looks like it was made by college students from a weekend project.” Function-wise, Peter also point out that Office 365 will work with Word, Excel and Powerpoint – online and offline… something that Google Apps can offer (“Google Apps look primitive,” he says.) Ouch.

However, Nicholas Kolakowski on eWeek.com warns us that while Office 365 will compete head to head with Google Apps, Office 365 is not really a threat for Google – in fact, Microsoft is practically validating the model Google pioneered via its Google Apps. Office 365 could actually draw attention to Google Apps as an alternative.

So, in other words, if Office 365 screws things up, customers will surely go to Google Apps – at the expense of Microsoft.

All in all, Office 365 sparks interesting debates whether it is better than Google Apps or not; whether it can answer small business’ needs to work anywhere and anytime. It has certainly made the news this week.

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cloud jargon explainedThis week cloud business news roundup features cloud jargons. It seems contradicting with the purpose of winning clients’ business, but that’s how cloud businesses do marketing today: They introduce new cloud-based buzzwords to make things sound catchy (and newsworthy.)

In my opinion, what they fail to address is that – although some others enjoy new buzzwords – some people think that everything “cloud” is a marketing gimmick. Some more people just scratching their head, trying to figure it out – all they want is benefits, not catchy names.

I think that when a cloud business is trying to introduce new “cloud” buzzwords, be sure to introduce them with their explanations.

Cloud jargons of the week

Nevertheless, this week we are reading news from the web about the cloud buzzwords. Here are the cloud jargons, the explanations and the news related to them this week:

1. Cloud Printing

Google is known for explaining complicated things better (thanks to Matt Cutts) – however, its Google Chrome browser has the “cloud” buzzword on it – cloud printing – without proper explanation about it.

As reported by Ghacks.net, it’s still in beta version, so expect for some glitches – if any. What Google cloud printing do is actually allowing you to register the printer on the computer you are using right now, in such a way that you can print documents from any devices you use wherever you are. Interesting.

Toshiba also introduces its cloud printing solutions in Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc.’s 2011 National Dealer Meeting and End-User Conference. The idea is just the same – Toshiba enables the copiers to be cloud-ready.

2. Cloud Music

Amazon Cloud Drive, Google Music, Apple iCloud and the planned Best Buy Music Cloud are doing one thing in common: Offering cloud music solutions.

Cloud music is, essentially, all about storing and managing your music tracks in the cloud – essentially a cloud-based storage with music-related perks, such as music playback, music download, music sharing, etc.

It’s a hot cloud jargon right now – so hot that Best Buy is trying to jump onto the bandwagon – but did so poorly – it works with iTunes only; so your music from other music players can’t be stored in the cloud (you can do so with Amazon’s and Google’s.)

3. Cloud Gaming

Cloud gaming is, well, as simple as gaming done in the cloud. Sony PlayStation Network (PSN) is essentially a cloud gaming solution, allowing people around the world to log on to the network and play with or against each other. Along with PlayStation Cloud you can save your progress in games to a cloud storage solution.

However, OnLive is the true leader in cloud gaming business. And while PlayStation is still working on the aftermath of PlayStation Network outages – including the lawsuits, OnLive expands beyond games and gaming – now the cloud gaming business is on the way to offer remote desktop apps for businesses.

So – there you go. Three cloud jargon explained. Be sure to log on Cloud Business Review on regular basis for more easy to discern cloud business trends and news.

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cloud computing integrationThe week cloud business roundup features the growth cloud computing adoption. It seems that businesses still have high hopes on cloud computing despite some caveats, such as cloud security issues.

Businesses plan to go cloud – no matter what

Take the latest survey by IBM on mid-size organizations, for example. The survey reveals that the number of mid-size organizations plan to go cloud increases by 50 percent compared to IBM’s survey back in 2009. What’s more, businesses also plan to invest more in mobile technology – an increase of 72 percent.

It seems that, despite some shortcomings, cloud computing does cut costs and improve productivity – something that convinces businesses to integrate cloud computing into their business.

SMBs prefer bundled cloud solutions

Here’s more cloud trends – AMI predicts that small and mid-size businesses (SMB) will budget more for cloud computing adoption; the predicted budget will rise to 15 percent of overall IT budget by 2015.

SMBs are getting more cloud-savvy, demanding packaged cloud solutions, instead of stand-alones in an effort to minimize cloud lock-ins – 40 percent of US SMBs are more interested in bundled cloud solutions, as shown in the AMI study.

Understand cloud computing risks

Every good thing must follow by bad thing – that’s the way the world goes; despite all the upsides, cloud computing poses some threats to businesses adopting the cloud.

Susan Wilson Solovic of AllBusiness.com recommends decision makers to do their due diligence in choosing the right cloud computing solutions for their business. She warns that cloud computing is still in its infancy, despite the huge potential.

Susan suggests businesses planning to adopt the cloud to shop around and ask important questions to cloud providers, such as regulations compliance; read the service level agreement in the contract so you are well-informed about what to expect.

Cloud solution providers respond

Big companies are investing in cloud solutions to serve the fastest growing group of cloud users: SMBs. For example, Intel launches AppUp, a hybrid cloud service for small business to cater the huge market.

AppUp Small Business Service offers subscription-based hybrid cloud computing (a combo of private cloud computing and public cloud computing) service allows small businesses to keep their important data on-premise (private) while doing their business in the cloud (public) – so, no additional on-premise hardware or software required.

The hybrid cloud computing is better secured and more flexible than adopting private cloud or public cloud only. You can learn more about hybrid, private and public cloud computing from Wikipedia.

So – hang on tight; it’s gonna be a rough but fun ride in cloud computing integration!

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business continuity in the cloudThis week’s cloud business news roundup highlights the topic of the continuity of businesses that are adopting cloud computing. This is a hot topic these days due to many cloud failures, such as Amazon and Microsoft cloud. The big questions: How to ensure business continuity with such unexpected cloud outages? Are business owners and decision makers well-equipped with knowledge about cloud computing?

One of the most recent articles from GigaOM offers us some pointers on how to ensure business continuity in the cloud. The article suggests that you need to plan for cloud failures – just in case. To plan for such disaster, it’s all coming back to your business IT infrastructure. It’s certainly not an easy task, but there is an approach that actually works: Combining redundancy and automation in the cloud

Redundancy gives you continuity when something is wrong, as you have made multiple copies residing in multiple cloud servers. Automation allows your IT systems to respond swiftly as disaster strikes. Combining both will give your business the continuity that each and every business owner wants.

Of course, your critical success factor would be employing or partnering the right cloud managers and cloud engineers who are well-equipped to build such cloud-based business system. Moreover, business owners’ knowledge on cloud computing for business is also crucial.

Learn the cloud well

Business owners – you need to learn things related to cloud computing and the business cloud before you can make a well-informed decision whether to take your business to the cloud or not; there is no better way to ensure your business continuity other than understanding the benefits and risks of cloud computing, as well as managing your expectations of what the cloud can or can’t offer you.

Alas, 72 percent of small business decision makers in a survey commissioned by Zoomerang are not familiar – even don’t have a clue at all – about cloud computing technologies, as reported by Entrepreneur.com.

Similar survey results also shown in SB Authority Market Sentiment Survey commissioned by Newtek Business Services: 71 percent of 1,800 business owners surveyed confess that they don’t have any idea what cloud computing is. For the rest of respondents who have claimed that they have heard about the cloud, 74 percent can’t really describe what cloud computing is.

Both surveys show us one thing: Business owners and decision makers need more resources to help them learn the basics of cloud computing. Alternatively, they can take the easier path by partnering with cloud service providers that offer easily set-up and highly convenient cloud solutions and resources. All needed to ensure their business continuity in the cloud.

The question is, will business owners and decision makers be willing to take action for the sake of their own companies?

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cloud computing surveyLast week ending May 22, 2011 features several survey reports telling us the different stories behind all the hype surrounding the benefits of cloud computing for business. Here are the 3 most interesting cloud computing surveys I have stumbled on last week.

Cloud survey #1: Small businesses lack cloud computing knowledge

Here’s the featured survey of the week: A survey commissioned by Verio (SMB online business solutions provider) on 500 small and medium business (SMB) decision makers reveals that despite being beneficial, more than two-thirds of the respondents are not sure whether they will signup with any cloud solutions in the near future.

It seems that SMB decision makers are making decisions in going cloud based on perceived benefits and trends; they are not making decisions based on enough facts and data – not because they are reckless, but because there are very little resources available today to help them understand the cloud more.

The key here is the provision cloud education to help SMB decision makers to make a well-informed decision in adopting the ever-evolving cloud computing technologies. So, I have to say we need more sites like Cloud Business Review to help non-techie business people to understand the cloud better.

Cloud survey #2: European businesses’ CIOs think cloud adoption does not require any investment

If you think you are technophobia and feel that there is no way you can understand the cloud, don’t lose heart. A recent study conducted by Easynet Global Services (a managed service provider) shows an interesting outcome.

57 percent of CIOs participating in the survey believe that their companies’ existing network can handle the cloud without any additional investment; in other words, they believe that adopting the cloud won’t cost them anything.

From those who believe that going cloud would cost them a certain amount from their IT budget, less that one-third respondents are sure that they are able to measure the return on investment (ROI) of the cloud adoption.

Those being said, the respondents somehow acknowledge that cloud computing is beneficial for their business. 55 percent believe that going cloud will result in cost savings; some other advantages of cloud computing is flexibility and scalability.

Well, how do you know that going cloud will do your business good? One of the important things you should consider is by calculating your cloud computing integration ROI. We have such tool available for free – cloud migration ROI calculator.

Cloud survey #3: 70 percent of Interop Las Vegas 2011 attendees lack confident in their cloud strategy

A survey conducted by ScienceLogic Inc. (IT operations and cloud management solutions provider) during Interop Las Vegas – an IT conference and expo – reveals that almost 70 percent of 150 total respondents admit that they do not have confidence in their cloud strategy.

One of the major concerns of is the cloud security and bandwidth issues – 68 percent worry about unauthorized access to the cloud. Another concern involves the potential issues caused by the complexity in managing both virtual and physical resources.

Again, measuring the cloud performance is a big issue. More than a third of respondents are clueless about how to measure cloud performance.

Cloud computing – beneficial, but…

Cloud computing proves to bring plenty of benefit for businesses. However, it’s rapidly evolving; innovation after innovation is being introduced to the market, making things difficult for decision makers to catch up.

Before deciding to go cloud, it’s only logical for businesses to find out as much as they can about going cloud – particularly weighing the benefits and risks of cloud computing; they shouldn’t decide based on hunches and trends.

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cloud service innovationThe highlight of Cloud Business Review’s cloud news this week is cloud innovation. There are some newsworthy updates on the availability of new cloud services that can help both businesses and individuals.

Probably not necessarily an innovation, Google’s decision to disregard major record companies’ approval to launch Google Music – in itself – is an innovation. The big question is: Why Google is very, very interested in launching its cloud music service?

The first and foremost reason is probably due to the fact that Google’s competitors have entered the music industry – Amazon and Apple. The second reason is that the music industry is lucrative.

Google Music will be something similar to Amazon’s Cloud Drive/Cloud Player, but without an MP3 store to purchase music (and Google is not planning to establish one – yet) and add it instantly to Cloud Drive.

Regardless of the reasons Google might have, Google Music – will be unveiled in Google I/O event – will give more options for music enthusiasts to add new tunes to the cloud and share them with the world.

There are also some other interesting cloud innovation updates this week:

McAfee cloud security platform secures the data of companies migrating to the cloud

One of the biggest cloud security issues is on securing business data of a company during the migration process to the cloud. McAfee offers you just that – securing email, identity, and web traffic while you move data from your on-premise location to the cloud.

Genuitec and Skyway Software launches MyEclipse G

MyEclipse G – an integrated development environment (IDE) – will help you to integrate application development with Google cloud. It will automate project architecture and implementation at an affordable price. It seems that piggy-backing big names can be very beneficial.

NetSuite’s SuiteSocial will integrate social media and cloud computing

NetSuite announced last week that the company partners with Yammer – a vendor of social media for business to create a new cloud-based product: SuiteSocial. SuiteSocial will let users to follow and comment on business transaction, instead of your photos – and more. This service will be available in Q3 2011 – so, stay tuned!

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big cloud vendors future plansCloud computing is rapidly evolving, and the best way to keep up with the cloud computing trends is by knowing what the “trend setters” are doing. This week’s cloud business news roundup features some cloud vendors’ plans that will reshape the cloud in one way or another.

We kick off with probably the hottest topic of the week – about the leaked HP cloud “secret” plans… from one of HP Executives, Scott McClellan – HP’s chief technologist and interim vice president of engineering.

As reported by The Register, in his LinkedIn account, Scott updates his profile with HP’s “secret” plans, such as:

  • Offering “object storage” service.
  • Offering “compute,” “networking,” and “block storage” service.
  • Managing common/shared services.
  • Revamped HP cloud website to offer better content, APIs and front-end.

This is a leak because HP actually intends to reveal the company’s cloud plans and strategy at VMware’s VMworld conference in August 2011. Nevertheless, HP’s leaked cloud plans will give us (including HP’s competitors) some ideas on what a cloud vendor is doing to capture the growing cloud market.

Some other interesting plans from this week’s roundup include the following:

Cisco plans to reorganize to simplify business operations and focus on customer segmentation

Over the next four months, Cisco will work on the reorganization with the new sales organization already in operational by July 31, 2011. Cisco’s sales, service and engineering departments will be streamlined to simplify business operations. Moreover, the reorganization will also have Cisco’s worldwide operations to be divided into three geographical regions: Americas, Europe/Middle East/Africa, and Asia pacific/Japan/Greater China.

Apple acquires iCloud.com domain name – Apple’s future plans involve cloud services?

Apple indicates that the company is joining in the cloud race with its rivals – Google, Amazon and Microsoft – by purchasing a domain name – iCloud.com – from Xcerion, a Swedish company, for a whopping $4.5 million on May 2, 2011.

The domain name purchase, along with Apple’s recent job post title “Cloud Systems Software Engineer” and rumors that Apple’s data center in North Carolina is meant to host cloud data and information are strong indicators of Apple’s cloud plan in the future.

Amazon will launch iPad tablet PC rival

Beware – Amazon’s plan to enter the tablet PC arena is underway. With some strong indicators, such as Amazon’s Android store, “Honeycomb”-friendly apps and cloud computing-related endeavors like Cloud Drive, Amazon is set to enter the market strong. The most recent report even tells us that Amazon has placed orders with an OEM.

Cloud vendors’ landgrabs are cloud customers’ benefits

As big companies are reorganizing and innovating, cloud customers can expect to benefits from all the competitions. More affordable and accessible cloud services are present today – there are plenty of options to choose from.

Let us hope that the cloud bubble won’t burst like the dot-com bubble burst a decade ago.

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