Cloud Consulting

Top 5 Distributors for Cloud Enablement

Grazed from ChannelEconomics.  Author: Larry Walsh.

If distribution has an undisputed king of cloud computing enablement of solution proiders, it’s Ingram Micro.

According to the forthcoming Cloud & Technology Transformation Alliance’s (CTTA) State of the Channel Cloud Report, Ingram Micro led the field of distributors in enabling and supporting solution providers in reaching the burgeoning cloud marketplace.

When asked which distributor provided the channel with the best support for developing cloud practices and participating in cloud computing opportunities, Ingram Micro overwhelmed the rest of distribution with the endorsement of 26.5 percent of the survey participants. The next closest distributor, ScanSource, garnered only 7.8 percent of the channel’s preference. And ScanSource barely edged out Tech Data, which received the commendation of 7.2 percent of solution providers. (See below for the Top 5 Distributors in Cloud Computing.)...

Rainier Communications Hosts “Future of the Cloud” Roundtable

Grazed from EON.  Author: PR Announcement.

Technology PR specialist Rainier Communications hosted a podcast this week on the future of cloud computing, and the associated challenges in today’s marketplace. The roundtable panel discussion was hosted by Rainier CEO Steve Schuster, and moderated by Neovise Research President Paul Burns, a leading cloud computing industry analyst. The industry panel engaged in an enlightening discussion about the myths, challenges and enormously transformative potential of cloud computing.

The podcast on the “Future of the Cloud” is being released in conjunction with the Cloud Connect 2012 conference in Santa Clara, CA, February 14-15th...

The CloudSpokes Developer Community Celebrates Its One-Year Anniversary With 30,000+ Members in More Than 65 Countries

Grazed from MarketWatch.  Author: PR Announcement.

CloudSpokes, the crowdsourcing community that matches companies who need cloud development work with a worldwide community of specialist developers, has attracted more than 30,000 developers, fulfilled more than 150 challenges, and created innovative solutions for companies like Suntech, Medtronic and Glocap in its inaugural year. The community, created and managed by Appirio, takes advantage of the unique elements of cloud computing -- specifically the ability of developers anywhere to work with cloud platforms instantly -- to enable the crowdsourcing of development...

HP Unveils Partner-Branded Storage Services, New Cloud Specialization

Grazed from CRN.  Author: Kevin McLaughlin.

Hewlett Packard (NYSE:HPQ) on Monday unveiled a new storage service support model and gave partners a sneak peek at a cloud computing partner specialization that's slated for launch in November.

On the storage side, HP is now giving select partners the option of selling their own branded services backed by HP support. The new model, dubbed ServiceONE Partner Support for HP Storage, will be available for select partners in March with a worldwide rollout slated for later this year...

HP Boosts Partner Revenue Opportunities in Cloud and Services

Grazed from MarketWatch.  Author: PR Announcement.

HP today announced programs and solutions that enable channel partners to grow cloud and services revenue while helping customers ease their transition to the cloud.

Unveiled at HP's 2012 Global Partner Conference, the new HP PartnerONE cloud specialization and collaboration programs and expanded HP ServiceONE offerings can extend channel partners' sales reach and speed customers' time to market.

The cloud computing market is projected to reach $143 billion by 2013, which offers channel partners new business opportunities. According to an independent survey commissioned by HP, partners want broad cloud solutions that incorporate software and services, offer more collaboration with each other to share cloud expertise, and are flexible enough to support a range of business models...

Cloudscaling wants to make OpenStack webscale

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

Cloud computing consultancy Cloudscaling is realigning its business around the open-source OpenStack framework, and it has a message for the world: If you want to use open-source software but operate like Amazon Web Services, we’re your man. The company, which has helped build public clouds for the likes of Korea Telecom and Internap, is putting its consulting muscle behind a new OpenStack-based software platform that is built with webscale in mind.

For the uninitiated, OpenStack is a set of open-source cloud-computing building blocks currently being developed and used by a large number of IT heavyweights. Founded as an open source project in July 2010 by Rackspace and NASA, OpenStack members now include Cisco, HP, Dell, Citrix and dozens more vendors. Many are already selling or in the midst of creating software and/or services based on the technology...

N-able Technologies and NTRglobal extend cloud computing services

Grazed from Fresh Business Thinking.  Author: Ben Simmons.

Building on a successful alliance, N-able Technologies®, providers of remote monitoring and management (RMM) automation software for managed service providers (MSPs) and IT departments, and NTRglobal, a specialist in cloud-based help desk and ITSM delivery systems, today announced the integration of the NTR Cloud into the award-winning N-central RMM platform.

Through its cloud-based API, NTRglobal enables ISVs to seamlessly integrate its secure remote connectivity technology. By leveraging this flexible interface, N-central now includes NTR Cloud unattended remote control functionality as part of its overall service offering. Available now, the powerful remote desktop module allows support technicians to securely connect to and manage a wide range of remote devices in seconds. It is also proven to reduce support queues, optimize workflow and boost time to repair by 50 percent or more by enabling faster, more effective incident resolution...

Cloud Computing: Deloitte Entering Into a Global Alliance with

Grazed from The Daily Disruption.  Author: PR Announcement.

Deloitte announced today it is entering into a global alliance with, the enterprise cloud computing company, to provide multinational and international companies with the software, mobile and open cloud computing technologies for the social enterprise.  Paul Clemmons, principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP and leader of Deloitte’s cloud market offering and emerging solutions service line, will lead the global alliance.  He is based in San Francisco.

“Companies in general, but specifically our clients are looking to work more effectively and more efficiently. The inherent benefits and possibilities via cloud computing and can represent a solution catalyst.  It’s an exciting time to be at the frontier of this domain with a pioneer like,” said Bill Allison, principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP and global technology leader.  “And Paul has a long history leading our efforts in this market, giving us the experience and global network we need to drive this alliance.”

Beware Cloud Computing Advice from IT Research Firms

Grazed from CIO.  Author: Bernard Golden.

I don't know how I missed this, but at the Gartner IT Symposium in October, Darryl Plummer (Chief of Gartner Cloud Research) apparently stated that enterprises should deploy applications in a public cloud provider as a default, and only deploy them in a private cloud if the public alternative is not appropriate.

I became aware of Plummer's recommendation, which caused quite a stir in the blog world when he first announced it, via Twitter earlier this week.

Naturally, much of the furor over Plummmer's pronouncement was a reaction to the quick summary: Gartner prefers public cloud. Wow. That's a big deal, right? Gartner is probably telling all of its clients that they should trim their private cloud plans and instead focus on public cloud service providers. And, in response, all of its clients are scrapping their private cloud initiatives and planning a big move to public providers, right?...

Insight Surpasses 1 Million Cloud Seats Managed Across the Globe

Grazed from MarketWatch.  Author: PR Announcement.

Insight Enterprises, Inc., a leading global provider of technology solutions, has exceeded a significant milestone in the emerging area of cloud computing, having now sold more than 1 million seats in various cloud offerings. Insight offers a collection of Cloud solutions including messaging, security, infrastructure and collaboration.

"Industry trends continue to point to cloud adoption as part of the overall IT strategy for businesses. We anticipate this shift will accelerate growth in all client segments including public, private and hybrid clouds, as clients migrate their selected workloads away from traditional on-premise IT infrastructure and into the cloud," said Ken Lamneck, Insight President and CEO...