March 16, 2012
HP CloudAgile program pursues more cloud services providers On Talkin’ Cloud, Joe Panettieri puts the announcement in context. “HP isn’t the first big hardware company to pursue CSPs as partners. Cisco Systems, for one, has clearly articulated a cloud partner program that includes cloud resellers, cloud builders and full-blown cloud services providers. So far, Cisco says, the most in-demand area has involved cloud builders, many of whom have been building private clouds for customers,” he writes. What’s your opinion?
Office 365 enterprise prices chopped On ZDNet, Mary Jo Foley reports on the changes. “Microsoft officials have said the vast majority – 90 per cent or so – of early Office 365 sales were to small businesses, which weren’t really well served by Office 365’s predecessor, Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS). Officials have denied that Office 365 failing to gain traction with enterprise users, who are the focus of today’s price cuts,” she writes. What’s your opinion?
Charge of the Metro brigade: Did Microsoft execs plan to take a hit? On The Register, Andrew Orlowski provides some analysis. “The Windows 8 problem is really quite simple. The ‘benefits’ will be seen by nobody, but the disadvantages will be felt by almost everybody. Every user who must access the machine primarily (or exclusively) with a keyboard and mouse will register a net inconvenience. And that isn’t going to change in a hurry,” he writes. What’s your opinion?