Survey: IT executives experimenting with mostly “private” cloud architectures

February 26, 2010
Survey: IT executives experimenting with mostly ‘private’ cloud architectures
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Dana Gardner writes about cloud computing and private cloud infrastructures.

“Platform Computing late last year surveyed 95 IT executives across a number of fields to offer insight into how organizations are experimenting with cloud computing and how they view the value of private clouds. The results: Nearly 85 per cent intend to keep their cloud initiatives within their own firewall.”

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Microsoft ships new Windows server optimized for shared educational use
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Mary Jo Foley writes about Microsoft Windows MultiPoint Server 2010.

Windows MultiPoint Server 2010 – a Windows Server 2008-based product for educational users, especially in emerging markets – is (now) shipping. The newest product from Microsoft’s Startup Business Group allows multiple users to share simultaneously a single computer. MultiPoint Server 2010 may be purchased today through OEMs including HP, Howard Technology, NComputing, Wyse and Seneca Data. It also be available via Microsoft academic volume licensing, as of March 1.

Citrix Online Buys Paglo: MSP Software, SaaS Acquisition

Joe Panettieri writes about Citrix Systems purchasing SaaS-based IT management software vendor, Paglo Labs Inc.

“Citrix is rebranding Paglo as GoToManage, which will ‘provide small and mid-size businesses (SMBs) and managed service providers (MSPs) an affordable alternative to costly and complex premise-based software,’ according to the company. Watch for Citrix Online to connect the dots between GoToAssist (an existing brand) and the new GoToManage (the rebanded Paglo offering). Simply put, the managed services software industry has reached an inflection point. SaaS-oriented MSP software acquisitions are accelerating. Similar to today’s Citrix GoToManage move, Quest Software acquired PacketTrap in December 2009, and GFI Software Purchased HoundDog Technology Ltd. in July 2009. I realize features and functions vary greatly from vendor to vendor. But PacketTrap and HoundDog essentially are SaaS-centric tools for MSPs.”

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