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Microsoft’s cloud system is the first to satisfy EU privacy standards

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11 April 2014 – Microsoft has become the first company to receive a declaration from Europe’s privacy regulators that its enterprise cloud services contracts are compliant with the bloc’s stringent privacy laws, paving the way for data to move freely through the global cloud. In a blog post yesterday Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith revealed that the Article 29 Working Party — which is composed of data protection authorities from each member state and the European Commission — had in an April 2 letter informed the company that the regulators had completed their review of the newest version of its enterprise cloud services contracts and concluded that the pacts were in compliance with the high privacy standards outlined in the EU model clauses:

“By acknowledging that Microsoft’s contractual commitments meet the requirements of the EU’s ‘model clauses,’ Europe’s privacy regulators have said, in effect, that personal data stored in Microsoft’s enterprise cloud is subject to Europe’s rigorous privacy standards no matter where that data is located.  Microsoft is the first — and so far the only — company to Read more

VMware Vs. Microsoft: The Next Chapter

4 February 2013 – VMware’s fourth-quarter earnings, reported Jan. 28, set a record and came in ahead of analyst expectations. The next day, its stock, which had been trading at $99.10 just before the announcement, took a stunning hit, losing 20% of its value within a short time after the opening of trading.  Several analysts had predicted VMware’s fourth-quarter earnings would disappoint because the market for virtualization products was nearly saturated and Microsoft was moving in to steal the customer base.

VMware has led a somewhat charmed life with investors up to this point. It’s been presumed to be the leader of a business with a lot of potential growth. Instead, VMware came up with a conservative forecast of new license sales, a key indicator of its prospects, of 8-11% for the first quarter of 2013, as well as slower overall sales in the first half.
On the third day, its stock began to recover. Some investors clearly thought that VMware, under a new CEO and having just lost its CTO, was laying off employees as foretaste of things to … Read more

[VIDEO] Bernard Ourghanlian, Directeur Technique et Sécurité Microsoft France – Spéciale Big Data

21 November 2012 – Bernard Ourghanlian, Directeur Technique et Sécurité Microsoft France avec spéciale Big Data, nous explique sa vision du Big Data : les 3 “V”, les objectifs, la notion de vie privée:

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An Open-Source Food Fight in the Cloud

6 April 2012 –  To date, the four horsemen of the cloud appear to be, Microsoft, Google and VMware.  The first three companies have built their own cloud computing services that consumers and businesses can tap into. Instead of doing its own service, VMware, the maker of virtualization software, is selling a new suite of cloud software so that service providers and businesses can build their own new-age, cloud computing systems.

The collective muscle and proprietary leanings of those four companies has triggered something of a cloud panic. At its core, cloud computing promises lower costs and greater flexibility than traditional data centers. It’s a way to avoid lock-in, that mainframe-era problem where a company buys its own big, expensive systems—and is stuck with them. But those advantages could be undermined if, say, Amazon decides to play the heavy and makes it difficult for companies to move their software and data onto a competing cloud service. That would be lock-in, cloud edition.

To counter the big cloud players, the software maker Citrix has decided to open-source its CloudStack software. … Read more

France’s cloud computing market set to exceed EUR 2 billion in 2011

23 January 2012 – The recent boom in data transmission and storage capacity has given rise to an increase in cloud computing in France — a sector that has been given the backing of the government’s National Investment Program. This market is set to surpass the €2 billion mark for France in 2011, and may make up more than 6% of the French software and IT-services industry in 2012.

“France is a growth market for high-tech and innovative companies, particularly in the cloud-computing sector, where the leading players are already here [in France], doing business,” points out David Appia, Chairman & CEO of the Invest in France Agency (IFA). 

In 2012, revenue from the global market for cloud-computing services totalled US$68.3 billion while, in Europe, the cloud computing market surged 20% and is predicted to account for almost 15% of the European software and IT-services market by 2015. 

The French market, which continues to grow strongly, was worth €1.85 billion in 2010, €672 million of which was generated by SMEs. This market is set to exceed €2 billion in 2011 … Read more

The War of Email Cloud Computing: Google vs. Microsoft

6 October 2011 – For an analysis of email cloud computing offerings from Google and Microsoft, including some interesting thoughts and predictions from Gartner, click here.… Read more

Cloud computing, data centers, telecom, cloudonomics and more: The 451 Group explains it all

21 September 2011 —  Our world is awash with data and it’s growing at a phenomenal rate, in large part due to the number of connected, intelligent devices in our world. As noted recently, intelligent systems number over 1.8 billion units and over $1 trillion in revenue today – predicted to grow to nearly 4 billion units and over $2 trillion in revenue by 2015.

And now we contend with “the cloud” which represents an offloading of data from external hard drives and their ilk to online storage systems powered by some sort of cloud architecture.  And as LTE and other wireless data methodologies become more prevalent, more powerful, so too will we be happy with even more data living off our devices than on it.

And business.   Tablets and mobile apps have proven similarly popular with sales people, medical professionals and almost anyone whose work involves toting around paper documents.   Executives covet them so much they are increasingly adding clauses to employment contracts that ensure they get to keep their tablets if they lose their jobs.

And let’s look

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For the consumer: 7 ways to get started with cloud computing

19 September 2011 — If you are a cloud virgin, what is the best way to get started and learn more about what the cloud can offer? Here are several suggestions, from the perspective of someone who has moderate IT knowledge and not necessarily the full backing and support resources of an IT department behind them. The idea here is to demonstrate some of the key concepts of cloud computing, as well as introduce you to some cool tools. We have also tried to focus on those that offer free trials or services that are relatively inexpensive and easy to get started with.

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When the cloud goes out: the need for transparency during cloud outages

9 September 2011 – As Krishnan Subramanian points out in a recent piece, cloud outages are real.  Subramanian evaluates a few recent, high profile outages at Google and Microsoft to illustrate the point that transparency during such outages is essential given the critical nature of the services provided.

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Microsoft to Co-develop Cloud Products With Chinese OS Firm

23 August 2011 – Microsoft said on Tuesday it will work with a Chinese operating system developer to create cloud computing products for the country’s market, a move that could help the U.S. company sell to China’s government agencies.

China Standard Software, Microsoft’s Chinese partner, has co-developed a Linux operating system with a defense lab, China’s National University of Defense Technology, and the operating system, called “NeoKylin”, has been approved by a number of government ministries.

NeoKylin is meant for use by government offices, national defense, energy and other sectors of the Chinese economy, and aims to reduce China’s dependence on imported operating systems.

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