Cloud Ball

Change is in the air this week as news from around the Web shows that Cisco is expanding its hybrid cloud management solution, Rackspace edges away from public cloud, Oracle wants to be a cloud powerhouse and NTT is revamping its cloud offering. Also, US vs. Europe becomes an issue with cloud pricing. Read on for our news around the Web.

Cloud Is Cheaper in The US Than In Europe

Cloud computing users in the United States are getting the best price in the world for cloud services, whilst European users are paying on average between 7 and 19 percent more for the same services.

This is according to 451 Research, which this week released its Cloud Price Index report, analyzing the differences in cloud service pricing around the world. Read more.

Cisco is buying CliQr for $260M to expand its hybrid cloud management solutions

Some more consolidation is underway in the world of enterprise cloud services, and specifically in the area of hybrid cloud. Today Cisco announced that it is buying CliQr, a provider of application management solutions for hybrid cloud environments, for $260 million in cash and equity awards. Read more.

Rackspace edges further away from the public cloud

Rackspace Inc. retreats even further from the public cloud with reports suggesting that up to 90 of its employees are being shifted to faster growing businesses in the company, such as hybrid and private cloud.

It’s not clear if any employees are going to be laid off, the San Antonio Business Journal reported on Tuesday. However, Rackspace told the Journal that it reshuffles its employees, which it refers to as “Rackers”, quite regularly to focus on “fast growing areas of its business”. It added that “from time to time” it does also eliminate some roles in certain areas when it decides to reduce investment. Read more.

Can Oracle become a public cloud power?

Back in 2008 Larry Ellison, CEO and God-King of Oracle was in fine form. When asked about cloud computing, he ranted, “The interesting thing about cloud computing is that we’ve redefined cloud computing to include everything that we already do. I can’t think of anything that isn’t cloud computing with all of these announcements. The computer industry is the only industry that is more fashion-driven than women’s fashion. Maybe I’m an idiot, but I have no idea what anyone is talking about. What is it? It’s complete gibberish. It’s insane. When is this idiocy going to stop?” Read more.

NTT Communications Reveals Revamped Enterprise Cloud

NTT Communications unveiled an entirely revamped version of its Enterprise Cloud on Tuesday in a push to win global enterprise customers with a diverse hybrid portfolio, vendor interoperability and advanced networking capabilities.

In making its play to expand its base of multinational business users, the telecommunications arm of Tokyo-based NTT Group adopted two of the most popular open-source technologies on the market: OpenStack for the infrastructure layer of its public cloud, and Cloud Foundry to deliver Platform-as-a-Service capabilities for agile software development. Read more.

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