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Cloud Communications Week in Review

May 17, 2014
By Rory J. Thompson
Web Editor

The cloud continues to expand and attract, as more companies realize the benefit of getting on board. As such, it was a busy week in cloud communications.

For example, International Data Corp. predicted cloud service expenses for the government of $1.7 billion by the end of fiscal year 2014; by 2017, the company foresees the federal government spending nearly $9 billion on cloud computing. According to the statistics, federal IT agencies see the hybrid cloud approaching the best fit for their needs; the model comprises a combination of public and private cloud solutions, offering scalability and greater cost effectiveness while still ensuring privacy and data safety. A recent post by GCN, a provider of information that identifies solutions that meet Public Sector IT challenges (like those pertaining to a cloud environment), tells how agencies are finding cloud adoption able to meet their business needs. For one, it is making application hosting – moving email to the cloud, for example – simple and more beneficial, when compared to the costs of owning software and equipment or of ‘leasing’ IT technologies. Ultimately, the “experience with hybrid clouds provides a strong roadmap for government agencies,” the post explained, given reasons for its continuously growing adoption.

In other news, IBM recently signed a new seven-year service agreement, valued at approximately $600 million, with NiSource Inc. Under the terms of this partnership, IBM will help NiSource implement a hybrid IT model using SoftLayer (News - Alert) an IBM Company, as well as a private, secure cloud powered by traditional infrastructure. Officials said that the resulting integrated, hybrid cloud will help NiSource to continue delivering efficient, reliable service to its customers. NiSource’s continued strong focus on customer service, system security and business application performance will also be supported with this partnership.

Elsewhere, it was announced that Windstream (News - Alert) Hosted Solutions and Racemi are now working together to initiate a first-ever VMware vCloud Director-enabled cloud migration using Racemi Cloud Path. The move should help users to systematically move their existing physical and virtual servers into Windstream’s VMware hybrid cloud enabled multi-tenant cloud platform. Matt Preschern, senior vice president and enterprise chief marketing officer at Windstream, said, “Making cloud migration an easy, seamless process for our customers is a top priority for us at Windstream. Delivering this migration tool embodies the ‘smart solutions, personalized service’ we promise to each of our enterprise customers.” The VMware vCloud Director is designed with all the necessary tools to give customers the ability to build secure private clouds, transforming the way IT delivers and manages infrastructure services and the way users access and consume these services.

As always, the news in the cloud communications space is ongoing, so be sure to check in online with us frequently.

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