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Microsoft and Oracle clarify Cloud plans

27th Sep 2010
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The Cloud Computing movement is often characterised by the number of small, start-up organisations who threaten to steal business away from the industry’s more established names.

But in the past week, two of the IT industry’s giants have ramped up their commitment to web-based applications.

Microsoft, the epitome of desktop computing, is starting to put about the underlying roadmap to bring together its CRM and enterprise resource planning (accounting, manufacturing, logistics and service) software on within its Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS), reported

BPOS is based on Microsoft’s Azure platform for online communication, collaboration and business applications. As explained by Microsoft Business Solutions corporate vice president Michael Park, the company plans to move its online Dynamics CRM application to Azure, where it will run alongside Microsoft Exchange and SharePoint.

In the longer term, Microsoft is now planning to port the Dynamics GP (Great Plains), NAV (Navision) and other ERP families to Azure.

Oracle OpenWorld: “One big honking Cloud”

In San Francisco, meanwhile, chief executive Larry Ellison took a break from aiming potshots in the direction of to introduce Exalogic Elastic Compute Cloud  - the company’s new “Cloud in a box” offering.

Exalogic will become Oracle’s rival to Azure, combining hardware, sofware, networking and storage in one package, complete with 30 servers and a host of Virtual Machines.

“It’s one big honking Cloud,” claimed Ellison.
The Exalogic Cloud will handle business applications such as Siebel and PeopleSoft more efficiently than current client/server database infrastructures, he explained: “The whole idea of Cloud Computing is to have a pool of applications that share resources. When you’re closing the books, General Ledger gets more resources. You get a much more efficient use of resources. This runs your legacy apps as well as the most modern Java apps.”
In times gone by, Ellison used to dismiss Clouds as just “water vapour”. While his keynote speech at Oracle Open World triggered another spat with’s Marc Benioff, Oracle’s announcement as well as Microsoft’s confirm that the industry heavyweights are jumping on the Cloud bandwagon.

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By Cloud_Zone
28th Sep 2010 16:35

Cloud coming up!

Lately I have only been reading about some awesome cloud computing news. It seems that there is no stopping it. The majors keep investing in it and more and more the IT world is making the cloud move. Also just saw that IBM is acquiring Blade Network Technologies, plus Fujitsu announced a new IaaS public cloud service will enable customers to utilize servers and other ICT infrastructure across a network on an on-demand basis. All in all this is the time for cloud. The investment you read about everyday is speaking for itself. 


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