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Microsoft talking about a private cloud?

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Just a couple of weeks after Amazon’s announcement of their private cloud offering it looks like Microsoft is starting to open discussions in that direction. What’s interesting about Microsoft’s discussion is that are coming at it from two directions. They are a provider to the data centers, hosting providers and enterprises building these offerings as well as a provider directly to the consumer.

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.gov is saving money and time with cloud computing

Cnet reports today on how Vivek Kundra, theĀ US Chief Information Officer (CIO), is pushing for more movement into the clould computing space to help save taxpayer dollars. There are definitely huge savings with clould computing and it’s getting harder and harder for enterprises to ignore. Especially with the recent announcement around Amazon’s Private Cloud, it seems like the enterprise barriers to adoption are slowly eroding away.

I did find Vivek’s assertion here, hard to believe,

_“Using a traditional approach to add scalability and flexibility, he said, it would have taken six months and cost the government $2.5 million a year. But by turning to a cloud computing approach, the upgrade took just a day and cost only $800,000 a year.”_

but not knowing all the details it might real. Six months down to one day, sounds too much like pixie dust to me!

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