Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 13th Jan 2010 23:52 UTC
Microsoft Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard today announced a three-year $250 million partnership to simplify IT environments through a wide range of converged hardware, software, and professional services solutions. This is a broad agreement with many components, building on the 25-year Microsoft-HP partnership, which works toward new models for application delivery, hardware architecture, and IT operations. The goal is to deliver the "next generation computing platform" by leading the adoption of cloud computing.
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RE[3]: Wasted Money
by shotsman on Thu 14th Jan 2010 08:24 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Wasted Money"
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Most businesses are very conservative when it comes to risk.
Cloud Computing is the latest 'hot thing'. Many 'hot things' have come and gone over the years. Many have simply died a death. I can remember one hugely hyped 'hot thing' called 'The Last One'. Billed as the only program you would ever need.

Frankly, if I proposed using cloud computing to any of my customers i'd be laughed out of the door unless the cloud was hosted inside their business. Then they'd take great pleasure in pointing out the similarity between the Cloud and how their old Mainframes used to work.

For me, Cloud Computing does not have (At this point in time) a compelling USP. Until it does then this technology will remain in the infants school and be nowhere near graduating into the mainstream.

I recon that this deal between MS & HP will result in one of two things.
a) It dies a slow withering death like many previous MS & xx colaboration projects.
b) MS will take over and what bit of crappy software emerges will be the thing that MS salesmen hupe to death. HP will get no benefit from this whatsoever. MS will claim that they invented Cloud Computing and some businesses will rush to implement the MS version of the could only to find themselves left high & dry when because it didn't reach the outlandish profit marging expected MS cans the whole thing like the did with 'Plays for Sure'

Yes, I'm very sceptical about this. I will be very pleasantly surprised if this succeeds. I fully expect some startup to emerge with it done right. Then it will be bought by one of the big boys who will ruin it all and the end users are no better served than before.

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