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Ingram Floats More Cloud

Having witnessed the soaring demand for cloud computing and eagerness to transform into cloud infrastructure, Ingram Micro Inc. (IM) is increasing focus on cloud offerings. This week, we noticed some new developments within Ingrams portfolio.

In its recently held Cloud Summit, an annual partner program, Ingrams North America Services Division announced a bunch of new cloud-based product and service offerings. With these new products, Ingrams Cloud Marketplace (a one-stop shop for cloud offerings from various vendors) can now offer more than 100 solutions from 40 various technology vendors across North America. The new products and services will be made available to all channel partners within a month. The offerings include those from tech heavy-weights Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) and Salesforce.com Inc. (CRM).

The addition of Amazon.coms Web-services will be beneficial for Ingram, since the online retailer, with its strong base in North America, provides access to technology infrastructure that developers can use to enable various types of virtual businesses.

Amazon will provide Ingrams customers with two services, namely Amazon Simple Storage Service and AWS Storage Gateway. These two services are expected to provide customers with fast, cheap and secured data storage and retrieval.

On the other hand, Ingram will resell Salesforce.coms Force.com platform. This platform-as-a-service helps in the development of multi-tenant applications to be run on servers.

Ingram is one of the biggest players in the IT distribution business. The companys geographical diversity makes it a logical choice for manufacturers seeking to increase international exposure. The channel partners also get exposure to various technology providers offerings under one roof. Moreover, Ingrams continuous product enhancement and partner addition activities will keep it ahead of peers such as Avnet Inc. (AVT), Arrow Electronics Inc. (ARW) and Tech Data Corp. (TECD).

We find Ingram Micros first quarter results impressive as the bottom line was well ahead of the Zacks Consensus Estimate. The company has provided a positive but cautious second quarter guidance. But we believe that support from its Australian venture and the improving IT spending trend will help Ingram post better results ahead.

We remain fairly optimistic about Ingram Micros strategic relationship with network giant Juniper Networks Inc. (JNPR), as well as tech giants such as Hewlett-Packard Company (HPQ), IBM Corp. (IBM) and Microsoft Corp. (MSFT).

The companys growing SMB exposure and improving profitability is encouraging, but its significant European exposure and debt burden are concerns.

Currently, Ingram Micro has a Zacks #3 Rank, implying a short-term Hold rating.

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New Cloud Offering from HP

Cloud computing has emerged as a key focus area for all the information technology companies across the globe, and Hewlett-Packard Company (HPQ) is no exception. The company has recently announced a new cloud computing solution in a bid to revamp its business.

The new cloud-based service enables clients to deploy private, public and managed clouds in a traditional information technology atmosphere, helps address the business needs of several existing and prospective clients and is compatible with all the latest technologies used by various companies.

The new offering from the technology major is expected to help the airline industry to develop an integrated platform for airline reservations and travel. Moreover, the Cloud bursting capabilities help external clients to access the blocks of external cloud capacity through the HP Cloud System, Amazon Web Services and Savvis. It is also expected to help in arranging new tools to manage technology across various cloud environments. The new offering includes a printing system that enables driverless printing from mobile devices.

The demand for a reliable cloud solution has increased in recent times with enterprises thinking seriously about the cloud option. The development and use of public clouds is not an easy process. This is where HP steps in as a service provider and offers its public cloud that small telecom providers can resell.

The recent acquisition of Autonomy was a step in this direction as its private cloud is expected to be fully utilized by HP. The Autonomy private cloud surpassed more than 50 petabytes of Web content, video, email and multimedia data and is spread across 6,500 servers at 14 global data centers. The Autonomy cloud also facilitates automatic data recognition architecture.

Although Hewlett Packard continues to march ahead with its cloud strategy, the ensuing courtroom battle with long-time partner Oracle Corp. (ORCL) is likely to weigh on investor sentiment. Though lawsuits encircling patent infringements and violation of contract terms are common in the tech sector, we think that the legal battle between these two giants will be a major issue.

With arguments going both for and against the company, the result of the trial is highly uncertain. In the meantime, its server business will continue to take a beating.

Hewlett-Packards second quarter 2012 earnings per share exceeded the Zacks Consensus Estimate, but both earnings and revenues declined on a year-over-year basis. Results were negatively impacted by exchange rate fluctuations, greater mix of low-margin products and competitive pricing in its hardware business. Its recently-announced restructuring initiative is encouraging however and should improve margins going forward.

However, HP continues to see challenges in its printer business. Also, margins in the services business are likely to remain weak this year and the macroeconomic trends as well as the competitive pressure remain headwinds.

Currently, HP has a Zacks Rank #3, implying a short-term Hold rating.

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CloudReplica Extends Its Cloud Leadership With Virtual-Move(TM) for Customers Requiring Data Protection and Access …

HOUSTON, TX–(Marketwire -06/07/12)- CloudReplica, the leading provider of Business Continuity as-a-Service, announced a new service that protects or runs a customer’s server during an office relocation. Many customers are left to worry about how to protect their data if an accident occurs. Even if there isn’t an accident, customers may encounter a challenge at the destination like inadequate power, no network access, or structural challenges that prevents reinstallation of servers.

In an article for Entrepreneur.com magazine, relocation expert Luigi Salvaneschi suggests “…an entrepreneur must figure in the cost of business interruption. Almost inevitably, a business’s productivity will be reduced for a period of days or even weeks after a move.”

“Our business has always been about shattering those types of common beliefs and questioning the status quo,” says Rich Bruklis, Vice President of Marketing at CloudReplica. “This is the 21st Century. Your data and servers should be available no matter what is going on — disaster, failure, or relocation. Our new Virtual-Move service does exactly that — allows you to run your applications even when your servers are riding down the highway in the back of a moving truck.”

Traditionally, companies create their own protection scheme in preparation for relocation with disk or tape backup. While backup does some level of protection, today’s servers have a large amount of integration consisting of operating systems, operating systems patches, drivers, applications, application patches, and of course, data. Servers that are several years old and properly maintained have had dozens or hundreds of patches applied. If a server has a major issue, many companies would be left wondering what to do because backup does not help when there are days of server recreation work to be done.

“Imagine you are holding an external hard drive in your hands while looking at a damaged server that isn’t powering up. What do you do? Fix the server and perform about a dozen critical integration steps before trying to restore data,” added Rich. “So many of our customers have had multiple IT people working on those servers over the years, most would have no idea how to bring the server back. Virtual-Move solves that problem by cloning the entire server and capturing all of the integration work done on the server over the years.”

Customers will have the choice of two Virtual-Move services. Virtual-Move, Standard Edition will make an exact copy of a customer’s server prior to relocation. Standard Edition captures all the data, applications, and integration work to serve as data insurance for the relocation. In the event of a server mishap, a new or the repaired server can be re-imaged to function like the original server.

Virtual-Move Advanced Edition extends the functionality of Standard Edition by enabling server access during the relocation. Customers can run their applications and access data while the relocation is occurring. For example, if the office staff wanted to send email during the move, they would select Virtual-Move Standard Edition to protect their Exchange email servers and Virtual-Move Advanced Edition to run Exchange.

Kevin Crofoot, Vice President of Sales at KCS Office Moving, a leading corporate relocation company adds, “Relocation companies have always offered insurance on hardware damage but we have never had an easy, secure option for data until now. Virtual-Move complements the hardware insurance because in reality, the data is more important than the hardware. Hardware can be replaced. Data cannot. This type of offering is invaluable to our relocation customers.”

CloudReplica’s Virtual-Move service will be sold by KCS Office Moving and their partners throughout the US. Virtual-Move, Standard Edition is priced at $150 per server and is available immediately. Virtual-Move, Advanced Edition is a $200 add-on service to Standard Edition. Customers can select a mix of Standard and Advanced Editions on their servers.

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ScaleXtreme Announces Support for Linux/Windows Server on Windows Azure Public Cloud IaaS

SAN MATEO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

ScaleXtreme, a leading provider of cloud and server management products, announced full support for Windows Azure Virtual Machines to launch, monitor, manage and patch Windows Server and Linux machines in Windows Azure. Windows Azure customers can sign up for free or paid accounts and instantly start managing their Windows Azure-based servers with ScaleXtreme.

ScaleXtreme worked with Microsoft early on to ensure immediate interoperability for our customers, said ScaleXtreme CEO Nand Mulchandani. Microsofts entry into the IaaS business is going to have a big impact on the technology industry and will be an enormous windfall for public cloud users. Were pleased to help customers begin benefiting immediately from Microsofts new Windows Azure virtual machine functionality.

ScaleXtreme provides a single view, unifying the management of an organizations server environment spanning private and public cloud machines, different public cloud providers running on any virtualization platform, and even physical servers. It works with Windows Server and a variety of Linux-based operating systems and helps users rapidly scale server deployments using templates. ScaleXtreme recently announced a number of additional features, including the industrys only cloud cost-management tools, which enable IT professionals to gain visibility into cloud provider costs, establish role-based budgets and prevent the launch of unauthorized cloud machines.

We are excited to have ScaleXtreme work with Windows Azure, says Mark Miller, director, Windows Azure Marketing, at Microsoft. ScaleXtremes products can give customers flexibility to manage both on-premise Windows Server infrastructure and public cloud Windows Azure systems through a single interface.

ScaleXtremes products also come equipped with cloud-based patch management automation, which provides customers the ability to schedule, deploy and automate patches for multiple machines, as well as the on-the-go iPhone application that gives system administrators a unified view of their cloud instances through a single, simple interface.

Sign up for ScaleXtreme now: http://www.scalextreme.com/partners/windows-azure

About ScaleXtreme

ScaleXtreme provides powerful, cloud-based server automation products for the modern distributed data center. Built from the ground up to be simple, scalable and social, IT gets a single unified automation platform to build and control physical, virtual and public cloud servers. For more information, visit http://www.scalextreme.com.

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Strategy Analytics: Mobile Operators Can Monetize the Cloud with Three Network Services

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Mobile Operator Cloud Services are being upstaged by OTT service platform vendors like Amazon Web Services, Salesforce.com and Microsoft but operators can respond to such challenges and recapture value with real time services, always connected devices and connectivity management. In a new report from the Strategy Analytics Wireless Operator Strategies, Three Ways Mobile Operators Can Monetize Cloud Service Value, Strategy Analytics identifies three key areas where mobile operators can capture value in Cloud networks.

Below are three essential concepts for mobile operators, along with names of leading vendor that can provide requisite solutions for each service.

Mobile operators should seize the opportunity to enhance cloud-based services with open APIs and flexible, scalable platforms in the network to complement as well as compete with innovative, fast moving OTT players, commented Susan Welsh de Grimaldo, Director Mobile Broadband Opportunities.

Sue Rudd Director Service Provider Analysis, added, All three opportunities are differentiated by mobile the operators unique networking knowledge. Cloud phones also lower device component costs and processing requirements, exploit coming HTML5 and deliver superior perceived functionality by making a smart network in place of a smart phone. By virtualizing network resources operators can create a Network as a Service (NaaS) option to attract premier developers. Mobile operators can leverage these new service models to capture value from the cloud.

About Strategy Analytics

Strategy Analytics, Inc. provides timely and actionable market intelligence focused on opportunities and disruptive forces in the areas of Broadband Connected Home and Mobile Broadband services. http://www.strategyanalytics.com

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Dimension Data To Offer Private Cloud Productivity Solutions

NEW YORK, June 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –Dimension Data, the global specialist IT solutions and services provider, today announced it will offer Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 and Microsoft Lync 2010 cloud services hosted in its managed private cloud environment. Part of its Cloud Services portfolio, and based upon Dimension Data’s Managed Cloud Platform (MCP), enterprises will realize the benefits of Microsoft Corp.’s business productivity capabilities while reducing the cost and risk of managing the underlying infrastructure and applications. Dimension Data’s approach provides a customizable and secure managed private cloud solution that maintains data sovereignty and control. Initially available in South Africa in calendar Q3 2012, Dimension Data intends to offer the service in an additional 10 countries and expand availability based on client demand.

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“Dimension Data has more than 10 years of experience deploying on-premise Exchange, SharePoint and Lync solutions for clients globally, and has migrated more than one million end users to public cloud business productivity solutions,” said Steve Nola, CEO of Dimension Data’s Cloud Business Unit. “Our strong expertise in tailoring Microsoft solutions to our clients’ needs provides the assurance that their operations are in good hands.”

The economics and efficiency benefits of moving messaging, collaboration and unified communication technologies to the cloud are appealing to many enterprises; however, existing public cloud environments can fail to satisfy key business requirements. Dimension Data’s new offering is part of its Cloud Services strategy announced earlier in the year. Based upon Microsoft productivity solutions, it provides a private, single-tenant cloud environment hosted in Dimension Data’s data centers throughout the world, or on the client’s premises. The managed offering provides enterprises with the level of customization, flexibility and control needed to address unique business requirements.

“By offering our clients managed productivity solutions in a private cloud environment, Dimension Data is helping remove the barriers that have previously inhibited some organizations from placing key business services in the cloud,” said Peter Menadue, general manager of Microsoft solutions at Dimension Data. “By basing this offering on our Managed Cloud Platform, Dimension Data is enabling enterprises around the globe to take a key step in their journey to the cloud with the security, compliance and customization assurances they require.”

“Enterprises and government organizations will benefit from Dimension Data-hosted productivity solutions,” said Mark Hill, vice president, enterprise partner group, Microsoft Corp. “As one of our most innovative alliances, Dimension Data has the depth of experience to offer customers flexible cloud solutions based on Microsoft technologies that best meet their organizational needs.”

Maximizing existing investments in technology is a key consideration for enterprises as they transition to the cloud. Organizations with Microsoft’s Enterprise Agreements can take advantage of License Mobility through the Software Assurance option to repurpose their SharePoint 2010, Exchange Server 2010 and Lync 2010 licenses. Dimension Data will take advantage of this licensing option so that their clients can move to the cloud on their own schedule, without waiting for existing agreements to expire or purchasing duplicate licenses.

Dimension Data’s cloud services platform, built on Windows Server and Microsoft System Center, is fully managed and allows for organizations to maintain the control they need to perform routine tasks through a self-service portal for client administration. Long-standing vendor relationships and multi-vendor management capabilities position Dimension Data to support and manage complex systems integration obstacles that arise.

Dimension Data Managed Cloud Platform (MCP)

Dimension Data’s Cloud Services are delivered on the company’s Managed Cloud Platform (MCP), a fully-managed cloud delivery platform. Hosted within a Dimension Data or client data center, the MCP is comprised of cloud infrastructure (servers, storage, networking, virtualization and operating system software) and Dimension Data CloudControl, a cloud management system that provides operational control and automation of cloud resource provisioning, orchestration, administration, and billing. The MCP can be accessed via a web-based user interface or REST-based application interface (API), enabling integration of the platform with third-party cloud or enterprise system management software. Private MCPs can be deployed in client data centers across more than 100 countries. Dimension Data’s public cloud services can be accessed globally via Dimension Data Public MCPs in San Jose, CA and Ashburn, VA, United States; Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Sydney, Australia and Johannesburg, South Africa. For more information on the services, please visit: http://www.dimensiondata.com/cloud.

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Online Auction Benefits from Online Tech’s High Availability Cloud Hosting

ANN ARBOR, Mich.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

Ranger Data Technologies, a software developer offering solutions and online auctions for the newspaper industry, has recently switched to hosting their online auction website, boocoo, on Online Techs managed cloud. Online Techs managed cloud is built around a high availability private cloud architecture, redundancy is built-in with multiple hosts, SAN storage and network security.

Ranger Datas boocoo auction website was experiencing prolonged downtime with their previous hosting provider. George Willard, Jr., Senior Vice President of Operations, knew it was imperative to find a more reliable solution. When dealing with online auction websites and people selling their items, they are not going to do business with you if your site is experiencing downtime, said Willard.

The company decided to partner with Online Tech to host their e-commerce auction website on a managed cloud solution. The cloud platform was more cost-effective and offered the flexibility to grow as their auction website grows. Online Techs managed cloud platform is designed to ensure 100% uptime with enterprise-level VMware and high availability hosts, network andmanaged SAN storage,as opposed to most public clouds which are designed to minimize hardware, storage and virtualization costs.

Online auction businesses live and die by the availability of their services, and we know that keeping online services always available is mission critical. Ranger Data is a great example of how important high availability is to e-commerce customers, and Online Techs cloud hosting offers affordable, high-availability clouds to growing businesses, said Mike Klein, Online Techs President and COO.

About Online Tech

Online Tech (www.OnlineTech.com), the Midwests premier managed data center operator, serves a growing demand for data and computing capacity in small and mid-size businesses. Through its high availability SAS 70 data centers, Online Tech delivers a range of hosting services including Michigan colocation, managed dedicated servers, private cloud hosting, and disaster recovery. Online Techs Michigan data centers operate under SSAE 16 compliance, allowing its clients to meet all of their PCI compliant hosting, HIPAA compliant hosting, and SOX compliant hosting needs. For more information call (877)740-5028.

About Ranger Data Technologies

Ranger Data Technologies has developed a network of nearly 300 local media partners to share in the transactional revenue generated by their auction site boocoo. They also develop software that helps newspapers manage help call center employees and managers and creating additional revenue by ensuring full accountability, organization and reporting of renewal and competitive lead calls.

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Green Cloud Technologies Closes on $2,750,000 of Additional Financing

GREENVILLE, S.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

Green Cloud Technologies, a Cloud-based technology solutions provider headquartered in Greenville, SC, has concluded a $2,750,000 round of financing that is a mix of Series B Preferred Units and three-year Convertible Notes. The bulk of the financing comes from Millry Corporation, a 70-year-old Incumbent Local Telephone Carrier serving southwestern Alabama. The additional financing will be used for market expansion and the build-out of the companys second data center facility in Nashville, TN. Green Cloud previously secured $1,250,000 through the sale of Series A units in 2011.

This is another vote of confidence for Green Clouds strategy from a very savvy and experienced investor group, said Shaler P. Houser, CEO of Green Cloud. This financing further enables Green Cloud to help businesses transition to our secure, reliable, and robust Cloud-based infrastructure and increase the efficiency and performance of their businesses.

Green Clouds offerings include VMware-based Virtual Servers, Mirror-Imaged Disaster Recovery, and Hosted Telephone Services.

We are excited about the opportunity to invest in this area of communications, added Paul Brown, president of Millry Corporation. Since 1941, we as a company and family have invested directly in local telephone service, Internet access, cellular telephone service, and wireless digital voice/data services and continue today to search for product offerings that will be required for the marketplace. The platform and services that are being offered by Green Cloud are the latest evolution in the industry and will attract business clients through cost savings and, more specifically, customer service. We look forward to the growth of Green Cloud as its CEO and employees concentrate on providing a best-in-market service offering.

Green Cloud recently announced expansion plans into the Myrtle Beach Charleston Savannah corridor and the Huntsville Nashville Chattanooga area. The company is 100% dedicated to Authorized Partner distribution and uses no direct sales force. By partnering with local consultants, IT managed service providers, and PBX distributors, Green Cloud enables its partners to leverage the benefits of Cloud technologies without making the substantial investments necessary to deploy fully-redundant Cloud services.

ABOUT GREEN CLOUD TECHNOLOGIES, INC

Headquartered in Greenville, SC, Green Cloud Technologies is a Cloud solutions provider for small and medium-sized businesses. Backed by world-class data center facilities and industry-leading platforms such as BroadSoft, VMware, NetApp, and Cisco, Green Cloud delivers managed IT and telecom services that include virtual server, virtual PBX, unified communications, and business continuity solutions. Led by a team of industry veterans that helped found NuVox Communications, Green Cloud helps small and medium-sized businesses use the Cloud to increase productivity, improve performance, and manage technology costs. More information may be found at gogreencloud.com.

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