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Sponsored by Enomaly, Windows Azure and Make Web Not War, Cloud Camp Toronto took place last night in the Metro Centre downtown. Given Cloud Ventures is about enabling new Cloud Computing start-ups, what I loved about it was the overall emphasis of entrepreneurism. If you're a dot com veteran like me you'll be familiar with the First Tuesday events, and the atmosphere was more like a blend of one of these with a technical workshop, rather than a dry tech session only. Certainly there was some great Cloud computing content. Barnaby Jeans is the local Microsoft Cloud expert, and gave a 'quick-fire' presentation of Microsoft Azure, within an overall context of explaining the Cloud field in general. It was really slick and could have easily been given a much longer slot, clearly delineating who does what in the various modes of IaaS, PaaS and SaaS, and where/how Microso... (more)

It's All About Cloud UC

Introducing Microsoft UC Cloud Archiving Services A key application area for Cloud providers to consider is the UC suite (Unified Communications), referring to technologies for VoIP, 'Presence' and Instant Messaging, and a single inbox for email, fax and voicemail. Not only can it improve staff collaboration but it can provide quick solutions for e-workflow needs and help meet record-keeping compliance needs through new 'Cloud Archiving' features that can plug in to popular tools like the Microsoft UC suite. Unified Communications Microsoft caused big waves in the telco industry i... (more)

Data-center 3.0 : Cisco Inter-Cloud Services

Image via CrunchBase The standards for ‘Inter-Cloud Services’ (ICS) are being defined by the TMF here. This is a project team of vendors like Comptel and Progress who are working with Cisco to develop software for automating provisioning of services across multiple Cloud providers. How this is relevant to the overall market is effectively explained through its primary sponsor Cisco, and their ‘Unified Computing’ product range directed at the Cloud computing sector. ICS Their recent Powerpoint presentation on this work explains how it can leveraged to achieve ‘Unified Service D... (more)

Synch the Lync! UC and the Cloud

As it sounds Unified Communications refers to unifying your modes and methods of communications, building on ‘convergence’ of IP networks such that your phone, emails and faxes are all simplified into one toolset. Microsoft made big waves in the telco industry a few years back by entering the telephony market with the release of their UC suite. It’s really relevant to the Cloud market because it’s an entirely software centric approach, where the Communicator client and Exchange server software could provide all the same feature functionality as your traditional telephony equipmen... (more)

Reach for the Cloud! Entrepreneurs (and advisors) Wanted…

Our Ulitzer portal site (cloud-ventures.com) is entitled ‘Reach for the Cloud’. This entirely sums up the headline theme and purpose of our Cloud Ventures group. Cloud Computing is a very technical topic and this is where the advances are being made, but as many will tell you the primary business benefit is the ability to accelerate innovation. This includes enabling more entrepreneurism in general, as well as new start-ups specifically within the Cloud Computing market. So the function of our CV group is to help incubate and progress new ideas where the Cloud can be used to fa... (more)