Largest ever cloud computing deal inked

This week in our cloud news round up:

It’s being called the largest ever cloud computing deal in history. Panasonic and IBM have inked a deal that will see the electronics company replacing Microsoft Exchange for IBM’s LotusLive service. According to the site ITProPortal, Panasonic will also use LotusLive services for social networking between employees, partners and supplier. Both companies refused to talk about financial specifics, but many analysts are now wondering — will 2010 truly be the year of the cloud?

Garnter, the IT research firm, thinks so. The company has made a bold prediction that 1/5 of all businesses will own no IT assets buy 2012. ChannelWeb reports that the company thinks this is being fueled by a number of factors including cloud computing and cloud-enabled services and virtualization.

Microsoft and HP are also teaming up to help enterprises with cloud computing. Techtree.com reports that the two companies plan to invest $250 million and will build joint solutions based on existing industry standards. The model is infrastructure-to-application and they plan to introduce new offerings over the next three years.

SAIC is buying CloudShield Technologies, Inc. In a recent press release, Science Applications International Corporation said the purchase will, “enchance SAIC’s cybersecurity offering, and help the company bring to market DPI solutions for high speed networks, enabling it to meet emerging customer requirements in U.S. federal government and commercial markets.” The acquisition is expected to close by mid-February of this year.

New York State is looking at cloud computing. Government Technology reports that New York State CIO and Office for Technology announced an RFI session regarding cloud technology. It’s going to happen in Albany on Jan. 28. They’re looking as services for hosted database management systems, security tools and more complex applications such as human resource management, financial management and case management.

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