Two announcements of new cloud services we'd like to highlight this week, followed by some recent advice on hosted services courtesy of Webtorials' contributors.
In the first "new service" item, we note that Cincinnati Bell has expanded its portfolio with the addition of cloud-based Microsoft Communication and Collaboration Solutions through a partnership with hosted business services provider Apptix and Parallels. Cincinnati Bell will use the new solutions to more effectively serve SMBs, along with vertical industries including healthcare, government and education.
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Cincinnati Bell's new Cloud Solutions includes hosted Microsoft Exchange email with mobile synchronization and hosted Microsoft SharePoint. Optional archiving and compliance features can help businesses meet regulatory requirements, such as HIPAA, PCI, FRCP and SOX.
EarthLink (which we covered a few weeks ago) has also rolled out three new cloud services that are designed help businesses leverage virtualization. The "Cloud Launch Pad," the "Cloud Entry Bundle" and the "Secure Email Bundle" are designed to offer an economical partnership with EarthLink so IT managers can complement their internal resources with a mix of IT services and security that are hosted in EarthLink's data centers.
Also new this week, Webtorials has posted a new paper sponsored by Cisco that briefly examines issues that often present barriers to public-sector implementations of cloud services. In particular, it focuses on reliability and resilience, privacy and security, and standards and development. It also discusses how hybrid clouds are helping overcome many objections to cloud deployment and touches on financing models that are making cloud computing more affordable. The free paper, titled "Cloud Computing Concerns in the Public Sector," can be found here.
Finally, we also note that Gary Audin, our colleague at Delphi, has added a tech note to Webtorials discussing "UC: Should You Choose a License, Subscription or Hybrid?" The note also includes a link to the Webtorials' 2011 Ultimate Guide to VoIP and UC Services.
Our thanks again to Webtorials for making these free reader references available.