This week in BPOS news is a recurring segment on the Microsoft Online Services Team Blog that covers news from all sectors of Cloud Computing and the Microsoft Online Services business suite known as the Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS). You can read all past This Week in BPOS News segments here.
This week in BPOS news we cover two stories about Microsoft’s cloud that include a “real world” example of BPOS in action, and an investment of billions of dollars in the cloud.
The Why Microsoft blog is the source for latest news about why companies choose Microsoft. The blog features a segment called the “Real World Microsoft Online Services Series” that highlights companies that have recently made the switch to Microsoft Online Services. For this week’s series segment, Andrew Kisslo from the Why Microsoft blog talks with Christian Kuttler, Director of Information and Communication Technology at Center Parcs. Andrew discusses how and why Center Parcs made the transition from Google Apps to Microsoft BPOS.
The blog post starts by breaking down the business needs of Center Parcs. The piece then details how Microsoft BPOS became the collaboration and productivity solution for Center Parcs and Kuttler ends the blog post by describing some of the benefits of BPOS that he has noticed.
You can also learn more about Center Parcs and how their business has benefited from using Microsoft Online Services with this detailed Case Study from Microsoft.
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2. Microsoft’s Ballmer to Invest Billions in Cloud Data Centers
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On a recent trip to Germany, Steve Ballmer announced Microsoft’s intent to invest “billions” in cloud service data centers. This large investment in the cloud will allow Microsoft to handle the increased volume and demand for the cloud. This is a significant move for Microsoft that will expand our cloud capabilities, and will also positively affect customers.
“The good news is that the cost of data centers is coming down,” Ballmer said
“We’re excited,” Ballmer said. “I’d have a hard time coming out here and being all pumped up for our customers, if I didn’t also think that it will be good for our shareholders. I still won’t give you a forecast” for how much Microsoft hopes to benefit from the trend for cloud technology.
The article from Business Week also touches on a couple key cloud issues that Ballmer discussed including government and potential security risks with the cloud. The last quote from Ballmer in this article sums up Microsoft’s approach to the cloud, “‘Compared with three years ago, there is no longer any question about whether users are moving toward cloud-based services, Ballmer said. ‘Now we know it’s inevitable.’”
What do you think of Steve Ballmer’s announcement of Microsoft’s pledge to the cloud? Is one billion dollars enough or too much? We want to hear your comments below.
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