As the big companies continue to flesh out their cloud strategies, the money keeps flying. But not everything is rosy, as Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) might attest.
The biggest news this week was the IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM) acquisition of Cast Iron Systems for an undisclosed sum. (See IBM Buys Cast Iron Systems.) Cast Iron provides a way to integrate cloud applications with good-old on-premises applications. That app camp would include the traditional Oracle Corp. (Nasdaq: ORCL) and SAP AG (NYSE/Frankfurt: SAP) software that enterprises license.
As Integration Developer News reports, it's not easy.
Information Weekexplains that Cast Iron started out by selling appliances but has since started offering software and services.
Virtustream -- whose name looks way too much like "Virus Stream" -- got some money from Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC). PC World reports that it's part of a planned two-year, $200 million group of investments in areas like cloud computing and mobility. Virtustream's platform lets an enterprise get guaranteed performance when using computing power from multiple groups of servers.
Here's a fun application for cloud computing: software piracy. Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) pointed out in BusinessWeek that the cloud will make fake software harder to distinguish from the real thing. InformationWeek followed up by noting the irony next to Microsoft's "massive, company-wide commitment to cloud computing."