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Airbus recently announced a switch from Office 365 to Google. And while, on the surface this looks like a loss for Microsoft, it turns out that the initial story isn't the whole story. It's likely that what looks like a win for Google will turn out to be a vindication for Microsoft's hybrid approach to the cloud rather than Google's cloud-only approach. And there are some broader lessons to learn as well.

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Chinese multinational Huawei has announced grand plans for its cloud computing arm. In short, it wants to form a global "cloud alliance" with telco partners around the world. This will allow for greater collaboration on the delivery of cloud solutions for international enterprises, similar to how airline alliances operate today.

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Not a day passes when someone I interview or a new piece of research appears bemoaning the IT skills shortage. New research, released today by SolarWinds, suggests the shift to hybrid IT infrastructure is exacerbating the gap as companies struggle to find people who can blend on-prem and cloud solutions.

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Public cloud services spending in Australia is set to reach $5.55 billion (US$4.18 billion) by the end of the year, while the global market is expected to hit $276.73 billion (US$208.6 billion). But surprisingly, a large number of organisations still have no plans to use cloud services, according to analyst firm Gartner. Read on to find out more.

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We're often told that cloud computing is the future, but making that assertion seems premature when arguments over what "the cloud" actually is continue to rage. Once that becomes clear, everything falls into place.

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Deployment of a hybrid cloud solution (mixing public cloud infrastructure with on-site systems) is often said to be driven by security and data sovereignty concerns. For Coca Cola Amatil, however, hybrid reflects a more basic reality: key warehousing apps won't be allowed off the premises.

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Blending private cloud and public cloud systems into a hybrid model can be challenging, especially in terms of ensuring fast enough access to the public elements. Networked data centre provider Equinix is trying to solve that problem with its new NetApp Private Storage for Amazon Web Services.

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The hybrid cloud -- a mixture of private and public cloud infrastructure -- is the reality for many businesses, but much discussion of the cloud insists on treating the two as separate concepts. How can you effectively deploy and take advantage of hybrid cloud environments?

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Considering a move to the cloud and not sure whether to go private or public? A key issue is identifying the 'tipping point' -- that stage where the ongoing costs of a public cloud solution outstrip those of setting up your own equipment.