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Heated rivalries keep everything interesting, so it’s good to see that “Do No Evil” Google is up to the task of trading blows with Microsoft in the cloud collaboration space. Today, it took offense to being omitted from bidding in the USDA contract that Microsoft won, […]

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Heated rivalries keep everything interesting, so it’s good to see that “Do No Evil” Google is up to the task of trading blows with Microsoft in the cloud collaboration space. Today, it took offense to being omitted from bidding in the USDA contract that Microsoft won, while simultaneously rolling out a new product designed undercut Microsoft’s Exchange backup service. Perhaps soon Google will learn the art of publicly trashing its competition, like HP is doing to Oracle about Sparc and Solaris.

Exchange Server Down? Gmail Will Fill In Until It’s Back Up (From Silicon Valley Insider) Speaking of this fight getting ugly, it looks Google can give as well as it can take. Of course, GMail has a somewhat spotty uptime record, so one wonders how that will affect sales.

Google Says it Was Cut Off From USDA Project Bid (From CNET) This war is getting uglier by the day; now we’re seeing Google sucked into he-said, she-said arguments the likes of which large vendors like Microsoft are accustomed. Welcome to enterprise IT.

HP on SPARC/Solaris: “Larry Ellison Bought a Money-losing Business” (From Ars Technica) Maybe, but Oracle is pushing both lines pretty hard right now. If anyone can make them profitable, it’s Oracle.

How Azure Actually Works, Courtesy of Mark Russinovich (From The Troposphere) Just what the headline describes: A detailed account of how Windows Azure works. As a PaaS offering, it sets itself apart because it’s custom-built and in many ways distinct from Microsoft as you know it.

Observations From the Gartner Data Center Conference (From CloudPundit) This sounds about par for the course around IT departments. Cloud computing is not sanctioned, so they don’t consider developers using it actual use. Maybe all those adoption numbers should skew upward.

For more cloud-related news analysis and research, visit GigaOM Pro.

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