Today in Cloud

I have to give credit to Stacey at GigaOM for feeding today’s news cycle with her Wednesday-afternoon post that EMC will take the wraps off its IaaS offering this month. This is an intelligent move for EMC, and it fits nicely with EMC’s systems management initiative, which is driven by its Ionix software and complemented by its FastScale acquisition. EMC’s Atmos Online Compute Service is housed on Cisco’s UCS equipment and runs VMware for the hypervisor, a combination that adds to rumors of a Cisco-EMC joint venture. A Cisco-VMware-EMC data center connected to EMC’s cloud offerings via VMware’s vCloud tools would stand alone in the marketplace (until IBM and/or Sun-Oracle further their cloud strategies).