Three Cloud-related announcements this week received a significant amount of media and analyst coverage:

In all three cases, interest in the announcements (or in Nokia’s case, rumors) was fueled by increasing IT vendor realization that having something “Cloud” related in their portfolio is no longer a compelling differentiator. To be able to compete through the next decades or more, IT vendors (including services providers) must build business around a combination of standard technologies, ad hoc integration capabilities, and varying blends of mobility, social IT, analytics, and hybridized Cloud+on-premises business environments. Not IT environments, but business environments.

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