What is Happening? Announcements within the past two weeks by IBM and Oracle have been touted as helping to promote the use of private Clouds. Saugatuck believes that they may actually help to limit the attractiveness of private Clouds, while driving more and better management of the fast-growing hybridized Cloud-plus-on-premises IT environment.

IBM recently announced that it will be joining the OpenStack Foundation as a platinum-level sponsor, joining a panoply of traditional and pure-play Cloud IT brands that includes AT&T, Canonical, HP, Nebula, Rackspace, Red Hat and SUSE. As part of the announcement, IBM also announced that all of its Cloud services and software will be based on the Open Cloud Reference Architecture.

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