Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Google Wallet "One of the Biggest Investments We've Made at Google in a Long Time"

"This is one of the biggest investments we've made at Google for a very long time," Osama Bedier, the search giant's VP of payments has told NFC World following a presentation at the NFC Payments Europe conference in London yesterday..
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eWeek: Google Wallet Will Fail to Cash In: 10 Reasons Why

eWeek outlines some of the challenges facing Google's new Mobile NFC payment platform...

By Clint Boulton on 2011-06-13

Google Wallet is the search engine's ambitious play to push mobile payments into the mainstream. When the service goes live in New York and San Francisco this summer, users will download the Google Wallet application from the Android...read more
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Fear of Unknown

We already mentioned that consumers may not be ready for Google Wallet. Consumers will also be afraid to try something new, such as Wallet, because they are uncertain about how secure it is. Indeed, the NFC chip, also called the Secure Element, will store users' credit card info for Wallet. But security experts said this could conceivably be gamed, exposing users to account-draining thefts.

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Global Prepaid Markets Potential 2011 Update

Boston, MA -- Global prepaid markets have become an increasingly hot topic especially over the past two years. As the U.S. market matures and becomes crowded, both large incumbent and small emerging players are seeking additional opportunities to maintain sustainable growth over a longer term (or for ways to expand their customer base). At the same time, prepaid cards are growing quickly overseas. This growth includes many large emerging markets where consumers and merchants have traditionally been slow to accept electronic payments. The prepaid industries in those markets are hungry for input including capital, technologies, lessons, and expertise from more advanced markets.

In 2010, Mercator Advisory Group published the results of the first global prepaid market potential study that covered over 50 markets and six major prepaid categories. Since the publication of the first study, Mercator has continued to receive feedback, collect more information, and revise the study based on our deepening understanding of the global market.

As a result, this year's global prepaid market potential study has been greatly expanded and revised to provide an even better overview of the global market. 14 prepaid segments in 10 categories are included in this year's study.

"As our understanding of the global prepaid markets deepens and expands, we found that the global market is actually much larger and diversified than many have thought. The unique market situations, industry infrastructure, cultural differences, consumer preferences, regulatory environments, and business traditions, among others, all have a significant impact on the size and dynamics of prepaid card markets in different parts of the world," Terry Xie, director of Mercator Advisory Group's International Advisory Service and principal analyst on the report, commented. "We have significantly improved and expanded our global prepaid market model to better reflect the situation in different global markets and better estimate their market potential."

Mercator's latest research provides comprehensive analyses of underlying market conditions for prepaid cards in over 50 countries around the world.

This report contains:

  • The world's top 30 markets (ranked by total prepaid card opportunities) in 14 prepaid segments.
  • Highlights of regional prepaid markets in Europe, Asia-Pac, Latin America, Middle East and Africa, and Canada.
  • Detailed breakdown of prepaid potential by segment for each of the top 30 markets as well as additional major markets in each region.
  • Top geographical markets for each of the 14 prepaid segments.

International Checkout Increases Global Sales and Adds New Currencies and Multi-Currency JCB Acceptance Through Planet Payment

LONG BEACH, N.Y. and VAN NUYS, Calif., June 14, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Planet Payment (LSE:PPT) (AIM:PPT) and (LSE:PPTR) (OTCQX:PLPM), a leading international payment processor, and International Checkout, a leading third-party payment and fulfillment service for US retailers selling globally online, announced today an expansion of their multi-currency pricing agreement. Planet Payment's Multi-Currency Pricing via its iPAY Global Gateway helps online merchants more effectively target international markets with pricing and payment transparency in any supported currency, through the ease of a single US-based merchant account.

International Checkout will now offer an additional twenty cardholder acceptance currencies - including the Turkish Lira, the Egyptian Pound, the Iceland Krona and the Belize Dollar, thereby bringing its total currency offering to over 65 currencies. To attract more merchants and help them sell more goods around the world, International Checkout has also agreed to take advantage of Planet Payment's multi-currency processing support of JCB cards, enabling Japanese holders of JCB cards to pay in their own currency. The company will also extend Planet Payment's multi-currency payment processing services to its newly launched Enterprise Solution, which enables a US online retailer to login to International Checkout's database and print shipping labels and customs documentation.

Since launching these multi-currency processing services in 2009, International Checkout has seen a substantial increase in its sales to buyers from outside the United States using credit and debit cards. By partnering with Planet Payment, International Checkout has enhanced the international customer experience for its 500-plus merchant set.

"Planet Payment's goal has always been to help merchants target new markets, and sell more goods and services," said Drew Soinski, Managing Director of the Americas "Our partnership with International Checkout demonstrates how our multi-currency payment processing solutions can help merchants increase sales, by helping them tap into new markets and convert more international browsers to customers."

"We are very excited to offer additional services that make selling and shipping internationally easier for our customers," says International Checkout CEO and President, Saskia Chiesa. "Our goal is to make selling globally as seamless for our merchants as possible. Through valued partnerships with companies like Planet Payment and with the launch of our new Enterprise Solution, we continue to deliver solutions that make accessing the international e-Commerce marketplace as easy as possible."
Planet Payment, Inc.
Paul Levine
Tel: +1 561 859 0901

International Checkout
Tel: +1 310 430 0561
Kathy Beteta

HJMT Communications, LLC
Hilary Topper / Kristie Galvani / Lisa Gordon
Tel: +1 516 997 1950
About Planet PaymentPlanet Payment's Common shares trade in the UK on AIM under the symbols PPT for unrestricted Common shares and PPTR for Reg S Common shares and in the United States on the OTCQX under the symbol PLPM.

Planet Payment is a leading international payment and data processor, providing banks and their merchants with innovative solutions to accept, process and reconcile payments, anytime, anywhere and in any currency. Our customer base of more than 45 acquiring banks and processors stretches from North America, to the Middle East, to Asia Pacific, including China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Malaysia and India.

Planet Payment is headquartered in New York and has offices in Atlanta, Beijing, Bermuda, Delaware, London, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore. Visit www.planetpayment.com for more information on the Company and its services. For up-to-date information follow Planet Payment on Twitter at @PlanetPayment or join Planet Payment's page on Facebook.

About International Checkout
Since 2003, International Checkout has been the leading global e-commerce solution, providing U.S. retailers access to the billions of dollars spent online by international consumers without risk or difficulty. By shifting fraud management, fulfillment, customs clearance, landed costs, merchandise returns, and customer service to International Checkout; more than 500 U.S. retailers have effectively overcome the challenges of conducting business worldwide. Consumers around the globe transact effortlessly with the click of an International Checkout button, receiving real time price quotes in their own local currency, including duties and taxes at a guaranteed rate, and world class customer care.

Benchmark Brands Taking Full Advantage of CardinalCommerce's Centinel(R) Technology -- to Much Success

FootSmart.com Currently Accepts Bill Me Later(R), PayPal(TM), and Google Checkout(TM) Payments

MENTOR, Ohio, June 14, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Benchmark Brands' FootSmart.com, a Top 200 Internet Retailer with over 1.2 million unique visitors a month, has seen business gains through its relationship with CardinalCommerce and Cardinal's leading eCommerce payments platform, Cardinal Centinel.

Cardinal Centinel allows merchants to enable multiple payment brands easily through one single point of integration without a disruption to back-end systems. Adding new payment brands to FootSmart.com has been accomplished quickly, with a savings of time and money, due to their implementation of Cardinal's Centinel platform in 2007.

Through Centinel, Benchmark Brands has added acceptance over the years for Bill Me Later, Google Checkout, and PayPal. Benchmark Brands' payments mix of alternatives and credit cards has now lifted FootSmart.com to #176 of Internet Retailer's Top 500 list for 2011.

Benchmark Brands has also turned to CardinalCommerce to enter the mobile channel, using Cardinal's MAX™ technology to build and maintain its mobile platform, which was launched last week on June 8th.

"We here at Cardinal are proud to call Benchmark Brands a long-time customer," said Mary Kate Ballard, Vice President, Merchant Services, CardinalCommerce. "As their designation as a Top 200 Internet Retailer shows, they are committed to their customers - and we're happy to be able to deliver as many alternatives as Benchmark's customers want through our Centinel technology."

"As a leading eCommerce retailer, we are constantly adapting to changes in consumer behavior and the marketplace," said Trish Tobin, Benchmark Brands, "with CardinalCommerce as a technology partner, we can offer a multitude of payments quickly, easily, and seamlessly. We've seen a direct benefit to our business by offering multiple payment options, giving our customers the ability to choose how they want to pay, thanks to Cardinal."

About Benchmark Brands

Benchmark Brands pioneered the category of lower body health, combining product categories that include footcare, socks and hosiery, knee and ankle bracing, low impact exercise, backcare, and comfort and wellness footwear into an integrated merchandising concept. With over four million customers, Benchmark Brand's FootSmart has become a trusted, direct-to-consumer brand for baby boomers and seniors, our target demographic.

As a Top 200 Internet Retailer, we're dedicated to making FootSmart.com the best shopping experience on the web for adults 45+, who want footwear that offers comfort combined with great style and lower body health products that address their needs.

About CardinalCommerce

CardinalCommerce Corporation is the global leader in enabling authenticated payments, secure transactions, and alternative payment brands for both eCommerce and mobile commerce.

Cardinal Centinel®* enables payment brands such as Verified by Visa, MasterCard® SecureCode™, Amazon Payments™, Bill Me Later®, ClickandBuy®, Cred-Ex®, Ebates™, eBillme™, eLayaway™, Google™ Checkout, Green Dot® MoneyPak®, Mazooma™, MyECheck, NACHA® Secure Vault Payments (SVP), NYCE SafeDebit®, OneTouch Online Purchasing™, paysafecard, PayPal™, RevolutionCard™, Rialto Pay, SafetyPay™, TeleCheck®, Ukash™, and more to a network of thousands of merchants and merchant service providers.

Our mobile commerce platform, Cardinal MAX™, makes it simple for retailers to sell and market products through the mobile channel. Cardinal's proprietary and easily deployable technology provides consumers, merchants, credit/debit card issuers, and processors the ability to conduct authenticated Internet, wireless and mobile transactions safely and securely.

Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, with facilities in the United States, Europe, and Africa, Cardinal services a worldwide Customer base. For more information, visit www.cardinalcommerce.com

The CardinalCommerce logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=697

*Cardinal Centinel Patent No. US 7,0
51,002 B2

LulzSec Hacks into Senate Computers

Group Claims Hack on Senate Computers
(from Bank Information Security at 14-6-2011)
A hacker group known as Lulz Security, which took credit for the Sony PlayStation and other breaches, says it broke into the Senate computer system. In a message posted on its website Monday, LulzSec says: "We don't like the U.S. government very much. Their boats are weak, their lulz are low and their sites aren't very secure. In an attempt to help them fix their issues, we've decided to donate additional lulz in the form of owning them some more! This is a small, just-for-kicks release of so... read more»

SafetyPay Selected By BorderJump as Preferred Payment Solution for Cross Border Transactions

Partnership enables U.S. merchants to expand globally
2011 IRCE  SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SafetyPay™, a secure payment facilitator benefiting online shoppers, merchants and banks worldwide, announces its partnership with Tenn.-based BorderJump. BorderJump eliminates the complexities of cross border ecommerce through an integrated platform handling duty calculation, shipping & logistics, international payments and marketing. SafetyPay is exhibiting with BorderJump at the 2011 IRCE in San Diego at booth #1739, where representatives from both organizations will be available for demonstrations and/or meetings.
“An essential part of the strategy is to provide secure payment options. With SafetyPay in the BorderPay platform, we have an extremely localized payment option tied directly to the banks that people trust, especially in Latin America where we’re both so strong.”
SafetyPay has been selected as a preferred payment solution by BorderJump to accommodate the local currency and payment preferences of international buyers. BorderJump manages all aspects of an order from tracking, customs, payment and returns. SafetyPay enables merchants working with BorderJump to offer their international customers a way to securely pay through their local bank and currency. SafetyPay is fully integrated with BorderJump’s payment platform, BorderPay™, automatically allowing customers of integrated merchants to select SafetyPay as their payment method.
“The natural synergy between BorderJump and SafetyPay led to our partnership,” said Manuel Montero, SafetyPay (CEO). “Together, we enable U.S. merchants to expand internationally without the hassles associated with shipping and accepting payments. With our secure payment method, merchants can expand into new territories and offer goods and services to over 90 million consumers.”
“Global expansion has become a top priority for merchants. Success is directly tied to offering a seamless end-to-end experience from shopping and checkout to delivery,” said Bobby Frank, BorderJump (CEO). “An essential part of the strategy is to provide secure payment options. With SafetyPay in the BorderPay platform, we have an extremely localized payment option tied directly to the banks that people trust, especially in Latin America where we’re both so strong.”
About BorderJump
BorderJump works with U.S. merchants to make selling to customers around the world as easy as it is at home. The company provides merchants with the tools to offer guaranteed landed product cost in their shopping carts, as well as, consolidated airfreight shipments to over 200 countries and the ability to accept payments in 165 currencies. www.borderjump.com.
About SafetyPay
SafetyPay™ is a safe and secure e-payment solution that enables online banking customers to make Internet purchases from merchants worldwide and pay directly through their bank account. Customers are never required to disclose any financial information. www.safetypay.com.

American Express Introduces First Prepaid Card

American Express Gives Consumers Fee Freedom with Revolutionary Prepaid Card

American Express Launches Best in Class Everyday Payment Card with No Monthly, Recurring or Maintenance Fees
Smarter Spending and Budgeting Is Now Within Reach For Millions of Consumers
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In an industry game changing move, American Express (NYSE: AXP) today announced a best in class reloadable prepaid card with no activation or maintenance fees. With the launch of the American Express® Prepaid Card, American Express is providing a smarter spending and budgeting payment option to millions of consumers, while creating an unprecedented standard in the prepaid category. With this new, consumer-friendly everyday payment card, American Express will further serve new customer segments that do not rely on traditional charge and credit cards to manage their day-to-day finances.
“We created a simple, transparent and easy-to-use everyday payment card to address a real pain point that consumers have with existing prepaid products in the market that are laden with fees and confusing terms including monthly and maintenance fees”
“We created a simple, transparent and easy-to-use everyday payment card to address a real pain point that consumers have with existing prepaid products in the market that are laden with fees and confusing terms including monthly and maintenance fees,” said Dan Schulman, group president of American Express’ Enterprise Growth Group. “We believe giving consumers freedom from fees with a best in class option from American Express will set a new standard for the $36 billion open loop U.S. prepaid industry.”
“We listened to our Cardmembers and customers who told us that although they enjoyed the benefits of a prepaid card—safer than cash, no impact to their credit, no risk of overdraft—they felt having monthly and other maintenance fees undermined the value of the prepaid card. So the feedback from our Cardmembers really helped make a good product, great. We stripped away the nuisance fees and designed an everyday payment card with superb customer service and benefits,” added Schulman.
Unlike other prepaid reloadable cards, there are no fees for purchasing the Card online, monthly maintenance, activation, balance inquiries, alerts, Card replacement, foreign currency conversion or loading via bank account. The funds on the Card do not expire, and if lost or stolen, the funds can be replaced. The first monthly ATM cash withdrawal is free, after which a $2.00 fee applies (bank network charges may also apply).
Choosing to use the American Express Prepaid Card also means that Cardmembers will enjoy the exceptional customer service they have come to expect from American Express. American Express Company was ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction among Credit Card Companies,” for the fourth consecutive year, by the J.D. Power and Associates in the 2010 Credit Card Satisfaction Study.1
The American Express Prepaid Card is a prepaid reloadable Card that’s a safer form of currency. The Card is available online at www.americanexpress.com/prepaid. Funds can be loaded through a bank account such as a savings or checking account and through cash loading via MoneyPak*. There is no fee for loading via bank account. At initial order, no funding source is required so consumers can order a Card and decide to load it later.
Unlike other payment options, the Card offers Cardmembers the ability to create, manage and specify additional user Cards for others such as family members, colleagues, babysitters and contractors. Through the trusted American Express brand, Cardmembers can use the Card for online and offline commerce, from gas to groceries. The American Express Prepaid Card can be used anywhere that accepts American Express Cards.
American Express is partnering with Consumer Action, a consumer education and advocacy organization, to launch a national program that will educate thousands of consumers about prepaid cards, including co-producing education materials for consumers on how to compare and select a prepaid card and how to use prepaid cards. The extensive program will kick off later this year.
“Reloadable prepaid cards are increasingly becoming the payment product of choice for consumers,” said Ken McEldowney, executive director, Consumer Action. “Through this consumer education program, we hope to better explain to consumers how they can select and use prepaid cards as effective financial management tools in their everyday lives, thus eliminating surprises, in the form of unknown fees and confusing terminology, for consumers.”
Online management tools provide controls and full transparency for how the Card is being used.
Cardmembers can:
  • View real-time transaction history and monitor spending.
  • Receive email or text alerts for low funds or notifications when a transaction has occurred. (Check with your mobile service provider for fees that may apply to text messages.)
  • Disable/enable ATM access for the Card.
  • Inquire about Card balance 24 hours a day/7 days a week.
  • Schedule reloading of funds automatically.
Cardmembers are entitled to valuable protections and benefits (subject to terms and conditions**), including:
  • Purchase Protection2 which can protect against accidental damage or theft of eligible items for 90 days from date of purchase, up to $1,000 per occurrence and up to $50,000 per Cardmember account per calendar year.
  • Roadside Assistance which provides dispatch services including towing, battery recharge, gas delivery, locksmith service and changing a flat tire.
  • Global Assist ® Hotline provides trip planning assistance as well as emergency assistance when the Cardmember is traveling more than 100 miles from home.
  • Exceptional 24-7 customer service Cardmembers have come to expect from American Express.
  • American Express Selects for Cardmember discounts at select merchants.
“After being the first major universal gift card issuer to eliminate back end fees on our gift cards to today’s game-changing announcement, American Express is committed to providing consumer-friendly payment options across our prepaid portfolio,” said Alpesh Chokshi, President of Global Payment Options. “As we look for ways to improve customers’ lives through payments, we believe that prepaid cards, like the American Express Prepaid Card, are an ideal solution for better financial management and budgeting.”
American Express is also removing monthly fees, the first ATM withdrawal fee per month and foreign currency conversion fees from PASS, a prepaid reloadable card for parents to give teens. For more information about PASS, visit www.americanexpress.com/pass.
About American Express
American Express is a global services company, providing customers with access to products, insights and experiences that enrich lives and build business success. Learn more at americanexpress.com and connect with us on facebook.com/americanexpresstwitter.com/americanexpress and youtube.com/americanexpress.
*Retail fees apply for cash loading.
** Terms, conditions and restrictions apply. Visit product website for more details.
1 American Express received the highest numerical score among credit card issuers in the proprietary J.D. Power and Associates 2010 Credit Card Satisfaction StudiesSM. The 2010 U.S. Credit Card Satisfaction Study is based on responses from more than 8,500 credit card customers. The proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of consumers surveyed in May and June 2010. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com.
2 Purchase Protection is underwritten by AMEX Assurance Company, Administrative Office, Phoenix, AZ. Coverage is determined by the terms, conditions, and exclusions of Policy AX0951 or Policy PP-IND and is subject to change with notice. This document does not supplement or replace the Policy.

Mexican Banking Leader BBVA Bancomer Orders 10,000 Hypercom Optimum Payment Systems

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. & MEXICO CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hypercom Corporation (NYSE: HYC) today announced that Mexico’s largest bank, BBVA Bancomer, has selected and will deploy more than 10,000 Optimum M4230 mobile payment systems to its merchant customers. Hypercom’s M4230 replaces an incumbent provider’s product and was selected in head-to-head competition with other global payment providers. Financial terms were not disclosed.
BBVA Bancomer’s selection of Hypercom’s high security electronic payment systems reinforces our already significant footprint, is a major endorsement by the premier bank in Mexico and represents a very important win in the MCCA region this year”
“BBVA Bancomer’s selection of Hypercom’s high security electronic payment systems reinforces our already significant footprint, is a major endorsement by the premier bank in Mexico and represents a very important win in the MCCA region this year,” said Samia Bounaira, Vice President and Managing Director, Mexico, Caribbean and Central America (MCCA), Hypercom Corporation.
For additional information on Hypercom’s mobile payment systems, please click here.
BBVA Bancomer, the largest financial institution in Mexico, is an affiliate of Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A. (NYSE: BBVA), a global financial group based in Spain that offers individual and corporate customers the most complete range of financial and non-financial products and services. BBVA employs 104,000 people in over 30 countries around the world, has more than 47 million customers and 900,000 shareholders. For more information on BBVA, please visit their website at http://www.bbva.com.
About Hypercom
Global payment technology leader Hypercom Corporation delivers a full suite of high security, end-to-end electronic payment products, software solutions and services. The Company's solutions address the high security electronic transaction needs of banks and other financial institutions, processors, large scale retailers, smaller merchants, quick service restaurants, and users in the transportation, petroleum, healthcare, prepaid, self-service and many other markets. Hypercom solutions enable businesses in more than 100 countries to securely expand their revenues and profits. Hypercom is a founding member of the Secure POS Vendor Alliance (SPVA) and is the second largest provider of electronic payment solutions and services in Western Europe and third largest provider globally.
Hypercom and Optimum and Design are registered trademarks of Hypercom Corporation. All other products or services mentioned in this document are trademarks, service marks, registered trademarks or registered service marks of their respective owners.


Hypercom Corporation
Pete Schuddekopf, 480-642-5383

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Cloud Computing Survey Finds Scalability and Cost Savings Driving Cloud Adoption

Lack of training and security as key inhibitors for cloud adoption
CUPERTINO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Cloud.com, a provider of open source cloud computing software, along with its partners Zenoss and BitNami, today announced the results of a comprehensive cloud computing survey conducted to determine the key IT objectives and inhibitors for cloud adoption. The survey was conducted by polling members of the communities that surround each company's popular open source projects (BitNami, CloudStack and Zenoss Core). A summary of the report is available for download here. Survey respondents included more than 500 IT professionals, 40 percent of whom were CTOs, architects and IT managers from a wide-range of organizations including government, education and enterprises.
There is an unprecedented amount of interest around cloud computing but as with any nascent technology, industry users and solution providers are still coming to grips with the benefits and deployment options for cloud computing”
“There is an unprecedented amount of interest around cloud computing but as with any nascent technology, industry users and solution providers are still coming to grips with the benefits and deployment options for cloud computing,” said Mark Hinkle, vice president of community, Cloud.com. "The survey findings help identify the needs of organizations and their preferences for deploying virtual infrastructure so we can develop solutions that best suit the needs of cloud computing users.”
The survey findings reveal a pervasive use of open source and a strong preference for deploying virtualized infrastructure on dedicated data center resources. Additional highlights include:
Overwhelming interest in cloud computing:
  • 61 percent of organizations are in the information gathering or planning stages or have an approved cloud computing strategy (but no implementation), 20 percent have cloud implementations and 20 percent have no cloud computing plans at this point;
  • Hardware savings was the number one reason cited for adopting cloud computing (68 percent), faster deployment of infrastructure (66 percent) and to reduce systems management burden (57 percent) were also top reasons for cloud adoption; and,
  • Of the surveyed Chief Technical Officers, scalability (71 percent) was the most popular reason for adopting cloud computing followed by elasticity or the need to adjust to fluctuations in resource demands (61 percent).
Open source prevalent in the cloud:
  • Open source usage is pervasive among cloud computing users with 69 percent using open source software whenever possible while only 3 percent claim not to use open source software at all. All government users indicated some degree of open source usage;
  • The open source Linux operating system is the dominant guest operating system in the cloud with 83 percent of IT professionals planning to deploy Linux as a guest operating system, 66 percent will be deploying Windows OSes in the cloud; and,
  • Of those users who don’t use open source software 58 percent have no cloud computing strategy.
IT professionals unwilling to cede total control to the cloud:
  • 70 percent of data center managers choose to deploy infrastructure on dedicated resources (e.g. dedicated servers and data center resources) while only 12 percent prefer to deploy their infrastructure in the public cloud;
  • 57 percent of participants preferred to host their infrastructure on their own hardware; and,
  • 36 percent of respondents indicated that their preference was to run their infrastructure virtually but hosted on dedicated hardware at a managed data center.
“What was telling from a service assurance perspective is that half of the respondents who have deployed cloud computing felt their tools were not well-suited to manage cloud infrastructure," added Bill Karpovich, CEO, Zenoss, Inc. “This reinforces our experience and belief that effectively managing the cloud requires tools built for the cloud."
BitRock CEO, Erica Brescia noted, “Our goal is to simplify the deployment and maintenance of applications in the cloud. The survey results make it clear that web applications are a leading use case for cloud computing. Our BitNami Cloud Hosting service provides one-click deployment and simplified management of popular web-based business applications to facilitate the process of running these applications in the cloud for both new adopters and existing cloud users."
About Cloud.com
Open source software provider Cloud.com simplifies and accelerates the deployment, management and configuration of multi-tier and multi-tenant private and public cloud services. Cloud.com’s CloudStack software is being used to provide infrastructure as a service (IaaS) in production environments at leading enterprises and service providers, providing them with exceptional stability, and is unrivaled in both feature breadth and scalability. Founded in 2008 by leaders in open source, virtualization and infrastructure development, Cloud.com is backed by leading Silicon Valley venture capital firms. For more information, go to www.cloud.com.
About BitRock
BitNami Cloud Hosting is developed by BitRock, the leader in cross platform deployment. Its customer base includes businesses, governments, and educational institutions throughout the world, from Fortune 100 companies to independent game developers. The leading open source companies trust BitRock for the packaging and deployment of their offerings, including Alfresco, SugarCRM, MindTouch, Jaspersoft, Pentaho, MySQL, GitHub, Zmanda and dozens of others. BitRock-built stacks have been downloaded millions of times and over a hundred thousand users visitBitNami.org every month, making it a reference site for open source web applications. BitNami is an official Amazon Web Services solution provider. To learn more, visit: bitnami.org/cloud.
About Zenoss Inc.
Zenoss is a leading provider of management software for physical, virtual, and cloud-based IT infrastructures. Over 25,000 organizations worldwide have deployed Zenoss to manage their networks, servers, virtual devices, storage, and cloud infrastructure, gaining complete visibility and predictability into their IT operations. Customers include Rackspace, VMware, Hosting.com, LinkedIn, Carlson, Motorola and Deutsche Bank. Zenoss was recognized as a “Visionary” in Gartner's 2010 Magic Quadrant for IT Event Correlation and Analysis. To learn more about Zenoss' award-winning solution, visit http://www.zenoss.com.

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