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Financial analyst-writer for the last 2 years. Writes for Motley Fool and Seeking Alpha. Completed his Bachelors in Business Administration (Finance) with GPA 3.0, currently pursuing MBA in Finance. Specializes in analyzing company stocks for the 'long' position, especially in the banking,... More
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  • Cloud Computing Is The Way To Go 0 comments
    Jul 30, 2012 11:17 AM | about stocks: AAPL, DELL, HPQ, MSFT, NFC, QSFT

    You must have had enough experience with cloud computing. Whenever you travel by public bus or you use the public lavatory, you are using 'cloud computing'.

    Well, I am joking. If you have an email account with Google or Yahoo, or if you have used GoogleApps, you are not new to cloud computing.

    What do you mean by cloud computing?

    Cloud computing is the process of offering hosting and maintenance services on a "clouded" basis over the internet. It is normally sold on demand, it is elastic and it is managed by the provider, rather than the seller.

    It can be public or private, the way it is sold by the provider or demanded by the consumer.

    Due to the improved internet speed and weak economy, the concept of the cloud computing can totally change the face of internet business.

    How the tech biggies are gearing up for the change

    The very first company that caught my attention was Dell Inc (DELL).

    Since last year, the company is on full fledge to establish its share in the cloud computing industry. In July 2011, the company announced its intent to buy Force10 Networks, a leader in high-performance datacenter networking. Since then, the company went on to buy AppAssure, to gain edge in complete application protection for virtual, physical and cloud infrastructures, in February 2012. Then it bought Clerity Solutions in the applications modernization and re-hosting solutions and services niche in April 2012. It acquired Make Technologies in April 2012, SonicWALL in May 2012, Wyse Technology in late May this year and Quest (QSFT) in July 2012.

    All of these acquisitions are focused on security, modernization and transitioning to cloud computing services.

    Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) acquired Vertica in February 2012. The acquisition of Vertica will enhance HP capabilities for information optimization, adding sophisticated, real-time business analytics for large and complex sets of data in physical, virtual and cloud environments.

    We already heard how Microsoft (MSFT) was slowly focusing on cloud computing, following the like of Google and Amazon in 2008. With the recent developments, Microsoft is already striving to gain sufficient market share in the niche of cloud computing. Better late than never! It has already struck agreements with Samsung and EmpireCLS.

    Moreover, the acquisition of Perceptive Pixel Inc. in July 2012 definitely insinuates a strong possibility towards the company punching the multi-touch display with cloud computing. Something we can look forward in Apple as well.

    Apple (AAPL) already introduced iCloud, a set of free new cloud services that work seamlessly with applications on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac or PC to automatically and wirelessly store your content in iCloud and automatically and wirelessly push it to all devices.

    And just now, it is learnt that the company is to buy AuthenTec Inc. at about $356 million. AuthenTec makes security software and chips for mobile phones that it licenses to companies such as Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS). It also produces chips for fingerprint recognition and near-field communication (NFC).

    I can see how the company is trying to combine the surge of wireless mobile technology with cloud computing.

    To conclude, I can see how the world is gradually adapting to the cloud computing technology. Hope the next time I write about Apple, I do it using one of its cloud computing services from my iPhone.

    Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.

    Themes: market-outlook Stocks: AAPL, DELL, HPQ, MSFT, NFC, QSFT
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