Wednesday, April 27, 2011

No matter what (Amazon etc.), the Cloud isn’t going away

  • There are an estimated 1.8 billion Internet users worldwide … close to a 400% increase since 2000. – IWS
  • More than 20 hours of YouTube videos are uploaded … every minute. – YouTube blog
  • More than 200 billion emails are sent … every day. – Radacati Group
  • In 2005, mankind created 150 exabytes, or 1 billion gigabytes, of data; this year 1,200 exabytes. – Economist
  • “By 2020, a significant portion of the digital universe will be centrally hosted, managed or stored in public or private repositories that today we call ‘cloud services.’”— IDC
  • Cloud-computing companies are growing 15% to 30%-plus for the last year, according to Lazard.
  • IBM says it is investing $6 billion in cloud computing over the next five years … up from about zero over the last five years. – IBM
  • Cloud stocks were up nearly 80% over the last 12 months vs. the broader markets up about 6% – Lazard
  • The cloud industry will become a $100 billion industry this year – BofA.
Rumor: Apple's cloud service comes with subscription fee
by Mike Schramm (RSS feed) on Apr 26th 2011 at 6:00PM CNET has heard from "music industry insiders" that Apple's long-rumored cloud service is indeed coming, but with a subscription fee. When it first launches, the service, which supposedly will act as ...
What Your Business Can Learn from the Amazon Cloud Outage
By Robert Dutt, PCWorld The servers are back up and users can once again check in on Foursquare and ask questions on Quora, but the legacy of last week's Amazon ElasticCloud Computing (EC2) outage will live on and provide important lessons for ...
SaaS will dominate your cloud strategy
ZDNet (blog)
By Phil Wainewright | April 26, 2011, 2:09pm PDT If an enterprise is focusing on the infrastructure layer to build its cloud strategy, then it's looking in the wrong direction. SaaS will dominate spending on cloud into 2020 and beyond, according to ...
Dell Boomi Connects the Cloud to the Enterprise
By Joab Jackson, IDG News Dell has updated its Boomi software to make it easier to exchange data between public cloud services and on-premise applications, in anticipation of greater use of public clouds by large organizations. ...
What happens to data when your cloud provider evaporates?
By Lucas Mearian "All of these things are coming together ... to give cloud storage providers a black eye. Anyone who was on the fence about cloud storage may be off of it by now," said Gartner research analyst Adam Couture. ...
VMware Acquires Online Presentation Application SlideRocket
SlideRocket, which has raised $7 million in funding, is a cloud-based online presentation application that produces slideshows that rival PowerPoint. More than 20000 customers and 300000 users leverage Slide Rocket to more effectively build, ...
'Cloud Girlfriend' Brings Fantasy Relationships to Your Computer Screen
PC Magazine
On Tuesday, Cloud Girlfriend, a San Diego-based online dating site with a twist, officially launched. The scope of the game has changed quite a bit since our initial reports. Instead of having a fake, hot girlfriend post lovey-dovey notes on your ...
7 Tips for Choosing a Cloud Provider
Fox Business
But what about the cloud, is it any safer? Whether your company has already taken the plunge into the cloud, or still waiting on the sidelines, cloud-based computing is definitely the long-term direction for where information technology is headed. ...
Is Europe ready to put its data in the clouds"
The idea of siphoning computing power from afar -- a concept called "cloud computing" -- has been in active development for much of the past decade, with companies such as Google , IBM and Amazon playing a central role. Now the European Union is ...
BMC offers tools to attack 'cloud by stealth'
iT News
By Brett Winterford on Apr 27, 2011 6:05 AM (1 hour ago) Software vendor BMC has released a tool that helps end-user organisations control the provision of cloud-delivered computing resources in an automated fashion – a key requirement in the age of ...
Force10 Networks Announces S7000 Next-Generation Top-of-Rack Open Cloud Switch
PR Newswire (press release)
A key component of Force10's new Open Cloud Networking(SM) framework (also announced today), the S-Series™ S7000 Open Cloud Switch is a new type of ToR node that combines storage and application processing capabilities in a single 2RU unit. ...
Broadcore Expands Cloud-Based Offering With Video Bridging
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)
Broadcore, a nationwide provider of Hosted Unified Communications and Business VoIP Solutions, today announced an addition to its menu of cloud-based services - video bridging. A step beyond video conferencing, video bridging allows users to connect ...
Sanjay Manchanda | Office in the clouds
In many ways, it is—it features many of the collaborative editing (where many people can work on one document simultaneously) and cloud-based sync (where the latest versions of all your documents are available irrespective of which computer you're on) ...
NASA Nebula cloud spans nine space centers
NASA's Nebula project – an Amazon-like "infrastructure cloud" for use within the federal government – is now being used across nine NASA centers, including the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and its headquarters in Washington. ...
SMBs Are Taking to the Cloud
Destination CRM
"Our survey shows that 80 percent of respondents agree that cloud systems require less internal IT-support. And with 63 percent stating that software-as-a-service solutions are made more attractive by the current financial climate, cloud solutions ...
Salesforce (CRM) Could Be Next Cloud to Go
Wall Street Pit
The problem we have run into with some of these cloud stocks is earnings coming soon (I don't like to take stock into earnings), bit CRM earnings are next month so we have some time. The stop on the trade would be $136.
30 Stocks for the Cloud Revolution
MarketWatch (blog)
When you stream a movie off Netflix, you're in the cloud. Do you think you'll be watching more movies on a DVD, or will you watch them over the Internet with your smartphone, tablet, car dashboard, computer and TV over the next five years? ...
Symform unveils unlimited flat fee pricing for new cloud storage model
By Mark Cox Cloud storage provider Symform thinks the cloud storage model is already broken, and that they have a completely different type of architecture that is the solution. And to drive it into larger businesses, they have announced a new flat low ...
Cloud Sherpas Named Fifth Fastest Growing Privately Held Company in Atlanta
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)
Cloud Sherpas, the leading provider of Managed Google Apps Solutions and top Google Apps reseller, was awarded the Atlanta Business Chronicle's Pacesetter Award for significant company growth from 2008-2010, and was recognized as the fifth ...
Voxel Enhances Its Cloud Hosting Services by Offering Free SaaS Application ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)
New Relic, Inc., the leading software-as-a-service provider of application performance management (APM) solutions, and Voxel, a leading provider of Cloud Hosting and Managed Servers, today announced the availability of free Bronze-level subscriptions ...
Hostway Named Microsoft® Hyper-V Cloud Provider of the Year
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)
Hostway Corporation, a global leader in infrastructure and cloud hosting services, today announced it has been selected as the 2011 Microsoft Hyper-V Cloud Provider of the Year. Hostway was recognized for its unique solutions that offer exceptional ...
Fonality's Cloud Telephony Solutions Service 1 Billion Calls
By Juliana Kenny, TMCnet Web Editor As a rapidly growing supplier of cloud telephony solutions, Fonality (News - Alert) recently revealed that it has serviced its 1 billionth phone call in the contact center. Providing unified communications solutions ...
SugarSync for Android: Cloud backup all the time
As content, such as photos, are added to the phone, SugarSync works quietly in the background to upload data to the user's cloud-based online SugarSync account, which in turn can be synchronized (and backed up) to all desktop computers also running ...

Apple reportedly close to cloud music service; what about Google?
By Consumer Reports News
In the wake of Amazon's launch of its cloud-based music service, called Cloud Drive, rumors are once again heating up that Apple is close to launching its own music-locker service. As for Google, according to some reports the company is ...
Consumer Reports News -
Apple Expected to Charge for Cloud-Based Music Storage Service ...
CNET reports that Apple is expected to charge customers a fee in order to use its forthcoming cloud-based music storage service, a new product said to be rapidly approaching completion. The company c.
MacRumors : Mac News and Rumors -
Would You Pay for Apple's Cloud Music Service?: Apple News, Tips ...
By Darrell Etherington
Apple might charge for its rumored cloud-music storage service, according to a new report from CNET. The tech site says that "music industry insiders" are saying cloud-storage for iTunes libraries won't be free, at least not after an ...
GigaOM -
Apple to charge for cloud-based iTunes? | iLounge News
By Charles Starrett
iLounge news discussing the Apple to charge for cloud-based iTunes?. Find more iTunes news from leading independent iPod, iPhone, and iPad site.
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Tech Expert Warns Against 'Unreasonable Fear' of Cloud Technology ...
By Carolyn Giardina
Amazon, Sony's PlayStation Network and Qriocity have suffered outages on the remote system.
Hollywood Reporter - Top Stories -
Cloud Sherpas Recognized with Pacesetter Award by www ...
By THN News
(The Hosting News) - Cloud Sherpas, the leading provider of Managed Google Apps Solutions and top Google Apps reseller, was awarded the Atlanta Business. -
Global Cloud Adoption Trends: UK Lags, SMBs Stay Simple | SiliconANGLE
By Isha Suri
The cloud often seems a magical place, full of promise for businesses looking to scale their growth and work on a more efficient level. The reality is that many businesses struggle with cloud adoption, as a concept as well as its ...
SiliconANGLE -
Roundup: Virtela Cloud, ASUS, AMD, Riverbed « Data Center Knowledge
By John Rath
Virtela launches cloud-based mobile device management service, ASUS releases new server, AMD adds ExpressLogic to G-Series, Riverbed (RVBD) optimizes Microsoft RemoteFX.
Data Center Knowledge -
Amazon's Cloud Crash Is Over, But the Talking About It Isn't ...
By Arik Hesseldahl
The big crash of Amazon's cloud that brought down hundreds of other Internet companies that rely upon it is over. Now everyone who was affected in one way or another is comparing notes on how they coped or didn't.
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Backup 5 GB with Amazon Cloud Drive - ProfHacker - The Chronicle ...
By Ryan Cordell
Amazon Cloud Drive is particularly interesting if you buy music from Amazon's mp3 store. Amazon mp3s can be automatically added to users' Cloud Drives (and previously purchased mp3s can be uploaded to it). Using the Amazon Cloud Player, ...
ProfHacker -
Cloud Girlfriend Launches As A Dating Site, NOT A Virtual ...
By Alexia Tsotsis
Cloud Girlfriend, service that created a lot of buzz by promising users that it could create the perfect girlfriend by setting up dummy profiles that would write on your Facebook wall and fool your friends into thinking you had a social ...
TechCrunch -
8 Possible Outcomes from the Great Cloud Outage of 2011
By Derrick Harris Apr. 26, 2011, 2:30pm PT No Comments During and after last week's four-day cloud computing outage, both Amazon Web Services and its users ...
Rumor: Apple's cloud service comes with subscription fee
by Mike Schramm (RSS feed) on Apr 26th 2011 at 6:00PM CNET has heard from "music industry insiders" that Apple's long-rumored cloud service is indeed coming ...
Amazon's Trouble Raises Cloud Computing Doubts
“This is a wake-up call for cloud computing,” said Matthew Eastwood, an analyst for the research firm IDC, using the term for accessing services and ...
Amazon Malfunction Raises Doubts About Cloud Computing -
Companies are expected to reassess backup and recovery after the interruption at Amazon Web Services.
Amazon's cloud nightmare - Fortune Tech
The exact feature that was supposed to be Amazon EC2's strength -- reliability - - is what failed and brought the cloud low yesterday. Still, cloud computing ...
Cloud Computing's Tipping Point -- InformationWeek
Half of federal agencies will be in the cloud within 12 months, according to our newcloud computing survey.

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