Thursday, November 29, 2012

Google Drops Pricing On Cloud Storage and Adds Features

Google Drops Pricing On Cloud Storage 20%, Adds New Features In Advance ...
TechCrunch
Google has dropped cloud storage pricing 20 percent, has added a set of new features, and is expanding its availability in Europe — all in advance of rival Amazon Web Service's (AWS) first major event this week in Las Vegas. With the drop in pricing...

TechCrunch

Official Google Enterprise Blog: Google Cloud Platform: new features, lower prices, extending European datacenters: "We're constantly making updates to our Google Cloud Platform products—Google App Engine, Cloud Storage, Big Query, Compute Engine and others—based on user feedback and to improve the overall experience. For example, two weeks ago we introduced a major update to Google Cloud SQL providing faster performance, larger databases (100GB), an EU zone, and a no-cost trial. But, we know there is more to do. Today, we’re continuing to improve the platform with new storage and compute capabilities, significantly lower prices, and more European Datacenter support. . . . "

Netflix open sources tool for making cloud services play nice
GigaOM
Netflix, it seems, is to cloud computing what Google and Facebook are to distributed systems, generally. Today, Netflix has open sourced its latest technology for keeping its cloud-hosted applications running — a set of libraries, called Hystrix, that ...

GigaOM

Meralco Eyes 'Cloud Computing' Tech
Manila Bulletin
Cloud computing could be the next wave of technology convergence that Manila Electric Company (Meralco) will be taking a plunge on, and this will primarily be linked to its plan to venture into smart grid. “We have been talking about it (cloud computing).

Drivers Of Cloud Computing Adaption
CloudTweaks News
Cloud computing is now in heavy use in the industry and even the consumer market is starting to consider the benefits of cloud computing. Even though it is using the same technology that we have since more than 10 years ago, the cloud computing ...

Eze Castle Integration Expands Cloud Services to Hong Kong, Singapore
Talkin' Cloud
Boston-based Eze Castle Integration is expanding into the Asia cloud market with its Eze PrivateCloud services. The company, which has offices in various markets in the United States and international locations in London and Geneva, is taking its ...

iCIMS Receives 2012 Cloud Computing Excellence Award
PR Newswire (press release)
"TMC is proud to announce iCIMS, Inc. as a recipient of the second annual Cloud ComputingExcellence Award," said Rich Tehrani, CEO, TMC. "The iCIMS Talent Platform has demonstrated innovation as well as the ability to improve the cloud," Tehrani ...

Cloud computing gains steam, but questions remain
MiBiz
GRAND RAPIDS — Cloud computing offers a lot of promise for business, particularly small-to-medium ones, to not only save money on IT spending, but also to rapidly scale up for important Internet advertising campaigns and the like. But a recent survey ...

Eucalyptus update makes its techie cloud easier to use
GigaOM
With this update to its open-source cloud, Eucalyptus focuses on better usability, a web-based user console, better reporting tools and key bug fixes to harden the cloudfoundation for production use, says CEO Marten Mickos. Marten Mickos - CEO ...

GigaOM

Trains, Planes, Automobiles, Boats and Cloud Computing
Telecom Reseller (press release)
I'm a member of several online discussion groups so get regular updates on a variety of topics. One conversation that has been going on for awhile was started with this question, “I hear a lot about thecloud and cloud computing. Can someone explain to ...

Cloud computing goes to college! Experts discuss the right strategy ...
In a twist, the university chose Oxygen Cloud, a smaller and younger competitor to the leadingcloud services provider Amazon Web Services, to provide mobile ...
venturebeat.com/.../cloud-computing-goes-to-college-experts-...

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Claranet buys UK cloud-computing firm Star for £55m

Claranet buys UK cloud-computing firm Star for £55m
ZDNet
European managed service provider Claranet has acquired UK cloud-computing firm Star as it looks to expand its core businesses. The £55m purchase of STH Limited, and its subsidiary Star, will result in Claranet being able to offer a wider product ...

Neat Company Adds Mobile, Cloud Services to Its Filing System
eWeek
Expanded Search: Users can now find information they may have stored in multiplecloud services including Google Docs, Dropbox and Evernote. Simply type a search term, pick the services you want to search and access the relevant search results from a ...

eWeek

Austin expansion continues for Rackspace [Austin American-Statesman]
Businessweek
Because cloud computing is expected to deliver a big leap in efficiency and flexibility for business computing, more companies are moving into the market. International Data Corp. estimates that global spending on "public cloud services" will expand ...

Is public cloud angst an illusion?
ZDNet
Follow @joemckendrick. Despite a lot of reported nervousness about relying on public cloud services for applications and data, there are estimates that at least 30% of Amazon Web Services' customers are large enterprises. This may be a quiet movement.

School trials cloud-computing for use with tablet - The Nation
School trials cloud-computing for use with tablet. To encourage schools to make the most efficient use of government-issued computer tablets as learning tools, the Information and Communications...
NationMultimedia.com - Business

Lockheed Martin Expands Range Of Cloud Computing Services for ...
19, 2012 - Lockheed Martin UK has expanded its offering of cloud computing services available to the UK government after recently being selected to provide ...

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Benefits of Cloud Computing for SMBs

Friday Support: The Benefits of Cloud Computing for SMBs - Small ...
By Microsoft Small Business
Microsoft's Small Business Blog provides resources for start up and growing small businesses, including software trials, downloads, 'how-to' guides, and technology advice.
Small Business Blog from Microsoft

Oracle takes a shine to Ruby in the cloud | Cloud computing ...
With its new investment in third-party cloud vendor Engine Yard, Oracle is ... Given the growing prominence of cloud computing -- evidenced by the rise of such ... Building Robust Private Cloud Services Infrastructures | White Paper · The Road ...

Amazon's dead serious about the enterprise cloud
GigaOM
Ken Ziegler, CEO of Logicworks, a New York City-based cloud computing and managed hosting provider, agreed that big accounts aren't just fooling around with AWS. “Many of ... One thing's for sure, Amazon has a huge head start in public cloudservices.

GigaOM

Study Hints at the Future of Cloud Computing
BostInno (blog)
While there is still progress to be made before critical integration of cloud computing technologies, there are also numerous positive indicators supporting planned adoption and perceived use and value of cloud services in the coming years. The ...

Cloud Computing For Lawyers
CloudTweaks News
Lawyers can also work collaboratively on files and documents, even when they are physically not in the same location. For some lawyers, cloud computing is already an affordable and flexible alternative to traditional desktop and client server based ...

DevOps - Cloud Services, Python, HTML, Linux - London - £50K
The Independent
DevOps Engineer - Cloud Web Services, Linux, HTML, CSS, JavaScript - My client a leading software entertainment provider are currently looking for a Dev Ops engineer to join their already established team working on the global rollout of a large scale ...

Asus eyes expansion of cloud services business to China, Japan
PanARMENIAN.Net
PanARMENIAN.Net - Taiwanese hardware giant Asus has confirmed it's eyeing expansion for its burgeoning enterprise cloud services business to China and Japan in 2013, The Register reports. The firm has been offering cloud services since 2008 under its ...

PanARMENIAN.Net

Interactive Intelligence Honoured With Cloud Computing Excellence Award ...
HostReview.com (press release)
Interactive Intelligence recognised for its cloud-based communications as a service (CaaS) offering for mid-size to large contact centres and enterprises. Interactive Intelligence Group has been honoured with a 2012 Cloud Computing Excellence Award ...

Amazon AWS re:Invent Cloud Conference: Big Channel Crowd
Talkin' Cloud
Amazon.com's (NASDAQ: AMZN) first-ever AWS re:Invent conference (for cloud computingcustomers and partners) will attract 5,500 attendees, cloud partner program leaders from Avnet Technology Solutions, Boundary, CoreSite, JHC Technology, NetApp and ...

Cloud Computing Security: 10 Tips for Protecting Virtual Systems
Cloud / Cloud Computing Security: 10 Tips for Protecting Virtual Systems ... While virtual machines and cloud services are so easy to create and deploy, they ...
www.eweek.com/.../cloud-computing-security-10-tips-for-prot...

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Dirty Secrets of Dropbox, Google Drive and Other Cloud Storage Services

Dirty Secrets of Dropbox, Google Drive and Other Cloud Storage Services
CIO (blog)
Dirty Secrets of Dropbox, Google Drive and Other Cloud Storage Services. Security still worries users of Dropbox, while Apple's iCloud doesn't play well with Mountain Lion, and users of Google Drive sometimes can't find their files. Here are the ...

CIO (blog)

A Surprising Dark Horse in Cloud Computing
Motley Fool
Our roving video reporter Rex Moore recently visited a real cloud in order to highlight the investing opportunities involved. Now, Rex and cloud expert Max Keeler dig deeper into individual stocks in the last video of a five-part series. Today, Rex and ...

CRN Tech News Exposes the Market Opportunities in Cloud Computing
Sacramento Bee
FRAMINGHAM, Mass., Nov. 16, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- UBM Channel's CRN today announced a series of exclusive stories focused on exposing the market opportunities in cloud computing. CRN found that the big cloud service providers including Amazon, ...

Cloud Computing's Triple Threat
Information Management (blog)
This week, Saugatuck Technology hosted its annual Cloud Business Summit in New York City. The invitation-only event featured panels and close discussions with large enterprise CIOs and CTOs about their real-world experiences in enabling, building, and ...

Five Myths of Cloud Computing
InfoWorld
In recent years, cloud computing has been as visible as any topic in IT. Its front-page news status has been accelerated by Amazon, Salesforce.com, Yahoo, and Microsoft®, among other firms, aggressively vying for leadership in providing cloud ...

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Cisco to Buy Cloud Computing Firm Meraki for $1.2 Billion

Cisco to Buy Cloud Computing Firm Meraki for $1.2 Billion
Motley Fool
Over the weekend, Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO ) announced a second big acquisition in thecloud computing space. On Sunday, it announced plans to spend $1.2 billion to acquire San Francisco-based Meraki, a provider of midmarket software for ...

Baidu offers free cloud storage to Qualcomm chip-based devices
Computerworld
Baidu is offering the free storage after the company in September declared China's mobile Internet space as its next major focus, and announced a $1.6 billion investment to build a new cloud computing center. The company is best known as the leader of ...
SurDoc Unveils TruPrivacy - New Technology Breakthrough Now Makes Cloud ...
Sacramento Bee
19, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- SurDoc, an innovator of cloud-based storage and document technology, today announced that consumers can now get TruPrivacy™ – a breakthrough development in cloud storage security technology – that provides absolute privacy ...
Lockheed Martin Expands Range Of Cloud Computing Services For UK ...
Sacramento Bee
ROCKVILLE, Md., Nov. 19, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin UK has expanded its offering ofcloud computing services available to the UK government after recently being selected to provide G-Cloud 2 IT support. This new contract succeeds the ...
Europe taps Amazon and Telefonica for cloud push
ZDNet (blog)
Top EU officials will meet with companies such as Amazon and Telefonica on Monday to discuss ways to set up a single European market for cloud services. The steering board meeting will be the first for the new European Cloud Partnership, which looks to ...
Cloud computing brings big data to the masses
TechTarget
Brian Lent, co-founder and chief technology officer of Medio, and Ivan Sucharski, Medio's data strategist, spoke about big data, the evolution of cloud computing and how the two trends affect each other. How would you define big data for people who ...
Cisco Systems to buy cloud computing company Meraki for $1.2 billion
Washington Post
NEW YORK — Cisco Systems Inc., the world's largest maker of computer networking gear, said Sunday it is buying Meraki for $1.2 billion to expand its ability to let customers compute in thecloud. Cloud computing refers to the increasingly popular ...

What HP's cloud chief wants you to know about HP's cloud
GigaOM
... that the company launched yet another reorg to rationalize the effort two months ago. That might help, but HP still needs to prove it can execute on cloud computingand not surprisingly, Zorawar Biri Singh, SVP and GM of HP Cloud Services, says it can.

GigaOM

Selection: Dropbox & Skydrive or BACKUP!BEST Cloud Storage Unlimited 2012
Victoria Advocate
When you start the selection between Dropbox and Skydrive make sure this media to be the right choice for your system files, because Cloud Storage already Trends in 2012 as Hard Drive online to backup your important files from computer virus attacks or ...

Cloud Services Endanger Website Uptime
ReadWriteWeb
Supporting Cloud Services Endanger Your Uptime. Where's your site? In a server sitting in the back room, most of us would say, or at a host provider across the country or even (if you're planning for disaster) scattered across cloud instances around ...

ReadWriteWeb

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Monday, November 19, 2012

How to restore your data from the cloud

How to restore your data from the cloud
Australian Macworld
Whether you rely primarily on cloud storage for backups or use the cloud to supplement local backups such as bootable duplicates, it's crucial to understand how you will go about restoring your data after disaster strikes. Disaster is the operative ...

Australian Macworld

This week in cloud: Why we love/hate cloud storage; Dell's rough week
GigaOM
Two things are true: Consumers love cloud-based file share and storage systems and consumers have concerns about cloud-based file share and storage systems. Dell makes another acquisition in hopes of bolstering its cloud storage after a rough earnings ...

GigaOM

A Cancer Scare Finally Got This Startup Founder To Focus, And Now His Cloud ...
Business Insider
He left a spectacular career as a cancer doctor to focus on his cloud-computing startup, Joyent. It's paid off in ways he never imagined. Today, Joyent has around 200 employees and is growing revenues at 40% a quarter, Hoffman says. He says the company ...

How to Build a Secure Cloud Environment – Study
CloudTimes (blog)
Today, cloud computing technologies are changing rapidly. A survey conducted by Symantec reveals that 23% of the information of companies around the world is currently stored in public, private and hybrid cloud. Sophisticated cyber-attacks so far ...

Limpag: Firm with roots in Cebu delivers top-class cloud solution
Sun.Star
Tech Notes. Sunday, November 18, 2012. FOR a country like the Philippines, which has high power cost, the cloud computing solution developed by a company that was incubated in Cebu is a cost-efficient solution. “It's the most power-efficient cloud ...

Why monopolies and commoditization would pollute the cloud
GigaOM
One of the prevailing assumptions around the cloud computing market is that it will drive towards an ├╝ber-simplified delivery model that is similar to a utility. Further, this utility model will largely remove the potential for differentiation by most ...

GigaOM

New cloud storage app (20 free gigs!)
RootzWiki
It's called jotta cloud and I am liking it more than drop box. And having my files separated by device is nice (PC, Android, etc). http://www.jottaclou...83F64555E989D97 Sent from my SCH-I500 using xda premium. Sent from my SCH-I500 using RootzWiki ...

Houdini 3: Analyzing in the cloud (part two)
Chessbase News
Some may, or may not have heard of the Let's Check functionality, which will be covered in greater detail later, however it also brings about what is known as Cloud computing, using outside resources as opposed to only those in your own machine. Feel ...

Chessbase News

Egnyte introduces new content storage, sharing infrastructure
Computer Business Review
In addition, the new content storage and sharing infrastructure also offers average upload speeds 25 times faster than ordinary cloud services, the company said. Cloud Control allows customers to combine different storage devices and cloud types into a ...

Double Secure Cloud Storage Service Launches - SmallNetBuilder
InfraScale has announced a truly secure file sharing service.

Sometimes we like to compare Dropbox VS Skydrive when selecting online ...
Victoria Advocate
Sometimes we like to compare Dropbox VS Skydrive when selecting online backup media, but are you really chose the best because Cloud Storage already Trends in 2012 as Hard Drive online to backup your important files from computer virus attacks.

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

The top concerns with cloud storage services

The top concerns with cloud storage services
ZDNet
A new survey released by technical support firm FixYa suggests that the top concerns of cloud storage users are the security of a service, storage limitations, file syncing and missing files. Asking the website's users for commentary on popular cloud ...

Cloud computing's utility future gets closer
ZDNet
Public cloud services can precisely meter how much storage or compute is being used at any one time, though different providers can have different pricing methodologies. As for price-setting mechanics, the fundamental price of public cloud computing is ...

Cloud storage services have their benefits and flaws
CNET (blog)
Tons of options exist for which cloud storage service to choose from. You've got Google Drive, Box, SugarSync, DropBox, Apple's iCloud, and more. A new report by tech support site FixYa, which sourced data from its 25 million users, studies which ...

Microsoft adds selective sync to SkyDrive cloud storage
PCWorld
Despite introducing the service in 2007, the SkyDrive desktop apps were only released six months ago. The apps were designed to make Microsoft's cloud storage solution a more viable competitor to services such as Dropbox. Microsoft that since it ...

Defining the elusive cloud architect
InfoWorld
The cloud architect is much like Bigfoot: There are sightings, even some blurry video, but we really don't have solid proof that this creature exists. The problem is cloud computing is so new that it's tough to find people who understand how all of it ...

Meeting the challenges of hybrid cloud computing infrastructures
Network World
As companies embrace cloud computing, many are finding it advantageous to use external cloudsto host non-critical IT services and data while keeping business-critical applications on internal-cloudinfrastructure. However, this hybrid ... Today, there ...

Cloud adoption: Why you have to get the measure of scalability
ZDNet
This is the second year that Northbridge Ventures conducted its Future of Cloud Computing survey and, like most cloud-related surveys, the results offer up interesting titbits in terms of trends and data points — especially when compared with previous ...

Where next for Steven Sinofsky?
GigaOM
He wouldn't have to relocate and Amazon seeks more enterprise expertise for its cloud services push. One Twitter correspondent thinks Seattle-based Tableau, the hot-shot business intelligence startup, would be an interesting choice. And then there's ...

GigaOM

Executives Getting Less Antsy About Public Cloud, Survey Says
Forbes
Bottom line: cloud adoption is still an immature process, and organizations are still exploring and getting comfortable with the mixes and matches of private, public and hybrid cloud services. And it's going to take some time before cloud computing ...

Forbes

How Cloud Computing Helped Obama Win the Presidential Election
Forbes
Jeff Barr, a web services evangelist at Amazon.com has written an interesting blog post on how Amazon's cloud helped Barack Obama win the election. In the post Barr says “imagine setting up the technology infrastructure needed to power a dynamic, ...

Microsoft completes its purchase of cloud computing firm StorSimple ...
By Alex Wilhelm
In Microsoft's eyes, the company was right in the middle of big data and cloud computing, areas that it itself is investing into quite heavily, with its work on Azure and work with Hadoop. StorSimple, Microsoft told TNW, brings “together on-premises and cloud storage [and] data management.” It was our perspective then, and remains, that this purchase is essentially a talent and customer acquisition pickup for Azure, a product that is technically capable, but lacks mindshare in the public ...
The Next Web

Cloud Storage Solutions Examined: FixYa Sheds Light On Problems ...
By James Johnson
Cloud storage solutions are quickly becoming the common place type of storage for many devices. It's hard to buy an iPhone 5, ... Have you had any problems with your cloud services of choice that are not listed above? Category: Technology ...
The Inquisitr

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Friday, November 16, 2012

7 Cheap Cloud Storage Options

7 Cheap Cloud Storage Options
InformationWeek
Given that about half of American consumers think cloud services can impact the weather, it's clear the appeal of online storage still isn't widely understood. This confusion ... The cloud storage equation, in other words, forces users to weigh a ...

Cloud Computing – Why Waiting Might Make Sense
Data Center Knowledge (blog)
Many can argue that, by the definition, these organizations are already using cloud computing. But what about actual cloud platforms? Creating your own public, private or even hybrid cloud? Although cloud computing can have powerful benefits, some ...

Data Center Knowledge (blog)

Microsoft's Ballmer Touts Tablets, Phone, Cloud
InformationWeek
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer described the departure of Steven Sinofsky as the head of Windows 8 development as "amicable" and said that Microsoft is well positioned in tablets, phones and cloud computing to start expanding its business again. "He's ...

Dropbox offers another access point to cloud storage with Chooser
ZDNet
Dropbox offers another access point to cloud storage with Chooser. Summary: Following the integration with Facebook Groups, Dropbox offers developers with more tools to offer users with another way to access their cloud-based files. Rachel King ...

Head in the clouds: Business starting to use cloud without knowing what they ...
ZDNet (blog)
Companies are pressing ahead with adoption of cloud computing even though they haven't finished working out their formal strategies for using it. Analyst IDC surveyd companies in the UK ... Because it's so easy to procure a number of cloud services ...

How GoDaddy is growing into a SaaS company
GigaOM
Web-hosting giant GoDaddy is trying to grow into a products company to help its small business customers move into the modern computing era rather than just hosting their websites. A conversion to mobile websites is first, but cloud services are on the ...

GigaOM

The Short Thesis for Cloud Computing Company, ServiceNow Inc
ValueWalk
ServiceNow Inc (NYSE:NOW) was taken public earlier this year at $18/share and has since ridden the cloud computing wave to a price of $30/share, implying an eye-popping 18.3x 2012E revenue multiple. Even if ServiceNow becomes the market leader and ...

IT's new battlegrounds in the cloud revolution
ZDNet
Cloud computing is turning into a true utility, as essential to any business as water or electricity. This evolution is driven by massive investments by cloud companies, itself funded from businesses' increased reliance and spending on cloud services ...

IceWarp Joins Rackspace Partner Program to Build Out Cloud Services
Talkin' Cloud
Messaging solutions company IceWarp has joined the Rackspace (NYSE: RAX) partner program with the intention of expanding its cloud services and programs. Every cloud platform provider has its wins, and here's another one that Rackspace can put up on ...

Cloud Computing, Data Privacy Rules, and Data Security
Midsize Insider
New data privacy regulations in both the EU and US could impose additional security management and privacy protection standards for cloud computing. And for IT managers at midsize firms the new rules could end up being a good thing. Yes, the new rules ...

Newvem makes its Amazon analytics available — Cloud Computing ...
By Barb Darrow
First and foremost “we've learned that cloud users are sick and tired of hearing about saving costs … we're helping cloud users [instead] focus on their business and how the cloud impacts profit,” said Cameron Peron, Newvem VP of marketing ...
GigaOM

Special needs education: How cloud computing is making a difference
By Monica Gupta
With my passion for keeping up to date on the advances in special needs education, I wondered howcloud computing was impacting the special education field. This is an area where a lot of children need help but where money is always in ...
Thoughts on Cloud Blog

An Indian Perspective on Cloud Computing - IEEE - The Institute
Joshua J. Romero is an associate editor at IEEE Spectrum, currently reporting on technology from Bangalore, India. “The cloud has flattened IT the way networks ...

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Monitor Amazon Cloud Services On Your iPhone

Monitor Amazon Cloud Services On Your iPhone
InformationWeek
Monitor Amazon Cloud Services On Your iPhone. Newvem's Cloud Smart ... More than half of federal agencies are saving money with cloud computing, but security, compatibility, and skills present huge problems, according to our survey. Also in the Cloud ...

7 Dumb Cloud Computing Myths
InformationWeek
As I leaf through the pages of my cloud scrapbook, I'm struck by how much valuable ink has been wasted repeating charges about cloud computing that just aren't true. Each year, sure as clockwork, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison tries to come up with a new ...

3 steps to a cloud database strategy that works
InfoWorld (blog)
Many in IT consider cloud computing to be a platform change, not a way to create more value from the data. If you're just moving data from local to remote systems, save yourself the trouble. Moving to the cloud means changing how you store and retrieve ...

Vets. Dept. Signs $36 Million HP-Microsoft Cloud Deal
InformationWeek
In what could be one of the biggest cloud computing contracts to date by number of users, the Department of Veterans Affairs will move 600,000 users to Microsoft cloud email and collaboration services. The five-year, $36 million contract will first see ...

Oracle Stakes Claim In Engine Yard PaaS
InformationWeek
Engine Yard potentially can move Oracle out of the box that it has built for itself into the more general-purpose, Amazon Web Services EC2-type of cloud computing. Engine Yard runs atop Amazon's Enterprise Compute Cloud (EC2). Oracle has a strong ...

Cloud apps mean developing in days, not months: IBM
ZDNet
Speaking at VMWare's vForum 2012 in Sydney today, IBM program director for Cloud ComputingClient Engagements Dan Carr said that the maturity of cloud services has meant that businesses not only have traditional records-based applications to move to ...

Cloud Services Becoming Foundational
Information Management
Sixty-five percent of Saugatuck's research base agrees or strongly agrees that the most important benefits of cloud computing are greater business flexibility and agility (versus cost savings). Cloudis also an element of Saugatuck's notion of the ...

Egnyte touts new storage infrastructure as 'cloud-agnostic' approach
ZDNet
Announced amid the cloud storage provider's Firestorm executive summit on Wednesday, CloudControl focuses on shoring up security for sensitive data no matter where it sits. Egnyte referred to this as a "cloud-agnostic" approach, which translates to ...

Governing economic growth in the cloud
Phys.Org
Gross domestic product (GDP) can be boosted by cloud computing, the system in which remote computers on the Internet are used to store, manage and process data rather than the users' local machines. A report to be published in the International Journal ...

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Americans Still Unclear About Cloud Computing

Americans Still Unclear About Cloud Computing
Forbes
In addition, 33 percent see the cloud as a thing of the future, even though 97 percent are already using cloud services through online shopping, banking, social networking, and file sharing. “This survey clearly shows that the cloud phenomenon is ...

Amazon Cloud Data Center Opens In Australia
InformationWeek
But it's added another, its ninth region worldwide, in Sydney, Australia, where AWS has 10,000 customers. Amazon will offer its full gamut of cloud services from that location, including Elastic Compute Cloud, Simple Storage Service and Elastic Block ...

SugarSync 2.0 Cloud Storage Service Beta Released
eWeek
The adoption of personal cloud services for file access, sync and sharing has accelerated in the past two years, according to a July 2012 study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of SugarSync. In 2010, 9 percent of U.S. online adults were ...

eWeek

FileLocker offers 25GB free end-to-end encrypted cloud storage
PCWorld (blog)
If recent cloud storage breaches have you wondering if the web can be trusted with your files a new service launched Tuesday called FileLocker, that provides encrypted cloud storage, may give you new faith. FileLocker, a folder sync and collaboration ...

Microsoft Cloud Partner M&A: Champion Acquires MessageOps
Talkin' Cloud
Champion Solutions Group, a Boca Raton, Fl.-based virtualization and cloud computing services provider, is building out its Microsoft cloud services through the acquisition of Charlotte, NC-based MessageOps. MessageOps has focused its core business on ...

Hosting.com Kicks Off Cloud Services at Dallas Data Center
Sacramento Bee
DALLAS, Nov. 13, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Hosting.com, a leading provider of enterprise-class, managed cloud hosting services and disaster recovery solutions, announced today it is hosting an open house and tour of its Dallas data center, now fully ...

Thomas Duryea's journey to the cloud: Part one
ZDNet
The next BriefingsDirect IT leadership discussion focuses on how leading Australian IT services provider Thomas Duryea Consulting made a successful journey to cloud computing as a business. We'll learn why a cloud-of-clouds ... To learn more about ...

Cloud Computing: Open Source Options See Low Number of Adopters amid ...
Formtek Blog (blog)
There's been a lot of buzz about platforms like OpenStack that create an Open Source platform for building a cloud. While interest in cloud computing in general is hyped incredibly high, surprisingly, a report from Zenoss finds that there hasn't been ...

Cloud computing, mobility impact data storage, security
Gemini (blog)
Barcelona (ip-192.com): A Digital Information Index highlighting the significant impact that cloud computing and mobility have on businesses around the world has been released by Symantec, an American computer security software corporation. The 2012 ...

SolidFire moves into GA, promises its SSDs will greatly speed up cloud services
VentureBeat
...  SolidFire, a promising solid-state storage maker for cloud services, has finally launched into general availability and announced its first customers after a year of relatively low ...

VentureBeat

Cloud Storage Service SugarSync Gets a Face-Lift, Adds Search ...
By Lauren Goode
Personal cloud storage service SugarSync, which competes directly with Dropbox, is rolling out a desktop redesign and adding search functionality to its service. The new SugarSync desktop app resembles a chat box, and lets users share ...
AllThingsD

Electronic Testing Services (ETS) Uses Cisco Cloud Computing
By Gary Serda
Cloud-based computing is being viewed by schools, colleges and universities as an increasingly attractive option for delivering education services more securely, reliably, and economically. Ciscocloud customer, Electronic Testing Services ...
Cisco Blog

Secure Cloud Computing | Huddle's Blog
By Rishi Chowdhury
Sure, there were some benefits to using cloud services but security was a far higher priority and if any breach occurred the cloud's benefits would be nullified pretty quickly. Secure cloud computingwas a concept that many people simply ...
Huddle's Blog

Citrix Is Preparing Cloud, A Relaunch Of The Cloud.com Service It ...
By Ingrid Lunden
Cloud services are where the action is for enterprise IT companies right now, and Citrix, which bought the open source, cloud-computing platform Cloud.com for..
TechCrunch

Tech publisher Ziff Davis snapped up by cloud services provider j2 ...
By Nick Akerman
Business cloud services provider j2 Global has completed a deal to purchase long-running tech publisher Ziff Davis. j2 paid $167 million for the company and expects the investment to have an instant impact on its financial report, contributing ...
VG247

Winners in the cloud revolution | ZDNet: "Many of the software technologies generating much of the cloud interest are open source - Puppet, Chef, Hadoop, Linux - and so to win in this area companies need to help steward the development of the technology while concentrating on enterprise-grade support - a potent source of revenue in open software. For this reason companies like Linux stewards Canonical and Red Hat stand to benefit as well, along with companies backing strong open source projects and making them into commercial products, like cloud infrastructure software maker Joyent via the node.js language, or Rackspace via OpenStack. In the same way that Hadoop can be run locally or from a cloud service, such as Amazon Web Service's Elastic MapReduce technology, all companies that deal in scalable software have the potential to sell to the whole spread of the IT market, ranging from individual developers up to companies with on-premise commodified hardware and, perhaps, to the cloud providers themselves. "

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Rackspace Hosting - Cloud Remains Hot Area

Rackspace Hosting - Cloud Remains The Hot Area For The Future
Seeking Alpha
The provider of cloud computing services to small and medium sized businesses reported its third quarter results on Tuesday. Third Quarter Results. Rackspace reported third quarter revenues of $336 million, up 27% on the year. Revenues were up 5.3% ...

Portal Architects releases Skybrary - Cross-platform Cloud Storage Librarian
Sacramento Bee
LAS VEGAS, Nov. 12, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Microsoft SharePoint Conference -- Portal Architects, Inc. today announced the release of their new app, Skybrary. Skybrary makes it incredibly easy for businesses and consumers alike to find, move, share and ...

Amazon Web Services Cloud Computing Platform Now Available from ...
PYMNTS.com
(NASDAQ:AMZN) — Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS, Inc.), an Amazon.com company, today announced the launch of its new Asia Pacific (Sydney) Region, the ninth Region in which the company has deployed its global cloud computing platform.

NetApp Preview: Cloud Computing Demand Should Drive Results
Trefis
We expect product revenues to catch up this quarter helped by seasonality and as companies move away from traditional computing environments to cloud computing which will drive storage demand. On the software front, we expect NetApp's popular ...

Box gets more international with Equinix deal
GigaOM
Box, which offers a cloud storage and file sharing to business customers, is getting more global, inking a deal to with Equinix to run on six of that company's IBX data centers around the world. Up until now, more than half of Box's claimed 14 million ...

Cloud Services Revenue To Reach $43.2 Billion In 2016
IT Jungle
We have been forecasting the push toward cloud computing for years, and more recently we have been reporting on the growing number of IBM i solution providers that are introducing cloud services. For a platform that is often wrongly accused of being ...

Cloud Computing – Status Quo on Policy Challenges, Data Privacy, Security and ...
CloudTimes
Cloud Computing offers several key advantages for businesses and consumers. As mentioned above, cloud services can be accessed anywhere and any time as long as Internet connection and a device capable of accessing the Internet are available.

CloudTimes

CloudStack: Filling Two Niches Open Source Enterprise Cloud Management
ReadWriteWeb
Share on: CloudStack: Filling Two Niches In Open-Source Enterprise CloudManagement. If you look at cloud computing, you might think, based on the hype, that enterprise-cloud management systems like OpenStack, OpenNebula or.

ReadWriteWeb

LuxCloud and The Jatis Group Announce Partnership to Deliver Cloud ...
Equities.com
LuxCloud and The Jatis Group Announce Partnership to Deliver Cloud Computing Services in Southeast Asia. PR Web. Luxembourg ... LuxCloud, founded in 2010, is the global channel-centric market place for cloud services offering a SaaS delivery platform ...

ORSYP Extends Cloud Performance Management With Streamcore Acquisition
Sacramento Bee
About Streamcore Streamcore provides cloud services delivery assurance solutions that enable reliable delivery of business-critical applications and communications from any cloud or data center. With Streamcore, enterprises can successfully adopt a ...

Schneier on Security: Encryption in Cloud Computing
By schneier
Of course, this kind of access to the data has huge value to some cloud providers and they believe that data access in exchange for providing below-cost cloud services is a fair trade. Also, providing onsite encryption at rest options might ... Now, if you're talking strictly about cloud storage, over a standard protocol - e.g. storing data in S3 over HTTPS - then, indeed, nothing is stopping the client from being responsible for encryption and key storage. But that's a very narrow view of what ...
Schneier on Security

BoxCryptor: Keep Your Cloud Storage Safe With Powerful ...
By Joel Lee
Cloud storage services can be a lifesaver, especially when you keep backups of sensitive data on those clouds. The downside to cloud storage is that information is constantly passing between you and the server, and that information is not ...
MakeUseOf

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Monday, November 12, 2012

How Much The Cloud Will Change The World? Look At Toyota

To Understand Just How Much The Cloud Will Change The World, Look At Toyota
Business Insider
Spend a few minutes talking to Zack Hicks, Toyota's top technology executive in North America, and you'll walk away with a startling revelation: Cloud computing is changing everything about our world from how we work to how we manage our health. Hicks ...

Rethinking IT in the cloud computing era
GigaOM
IT departments need not go away in a computing world increasingly concerned withcloud computing and complex service-oriented systems, but they will have to change. IT has to let go of trying to control everything and focus on coordinating and ...

GigaOM

This week in cloud: hedging Amazon's regions and Rackspace seeks deals
GigaOM
This may not seem like ground-breaking news, but it's worth noting since RedisToGo was reliant on Amazon US-East, the giant cloud provider's oldest and biggest data center complex which has been subject to several glitches over the past year. Those ...

GigaOM

MyShoebox Launches Free and Unlimited Cloud Storage for Photos
PetaPixel
MyShoebox is a new photo storage and sharing service that has been making a splash after launching a little over a week ago. Its offering is easy to describe: free and unlimited cloud storagefor photos that can then be viewed from anywhere. Think of ...

ShoreTel lays out channel vision for cloud
eChannelLine
ORLANDO -- Cloud was top of mind at ShoreTel's annual Champions partner conference in Orlando, where the company outlined its cloud strategy, how it fits into their on-prem strategy, and how partners fit in. Several ShoreTel execs noted in their ...

A new data destination up in the cloud
The Hindu
At the turn of the decade, while people were expecting cloud computing to revolutionise the computing paradigm, it seems to be trickling in late as subtle practices altering users' computing etiquette. Small-scale attempts such as Dropbox are gaining ...

The Hindu

Top 25 European Rising Stars 2012: DoxOut
CloudTweaks News
So what exactly is the cloud aspect on DoxOut? It is more of Platform as a Service (PaaS) kind of offering than infrastructure. It concentrates on the application part of cloud computing. It helps to manage documents/files across gadgets, however ...

Cloud Solutions - Symantec
Build secure, compliant and highly available private and public clouds. ... Enterprises seek the agility and efficiency promised with cloud computing but still desire ... providers are choosing to build and deliver cloud services for their customers.
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7 Enterprise Cloud Computing Trends To Watch
According to a survey by Everest Group and Cloud Connect, cloud adoption is on ... Here's a look at 7 enterprise cloud adoption patterns and cloud computing ...
www.crn.com/.../7-enterprise-cloud-computing-trends-to-watc...

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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Cloud Computing and Enterprise Software Forecast

Cloud Computing News Review:

Cloud Computing and Enterprise Software Forecast Update, 2012
Forbes
Despite the predictions of the demise of enterprise software, forecasts and sales cycles I've been involved with indicate market growth. Mobility and cloud computingare the catalysts of rejuvenation in many enterprise application areas, and are ...

Forbes

Cloud storage providers, network execs discuss converged future
ZDNet
But those business models are starting to evolve as wireless carriers and cloud services providers get closer to working together rather than sticking it out (and working harder) on their own. "What we... Christopher Wilson, a principal cloud ...

CSA cloud metrics validate perceptions on cloud computing risk
TechTarget
27, 2012, the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) and ISACA (formerly the Information Systems Audit and Control Association) released their Cloud Computing Market Maturity study. It offers an important review of the ... One fact to note: 173 of respondents ...

Enterprises to Spend More on Cloud Services Offerings But Want More Security ...
UCStrategies
The latest cloud research identifies a migration to off-premise from on-premise services and newcloud applications as major upcoming trends in Australian cloud services, a market Gartner forecasts to grow 22 percent to over $3 billion in 2013. One ...

The US government's cloud mandate loses steam
InfoWorld (blog)
Remember the NIST definition of cloud computing and the pro-cloud U.S. CIO Vivek Kundra (now an EVP at Salesforce.com)? Those days appear to be long gone; lately, the government is acting more like the larger commercial enterprises as they take baby ...

To cloud or not to cloud - horizontal scaling for web applications
ITworld.com
The cloud, it's a term thrown around in casual conversation these days. Microsoft's ad campaign directed “To the cloud!", Apple crams iCloud down your throat at every opportunity, billboards on my commute say nothing more than “Cloud Computing" on them.

Cloud, software to further disrupt telecoms market
ZDNet
SINGAPORE--The telecoms industry will continue to be shaken up by cloud computing in terms of the need to offer relevant software and build up a strong independent software vendor (ISV) ecosystem--both of which traditionally are not telcos' strong suit ...

Gartner: Mobile Development, Social Media and Cloud Computing Disrupting IT
CloudTimes (blog)
Gartner logo 300x68 Gartner: Mobile Development, Social Media and Cloud Computing Disrupting IT In a conference in Orlando, Florida, Gartner Inc. revealed that the central focus of IT consisting of social media innovations, mobile devices, web ...

A CFO's five-point cloud deployment checklist
TechTarget
The increasing use of cloud computing and the rapid changes in cloud options can present challenges for CFOs and other executives who will ultimately sign off on -- or reject -- a clouddeployment. Executives may be ... Each of these cloud services has ...

Educating Small Business about Cloud Computing Benefits
MSPmentor
A survey of more than 1,000 SMBs in the UK and US found just a quarter of SMBs had adopted some form of cloud services, while 17 percent of SMBs in the US thought cloud-based services were only for large companies. And more than one in four US SMBs ...

Google spiffs up Cloud SQL database with more storage, faster ...
By Barb Darrow
Google continues to work on its cloud services, unveiling On Thursday enhancements to Cloud SQL, a version of the MySQL database running on Google's infrastructure. The updated service gives users up to 100GB of storage — a 10x ...
GigaOM


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