February 2011

Verizon to buy cloud provider for $US1.4 billion

Grazed from IT Wire.  Author: Stephen Withers.

An agreement between Verizon and Terremark will see the communications company make and offer for all the latter's shares for $US19.00 per share, a premium of35% above the previous closing price.

Three shareholders (with a total of 27.6% of Terremark shares) have agreed to tender their holdings, and the deal has the unanimous support of the Terremark board. The offer will run from February 10 to February 17.

Mozy's to remove unlimited cloud storage offer

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author: Lucas Mearian.

Facing consumers with an appetite for cloud storage that has increased 50% over the past year, the world's largest consumer online storage provider said on Monday that it will no longer offer unlimited storage and will increase fees for the limited online storage it's now selling.

While Mozy may be among the first to change its pricing model for consumers, one industry analyst said most other providers will soon be forced to follow suit.

What to Consider Before Migrating Your SMB to the Cloud

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Paul Mah.

An Unexplored Frontier: Energy-Per-Click

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Jeff St. John.

Dell releases Ubuntu-powered cloud servers

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  Joab Jackson.

Dell has released two servers in the US that have been customized to run Ubuntu-based cloud services, the company announced Wednesday.

Dell has outfitted its PowerEdge C2100 and C6100 servers with Canonical's Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud (UEC), an implementation of the Eucalyptus private cloud software that runs on the Ubuntu Server Edition operating system.

Dell Partners With Ubuntu for Linux Cloud Computing Technology

Grazed from Server Watch.  Author: Sean Michael Kerner.

Ubuntu Linux vendor Canonical is expanding its cloud horizons this week, thanks to a new cloud partnership with Dell.

Permanent General Moves E-Mail Archiving to the Cloud

Grazed from Insurance and Technology.  Author: Anne Rawland Gabriel.

During a routine business continuity review in mid-2008, Permanent General Assurance Corp. determined that its e-mail safeguards were insufficient. "Our disaster recovery strategy for 600 e-mail users was performing time-consuming daily and weekly tape backups," recalls Ernie Clapp, Permanent General's manager of network services. "We needed to modernize our strategy as well as update our archiving policies to address the new e-discovery landscape."

WAN Optimization for a Better Cloud

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Arthur Cole.

It's been said that the cloud turns the public communications infrastructure into a giant enterprise backplane. No wonder, then, that so much effort is focused on shoring up wide area throughput.

WAN optimization has been with us for some time, having already proven its worth in lowering costs and increasing connectivity between central offices, remote branches and even clients/partners. But there's a new sense of urgency these days as more and more enterprises come to realize how vital the WAN is to burgeoning cloud infrastructures.

Security, mobile and cloud hit Singapore IT courses

Grazed from ZDNet.  Author: Jamie Yap.

The School of Informatics and IT (IIT) at Temasek Polytechnic (TP), for example, recently rolled out a new Diploma in Digital Forensics to cater to the rising demand for IT security professionals with the skills to investigate crimes committed using computers and digital devices. The first batch of students will join the course this April.

Nothing to Fear in the Cloud Except Organizational Issues

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Michael Vizard.

When it comes to cloud computing, there are a myriad of technical issues that need to be worked out. But before most companies can take full advantage of cloud computing, many IT organizations are struggling through organizational issues that currently hamper their ability to adopt cloud computing.

Master data management projects 'require a holistic approach'

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: Neil Hill.

Companies that are planning to implement master data management procedures should plan carefully for how they want the work to proceed.

This is the opinion of Gartner research vice president John Radcliffe, who explained that it is necessary to have a strong data governance framework in place before such initiatives get underway, reports Information Age.

"Unless organisations take a holistic, business-driven approach to master data management, addressing governance and metrics requirements in particular, they risk having their master data management programmes fail," he said.

Cloud computing infrastructure services 'becoming established'

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: James Glass.

A growing number of companies are set to make use of cloud computing infrastructure services in the next few years.

This is the opinion of a new report from IT analyst Gartner, which forecast the global enterprise software market will record revenue growth of 7.5 per cent in 2011 compared to last year.

Tom Eid, research vice president at Gartner, said: "The focus in the enterprise software industry is on upgrading of build-run-manage technologies to improve agility, establishing cloud computing infrastructure services and results-reporting transparency."

Speed Rules: Violin Scores $35M for Flash Memory

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

Salesforce.com Names New Senior Vice President

Grazed from Destination CRM.  Author: Koa Beck.

Salesforce.com has named Jeff Lautenbach as senior vice president of enterprise commercial sales for the Americas. He reports to Hilarie Koplow-McAdams, executive vice president of sales and will lead Salesforce.com in its efforts to sell cloud computing to large enterprises.

Oracle offers file management package for cloud

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author: Joab Jackson.

Hoping to service the growing market for cloud computing systems, Oracle has packaged two file management software programs into a single integrated offering, called the Oracle Cloud File System, the company announced Monday.

How to get started with cloud computing

Grazed from Network World.  Author: Beth Schultz.

1. Get smart

Before making a move into the cloud, get educated on the principles and definitions of cloud computing, advises Johan Goossens, head of NATO's Allied Command Transformation's (ACT) Technology & Human Factors Branch in Norfolk, Va.

"We started in the summer of 2010 with educational efforts. We got ourselves smart on the terminology, sitting down with vendor partners," he says.

Enterprise Cloud Services: The agenda

Cloud a haven for cybercriminals

Grazed from ZDNet.  Author: Liau Yun Qing.

A security researcher last month warned that cloud services can be exploited for criminal purposes. At the Black Hat security conference, Thomas Roth said he was planning to release an open source kit which will enable users to crack Wi-Fi passwords by leveraging the computing power of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud running on GPU-based servers.

Cloud-savvy Ignition Gets Stronger with Franke Artale

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

Scaling Down Saved the Day for Comic-Con Sales

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

NoSQL Consolidation Begins: Membase Buys CouchOne, Forms Couchbase

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.