June 2011

EMC launches cloud computing degrees

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author: Anh Nguyen.

EMC has partnered with Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) to launch the first cloud computing degree in Ireland.

The company’s Irish business, EMC Information Systems International, has been working with CIT to develop one-year Masters and undergraduate degree programmes which can be delivered remotely, or on campus.

The courses are designed to teach graduates the specialist technical skills required for delivering cloud computing, which the Irish government has identified as a key driver for growth and jobs in the country.

VMware acquires SocialCast enterprise social networking vendor

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author: Nancy Gohring.

VMware has acquired Socialcast, its third acquisition this year of technology for enterprise collaboration, the company said.

Socialcast software brings together existing enterprise applications including Microsoft SharePoint and Outlook, as well as a microblogging tool and a discussion forum, in a single collaborative application. It's designed to make it easier for workers to find and share information.

Do Cheap Power and Massive Data Centers Really Matter?

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

NYSE Builds a Specialty Cloud for Financial Markets

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

IBM aims cloud-computing services at universities, colleges

Grazed from Network World.  Author: Ellen Messmer.

EXACloud: EXASOL expands portfolio to include data warehousing as a service

Grazed from OpenPR.  Author: PR Announcement.

Access to the EXASolution high-performance database is now even more flexible via hosting and housing

Inside the Hybrid Cloud Storage Wars

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Michael Vizard.

When it comes to cloud computing, storage is usually the first thing that most IT organizations think about. While the idea that an external service provider could be used to store massive amounts of data can be appealing, the management of that process across hybrid cloud computing scenarios can be more complex than most IT organizations tend to realize.

Are Banks Using The Cloud?

Grazed from Forbes.  Author: James Staten.

How can businesses be secure and successful in cyberspace?

Grazed from Computer Weekly.  Author: Warwick Ashford.

Cybersecurity experts agree the only way for business to be 100% safe from cyber attacks is to shut down all electronic connections, but no business could operate that way. The challenge facing most businesses, in the light of growing cyber threats, is to be secure and succeed in cyberspace. So what's needed?

Technological controls play a role, but that is not the most important element and certainly not the starting point, according to panellists who took part in a debate on the topic at the EastWest Institute's Second Worldwide Cybersecurity Summit in London.


Government denies G-Cloud cancellation claims

Grazed from Computer Weekly.  Author: Kathleen Hall.

The Cabinet Office has denied claims the government has canned its G-Cloud project.

Nick Wilson, managing director of HP UK, is reported as saying the coalition dropped the cloud initiative in favour of a datacentre consolidation plan.

A spokesman from the Cabinet Office said: "We absolutely deny this is the case." The spokesman added he was unable to discuss whether the strategy is to concentrate on datacentre consolidation.

Making the Case for Security

Grazed from MIT Technology Review.  Author: Brian Krebs.

Major corporations have made serious mistakes with information security recently, resulting in spectacular failures to protect business and customer records. After years of warnings, why do so many businesses still fail to deal properly with this issue? Eugene H. Spafford, a professor of computer science at Purdue University who frequently advises government, law enforcement, and big companies, has some ideas. He spoke with technology journalist Brian Krebs for Technology Review.

Don’t tell the IT guy: Rogue cloud services on the rise

Grazed from GeekWire.  Author: Todd Bishop.

Avanade, the Seattle-based technology consulting company, this week released the results of its third global survey on cloud computing — finding that more and more companies are replacing on-site servers and internal tech operations with cloud-based services.

For Many, Cloud Plans Still in Ramp-up Phase

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Susan Hall.

Like a lot of folks, I've been trying to understand what cloud skills really are. As Laurent Lachal, senior analyst at Ovum, told silicon.com:

Hacker attacks threaten cloud computing

Grazed from IBNLive.  Author: Clare Jim and Lee Chyen Yee.

The recent high-profile hacking of Google's Gmail service and Sony's Playstation gaming network is threatening to slow the take-off of the next big thing in the computing space - the cloud.

Computer companies will need to collaborate to work on addressing security issues to boost confidence in cloud computing, where data and software is stored on servers and accessed via the Internet, especially in the corporate space where the potential market size is much larger than the retail space...

IBM aims cloud-computing services at universities, colleges

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author: Ellen Messmer.

IBM today announced a cloud-computing service that will let universities and colleges build custom private clouds that can be integrated into public cloud services. IBM also has a similar initiative underway for schools.

Tapping Quantum Effects for Software that Learns

Grazed from MIT Technology Review.  Author: Tom Simonite.

Using Big Data to Make Solar Smarter

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Katie Fehrenbacher.

Windows 8 Proves Web Apps Are the Future of Computing

Grazed from MIT Technology Review.  Author: Christopher Mims.

The next version of the Windows OS will run on everything from phones and tablets to desktop PCs, and it will feature, front and center, apps built in HTML5, CSS, and Javascript.

Which are precisely the technologies used to build apps that run in the Web browser.

Clouds Are Like Buses: Public Isn’t Always Better

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Sinclair Schuller.

Convergence, Cloud drives software market

Grazed from IT Wire.  Author:  Peter Dinham.

In its latest market analysis and forecasts for the Australian software market, IDC says that the appetite for software in Australia is being driven by cloud delivery models and software solution convergence, with CIOs and IT managers now having a “myriad” of delivery options – on-premise, private and public clouds.

This will see the market grow from $5.8 billion in 2010 to $9 billion by 2015, according to IDC, with the research firm predicting that the middleware and integration layers underpinning the application environment are set to remain a critical focus through to 2015.