July 2011

How Telcos Can Contend With Cloud-Based Computing

Grazed from Forbes.  Author: Keith Willetts.

We’re going to move the center of our digital life to the cloud,” Apple CEO Steve Jobs said recently when launching iCloud and joining the mushroom of cloud services driving the next big step in the growth of the digital economy.

Cloud Computing: Just When You Thought It Was Safe

Grazed from Wall Street & Technology.  Author: Larry Tabb.

Amazon crashes and clouds burn. On April 21, Amazon.com had problems with one or more of its shared-services data centers -- in other words, its cloud was grounded. And this wasn't the first time.

Protecting Your Company From Breaches At Your Third-Party Vendor

Grazed from Dark Reading.  Author: John Sawyer.

When Consumers Go To The Cloud, Businesses Should Watch Out

Grazed from Dark Reading.  Author: Robert Lemos.

For four hours last week, a flawed authentication update allowed anyone the ability to access the data of any user of the cloud storage service Dropbox.

The error could have caused a massive privacy breach. As it turned out, the company was notified and fixed the error before widespread knowledge allowed the vulnerability to be exploited by malicious actors.

The Benefits of Cloud Computing. A new era of responsiveness, effectiveness and efficiency in IT service delivery

Grazed from Federal Computer Week.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Data centers are part of an ever changing world with challenges of high energy consumption, labor costs, data silos and growth in data volume.  Learn how to meet these challenges with IBM’s cohesive strategy for the development of a dynamic infrastructure, while also laying the foundation for a highly responsive environment that can leverage cloud computing – which represents a key technology in delivering new economics, rapid deployment of services, and tight alignment with mission goals. 

GenieDB designs around CAP to scale cloud apps

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

CloudFloor could be a security blanket for the cloud

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Stacey Higginbotham.

The folks behind Gomez, a company that offered web site performance data and sold to Compuware  in 2009, have returned with another Software-as-a-Service product based on performance, but this time, they’re trying to assure executives of the quality and business worthiness of their cloud investments. CloudFloor, which launched at Structure 2011 last month, has raised $3.1 million from undisclosed investors to build out its SaaS-based product.

Create a unified cloud with vCider

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Stacey Higginbotham.

Structure LaunchPad startup vCider disguises packets like I disguise zucchini in my four-year-old’s chocolate muffins. Except vCider does it to help companies bridge between different cloud providers while providing a bit less latency and more security that one would with a virtual router.

GovCloud IaaS Open for Business !!

Grazed from Forbes.  Author: Kevin L. Jackson.

July 1, 2011 marks the start of a new era for Federal information technology. That’s the day that the Federal Community Cloud officially opened for business.  With a characteristic low key change on the Apps.gov website, GSA Infrastructure-as-a-Service BPA was opened for ordering. This heralds the awarding of Authority to Operate (ATO) approval for the following vendors:

Web Hosting

Real-Status builds a bird’s eye view of a cloud

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Stacey Higginbotham.

Behind the nebulous idea of a cloud are thousands of servers, switches, appliances both physical and virtual and any number of complicating bits of machinery and software all just waiting to cause a problem. Managing massive infrastructure isn’t a fun job, especially if some of that infrastructure is virtual, which is why Real-Status, one of the Structure 2011 LaunchPad companies, decided to improve the view into the troposphere (or just the cloud).

Cloud accounting trial offer hits a milestone

Grazed from IT Wire.  Author: Stephen Withers.

It generally isn't a big deal if a lot of people take up a free offer. But when it's for something as central to the operation of a business as accounting software, people tend to be more cautious.

After all, migrating to a different accounting program is no small matter even for a small business, unless all your customers pay cash on the nail and you treat your suppliers the same way. Even then, it's not as simple as trying a new word processor.

What makes DotCloud so hot?

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Colleen Taylor.

Big data in real time is no fantasy

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

BeyondCore combines compliance and the cloud

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

Size matters, in the big data cloud at least

Grazed from Computer Weekly.  Author: Adrian Bridgwater.

As it's the 4th of July today, I am anticipating a slightly slower news day for those of us in technology. Not that America runs the world you understand, but I think a day off for Silicon Valley will have some impact.

Given this reality, I want to revisit a subject I recently covered at feature level with some additional comments from companies that did not fit into my first draft.

The subject? -- big data in the cloud.

But what is big data -- and it is just marketing spin?

A New Social-Network

Grazed from Ground Report.  Author: David Stephen.

Social networking websites provide social networking service where people and groups connect and share, social networks encircle present internet and have become the platform where something about everything can be found.

Members have to register to use a social network service, registration fields include name and email; email verification follows registration. Must this forever be? In a research work for new social web entry, username and password automatically admit users without prior registration. Username and password will be unique and user experience will be different from what is obtainable on most present day social networks.

The Pace of Public Cloud Computing Change

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Michael Vizard.

Given all the noise about cloud computing, the average IT person might be forgiven if they were operating under the delusion that everything related to enterprise IT is about to shift to the cloud tomorrow, especially when it comes to public cloud computing services.

Go Daddy Gets Private Equity Boost To Fuel Cloud Play

Grazed from CRN.  Author: Andrew R. Hickey.

Go Daddy, the massive Web hosting and domain player, brought in a massive investment from a trio of private equity firms to further its cloud computing agenda.

The investment comes from KKR, Silver Lake and Technology Crossover Ventures. Go Daddy wouldn't divulge the financial terms of the transaction, but several estimates put it at around $2.25 billion.

Go Daddy also stopped short of calling it a sale or acquisition, and instead is calling the deal a partnership and investment.

Twitter buys BackType to dig deeper with big data

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Colleen Taylor.

Why consumer cloud needs a PR makeover

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

If I were Google, Box.net or any other number of cloud-service providers, I’d consider investing in television advertising. References to cloud computing, or “the cloud,” are becoming more abundant on the small screen, but they’re not always informative, nor are they particularly flattering. And that’s in addition to the public relations hit the cloud is taking on just about every other front.

If I didn’t know any better, I might think the cloud is a fairly useless and highly insecure place to store my data. Worse, I might think it’s a joke.