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Camwood debuts cloud-based application lifecycle management

Grazed from Computer Weekly.  Author: Cliff Saran.

Camwood has launched Application Lifecycle Manager, a cloud-based service to help application teams monitor application usage.

The service provides real time information on the status of a single application, groups of applications or an application portfolio, aggregating information on application usage and costs.

Camwood says the product is proving a key component for software-optimisation perspective, claiming it can help organisations save up to 20% of their desktop licensing cost.

Cloud to cannibalise managed services?

Grazed from IT Web Business.  Author: Nadine Arendse and Admire Moyo.

Once cloud computing reaches the stage of maturity, it will probably eat into managed services revenues.

So says Julian Liebenberg, Business Connexion's GM for services, who, however, notes that despite the advent of cloud computing, traditional methods of installing and customising software on an organisation's own data centre are still popular among local businesses.

What Cloud Computing can do for Startup America

Grazed from Cloud Computing Best Practices.  Author: Neil McEvoy.

With President Obama recently having to report dismal job creation stats, it’s clear just how important it is that programs like Startup America are supported to succeed. As this article reports the bulk of net new job growth comes from new startups.

So our key question is what role can Cloud Computing play in supporting the initiative?

Small Businesses Not Yet Swayed By Cloud's Benefits

Grazed from CRN.  Author: Andrew R. Hickey.

Nearly half of small businesses say they don't believe cloud computing will reduce their IT costs, a recent survey by Newtek Business Services found.

According to Newtek's SB Authority Market Sentiment Survey, 48 percent of small-business owners do not believe cloud computing will shrink their IT costs. The survey polled 1,000 respondents in June. Meanwhile, 20 percent believe cloud computing solutions will reduce their IT costs, while 32 percent are undecided or uncertain.

Has Dropbox set the stage for a privacy revolution?

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

How to set up an international company in the public cloud

Grazed from Computer Weekly.  Author: Karl Flinders.

I blogged last week about how corporates are beginning to look at using applications in the public cloud.

Improving the Mobile Cloud Experience

Grazed from Data Center Knowledge.  Author:  Olafur Ingthorsson

Although most agree that mobile cloud computing holds a great promise for delivering cloud solutions to individuals and even critical corporate applications to employees by enabling access from anywhere, there are still several barriers that need to be addressed to elevate its usefulness and capabilities. For mobile cloud computing to reach its full potential, the following three critical challenges need to be addressed, as detailed in a recent article by Bryan Betts:

CloudFuzion Accelerates EWEB NERC Study

Grazed from OpenPR.  Author: PR Announcement.

Axceleon, a leader in high performance cloud computing solutions for computational grids and cloud environments announced today that Eugene Water & Electric Board, (EWEB) participated in a study using CloudFuzion to significantly accelerate transient stability studies for compliance of NERC regulations.

Cloud Lessons & LeMans Racing

Grazed from Data Center Knowledge.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Putting the Cloud Cart Before the IT Management Horse

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Michael Vizard.

There’s a lot of talk these days about how cloud computing represents the next great leap forward for enterprise IT. While there is a lot of truth to that, the simple fact of the matter is that the complexity of cloud computing makes it difficult to manage, which, in turn, slows adoption.