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IBM Launches Smart Cloud for Disaster Recovery, Data Archive

Grazed from eWeek.  Author: Darryl K. Taft.

IBM has announced two new cloud services that enable users to protect, store and retrieve their most critical data in minutes—versus days—in the event of a disaster.  

Is Apple tapping Amazon and Microsoft to boost iCloud?

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Colleen Taylor.

Amazon Web Services cuts prices on Data Transfer, CloudFront

Grazed from GeekWire.  Author: John Cook.

Five Steps to Picking the Right Cloud Provider

Grazed from Fox News.  Author:  Donna Fuscaldo.

Apple’s announcement earlier this week that it was finally entering the cloud space with a service that makes music, photos, videos, apps and other documents accessible via any Apple device is one more sign that cloud computing is becoming more mainstream.

Cloud computing gives users access to files and applications over the Internet rather than from a local computer, which can reduce costs and alleviate headaches for small businesses that won’t need an on-site IT infrastructure.

JouleX gets $17M to boost data center efficiency

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

Power is a problem. Cloud is the answer

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Stacey Higginbotham.

It’s About Usage Models, Not Technology

Grazed from Data Center Knowledge.  Author: Editorial Staff.

This week, the Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) unveiled eight cloud usage models. This is a significant step forward in the efforts to drive secure cloud services that are open and interoperable. Based on the number of companies involved and the magnitude of their IT spend, these usage models are bound to be a catalyst for the development of cloud solutions.

Most Malware Tied to 'Pay-Per-Install' Market

Grazed from MIT Technology Review.  Author: Brian Krebs.

New research suggests that the majority of personal computers infected with malicious software may have arrived at that state thanks to a bustling underground market that matches criminal gangs who pay for malware installations with enterprising hackers looking to sell access to compromised PCs.

Pay-per-install (PPI) services are advertised on shadowy underground Web forums. Clients submit their malware—a spambot, fake antivirus software, or password-stealing Trojan—to the PPI service, which in turn charges rates from $7 to $180 per thousand successful installations, depending on the requested geographic location of the desired victims.

New cloud requirements standards laid down

Grazed from Computer Weekly.  Author: Adrian Bridgwater.

The Open Data Center Alliance has announced what it calls a "major milestone" in its mission to drive open, interoperable cloud solutions. With 280 member companies in tow, the group has formed workgroups and aligned with key industry standards bodies.

Yes yes, well done, but so what?

The organisation has just published its initial cloud requirements documents -- that's what. This is the first user-driven requirements documentation for the cloud based on member prioritisation of the most pressing challenges facing IT.

Papertrail cloud logging service opens for public consumption

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.