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A Rocky Road to the Hybrid Cloud

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Arthur Cole.

The popular consensus is that 2011 will be the year of the cloud. Well, not quite. More likely, it will be the year of the hybrid cloud.

Despite what appears to be a mad rush to push infrastructure concerns to someone else, the fact is that most enterprises will be content to test the cloud waters over the next few years. The best way to do that is to integrate local resources with those available on the cloud. In that way, you retain control over data and applications while scaling resources up when the need arises.

Facing Up to Cloud's Complexity

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Loraine Lawson.

One of the things everyone likes about the cloud is the simplicity of it. Whether you're talking about services or computing power, the overall concept is that you can just sign up, enter a credit card number and get what you need. It's implicit that you avoid all the wrangling with IT over things like architecture, integration, governance, technology and bureaucratic, blah, blah, blah.


Be honest, businesses: Down deep, didn't you know it was too good to last?


potCloud Aims to Change Moore’s Law and Cloud Dynamics

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Stacey Higginbotham.

Cloud Adoption Triggering Fundamental Changes Among SMBs: Report

Grazed from eWeek.  Author:  Nathan Eddy.

Ubuntu's Narwhal rides OpenStack cloud

Grazed from The Register.  Author: Gavin Clarke.

It's official: the next Ubuntu will straddle clouds, with Natty Narwhal packing both OpenStack and current favorite Eucalyptus.

Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth has confirmed that Ubuntu 11.04, due in April, will contain APIs that let people fluff their own private clouds built on OpenStack or Eucalyptus.

The Rise of the 'Internet of Things'

Grazed form IT Business Edge.  Author: Michael Vizard.

Almost imperceptibly the "Internet of Things" is building all around us. Every time you turn around, there is another class of embedded systems being connected to the Internet.

Verecloud Partners with Intalio to Deliver CRM Cloud Services

Grazed from Destination CRM.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Verecloud  and Intalio today announced a partnership to include Intalio’s Cloud offering, starting with its customer relationship management (CRM) solution, on Verecloud’s Nimbus CSB platform.

This partnership addresses the service demands placed on communication service providers (CSPs) within their operational support system (OSS) environment. The integration of Intalio’s cloud-based CRM solution into Verecloud’s offerings is one of the many Intalio | Cloud solutions that Verecloud plans to offer to CSPs through its cloud services brokerage model.

Software-as-a-service 'helps to simplify IT procedures'

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: James Glass.

One of the reasons behind the growing popularity of software-as-a-service solutions is the technology's ability to make IT procedures simpler to carry out.

This is according to an article published on the IT Web website by RDB Consulting, which noted software-as-a-service can make things easier for end users, as well as maintenance and administration providers.

Efficiency drive will grow government outsourcing and cloud usage, says Ovum

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  Anh Nguyen.

Government IT will be more open to outsourcing and cloud computing technologies in 2011 as departments work to drive efficiencies, according to analyst house Ovum.

In response to the Comprehensive Spending Review budget cuts, and in an effort to streamline processes, Ovum said that government agencies will be more willing to consider consumption-based and shared delivery models over the next 12 months.

Cloud Security Alliance plans RSA summit

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  Bob Violino.

IT and security executives will get a chance to hear about some of the latest developments in cloud security at the Cloud Security Alliance's CSA Summit 2011, to be held Feb. 14 at the RSA Conference in San Francisco.