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The Feds Want Faster, Greener Supercomputers

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Stacey Higginbotham.

Is Features vs. Performance the New Cloud Battle Line?

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

Cloud computing growth 'outstripping rest of IT spending'

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: James Glass.

Businesses are set to focus on purchasing cloud computing services over the course of 2011.

Formtek blogger Dick Weisinger said this is one of the key findings from a recent International Data Corporation (IDC) report, with spending on cloud applications due to increase by around 30 per cent.

This is nearly five times more than on other IT solutions, with general global spending on services set to go up by approximately six per cent this year.

Cloud computing 'offers a great step forward for schools'

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: James Glass.

Schools could benefit from making use of cloud computing solutions, it has been suggested.

Sarah Underwood, magazine and brand editor of digital magazine ICT for Education, explained there are several advantages of using the technology for educational establishments.

"It saves them from downtime, maintenance, upgrades, it has shared costs and they don't have to run it for themselves," she said.

Ms Underwood added that for cloud computing to be adopted by schools, it needs to be championed by the IT professionals that work for them.

ComplianceBridge Launches New Website for Cloud-Based Policy and Procedure Management Software

Grazed from PR.com.  Author: PR Announcement.

ComplianceBridge, Inc., a provider of web-based policy and procedure management software announced today a new website for its web-based solution TotalCompliance and a blog delivering tips and best practices for managing policy and procedure documents.

TotalCompliance is a cost-effective policy and procedure management software solution that enables organizations of any size to improve efficiency and compliance through automated publication, distribution, and tracking of policies, procedures and other business-critical documents. Organizations can leverage TotalCompliance to quickly and affordably realize the following benefits:

The Cloud, Consolidation and a New Data Center?

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Arthur Cole.

The two major trends hitting the data center industry these days are cloud computing and consolidation. The common thread between them is the desire to handle increasing data loads with less physical infrastructure.

If that is the case, then why is there a surge of new data center construction out there?

Are Big Data Startups Eyeing the Enterprise Already?

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

Global financial crisis 'has prompted data quality focus'

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: James Glass.

More businesses operating in the banking sector are focusing on the importance of data quality as a result of the after-effects of the global financial crisis.

This is the view of independent data quality writer and consultant Jim Harris, who told IT Business Edge that new regulatory compliance measures have been put in place since the event in an attempt to prevent bad information-driven decisions being made.

He said that financial institutions have come to realise the importance of data quality as a result.

Cloud computing 'should be further encouraged by AGIMO'

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: Neil Hill.

The Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) has been encouraged to take a more positive stance towards cloud computing.

This is the advice of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), which has said AGIMO was unduly negative in its assessment of the technology in a recent paper on the issue, reports the Enterprise Communications website.

According to a cloud computing taskforce established by the AIIA, the organisation should be looking to talk up the benefits of the service rather than simply highlighting its potential risks.

Matchmaking for the Cloud

Grazed from MIT Technology Review.  Author: Erica Naone.

For big computing jobs, such as data analysis or video processing, it's often cheaper for businesses to use rented resources rather than hardware they own. They can lease access to hardware for a specific period of time, or they can use a cloud computing service, which charges for the amount of computer power used. Now a service launched this week by Toronto-based Enomaly will let companies buy and sell unused computing capacity.