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Pimp Your PaaS — The Race to Something Different

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Gary Orenstein.

Security, availability drive APAC private cloud interest

Grazed from ZDNet.  Author: Kevin Kwang.

Chris Morris, director of IDC Asia-Pacific's practice group, said that 2011 will be a "big year for private clouds" as more CIOs look to the safer option of creating a virtualized, cloud computing datacenter environment within the company.

He went on to note in his presentation at a conference Monday that security concerns over transacting in a public cloud environment, as well as worries about possible downtime and poor performance of public cloud services, have made CIOs wary.

VMworld Met Expectations, But Is That Enough?

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

Why a DIY Big Data Stack Is a Better Option

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Shion Deysarkar.

Today, many conversations within the big data community are centered around the rise of the standard, big data stack, which includes utilities like HDFS, HBase, and other increasingly-popular applications. While settling on a standard big data stack is deeply important to the big data industry as a whole, I’m nonetheless questioning the operational and competitive consequences for companies who choose to buy into this standard without first considering the value of building their own proprietary solution.

Where We Are Today: Limited Choice

New ISACA audit programs include cloud computing focus

Grazed from TechTarget.  Author: Dhwani Pandya.

Bulked-Up MegaPath Charts Course For Channel Growth

Grazed from CRN.  Author: Chad Berndtson.

Mint Sets Spending Data Free

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Liz Gannes.

The online personal-finance assistant Mint often mines user data for trends and interesting charts to feature on its popular corporate blog. Now the Intuit-owned company is preparing to release the data it’s collected on behalf of its 3 million users. The new Mint Data product is currently publicly available as a soft launch, and should be announced to the public in the next few weeks. Instead of  simply allowing logged-in members to look at their personal finances, now any visitor can access aggregate spending data for hundreds of U.S. cities.

For Greener Data Centers, Give Servers an Oil Bath

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Katie Fehrenbacher

Salesforce.com's Jigsaw acquisition 'will improve data quality'

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author:  Neil Hill.

Salesforce.com has said data quality improvements will result from its purchase of Jigsaw.

Jigsaw for Salesforce CRM takes crowd-sourced information from Jigsaw and applies it to Salesforce.com applications such as Chatter.

This is intended to keep the data being employed in such systems as up-to-date as possible.

The company believes data quality will be improved for its business applications as there are around 1.4 million people updating Jigsaw's database, as well as about 22 million contacts linked into its services, reports ZDNet.

App helps iPhone users transfer large HD video files

Grazed from FierceOnlineVideo.  Author: Jim O'Neill.

It sometimes can take an eternity to send large HD video files from an iPhone, but a new iPhone app, aptly called TransferBigFiles, allows users to send the files in the background using WiFi or 3G for up to 10 minutes--no need to connect to a computer. The free app also will pick up where the transfer left off if you drop your signal.

The company says it's the first app of its kind on the market for iPhone.