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Most businesses shun public cloud but consider private cloud

Grazed from Computer Weekly.  Author: Jenny Williams.

UK businesses are considering the introduction of private cloud platforms while waiting for the public cloud market to mature, according to research from analyst firm Quocirca.

The survey of almost 1,000 organisations, including 101 UK companies, shows that almost half are positive about using the cloud as part of their IT platform, compared with 10% which consider cloud as a "passing fad".

Welcome to the Cloud's New Edge

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Arthur Cole.

Cloud computing relies heavily on robust network connections in order to facilitate a fluid data environment. This is having a dramatic effect on the edge in particular as it adapts to its new role as a bridge between disparate resource pools.

One of the ways this is playing out is increased WAN functionality on routers and gateway devices. Coupled with outside WAN optimization and other technologies, the goal is to provide seamless transition between on-premise infrastructure and the cloud.

Sorting Out the Clouds

Grazed from Forbes.  Author: Brad Peters.

One of the lessons that the history of technology tries to teach us – and that most of us resolutely refuse to learn – is that revolutionary new technologies never stay monolithic for long. Instead, they fracture into distinct niche businesses at lightning speed.

For example, it’s only been about three years, but there is no such thing as “the” smartphone industry. Rather, there are a bunch of new sub-industries based on the original smartphone technology, but which now rarely compete with one another: iPhones, Android phones, Blackberries, as well as distinct premium, mid-priced and budget products within them.

Q&A: VMWare CTO Steve Herrod on cloud competition and the future of apps

Grazed from GeekWire.  Author: Todd Bishop.

Steve Herrod, chief technology officer for VMWare, made a swing through Seattle today, amid news that the company is planning a major expansion in its hometown of Palo Alto, Calif.

No similar announcement here, but VMWare is on the hunt for talent in general and has a modest presence in the Seattle region already, through its own offices and those brought on through its recent acquisition of Seattle-based online backup service Mozy from EMC (which owns 80 percent of VMWare).

Let’s Get Real About the Cloud

Grazed from Data Center Knowledge.  Author: Editorial Staff.

By now, if your disposition is like mine, you’re trying to avoid stomach cramps as you read all the latest articles, columns, and blogs extolling the virtues and inevitability of cloud computing as the technology to save the human species from self-inflicted destruction. After more than 25 years of experience in the netherworld between technology and business, let’s say I’m more than a bit skeptical about many of the claims people are making about the cloud.

Intel AppUp promises hybrid cloud for SMEs

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  Nancy Gohring.

With its new AppUp offering, Intel hopes to facilitate a new kind of cloud service for small businesses that have security concerns but want to take advantage of the cost benefits of moving to the cloud.

The service will let small businesses use applications hosted on hardware that is located on premise but pay only for what they use and leave the management to someone else.

I wandered lonely as a (managed) cloud service

Grazed from Computer Weekly.  Author: Adrian Bridgwater.

Actually a "managed" cloud is not so lonely is it? But is it enough to bring companies into adopting the cloud computing model of IT delivery if they still harbour misgivings about cloud security, cloud data privacy issues and cloud robustness in all its many forms?

Will the in-house developer team be able to work with the new computing paradigms now in place? Will the skill sets exist to cope with new programming languages being used in the cloud such as Voldemort, Puppet and Chef?

Intel Gives MSPs A Hybrid Cloud Leg Up With AppUp

Grazed from CRN.  Author: Andrew R. Hickey.

Intel (NSDQ:INTC) Tuesday took the wrapping off of new SMB cloud services available through MSPs that the company said gives SMBs the security of on-premise data coupled the agility of on-demand hybrid cloud applications and services.

Criticism Abounds, but Cloud Computing Is Here to Stay

Grazed from Forbes.  Author: Tom Gillis.

Cloudshare Makes VM Testing a Snap

Grazed from ReadWriteWeb.  Author: David Strom.

One of the better cloud computing bargains can be found at  Cloudshare.com. For a reasonable price, corporate IT departments can have up to six individual virtual machines (VMs) in their own private cloud. That is a deal, and makes the pain of software testing a lot more bearable.

There are plenty of cloud providers that don't charge much for smallish VM collections: Amazon Web Services and Rackspace are just two of dozens that charge by the virtual machine CPU-hour. I found Cloudshare a lot easier to use.

CloudShare has two different pricing tiers. (They used to have a third tier, with three VMs that was absolutely free of charge, but they have eliminated that deal, which is too bad.)...