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Amazon Gets Graphic With Cloud GPU Instances

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

IBM & Friends Tackle Future Of Cloud Storage

Grazed from Network Computing.  Author: Steve Wexler.

IBM has announced plans to develop a smart cloud storage architecture over the next three years. The EU-funded joint research initiative, estimated at $21.5M, involves 15 European partners. Called VISION Cloud -- Virtualized Storage Services for the Future Internet - the group plans to develop a new approach, where data is represented by smart objects that include rich information describing the content of the data and how the object should be handled, replicated, or backed up.

Abiquo Gives CIOs More Control Over Cloud Computing

Grazed from Network Computing.  Author: Robert Mullins.

Abiquo, which bills itself as an enterprise cloud management software company, has released version 1.7 of its flagship software for a company to set IT business policy and apply that policy to physical or virtual data centers and even to third party hosting providers. Abiquo 1.7 overcomes some of the major impediments to wider adoption of cloud computing, which is the inability of a company to decide what IT resources are available to them, said Peter Malcolm, CEO of Abiquo.

"Today that decision is made almost exclusively by humans, and that is the barrier to cloud adoption," Malcolm said.

IBM and European Partners to Pioneer New Storage Cloud Architecture

Grazed from Network Computing.  Author: Mike Fratto.

Cell-Phone Chips to the Rescue

Grazed from MIT Technology Review.  Author: Stu Hutson.

It takes energy to run the computers inside data centers—and then more energy to cool them down. With demand for cloud computing growing rapidly, the companies that run these centers are looking for ways to save on energy costs. The microprocessors inside their computers look to be an ideal target.

For years, Intel and AMD have dominated the microprocessor market with high-performance chips. But as the cost of cooling chips becomes a bigger issue, these companies will face competition from low-power upstarts, some of which use chip architectures originally developed for cell phones and other mobile devices.

Should Companies That Use Open Source Software Pay a Tithe?

Grazed from MIT Technology Review.  Author: Christopher Mims.

Gabriel Weinberg, founder of search engine Duck Duck Go, isn't religious, which is one of the reasons he's comfortable calling his latest project a "tithe," despite the connotations attached to the term.

Just about every startup on the planet benefits from the use of open source software--everything from database software PostgreSQL to the Apache web server--which is free to use.

Hundreds of Millions of Reasons to Believe in Cloud Storage

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

Portsmouth crime reduction partnership deploys cloud business intelligence

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  Antony Savvas

A business crime reduction partnership in Portsmouth has deployed a cloud-based business intelligence system from Hicom to help collate crime incidents and identify prolific offenders.

The Portsmouth Business Crime Reduction Partnership (PBCRP) has selected the NBIS (National Business Intelligence System) from Hicom. PBCRP operates across the entire city of Portsmouth ands works in collaboration with Portsmouth City Council, the police and other community organisations.

Fifty Years of Water Cooling

Grazed from MIT Technology Review.  Author: Christopher Mims.

Everything we take for granted - the Internet, the Cloud, all that on demand media, stock markets, your checking account balance - has a physical reality in a place called a data center. We are as dependent on them as we are on our most critical pieces of infrastructure - power plants, water treatment facilities, hospitals. And it wasn't always this way.

Cisco Takes Aim at the Virtual Desktop

Grazed from Server Watch.  Author:  Sean Michael Kerner.

As enterprise servers move to virtualized cloud infrastructure, Cisco sees a large market opportunity for delivering a virtual desktop to enterprises.

Cisco today announced a new effort called the Virtualization Experience Infrastructure (VXI), which leverages existing and new Cisco hardware and services to enable a fresh generation of endpoints for virtual desktop delivery. As part of the launch, Cisco announced a series of new Virtualization Experience Clients (VXC) that enable virtual desktop delivery on IP phones and mobile devices.