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OpenStack Cactus Advances Open Source Cloud Computing

Grazed from Server Watch.  Author: Sean Michael Kerner.

The open source OpenStack cloud project is out with a new release this week codenamed 'Cactus.'

The Cloud Outscales, But Does It Outperform?

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Arthur Cole.

We all know that the cloud can provide cheaper storage than in-house infrastructure, but is it better?

Of course, there are numerous ways to quantify "better," but from an operations standpoint, it wouldn't hurt to know exactly what you're getting and what you're giving up when you sign on the dotted line.

EMC Isilon's new NAS products aimed at big data architects

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  Lucas Mearian.

EMC's Isilon subsidiary announced new network-attached storage (NAS) hardware and software aimed at becoming the infrastructure for business intelligence through big data applications.

Isilon touted two new clustered NAS arrays, the S200 and X200. The arrays are able to use a combination of serial ATA (SATA), serial SCSI (SAS) or solid-state drives (SSDs) in a tiered configuration, affording varying degrees of performance. The arrays use a single name space under which petabytes of data can be stored.

Is Tibco’s Buyout Rejection a Cloud Setback for HP?

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

Google Infrastructure Czar: Cloud Gets It Done

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Om Malik

It was nearly five years ago when I last spent time with Urs Hölzle, Google’s infrastructure czar. (His official title is SVP of operations.) It was around that time he introduced me (and several others) to many of the concepts (such as cloud and big data) that are now part of the technology sector’s vernacular. Hölzle was company’s first VP of engineering, and he has led the development of Google’s technical infrastructure.

IBM, Akamai Partner to Boost Application Speed

Grazed from Datamation.  Author: Sean Michael Kerner.

IBM (NYSE: IBM) is partnering with Akamai (NASDAQ: AKAM) for new joint application acceleration solutions.

Fed's Efforts to Boost IT Project Success Could Become Victim of Budget Cuts

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author:  Ann All.

It's kind of ironic. The federal government's effort to cut costs through better management of its IT projects might become a victim of cost cutting.


Data management 'is key to virtualisation'

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: Neil Hill.

Firms or individuals tempted by the prospect of desktop virtualisation have been advised efficient data management is the key to successful adoption of the technology.

Robin Birtstone, writing for the Register, said implementing the capacity to safely store hundreds or thousands of pieces of information is a necessary step.

He noted getting the size of a data centre is important and suggested planning its arrival and initial operations is another wise move.

Lenovo collaborates with Intel on cloud-based applications service

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  Agam Shah.

Lenovo on Tuesday announced a hosted applications service that can detect the hardware capabilities of an end user's laptop and tailor the service accordingly.

Secure Cloud Access (SCA) provides access to Windows applications that are hosted on a central server and optimises the services based on the available processing power, memory, graphics, battery life and bandwidth, said Bryan Thomas, manager of alternative client computing and server software at Lenovo.

Microsoft cloud ERP plans met with mixed reactions

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  Chris Kanaracus.

Microsoft's announcement this week that it would begin offering its Dynamics ERP (enterprise resource planning) software via the Azure cloud platform drew significant interest from attendees of the Convergence conference in Atlanta, but some users and partners have questions Microsoft has yet to answer about its plans.