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Paying the Cloud Computing Tab

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author:  Michael Vizard.

As we move toward this whole notion of paying for IT as a service, one of the things that most IT organizations are overlooking is exactly how the billing process will be handled.


Many IT service providers have cobbled together their own billing applications and there is no real visibility into how billing is managed.

Software-as-a-service security applications 'employed by many'

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author:   Neil Hill.

Many companies are employing software-as-a-service security applications without being fully aware of the fact.

Writing for PC World, columnist Andreas Antonopoulos explained that several organisations are using technologies such as antispam and antivirus on their messaging systems.

He said many companies are not fully aware that these are software-as-a-service offerings but are benefiting from them nevertheless.

Mr Antonopoulos noted that this form of security outsourcing is growing by around 12 per cent on an annual basis.

VMware Rolls Out Do-It-Yourself Cloud Building

Grazed from eWeek.  Author:  Chris Preimesberger.

BlueLock and VMware Partner on New Cloud Services

Grazed from ChannelPro SMB.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Cloud hosting and managed IT services provider BlueLock announced its partnership with VMware last week at VMworld. The announcement coincides with the beta availability of a new cloud service, called VMware vCloud Datacenter Service.

According to BlueLock, it is one of three companies offer the vCloud Datacenter Service beta.

Evolution of the Trusted IT Adviser

Grazed from ChannelPro SMB.  Author: Scott Barlow.

Successful IT Solution Providers earn the distinction of becoming the trusted IT adviser for their clients. All solution providers strive for this status, virtually all claim it, many have truly earned it. However, if solution provider skills—and business practices—fail to evolve with our ever-changing industry, “trusted IT adviser” can become a trite label that loses meaning.

A way out of the private cloud dead end

Grazed from InfoWorld.  Author:  David Linthicum.

A trend circulating among both the cloud computing upstarts and their corporate equivalents is the ability to offer a private cloud infrastructure with a clear and easy glide path to public clouds. We'll see a few of these at VMworld this week, including one from EMC VMware itself...

The Transition from Private to Hybrid Clouds

Grazed from Cloud Storage Strategy.  Author: Steve Lesem.

We discussed the advent of hybrid cloud in our earlier post on a maturity model for cloud storage. While it is important that technology providers are beginning to grapple with the requirements to move seamlessly from a private cloud to a public cloud, the assumption here is that the workload owner is willing to utilize a public cloud multi-tenant solution for their workload.  I'm not sure we're there yet...

5 Resources for Migrating to the Cloud Securely

Grazed from ReadWriteWeb.  Author:  Klint Finley.

A recent poll found that most enterprises that have already become infrastructure-as-a-service customers worry much less about cloud security than companies that are only thinking about making the leap. But for the rest of you, security remains the number one concern when considering the cloud. If you're under pressure to take advantage of the benefits of cloud computing, but need to ensure a high level of security, here are a few companies with products and services that can help you make the move without losing sleep...

Private Clouds: Not as Easy as it Looks

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Arthur Cole.

A strange dichotomy is forming around the emerging market for private clouds.


Despite, or perhaps because of, the relatively slow uptake of the technology so far, vendors continue to introduce ever-more-simplified cloud startup packages. At the same time, though, there seems to be a growing community of integrators, consultants and other experts who insist that the cloud is a lot more complicated than it's made out to be, and getting started is the least of the difficulties.

Citrix acquires VMLogix, expands OpenCloud platform

Grazed from IT Wire.  Author: Gordon Peters.

According to Citrix, the acquisition of VMLogix makes it easy for cloud providers to offer infrastructure services from pre-production and quality assurance, to staging, deployment and business continuity.

And, Klaus Oestermann, group VP and GM, networking and cloud product group at Citrix said “the new enhancements raise the bar in cloud interoperability, scalability and self-service – further extending the company’s leadership position as the most widely deployed provider of virtualisation and networking solutions for the open cloud.