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Dell to invest $1bn in cloud computing services

Grazed from Computer Weekly.  Author: Jenny Williams.

Dell will invest $1bn (£613m) into new cloud-based technologies and datacentres during its current fiscal year.

The company plans to build 12 new "solution centres" and 10 datacentres across the world to expand its cloud computing offering.

A Desktop for Web Computing

Grazed from MIT Technology Review.  Author: Tom Simonite.

Personal computing is steadily migrating to the Web, as people use sites like Facebook and Flickr to store photos, videos, and other files they previously would have stored on a PC. A startup called ZeroPC hopes to provide the desktop for the Web computing revolution--a page that looks and acts like a desktop interface, from which users can access all of their content wherever it is stored online.

CW Security Think Tank: What’s holding up the cloud?

Grazed from Computer Weekly.  Author: Warwick Ashford.

CW Security Think Tank: Are security concerns and a lack of adequate risk assessment tools the reason SMEs are not adopting cloud computing, or is the real reason something else that security professionals are also in a good position to address?

G-Cloud director joins VMware

Grazed from Computer Weekly.  Author: Kathleen Hall.

The government's deputy director of the G-Cloud, Andy Tait, has joined VMware as public services strategy head.

Tait also held the position of deputy director for datacentre consolidation and the application store programme at the Cabinet Office.

Under his new position Tait will work with public service organisations to highlight the role IT can play in driving efficiencies throughout an organisation.

June is cloud month, is this strategic cumulo stratus real?

Grazed from Computer Weekly.  Author: Adrian Bridgwater.

The time is right for cloud computing - discuss. The hype of cloud computing launch fever has (to some degree) settled down to a pleasing cloudscape of strategic cumulo stratos has it not?

So why should you look skyward to the cloud this summer.

Firstly - and most importantly, the deployment of truly workable hybrid clouds is starting to become the new norm. The combination of public cloud efficiency matched with private cloud security makes so much sense that we are perhaps just witnessing phase #1 of its total evolution; there is much more to come.

Microsoft, Toyota join forces on cloud computing for cars

Grazed from GeekWire.  Author:  Todd Bishop.

Microsoft and Toyota have entered a new strategic partnership to build a next-gen information and telecommunications platform for Toyota’s vehicles based on the Redmond company’s Windows Azure cloud computing system.

The companies say they will participate in an investment of 1 billion yen (about $12 million) in Toyota Media Service Co., a Toyota subsidiary focused on information management. The rollout will begin with Toyota’s electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles next year, focusing in part on energy management systems.

Concerted drive on security will benefit cloud says Webroot

Grazed from Cloud Pro.  Author: Maxwell Cooter.

Cloud computing clients 'benefiting from Salesforce.com updates'

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author:  James Glass.

Salesforce.com customers who have cloud computing solutions from the company are benefiting from the regular updates it makes to its products.

This is according to Steve Fisher, executive vice president of technology for Salesforce.com, who explained upgrades to the core software behind the applications allow clients to focus on improving their own business rather than worrying about whether their IT systems are up to date.

"Every four months we are introducing major new functionality," he stated in comments reported by the Wall Street Journal.

Incapsula Launches Cloud-Based Web App Firewall

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

With a New CEO, MarkLogic Eyes Big Data IPO

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.