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SpotCloud Explores the Cloud's Utility Computing Future

Grazed from eWeek.  Author: Jason Brooks.

Parallels Launches Hosted PBX, Cloud Infrastructure Services

Grazed from eWeek.  Author: Nathan Eddy.

Hosting and cloud services specialist Parallels announced the introduction of cloud infrastructure and hosted PBX platforms, as well as support for Microsoft Office 365 Syndication and Hyper-V Cloud.

Dissecting the New SGI’s Plan for Profitability

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

Microsoft strikes 14 new cloud services deals with state, local organizations

Grazed from Government Computer News.  Author: Paul McCloskey.

Microsoft said it has signed new contracts with 14 state and local government organizations for cloud computing services, including the cities of Alexandria, Va.; Chicago; and Virginia Beach, Va.; and the state departments of labor in Colorado and Idaho.

The new deals, signed in the past several weeks, bring the total to 190 state and local government organizations now using Microsoft cloud solutions, company officials said. Altogether, more than 3 million government employees are using the company's online business services, they added.

Software Licensing Is Sticking Point for Cloud Adoption

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Ann All.

Ask folks about barriers to the cloud and you'll get a very familiar list: security concerns, performance issues and a niggling fear of giving up control. What you don't often hear about is licensing costs, which could prove to be a pretty big hurdle.


The Chinese Dragon And Cloud Computing

Grazed from CloudTweaks.  Author: Sourya Biswas.

China may not have India’s expertise in software, but it does have expertise in the other half of the cloud computing equation – hardware. With a state-controlled economy that determines whether the nation’s resources are to be directed, it is not surprising that China will dedicate itself towards its area of expertise – manufacturing – and proceed towards building a “city-sized” cloud computing complex in the Hebei province in northern China.

Transphorm: the New Data Center Waste Power Slayer

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Ucilia Wang.

Businesses assured they can trust cloud computing

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: James Glass.

Businesses and public sector bodies can put their faith in cloud computing, an industry expert has insisted.

Art Coviello, chief executive of data security firm RSA, insisted it is possible to use virtualisation to make the cloud a safer place, although he acknowledged this may at first appear to be "counter-intuitive".

He went on to state the importance of businesses putting security measures in place, explaining: "We now know a criminal ecosystem has developed.

NoSQL Databases Go Mobile

Grazed from Internet Evolution.  Author: Sean Gallagher.

Key to many high-demand Web and cloud applications today is NoSQL, a collection of database and application technologies that eschew the SQL query language and many of the trappings of relational databases. And as developers of applications for mobile devices increasingly plug into the cloud to power their apps, some are turning to NoSQL again. But this time, they're putting NoSQL databases right on the mobile device.

The Slow-Motion Internet

Grazed from MIT Technology Review.  Author: Erica Naone.

The Internet is no longer fast enough for Google.

To see why, try the Chrome netbook. It's a prototype device that exemplifies one of the company's visions for the future: the idea that we can do nearly all our computing online, accessing information anywhere on a whim. This netbook has a pared-down operating system that's essentially a powerful Web browser. It stores almost no files or software. Almost everything you can do on the device requires an Internet connection.