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Facebook’s Jonathan Heiliger to Advise Clustrix

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Delia Craven.

Citrix starts fresh cloud attack on VMware

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author: Kevin Fogarty.

Rivals Citrix and VMware have taken their battle beyond technology development, even beyond marketing. Now they're working on the imaginations and psychology of potential customers and, to a certain extent, rewriting history.

Can Open Converged Infrastructure Compete?

Grazed form GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

Book: Behind the Cloud

Grazed from MIT Technical Review.  Author: Brad Feld.

Now that Do More Faster is out and I appreciate how hard it is to write and publish a book, I read every book through a different (more appreciative) lens.  This morning, I spent three hours on the coach and plowed through Behind the Cloud: The Untold Story of How Salesforce.com Went from Idea to Billion-Dollar Company-and Revolutionized an Industry.  It was excellent.

Takeaways From the Facebook and Foursquare Outages

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author:  Gary Orenstein.

Poor data quality 'concerning many businesses'

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: James Glass.

A large number of organisations are concerned about the effects poor data quality could have on their business.

According to recent research conducted by global independent software industry analyst the Business Application Research Center (BARC), data quality was named as the issue most concerning business intelligence application end users.

Barney Finucane, a BARC analyst and lead author of the survey, told the Computing website this year's study is the first time in the annual report's history that data quality has been in the top position.

Cloud Services—What's Selling, Who's Buying

Grazed from ChannelPro SMB.  Author: Megan Santosus.

Fujitsu launches Australian cloud services portal

Grazed from IT Wire.  Author: Stan Beer.

According to Fujitsu, the ready accessibility of the portal overcomes the challenges otherwise blocking the adoption of cloud services at the enterprise level: security, border controls compliance issues, lock-ins and restricted licence options. Fujitsu claims the portal enables customers to adjust services and usage in real-time with actual pay per use.

Fujitsu claims to be the only vendor currently operating a true cloud environment for Australian customers with a single point of customer interaction for the provision and coordination of every type of cloud service.

Centrica plumbs into SaaS service desk

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  Leo King.

Gas and electricity utility Centrica has switched on an cloud-based service desk system from supplier Service-now.com.

The Service-now.com system was implemented with support from Fujitsu, which called it one of the most complex single phase implementations of the technology. Centrica already outsources application management to Fujitsu.

Indian outsourcer Tata offers cloud computing services

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  John Riberio.

India's Tata Communications is offering cloud based computing infrastructure services in India, with plans to extend the services to other markets including the US, Europe, Singapore and South Africa. The new InstaCompute service, launched on Thursday, takes advantage of Tata Communications' investment in global communications infrastructure, managed services, and data centres, Vinod Kumar, president and COO of Tata Communications said at a press conference in Mumbai.