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Cloud a haven for cybercriminals

Grazed from ZDNet.  Author: Liau Yun Qing.

A security researcher last month warned that cloud services can be exploited for criminal purposes. At the Black Hat security conference, Thomas Roth said he was planning to release an open source kit which will enable users to crack Wi-Fi passwords by leveraging the computing power of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud running on GPU-based servers.

How to get started with cloud computing

Grazed from Network World.  Author: Beth Schultz.

1. Get smart

Before making a move into the cloud, get educated on the principles and definitions of cloud computing, advises Johan Goossens, head of NATO's Allied Command Transformation's (ACT) Technology & Human Factors Branch in Norfolk, Va.

"We started in the summer of 2010 with educational efforts. We got ourselves smart on the terminology, sitting down with vendor partners," he says.

Enterprise Cloud Services: The agenda

Oracle offers file management package for cloud

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author: Joab Jackson.

Hoping to service the growing market for cloud computing systems, Oracle has packaged two file management software programs into a single integrated offering, called the Oracle Cloud File System, the company announced Monday.

Salesforce.com Names New Senior Vice President

Grazed from Destination CRM.  Author: Koa Beck.

Salesforce.com has named Jeff Lautenbach as senior vice president of enterprise commercial sales for the Americas. He reports to Hilarie Koplow-McAdams, executive vice president of sales and will lead Salesforce.com in its efforts to sell cloud computing to large enterprises.

Speed Rules: Violin Scores $35M for Flash Memory

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

Cloud computing infrastructure services 'becoming established'

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: James Glass.

A growing number of companies are set to make use of cloud computing infrastructure services in the next few years.

This is the opinion of a new report from IT analyst Gartner, which forecast the global enterprise software market will record revenue growth of 7.5 per cent in 2011 compared to last year.

Tom Eid, research vice president at Gartner, said: "The focus in the enterprise software industry is on upgrading of build-run-manage technologies to improve agility, establishing cloud computing infrastructure services and results-reporting transparency."

Master data management projects 'require a holistic approach'

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: Neil Hill.

Companies that are planning to implement master data management procedures should plan carefully for how they want the work to proceed.

This is the opinion of Gartner research vice president John Radcliffe, who explained that it is necessary to have a strong data governance framework in place before such initiatives get underway, reports Information Age.

"Unless organisations take a holistic, business-driven approach to master data management, addressing governance and metrics requirements in particular, they risk having their master data management programmes fail," he said.

Nothing to Fear in the Cloud Except Organizational Issues

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Michael Vizard.

When it comes to cloud computing, there are a myriad of technical issues that need to be worked out. But before most companies can take full advantage of cloud computing, many IT organizations are struggling through organizational issues that currently hamper their ability to adopt cloud computing.

Security, mobile and cloud hit Singapore IT courses

Grazed from ZDNet.  Author: Jamie Yap.

The School of Informatics and IT (IIT) at Temasek Polytechnic (TP), for example, recently rolled out a new Diploma in Digital Forensics to cater to the rising demand for IT security professionals with the skills to investigate crimes committed using computers and digital devices. The first batch of students will join the course this April.

WAN Optimization for a Better Cloud

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Arthur Cole.

It's been said that the cloud turns the public communications infrastructure into a giant enterprise backplane. No wonder, then, that so much effort is focused on shoring up wide area throughput.

WAN optimization has been with us for some time, having already proven its worth in lowering costs and increasing connectivity between central offices, remote branches and even clients/partners. But there's a new sense of urgency these days as more and more enterprises come to realize how vital the WAN is to burgeoning cloud infrastructures.