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Your Options for Cloud Integration

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author:  Loraine Lawson.

Rethinking Storage for the Private Cloud

Grazed from E-Commerce Times.  Author: Jim Damoulakis.

Recent events have added further credence (if more was needed) to the growing body of evidence that -- despite the boundless hype -- cloud computing is a game-changing phenomenon that is having an impact on how people think about enterprise storage.

BMC buys Neptuny Software

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  Joab Jackson.

Business service management software provider BMC has acquired the software business of Neptuny Software, a provider of capacity management and IT performance optimisation software, the companies announced Tuesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

BMC will fold Neptuny's Caplan line of capacity management software into its own BSM portfolio and cloud management offerings. Neptuny's Consulting Services business unit was not included in the purchase. That unit has been re-established as an independent company under the new brand Moviri.

Understanding, Evaluating Your Cloud Options

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: John Storts.

Another Wave of Infrastructure Apps

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Gary Orenstein.

Recently, I took a look at the arrival of infrastructure apps. In the past, application developers often had to build a host of additional supporting functions, many of which required their own physical infrastructure. Today’s cloud computing platforms give rise to a new class of web-accessible application support functions, aka infrastructure apps, that replace costly integrated hardware and software.

For this round, I’ll look at companies that share these common themes:

Utilities Turning to WiMAX for 4G Smart Grid Now

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Katie Fehrenbacher.

AWS Launched Read Replicas for its Database Service

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Amazon Web Services, a division of Amazon announced it’s launching Read Replicas, a new feature for its relational database service, RDS. The new feature would make it easy to scale MySQL deployments, and would make it a breeze for Amazon customers to create one or more copies of a MySQL database instance.

Zimbra Executive Heads To Hot Storage Startup

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Om Malik.

Scott Dietzen, co-founder President and CTO of Zimbra, is headed to a hot stealth-mode startup, PURE Storage, a company started by John Colgrove, a veteran of storage industry and founding engineer at Veritas, a storage software company.

PURE Storage, according to industry sources, is said to be working on an SSD-drive-based network attached storage and has developed unique software to enhance the performance and dependability of these expensive storage systems.

Microsoft’s cloud investment will deliver in long run

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  Leo King.

chief executive Steve Ballmer has said the company’s continued heavy investment in cloud computing will pay off “in the long run”.

Insisting that the shift to the cloud was one of the most important changes in the history of IT, Ballmer said: “I’m not going to apologise for our investment in cloud computing. We have to invest in the long run and not just the short term. We’re sticking with what we believe in.”

Microsoft bringing Office Web Apps to its cloud service

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  Juan Carlos Perez.

Microsoft has definite plans to add Office Web Apps to its hosted Business Productivity Online Standard Suite (BPOS), but the company isn't providing a specific timetable for the integration.