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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.

Permanent General Moves E-Mail Archiving to the Cloud

Grazed from Insurance and Technology.  Author: Anne Rawland Gabriel.

During a routine business continuity review in mid-2008, Permanent General Assurance Corp. determined that its e-mail safeguards were insufficient. "Our disaster recovery strategy for 600 e-mail users was performing time-consuming daily and weekly tape backups," recalls Ernie Clapp, Permanent General's manager of network services. "We needed to modernize our strategy as well as update our archiving policies to address the new e-discovery landscape."

Dell Partners With Ubuntu for Linux Cloud Computing Technology

Grazed from Server Watch.  Author: Sean Michael Kerner.

Ubuntu Linux vendor Canonical is expanding its cloud horizons this week, thanks to a new cloud partnership with Dell.

Dell releases Ubuntu-powered cloud servers

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  Joab Jackson.

Dell has released two servers in the US that have been customized to run Ubuntu-based cloud services, the company announced Wednesday.

Dell has outfitted its PowerEdge C2100 and C6100 servers with Canonical's Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud (UEC), an implementation of the Eucalyptus private cloud software that runs on the Ubuntu Server Edition operating system.

An Unexplored Frontier: Energy-Per-Click

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Jeff St. John.

What to Consider Before Migrating Your SMB to the Cloud

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Paul Mah.

Mozy's to remove unlimited cloud storage offer

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author: Lucas Mearian.

Facing consumers with an appetite for cloud storage that has increased 50% over the past year, the world's largest consumer online storage provider said on Monday that it will no longer offer unlimited storage and will increase fees for the limited online storage it's now selling.

While Mozy may be among the first to change its pricing model for consumers, one industry analyst said most other providers will soon be forced to follow suit.

Verizon to buy cloud provider for $US1.4 billion

Grazed from IT Wire.  Author: Stephen Withers.

An agreement between Verizon and Terremark will see the communications company make and offer for all the latter's shares for $US19.00 per share, a premium of35% above the previous closing price.

Three shareholders (with a total of 27.6% of Terremark shares) have agreed to tender their holdings, and the deal has the unanimous support of the Terremark board. The offer will run from February 10 to February 17.

SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS: A security checklist for cloud models

Grazed from CSOOnline.  Author: Mark O'Neill.

How does security apply to Cloud Computing? In this article, we address this question by listing the five top security challenges for Cloud Computing, and examine some of the solutions to ensure secure Cloud Computing.