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Grid vs. Cloud: What's the Difference?

Grazed from Server Watch.  Author: Sean Michael Kerner.

Cisco's CTO for the Cloud, Lew Tucker, is no stranger to large-scale computing efforts. Tucker joined Cisco in late June and had previously worked for Sun Microsystems working on Sun's cloud and large scale web property efforts.

At Cisco, Tucker's responsibilities span multiple business units as the cloud includes enterprise, service provider and partner efforts. For Tucker, the cloud isn't just a new name for grid computing or other previous efforts at large scale distributed computing, though there is a connection.

Why Hadoop-like ‘Dryad’ Could Be Microsoft’s Big Data Star

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

Two Open Source Software Alternatives to Cron

Grazed from ServerWatch.  Author: Joe Brockmeier.

A few weeks ago, we looked at using Corntab to make it easier to create entries for cron. What if you want to avoid cron altogether? You can, thanks to several cron alternatives.

One alternative is hcron, a GPLv2 alternative to cron. Written by John Marshall, hcron has several advantages over cron. First, hcron's event definitions are much easier to read and are more expressive.

Is AWS Stealing VMware Users, Improving Their Lives or Both?

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

A Year of Unified Communications Transition

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Michael Vizard.

It’s hard to say that any one year is the seminal event in the history of unified communications (UC). Much like the evolution of the LAN technologies that UC depends on, it is going to take about a decade for mainstream UC adoption to play out across the enterprise.


Assuming that we’re about to enter the sixth year of the cycle, that would make 2011 a year of transition. In fact, if we consider 2010 to be a year where many of the fundamental technology issues were addressed, then 2011 should be the beginning of a series of cultural adjustments that will need to be made as UC becomes more of an everyday business tool.

An Enterprise Without Desktops?

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author:  Arthur Cole.

Pity the poor desktop in the age of the cloud. Where once it reigned supreme throughout the enterprise, many now see it verging on obsolescence as new generations of access devices tailor themselves to a more mobile and flexible workforce.


At the same time, IT itself is losing its position as the gatekeeper of all things digital, with individuals and business users increasingly willing to do end-runs around official channels to gain the resources they need to do their jobs.


It all adds up to a sea change in the working environment that will make today's enterprise barely recognizable in 10 years' time.

5 Tips for Enterprises Considering a Private Storage Cloud

Grazed from Cloud Storage Strategy.  Author: Steve Lesem.

Enterprises are increasingly looking to on-premise private storage clouds as a cost-effective way to share information.  Why?  A cloud behind the firewall enables users to easily access, share and collaborate without compromising data security, integrity and availability.  But there are still a few points every enterprise needs to consider before making the decision...

NATO works with IBM on cloud

Grazed from ZDNet.  Author: Larry Dignan.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and IBM are teaming up on a project that aims to improve data sharing between the group’s 28 member countries.

Under the deal, IBM and NATO will aim to improve data center efficiency as well as information sharing. The partnership will also aim to create a cloud computing model that could be used for other military operations.

The effort will be developed by IBM at the Headquarters of the Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (HQ SACT) in Norfolk, Virginia.

Cloud Computing Services Have 'Come Of Age' In Enterprise: Survey

Grazed from CRN.  Author: Andrew R. Hickey.

More than 90 percent of large enterprises are using at least one cloud computing service, illustrating cloud computing has "come of age" in 2010, a survey recently released by CA Technologies found.

That same 90 percent of large enterprises are also looking to increase their cloud usage and grow beyond cloud computing services like collaboration and start taking advantage of more complex infrastructure and platform cloud computing services.

Maturing cloud, evolving BI headline 2011 IT trends

Grazed from ZDNet.  Author: Kevin Kwang.

In its Asia-Pacific IT Market Predictions 2011 released Tuesday, the research firm revealed that hype generated around cloud in 2009 and 2010 will give way to a "more sober, realistic understanding of the relevance and applicability of cloud computing" among CIOs and senior IT decision-makers.