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IBM Aims To Ease Partners' Move To The Cloud

Grazed from CRN.  Author: Joseph F. Kovar.

IBM (NYSE:IBM) this week launched its Cloud Computing Lab, a platform on which technology and channel partners can test different models for developing cloud computing products and explore potential technical and sales strategies.

The new Cloud Computing Lab, based in Hursley, U.K., gives partners access to the IBM Test Cloud from any of IBM's 38 Innovation Centers worldwide, said Dave Mitchell, director of strategy and emerging business for IBM.

Cloud computing expansion planned by environmental services company

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: Neil Hill.

The use of cloud computing offerings is proving to be a success at an environmental services company.

Mark Stone, chief information officer at Safety-Kleen Systems, explained that his organisation currently uses cloud computing technology in around 15 per cent of its applications, reports Computerworld New Zealand.

While this usage is currently confined to functions such as customer relationship management systems and travel management, the executive explained that the company is looking to increase its cloud usage.

Apple Could Buy Facebook, Twitter, Zynga, Others with Its $51B

Grazed from eWeek.  Author: Clint Boulton.

Integration as a Cloud Pilot Project

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Loraine Lawson.

It seems IT executives are still a bit skittish over moving their applications to the cloud, a hesitation based largely on lingering concerns about security and compliance concerns.


Smartly, they're using small projects as a way to test the waters, according to a recent InfoWorld article. Interestingly enough, the “starter” project mentioned in the piece is hosted integration.

"Operationalizing" analytics: IBM's new UK Cloud Computing Lab

Grazed from CWDN.  Author: Adrian Bridgwater.

Spending a few days with IBM at the company's Information on Demand conference comes with three guarantees: you'll get a tightly run event (they've been doing this for a few years now after all); you'll get plenty of news; and you'll be hit with plenty of new Americanised terms such as the "templatizing" of business intelligence tools and the "operationalizing" of data analytics.

IBM Helps Resellers Serve the Midmarket

Grazed from ChannelPro SMB.  Author: Cecilia Galvin and Jessica Mattison.

After an internal reorganization earlier this year, Andy Monshaw took the reins as IBM’s general manager of global midmarket business. This segment, says Monshaw, spends $156 billion on IT annually to run and grow their businesses. But that figure does not include PCs, printers, or other commodities; rather, it comprises “the core of IBM’s addressable market.” Monshaw talks about his plans to help resellers address this lucrative market.

ChannelPro-SMB: What are the requirements of midsize customers, and how should your partners address them?

What Comes Next in the Red-Hot Analytics Market?

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

Hadoop Gets a Boost - Cloudera Receives $25 Million Funding

Grazed from ReadWriteWeb.  Author: Alex Williams.

Cloudera is announcing $25 million round in funding to further invest in product development and services to support its push into the enterprise.

It's a clear sign that the Hadoop ecosystem is thriving as analytics become increasingly important and data more complex to manage.

The Series C funding is being led by Meritech Capital Partners. Current investors Accel Partners and Greylock Partners also participating. Cloudera has received $36 million in total funding...

Are You Ready, Insurance Execs? Gartner Identifies Top 10 Strategic Technologies for 2011

Grazed from Insurance and Technology.  Author: Katherine Burger.

It has been interesting to see insurance companies wade into the exciting but still-untested waters of social media and mobile computing. While the industry's inherent risk aversion is perhaps somewhat slowing the pace of these initiatives, neither do carriers seem to be taking their traditional wait-and-see approach to new technologies. It's not so much, "Let's watch how this plays out," as "What do we need to know and do to take advantage of this?"

Gladinet Adds Support For Openstack, Rackspace Cloud Files And Caringo Castor In Version 2.4

Grazed from Network Computing.  Author: Mike Fratto.