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VMware suffers second outage while repairing first

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author: Jon Brodkin.

VMware's attempt to recover from an outage in its brand-new cloud computing service inadvertently caused a second outage the next day, the company said.

VMware's new Cloud Foundry service - which is still in beta - suffered downtime over the course of two days last week, not long after the more highly publicised outage that hit Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud.

Amazon says poorly executed, planned upgrade caused massive cloud outage

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  Jon Brodkin.

It took about a week, but Amazon has fully recovered from its most serious outage in the five-year-history of the Elastic Compute Cloud, offered an explanation of what went wrong and revealed a new roadmap for preventing future problems.

Cutting Data Center Energy As Easy As Containing Cooling

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Katie Fehrenbacher.

16 G Fibre Channel Heading to the Enterprise

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Arthur Cole.
The cloud is driving new levels of storage performance, which is proving to be a boon for native Fibre Channel installations following years of erosion by Ethernet-based protocols. The first trickle of 16 Gbps Fibre Channel is starting to hit the channel, with expectations that large enterprises and cloud service providers will flock to the technology in order to accommodate expected increases in storage traffic.

What Amazon and Its Customers Must Learn From Last Week’s Outage

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Paul Miller.

Data Analysis Is Creating New Business Opportunities

Grazed from MIT Technology Review.  Author: Lee Gomes.

The explosion of data analytics tools is being spurred by a fundamental economic truth: the plunging cost of memory technologies. “Enterprise disk” refers to large storage drives used in data centers.
Credit: Credit Suisse and Gartner

Rethinking IT Security in the Age of the Cloud

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Michael Vizard.

There’s obviously a lot of concern when it comes to the security of public cloud computing services. But there’s also a lot of opportunity to right the mistakes of the past as IT organizations move to embrace what amounts to a fundamentally new approach to enterprise computing.

Where Is the Public Cloud 2.0?

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

Cloud computing is no longer just the “next big thing.” It has arrived in the consciousness of the mainstream with industry buzz, TV commercials showcasing its power, and the real promise of revolutionizing computing as we know it. But for those of us dancing on the ground trying to make clouds appear out of the clear blue sky, the next generation public cloud is still just over the horizon.

Big Data Is on a Collision Course with the Cloud

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

Cloud computing in the public sector - best practice

Grazed from Computer Weekly.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Governments around the world have been looking at how best to reduce functional redundancy through the concept of "shared services" where different departments share a single source of function. For example, in the UK, a concept for a government cloud (G-Cloud) has been proposed to provide the shared services described by Sir Peter Gershon in his 2004 report - but this may have to be revisited under the current government spend reviews.