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Phasing applications into the public cloud

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author: Gregory Machler.

Where does a 500-million-dollar, mid-sized company go to implement cloud computing? Where should they begin? How should a company phase its deployment in order to reduce risks?

GoGrid rolls out private cloud service

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author: Nancy Gohring.

GoGrid has rolled out a hosted private cloud offering, designed to offer customers the benefits of the public cloud on dedicated hardware.

The company joins other vendors, including Unisys, in offering hosted private clouds, a relatively new label that some observers are skeptical of.

Risk Assessments Can Help Allay Cloud Concerns

Grazed from IT Business Edges.  Author: Ann All.

Several months ago I wrote a post in which I opined that good IT service management practices could help companies ease their transitions from on-premise to cloud computing. In particular, establishing a service catalog, one of the foundational recommendations of ITSM, should make it easier to determine which internal services are good candidates for migration to the cloud and help ensure a smooth transition for those that are selected, I wrote.


Mobile cloud services to emerge in 2011

Grazed from ZDNet.  Author: Kevin Kwang.

According to Nitin Bhat, partner at research house Frost & Sullivan Asia-Pacific, the world is becoming more Web-connected than ever before, and will drive the number of connected devices sold globally from 6 billion in 2011 to 80 billion in 2020. Connected devices include smartphones, tablets, televisions and smart grids, Bhat said during a media briefing here Thursday to reveal the research firm's 2011 ICT predictions.

CumuLogic Bringing Sun Cloud Roots to Java PaaS

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

Cloud Application provider Zoho adds accounting to cloud suite

Grazed from IT Wire.  Author: Stephen Withers.

Zoho Books includes the usual features such as invoicing, reminders, payment gateways (including PayPal, Google Checkout, and, expenses, cheque and credit card accounts, and reporting.

Less common features include multi-currency capabilities, real-time collaboration (two users are included in the $US24/month subscription; additional users cost $US5/month).

Still Chasing Those Elusive Cloud Skills

Grazed form IT Business Edge.  Author: Susan Hall.

In the scramble to stay current with technology and remain employable, a lot of folks are asking how they need to shape their careers with the advancement of cloud computing.


Cloud computing switch 'needs proper planning'

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: Neil Hill.

Businesses that are planning to make use of cloud computing applications should make sure they have the right structures in place for such changes to be carried out in a successful manner.

James Hall, marketing director at infrastructure optimisation company Teneo, told the Channel Web site that organisations need the correct strategies when moving to the cloud.

"Enterprises that transfer some of their IT infrastructure on to the cloud without proper planning will find they have merely spread their IT problems beyond their own office walls," he said.

Government IT to the cloud: private-sector lessons

Grazed from Government Computer News.  Author: Glenn Weinstein.

With his “25-Point Implementation Plan to Reform Federal Information Technology Management,” in December 2010, federal CIO Vivek Kundra sent shock waves through the IT world by announcing a “cloud-first” policy for the federal government.

Writing in clear, non-bureaucratic prose, Kundra showed that a new era is dawning in federal government IT.

Could a new breed of DOS attacks make the cloud unaffordable?

Grazed from Government Computer News.  Author: William Jackson.

The cloud is the current Next Big Thing in computing, and the Next Big Thing in attacks could be a new breed of economic denial-of-service attacks intended to use up resources and drive up the cost of cloud computing, warns a senior security researcher at Adobe Systems.

“DOS is the next battleground,” Bryan Sullivan said Wednesday at the Black Hat Federal conference being held in Arlington, Va. “That’s where the future is going.”