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Evolution of the Trusted IT Adviser

Grazed from ChannelPro SMB.  Author: Scott Barlow.

Successful IT Solution Providers earn the distinction of becoming the trusted IT adviser for their clients. All solution providers strive for this status, virtually all claim it, many have truly earned it. However, if solution provider skills—and business practices—fail to evolve with our ever-changing industry, “trusted IT adviser” can become a trite label that loses meaning.

A way out of the private cloud dead end

Grazed from InfoWorld.  Author:  David Linthicum.

A trend circulating among both the cloud computing upstarts and their corporate equivalents is the ability to offer a private cloud infrastructure with a clear and easy glide path to public clouds. We'll see a few of these at VMworld this week, including one from EMC VMware itself...

The Transition from Private to Hybrid Clouds

Grazed from Cloud Storage Strategy.  Author: Steve Lesem.

We discussed the advent of hybrid cloud in our earlier post on a maturity model for cloud storage. While it is important that technology providers are beginning to grapple with the requirements to move seamlessly from a private cloud to a public cloud, the assumption here is that the workload owner is willing to utilize a public cloud multi-tenant solution for their workload.  I'm not sure we're there yet...

5 Resources for Migrating to the Cloud Securely

Grazed from ReadWriteWeb.  Author:  Klint Finley.

A recent poll found that most enterprises that have already become infrastructure-as-a-service customers worry much less about cloud security than companies that are only thinking about making the leap. But for the rest of you, security remains the number one concern when considering the cloud. If you're under pressure to take advantage of the benefits of cloud computing, but need to ensure a high level of security, here are a few companies with products and services that can help you make the move without losing sleep...

Private Clouds: Not as Easy as it Looks

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Arthur Cole.

A strange dichotomy is forming around the emerging market for private clouds.


Despite, or perhaps because of, the relatively slow uptake of the technology so far, vendors continue to introduce ever-more-simplified cloud startup packages. At the same time, though, there seems to be a growing community of integrators, consultants and other experts who insist that the cloud is a lot more complicated than it's made out to be, and getting started is the least of the difficulties.

Citrix acquires VMLogix, expands OpenCloud platform

Grazed from IT Wire.  Author: Gordon Peters.

According to Citrix, the acquisition of VMLogix makes it easy for cloud providers to offer infrastructure services from pre-production and quality assurance, to staging, deployment and business continuity.

And, Klaus Oestermann, group VP and GM, networking and cloud product group at Citrix said “the new enhancements raise the bar in cloud interoperability, scalability and self-service – further extending the company’s leadership position as the most widely deployed provider of virtualisation and networking solutions for the open cloud.

Citrix Buys VMLogix, Expands OpenCloud Features

Grazed from eWeek.  Author:  Jeffrey Burt.

Citrix Systems is buying virtualization management software maker VMLogix as part of a larger strategy to improve the scalability and interoperability of its OpenCloud infrastructure platform.

Voltaire Announces High Density 10 GbE Switch for Efficient Scaling of Cloud Networks

Grazed from Wall Street & Technology.  Author: Melanie Rodier.

Voltaire Ltd., a provider of scale-out data center fabrics, introduced the Voltaire Vantage 6048, a low-latency, high-performance Layer 2/3 top-of-rack switch optimized for cloud computing.

The switch features 48 ports of 10GbE line rate connectivity in a space-saving 1U device, Voltaire said in a release.

CA Cloud Spending Spree Hits Near $1 Billion With Arcot Acquisition

Grazed from CRN.  Author: Andrew R. Hickey.

CA Technologies' roughly $1 billion bet on cloud computing continued Monday with the $200 million cash purchase of Arcot Systems Inc, an authentication and fraud prevention player in the cloud and on premise.

The Arcot acquisition marks the sixth cloud-focused purchase for CA in a 14-month cloud computing spending spree that puts CA's acquisition tally at around $1 billion.

IBM X-Force Report says security threats have reached record levels

Grazed from IT Wire.  Author: David Heath.

"Threat dynamics continue to multiply and evolve at a furious pace, making it more crucial than ever to look at unfolding trends so we can better prepare our clients for the future," said Steve Robinson, general manager, IBM Security Solutions. "This year's X-Force report reveals that although threats are on the rise, the industry as a whole is getting much more vigilant about reporting vulnerabilities. This underscores the increased focus among our clients to continue looking for security solutions that help them better manage risk and ensure their IT infrastructure is secure by design."