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New body formed to promote cloud adoption

Grazed from IT Wire.  Author: Stephen Withers.

The Cloud Standards Customer Council has been formed by the Object Management Group (OMG) to accelerate the successful adoption of cloud computing, and to push client requirements into the standards process to ensure openness, security and interoperability.

The founding sponsors were CA, IBM, Kaavo, Rackspace, and Software AG. Other council members are drawn from the IT industry (eg, Red Hat), government (eg, the US General Services Administration), academia (eg, Jordan University of Science and Technology) and business (eg, Citigroup).

IBM makes new cloud push with SmartCloud

Grazed from IT Wire.  Author: Stephen Withers.

BM's new SmartCloud initially builds on its existing Development and Test Cloud service, using automation and rapid provisioning to slash the time needed for application development tasks. This Enterprise SmartCloud service is available immediately.

In the second half of 2011, the company will introduce Enterprise + SmartCloud, a fully-managed multi-tenant service for running production applications on Windows, Linux or AIX with 99.9% uptime. According to company officials, IBM already has multiple customers running production workloads on Enterprise +.

Dell’s $1B Cloud Efforts Pit it Against Cisco and Amazon

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: DerricK Harris.

Dell s undertaking a sweeping effort to improve its place in the cloud computing market with several new data centers, services and a converged infrastructure system to compete with Cisco’s Unified Computing System. It’s a pretty significant change of pace for Dell, although not necessarily surprising, as Dell has been very active in buying and building new cloud capabilities for the better part of a year. At the least, it now has the pieces in place to compete on software, services and hardware along with IBM, HP, Cisco and other large systems vendors.

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Dell to invest $1bn in cloud computing services

Grazed from Computer Weekly.  Author: Jenny Williams.

Dell will invest $1bn (£613m) into new cloud-based technologies and datacentres during its current fiscal year.

The company plans to build 12 new "solution centres" and 10 datacentres across the world to expand its cloud computing offering.

A Desktop for Web Computing

Grazed from MIT Technology Review.  Author: Tom Simonite.

Personal computing is steadily migrating to the Web, as people use sites like Facebook and Flickr to store photos, videos, and other files they previously would have stored on a PC. A startup called ZeroPC hopes to provide the desktop for the Web computing revolution--a page that looks and acts like a desktop interface, from which users can access all of their content wherever it is stored online.

CW Security Think Tank: What’s holding up the cloud?

Grazed from Computer Weekly.  Author: Warwick Ashford.

CW Security Think Tank: Are security concerns and a lack of adequate risk assessment tools the reason SMEs are not adopting cloud computing, or is the real reason something else that security professionals are also in a good position to address?

G-Cloud director joins VMware

Grazed from Computer Weekly.  Author: Kathleen Hall.

The government's deputy director of the G-Cloud, Andy Tait, has joined VMware as public services strategy head.

Tait also held the position of deputy director for datacentre consolidation and the application store programme at the Cabinet Office.

Under his new position Tait will work with public service organisations to highlight the role IT can play in driving efficiencies throughout an organisation.

June is cloud month, is this strategic cumulo stratus real?

Grazed from Computer Weekly.  Author: Adrian Bridgwater.

The time is right for cloud computing - discuss. The hype of cloud computing launch fever has (to some degree) settled down to a pleasing cloudscape of strategic cumulo stratos has it not?

So why should you look skyward to the cloud this summer.

Firstly - and most importantly, the deployment of truly workable hybrid clouds is starting to become the new norm. The combination of public cloud efficiency matched with private cloud security makes so much sense that we are perhaps just witnessing phase #1 of its total evolution; there is much more to come.

Microsoft, Toyota join forces on cloud computing for cars

Grazed from GeekWire.  Author:  Todd Bishop.

Microsoft and Toyota have entered a new strategic partnership to build a next-gen information and telecommunications platform for Toyota’s vehicles based on the Redmond company’s Windows Azure cloud computing system.

The companies say they will participate in an investment of 1 billion yen (about $12 million) in Toyota Media Service Co., a Toyota subsidiary focused on information management. The rollout will begin with Toyota’s electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles next year, focusing in part on energy management systems.

Concerted drive on security will benefit cloud says Webroot

Grazed from Cloud Pro.  Author: Maxwell Cooter.