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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.

Low-power computing promises to boost companies' profits

Grazed from BBC.  Author:  Sharif Sakr.

The IMEC laboratory in Belgium is a surprising place. Nestled in the sleepy university town of Leuven, its low-key entrance gives little clue to the high-tech facility within.

The heart of the complex is a massive, dust-free 'clean room', staffed by carefully-wrapped technicians. Here, microchips are developed based on sophisticated and carefully guarded designs.

But unlike unlike consumer chips from Intel or AMD, IMEC's microchips are not meant to be powerful - they are the exact opposite.

Backup For Cloud Apps

Grazed from Forbes.  Author: David F. Carr.

Yes, I clicked the delete button. Yes, I regret it now. Yes, I belatedly realized why the Backupify service makes sense.

Amazon Web Services to make free cloud offer

Grazed from ZDNet.  Author: Jack Clark.

"With the new free AWS [Amazon Web Services] usage tier, developers will be able to launch applications at no cost. If their new application spikes in popularity, it will seamlessly scale and run on AWS's inexpensive, pay-as-you-go, standard pricing," the company said in a statement.

The single instance that will be used to run the applications will be a Linux Micro Instance. This is a low-powered 32 or 64-bit virtual machine with 613MB of memory, up to two EC2 Compute Units (ECUs) — which function as virtual processors — and Elastic Block Storage (EBS) storage only. An ECU provides the equivalent processor capacity of a 1-1.2GHz Opteron or Xeon processor.