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McAfee Opens New Cloud Data Center in London

Grazed from eWeek.  Author: Fahmida Y. Rashid.

Just a week after Intel completed its acquisition of McAfee, it’s back to business as usual as the security company expands its cloud footprint with a new data center to power its security software as a service business.

McAfee has activated its fifth cloud data center in the past 12 months, and another center is expected in a few weeks, the company said Mar. 7. The centers underscore the company’s commitment to growing its e-mail, Web and endpoint security and vulnerability management SAAS offerings, McAfee said.

Dell's Acquisitions Part of Larger Enterprise Play

Grazed from Server Watch.  Author: David Needle.

SSDs May Have Flash But Western Digital Bets $4.3B on DisksS

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Stacey Higginbotham.

OpSource Really Wants Your Enterprise Cloud Business

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

Cloud computing 'to be considered following Christchurch disaster'

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: Neil Hill.

Many businesses in New Zealand will be considering making use of cloud computing following the earthquake that hit Christchurch.

This is the opinion of IDC research country manager Ullrich Loeffler, who said companies that were based in the city's central business district may reassess their continuity measures.

"I think a lot of them will consider the cloud option," he told

"For businesses that have had their offices or systems destroyed, you would have to think whether you invest to build up your own infrastructure again."

Help Get Businesses Grounded on Cloud ROI

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Loraine Lawson.

Calling All Cloud Computing Coordinators

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Michael Vizard.

One of the challenges with cloud computing is that within most IT organizations nobody is really in charge of it. There’s usually a CIO somewhere setting strategy, a CTO making technology decisions, and a raft of server, storage and networking specialists, all of which generally do their own thing in the service of the application owners.

Taking Advantage of Public and Private Clouds Requires the Right Cloud Management Software

Grazed from Virtual Strategy Magazine.  Author: Reza Malekzadeh.

Cloud computing is just a few years old, but already has given rise to two separate approaches and architectures; one public, like Amazon's Web services, the other private, usually inside a corporate data center. Computer users assigned to business units are attracted to the direct access and easy provisioning of the public cloud, since servers can be up and running in a few minutes. IT organizations, on the other hand, value the security and control they associate with private clouds, and worry about the proliferation of public cloud instances and its potential impact on corporate data and security policies. It's a familiar tug-of-war.

Software-as-a-service 'can benefit insurance companies'

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: James Glass.

Software-as-a-service solutions can help the work of insurance companies.

This is according to an article from Predictive Communications published on IT Web, which laid out some of the "compelling" arguments in favour of businesses involved in this sector making use of the technology.

"Insurance companies of all sizes can benefit from access to best-practice solutions at an affordable cost, which means even smaller insurers can benefit from enterprise-class system excellence," the report said. Unveils Service Cloud 3

Grazed from Destination CRM.  Author: Brittany Farb.

Service Cloud 3 made its debut yesterday at’s Cloudforce 2011 event in New York. The new application is now available for computers, smartphones, and tablet devices and will allow organizations to communicate with customers while managing a higher volume of service issues on a variety of social platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, and live chat.