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RIM and Microsoft deliver Office 365 service

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  Georgina Swan.

Blackberry maker, Research In Motion (RIM), has joined forces with Microsoft to create a RIM-hosted BlackBerry enterprise service for Office 365.

RIM announced the news on its Inside BlackBerry for Business blog.

The service, which is expected to be available in closed beta mid-2011, will have similar features to that of BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express, according to RIM, and will initially be available for Exchange Online for Office 365 on a subscription basis.

How security can rescue cloud computing

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author: Andreas M. Antonopoulos.

Whenever the topic of security is mentioned in the context of cloud computing, it is usually discussed as the "big barrier" to adoption. The perceived or actual lack of security in the cloud makes it impossible for businesses to make the leap into this new computing paradigm. I propose a different perspective: Security will rescue cloud computing.

The way we were: Cloud's roots in the '60s

Grazed from Government Computer News.  Author: Ray Kane.

Let's peer into the past for a minute. Time sharing as we knew it began in the early 1960s. In Phoenix, Ariz., General Electric had a Central Processing Unit (CPU) named the GE 225, and a control or switching unit named the Datanet 30. Each unit had 16K core memory (yes, 16). When strapped together, up to 40 simultaneous users could use the system.

Don't count on recycling to maintain IPv4 address pool

Grazed from Government Computer News.  Author: William Jackson.

The American Registry for Internet Numbers, the regional registry that oversees address allocation for North America, has established an online listing service to help bring together organizations that have IPv4 addresses to spare and those that are looking for a few more addresses. But don't expect this marketplace to delay the transition to the next generation of Internet protocols, according to the registry.

Can HP's Cloud Float?

Grazed from Computer Weekly.  Author:  Cliff Saran.

Hewlett-Packard (HP) chief executive officer Léo Apotheker has announced plans for HP to take a leading role in defining the future of information technology. Cliff Saran and Warwick Ashford report on how HP is changing.

The Real Big IT Problem

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Michael Vizard.

It’s usually a lot easier to deal with discrete sets of problems than it is to address the totality of a situation in order to remediate the core issue. Such is the case these days with enterprise IT, where everyone seems to want to talk about cloud computing, virtualization, data storage, mobile computing and application development rather than the core issues that plague IT today.

Chief information officers 'should gain software-as-a-service knowledge'

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: Neil Hill.

Chief information officers should make sure they are well-versed in the field of software-as-a-service solutions.

According to Shvetank Shah, a contributor to the CIO Insight website, the software-as-a-service market is maturing and chief information officers have a key role to play in ensuring their organisation makes the right decisions about this technology.

HP to launch public cloud service

Grazed from Government Computer News.  Author: Jeffrey Schwartz.

Underscoring that cloud computing will be integral to its strategy moving forward, Hewlett-Packard Co. plans to launch a public cloud service, company CEO Leo Apotheker said Monday at the company's annual analyst meeting.

The cloud, connectivity and software are integral to HP's strategy, Apotheker told analysts at the HP Summit 2011 event held in San Francisco. It was the first public appearance by Apotheker since he became CEO more than four months ago.

CFOs, CIOs Should Be Cloud Computing Allies

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Ann All.

Deploying cloud computing for biological research

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author: Robert Lemos.

When Biogen Idec considered a move to the cloud, cost savings was not the primary concern. For a biotechnology company that lives and dies by its research division, the ability to quickly spin up computer resources for its scientists was far more important.

A pioneer in treatments for multiple sclerosis, Biogen Idec needed to quickly assign computing resources to support its researchers. Yet, provisioning servers and applications to new projects requires a lot of planning, effort and support, says William Hayes, director of IT for the R&D section's decision support group.