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Java cloud fluffer lands Hudson build brain

Grazed from The Register.  Author: Gavin Clarke.

Start-up CloudBees has bought the brains behind the Hudson open-source continuous build system, as part of its effort to fluff Java development in the clouds.

CloudBees has bought InfraDNA - a start-up providing software support and services for Hudson - along with InfraDNA's founder and Hudson creator Kohsuke Kawaguchi. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Why 'the cloud' doesn't matter

Grazed from ZDNet.  Author: Patrick Gray.

Surprisingly, a couple years after "the cloud" first arrived on the IT scene I am still hearing IT leaders speak about it with breathless reverence. Even non-IT executives will proudly announce "Oh, we'll just put that in the cloud" when any technology-related topic appears in a staff meeting.

The fact of the matter is that the cloud is just another boring make vs. buy decision, and the sooner those in IT management realize this, the less likely they are to build potentially career-ending plans based on clouds and rainbows.

Will x86 Have a Home in the Cloud?

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Arthur Cole.

Is it possible that the cloud is poised to remake the entire computing industry in a much more fundamental way than previously imagined? Could the very dominance of x86 architecture be in jeopardy as a new era of Web-based, low-power computing dawns?

Cloud Communication Platform Twilio Raises $12M

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Ryan Kim.

Can Heroku Become the Official Cloud of Facebook Apps?

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

Zuora Raises $20M to Grow Its ‘Subscription Economy’

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

Cloud Computing — Net Loss or Gain for IT Energy Efficiency?

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Jeff St. John.

Software-as-a-service solutions 'reduce IT workload'

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: Neil Hill.

Companies which decide to start using software-as-a-service solutions will be able to reduce the workload facing their IT department, it has been explained.

Writing for ZDNet, Ali Hedayati, president and chief operating officer of Coradiant, said that more and more businesses will start using the technology in the next few years, with this upturn being driven by economic and operational factors.

He pointed out that the pay-as-you-go business model in operation for software-as-a-service solutions means low upfront costs for organisations which choose to use the technology.

Gartner: Companies need shift in private cloud security

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  Antony Savvas.

The security systems of businesses must "evolve" as they move from virtualised data centres towards private cloud infrastructures, according to analysts at Gartner.

Gartner predicts that by 2015, 40 percent of the security controls used within enterprise data centres will be virtualised, up from less than five percent in 2010.

NASA wants its data in open source cloud

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author: Patrick Thibodeau.

NASA is backing open-source cloud computing with a single goal in mind: to stick to space exploration and stop running data centres.

Chris Kemp, NASA's chief technology officer, said the agency's long-term plan is to move internal IT resources to external clouds over the next 10 to 20 years.