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Overcoming the Weakest WAN Link in the Global Cloud

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Michael Vizard.

With the advent of cloud computing, there is an assumption that we should see a great leap forward in globalization. After all, if we reduce the time it takes to set up IT infrastructure, the more readily we can create applications that can span the globe.


The problem with that theory is that the wide area network (WAN) is the weakest link in the global supply chain. While there may be plenty of available bandwidth in the U.S., the fact remains that network bandwidth in many countries around the world is both limited and expensive.

Overcoming the Weakest WAN Link in the Global Cloud

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Michael Vizard.

With the advent of cloud computing, there is an assumption that we should see a great leap forward in globalization. After all, if we reduce the time it takes to set up IT infrastructure, the more readily we can create applications that can span the globe.


The problem with that theory is that the wide area network (WAN) is the weakest link in the global supply chain. While there may be plenty of available bandwidth in the U.S., the fact remains that network bandwidth in many countries around the world is both limited and expensive.

Oracle unveils global cloud computing road show

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author: Chris Kanaracus.

Oracle is conducting a cloud computing road show that will hit roughly 80 cities around the world, according to its website.

Attendees will hear from experts who "will share real-world best practices, reference architectures, detailed customer case studies, and more," according to a statement. "You'll learn how to transform IT into a superior service provider with a strategy and roadmap for building, deploying, and managing an enterprise cloud."

NASA Tech Gets Open Source Apache Blessing

Grazed from ServerWatch.  Author: Sean Michael Kerner.

Some open source tech is literally, out of this world.

Oracle kicks off global cloud computing road show

Grazed from InfoWorld.  Author: Chris Kanaracus.

Oracle is conducting a cloud computing road show that will hit roughly 80 cities around the world, according to its website.

Attendees will hear from experts who "will share real-world best practices, reference architectures, detailed customer case studies, and more," according to a statement. "You'll learn how to transform IT into a superior service provider with a strategy and roadmap for building, deploying, and managing an enterprise cloud."

All Services Under One Cloud

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Arthur Cole.

Now that the cloud is upon us, it's time to address some of the more pertinent questions surrounding this new environment, namely, what do you want to do with it?


For many enterprises, the answer so far has been somewhat limited. Some have opened up new storage resources, others are running some productivity applications and performing other basic functions. But the real action won't happen unless and until we see wholesale infrastructure ported over to the cloud. Only then do we open up the possibility for things like massive scalability and regional, or even global, load balancing.

Primary storage systems 'to be subject to deduplication solutions'

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: James Glass.

Deduplication solutions are to be used in greater numbers on primary storage systems as the year progresses.

Dave Raffo, senior news director of the Search Storage website, explained that businesses are looking for new ways to tackle the problem of data storage growth, with this option being one potential solution for companies to consider.

He noted that there has already been a move in this direction following promotional work for providers of the technology.

Buffalo CloudStor lets workers create their own cloud

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  Robert Strohmeyer.

If you want the flexibility of cloud-based storage without the worries that come with storing your important data on someone else's servers, the new CloudStor network-attached storage device from Buffalo is worth a close look. Using Pogoplug's software, the CloudStor lets you serve up files, photos, and multimedia over the Web to any of your devices. So when you're on the go, it's just like being back in your home office.

MeghaWare Looks to Marry Consumers and Cloud Storage

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

Amazon revamps cloud support

Grazed from ZDNet.  Author:  Jack Clark.

The Bronze plan, aimed at individual users, gives customers a guarantee of response to filed queries — known as trouble tickets — regarding AWS APIs and AWS infrastructure within 12 business hours for normal queries and one day for low-priority tickets. Pricing is $49 (£31) per month.