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Simplicity key to unlocking cloud benefits

Grazed from ZDNet.  Author: Kevin Kwang.

Brian Prentice, research vice president at Gartner, said awareness of cloud computing has been rapidly increasing. According to a survey of CIOs the research firm conducts annually, cloud computing has climbed up the list of hot technologies IT heads are looking at, from non-existent at the end of 2007 to second place by end-2009.

Enomaly launches online cloud computing market

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  Nancy Gohring.

Enomaly has launched a compute market that will let anyone shop for low cost, no-frills compute power offered by a variety of providers. The company, which offers software that cloud services providers use, came up with the idea as a way to help its customers fill up unused capacity.

There are currently 15 cloud providers offering their services through the SpotCloud market. Enomaly is offering the market as a beta right now to make sure that it can handle requests, so end users must register and be approved before they can buy services.

Ocado moves into the cloud with Google Apps

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  Antony Savvas.

Online grocery retailer Ocado is deploying Google Apps for Business for 1,250 staff, with the aim of cutting costs and improving productivity.

Ocado said the cloud-based product suite will facilitate remote working, improve productivity and boost internal communication for head office staff and regional managers. Staff will be able to log in from any secure internet connection to access their emails, documents, calendar and other internal information.

Cloud computing vendors 'should address security concerns'

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: Neil Hill.

Cloud computing vendors looking to increase the number of companies using their services will be most successful if they can prove the security of the offerings.

According to Rob Ayoub, global programme director for information security research at Frost & Sullivan, many companies are currently holding back on a move to the cloud because of security and availability concerns.

He said that cloud computing providers should be in a position to provide reassurance to potential clients on these issues, reports Computerworld New Zealand.

Dell to make cloud computing acquisition

Grazed from The Register.  Author: Chris Mellor.

Dell is also going to build up a tablet computer product line, spreading out from the 7-inch and 5-inch Streaks launched in September. Michael Dell was speaking at an event in Hong Kong.

Dell lost out to HP in a bidding battle for 3PAR, which HP bought for $2.4bn in September. The InServ storage array from 3PAR had proved to be attractive to cloud computing providers because of its ability to scale, as well as its storage efficiency and highly automated management that integrated well with VMware.

Microsoft hopes to show its Cloud Power

Grazed from ZDNet.  Author: Ina Fried and Josh Lowensohn.

The software maker is launching its largest-ever ad campaign targeting businesses, touting "Cloud Power" and its benefits over traditional server-based computing. The ads, which include TV, Internet, print, and outdoor ads, feature the line "cloud power" with actors portraying different types of customers and offering various takes on what products like Windows Azure, Office 365 and Windows Server can offer.

Dell reaches for the clouds with Boomi deal

Grazed from BBC.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Computer giant Dell has announced a deal to buy cloud-computing company Boomi for an undisclosed price.

Dell has been looking to acquire cloud computing technology, which allows users to access files or services remotely over the internet, rather than just from their own local servers.

It recently lost a bidding war with Hewlett-Packard for cloud firm 3Par, despite being the preferred bidder.

Dell is the world's third largest computer maker.

It said the deal for Pennsylvania-based Boomi would "help businesses reap the full benefits of cloud computing".

Another Cloud Integration Company Bought by Big Vendor

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author:  Loraine Lawson.

When Michael Dell teased that Dell planned to announce a cloud acquisition today, it was assumed he meant something along the lines of networking capabilities. Wall Street theorized it would be Brocade, which specializes in data center networking, or Rackspace, which offers cloud-based servers and managed Web hosting.

 

Absolutely Essential Vim/vi Commands

Grazed from ServerWatch.  Author: Joe Brockmeier.

The Case for Open Source Search in the Enterprise

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Haydn Shaughnessey.