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Cloud helps us manage supply chain, says Microsoft

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  Anh Nguyen.

Microsoft is moving its IT into the public and private cloud to help make its supply chain agile and adaptable.

Brian Tobey, corporate vice-president of manufacturing, supply chain, information and services at Microsoft, told Gartner’s Supply Chain Executive Conference in London that the company was moving its IT structure into the cloud to eliminate the traditional approach of dealing with partners in a supply chain via “one-to-one telephone connections”.

Pi record smashed as team finds two-quadrillionth digit

Grazed from BBC.  Author:  Jason Palmer.

A researcher has calculated the 2,000,000,000,000,000th digit of the mathematical constant pi - and a few digits either side of it.

Nicholas Sze, of tech firm Yahoo, said that when pi is expressed in binary, the two quadrillionth "bit" is 0.

Mr Sze used Yahoo's Hadoop cloud computing technology to more than double the previous record.

It took 23 days on 1,000 of Yahoo's computers - on a standard PC, the calculation would have taken 500 years.

Google Builds MegaData Center in Finland

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Om Malik.

Cloud turning outsourcing 'upside down'

Grazed from ZDNet.  Author: Vivian Yeo.

Rolf Jester, Gartner's Distinguished Analyst and Asia-Pacific vice president for IT services, pointed out that cloud is not yet a major threat to outsourcing because deals that have been struck or are being negotiated, will remain valid for five to 10 years and are delivering value to businesses.

Certeon Creates New Partner Program

Grazed from ChannelPro SMB.  Author:  Cecilia Galvin and Jessica Mattison.

Burlington, Mass.-based Certeon, a software-based, hypervisor-agnostic, WAN optimization solution company, has recently taken steps to further embrace the channel with a restructuring of its partner program. The change is intended to help partners deliver high-performance, cost-effective WAN optimization to the virtualization, disaster recovery, and cloud computing markets.

Sage Beefs Up Services in Sage Act! 2011

Grazed from Destination CRM.  Author: Lauren McKay.

Sage has taken a different path than most vendors for software-as-a-service and cloud computing. In keeping with the times, the vendor has chosen to infuse its installed contact management product, Sage Act! (formerly known as Act! by Sage), with Web services.

Salesforce Puts Jigsaw Together with CRM

Grazed form Destination CRM.  Author: Lauren McKay.

Just a few months after its $142 million acquisition of Jigsaw, a cloud-based data service, Salesforce.com has rolled out Jigsaw for Salesforce CRM. Priced at $29 per user per month, the Jigsaw service will appear natively within Salesforce CRM and its social networking product Chatter. CRM users can receive real-time updates about their contacts, customers, and prospects thanks to Jigsaw's crowdsourced data model.

Facebook and Twitter banned by US university

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  Jon Brodkin.

Harrisburg University provost Eric Darr wants to know if his students can live without Facebook, Twitter, instant messaging and other social networks for an entire week. According to a feature on NPR, Darr is blocking access to all social media sites on the campus network this week, not to punish students but to see how they react to losing access to Facebook and Twitter.

Yahoo spins cloud web around competitors

Grazed from ZDNet.  Author:  Kevin Kwang.

Speaking to ZDNet Asia in an interview Monday, Raghu Ramakrishnan, chief scientist of audience and cloud computing research at Yahoo, noted that the Internet company has not been involved in "many cloud conversations" today as these revolve around "low-level cloud services", but it is still very much in the game.

Verizon's On-Demand, Pay-As-You-Go Cloud For SMBs

Grazed from Cloud Computing.  Author: Beth Bacheldor.

Verizon Business announced that it has expanded its cloud computing portfolio with a new service for small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs). Computing as a Service (CaaS) SMB provides customers with Internet-based access to virtual machines (VMs) that can be spun up or down as needed, via a pay-as-you-go model. This is in addition to Verizon Business's Enterprise hybrid cloud service announced at VMworld.