Cloud Computing

JoliCloud Finally Launches

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Om Malik.

Whatever the Numbers, Cloud Growth is Skyrocketing

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

UBS research report sparked a lot of discussion this week with its estimate that Amazon Web Services’ total revenue will top $500 million this year and $1.1 billion by 2014. Analyzing the numbers is fine, but, as I discuss in my weekly column at GigaOM Pro, I think it’s most telling to look at the growth curve when assessing the promise of cloud computing.

When to Use Open Source in a Cloudy World

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Ben Kepes.

In a rapidly-changing development environment in which more and more companies are developing platform as a service (PaaS) offerings, is the allure of using open source to to build custom applications diminishing? After all, PaaS providers are looking to make customization easier for end users to achieve without having to delve into the source code.

team Engine cranks up on-demand high performance computing

Grazed from IT Wire.  Author: Stephen Withers.

Steam Engine, a new division of systems integrator FrontlineSystems, provides high performance computing (HPC) infrastructure for as little as one month at a time.

The service is particularly aimed at the visual effects, geo-science, mining, biomedical and financial industries.

"These businesses are exemplified by extreme peaks and troughs in data and infrastructure demand, which makes operating and managing in-house date centre facilities a financially unsound proposition," said Steam's chief commercial officer Stefan Gillard.

Where will cloud computing take us in five-years time?

Grazed from CWDN.  Author: Adrian Bridgwater.

Cloud computing has a problem. The problem is that people, companies, programmers and (god forbid) bloggers and technology journalists all talk about it an awful lot. With issues such as security and migration challenges to discuss, we pretty much have an endless stream of material to debate over.

The View from the CRM C-Suite

Grazed from Destination CRM.  Author: Lauren McKay.

Where do you see the market going over the next few years?

Cisco Debuts FabricPath

Grazed from eWeek.  Author: Cameron Sturdevant.

5 ways to ease desktop PC-induced pain

Grazed from Government Computer News.  Author: John Moore.

It didn’t take long after the desktop PC earned a regular seat at the enterprise technology table in the early 1990s for agency managers to realize that PCs can be a real drag. Buying, managing, backing up, fixing and securing PCs are expensive, time-consuming tasks that spawn a seemingly never-ending ordeal.

The problem must be tougher than they thought because they’re still trying to fix it. Here is a rundown of what has been working, what hasn’t and what might work in the future.

5 agency-tested desktop fixes

Fix #1: Desktop Outsourcing

Zscaler Cloud Security Offers Secure Web Gateway Features

Grazed from eWeek.  Author:  Matthew Sarrel.

Zscaler’s self-named cloud security service provides organizations with security covering integrated Web, instant messaging, peer to peer, Webmail and SMTP-based e-mail, and it does so without any on-premises hardware or software installation requirements. Rather, the Zscaler service spreads its proxy and relay load across the company’s 40 data centers and presents administrators with a rich, flexible, Web-based management interface.

Changing the Psychology of IT in the Era of the Cloud

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Michael  Vizard.

Most therapists will tell you that unless the patient is committed to change, no amount of therapy is going to make any substantial difference in their lives.


Right now, IT organizations are confronted with a host of innovations, starting with virtualization right on up to cloud computing, that require a new approach to IT. The question is: How committed are IT organizations to embracing those changes?