Cloud Computing

Should Marc Andreessen Become HP’s Interim CEO?

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Om Malik.

Murphy's Law of Disaster Recovery Strikes Retailer

Grazed from Internet Evolution.  Author: Sean Gallagher.

In July, American Eagle Outfitters -- which has a market capitalization of $2.52 billion -- had the sort of apocalyptic outage that many companies fear. Its e-commerce site was down for eight days. Both a primary and a secondary storage system failed, backups wouldn’t restore properly, and a disaster recovery site wasn’t provisioned properly.

These are the sorts of nightmare scenarios that drive many companies to turn to outsourcers, data center specialists that have the resources to protect against this sort of worst-case scenario.

How To Find a Customer in a Divided IT Universe

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Alex Benik.

Google's Counsel Tapdances on Net Neutrality

Grazed from Internet Revolution.  Author: Sean Gallagher.

Richard Whitt, Google (Nasdaq: GOOG)’s Washington telecom and media counsel, issued a “Myths vs. Facts” talking points post on the company’s public policy blog today, on the heels of outcry over Google’s agreement in principle with Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) on ground rules for the net neutrality debate.

Seagate and Samsung Team Up to Bring Flash to the Data Center

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Stacey Higginbotham.

Inside the Cloud Computing Platform Wars

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Micheal Vizard.

Traditional hosting providers are getting a lot more serious about competing for every cloud computing dollar. This week, for example, Rackspace announced the general availability of its cloud computing services based on a Windows server.

Building a Cloud out of Smart Phones

Grazed form MIT Technology Review.  Author:  Christopher Mims.

Turning an entire paradigm on its head, an international group of researchers has figured out how to implement cloud computing's most widely-used algorithm, one that's usually deployed in giant, hugely-powerful server farms, on a couple of dozen cell phones.

On the Scene: Sage Insights ’10 -- Sage Succumbs to Cloud Computing

Grazed from Destination CRM.  Author: Lauren McKay.

Watch out all you cloud-based CRM vendors, there’s a new—well, an old new—guy in town. Sage, a longtime provider of on-premises CRM solutions (Act! by Sage, Sage CRM, and Sage SalesLogix), made its move to the cloud at this year’s Insights partner conference, unveiling SalesLogix Cloud. Denis Pombriant, founder and principal of CRM consultancy Beagle Research Group, says this was “the announcement Sage needed to make,” a sign that cloud computing has evolved to the point where every CRM vendor needs an on-demand offering.

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.