October 29, 2010 Off

Scrapers Target Online Forums

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Grazed from Internet Evolution.  Author: Sean Gallagher.

Your average Internet user leaves pieces of his or her life scattered all over the Web. Posts to social networks, comments on discussion boards, and reviews of products on Amazon are just a few ways that we leave our fingerprints on the Web as we use sites, fingerprints that could be used to collect a significant dossier on our habits as consumers, voters, parents, and — as an article in The Wall Street Journal recently revealed — patients.

October 28, 2010 Off

Big name firms form alliance to drive cloud standards

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Grazed from BBC.  Author: Maggie Shiels.

Some of the world’s biggest companies are using their market clout to demand that computer equipment makers change the way they make their machines.

The 70 firms, which includes BMW, Shell and Marriott Hotels, said systems that do not work together are holding back the spread of cloud computing.

The companies have formed the Open Data Alliance Centre to push for unified standards for technology.

The businesses involved account for more than $50bn (£32bn) in IT spending.

"The old way just won’t work anymore," said Andrew Feig, an executive director at Swiss bank UBS.

October 28, 2010 Off

SMB Nation Wrap Up: Clouds Fill the Conference Hall

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Grazed from Channel Pro.  Author:  Rich Freeman.

What a difference a year makes. Back in 2009, most attendees at the fall edition of SMB Nation, a semi-annual trade show for VARs and managed service providers, exhibited little interest in cloud computing. This year it was the dominant theme at the conference, held October 22nd through 24th in Las Vegas.


We’re at the point where we’ve got to start figuring out the right places to use this technology,” said Dave Sobel, CEO of Evolve Technologies, an MSP and business IT consultancy in Fairfax, Va.

October 28, 2010 Off

The Next Big Battle in the Cloud

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Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Michael Vizard.

The price of raw storage in terms of the cost per terabyte keeps dropping. So it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise to see application service providers such as Box.net announcing upgraded offerings that give an individual user access to up to 5GB of free storage, while giving  business customers plans that start with a basic level of 500 GB of storage per user.

October 27, 2010 Off

How Mobile and Cloud Computing Drive Each Other

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Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Michael Vizard.

The killer application for cloud computing will be mobile computing; and vice versa the killer application for mobile computing is going to be the cloud.

October 27, 2010 Off

IBM Aims To Ease Partners’ Move To The Cloud

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Grazed from CRN.  Author: Joseph F. Kovar.

IBM (NYSE:IBM) this week launched its Cloud Computing Lab, a platform on which technology and channel partners can test different models for developing cloud computing products and explore potential technical and sales strategies.

The new Cloud Computing Lab, based in Hursley, U.K., gives partners access to the IBM Test Cloud from any of IBM’s 38 Innovation Centers worldwide, said Dave Mitchell, director of strategy and emerging business for IBM.

October 27, 2010 Off

Cloud computing expansion planned by environmental services company

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Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: Neil Hill.

The use of cloud computing offerings is proving to be a success at an environmental services company.

Mark Stone, chief information officer at Safety-Kleen Systems, explained that his organisation currently uses cloud computing technology in around 15 per cent of its applications, reports Computerworld New Zealand.

While this usage is currently confined to functions such as customer relationship management systems and travel management, the executive explained that the company is looking to increase its cloud usage.