January 19, 2011 Off

Government IT to the cloud: private-sector lessons

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Grazed from Government Computer News.  Author: Glenn Weinstein.

With his “25-Point Implementation Plan to Reform Federal Information Technology Management,” in December 2010, federal CIO Vivek Kundra sent shock waves through the IT world by announcing a “cloud-first” policy for the federal government.

Writing in clear, non-bureaucratic prose, Kundra showed that a new era is dawning in federal government IT.

January 19, 2011 Off

Could a new breed of DOS attacks make the cloud unaffordable?

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Grazed from Government Computer News.  Author: William Jackson.

The cloud is the current Next Big Thing in computing, and the Next Big Thing in attacks could be a new breed of economic denial-of-service attacks intended to use up resources and drive up the cost of cloud computing, warns a senior security researcher at Adobe Systems.

“DOS is the next battleground,” Bryan Sullivan said Wednesday at the Black Hat Federal conference being held in Arlington, Va. “That’s where the future is going.”

January 19, 2011 Off

Reliability remains Asia’s SMB cloud worry

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Grazed from ZDNet.  Author:  Liau Yun Qing.

In an interview with ZDNet Asia, Serguei Beloussov, chairman and CEO of Parallels, noted that the extent of cloud computing adoption among SMBs in the Asia-Pacific region is related to the spread of Internet connection. "If you look at Singapore, every SMB has a Web site. However, if you look beyond Singapore to Indonesia, for example, that would not be the case," Beloussov said.

January 18, 2011 Off

Microsoft’s Dynamics CRM 2011 hits the cloud

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Grazed from ZDNet.  Author:  Josh Lowensohn.

The CRM software, which is being released first as a hosted service through Microsoft, hits 40 different markets in 41 languages today, with an on-premises and partner-hosted version of the software to follow on February 28. That delay can be chalked up to extra testing on Microsoft’s part to make sure it will work outside of the company’s data centers.

January 18, 2011 Off

EMC wants in on hybrid cloud

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Grazed from ZDNet.  Author: Liau Yun Qing.

Speaking with Asia-Pacific reporters at a briefing here Tuesday, Steve Leonard, president of Asia-Pacific and Japan at EMC, said the convergence of private and public cloud is fast becoming a reality.

January 18, 2011 Off

Microsoft Unveils New Cloud-Based CRM Offering

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Grazed from Cloud Computing Journal.  Author: Liz McMillan.

Microsoft on Tuesday showcased examples of how government organizations are using the recently announced Microsoft Dynamics CRM to improve citizen services, reduce operational costs and boost productivity. Unveiled yesterday by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online is the cloud service of the new Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 solution that is helping both public and private-sector organizations respond to the people they serve efficiently.

January 18, 2011 Off

Metafile Predicts Cloud Computing Will Take Center Stage

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Grazed from Cloud Computing Journal.  Author: Pat Romanksi.

"Over the past year, a cross-industry call for more paperless process automation has cultivated the need to deliver that automation in more ways to address a wider array of business challenges than ever before," said Nick Sprau, vice president of marketing with Metafile. "In 2011, cloud-based delivery of AP and AR automation technology will continue to increase, as will the technology’s use in managing evolving 1099 reporting requirements and intensifying transactional demands in the retail sector."…