Author: Hoofer

June 15, 2011 Off

VMware to buy Digital Fuel Technologies for cloud cost management

By Hoofer
Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author: John Ribiero.

VMware is to acquire Digital Fuel Technologies, a vendor of IT financial management software that helps companies determine the cost of IT services.

The terms of the acquisition, which is scheduled to close in July, were not announced.

VMware’s vice president of marketing, Ramin Sayar, said that it decided to acquire the company to provide its customers with better tools to manage IT systems.

June 14, 2011 Off

HP CIO Randy Mott leaves amid company management restructure

By Hoofer
Grazed from Computer Weekly.  Author:  Jenny Williams.

Hewlett-Packard’s CIO, Randy Mott, has left the company amid an organisational restructure.

HP said its organisational changes will more closely align its corporate structure with its overall strategy to build its cloud and software services portfolio for customers.

As a result, HP has scrapped the chief administration officer role and plans to extend the role of the CIO.

June 14, 2011 Off

Will businesses opt for SaaS in next ERP lifecycle?

By Hoofer
Grazed from Computer Weekly.  Author: Jenny Williams.

As ERP systems near the end of a current lifecycle, CIOs are assessing upgrades or replacements. With firms such as Salesforce.com, NetSuite and RightNow offering alternative software-as-a-service (SaaS) ERP systems, should businesses move to the cloud?

June 14, 2011 Off

Homomorphic encryption: Can it save cloud computing?

By Hoofer
Grazed from ZDNet.  Author: Michael Kassner.

Homomorphic what? My Oxford English Dictionary suggests the following definition: "Pertaining to two sets that are related by a homomorphism."

Come on. Let’s try homomorphism: "A transformation of one set into another that preserves in the second set the relations between elements of the first."

Put homomorphic with encryption and thankfully Wikipedia provides something useful: "A form of encryption where a specific algebraic operation performed on the plain text is equivalent to another (possibly different) algebraic operation performed on the cipher text."

June 14, 2011 Off

Dedupe and the Cloud: Is There a Problem Here?

By Hoofer
Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Arthur Cole.

One of the most effective tools for managing increased data loads to have emerged over the past 10 years is deduplication. Figures vary, but it’s not hard to imagine redundant data rates at some enterprises hitting the 50 percent mark, particularly in email systems.

But just because dedupe is good technology, does it follow that it is also good policy? Increasingly, flags are being waved that dedupe can produce a number of unintended consequences, particularly of the regulatory and legal variety.

June 12, 2011 Off

“Cloud Coupling” [kuhp-ling] – noun: connecting one cloud to another

By Hoofer
Grazed from Computer Weekly.  Author: Adrian Bridgwater.

I’d like to coin a new industry term: "cloud coupling". This noun (and also a verb) describes the conjoining of two or more (generally large) data sets across various applications, cloud services and social media streams.

So, "cloud coupling", say it with us now ☺