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Developing countries may be in a great position to take advantage of virtualization and cloud computing. During a recent visit to Indonesia, it was clear the government is struggling with the problem of both building a national ICT plan (Information and Communications Technology), as ...
Most enterprises lack three essential ingredients to ensure that sensitive information stored in via cloud computing hosts remains secure: procedures, policies and tools. So says a joint survey called “Information Governance in the Cloud: A Study of IT Practitioners” from Symantec Corp...
Last year EMC’s somewhat controversial acquisition of Data Domain right under the noses of NetApp raised several eyebrows to say the least. Considering the reported amount of $2.1 billion and their already deduplication packed portfolio which consisted of the source based Avamar, the f...
I'm happy to announce that I will helping kick off the new CloudChasers Radio Show sponsored by Novell this Thursday April 8 @ 1:30pm (Eastern). CloudChasers is a live Internet radio show tackles the drama surrounding cloud computing head on. Each week, a Novell guest and a third-pa...
So, you’ve migrated to the cloud, or at least you’re considering it, and now you want to employ a monitoring solution. Good decision. After all, enterprise networks are getting more complex as globalization continues to rage – despite the recession. And outsourcing and the growth of...
Enterprise leaders say that it's becoming difficult to find the highly qualified IT and network security talent they need that's affordable, and so they look to service providers for a solution. According to the latest market study by Forrester Research, demand has been growing. That ...
Long before human scientists figured out that DNA was the basic building block of everything living, philosophers spent long eons being satisfied with Plato’s (and his equally famous student Aristotle’s) explanation that there is some inherent “ness” in everything that makes it what it...
A recent batch of statistics shows some very encouraging news for the IT industry recovery – particularly the cloud computing sector. First, over the next five years, expect the cloud computing services market, such as cloud platform monitoring, to balloon to $222.5 billion, fueled ...

I got it yesterday at 5PM. The Apple store at the nearby mall was crowded, but at the end of day there were more people in blue shorts (I was told that there were a 100 of them) than c...

Even though Microsoft has taken a wait and see attitude towards building a native version of Office for the iPad, there is no need to wait to do real work from the iPad. Citrix Systems has released Citrix Receiver for the iPad 1.0 which can provide anyone the ability to use Microsoft O...
Our panel dives into more than the technology, security, and viability issues that have dominated a lot of cloud discussions lately -- and move to the economics and the impact on buyers and sellers of cloud services. I think we are going to see kind of an unfairness in business. Peopl...
I read your critique of our report with great interest. A couple of points. The report did not take issue with benefits of cloud computing or the great leaps forward the industry is making on efficient data centers--a development that helps its bottom line--but instead we looked at tot...
"We believe that the Internet and cloud computing data centers support services that can have a large impact on reducing carbon emissions. For example: rather than hop in your car and travel a few miles to the library, you can often find the information you seek doing a Google search f...
Let me start this article off by saying that I am all for the ‘green’ movement. If we as a society can reduce what we consume, reuse as much as possible and recycle rather than throw away, I believe we will be much better off than the alternative. If we can reduce global emissions acro...

I take for granted that many folks really understand what "Cloud Computing" is. Speaking at different events and talking with clients in the fitness, wellness, franchising and other industries, I've recently become more aware that many don't truly unders...

Well, if the inevitable outcome of reduced friction is to increase demand for IT resources, someone is going to have to do the capacity planning. In a sense, the impact of cloud computing will be to shift the tasks for IT operations from tactical resource provisioning to strategic r...
Public and hybrid Clouds are upon us. They offer a unique value proposition and solve some big issues in the Industry, streamlining IT infrastructures, enabling enterprise business processes and operational models, offering industrialization of Best Practices, and shaving investment c...
President Nicholas Sarkozy of France has signed into law new legislation that outlaws use of the term “2.0” in France and all of its holdings around the world. “This imbecilic term led so many people, in the business and consumer sectors, to hold a false impression of the truth of the ...
It seems that cloud computing conversations are slowly beginning to march up the stack. Much of the initial focus in the space has been on cloud-based infrastructures such as servers, storage, networks, etc. To some degree, cloud-based approaches to this layer of IT are becoming more o...
Intel's co-founder, Gordon Moore, famously predicted [PDF file link] way back in 1965 that transistors on a chip will double every 2 years. And so they have ever since (therefore, Moore's Law). With increased processing power, computers are increasingly able to process more data in les...
Platform as a Service is variously defined, but it generally refers to a middle layer between infrastructure (hardware and software) and applications. Cloud platforms offer simplified interfaces for a new generation of applications that use web protocols and are often coded in language...
Dans cette nuit du mercredi 31 mars, le ciel c’est brusquement assombri sur le Cloud Computing mondial. Devant l’urgence de la situation, j’ai choisi de ne pas mettre beaucoup d’images dans mon texte, comme j’ai l’habitude de le faire ; je prie les lecteurs de m’en excuser. Bruta...
The growth of cloud computing is also a factor behind Cisco’s decision, as the cloud is changing how companies store data. Plus, social networks, virtualization, and VoIP have all taken some of the cachet away from IBM and HP when it comes to servers. So, Cisco’s move to integrate the ...

The future of application performance management is in real-time visibility, action, and integration.

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In December InformationWeek’s Bob Evans started a contest asking their readership to come up with a better name for “Cloud Computing”. Reason was that the CEO’s of both HP and IBM recently expressed some discontent with the current name. Something about “Cloudy not being clear enough”....
In the first part we discussed lessons that IT can learn from a hundred years of manufacturing best practices and the possible role of cloud computing in that endeavor. We now continue with what may very well be the area that IT can learn most from manufacturing: Costing. Costing. M...
We have been running the Cloud Academy roundtables in several European countries. I’d like to share some of the more interesting questions, debates and insights around a number of topics, starting today with RAIC—Redundant Arrays of Inexpensive Cloud. Today’s post discusses whether ...
So there’s some definite things cloud-using businesses should be on the lookout for when it comes to security. This comes from a new report by the Cloud Security Alliance and Hewlett-Packard on major things that hinder cloud implementations. Here are the major impediments, says the ...
If public, private, hybrid, cumulus, stratus wasn’t enough, the ‘Inter-Cloud’ concept came up again at the Cloud Connect gathering in San Jose last week.  According to the Wikipedia entry, it was first introduced in 2007 by Kevin Kelly, both Lori MacVittie and Greg Ness wrote abou...
Michael Slaby was Chief Technology Officer for Obama for America. His team was responsible for the technology behind the online campaign. He’s giving a Berkman lunchtime talk. NOTE 1: I’m liveblogging, aqnd thus getting things wrong, paraphrasing, missing points, etc. Do not trust the...
“In planning for and running all of its operations and facilities, Microsoft takes into account its environmental impact, including energy use and carbon footprint as well as land and water usage. We, like every organization and citizen, rely on the available resources and infrastructu...
There are certainly many benefits to backing up your data to EMC Atmos, but how can users be sure that noone can look at their files after they’re backed up online? Until now, that was a nagging question with no good answer. With the introduction of AES 128-bit encryption for files ...
Perhaps you have considered backing up your data to Windows Azure, but wondered what assurance you have that your data will be secure when backed up online? With the introduction of AES 128-bit encryption for files backed up to Windows Azure, Gladinet has an answer for you: The syst...
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So you have been hearing a lot about Cloud Computing - and you have moved a few applications out to Google Apps or even migrated all your sales management to SalesForce.com. In so doing, you have adopted a software deployment model (SaaS) first introduced in the early part of this d...


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