July 2011

Spooks Get Their Own Cloud

Grazed from Sys Con Media.  Author: Maureen O'Gara.

Huddle figures it's the first cloud-based collaboration and content management service to offer an eyes-only private collaboration service to government customers with highly classified clearance that they can use to access and share their very private data stores.

It seems that the only way spooks on both sides of the pond can collaborate is still through couriers, the all-purpose drop box, phone calls and e-mail. Huddle means to bring them in out of the cold but its solution, which resembles Microsoft's SharePoint, isn't just meant for three-letter agencies like the CIA and MI6.

Cover Story: VMware's Maritz Aims To Run The Table In Cloud

Grazed from CRN.  Author: Kevin McLaughlin.

Amazon's Cloud Business Is Growing Like Crazy

Grazed from Business Insider SAI.  Author:  Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry

Amazon's cloud business is growing like crazy, and could hit $1 billion in revenue next year according to analysts, Reuters reports. Right now Amazon Web Services, its cloud computing unit, is small enough that Amazon doesn't report its revenue, but according to estimates, it generated $500 million in revenue last year and will do $750 million this year--a 50% growth rate, which is impressive for such a large unit. If Amazon really hits these milestones it will be a big event not just for the company, but for the cloud computing industry in general.

Dolphin Content Archive Service for Cloud 2.0 Achieves SAP Certification

Grazed from PR NewsWire.  Author:  PR Announcement.

Dolphin announced its Content Archive Service (CAS) for Cloud 2.0 has achieved SAP certification as powered by the SAP NetWeaver® technology platform. The solution has been proven to integrate with SAP® solutions, providing users access to cloud services as a repository to the SAP ArchiveLink® software. The cloud solution is SAP-certified for archived SAP data and documents and does not require any new on-premise infrastructure...

DataChambers Introduces Cloud Hosting Service

Grazed from dBusinessNews.  Author: PR Announcement.

Today DataChambers is introducing a new Cloud Hosting service that will enable companies to replace or extend their existing server network without making a costly capital investment. A secure, high-performance computing infrastructure will be accessible over the Internet – hosted, maintained and managed by DataChambers.

Companies using the service can use Cloud Hosting to replace their existing servers, to augment their existing computing capabilities or to provide redundant processing capacity in the event of an in-house network outage. In each instance they will have the ability to respond to changing information technology needs, without sacrificing performance or paying for excess, unused capacity...

Cloud computing holds the key to cutting carbon emissions

Grazed from SiliconRepublic.  Author: Carmel Doyle.

Cloud computing is being lauded for its environmental and financial benefits in a new study released by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) today, which predicts that companies that embrace cloud computing can realise US$12.3bn in energy savings and 85.7m metric tonnes of CO2 savings annually by 2020...

CloudBees Buzzes With $10.5 Million Cloud PaaS Funding Bump

Grazed from CRN.  Author: Andrew R. Hickey.

The cloud computing funding festivities continued this week with Boston-based cloud startup CloudBees raking in $10.5 million in Series B financing to pump up its cloud Platform-as-a-Service.

The latest funding round for the 16-month-old startup, which was led by Lightspeed Venture Partners with Matrix Partners participating, adds to the $4 million CloudBees snagged in Series A funding.

Amazon Cloud To Break The $1 Billion Barrier?

Grazed from CRN.  Author: Andrew R. Hickey.

Amazon's cloud computing services, branded under the Amazon (NSDQ:AMZN) Web Services (AWS) moniker, could be a $1 billion business for the online retailer turned cloud provider by as early as next year, several analysts contend.

Businesses lack bandwidth for the cloud

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author: Antony Savvas.

Only one-in-ten companies are currently deploying cloud computing technologies, mainly because of network bandwidth concerns, research has found.

The news comes in spite of companies stating that seven-in-ten of their staff want access to cloud-based software...

Ten things NOT to do in the cloud

Grazed from Cloud Pro.  Author: Adrian Bridgwater.

There is a disproportionate amount of 'industry chatter' at the moment centred on what we should do with the new powers afforded to us by the cloud computing model of IT delivery. With vendors keen to talk up the public cloud’s suitability to what appears to be every possible deployment scenario; the reality of exactly what, where and when public cloud works well demands a somewhat more considered analysis...

TechAmerica Foundation Unveils U.S. Cloud Computing Roadmap

Grazed from PR NewsWire.  Author: Stephanie Craig.

The TechAmerica Foundation today released the highly anticipated recommendations from the Commission on the Leadership Opportunity in U.S. Deployment of the Cloud (CLOUD2), which deliver detailed guidance to help the federal government adopt cloud computing technologies and the necessary policy incentives needed to keep the U.S. on the innovation forefront of cloud computing...

How The Cloud Changes Disaster Recovery

Grazed from DataCenter Knowledge.  Author: Mike Klein.

Avnet Launches Cloud Workshops, Assessments For End Users

Grazed from CRN.  Author: Scott Campbell.

Avnet (NYSE:AVT) Technology Solutions has launched two new cloud-computing services, cloud strategy workshops and cloud assessments to help VARs ramp up their cloud initiatives, according to the distributor.

The new services are offered under the CloudReady initiative Avnet launched last year, which most recently included the addition of cloud training programs.

All of GSA's e-mail now in Google cloud

Grazed from Federal Computer Week.  Author: Rutrell Yasin.

The General Services Administration has successfully migrated 17,000 e-mail users to Google Apps for Government, a secure cloud-based e-mail and collaboration platform, according to GSA Administrator Martha Johnson.

“It’s official! The U.S. General Services Administration is the first federal agency to successfully migrate its employees to a cloud-based e-mail service using Google Apps for Government,” Johnson wrote in a blog.

Cloud and the next American century.

Grazed from BusinessCloud9.  Author: Stuart Lauchlan.

With the UK government yet to produce its own Cloud Computing national strategy, the Americans have been setting yet another example to follow with the publication of new guidelines on the potential of Cloud and how to procure services.

The Commission on the Leadership Opportunity in US Deployment of the Cloud (or Cloud2), a foundation composed of figures from the Cloud market including Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff and VCE CEO Michael Capellas, has presented the federal government with a Cloud Computing roadmap.

Dell Launches OpenStack Cloud Platform Solution

Grazed from Server Watch.  Author: Sean Michael Kerner.

OpenStack is getting a big vote of confidence from Dell.

Moving on from Cloud’s Trough of Disillusionment

Grazed from Cloud Computing Best Practices.  Author: Neil McEvoy.

Recent conversations with suppliers in the Cloud industry suggest that we’re currently experiencing the Trough of Disillusionment for Cloud Computing.

Hosting providers haven’t experienced customers beating down their door to buy Cloud hosting, and they’re giving up on the trend.

Does this mean that it is all just purely hype, with no substance?

World Wide Technology Achieves Cloud Builder Certification from Cisco Systems

Grazed from BUSINESS WIRE.  Author: PR Announcement.

World Wide Technology, Inc. (WWT), a market-leading systems integrator that provides innovative technology and supply chain solutions, announced today it has received Cloud Builder certification from Cisco. The Cloud Builder certification recognizes partners who design and implement cloud-ready infrastructures or fully provisioned private or public clouds. The designation validates WWT’s competency in three aspects of building clouds: Infrastructure, Management Applications and Cloud Professional Services...

DNA Sent to the Cloud

Grazed from TheScientist.  Author: Jessica P. Johnson.

China-based DNA-sequencing giant BGI announced this month that it will take its business to the cloud, harnessing the power of a network of computers to analyze massive quantities of sequence data from clients around the world, reports Nature...

Former NASA CTO Launches Nebula For Web-Scale Private Clouds

Grazed from Forbes.  Author: Tomio Geron.

Large Internet companies such as Facebook and Google have each built their own private cloud computing infrastructure to save money and increase speed and efficiency. A new start-up, Nebula, founded by former NASA CTO Chris Kemp is providing open source-based technology so that any company can build its own private cloud computing system like those Internet giants...