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Dell Drives Public and Hybrid Cloud Adoption with vCloud Trial, Global Expansion

Grazed from Dell.  Author: PR Announcement.

To make it easy for customers to test and adopt secure, enterprise-class hybrid cloud solutions, Dell is expanding availability of its Dell Cloud with VMware vCloud Datacenter Services into Canada and Europe, and offering an introductory trial offer. The offer, which is currently available in the U.S. and Canada for $999, provides organizations of all sizes and industries an easy way to experience Dell’s hybrid and public cloud offerings, including full security, support and deployment from Dell Services.

While public clouds can offer on-demand computing capacity, more agility and lower entry-level costs than private clouds, some organizations may be hesitant to move to a public cloud due to concerns about security. A recent study by Dell, Intel and TechTarget found that adoption of hybrid and private clouds is outpacing public cloud adoption. Dell Cloud with VMware vCloud Datacenter Services addresses security concerns by offering some of the industry’s most robust security services, including active monitoring from SecureWorks, data encryption services from Trend Micro, and multiple layers of virtual and physical security in Dell data centers. All of these are now included in the current trial offer.

Microsoft in talks about "Humanitarian Cloud" project

Grazed from The Seattle Times.  Author:  Janet Tu.

A number of tech companies including F5 Networks, Hewlett-Packard and VMWare are participating in a pilot project launching today called the "Humanitarian Cloud."


The project, being presented today at the Social Innovation Summit at the United Nations Plaza in New York City, is designed to give nonprofit organizations the ability to share applications, services and IT support using cloud computing technologies. The idea is that nonprofits who participate may be able to save money on capital, hardware, software and IT support costs and allow them to access cloud apps from a variety of devices, according to the initiative's website...

Personal Virtual Desktop in the Cloud Now Available for Free from ZeroPC

Grazed from MarketWatch.  Author: PR Announcement.

ZeroDesktop(TM), Inc., a leading developer of fully featured public and private cloud computing solutions, today announced a new "Freemium" plan for its ZeroPC ( ) personal desktop in the cloud, providing worldwide consumers with 1GB of free cloud storage, plus integrated access to up to an additional free 14GB from popular cloud storage services, for a total of up to 15GB of free combined storage. A pay-as-you-go ZeroPC plan, starting at $1 per month, is also available for power-users who require up to 50GB of storage and expanded features. Existing ZeroPC users may continue to use their pay-as-you-go account or open a new Freemium account without a credit card or subscription fees...

Lenovo collaborates with Intel on cloud-based applications service

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  Agam Shah.

Lenovo on Tuesday announced a hosted applications service that can detect the hardware capabilities of an end user's laptop and tailor the service accordingly.

Secure Cloud Access (SCA) provides access to Windows applications that are hosted on a central server and optimises the services based on the available processing power, memory, graphics, battery life and bandwidth, said Bryan Thomas, manager of alternative client computing and server software at Lenovo.