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iPad security and the cloud

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author: Gregory Machler.

I was at the airport, standing in line, when I struck up a conversation with a traveller about his iPhone. He discussed its features with me and its ability to harness the internet anytime and anywhere. He indicated that the phone's simple, elegant, and intuitive interface is a joy.

Gluster pushes storage software to VMware and Amazon

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  Stephan Lawson.

The Gluster open-source file system is following the well-worn path into virtualisation and cloud computing with the introduction on Tuesday of Gluster Virtual Storage Appliances for VMware and for the Amazon Web Services platform.

Blue Coat opens new cloud security platform

Grazed from IT Wire.  Author: Stephen Withers.

Blue Coat Cloud Service (BCCS) has been announced, with Web Security as the first module. The idea is to bring enterprise-class protection to a wider range of customers.

BCCS builds on the company's WebPulse service that rates web content. Company officials claim there have been no "significant" outages of WebPulse over six years.

Travel company benefits from master data management project

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: James Glass.

A travel company with more than 25 different brands has benefited from carrying out master data management work.

Alan Cox, director of information management systems at one of the Travel Corporation's arms Trafalgar, explained to the Computing website that the group has grown through making a number of acquisitions.

He explained the data management project was needed as each of the merged companies had their own systems and databases.

NoSQL Consolidation Begins: Membase Buys CouchOne, Forms Couchbase

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

Scaling Down Saved the Day for Comic-Con Sales

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

Cloud-savvy Ignition Gets Stronger with Franke Artale

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

Cloud a haven for cybercriminals

Grazed from ZDNet.  Author: Liau Yun Qing.

A security researcher last month warned that cloud services can be exploited for criminal purposes. At the Black Hat security conference, Thomas Roth said he was planning to release an open source kit which will enable users to crack Wi-Fi passwords by leveraging the computing power of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud running on GPU-based servers.

How to get started with cloud computing

Grazed from Network World.  Author: Beth Schultz.

1. Get smart

Before making a move into the cloud, get educated on the principles and definitions of cloud computing, advises Johan Goossens, head of NATO's Allied Command Transformation's (ACT) Technology & Human Factors Branch in Norfolk, Va.

"We started in the summer of 2010 with educational efforts. We got ourselves smart on the terminology, sitting down with vendor partners," he says.

Enterprise Cloud Services: The agenda

Oracle offers file management package for cloud

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author: Joab Jackson.

Hoping to service the growing market for cloud computing systems, Oracle has packaged two file management software programs into a single integrated offering, called the Oracle Cloud File System, the company announced Monday.