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Red Hat Acquires Makara in Cloud Dev Tools Play

Grazed from Server Watch.  Author: Sean Michael Kerner.

Software-as-a-service content 'can be viewed on iPads'

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: Neil Hill.

An increasing number of business users are employing iPads to view content from software-as-a-service products.

This is according to Windows IT Pro commentator Jeff James, who explained while the majority of the tablet PCs have been sold to consumers, companies are increasingly seeing the potential of the Apple devices.

He said both software-as-a-service and cloud computing applications can be accessed from the iPad, making it an important product for many employees.

A Greener Cloud for All IT

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Arthur Cole.

It's taken as an article of faith that cloud computing will reduce greenhouse emissions across the IT industry. However, there has been very little analysis with regard to shifting the environmental burden from the enterprise to a dedicated cloud industry.

Seven Social Transformations Unleashed by Mobile Devices

Grazed from MIT Technology Review.  Author: Jeffrey F. Rayport.

This Big Picture essay wraps up our month-long special report on the Mobile Enterprise. Starting tomorrow, the entire report will be available only as a premium publication (in PDF format) for those who pay to receive it.

Today's mobile device is the new personal computer. The average smart phone is as powerful as a high-end Mac or PC of less than a decade ago. And as billions of people worldwide rely on these ultra-compact machines for more and more tasks, the mobile device might qualify as humankind's primary tool.

Vast Majority of Enterprises Will Deploy Clouds by 2015

Grazed from eWeek.  Author:  Chris Preimesberger

New TwinStrata and Scality partnership delivers turnkey private cloud storage solutions

Grazed from PRNews Wire.  Author:  PR Announcement.

TwinStrata, Inc., the leading innovator in data protection and iSCSI cloud storage solutions, has integrated Scality's RING storage platform into its family of CloudArray virtual and physical appliances. With the addition of Scality integration, CloudArray customers can now easily choose and deploy either a private cloud environment or connect with internationally available public cloud providers powered by Scality RING and receive off-site data protection and disaster recovery capabilities on a "plug-and-play" basis.

TwinStrata's CloudArray's "like local" performance, control, and policy-driven automation enables Scality customers to leverage the on-demand elasticity and adaptability of Scality's RING cloud storage through innovative asynchronous replication, in-cloud snapshots, dynamic caching, in-flight and at-rest encryption, compression, iSCSI, and continuous access to and control of data in the cloud. In the event of a disruption or an outage, data can be rapidly restored on-site, off-site, or in the cloud, providing secure, anywhere, anytime application and data accessibility...

Mobile Cloud Computing Forum Close to Selling Out

Grazed from PR.com.  Author: PR Announcement.

There is less than a week remaining to book one of the limited places left at the Mobile Cloud Computing Forum – www.mobilecloudcomputingforum.com – taking place next Wednesday 1st December at RIBA, London.

The highly anticipated 1 day conference and exhibition will include an overview of the Mobile Cloud Computing Proposition and Marketplace, Mobile Cloud and Enterprise Applications, The Challenges for the Mobile Cloud and The Future of Mobile.

Cloud computing 'can shape the businesses of tomorrow'

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: James Glass.

Cloud computing is being recognised as a key technology for the future by a growing number of businesses.

According to research carried out by Frost & Sullivan, around 25 per cent of enterprises are currently employing cloud computing solutions in some form, with 61 per cent planning to increase their use of the service during 2011.

Arun Chandrasekaran, research manager at Frost & Sullivan, said the technology is attracting the attention of IT decision makers, who realise its potential benefits.

Cloud computing fad becomes reality

Grazed from ZDNet.  Author: Tyler Thia.

The Frost & Sullivan survey, carried out in August and September, also revealed that 23 percent of respondents use some form of cloud computing, while 61 percent plan to increase spending on it next year.

About 330 senior IT managers participated in the survey.

The research firm said these results indicated that most companies have either initiated discussions or have already started using cloud computing despite it being labeled as another "vaporware".

Cloud computing is 'outsourcing on steroids'

Grazed from ZDNet.  Author: Jamie Yap.

Loh Tiak Koon, HiSoft's chief executive, explained to ZDNet Asia that there is an overlap between cloud computing and outsourcing, rather than a clash.