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Virtual Private Clouds on Public Infrastructure

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author:  Michael Vizard.

There’s no doubt that interest in private cloud computing is growing rapidly. But just because a cloud is private doesn’t mean it will be running on-premise. In fact, chances are that most private cloud computing implementations will run on public cloud infrastructure.


Google fires engineer for privacy violations

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  Sumner Lemon.

A Google engineer was fired for violating the company's privacy rules, Google said today. The search giant was responding to a report that the engineer had improperly accessed the accounts of several teenagers.

"We dismissed David Barksdale for breaking Google's strict internal privacy policies," said Bill Coughran, senior vice president of Google, in a statement.

Nokia appoints Microsoft executive as new head

Grazed from BBC.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Finland's Nokia has appointed Microsoft business manager Stephen Elop as its new chief executive.

Mr Elop - the first non-Finn to head Nokia - will replace Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, a lifelong employee who had been chief executive since 2006.

The appointment may mark a sea-change in strategy at the top of the company.

In July, Nokia reported a 40% slump in second quarter profits, as it has struggled to maintain its lead in the booming smartphone market.

Software-as-a-service solutions 'useful for call centres'

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: James Glass.

Software-as-a-service solutions can be useful in helping the work of call centres.

According to TMC Net writer Tracey Schelmetic, the use of the technology can allow businesses working in this industry to improve their flexibility while lowering costs.

"Call centres using software-as-a-service-delivered solutions can 'virtualise' the applications, structuring their call centre entity in the best configuration possible for high quality and controlled costs," she stated.

Nokia at the crossroads: Microsoft's Elop takes the reins

Grazed from FierceCable.  Author: Paul Rasmussen.

Gone, and probably to be forgotten, Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo is to be replaced as Nokia CEO by a Microsoft divisional head.

The first reaction to the news--not to the long-anticipated going of Kallasvuo--was that the appointment of Microsoft's head of its business division, Stephen Elop, was a make-or-break decision for the company's future in the smartphone market.

The cloud, private or public delivery?

Grazed from IT Wire.  Author: Gordon Peters.

In its latest report on the cloud computing market in APEJ and a survey of end users, IDC says CIOs have been inundated with a barrage of information about the cloud in the last 12 months with “higher awareness of both the pros and cons of the public and private cloud delivery models.”

To Virtualize or Not to Virtualize?

Grazed from ChannelPro SMB.  Author:  Laura Gibbons Paul.

Back in 2005, was running about two servers for every employee. To be precise, to keep its bandwidth-hogging online real estate services business afloat, the 1,000-employee company operated more than 2,000 servers spread across two data centers—not a ratio most IT managers would envy.

So undertook a major server rationalization effort that hinged on virtualization, or dividing its servers to run many instances per box, thereby reducing its overall server footprint and associated costs.

Cloud Computing Requires a Change of Mind

Grazed from Internet Evolution.  Author: Sean Gallagher.

MobileVault Extends Secure Private Cloud Backup Offerings

Grazed from ChannelPro SMB.  Author:  Editorial Staff.

Disaster recovery solutions provider Continuity Centers and cloud backup innovator Asigra have teamed up again, this time with the addition of MobileVault data protection services to Continuity Centers’ Secure Private Cloud Backup offerings.

Aria Systems, VMware Partner on Cloud Billing Platform

Grazed from eWeek.  Author: Nathan Eddy.