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Does Windows Azure cloud have a chicken-and-egg problem?

Grazed from Computer Weekly.  Author:  Adrian Bridgwater.

Adopting a somewhat negative approach to PR and media communications this week are comments from JNBridge CTO Wayne Citrin who has commented on the challenge of taking software products to the cloud.

Not central software services such as core apps, Platform-as-a-Service fundamentals, or even infrastructural cloud elements such as storage, database functions and networking connectors. Those we've all discussed to the nth degree right?

But what about components in the cloud - can we augment the cloud with components as a service?

Finding the Right Level of Cloud Computing

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Michael Vizard.

On the face of it, building a cloud computing architecture on which multiple applications can dynamically scale using a common pool of IT infrastructure should be a pretty straight-forward proposition. But in reality, IT organizations are struggling with cloud computing decisions ranging from simply deciding what applications should run in these environments, how to secure the data in these clouds and even finding the right tools to manage the overall environment.

ISF lists 'seven deadly sins' of cloud computing

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author: Antony Savvas.

The Information Security Forum (ISF) has identified the "seven deadly sins" of cloud computing implementations in a new report, and has offered guidance on how to tackle them.

The 'Securing cloud computing: addressing the seven deadly sins' report aims to help organisations move quickly to developing business-oriented systems to securing cloud services.

The seven deadly sins outlined in the ISF report are:

Smart meter cloud announced by IBM and Cable & Wireless

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  Leo King.

IBM and Cable & Wireless are set to collaborate to offer a ‘smart energy cloud’ to support the UK’s new energy meter rollout.

Some 50 million smart meters are being rolled out to UK homes and businesses, with the aim of better regulating energy distribution and helping users to control their energy usage.

The collaboration between IBM and Cable & Wireless is intended to take on other vendors in the market, including a BT-Arqiva partnership, and a British Gas-O2 offering.

Virtualization: The Next Generation

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author:  Michael Vizard.

Every now and again, a vendor comes up with a good idea that is much bigger than itself. Such is the case with vApps from VMware, applications that behave as one logical entity even though they span multiple virtual machine environments.

Cloud computing 'to help free up data centre space'

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: James Glass.

Space in data centres can be freed up through the use of cloud computing solutions.

According to a new report from IT analyst Gartner, many data centre managers are beginning to consider moving non-essential workloads to the cloud.

This can help to reduce the amount of floor space, power and cooling being used, allowing companies to focus on production workloads that are of a higher priority to their operations.

Could Google's CEO take over as Secretary of Commerce?

Grazed from Government Computer News.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Is Google CEO Eric Schmidt in line to become the next commerce secretary?

According to Hayley Tsukayama, writing in the Washington Post's Post Tech blog, he may well be.

Cloud vs. Data Center: Can't Decide Which Is Best for Your Exchange Install?

Grazed from Server Watch.  Author: Jabez Gan.

RIM and Microsoft deliver Office 365 service

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  Georgina Swan.

Blackberry maker, Research In Motion (RIM), has joined forces with Microsoft to create a RIM-hosted BlackBerry enterprise service for Office 365.

RIM announced the news on its Inside BlackBerry for Business blog.

The service, which is expected to be available in closed beta mid-2011, will have similar features to that of BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express, according to RIM, and will initially be available for Exchange Online for Office 365 on a subscription basis.

How security can rescue cloud computing

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author: Andreas M. Antonopoulos.

Whenever the topic of security is mentioned in the context of cloud computing, it is usually discussed as the "big barrier" to adoption. The perceived or actual lack of security in the cloud makes it impossible for businesses to make the leap into this new computing paradigm. I propose a different perspective: Security will rescue cloud computing.