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potCloud Aims to Change Moore’s Law and Cloud Dynamics

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Stacey Higginbotham.

Cloud Adoption Triggering Fundamental Changes Among SMBs: Report

Grazed from eWeek.  Author:  Nathan Eddy.

Ubuntu's Narwhal rides OpenStack cloud

Grazed from The Register.  Author: Gavin Clarke.

It's official: the next Ubuntu will straddle clouds, with Natty Narwhal packing both OpenStack and current favorite Eucalyptus.

Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth has confirmed that Ubuntu 11.04, due in April, will contain APIs that let people fluff their own private clouds built on OpenStack or Eucalyptus.

The Rise of the 'Internet of Things'

Grazed form IT Business Edge.  Author: Michael Vizard.

Almost imperceptibly the "Internet of Things" is building all around us. Every time you turn around, there is another class of embedded systems being connected to the Internet.

Verecloud Partners with Intalio to Deliver CRM Cloud Services

Grazed from Destination CRM.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Verecloud  and Intalio today announced a partnership to include Intalio’s Cloud offering, starting with its customer relationship management (CRM) solution, on Verecloud’s Nimbus CSB platform.

This partnership addresses the service demands placed on communication service providers (CSPs) within their operational support system (OSS) environment. The integration of Intalio’s cloud-based CRM solution into Verecloud’s offerings is one of the many Intalio | Cloud solutions that Verecloud plans to offer to CSPs through its cloud services brokerage model.

Software-as-a-service 'helps to simplify IT procedures'

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: James Glass.

One of the reasons behind the growing popularity of software-as-a-service solutions is the technology's ability to make IT procedures simpler to carry out.

This is according to an article published on the IT Web website by RDB Consulting, which noted software-as-a-service can make things easier for end users, as well as maintenance and administration providers.

Efficiency drive will grow government outsourcing and cloud usage, says Ovum

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  Anh Nguyen.

Government IT will be more open to outsourcing and cloud computing technologies in 2011 as departments work to drive efficiencies, according to analyst house Ovum.

In response to the Comprehensive Spending Review budget cuts, and in an effort to streamline processes, Ovum said that government agencies will be more willing to consider consumption-based and shared delivery models over the next 12 months.

Cloud Security Alliance plans RSA summit

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  Bob Violino.

IT and security executives will get a chance to hear about some of the latest developments in cloud security at the Cloud Security Alliance's CSA Summit 2011, to be held Feb. 14 at the RSA Conference in San Francisco.

Introduction to Linux Cgroups

Grazed from ServerWatch.  Author: Joe Brockmeier.

A number of users made use of cgroups recently by following the four-line script from Lennart Poettering, rather than patching the kernel, to improve Linux desktop performance. Many users (myself included) tried the script but didn't at the time pay attention to the fact that it was using the cgroups feature.

Overcoming the Weakest WAN Link in the Global Cloud

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Michael Vizard.

With the advent of cloud computing, there is an assumption that we should see a great leap forward in globalization. After all, if we reduce the time it takes to set up IT infrastructure, the more readily we can create applications that can span the globe.

The problem with that theory is that the wide area network (WAN) is the weakest link in the global supply chain. While there may be plenty of available bandwidth in the U.S., the fact remains that network bandwidth in many countries around the world is both limited and expensive.