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Deploying cloud computing for biological research

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author: Robert Lemos.

When Biogen Idec considered a move to the cloud, cost savings was not the primary concern. For a biotechnology company that lives and dies by its research division, the ability to quickly spin up computer resources for its scientists was far more important.

A pioneer in treatments for multiple sclerosis, Biogen Idec needed to quickly assign computing resources to support its researchers. Yet, provisioning servers and applications to new projects requires a lot of planning, effort and support, says William Hayes, director of IT for the R&D section's decision support group.

HP reinvents itself in the cloud

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author: Robert McMillan.

Hewlett-Packard CEO Leo Apotheker has unveiled a new cloud computing platform that puts the company in competition with Amazon and Google.

In addition to an infrastructure-as-a-service offering, HP will also deliver a marketplace for consumer, small and medium business, and enterprise applications, Apotheker said.

HP to Enter the Cloud

Grazed from Destination CRM.  Author: Brittany Farb.

HP announced yesterday that it will build its own cloud product, seeking to become the industry leader of enabling businesses of all sizes and consumers to access and store data.

HP CEO Léo Apotheker, in one of his first speeches since taking the reins of the company in November, asserted that a hybrid environment combining traditional storage media with private and public clouds will ultimately be the model that sticks around for the long-term. Apotheker said HP's webOS operating system would also be connected to HP’s cloud.

Introducing a Practical View of the Cloud

Grazed from Virtual Strategy Magazine.  Author: Ronny Front.

Amazon to provide 'formation' cloud computing

Grazed from InfoWorld.  Author: David Linthicum.

Amazon.com just announced a new product called CloudFormation that allows those who use the AWS (Amazon Web Services) cloud to configure and manage resources as a single system by creating a template that describes the applications and resources that make up their system or architecture.

Cloud Storage API Wars - Here We Go Again

Grazed from Cloud Storage Strategy.  Author: Steve Lesem.

In Standardized Cloud APIs? Yes, Don Macvittie takes on the opposing view held by editor Mike Fratto in Standardizing Cloud APIs Is Useless.

Gentlemen, you are both right...

Cloud management tool updated by Amazon Web Services

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author: Mikael Ricknäs.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has upgraded its web-based Management Console with features designed to make it easier to "scale up or scale down as [computing] needs change," according to a blog posted on Wednesday.

The New Three-legged Enterprise Stool: Virtualization, the Cloud and Automation

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Arthur Cole.

By now, most data centers have been virtualized. Perhaps not to the degree that some people had expected, but virtualized nonetheless.


And now that the recession seems to be trailing off, the question of the moment is: How well will those virtual environments be able to handle the kinds of data loads that accompany a growing economy?

Integration work 'connected to data quality'

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: Neil Hill.

Data quality processes have an important role to play in the success of integration work.

This is the view of IT Business Edge columnist Loraine Lawson, who said many people do not commonly associate the two areas.

She pointed out that this can have negative implications when the time comes for integration projects to take place.

"Too often … integration focuses on the technical aspects of connecting two data sets and not on the more strategic value of ensuring you've also matched and integrated the business context of that data," Ms Lawson explained.

Collaborating through Streams of Information

Grazed from MIT Technology Review.  Author: Brian Bergstein.