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Buffalo CloudStor lets workers create their own cloud

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  Robert Strohmeyer.

If you want the flexibility of cloud-based storage without the worries that come with storing your important data on someone else's servers, the new CloudStor network-attached storage device from Buffalo is worth a close look. Using Pogoplug's software, the CloudStor lets you serve up files, photos, and multimedia over the Web to any of your devices. So when you're on the go, it's just like being back in your home office.

MeghaWare Looks to Marry Consumers and Cloud Storage

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

Amazon revamps cloud support

Grazed from ZDNet.  Author:  Jack Clark.

The Bronze plan, aimed at individual users, gives customers a guarantee of response to filed queries — known as trouble tickets — regarding AWS APIs and AWS infrastructure within 12 business hours for normal queries and one day for low-priority tickets. Pricing is $49 (£31) per month. applications 'growing in popularity'

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: James Glass.

A rising number of companies are making use of applications for their operations.

This is the suggestion of James Urquhart, a market strategist for cloud computing at Cisco Systems, who told the CNET website that the last couple of years have been highly successful ones for the company.

" has moved from simply being a customer relationship management software-as-a-service vendor to being a true cloud platform contender," he said.

Google scores legal win over Microsoft cloud contract

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  Grant Gross.

A judge has sided with Google and issued a preliminary injunction ordering the US Department of the Interior to abandon procurement efforts for a Microsoft-only cloud computing contract.

Judge Susan Braden of the US Court of Federal Claims wrote, in an order made public late Tuesday, that a July determination by an assistant secretary naming Microsoft's Business Productivity Online Suite-Federal (BPOS) as the agency's standard for messaging and collaboration did not include "proper justification or appropriate approvals."

Europol to reveal cybercrime risk level

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author: Jennifer Baker.

European law enforcement agency Europol on Friday will present its assessment of the threat posed by cybercrime, along with its strategy to tackle it.

"Cybercrime is borderless by nature, this makes criminal investigations more complicated for law enforcement authorities," said Europol Director Rob Wainwright. "To effectively tackle cybercrime, adequate cross-border provisions are needed."

At CES, Video Is King

Grazed from MIT Technology Review.  Author: Stephen Cass.

Yesterday, at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, some of the world's biggest technology companies held press events laying out their plans for 2011 and beyond. These events reveal what the technology industry has on its mind—and right now, it's thinking a lot about on-demand video. But with many competing technologies and approaches, the picture still needs a little fine-tuning. Completes Acquisition of Heroku

Grazed from Destination CRM.  Author: Koa Beck. completed its acquisition of Heroku, the privately held cloud platform that writes Ruby-based applications, earlier this week. The acquisition suggests that will take a greater share of the public cloud services market, projected by IDC to reach $55.5 billion in 2014. cloud platform will now support Java and Ruby, the major Cloud 2 languages, with this acquisition.

How to enhance your career with cloud computing

Grazed from InfoWorld.  Author: David Linthicum.

Many practitioners in IT are ill-prepared for the continued emergence of cloud computing. Although this ignorance was almost cute in 2010, it will be career-limiting this year.

At its core, cloud computing, despite being hyped to death in 2010, has been largely misunderstood in terms of it true value to the enterprise and how IT needs to approach it. This needs to change. I have a few suggestions on how you can use cloud computing to enhance your career.

Masters of the Cloud Computing Universe

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Michael Vizard.

When it comes to cloud computing, whomever controls the actual application is going to be king.

That’s the advice that Jason Liu, CEO of UC4 Software, a provider of IT automation tools, has for IT organizations trying to navigate the nuances of cloud computing.