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European Data Privacy Restrictions Slow Cloud Computing Spread

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author:  Lora Bentley.

Adoption of cloud computing is spreading rapidly in the United States, primarily because it "allows companies to tap enormous computing power...without having to invest in the infrastructure," The New York TImes reports. According to Gartner, global sales of cloud services are expected to reach $102.1 billion by 2012. But Europe is only expected to account for approximately 29 percent of those sales.


Oracle Exec Details Potential Pitfalls Of Cloud Computing

Grazed from CRN.  Author: Rick Whiting.

Cloud computing is often portrayed as a panacea for dysfunctional IT systems. But the ugly truth is that cloud computing can create as many problems with IT infrastructure, systems management, security, application configuration and data access as it solves.

Oracle Steps Up to the Cloud

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author:  Arthur Cole.

IBM, HP and Dell own the enterprise. Oracle owns the carrier networks. And now that Oracle is on the map with a new-found hardware platform courtesy of Sun Microsystems, will it be very long before the terms "Oracle" and "enterprise" are no longer akin to oil and water?

From the looks of things at Oracle OpenWorld this week, it seems Ellison & Co. certainly have the enterprise in their sights -- or make that the enterprise cloud.

Infographic: Virtualization & State of Cloud Computing

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Om Malik.

A survey of data center and IT management professional conducted by Zenoss, an Annapolis, Md.-based data center software and service provider reveals some surprising facts about virtualization and cloud computing. The results were collated from the responses of 204 individuals. Here are the the findings of the survey plus an info graphic outlining the State of the Cloud Computing:

Amazon: Death by Cloud for Traditional Software

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Matt Asay.

Enterprise computing is moving to the cloud, but few seem to appreciate just how profoundly this shift will destabilize the traditional vendor landscape. Gartner projects enterprise software to top $232 billion in global revenue in 2010, and it’s safe to assume that the Oracle and IBM crowd expect the lion’s share to land in their pockets.

Not so fast. Lost in the hype around cloud computing is the very real possibility that the company doing so much to enable it just might take a massive share: Amazon.

Exalogic: Larry Gets the Cloud Now & He Wants It All

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Gary Orenstein.

That Didn’t Take Long: Oracle and HP Make Up

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Stacey Higginbotham.

HP offers telcos cloud-based device management tools

Grazed from ZDNet.  Author: David Meyer.

The Cloud Services Enablement for Device Management as a Service (CSE for DMaaS) product lets wireless and broadband companies provide services such as managing companies' smartphones, notebooks and other mobile devices for them.

IT staff at those companies would be able to manage these devices, as well as PCs, through a secure, customisable web portal that would allow for the distribution of applications, the configuration of devices, the diagnosis of problems and the enforcement of security policies. Full back-up and restore features would also be possible using the system.

SAP software-as-a-service tool allows businesses to measure CO2 impact

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: Neil Hill.

SAP has upgraded a software-as-a-service application that lets businesses measure their greenhouse gas emissions in a simple manner.

Its Carbon Impact OnDemand 5.0 can now be used in more than 50 countries, while its new features include the ability to obtain carbon emission and energy use data from business application software suites and building management systems.

The software-as-a-service tool also includes modelling functions which allow environmental managers to predict the impact of their plans to cut carbon output.

Larry Ellison: how should we define the cloud?

Grazed from CWDN.  Author: Adrian Bridgwater.

If you've been following the news for Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne 2010 so far you'll have seen a whole heap of products unveiled. The company has quite literally carpet-bombed the newswires with some pretty meaty announcements. There is therefore, I hope, room for some slightly more tangential comments as to the look and feel of the show.