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Regulation Lagging for Cloud-Based Government Data

Grazed from CorpCounsel. Author: Marlisse Silver Sweeney.

It seems that government-based auditors and general counsel may have their heads in the clouds, at least with respect to accessing data that’s stored there, according to Sandra Jontz in Insurance News Net. She says the U.S. government’s rush to adopt cloud-computing technologies “left policy aperture fraught with challenges that caught some agencies unprepared—particularly adjuncts in inspector general and general counsel offices.”

Take, for instance, the Office of Management and Budget. Its policies require agencies to adopt “cloud-first” technology. Yet the same policies don’t provide contract language guaranteeing GCs will have access to the data stored by these commercial cloud services for internal investigations, says Jontz...

Read more: http://www.corpcounsel.com/id=1202674126675/Regulation-Lagging-for-CloudBased-Government-Data#ixzz3GsmMjLKS

Mirantis Secures $100 Million for OpenStack Cloud Development

Grazed from TheVarGuy. Author: Christopher Tozzi.

Mirantis, which describes itself as the leading "pure-play" OpenStack cloud computing company, today received its strongest affirmation yet with the announcement of $100 million in series B funding, which makes Mirantis the recipient of the largest investment of its kind in open source history.

Mirantis says the funding will allow it to double the size of its engineering resources for developing its OpenStack distribution, Mirantis OpenStack, which it promotes as the best vendor-neutral, lock-in free OpenStack platform. The financing will also support further investment in the company's other OpenStack products and services, including its rivate cloud-as-a-service platform, Mirantis OpenStack Express...

Microsoft, Dell Package Azure Cloud-in-a-Box Offering

Grazed from MSPMentor. Author: CJ Arlotta.

Microsoft (MSFT) has partnered with Dell to package a cloud-in-a-box offering for the data centers of its enterprise and service provider customers. Dubbed Microsoft Cloud Platform System (CPS), the solution — first introduced yesterday by Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Microsoft's cloud and enterprise group, during a Microsoft webcast — combines pre-integrated hardware from Dell and software from Microsoft for Azure customers.

CPS, available for purchase on November 3, is built on Dell hardware, Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2 and Windows Azure Pack. It was designed to scale from a single rack to up to four racks and optimized for infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) deployments...

Read more from the source @ http://mspmentor.net/cloud-computing/microsoft-dell-package-azure-cloud-box-offering

Snowflake Raises $26M, Introduces Cloud-based Elastic Data Warehouse

Grazed from Talkin Cloud. Author: CJ Arlotta.

Snowflake Computing is coming out of stealth mode with a big name CEO, new venture capital financing, and a plan to reinvent the data warehouse for the cloud. Redpoint Ventures led the Series B funding round, with participation from Sutter Hill Ventures and Wing Ventures. This round brings the company's total financing to date to $26 million.

Snowflake said it plans to use the new financing to expand its engineering and sales organization, and scale the company by putting in place the right systems and teams. "We are working closely with partners in the data warehousing space, particularly companies that provide business intelligence and extract-transform load solutions to customers," said Bob Muglia, CEO at Snowflake...

AWS is top enterprise cloud service - but beware the consumer threat

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: James Bourne.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the most popular enterprise cloud service according to a report released today from Skyhigh Networks – but the research also fired a broadside at how companies are struggling to block consumer products. The reports, which are quarterly and based on data from more than 1.6 million users, noted a huge disparity in companies saying they block certain services and the amount of employees actually blocked.

Take file sharing provider Dropbox. It’s a very popular service to block, with 80% of firms surveyed saying they nix it. Yet only 21% of users are blocked. It gets worse the further you look. Half of companies claim to block iCloud, yet the actual block rate is only 9%. For Netflix (40% and 4%) and Instagram (48% and 4%), it’s a similar story. Only Facebook has a good hit rate – 50% of companies say they block it, and 31% of users are actually blocked...

Google Buys Firebase to Add Cloud-Computing Mobile Tools

Grazed from Bloomberg. Author: Editorial Staff.

Google Inc. acquired Firebase Inc., a provider of software tools that let engineers store and synchronize data across mobile applications and websites. The San Francisco-based startup, which offers services for Apple Inc.’s iPhones and smartphones running Google Inc. Android software, also streamlines the process for building apps that can work offline. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

Google, based in Mountain View, California, is boosting investments in cloud-related technology, which lets software developers access computing power via the Internet. Google, along with Amazon.com Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Rackspace Hosting Inc., offer cloud services in a market that was worth $45.7 billion last year, according to IDC Corp...

Coming of Age in Cloud Computing

Grazed from NYTimes. Author: Quentin Hardy.

Cloud computing isn’t merely changing the way much of the technology business works. Now it is changing itself, and putting even more computing power in more places. On Monday, Microsoft, which operates one of the biggest so-called “public clouds,” or large and flexible computing systems available for remote rental, announced several changes to its data storage and processing services that will make them more powerful.

Microsoft also announced a partnership with Dell to sell a kind of “cloud in a box,” or hardware and software that created a mini-version of Microsoft’s cloud, called Azure, inside a company. The idea is that a company could work with its own version of Azure, then easily move up to the giant version Microsoft has to handle big workloads. Hewlett-Packard may be after something similar with its effort to create a private-public cloud business based on the HP cloud, which uses a kind of open source software...

Zscaler Adds Partners For SaaS-Based Security Service, Ups Battle Against Websense

Grazed from CRN. Author: Robert Westervelt.

Zscaler is pushing past its SaaS-based Web filtering technology, extending its add-on services to include licenses for cloud-based antimalware, data loss prevention and secure Wi-Fi services and aiming at Websense customers eager to shed outdated on-premise appliances.

Partners say the San Jose, Calif.-based vendor has been a solid choice for companies that are ripping out legacy, on-premise secure Web gateways that primarily were used for URL filtering capabilities to gain end-user productivity improvements. By tweaking DNS settings to send traffic through Zscaler's platform, companies gain the same Web filtering controls and protection against known malicious websites, said Mark Robinson, president of Findlay, Ohio-based solution provider CentraComm, which has partnered with Zscaler for about three years...

Why your future is in the public cloud

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: Eric Knorr.

It's not a question of if, but of when: Most of enterprise computing will eventually be sucked up into the public cloud, kind of like the rapture in slow motion. This is not exactly a radical notion, but signs of a great skyward event keep multiplying. Last week, Salesforce sent up a flare with the announcement of Wave, its new cloud analytics platform.

Although it's far from the first public cloud analytics play -- Birst along with such startups as Adatao, Platfora, Tidemark, and many others rolled out first -- the announcement of Wave is a seminal event. Wave's introduction is important because it sets up shop atop repositories of existing customer data already stored in the public cloud by Salesforce customers. This is a sort of triple play:...

Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst on the impact of cloud and mobile

Grazed from NetworkWorld. Author: Frederic Paul.

Last month, I wrote about what Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst had to say about applications finally overshadowing infrastructure. But the rise of apps is only one of the big changes roiling the IT landscape. Cloud computing has had an equally dramatic effect. Has the cloud already won? Yes… and no

So I asked Whitehurst if the cloud had already won the war for IT infrastructure, but he gave me a more nuanced response than I expected: “I think there’s a new architecture combining computing and storage in an easily managed centralized data center,” he said. “Scaling out that architecture… That’s clearly winning.”...