Cloud Computing (April 2009)
Management Task Force tackles cloud standards
VMware, Citrix, Microsoft and others have joined forces to develop cloud computing standards to
submit to the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF).
and the private cloud: A quiz for enterprise CIOs
How much do you know about virtualization and the private cloud and how can these new technologies
help your organization? Take this quiz and find out.
computing security group releases report outlining trouble areas
The non-profit Cloud Security Alliance says its comprehensive report serves as the starting point
for a broader discussion on cloud computing security issues.
visualization, BI go hand in hand; cloud security not a threat
Headlines: Do you know where your data visualization comes from?
say cloud computing can be secured
While securing data in the cloud will remain an issue in the near term, researchers will develop
ways to better protect data in the cloud, say a panel of cryptographers at the 2009 RSA
computing initiatives show wide range as VMware touts cloud OS
VMware's new cloud operating system, vSphere, brings new capabilities, though some big cloud
projects will use Microsoft's virtualization technology.
9.04 releases improve user experience and enable cloud computing
Canonical announced the release of Ubuntu 9.04 server edition and desktop edition with a focus on
improved user experience. The server edition includes increased cloud capabilities and improvements
in some key applications for mail and other common infrastructure requirements. The desktop edition
had a big push for speed at start-up.
launches backup through Amazon cloud
Vembu makes its software for backup service providers available as a "virtual appliance" that runs
on Amazon clouds, saving MSPs from having to host their own.
debate merits of cloud computing for large data centers
A new McKinsey report finds cloud computing is not an economical option for large data centers,
although smaller ones stand to benefit.
for integrating server virtualization in a private cloud
Integrating server virtualization technology in a private cloud can offer benefits including
flexibility, cost savings and consolidation -- if implemented and managed correctly.
to defend the cloud at RSA Conference
Eran Feigenbaum, director of security for Google Apps is participating in a panel at the 2009 RSA
Conference, "Cloud computing -- secure enough for prime time today?"
software with Amazon Web Services
Amazon Web Services can be a valuable resource for organizations seeking greater efficiency and
reduced hardware costs, but it can impose changes to the development and test process.
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||"In the long run, the IT department is unlikely to survive, at least in its familiar form.
It will have little left to do once the bulk of business computing shifts out of private data
centers and into the cloud."
||"Although each vendor that enters the space seems to have a different approach to cloud
services, all of them face a common challenge: coming up with an achievable service guarantee to
reassure hesitant customers."
||"It is clear that without standards of one kind or another (de-facto or from a recognised
body), there won't be a market -- and without a market, the cloud is unlikely to thrive."
||"Here's the thing with cloud computing -- it has awesome potential for good, but it's really
going to complicate some of our current thoughts on security as your company's data gets thrown
into a giant data gumbo with everyone else's data."
||"If you use a proprietary program or somebody else's web server, you're defenseless. You're
putty in the hands of whoever developed that software."
||"The interesting thing about cloud computing is that we've redefined cloud computing to
include everything that we already do."
computing group to face challenges ahead
The Cloud Security Alliance will need to sharpen its focus if it expects to contribute useful
information and foster a discussion around security in the cloud.
security group planned; RIM launches apps store
Headlines: Cloud Security Alliance forms; RIM launches BlackBerry apps store; other IT channel
computing group to tackle security concerns
A new organization will address the security concerns inherent with cloud computing.
and the private cloud: A guide for enterprise CIOs
This guide looks at the trends, best practices and critical criteria for building a true strategy
around virtualization and the private cloud.
development in the cloud: Try it, but watch the SLAs
Cloud computing vendors' SLAs aren't up to mission-critical standards yet, but there are ways for
developers to up productivity and lower costs with what the cloud has to offer.
long-term vision for cloud computing interoperability
More than a decade into the browser wars that have left developers struggling with two major
browsers that work in different ways, cloud services vendors don’t seem to have learned the
SugarCRM make CRM pricing cheaper, simpler, cloudier
SugarCRM released a low-cost CRM option, reduced fees for existing products, and is offering
on-premise and on-demand CRM together for one price. Microsoft released new financing.
unified communications could reduce costs and hassle
As hosted unified communications offerings develop, businesses large and small can benefit.