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Cloud Service Placement
Cloud Service Placement
by Huseni Saboowala
The shift toward cloud-based services is accelerating, whether it be Infrastructure-at-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) or Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). We are seeing the emergence of Cloud Service Providers (CSPs), who are standing up massive data centers, delivering on the cloud’s promise of ubiquitous access, rapid elasticity and pay-per-use. A natural question emerges: How to identify the ideal geographical location for hosting the cloud services.
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Cloud computing for media and entertainment industry
Richa Pokhriyal - Digital Media Specialist at Egocentrix

Cloud computing for Media and Entertainment industry. The article covers: How media and entertainment industry benefits from SaaS? How media and entertainment industry benefits from IaaS? How media and entertainment industry benefits from PaaS? Specific Use Cases Cloud deployment for media and entertainment industry

Cloud Computing - Survey of Optimization Problems
Ilyas Iyoob - Sr. Research Scientist, and Director of Advanced Analytics at Gravitant

A survey of Optimization problems in the Cloud Computing space.

@IAmOnDemand View on CloudConnect 2012
Ofir Nachmani - Founder and Author at I Am OnDemand blog

Last week I attended one of the most popular cloud technology conferences in the world – CloudConnect. The CloudConnect conference started about four years ago. Attending the event gave me a clear understanding of the market maturity and evolution rhythm. Check out the following sections for the main points on what I learned: 1 - Cloud Performance is important 2 - That DevOps doesn’t exist 3 - The Openness of Cloud - You must be open in order to be in the cloud 4 - That“Amazon is Princess White” 5 - The the best presentations are like movies; they should be based on real cases I invite you to read more. Ofir. @iamondemand

Secure Environment for Federal Government Cloud Pilot
Ilyas Iyoob - Sr. Research Scientist, and Director of Advanced Analytics at Gravitant

How is the Federal government hoping to achieve the $12 Billion in projected annual savings? This projection was quoted by the MeriTalk Cloud Computing Exchange and published today by, and it doesn’t seem too optimistic given that the Federal government is already saving approximately $5.5 Billion per year. These savings have been achieved by individual agencies adopting cloud solutions, but such organic growth will only go so far. In order to expand this in a generic and scalable manner, the Federal government would need a secure environment to test the cloud and run pilot programs.

The Cloud 300 - Who is Gaining Mind Share in 1Q 2012?
Ray DePena - Principal Advisor at

A look at the cloud computing segment's mergers, acquisitions, and organizations gaining mindshare in the 1st quarter of 2012. One of the lessons from Salesforce was how it increasingly gained mindshare in the industry positioning itself among industry leaders long before it gained market share.

Vertical Cloud Computing
Mitesh Soni - Research Engineer at iGATE Patni

Cloud computing is disruptive innovation which enables a fundamental shift from Capex to Opex model. It separates application and information resources from the underlying infrastructure, and the mechanisms used to deliver them. A vertical cloud, or vertical cloud computing, is the phrase used to describe the optimization of cloud computing and cloud services for a particular vertical (e.g., a specific industry). The cloud provider will offer specialized functions and options that best meet industry-use and specifications. Today, the vertical health-care cloud is one of the more well-established vertical clouds.

Life Science Application, FDA and Cloud Computing
Mitesh Soni - Research Engineer at iGATE Patni

The life sciences comprise all fields of science that involve the scientific study of living organisms, like plants, animals, and human beings. However, the study of behavior of organisms, such as practiced in ethnology and psychology, is only included in as much as it involves a clearly biological aspect. Life science industry and all operate under the regulatory guidelines put forth by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA).The IT organizations in these companies must adhere to the FDA guidelines put forth in the Code for Federal Regulations 21 Part 11 – or CFR 21 Part 11, which defines how systems managing electronic records in life science firms must be validated and verified to ensure that the operation of and the information in these systems can be trusted. Cloud computing can improve and speed up this process by reducing IT complexity and cost while allowing R&D organizations to focus on the ‘what’ of the R&D process in stead of the ‘how’.

The IaaS Management Market: Evolution, Vendors and More
Ofir Nachmani - Founder and Author at I Am OnDemand blog

A lot have already been said about the false cloud use where the IaaS platform utilized as an hosting extension of the IT organization’s data center and not taking advantage of the elasticity benefits to generate a cost effective and scalable IT operation. Using the public IaaS whether it is Amazon, Rackspace or any other vendor means using an highly dynamic environment which presents an increasing complexity hence loss of control. Checking the list below I can say that cloud (including all its layers IaaS, PaaS and SaaS) control basically contains the same aspects as the good old system management.

3 areas of differentiation in Public Cloud
Christian Verstraete - Chief Technologist - Cloud Strategy at Hewlett-Packard

If we bring things back to basics, a cloud consists of three key components: one or a number of datacenters, a network and a zillion of devices. Most cloud providers are focusing on optimizing one of the three. Wouldn't it make sense to look at all three holistically? Telco's are in a unique position to do just that, but what does it take to get there?

Top 4 providers on CloudWiz
Ilyas Iyoob - Sr. Research Scientist, and Manager of Advanced Analytics at Gravitant

Cloud providers seem to be popping up everyday in some part of the world, but some providers are emerging as the key players by dominating all the others in one or more aspects. CloudWiz – the free cloud capacity and provider comparison tool – has enabled an apples to apples comparison of a number of providers, thus revealing the winners.

Specialized Clouds Will Be A Tough Sell
Charles Babcock - Author & Editor-at-Large at Information Week

NYSE Euronext's new cloud services will open for business July 1, from its Mahwah, N.J., data center, letting companies buy pay-per-use computing with functionality and data honed to the needs of capital markets firms. The service's launch sparked speculation that more clouds will follow that are customized to the specific needs of different industries.

Your Company's Next Secret Weapon: Cloud APIs
Charles Babcock - Author & Editor-at-Large at Information Week

Getting well-designed and well-managed application programming interfaces into the marketplace for developers to use may be just as important as having a corporate website, agreed a panel at the cloud-oriented Structure 2011 show Thursday in San Francisco.

IPv6-only hosting far off; a market for IPv4 addresses is sad, but likely
Richard Davies - CEO at ElasticHosts

As has been predicted for years, the world is running out of IPv4 addresses. So what happens now? Well, there are several possibilities, but our prediction is that a brand new market will spring up in second-hand IPv4 addresses. Like the Wild West, it’s going to be lawless and unpredictable for a bit — and sadly the profits will go to the current IPv4 address hogs.

Private Clouds? Business Execs Miss The Point
Charles Babcock - Author & Editor-at-Large at Information Week

Business executives believe their firms should be investing in cloud technologies, according to a survey released by Avanade, an IT consulting group. But most are thinking in terms of private cloud adoption, a move that stalls or diminishes their returns.

IT As A Service Is The Future
Charles Babcock - Author & Editor-at-Large at Information Week

Software execs say software as a service has more domains to conquer, will gradually take over more of the IT infrastructure.

Carrier Cloud Opportunity
Randy Bias - Founder at Cloudscaling

Co-Founder and CTO Randy Bias on how web-scale cloud is the only way to be successful in the cloud. Carriers have a huge opportunity in the cloud, but only if they embrace the disruption of web-scale cloud and adopt a two-cloud strategy in the short term. To be successful, you must also build and deploy web-scale cloud in the model proven by Amazon Web Services and other cloud pioneers. To capture the huge total addressable market available in mobile, web apps, and emerging markets, web-scale cloud is the only path forward. The good news for carriers is that implementing a two-cloud strategy is a low risk move that will deliver much more favorable cost and deployment metrics than they’ve been trained to expect.

What's the Big Deal About Cloud APIs?
Dustin Amrhein - Technical Evangelist, WebSphere Emerging Technologies at IBM

APIs for cloud are important. Based on the number of writings, conference sessions, and Twitter blasts endorsing the cloud API movement, I think this is something on which we can all agree. However, I sometimes get the feeling that we just accept the fact that the API movement is important without really stopping to ask a very basic question: ‘Why are APIs for cloud important?'

Embracing the Cloud Disruption
Randy Bias - Founder at Cloudscaling

Dr. Donald Ferguson knows about IT complexity. The father of IBM’s Websphere and current CTO of CA Technologies was recently quoted in a BBC interview saying, “IT departments spend 75 to 85 percent of their budgets just to keep existing IT environments running; that leaves little room for innovation.” Ferguson explains that a primary driver of this cost profile is that modern IT systems are too complicated, over-designed and, in the end, expensive obstacles to innovation. Cloud Computing = Simplified IT

Top Signs You Need NoSQL For Your Data
Charles Babcock - Author & Editor-at-Large at Information Week

Not everyone is sure whether they have big data or not, or whether they need a NoSQL system to handle it. One way to find out, said one adopter of a NoSQL approach, is to ask yourself whether it is taking you longer to process your data than it did to collect it.

Virtualized Desktops The Next IT Challenge
Charles Babcock - Author & Editor-at-Large at Information Week

Virtualization accomplished so much in consolidating servers in the data center during the last four years that many observers assumed it would next sweep through end user desktop computing. But instead, it stalled for the most part, while still idling at the gates.

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Telcos Show Cloudy Thinking
Randy Bias - Founder at Cloudscaling

Cloudscaling CTO, Randy Bias, says telcos should take a more Internet-centric approach to cloud computing by using commodity hardware and getting to market quickly.

Cisco CTO on Cloud Computing
Padmasree Warrior - Chief Technology Officer at Cisco Systems, Inc

TalkinCloud FastChat Video interviews Cisco Systems CTO Padmasree Warrior. She describes how Cisco developed its cloud computing strategy and why Cisco won't become a public cloud provider, preferring instead to leave the cloud market to service providers and channel partners.

Cisco@25: CTO, Padmasree Warrior's Perspective on Innovation at Cisco
Padmasree Warrior - Chief Technology Officer at Cisco Systems, Inc

Chief Technology Officer, Padmasree Warrior, shares her perspective on Cisco innovation and where she sees technology in the next 25 years for Cisco's 25th Anniversary video blog series.

Core, Content and the Cloud
Geoffrey Moore - Author, Co Founder & Managing Director at TCG Advisors, LLC

The Managing Director at TCG Advisors on the Business Drivers that are Shaping the Cloud Computing Industry.

LinkedIn Founder, Reid Hoffman, at the incentive2innovate Conference
Reid Hoffman - Executive Chairman & Co-Founder at LinkedIn, Inc

The Founder of LinkedIn, Reid Hoffman, presents a keynote on the new age of entrepreneurship and why innovation is critical in the current economic climate.

Limitations of the Cloud to Consider
John Engates - CTO at Rackspace Hosting, Inc

Limitations of the Cloud to Consider

Cloud Computing Power Panel Live from Times Square
Werner Vogels - VP, CTO at, Inc
Hal Stern - VP at Oracle Corporation
John Engates - CTO at Rackspace Hosting, Inc

The panel includes Werner Vogels from, John Engates from Rackspace, Rod Fonticella from Booze Allen Hamilton and Hal Stern from Sun Microsystems.

An Interview with Russ Daniels at the DLD Conference
Russ Daniels - VP & CTO, Cloud Services Strategy at HP

HP's Russ Daniels talks about Cloud Computing, technologies of the future, promoting innovation, and getting through the recession.

Slicehost Livechat
Lew Moorman - President & Chief Strategy Officer of Cloud Business at Rackspace Hosting, Inc
Matt Tanase - Founder at DevStructure

Jason and Matt from Slicehost are joined by Lew Moorman from Rackspace to discuss the acquisition.

Rackspace Acquires SliceHost to Engage Cloud-Based Businesses
Matt Tanase - Founder at DevStructure

Rackspace bought SliceHost, which enables them to more effectively compete with Amazon and Microsoft in the area of cloud-based web services. Here Matt Tanase and Jason Seats, co-founders of SliceHost explain why they are going to Rackspace and what that means for their businesses.

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Integrated Cloud Framework and Social Management or Crowdsourcing the easy way
Vladimir Baranek - Cloud Strategy and Architecture at Accenture
Mark Skilton - Global Director at Capgemini

Crowdsourcing is one of the real examples of shifting paradigm between IT Worlds created exclusively for Business Purposes and Society following their global goals. Crowd is in physical world depended on proximity, in virtual world the communities are able to connect together anytime, anywhere in the world and most important, they are growing and acting exponentially cumulating their “crowd power” by socializing and following community goals. What makes CrowdSourcing so powerful is the broad participation that takes place at relatively no costs. Solutions are generated from volunteers or freelance professionals who get paid only if you use their ideas. The most famous example of Crowdsourcing is Wikipedia, collaboration of millions people, concentrated around one goal – to describe world around us in structured way; following integrated semantic and reference rules, driven by volunteers. Contribution model is literally spread out into all social levels and geographically speaking – everybody is contributor of this Collective Intelligence product.

Cloud Computing: How Client Devices Affect the User Expereince PDF
Charlton Barreto - Technology Strategist & Principal Architect at Intel Corporation

The growth of Cloud Computing, along with the consumerisation of IT, is driving enterprises to support a compute continuum in which users will increasingly be able to access applications and services using a spectrum of client devices in a variety of form factors. Whilst mobile business PCs remain employees' primary client devices, other devices such as smartphones and tablets are being enabled. Providing employees with the freedom to use these devices, in addition to mobile business PCs, further enhances mobility and increases productivity. This paper presents the results of research and analysis to compare the user experience with different client devices when accessing a range of cloud-based applications to illustrate their value with respect to mobility and productivity.

Verizon Acquires CloudSwitch
By: CloudSwitch
Verizon Communications Inc. announced that it has acquired CloudSwitch, an innovative provider of cloud software technology, in a deal that will simplify the move to the enterprise cloud and help boost industry adoption. Verizon plans to combine CloudSwitch, a privately held company based in Burlington, Mass, with its Terremark IT services subsidiary, further accelerating the company's global cloud strategy by enhancing Verizon's hybrid cloud and cloud-to-cloud capabilities.
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CSC offers “on-premise private cloud”
By: Renai LeMay
Multinational IT services giant CSC this week launched in Australia a service which it described as private cloud computing infrastructure which could be hosted in customers’ own datacentres, giving them an additional option for migrating to the burgeoning range of infrastructure as a service platforms. Private cloud refers to a form of cloud computing infrastructure which is typically segregated from the infrastructure used by other users. It consists of highly virtualised storage and processing bundles and is typically hosted by large organisations in their own infrastructure, or outsourced and managed by an external provider. For example, top-tier bank Westpac is known to operate its own internal private cloud solution, which it uses to provide services to different divisions within it
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Easing Latin America Into the Cloud
By: Paul Rainford
Cloud computing presents a real opportunity for operators to "rise up the value chain" in Latin America, according to new report from Pyramid Research . The latest edition of Latin America Telecom Insider, "Why Cloud Computing Services Are Good for Operators and SMEs in Latin America," examines what the advent of cloud-based services means for both operators and their potential clients in the region -- whether large companies or small businesses.
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After power outages, cloud insurance looks even better
By: Derrick Harris
Last week’s possibly lightning-caused outages at Microsoft and Amazon Web Services reiterated a very important lesson in cloud computing: Stuff happens, and even the best-laid plans won’t stand up to an act of god or faulty electrical infrastructure. That’s why the burgeoning field of cloud insurance looks even better than ever. A well-thought-out insurance model will address the actual costs and risks of cloud outages or security breaches, for both customers and providers.
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The 4 biggest threats facing the cloud
By: JP Mangalindan
Cloud computing is clearly here to stay. But these factors could make the transition a bumpy one.
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Linux Labs' NimbusOS Upgraded for Use as OS for Cloud Computing Service
By: Shamila Janakiraman
Searchlight Solutions Ltd. announced that its subsidiary Linux Labs International Inc. has upgraded its proprietary NimbusOS for use as the Operating System for its High Performance Cloud Computing (“HPC2”) service.
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iCloud: It's not the cloud, but it's good for the cloud
By: David Linthicum
Apple's iCloud is coming this fall, and I agree with with my InfoWorld colleague Galen Gruman that we should not be afraid of iCloud. However, this synchronization service could be delivered to an audience that has yet to understand what cloud computing is, let alone know if they should accept it into their homes and offices. A recent survey from the NDP Group found that just 22 percent of consumers are familiar with the term "cloud computing." The survey discovered some differences between cloud-savvy versus nonsavvy (NDP's categories) consumers. For example, 84 percent of respondents familiar with the concept use cloud-based email, whereas 68 percent who are not familiar with the term nonetheless have their email in the cloud -- they just didn't think of it as the cloud.
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Government Agencies Moving to Cloud Computing, Study Shows
By: D.H. Kass
Nearly a year after the federal government instructed agencies to opt for cloud-based technologies, about two-thirds have identified applications to move to the cloud, with half of those already commencing the migration process, according to a survey conducted by ScienceLogic, a Reston, VA-based provider of IT operations and cloud management software. In November 2010, the federal government, in a cost-cutting move, issued a directive to agencies to opt for cloud-based technologies whenever possible, followed in February, 2011 by a report entitled Federal Cloud Computing Strategy that detailed the government’s cloud strategy authored by Vivek Kundra, U.S. Chief Information Officer.
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Cloud Computing Brings Challenges for Health Care Data Storage, Privacy
By: Brian T. Horowitz
To learn more about the state of cloud computing in the health care industry, eWEEK talks with Chris Witt, president of IT provider Wake Technology Services, about how health care companies should approach cloud computing.
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Apple Gets Ready To Unleash Its Big Cloud Service
By: Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
Apple just bought the domain name for $4.5 million, according to an Om Malik source. The obvious reason why Apple would do this would be because it's releasing a big, widely anticipated cloud computing service and it's going to be called iCloud.
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Sony, Amazon Uptime, Security Problems Arent Unique to the Cloud
By: Fahmida Y. Rashid
Cloud services aren’t inherently riskier or more insecure than maintaining applications and data in the corporate data center. In fact, some experts still believe that the cloud provides greater security to enterprises.
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CenturyLink Set to Acquire Savvis for $2.5 Billion
By: Dealbook
CenturyLink, the nation’s third largest telecommunications company, announced on Wednesday that it would buy the information technology firm Savvis for $2.5 billion, in a play on so-called cloud computing.
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Data Migration Becomes Major Cloud Computing Issue
By: Mike Vizard
It was really only a matter of time before data migration in the cloud became a major issue following the shutting down of the cloud service run by Iron Mountain and the well-publicized Amazon outages . With many customers now either looking for alternatives to these providers or simply exploring contingency plans, the subject of data migration across divergent public clouds is now a major IT issue. Of course, the problem that many IT organizations are often going to discover when studying their options is that in a fair number of these cloud computing platforms, their data will be stored inside a proprietary file system that will hinder any migration effort.
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VMware is a Virtualization Company - So Why is it Buying a Slide Show Service?
By: Alex Williams
VMware is a virtualization company, right? Then why did it announce yesterday that it is buying SlideRocket, a services company that helps people make their presentations look all snappy? The same reasons as last year when it bought Zimbra, the email services provider. Microsoft.
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Cloud computing: Is it a threat to Indian outsourcers?
By: Bob McDowall
Cloud computing, defined as a subscription-based or pay-per-use service that in real time, and over the Internet, extends existing capabilities of Information Technology, remains at an early stage of conceptual development. Services do range from full scale applications such as accounting and storage to niche services such as spam filtering. Proponents of cloud computing contend that it erodes the requirements for major capital expenditures on IT infrastructure to customer applications. However, will cloud computing replace outsourcing and does Cloud computing "represents a fundamental shift in how financial companies pay for and access IT services?"
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What Your Business Can Learn from the Amazon Cloud Outage
By: Robert Dutt
The servers are back up and users can once again check in on Foursquare and ask questions on Quora, but the legacy of last week's Amazon Elastic Cloud Computing (EC2) outage will live on and provide important lessons for businesses as they look to cloud computing for their IT future.
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Dell Adds To Boomi's Cloud Integration Capabilities
By: Steve Wexler
Acquired by Dell last November to help businesses "reap the full value of cloud computing," Boomi is getting a facelift to help customers achieve greater enterprise efficiency while leveraging existing IT investments. According to the 2011 InformationWeek Analytics State of Cloud Computing Survey, integration is one of the six major areas being underfunded or ignored by CIOs. Dell wants to offer streamlined integration connections across the enterprise.
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StrikeIron CEO to Speak on Panel at CED Venture Conference
By: Press Release
StrikeIron, a leading innovator in cloud computing services for business users, application developers and enterprise IT professionals, announces our CEO and President Sean O'Leary will be speaking at the CED Venture Conference at the Raleigh Convention Center April 27-28.
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Asia 'most important' region for Microsoft
By: Jirapan Boonnoon
During his visit to Thailand to promote cloud computing, Kevin Turner, Chief Operating Officer of Microsoft Corp, gave an interview to Suthichai Yoon, Group Editor in Chief of The Nation. In this interview, he shared views on what Microsoft is doing in Thailand and the corporation's strategies for Asia. Here are the excerpts.
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Infosec: Cloud computing ‘explodes’ the security perimeter
By: Anh Nguyen
Cloud computing makes the argument for protecting data, rather than the perimeter, stronger, according to encryption solutions provider SafeNet.
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