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Citrix aims for VMware, Amazon with new Cloud strategy

Citrix has updated its cloud computing strategy, saying that its platform – which is based off the Apache CloudStack project - can span both private on-premises deployments and public Clouds and is the only one in the market that takes an application-centric approach to architecting Clouds.

NSA spying fiasco sending customers overseas

The spectacle of National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden exposing the covert spying nature of US federal officials has sent ripple waves through the technology industry -- especially in the outsourcing arena.

NetApp's hybrid cloud plan targets storage for any virtual systems

Hybrid is a hot word in the cloud right now. All the cloud vendors seemingly have a hybrid strategy that they say gives users a common management platform between public clouds and their on-premises deployments.

RightScale's cloud gateway expands to control virtual networks

RightScale is one of the leading gateway tools between customers and public cloud service providers, allowing users to spin up compute and storage resources from multiple providers through a single console. Today, the company announced plans to add the ability to provision advanced networking controls just like users would handle compute and storage.

Report: Nirvanix customers have two weeks to get data out of cloud

Nirvanix, a cloud storage company, is shutting down, according to multiple media reports that have cited reseller partners of the company.

KVM vendor creating open source hypervisor specifically for cloud workloads

Dor Laor and Avi Kivity know a thing or two about virtualization, hypervisors and operating systems. And Laor says there are big problems with all three.

How cloud-based disaster recovery is getting more efficient

Through advancements to back-end systems, providers of cloud-based disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) are becoming more efficient at storing customer data and getting faster at restoring sites.

Programmer exploits Windows vulnerability in cloud-based services

Windows data volumes (meaning virtual machine hard-drives) in public clouds such as Amazon Web Services can be copied and have their access credentials modified, allowing a hacker to glean insights into the data, a programmer has reported.

Lessons from numbers guru Nate Silver about working with big data

There's a big misconception about big data, renowned statistician and blogger Nate Silver says. It's not enough to just have access to massive amounts of data: You need to know how to use it and what to do with it.

This is likely how you will buy cloud resources moving forward

The migration of services delivered through cloud-based resources is causing tectonic shifts across the IT vendor landscape and one area of the market that's been unsure about what it means has been channel resellers. But the channel is finally finding its groove in the cloud, according to a new study.

VMware faces uphill climb against Amazon, others in public cloud market

A week after VMware launched its much anticipated vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS) at its annual VMworld conference, experts have now had time to reflect on the company's cloud strategy and now have some questions. Perhaps the biggest is: Does the offering pack enough punch to take on the heavyweights in the industry, most notably Amazon Web Services?

In Pictures: Old electronics don’t die, they pile up

Brazil, India, China and many others are e-waste graveyards

In Pictures: Hot products from VMworld 2013

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Are enterprises ready for network virtualization?

Chris Harney works as a consultant for VMware resellers and consultants, and he also runs a well-populated virtualization user group in New England named VTUG (Virtual Technology User Group). He's regularly out and about working with companies and people who work with enterprises on a daily basis.

VMware unwraps virtual networking software – promises greater network control, security

VMware today announced that its virtual networking software and security software products packaged together in an offering named NSX will be available in the fourth quarter of this year.