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  • GoGrid to offer dedicated line between its data centers

    Infrastructure-as-a-service provider GoGrid is adding a dedicated line service between its facilities so users can be sure of fast and secure transfers.

  • Where there are clouds, there's lightning (and other cloud disaster tips)

    They say that lightning doesn't strike twice, but apparently a single bolt of lightning can take out two cloud provider data centers at once. At least that's what initial reports cited as the cause of <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9218970/Lightning_strike_in_Dublin_downs_Amazon_Microsoft_clouds">concurrent outages</a> at the Dublin data centers that serve as Microsoft's and Amazon's major cloud computing hubs for Europe. These reports serve as a good reminder of why it's a good idea to consider disaster recovery and business continuity when contracting with a <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/s/topic/158/Cloud+Computing">cloud</a> computing provider.

  • Aussie IT leaders see beyond the hype on NBN

    Despite the hype, Australian CIOs recognise the importance of the impending National Broadband Network (NBN).

  • The cloud solves those lingering supply chain problems

    This vendor-written tech primer has been edited by Network World to eliminate product promotion, but readers should note it will likely favor the submitter's approach.

  • Internap launches first public OpenStack cloud

    Look out Amazon. OpenStack is shaping up to be a game changer in the cloud world. Today, Atlanta-based Internap Network Services announced the launch of the first public cloud built on OpenStack.

  • SAP updates Business One application for small companies

    SAP on Thursday announced a version of Business One, its ERP (enterprise resource planning) suite for small companies, as it revs up the marketing strategy behind its Business ByDesign on-demand suite.

  • Dropbox adds new file-sharing service for work groups

    Cloud storage and file-sharing service DropBox today announced a new service that allows work groups to share up to 1TB of online capacity, while also allowing IT shops to add or remove users.

  • OpenLogic's PaaS to support many languages

    OpenLogic is launching a platform-as-a-service offering that aims to give users the flexibility that many developers like about infrastructure-as-a-service without the work.

  • What your Cloud consultant is trying to tell you

    Cloud consultants aren't that much different from the consulting and contracting firms that IT has used over the years. But the economics of cloud consulting are a whole bunch different from what the Big 5 firms were doing with SAP and Siebel. Thanks to the price points of cloud solutions (typically, a monthly fee) and the expectation of Web open systems (all I do is point and click, right?), behemoth consulting gigs are few and far between.

  • The IT jobs Cloud computing will create

    I was interested in this week's ZDNet piece, Cloud computing's real creative destruction may be the IT workforce. The piece discusses a presentation at last week's Gartner Symposium that posited cloud computing will be a net destructor of IT jobs.

  • Citrix: Virtual desktops about to become cheaper than physical ones

    Citrix claims it's driven down costs to the point that next year it will be cheaper to deploy virtual desktops than traditional desktops.

  • Chicago-area school district gives free iPads to freshmen

    Freshmen in a Chicago-area school district now have a reason to be excited about coming to school: Free Apple iPads.

  • Why physical security matters, even in the cloud

    At the Business of Cloud Computing Conference, I caught a presentation by Marlin Pohlman, who noted that No. 3 on the <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/357789/The_Race_to_Cloud_Standards_Gets_Crowded">Cloud Security Alliance</a> 's "Top Threats to Cloud Computing" list is malicious insiders. This serves as a good reminder that old-fashioned physical security issues require a lot of attention when you're considering a <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/s/topic/158/Cloud+Computing">cloud</a> service provider.

  • Researchers find "massive" security flaws in cloud architectures

    German researchers say they found flaws in Amazon Web Services that they believe exist in many cloud architectures and enable attackers to gain administrative rights and to gain access to all user data.

  • Suse working on private OpenStack cloud

    Attachmate's Suse division has announced plans to offer software based on the OpenStack platform for enterprises to build private clouds.