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This Week in Cloud, February 3, 2011

Gartner’s three methods for securing the cloud, Verizon buys Terremark, HP & IBM roll out IaaS services

Feature Article: I Thought I Could Get a Crystal Ball in Amsterdam

By Matt Richards, CA Technologies

There I was, walking through the antiques market, the flower market, and the flea market in Amsterdam, and I figured, of all places, I would find a crystal ball.  I would be able to see the future.  Sadly, there was no crystal ball.  Lots of other curios, but no ball.  But, then Verizon acquired Terremark last week, and it got me thinking.  Who needs a crystal ball? Read the full article.

Cloud News

  • Verizon purchased Terremark late last week. In this blog entry, Forrester’s James Staten calls Terremark’s hosted IaaS business one of the strongest in the market and noted that of the Forrester clients planning to invest in private cloud, 40% see hosted private clouds as the most attractive option. This SeekingAlpha article speculates that AT&T, CenturyLink and Windstream might consider acquiring players like Savvis, Rackspace, Cogent Communications Group, Level 3 and Limelight Networks.
  • HP is launching a public IaaS cloud service to compete with Amazon Web Services. Details are in this Information Week article. IBM launched a similar service in Canada this week, letting customer buy virtual servers, software images and storage capacity on a per hour basis, according to this ITWorld Canada article. IBM also announced it is building the largest data center in Asia, according to International Business Times.
  • TM Forum, an association of major technology vendors and more than 750 service providers, delivered a requirements document for enterprise-grade external compute IaaS. The document covers guidelines for terminology, requirements, a business case and use cases for external private clouds, according to this Network Computing article.
  • What impact will Google’s switch to a new CEO have on the company’s battle with Microsoft over enterprise software customers? Network World columnist, Jon Brodkin explores this question here.
  • Amazon Web Services launched a bulk email service this week, which will let customers send email from applications built and hosted on EC2. This eWeek article says that the service will compete more with offerings from SendGrid and Postmark than the likes of Google’s Gmail or Microsoft’s Office 365.

Cloud Views

  • A Gartner research report on three different methods of securing public and private clouds is available on Cloud Commons.
  • On the heels of Amazon Web Services announcing a PaaS service (Beanstalk), Forrester’s James Staten asks ‘Is the IaaS/PaaS line beginning to blur?’ in this ZDNet blog.
  • Ever been asked to explain cloud computing at a cocktail party? Jeff Abbott has. And it didn’t go so well. He recounts his experience in this entertaining and thought-provoking blog, ‘Why it’s a mistake to educate the public on cloud computing,’on Cloud Commons.
  • In this post on CIO Magazine, Bernard Golden explores how cloud computing will impact IT staffs. Some major changes he highlights: enterprise architects become more important, hands-off operations personnel come to the fore, security engineers design measures for a porous data center environment.
  • This PC World article describes the security havoc wreaked by cloud printers.
  • In this Information Week article, Charlie Babcock discusses cloud integration, calling it a “sleeper issue.”

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