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This Week in Cloud, November 3, 2011: Dropbox launches SMB service, Internap launches first publicly available OpenStack cloud service. Security flaws in AWS identified, 5 cloud lessons learned from IT finance gurus. And more…

Cloud News Dropbox, the cloud storage startup which now boasts 46 million users, announced a package for SMBs. The new offering, called Dropbox for Teams includes centralized billing and administrative tools. Read this Wall Street Journal article for more. Internap has launched the first commercially-available cloud offering based on OpenStack. Internap’s Open Public Cloud compute service has added networking and high-availability to the base OpenStack code, in order to make the offering suitable for carriers, according to this article in The Register. This GigaOm blog provides some additional detail and references some of the other providers who are working on OpenStack-based clouds, specifically Rackspace, HP, Dell and DreamHost. Researchers from the Horst Goertz Institute in Germany have identified security flaws in Amazon Web Services, and they believe other cloud offerings may be vulnerable as well, according to this CRN article. Using different kinds of XML signature wrapping attacks, they succeeded in taking over the administrative rights of cloud customers, which enabled them to create new instances in the victim’s cloud, and add or delete images. Hitachi added new features to its private, public and hybrid cloud storage offerings. New features include file tiering, primary file serving, SharePoint archiving and a cloud management portal, according to this Information Week article. The Department of Energy has decided to leverage Google Apps for email and collaboration. They have awarded a multi-million-dollar contract to Unisys to build a secure cloud-based environment it will manage for the project, according to this Information Week article. Feature article Top 10 Things I Learned about Cloud Last Week By Andi Mann, CA Technologies While travelling back from VMworld EMEA last week, I stopped at London and visited with CA Technologies customer and partner, Logicalis UK. Logicalis UK is an international provider of integrated information and communications technology (ICT) solutions and services, part of a group that employs over 2,000 people worldwide, with annualized revenues in excess of $1 billion. Logicalis is doing some amazing things to deliver both public and private hosted cloud using CA Technologies, alongside key strategic partners Cisco and NetApp. While visiting their site in the UK - just outside of London, I learned a lot about the real world of cloud service providers. Read the full article for Andi’s top ten list. Cloud Views This Information Week article shares 5 cloud lessons learned from finance industry gurus at a recent meeting of the Wall Street Technology Association branch in Boston. One highlight mentioned is that State Street bank expects to save $575 to $625 million by the end of 2014 from a multi-year restructuring effort that includes a private cloud strategy. Another learning is that Thomson Reuters feels that the biggest challenge for IT staffs in the financial services industry is the changing regulatory climate. This Computerworld article titled ‘Where there are clouds, there’s lightning’ provides tips on cloud disaster recovery (note: free registration required to access the full article.) In this PC World article titled ‘The IT jobs cloud computing will create,’ Bernard Golden responds to an article based on a Gartner Symposium presentation that posited cloud computing will be a net destructor of IT jobs. Golden explains why he feels that Gartner and others are wrong about cloud computing’s effect on employment. This CloudPro article discusses how PPM is playing an increasingly influential role in driving forward cloud transformations, citing research conducted by Ovum and sponsored by CA Technologies. MSP Corner This MSP Mentor article provides some pointers on what MSPs should look in a cloud partner, be it a cloud aggregator or IaaS provider. This Channelnomics article suggests that the managed services market is undergoing a renaissance in part due to two trends: new technologies such as security software and VoIP coming into the managed services fold and millions of businesses starting to adopt or expand managed services. Upcoming Cloud Events CloudExpo: November 7 – 10, Santa Clara, California CA World: November 13 – 16, Las Vegas, Nevada Gartner Data Center Conference: December 5 – 8, Las Vegas, NC Up 2011 Cloud Computing Conference: December 5 – 9, Mountain View, CA

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