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Cloud News

  • A majority of companies reported that they are adding new types of skills and roles to their IT departments to handle their growing cloud requirements, according to this Forbes article. The data comes from a recent CompTIA survey which revealed the current skills that are in demand include private cloud developers and administrators, cloud architects, departmental liaisons, integration specialists, and compliance specialists.

  • VMWare has acquired Nicira, a privately held company known for its software defined networking technology for $1.26 billion, according to this TechCrunch article. Nicira's open-source software creates a layer of abstraction between servers and networking gear, and allows for virtualized pools of networking capability.

  • Google announced a new Cloud Partner Program this week, according to this ReadWriteWeb article. The program will allow service providers to resell Google’s cloud offerings and provide higher levels of service and support than Google would be able to provide on its own. The program will also enable technology partners, such as Jaspersoft, to provide software to connect their existing and new tools to Google’s cloud.

  • By 2016, 36 percent of all consumer data will be stored in the cloud, which compares to 7 percent in 2011, according to this Data Center Knowledge article. The article looks at recent predictions released by Gartner which shows a huge increase in consumer data moving to the cloud.

Feature article

Building a Secure Cloud Contract

By Denise Dubie, CA Technologies

Denise Dubie

How to get what you paid for after signing on for cloud services.

The decision to partner with a cloud vendor has been made; now the more difficult part begins. IT owners must negotiate an iron-clad contract to ensure the promise of cloud becomes a reality for their business.

According to Thomas Trappler, Director of Software Licensing at UCLA in California, the process doesn't need to be such a challenge if IT professionals know what to include in the cloud contract. Trappler, who co-authored the book "Contracting for Cloud Services," says negotiating the ideal contract for your needs upfront will enable a more successful cloud implementation. Read the full article.

Cloud Views

  • @CloudCommons will be hosting a #CloudViews tweet chat on Tuesday, July 31st, at 4:00 PM ET. Join industry thought leaders for a vendor neutral discussion on international cloud computing. You can find a list of the question on Cloud Commons.

  • Is IT setting up new barriers to cloud adoption? In this InfoWorld blog, David Linthicum examines three new IT roadblocks that many businesses face, including talent, infrastructure readiness, and budget.

  • Is big data just another IT buzz word? In this TechRepublic blog, Patrick Gray looks at the current trends around big data and details how the hype can distort IT’s perception of its advantages and risks.

MSP Corner

  • The Google Cloud Partner Program launched this week and many big data companies announced their support for the effort, according to this Talkin’ Cloud article. The article details what a handful of big data companies had to say about the launch.

  • How will HP compete with Amazon AWS and Rackspace? In this Talkin’ Cloud blog, Joe Panettieri reveals that HP’s SLAs may be their competitive differentiation and details HP’s strategy for partners.

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