AWS News: Microsoft Windows on Amazon EC2 Cluster Instances

Run Microsoft Windows on Amazon EC2 Cluster Instances Starting today you can run Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 and Microsoft Windows SQL Server Standard 2008 R2 on Cluster Compute and Cluster GPU instances for Amazon EC2. Cluster Compute Instances provide customers with high CPU capability within a high bandwidth, low latency network for IO intensive

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Cloud Computing: Risks vs Benefits – Part 1

Cloud Computing: Risks vs Benefits – Part 1 “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” – Mark Twain (1835-1910), noted American author and humorist. By quoting the most famous American author on how statistics are often used to bolster unreasonable arguments, I may have showed my hand prematurely, but here are

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8×8 Acquires Cloud Call Center Services Provider Contactual

8×8 Acquires Cloud Call Center Services Provider Contactual 8×8 has acquired cloud-based call center and customer interaction management solutions provider Contactual acting on its intent to buy the company on September 12, 2011. Headquartered in Redwood City, California, Contactual provides small businesses and enterprise departments with an efficient way to improve customer satisfaction while lowering

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Cloud Computing Standards – is it time?

Cloud Computing Standards – is it time? In a previous article, Top 5 Cloud Computing Trends, I said that an alignment of standards in cloud computing is necessary, since cloud computing is at a relatively early stage of development and its evolution is moving at a high rate of speed. There are many organizations developing

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FireHost, Inc. Secures $10 Million in Series B Funding Led by The Stephens Group, LLC

FireHost, Inc. Secures $10 Million in Series B Funding Led by The Stephens Group, LLC Investors Confident in FireHost’s Position as the Go-To Cloud Host for Security (DALLAS, TX – Sept. 15, 2011) — FireHost, a secure cloud hosting company, announces today a growth investment by The Stephens Group, LLC, as well as earlier-round investors.

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What Ails The Rackspace Stock?

Cloud Stock Factor

What Ails The Rackspace Stock? Rackspace US, Inc. (NYSE: RAX), a IT hosting company based in San Antonio, Texas, has long been a darling of the cloud computing industry. Established in 1998 and gone public in 2008, Rackspace is one of the early success stories of the cloud computing revolution. However, its recent stock performance,

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Mobile + Cloud = The Future is Here

Mobile + Cloud = The Future is Here The combination of mobile and cloud technologies seems a match made in heaven. The cloud is highly flexible and charges on usage, while the mobile technologies deliver the applications everywhere and anywhere the users might need them, really fast. I have largely touched upon the subject when

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Does Moving to the Cloud work for the US Federal Government?

Does Moving to the Cloud work for the US Federal Government? The Federal government’s relationship with cloud computing have always been a topic of interest on this website. Over the last months, I have covered this area in considerable detail. However, but for the slight hint of skepticism, the articles have been largely positive about

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CloudSense Partners With Persistent Systems for Developing Next Generation Force.com Based Solutions

CloudSense Partners With Persistent Systems for Developing Next Generation  Force.com Based Solutions   (Pune, India – September 12, 2011) CloudSense, the leading Cloud Integrator has announced a new partnership agreement with Persistent Systems (BSE & NSE: PERSISTENT), a global company specializing in software product development services for Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) and Enterprises. Through this partnership,

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Which Type of Businesses Benefit Most from Cloud Computing?

Which Type of Businesses Benefit Most from Cloud Computing? “A rising tide lifts all boats.” This quote, mistakenly attributed to President John F. Kennedy who used it often, is associated with the idea that improvements in the general economy will benefit all participants in that economy. Extending this to technology, it is but natural that

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TMNG Global Introduces New Cloud Value Model

TMNG Global Introduces New Cloud Value Model Hidden cloud migration costs are still a concern for smart corporate executives TMNG Global introduced a new proprietary financial model called the Cloud Value Model(SM) that allows corporations and executives to measure actual costs and benefits originating from migration to the Cloud. The product is able to provide

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The Cloud Lock-In (Part 1): Public IaaS is Great !

The Cloud Lock-In (Part 1): Public IaaS is Great ! It always good to start with Wikipedia’s definition as it helps to initiate a structured discussion, here is Wiki’s definition for Lock-In: “In economics, vendor lock-in, also known as proprietary lock-in or customer lock-in, makes a customer dependent on a vendor for products and services, unable

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Amazon Cloud Services Provider Moves Into Social Media

Amazon Cloud Services Provider Moves Into Social Media (Reuters Report) – Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) is stepping up social media efforts after the largest Internet retailer partially missed one of the hottest technology trends of recent years. Amazon hired a director of social media, John Yurcisin, from WPP’s (WPP.L) Ogilvy & Mather earlier this year to

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Cloud Computing and your Car – Part 1

Cloud Computing and your Car – Part 1 Cars define America. If a non-American were asked to define the nation, skyscrapers, cars and Hollywood would definitely be part of the definition. For long, automobiles have been at the forefront of American innovation, giving rise to the Big Three of American Auto – General Motors, Ford

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