TOSCA Hybrid Cloud Standards Committee: Google, IBM, Cisco…

TOSCA and Friends setting up Hybrid Cloud Standards In a move that reminds me a lot about the movie quote “When there’s no way out, you find a deeper way in“, TOSCA, IBM, EMC and Cisco have indicated their support for Hybrid Cloud portability standards and specifications. Following on the heels of TOSCA or Topology

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Cloud Computing In Financial Service Organizations

Cloud Computing In Financial Service Organizations While technology seems to be the cost and time efficiency driver in many industries, cloud computing is the emerging solution for the financial service industry, especially capital markets. In order for their assets to be used optimally by multiple consumers, financial organizations require ad-hoc access to significant computing resources,

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The Social Cloud: Facebook IPO – Is This MySpace 2.0?

The Social Cloud: Facebook IPO –  Is This MySpace 2.0? History repeating: 2000 Bubble, Myspace, 2012 Facebook IPO, NBT (Next Big Thing…)  Investors are expected to sink $5 billion into the Facebook IPO. Wow. Well, from a pure spreadsheet perspective it makes some sense. If you take the 800 million Facebook users multiplied by a value

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Battle of the Document Cloud Apps: Google Docs, Apple iWorks…Which One Truly Reigns?

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Battle of the Document Cloud Apps: Google Docs, Apple iWorks…Which One Truly Reigns? Throughout the 1990s, 2000s, and today, Microsoft Word has served as the final word in applications designed to maximize the efficiency and output of both businesses and individual computer users regarding their documents. Attempts to unseat its status as the number-one program

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University Down Under Offers To Make Students Cloud-Capable

University Down Under Offers To Make Students Cloud-Capable Sometime back I had postulated that the true success of cloud computing in entering the mainstream is dependent on the technology being not only part of our everyday lives, but also a part of our education system (See: Cloud Computing Goes Mainstream with University Certification Course). Thus,

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How Cloud Computing is Like Transforming a ’68 Dodge Dart

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How Cloud Computing is Like Transforming a ’68 Dodge Dart I’ve spent a lot of time lately in front of customers trying to help them understand what cloud technology means and, more important, how it can help their businesses be more efficient, effective and better able to meet or exceed their goals and objectives. In

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Cloud Computing Canada: HP ‘Master The Cloud’ Event (Toronto) – Part 3

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Cloud Computing Canada: HP ‘Master The Cloud’ Event (Toronto) – Part 3 Continued from: Part 1 , Part 2 The HP “Mastering The Cloud” Event drew to a close around 4:30, after one last blast of hot dogs, pretzels and other salty refreshments.  As someone who has attended, bought space in , and spoken at trade shows, and as an independent blogger,

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HP ‘Master The Cloud’ Event (Toronto) – Part 2

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HP ‘Master The Cloud’ Event (Toronto) – Part 2 Here’s an interesting parallel, one somewhat removed from the busy world of cloud computing. In the world of “people,” social psychologists who specialize in generational issues are starting to refer to the most recent generation of kids coming-of-age as the Purell generation, since they are likely to be aware

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HP ‘Master The Cloud’ Event (Toronto) – Part 1

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HP ‘Master The Cloud’ Event (Toronto) – Part 1 Today, HP brought its cloud solutions roadshow to Toronto, bringing some heavy hitters up from the US to explain cloud computing to an interested but very reserved crowd of 700 IT managers, CIOs, and software gurus. The event, held at the Direct Energy Centre, can be described as a

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in the Taiwanese Clouds

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in the Taiwanese Clouds First, some clarification on the cryptic title: the animals, both the real and the imaginary one, refer to Taiwan native and acclaimed Hollywood director Ang Lee’s martial arts epic of the same name that took the world by storm in 2000 and become the highest-grossing foreign-language film

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Overcoming Complexity and Dynamics to Move Data Centers to the Cloud

Overcoming Complexity and Dynamics to Move Data Centers to the Cloud IT will never be the same.  Analysts expect that IT budgets will not be growing in 2012. Since the last financial crisis an ongoing volatile economy has been pushing IT professionals to do more with less, increasing the amount of delivered business projects with

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Pixar’s Cloud Computing Reignites the Debate: Art Versus Commerce

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Pixar’s Cloud Computing Reignites the Debate: Art Versus Commerce Pioneer Pixar continues to push the envelope. The legendary animation studio recently announced their most serious entry to date into the cloud, with Renderman On Demand. The cloud-rooted rendering application was launched in collaboration with GreenButton, a respected cloud services company. Currently available on Microsoft Azure,

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