What does IBM’s New Cloud Financing Policy Mean for Customers?

What does IBM’s New Cloud Financing Policy Mean for Customers? “The number one thing leaders can do to facilitate balance is to support flexibility and understand the needs of your people.” – Jim Mitchell (1946-2002), Irish politician. Now, the above words may have been spoken in a context far removed from Information Technology (IT), but

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Which Cloud Computing Quality Works For You?

Which Cloud Computing Quality Works For You? As any successful entrepreneur worth his millions will tell you, “The customer is always right.” However, in a technology paradigm as new as cloud computing, the customer does not always know enough to be right. In such a situation, the customer has to go ahead to what is

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Rackspace Announces Rackspace Startup Program and Availability of Rackspace Cloud 2.0

The Rackspace Cloud 2.0 Now Available on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch for Free SAN ANTONIO, TX – March 11, 2011 –Rackspace®, the world’s leading specialist in the hosting and cloud computing industry, today formalized a new program, the Rackspace Startup Program, where Rackspace provides cloud computing resources to startups participating in programs with 500

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Is Cloud Lock-In A Bigger Issue Than Security?

Cloud lock-in a bigger issue than security Before LabSlice I was employed as a Security Architect for a major bank. Banks, government departments and  health providers are naturally suspicious of technology solutions that they do not fully control. This is why cloud security is frequently listed as a concern for big industry, typically followed by operational uptime concerns.

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Platform as a Service: Read the fine print

Platform as a Service: Read the fine print I’m surprised at the number of startups that are now going directly to the cloud, bypassing traditional web hosting solutions and avoiding the need to own a server in-house. That’s great news, and at a minimum it shows that the big players — Google, Amazon and Microsoft —

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Cloud vs. VPS vs. Shared Hosting – Part 1

A lot of startups and SMBs need access to very basic server resources to host their website. They don’t require cloud based REST APIs, automatic scaling or the ability to run their application as part of a high-performance compute cluster. These are your traditional content providers that sell products in on-line shops, host blogs with

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Engine Yard Interview With Tom Mornini, CTO And Co Founder

Engine Yard Interview I had the opportunity to speak with Tom Mornini one of visionaries delivering unique and valuable tools to clients via the “cloud”.  Tom co-founded Engine Yard to provide the infrastructure and support necessary to fuel the development of Ruby on Rails applications.  He has spent nearly 30 years as a software programmer

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