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Buyer beware when it comes private cloud. In this nascent market, the only metric that matters is actual customer adoption and we’re still very early in that game, said Gartner Research Director Alessandro Perilli. And, before you buy private cloud or in Gartner parlance, a cloud management platform, look under the covers. Most private clouds now are actually pieces of many management tools often acquired and spackled together. “A way to measure how mature a CMP is consists of evaluating how well its management modules integrate with each other,” he wrote.

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Ford CEO Alan Mulally has been a front runner for Microsoft’s top job for a few months now. Many said he’s been the candidate to beat to succeed outgoing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. But now Ford chairman Edsel Ford II told Bloomberg News that Mulally is locked up through the end of 2014. Last August, Ballmer pledged to step down within 12 months and the conventional wisdom has been that sooner would be better so Microsoft can get on with business free and clear of succession rumors and worries. Maybe this latest wrinkle gives internal candidates Satya Nadella, Stephen Elop and Tony Bates the edge now?

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Like to ride your bike but need a little boost on those steep hills?  Check out this new “Copenhagen” wheel that snaps onto the real wheel of most bikes to convert them into human-electric-powered hybrids. The wheel, born out the MIT SENSEable City Lab initiative with help from the mayor of bike-friendly Copenhagen, goes on sale Tuesday for $699 from Cambridge, Mass.-startup superpedestrian.com. The goal, according to Assaf Biderman, associate director of SENSEable, is to get people to cycle more than they already do.

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Federal workers and contractors have boosted Healthcare.gov’s capacity to handle up to 50,000 simultaneous users and reduce errors, but acknowledge privately that page load times are not fast enough.  Administration officials plan to announce Sunday that they’ve met internal deadline of November 30 for some key improvements, according to The Washington Post. But, an official at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said true capacity will remain a question mark until it faces peak weekday loads.

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