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Private-cloud pioneer Eucalyptus is furthering its partner-centric growth strategy by partnering with Red Hat. Possibly more important than the announcement, though, is the timing: Eucalyptus is not the only internal-cloud software on the market, and it needs to win back its space in the spotlight. Read more »

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There was lots of cloud news today, but the biggest has to be the Sixth Circuit’s holding protecting email under the Fourth Amendment. Data privacy is one the biggest issues facing cloud computing, and this is a good first step — although it’s just that. Read more »

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At least one senior technologist thinks that Amazon removing WikiLeaks from its servers could raise red flags about the utility of cloud computing, while programmer and open-web advocate Dave Winer believes the incident reinforces the need for an open cloud host to protect our content. Read more »

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Scalable SQL startup Clustrix has closed a $12 million Series B round of funding, bringing its total to $30 million. The new money came from existing investors U.S. Venture Partners, Sequoia Capital and ATA Ventures. Considering Clustrix’s steady momentum, this funding shouldn’t take anybody by surprise. Read more »

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CloudBees, fresh off closing a $4 million funding round, has acquired fellow Java PaaS startup Stax Networks. The move might seem inconsequential — both companies are relatively unknown — but it signals that the PaaS consolidation kicked off by Red Hat and Salesforce.com might just be beginning. Read more »

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Web infrastructure is a hot topic today, after Amazon Web Services experienced an outage over the weekend, and after Facebook released some interesting details about its Hadoop cluster on Friday. Even LinkedIn is making headlines by expanding into a new Los Angeles data center. Read more »

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CloudSwitch today released version 2.0 of CloudSwitch Enterprise, which should help in the company’s quest to become an integral part of customers’ environments. Our conversation focused on the company’s future plans and how it’s bucking the seeming trend toward grabbing as much venture capital as possible. Read more »

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Amazon’s new 5TB object limit in S3 made quite a splash, as has EC2 in Ireland, where it now accounts for one-third of all web-facing servers. While AWS is attracting new users, others, like Cisco with cloud developers and Datameer with data analysts — are trying. Read more »

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Amazon Web Services has upped the maximum image size in Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) to 5TB from 5GB. Clearly, a 1,000X increase is significant and probably is driven by the new class of customers AWS is catering to with its Cluster Compute and GPU Instances. Read more »

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Heated rivalries keep everything interesting, so it’s good to see that “Do No Evil” Google is up to the task of trading blows with Microsoft in the cloud collaboration space. Today, it took offense to being omitted from bidding in the USDA contract that Microsoft won, […] Read more »

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The Apache Software Foundation resigned its seat on the Java SE/EE Executive Committee Thursday, according to a blog post and email sent out to apache.org committers. Apache had threatened to leave the committee last month over licensing concerns for its software. Read more »

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Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff said embracing social media and collaboration can obliterate hierarchies and transform companies. And he should know. It’s already happening inside Salesforce with his enterprise social networking product Chatter. Benioff spoke at the GigaOM Net:Work conference about the company’s shift to social. Read more »

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Amazon Web Services jumped on the mobile-application development bandwagon today with software development kits for both the Google Android and Apple iOS operating systems. The move underscores the need for cloud providers – even the mighty AWS – to target the increasingly important mobile-developer market. Read more »

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Believe it or not, there was cloud activity today outside of Salesforce.com buying Heroku. What struck me was Oracle defining Java victory on its own terms, Microsoft announcing the forthcoming SQL Azure Reporting, SAP’s mission to change BI and open source expert Matt Asay leaving Canonical. Read more »

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Marc Benioff’s insistence on calling Salesforce.com a cloud computing company used to draw a few laughs. That’s been changing over the past several months with offerings like VMforce and Database.com, and its acquisition of PaaS pioneer Heroku for $212 million is the icing on the cake. Read more »

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Salesforce.com’s decision to buy Heroku for $212 million seems to be a giving Ruby developers a pause, making them wonder about the future of their beloved platform. Heroku CEO says there is no reason to worry, as he outlines the future plans and Salesforce’s intentions. Read more »

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Salesforce is bulking up its position as a cloud platform for developers by agreeing to snap up Heroku, a Ruby application Platform-as-a-Service for $212 million. The deal will further establish Salesforce as a platform for app developers along with its VMforce enterprise cloud collaboration with VMware. Read more »

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There’s a lot to talk about today if you’re a cloud developer. Aside from Database.com, we have Amazon Web Services achieving PCI compliance, a rundown of developer-centric cloud strategies, an argument that services trumps APIs and a question on whether PaaS providers should publicize their shortcomings. Read more »

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Joyent today launched three new services targeted at online gaming studios. They’re noteworthy on their own because of the natural symbiosis between online and mobile games and cloud computing, but they’re also part of a greater trend of prepackaging cloud solutions for specific audiences. Read more »

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Rackspace today launched two new services targeting the enterprise customers: Cloud Connect, which allows folks to seamlessly integrate Rackspace Cloud and dedicated hosting. Cloud Connect, which was released from beta at the beginning of November. Critical Sites is a monitoring service for large customers. Read more »

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Nimbula Director is now available as a public beta release. Nimbula has received lots of attention since emerging from stealth mode in late June, primarily because of its founders’ pedigrees as the creators and builders of Amazon EC2, but now Nimbula’s product has to prove itself. Read more »

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Cloud computing hopes to deliver convenient, on-demand access to shared pools of computing resources that can be provisioned with minimal effort. But since the virtualized environment becomes even more dynamic, complex and real-time in the cloud, the benefits of IT analytics become even more dramatic. Read more »

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Since virtualization has created a dynamic management environment that defies human analysis, any new solution will need to be much more advanced than any approach requiring human interpretation and/or manual processes. The answer lies in advanced mathematics and automation found in “behavior learning” technology. Read more »

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If you’ve been wondering why Enterprise 2.0 hasn’t taken off like it should, maybe it’s because companies have forgotten about business intelligence. Netvibes CEO Freddy Mini analyzes BI’s failure to adapt to the real-time web and offers a glimpse into what future of BI should be. Read more »

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The advent of virtualization and cloud computing infrastructure has made conventional, rules-based approaches to systems management obsolete. But a new breed of performance management technology that uses machine learning and analytics, can enable end-to-end management in the cloud. But first, we need to understand the landscape. Read more »

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Amazon Web Services is taking its CloudWatch monitoring service to the next level, announcing on Friday morning a half-dozen new features. Cloud monitoring is becoming big business, so anything AWS can do to keep those dollars in-house is probably worth the effort. Read more »

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