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The federal government says it plans to shut down 40% of its computer centers over the next four years in order to reduce cost and get up to speed with the latest technologies that enable computers to run at far higher levels of efficiency and use.

In the plans detailed today, the Obama administration [...]

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Virtualization could mean an end, but making a significant emphasis on that “end” is in fact the cloud.

However, this idea does not have validity. The cloud is another tool in pursuing a fully dynamic, interoperable data environment for an even greater end.

For most businesses, this means a vigorous combination of private, public [...]

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IBM Cloud Insights

On July 20, 2011 By

IBM enjoys a strong second quarter share of revenue as the results were shown yesterday morning. Big Blue released its latest mainframe products that gave a boost to their strong earnings; it also set the standard for the projected growth of cloud computing and data storage. IBM is on track of its business projection [...]

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The potential advantages of cloud computing are well documented. If designed and provisioned properly, cloud deployments can lower capital and operating costs, increase flexibility, and improve service levels. Private cloud deployments are particularly important because they increasingly represent an enterprise’s first step toward the ultimate goal of dynamically matching IT service demand with IT [...]

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Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD), the IT performance company, today announced that it has acquired Aptimize Limited, a privately-owned company that is a market leader in web content optimization. The Aptimize organization, based in Wellington, New Zealand, will become the new Web Content Optimization product group, led by the former CEO of Aptimize, [...]

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EMC announced a new cloud storage management solution aimed at large enterprises called ProSphere which can also scale to address the needs of data centers and globally distributed enterprises.

According to Kevin Gray, manager of IMG storage resource management for EMC, the platform addresses management of increasingly larger, more disparate environments while integrating virtualization and [...]

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Benchmarking is prevalent in the IT world. To prove that cloud providers’ services are better than others, they steer their benchmarking tests performance metrics. However, the corresponding values obtained from cloud benchmarks are usually vague. Organizations doing the tests recognize that these benchmarks can be a great guide in some situations. Although cloud benchmarks [...]

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Gale Technologies, along with NetApp, demonstrated at Cisco Live 2011 the service tiering capabilities of GaleForce Turnkey Cloud solution which allows IT architects to design and publish infrastructure offerings as easy-to-use services. Organizations use GaleForce Turnkey Cloud solution to convert their existing compute, network, and storage infrastructure into a private or hybrid cloud environment, [...]

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Microsoft Research announced today on its website the preview of Project Daytona, an iterative MapReduce runtime for Windows Azure. Daytona was created by the eXtreme Computing Group and provides an alternative to Apache Hadoop, by using a set of tools for working with big data based on Google’s MapReduce. It is designed to help scientists take advantage [...]

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According to data compiled by the research firm IDC, the global revenue for servers deployed in public and private clouds is expected to approach $9.4 billion by 2015. This revenue will mainly be driven by IT managers’ growing view of cloud computing as a the best way to simplify managing and administrating of technology environments.

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General Dynamics Corp. announced Monday that it has acquired Network Connectivity Solutions (NETCONN) Corp., a provider of enterprise services and cloud computing to the U.S. Department of Defense. The value of the cash transaction has not yet been disclosed. General Dynamics said the acquisition would help it boost earning and expand services that [...]

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Microsoft and Amazon Web Services have agreed to let Amazon cloud users run Microsoft Windows Server Application on their Amazon cloud infrastructure. The partnership was made public on Wednesday at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference.

The announcement came after Microsoft launched its License Mobility with Software Assurance Program almost a month ago. Microsoft’s License Mobility [...]

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On July 17, 2011 By

IBM Launches New Cloud-Based Web Analytics And Marketing Automation Solution

IBM announced today a new cloud-based Web analytics and digital marketing suite to help organizations automate online marketing campaigns across all online channels, such as web sites, social media networks, and mobile phones. The new cloud-based analytics is an [...]

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CenturyLink announced on Friday that it has closed the deal to buy the cloud computing company Savvis for $2.5 billion and prepaid about $546 million of Savvis’ credit facility debt. We have reported about this deal earlier.

CenturyLink expects the combination with Savvis will improve its [...]

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IBM announced today a new cloud-based Web analytics and digital marketing suite to help organizations automate online marketing campaigns across all online channels, such as web sites, social media networks, and mobile phones. The new cloud-based analytics is an integration of IBM’s recent acquisitions of Coremetrics and Unica.

Companies using the web analytics and digital [...]

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According to Larry Page, CEO of Google, Google+ already has 10 million users who are sharing 1 billion items every day, and Google’s +1 button (the Google version of News Feed) is being hit 2.3 billion times per day.

Larry Page was speaking to analysts today during Google’s second-quarter earnings conference call. He also said that every [...]

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