The weeks Cloud Computing News articles 23/04/2012 – 29/04/2012

Shameem Ahmed 23 April 2012 0
The weeks Cloud Computing News articles 23/04/2012 – 29/04/2012


27/04/2012

Microsoft re-releases Office for Mac 2011 upgrade after fixing bugs
Microsoft yesterday re-released Office for Mac 2011 Service Pack 2 (SP2) after fixing a bug that wormed into the original update.http://www.itworld.com/software/272202/microsoft-re-releases-office-mac-2011-upgrade-after-fixing-bugs

 

OpenStack vs CloudStack: The Next Big Rivalry is in the Clouds
Citrix Systems announced last week the launch of CloudStack software to the Apache Software Foundation. This makes them the first legitimate alternative to OpenStack. The creation of Citrix was actually inspired when OpenStack failed to work with Citrix’s system. After exhausting all strategies, they decided that a defection is the best next step.http://cloudtimes.org/2012/04/26/openstack-vs-cloudstack-next-rivalry-clouds/

 

26/04/2012

Salesforce Unveils Government Cloud
  US Federal government is one of the largest IT buyers in the world and this clout gives them to dictate terms with the vendors and suppliers. One of their requirements is that the technologies the government agencies use must be compliant to Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) requirements. In simplistic terms, the services offered by the IT vendors should be delivered from datacenter(s) dedicated for the government purposes. It will still be a multi-tenant cloud in the sense that many of the federal, state and local government agencies will be using it but it is completely isolated from other customers. Many enterprise software vendors wanting a larger slice of federal pie has built government clouds to be FISMA compliant. Google, IBM, etc. are some examples of such vendors. Today Salesforce.com unveiled their own government cloud and a new app exchange for the government.http://www.cloudave.com/19155/salesforce-unveils-government-cloud/

 

Adobe Creative Cloud: A New Standard for Creative Professionals
  Cloud computing is spreading in recent years with a massive dose of apps that allow users to always have files and data and making mobility and working outside the office a possibility without many compromises.http://cloudtimes.org/2012/04/25/adobe-creative-cloud-new-standard-creative-professionals/

 

25/04/2012

Dell and Clemson Increase Access to Research Computing with Cloud Services
  Dell announced today that the company is working with Clemson University to provide more Internet2 institutions and organizations access to high performance research computing technology.http://insidehpc.com/2012/04/24/dell-and-clemson-increase-access-to-research-computing-with-cloud-services/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+InsideHPC+%28insideHPC.com%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

 

Microsoft ups storage quotas, slashes add-on storage pricing for SharePoint Online
VMicrosoft is tweaking SharePoint Online storage quotas and pricing for enterprise users of its hosted service.http://www.zdnet.com/blog/microsoft/microsoft-ups-storage-quotas-slashes-add-on-storage-pricing-for-sharepoint-online/12546

 

24/04/2012

Cloud computing demand driving business growth in technology sector
  The term cloud computing remains the buzz phrase in the IT industry, with vendors of all shapes and sizes looking to push cloud services and entice firms to this new form of technology delivery.
The likes of Google and Samsung are set to unveil their own public cloud storage services to compete with the success of Dropbox, while cloud giant Amazon Web Services recently announced it now stores almost one trillion objects stored on its S3 cloud product.http://www.v3.co.uk/v3-uk/analysis/2169612/cloud-computing-demand-driving-business-growth-technology-sector

 

Microsoft’s SkyDrive Gets New App Versions, Adds Paid Storage Options
  SkyDrive users gets a whole new app to play with on Windows, Mac, Windows Phone and iOS, while the cloud service expands with some paid-for storage options to help boost your web filing power.http://www.cmswire.com/cms/social-business/microsofts-skydrive-gets-new-app-versions-adds-paid-storage-options-015287.php

 

23/04/2012

Amazon and Salesforce ‘expected to join G-Cloud 2.0′
  Amazon and Salesforce are odds-on to join the UK government’s G-Cloud and start serving civil servants with hosted computing, storage and ERP from May, reports the The Register.http://www.guardian.co.uk/government-computing-network/2012/apr/20/amazon-salesforce-g-cloud-denise-mcdonagh?newsfeed%3Dtrue

 

Microsoft releases 1.0 version of Skype for Windows Phone
  Version 1.0 of Skype for Windows Phone is now available in the Windows Phone Marketplace, as reported by WPCentral.com on April 22.http://www.zdnet.com/blog/microsoft/microsoft-releases-10-version-of-skype-for-windows-phone/12520

 

WEEKLY SUMMARY

Cloud computing is spreading in recent years with a massive dose of apps that allow users to always have files and data and making mobility and working outside the office a possibility without many compromises. Adobe Systems Incorporated has not been an exception and thus launched the Creative Cloud. Adobe has announced that it will start to provide Adobe Creative Cloud solution, a cloud based service for users to easily create, modify, share and transmit Adobe’s designer products online starting next month. The company also introduced the next version of its flagship software kit for designers and web developers, Adobe Creative Suite 6.
Dell has announced that their company is working with Clemson University to provide more Internets to institutions and organizations access to high performance research computing technology.
Amazon and Salesforce are odds-on to join the UK government’s G-Cloud and start serving civil servants with hosted computing, storage and ERP from May. The companies have been in talks to join G-Cloud, with government officials driving the programme having to reassure the firms’ legal people on their obligations under the G-Cloud’s terms and conditions. The duo had passed on G-Cloud 1.0 which launched in February, over concerns about their legal obligations and responsibilities on things such as data audits.
US Federal government is one of the largest IT buyers in the world and this clout gives them to dictate terms with the vendors and suppliers. One of their requirements is that the technologies the government agencies use must be compliant to Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) requirements. In simplistic terms, the services offered by the IT vendors should be delivered from datacenter(s) dedicated for the government purposes. It will still be a multi-tenant cloud in the sense that many of the federal, state and local government agencies will be using it but it is completely isolated from other customers. Many enterprise software vendors wanting a larger slice of federal pie has to build government clouds to be FISMA compliant. Google, IBM, etc. are some examples of such vendors. Today Salesforce.com unveiled their own government cloud and a new app exchange for the government.
Citrix Systems announced last week the launch of CloudStack software to the Apache Software Foundation. This makes them the first legitimate alternative to OpenStack. The creation of Citrix was actually inspired when OpenStack failed to work with Citrix’s system. After exhausting all strategies, they decided that a defection is the best next step. OpenStack, on the other hand, is a based set of codes that you can take and build on. Companies can build their products using OpenStack as a foundation. Many companies have actually done that. CloudStack needs support on the distribution end for it to even make sense. It’s certainly not meant for end-users.
Microsoft is increasing its per-tenant storage quota limits and is dropping to cost of additional storage for business users of SharePoint Online, the Microsoft-hosted version of SharePoint Server. Microsoft also cut the price of SharePoint Online additional storage from $2.50 per GB/month to .20 per GB/month. One more adjustment: Every user that gets a My Site (E1-E4) will also get 500MB of personal storage.
SkyDrive users gets a whole new app to play with on Windows, Mac, Windows Phone and iOS, while the cloud service expands with some paid-for storage options to help boost your web filing power. The idea of giving away all that lovely cloud storage space for free has always been a precursor to monetizing the service. So, it comes as little surprise to hear that Microsoft is finally offering a paid-for version of SkyDrive to go along with a new free 7GB offering. Microsoft reckons that 7GB is enough for most users (99% in fact) with the paid options, +20GB for US$10 a year, +50GB at $25 a year and +100GB at $50 appealing to various levels of power users. Existing users who already had 25GB of free storage will get to keep it, the new plans take effect for new users or those upgrading.
Last Friday, three days after it first issued Office for Mac 2011 SP2, Microsoft yanked the upgrade from its automatic update service when it acknowledged a bug had corrupted the Outlook database on some machines. Microsoft has been forced to yank, and then re-release, updates before. The most embarrassing blunders in recent years were in February 2010 when it stopped serving a security update to Windows XP PCs that were crashing with the notorious “Blue Screen of Death,” and two years earlier, when Microsoft shut down an update for Windows Vista that crippled systems with endless reboots.

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