Cloud Computing News: Week 20 to 26 July 2009

This list is a summary of Cloud Computing news that I posted during the past week on Twitter:

- Unisys & #CloudComputing: Exclusive Q&A with Rich Marcello (via @cloudnomics) #Security & #Privacy are big concerns...

- Sun Microsystems view on #CloudComputing:

- List of advantages of #CloudComputing (via @CloudMarkets) ME: and list of advantages vs risks:

- How is Your Cloud Computing Provider Doing? (via @cloudysaas)

- The tech jobs that the cloud will eliminate... and which become more valuable?

- Platform-as-a-Service (PAAS) market to grow to $15.2 B in global sales by 2016 according to Forrester (via @MCFTechnology @AmericanUnit)

- Jericho Forum Collaboration Oriented Architecture Position Paper (via @Capgemini)

- Cloud security depends on the human element (via @Dana_Gardner) ME: I agree completely

- Will IT pros love the cloud? (via @TTintheCloud)

- Budget issues are biggest driver for cloud services - IDC Research - (via @cloudnetworking)

- Survey: Company Data Safer in Data Centre as #CloudComputing Grows (via @surprisedcloud)

- @Dana_Gardner panel on cloud security

- RT @jshuey When I say SaaS --- You Say ...

- The Transformational Power of the Cloud for Knowledge Workers (via @PowerInTheCloud)

- [Security] Architectural Framework (via @Beaker) ME: Recommend

- Amazon Web Services Secrets Revealed - Source: InformationWeek (via @cloudEq)

- Will the Kindle Crisis Kill Cloud Computing? (via @techwatching)

- RT @cloudbook New Contributor: Patrick Stingley @patrickstingley Federal CTO shares insights #Government #CloudComputing

- Bringing Cloud Computing Down to Earth with Ultra Low-Cost Endpoints (via @cloudEq)

- The tech jobs that the cloud will eliminate (via @cloudnetworking

- The Top #CloudComputing Solutions people are looking for in 2009– Survey by (via @oncloudcomp)

- Loads of good Cloud content (papers/presos) from Usenix/HotCloud09 (via @Beaker)

- What does Amazon nuking Kindle copies of 1984 tell us about #CloudComputing? Unfortunately... (via @Beaker @samj)

- The third draft of #CloudComputing Use Cases #WhitePaper is ready for your comments: (via @doug_tidwell) ME:recommend

- Vivek Kundra: #CloudComputing Could Improve Intergovernmental Collaboration: (via @dasharp)

- Concerns raised as L.A. looks at Google Apps

- Blog- SOA and Security: Are Services the Problem or the Solution?

- SOA, cloud: it's the architecture that matters (via @cloudnomics)

- Open Group conf shows how security standards & governance hold keys to enterprise #cloud adoption (via @Dana_Gardner)

- Thanks for publishing my #WhitePaper #CloudComputing and also thanks for the excellent feedback :)

- Is Your Cloud App Ready For 100,000 Users? (via @informationweek)

- A view of public & private cloud computing from the perspective of different applications & interfaces (via @cloudbook)

- RThanks @PeterKretzman: If you read only 1 paper #cloudcomputing, I strongly recommend @mariaspinola "Essential Guide":

- Engine Yard launches robust Ruby cloud-based deployment platform service (via @Dana_Gardner)

- RT @Kevin_Jackson #GovCloud The Government is the New Google (

- New Contributor: Maria Spinola @mariaspinola shares her insights on cloud computing with the community (via @cloudbook)

- Lost in the Cloud... NYTimes #CloudViews

- Paper: @ChrisCrandell on Advancing Application Availability with PAN Manager Software (via @cloudbook)

- "What happens when the biggest IT buyer in the world gets into #cloudcomputing? (via @wllm @digiphile)

- Why Wouldn't You Adopt Cloud Computing? (via @vaklove)

- Standards Groups Collaborate on Cloud Computing (via @TheCloudNetwork)

- BMC makes cloud management push with Amazon as partner (by InfoWorld)

- Three critical -- and avoidable -- cloud computing mistakes (by InfoWorld)

- Before you jump into the Cloud, did you asked: "Who is accountable if something goes wrong?" or...

- HP Acquires Cloud Computing Company (via @cloudnetworking)

- Report: Twitter Hack Caused by Hasty Adoption of Cloud Computing (via @iintelicomp)

- A Pragmatic, Effective and Hype-Free Approach for Strategic Enterprise Decision Making

- List of Top “Cloud Computing Solution Providers to Watch in 2009″

- Cloud Data Import, Export by Amazon (via @TheCloudNetwork)

- 4 1/2 Ways to Deal With Data During Cloudbursts (via @surprisedcloud)

- Clearing up cloud computing - Chicago Tribune (via @cloud_dennis)

- Can Microsoft (or Rackspace) Dethrone Cloud King Amazon? (via @surprisedcloud)

- Government Adoption - The Cloud, the Crowd, and Public Policy

- White Paper: Emergency Preparedness for Local Government (via @Jonathan_Kantor @247survival)

- Ruby-on-Rails Apps Get Cloud Lift

- Do You Trust Google More Than You Trust Your Wife?

- Will You Lead Cloud Computing or Will You Follow? (via @cloudysaas)

- I just joined CIOZone - Professional Network for CIO's and IT Professionals - as a contributor:

Thanks and please let me know how can I help you.
Maria Spínola

White Paper: An Essential Guide to Possibilities and Risks of Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing is quite possibly the hottest, most discussed and often misunderstood concept in Information Technology (IT) today.

In short, Cloud Computing proposes to transform the way IT it's deployed and managed, promising reduced implementation, maintenance costs and complexity, while accelerating innovation, providing faster timeto-market, and the ability to scale high-performance applications and infrastructures on demand.

But business managers know that in spite of the benefits of every new technology/business model there are also risks and issues (like for example: trust, loss of privacy, regulatory violation, data replication, coherency and erosion of integrity, application sprawl and dependencies, etc.) and that rushing things when it comes to Cloud Computing can be a very bad decision, but blowing off Cloud Computing all together because you think you can secure your own stuff better than a service provider or because many claims, made about Cloud Computing, have lead you to the point of “irrational exuberance” and unrealistic expectations, isn't smart, either.

The goal of this White Paper is to provide a realistic perspective of the possibilities, benefits and risks of Cloud Computing; what to look for, what to avoid, and also some tips and best practices on implementation, architecture and vendor management strategies. It is important to consider all those aspects before you decide either to move (but without putting the carriage before the horse) or not to move your systems, applications, and/or data to to the “Cloud”, in a “hype free” approach.

Click here to download the White Paper (or click on the image at left side)

Thanks and please let me know how I can help you.

Maria Spínola

P.S. And of course your comments, feedback's and thoughts are always welcome.