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Is Cloud an Opportunity or Threat?

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Is Cloud an Opportunity or Threat?

A workshop at Channel Focus Europe explored the topic, "Is Cloud an Opportunity or Threat?"

Experienced industry channel managers concluded: no matter if it's an opportunity or a threat, the channel faces transformation in either case. Channel might be dragged into the transformation kicking and screaming.. or channel can face the cloud head-on..But like it or not, the computer industry is facing a major overhaul in the way we do business.

One value-added distributor declares cloud an opportunity in change management, insisting his company and Read more...

EMC Delivers Service Platform over Cloud

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EMC Delivers Service Platform over Cloud

EMC plans to shorten the time cloud storage platforms take to be set up through its Atmos Cloud Delivery Platform.

The company says its solution-- a software-only system working only on Atmos software and hardware-- deploys cloud storage platforms in days, not months.

The Atmos platform allows customers to create and monitor accounts without any IT personell or service provider intervention. It also enables user identity provisioning, chargeback (for private clouds) and billing integration (for private and public clouds). 

Meanwhile a metering module Read more...

Cloud: Saviour of EU Billions?

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Cloud: Saviour of EU Billions?

The Centre of Economics and Business Research (CEBR) reports the EU's top 5 economies could save up to €763B over the next 5 years-- through widespread cloud computing adoption. 

It also estimates the switch to cloud could create around 2.4 million jobs-- however some traditional IT staff may be redeployed to bolster cloud service support. 

The findings say rapid cloud computing uptake will make services cheaper as offerings mature and the economies of scale take hold. 

Gartner backs the findings and predicts 20% of companies won't be owning their Read more...

EU Funds for Secure Cloud Computing

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EU Funds for Secure Cloud Computing

The EU finds a 3-year cloud computing research project-- "Trustworthy Clouds" or TClouds.

The project touches on cloud computing's privacy and security issues, from regulatory and legal issues to how remotely-stored data can be secured. 

It will research on development of better privacy-protection protocols, security standards and secure cloud management components. 

IBM leads the project and its 12 partners (European companies and research organisations). The EU provides €7.5 million in funds, with €3 million coming from the partners. 

IBM says the Read more...

IBM and European Partners Lead Cloud Development

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IBM and European Partners Lead Cloud Development

IBM leads a joint research initiative with 15 European partners to develop a standard smart cloud storage architecture. 

The research tackles storage clouds' major challenges-- cost-effectiveness, data mobility, security guarantees and computing power demands. 

The consortium partners include standards bodies, media companies, telecommunications companies, healthcare companies, academic institutions and more.  

An EU grant worth €15.7 million funds the project dubbed "Vision Cloud-- Virtualised Storage Services for the Future Internet". 

Vision Cloud Read more...

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