Amazon vs. Rackspace (OpenStack) vs. Microsoft vs. Google

A great article over on Network World running through the big cloud contenders in the marketplace.

It’s really interesting to note that complete cloud deployments are popular with startups but not the enterprise at the moment. The Enterprise space is going to be absolutely key and as I’ve already mentioned, the Middle East is hotting up at the moment with enterprise focused offerings.

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American Airlines Saves $1.2 Million Annually By Eliminating Flight Bags

A really interesting article over at computerworld about the the American Airlines IT modernisation program. Quoting from the article:

Pilots will soon replace their flight bags with an electronic version that runs on an iPad. American estimates that eliminating the 35-lb bags from every cockpit will save the airline $1.2 million of fuel annually.

It’s not BYOD, but it’s getting there!

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Why Corporate Strategy Needs To Change

This was published in September but I’ve only just come across it now. It lists some interesting points around how corporate strategy needs to change in a cloudy world. I particularly like the part about just getting out there and doing it with proofs of concepts and demos rather than deliberating over PowerPoint slides.

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(PDF Link) VMWare, RSA and Intel run a Cloud Security Proof of Concept for NIST

Here’s a really interesting PDF from NIST on securing workloads in the cloud. The PDF describes a proof of concept (POC) carried out with VMware, RSA and Intel. The POC  has a focus on testing geolocation in the cloud for the purpose of constraining the physical location of a server that a workload can be moved to for security or compliance reasons.

The principles of the POC are quoted from the PDF as:

  1. Create a part of the cloud to meet the specific and varying security requirements of users.
  2. Control access to that cloud so that the right applications get deployed there.
  3. Enable audits of that portion of the cloud so that users can verify compliance.

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