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Cloud Link Roundup #70 - True Big Data Cost, Netflix Shift to Cloud, Open Cloud Leaders

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Every Friday we like to highlight some of our favorite posts on IT Operations, Cloud Computing, DevOps, Virtualization and anything else that grabbed our attention over the week. Here are some great articles from the week of September 10th that are worth taking a look at. Enjoy and have a fantastic weekend!

Telecom Clouds Drift Toward OpenStack by Carol Wilson | Light Reading

Now that VMware Inc. has joined OpenStack, the open-source cloud management platform is expected to gain momentum as well among major telecom players operating their cloud subsidiaries, says the CTO of Rackspace Hosting, the company that helped develop OpenStack.

Examining the True Cost of Big Data by John Bantleman | SOA World Magazine

The good news about the Big Data market is that we generally all agree on the definition of Big Data… However, the problem with such a broad definition is that it can mean different things to different people once you start to put some real values next to those V's.

OpenStack's Troublesome Inflection Point by Floyd Strimling | Zenoss Blog

There is no doubt that OpenStack continues to be a hot topic within the open source community.  However, with VMware’s acquisition of Nicira and their new Gold Member Sponsorship of OpenStack, have we reached a troubling inflection point?

Amazon Starts Spot Market for Reserved Instances by Maureen O'Gara | Cloud Computing Journal

Amazon Web Services has set up an online marketplace where customers can sell their excess EC2 Reserved Instances to other AWS customers. Reserved Instances cost less because buyers make a one-time payment to reserve compute capacity for a specified term and get a discount on the hourly charges for that instance. Amazon will charge sellers a 12% fee.

Netflix guts data center in shift to cloud by Patrick Thibodeau | ComputerWorld

The idea that public cloud-based services will radically transform in-house IT operations is ever more evident at Netflix. Netflix no longer wants to run a data center in support of its in-house corporate IT services. It is shifting internal applications to Amazon's cloud, as well as using software-as-a-service (SaaS) providers for business services.

Like it or not, it's time to get a cloud strategy by Ian Hardenburgh | TechRepublic

…It’s time even for anti-cloud hardliners to start thinking seriously about how cloud technology can be leveraged in their organizations.

Cloud Computing In Europe Really Needs A Boost by Florence de Borja | CloudTimes

In a new survey conducted by Business Software Alliance, a not-for-profit organization, the results showed that only 24% of the 4,000 respondents take advantage of cloud computing applications like online word processing and email services. The rate is about 10% less than the global percentage of computer users who use cloud services.

Splunk Adds Visibility Into Virtual Environments by Thor Olavsrud | CIO.com

IaaS provider CloudShare deployed Splunk to correlate machine-generated data and provide insight into every aspect of its business. When transitioning workloads to virtual environments, one of the big drawbacks for data center administrators can be a loss of visibility.

Adoption: The Key to Cloud Success – A Conversation with Michael Krigsman from the Appirio Blog

We recently spoke with Michael Krigsman about his perspective on cloud adoption. Michael is well known for chronicling what happens when things go horribly wrong with IT projects in his IT Project Failures blog on ZDNet.

Making Cloud Adoption a Success  by Daniel Saks | Fox Small Business Center

Cloud computing is one of the hottest trends in small business. Seventy-four percent of companies expect to use cloud services in the near future, and the small business cloud market is expected to reach $85 billion by 2015. Given the improved cost savings, usability and security that the cloud can provide, it’s no wonder that more small businesses are turning to cloud-based services.

Modernized IT Infrastructure Spawns Cloud and Mobile Computing Benefits by Dana Gardner | Cloud Computing Journal

Rapid adoption of server virtualization that enabled desktop virtualization at a large Israeli insurance and financial services group then lead to rapidly modernized IT infrastructure that has in turn spawned cloud and mobile computing benefits.

Google: World's 5th Largest Server Maker Amid Cloud Boom by Joe Panettieri | TalkinCloud

Google is likely the world’s fifth largest server maker, according to the latest estimates from Intel. That revelation shows just how powerful and large Google Apps, Google Search and the company’s overall cloud strategy have become.

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