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Zenny's Cloud Links #58 - Amazon, SAP & Ariba, Open Source Future

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 May 21st that are worth taking a look at. Enjoy and have a fantastic weekend!

Amazon CTO, Werner Vogels, Explains How it Built its Cloud Business into the Best in the Industry by Julie Bort

Werner Vogels is Amazon's CTO and a chief architect of its cloud. He is also one of most innovative people in the tech industry. He keeps Amazon Web Services (AWS) two steps ahead of the competition, even as countless new clouds come online to compete.

Future of open source survey highlights progress, changes, challenges by Jay Lyman

451 Research was pleased to collaborate on the Future of Open Source Survey 2012 with North Bridge Venture Partners and Black Duck Software. This year’s survey garnered 740 responses from a variety of vendors and non-vendors in the industry. Overall, the survey highlighted some subtle and sometimes dramatic changes in what is driving open source software. It also made clear that while there is still a good degree of education and awareness yet to occur around open source software, there is a large amount of open source code making its way into today’s enterprise, webscale, consumer and other computing environments.

IT Outsourcing: Will CIOs Reclaim Their Power? by Stephanie Overby

Independent cloud-based IT service management tools could enable CIOs to wrestle back control of IT once and for all, argues A.T. Kearney's Arjun Sethi.

Red Hat could cash in with open-source cloud juggling act by Matt Asay

Open ... and Shut The good open source lord giveth, and it taketh away, and no one knows this better than Red Hat. As Red Hat chief executive Jim Whitehurst declared at this week's Open Source Business Conference in San Francisco, California, open source and its children – including cloud computing – are laying waste to the economics of how traditional enterprises do business, forcing them to gravitate to information to compete. Red Hat's role in this tectonic shift? Arms dealer.

Every cloud needs an SOA lining: analyst by Joe McKendrick

Silos are springing up everywhere again. SOA has matured to the point where it provides a shovel-ready implementation blueprint for cloud computing projects.

CloudStack, OpenStack lure supporters, one by one by Brandon Butler

In the less than two months since Citrix gave its CloudStack software an Apache license, cloud providers are beginning to support the open source model.

What’s Cloud Management? by Ofir Nachmani

This last year has been immensely interesting for me as I watched the shaky cloud market mature. The change in people’s state of mind was rapid. The discussion advanced quickly from “the cloud will not prosper” to “Can we trust its security?”…As companies adopt the cloud, they find themselves really struggling to reap its benefits. Inevitably, for some, the extent of their disappointment will be matched only by the extent of their expectations.

NASA backs off OpenStack development by Barb Darrow

NASA, which along with Rackspace was one of two original backers of the OpenStack project, will stop developing software for the open-source cloud platform.

SAP to Acquire Ariba for $4.3 Billion in Push Into Cloud by Kenneth Wong & Dina Bass

SAP, the largest maker of enterprise- applications software, agreed to buy Ariba Inc. for $4.3 billion in the German company’s second multi-billion purchase in cloud computing to take on Oracle Corp. SAP will pay $45 a share, or 20 percent more than Ariba’s May 21 closing price, Walldorf, Germany-based SAP said yesterday. The transaction, subject to approval by Ariba shareholders and regulators, will probably be completed by the end of August, SAP Chief Financial Officer Werner Brandt said on a conference call.

Six Degrees acquires Datahop; fiberoptic datacenter network by Andrew Nusca

UK cloud services provider Six Degrees Group acquires Datahop, giving it a high-speed fiberoptic network connecting datacenters in London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Paris.

Interest in Cloud Computing Has Peaked by Reuven Cohen

Lately I’ve been hearing some rumblings during my various discussions around cloud computing. Some in the industry have been quietly saying the end is near for the much over hyped term.  I wouldn’t go as far as to say the cloud is dead just yet, but there is a growing sense that  interest in cloud computing, at least from the point of view of a buzz word, has peaked.

Preventing A Cloud Outage by Rick Blaisdell

What are the most common cloud outages and how to prevent them? A service disruption is a technical perfect storm. Initial mistakes made by engineers can cause the appearance of several other bugs and glitches.

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