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Zenny's Cloud Links #64 - Cloud Future is Open Source, OpenNebula, Higgs Boson, vCloud

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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 July 9th that are worth taking a look at. Enjoy and have a fantastic weekend!

The Big Data and Cloud Computing Trends Depend on Open Source by Sam Dean | Ostatic & Gigaom

…in the emerging cloud computing landscape where APIs and Big Data have become some of the most valuable currencies…the transition to the cloud and Big Data continue, open source software is playing an absolutely critical role.

The Rising Tide of Cloud Computing Lifts All Boats by Paul Lidsky | Cloud Computing Journal

What are the underpinning technologies and methodologies that make up a private cloud-oriented data center?

The Sun Shines on 'The Cloud' by John Bussey | The Wall Street Journal

What's the real lesson to be learned from Amazon's cloud computing failure two weeks ago, the one that knocked Netflix and other websites offline? Far from being a dangerous sign that the cloud is unreliable, it was actually a blip—a painful one—on a trend line that is vectoring upward, much to the benefit of global business.

OpenNebula quietly keeps building its open-source cloud by Barb Darrow | Gigaom

With the OpenStack project turning two years old soon amid what will no doubt be a ton of vendor-generated hoopla, Ignacio Llorente wants the world to know that the more mature OpenNebula project continues to evolve, just a lot more quietly.

Could Politics Derail the Cloud? by Andrea Di Maio | Gartner

On Monday I read the news that GM’s CIO has decided to slash outsourcing in a move to transform IT and its role. Other aspects of this massive transformation, that is expected to take place in the next three years, include data center, application and data warehouse consolidation, better portfolio management, the establishment of three new development centers, as well as considerable hiring of relevant IT skills.

Higgs boson researchers consider move to cloud computing by Brandon Butler | NetworkWorld

Higgs researchers undertake two-year pilot to experiment replacing grid infrastructure with the cloud, but funding and logistical concerns pose challenges

‘Internet2′ ready to take on big data with big pipes by Joe McKendrick | SmartPlanet

“Internet2,” the big-piped network designed to support collaborative ventures between universities, government research agencies and businesses, is ready to step up into the big data realm.

Take that, vCloud: Microsoft opens Windows Azure to web hosts by Derrick Harris | Gigaom

It looks like Microsoft is serious about becoming the operating system for cloud computing. At its Worldwide Partner Conference on Tuesday, the company announced what amounts to a white-label version of its Windows Azure cloud platform targeting current Windows Server-based web hosts.

Managing risk in the wake of Amazon's cloud outage by Gery Menegaz | ZDNet

With the recent Amazon Cloud outage many are suggesting that it brings Cloud Computing into question. And that Cloud Computing will now be more difficult to sell. I disagree.

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