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How to Build a Private Cloud

If you’re nervous about running your business applications on a public cloud, many experts recommend that you take a spin around a private cloud first.

By Beth Schultz on Mon, May 10, 2010

The Case For and Against Private Clouds

But building and managing a cloud within your data center is not just another infrastructure project, says Joe Tobolski, director of cloud computing at Accenture.

“A number of technology companies are portraying this as something you can go out and buy – sprinkle a little cloud-ulator powder on your data center and you have an internal cloud,” he says. “That couldn’t be further from the truth.”

An internal, on-premise private cloud is what leading IT organizations have been working toward for years. It begins with data center consolidation, rationalization of OS, hardware and software platforms, and virtualization up and down the stack – servers, storage and network, Tobolski says.

Elasticity and pay-as-you-go pricing are guiding principles, which imply standardization, automation and commoditization of IT, he adds.

And it goes way beyond about infrastructure and provisioning resources, Tobolski adds. “It’s about the application build and the user’s experience with IT, too.”

Despite all the hype, we’re at a very early stage when it comes to internal clouds. According to Forrester Research, only 5% of large enterprises globally are even capable of running an internal cloud, with maybe half of those actually having one, says James Staten, principal analyst with the firm.

For the rest of the article, visit CIO Magazine

Microsoft Drops Windows 2000, XP SP2 in July

J. Peter Bruzzese , Infoworld – May 10, 2010 10:49 am

Microsoft offers support for its products for five years and extended support for another five years. That time will soon be up for Windows 2000 (desktop and server) and Windows XP SP2: July 13 is the last day that extended support will be available.

According to Microsoft, self-help online support (such as Microsoft online Knowledge Base articles, FAQs, troubleshooting tools, and other resources) will be available for at least a year longer. But paid support, support assistance, and security updates will be discontinued on July 13.

If you’re using Windows 2000, you’ll need to migrate to a more recent version of Windows — or live with the lack of support from Microsoft. Microsoft has a Windows 2000 End-of-Support Center with advice on migrating to Windows 7 (for desktops) or Windows Server 2003, 2008, or 2008 R2 (for servers).

If you’re using Windows XP SP2 or earlier, there’s a free and easy way to continue to get Microsoft support: Simply upgrade to SP3, which you can do via Internet Explorer’s Windows Update utility. Or use the end-of-support date as the incentive to migrate to Windows 7, which many businesses are now doing.

For more information, visit PC World.com

IT Outsourcing: 3 Reasons Your Vendor Won’t Innovate

IT outsourcing providers want to innovate, but they can’t if their IT department customers can’t articulate what innovation from outsourcing looks like.

By Stephanie Overby on Wed, May 05, 2010

CIO — Internal IT organizations choose to outsource for any number of reasons: to cut costs, improve service, increase efficiency. Increasingly, they’re seeking innovation from their IT outsourcing partners, even though many don’t have a clear picture of what innovation means in the context of outsourcing. Consequently, those IT departments are not getting much innovation from their service providers.

According to a 2009 Forrester Research survey, 38 percent of IT outsourcing customers said lack of innovation or continuous improvement was their greatest challenge with existing vendors—up from 33 percent the previous year. (Also see CIO’s Exclusive Outsourcing and Innovation Survey.)

For more, read CIO.com

Web 2.0: Scribd Drops Flash For HTML5

The document sharing start-up is betting its business and betting against Flash.

By Thomas Claburn – InformationWeek – May 6, 2010 02:23 PM

In his widely read open letter about the alleged shortcomings of Adobe’s Flash technology on the iPhone, Apple CEO Steve Jobs wrote, “Most Flash Web sites will need to be rewritten to support touch-based devices. If developers need to rewrite their Flash Web sites, why not use modern technologies like HTML5, CSS and JavaScript?”

Scribd, the social document sharing Web site, has done just that.

At the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco on Thursday, Scribd CTO Jared Friedman announced that his company has decided to abandon its three-year-old use of Flash in favor of HTML5.

“After three years of building on Flash, Scribd is starting over and building everything on HTML5,” declared Friedman.

Flash, he said, is terrific in a lot of ways, but has the drawback of wrapping content in a separate application. As a result, Scribd’s Flash document reader ended up duplicating many browser functions, which took a lot of work and resulted in a poor user experience, he said.

“Why do you need a special reading application just to view a document?” asked Friedman.

Read the full article at InformationWeek.com

Google exec confirms Jobs’ claim that HTML5 is ready for some uses

By Joab Jackson

April 30, 2010 04:19 PM E

IDG News Service – Despite concerns that it is far from being finished, HTML5 is ready for use, at least for most platforms and for most duties, asserted a Google developer.

“Depending on who you ask, HTML5 is already ready, or it won’t be ready until 2022,” said Google developer advocate Mark Pilgrim at the WWW2010 conference, being held this week in Raleigh, North Carolina. “The answer is both, depending on what your definition of ‘ready’ is.”

Of course, with Steve Jobs’ directive that Web developers use HTML5, instead of Adobe Flash, for rendering Web pages and RIAs (Rich Internet Applications) viewable on the iPad, the question of HTML5’s readiness for duty has been an urgent one.

And not everyone is convinced of the technology’s maturity.

Read the full article at Computerworld.com

Symantec Will Centralize Encryption with Acquisitions

Mark Long, newsfactor.com – Fri Apr 30, 2:44 pm ET

Symantec said Thursday it will pay $370 million in cash to acquire encryption technology providers PGP and GuardianEdge Technologies, with the deals expected to close during the company’s June quarter. Symantec sees its acquisition of standards-based encryption capabilities from the two firms as a natural extension of its strategy for securing and managing information on any device — across both the enterprise and consumer segments as well as in the cloud, said Symantec CEO Enrique Salem.

“With PGP and GuardianEdge’s encryption solutions for full-disk, removable media, e-mail, file, folder and smartphones, Symantec will have the broadest set of integrated data-protection capabilities,” Salem said. “We will be able to address the encryption needs of all customer segments from the largest enterprises and governments to small businesses and individuals.”

Expanded Opportunities

Together, PGP and GuardianEdge are expected to significantly expand the addressable security market that Symantec can serve, Salem told investors during a Thursday conference call. “State and national governments are enacting more stringent mandates, driving the need to encrypt sensitive information and protect an individual’s privacy,” Salem said. “Also, the increased costs and frequency of data breaches are driving the adoption of encryption as companies strive to mitigate risk and protect their critical information from cybercriminals.”

Read the full article at Yahoo! News

Google Docs gets better — but is it ready to take on Office?

The new version adds collaboration tools and drawing software, but drops the ability to work offline.

By Preston Gralla – April 22, 2010 12:25 PM ET

Computerworld – The new version of Google Docs sports considerable collaboration tools, as well as improved editing and formatting, a faster, more useful spreadsheet and new collaborative drawing software. It’s a worthwhile upgrade to the Web-based office suite, especially for those to whom collaboration is of vital importance. But because it no longer allows offline access to documents (for now), and because it’s still not as powerful as Microsoft Office, it’s not likely to knock Office off of its throne as king of the productivity suites.

It’s likely no coincidence that this major update to Google Docs arrives just before Microsoft finalizes Office 2010. Based on what I saw when I reviewed the beta of Office 2010, this new version of Google Docs is far superior to the Web-based version of Office. Those who want to work collaboratively with colleagues on documents online will want to use Google Docs, while those who want the most powerful office productivity suite will stay with Office.

Read more at Computerworld.com

The ROI of social media

Juan Santana – Panda Security
There is significant discussion on the Net about the value of companies deploying marketing and communications strategies through social media, and the consequent ROI. There are many interesting posts and discussions about how to measure the effectiveness of company staff dedicating part of their time to social networks. If I’m honest, I couldn’t claim to know at present what the ROI is, at least in strictly economic terms.

In the context of human relations developed through online social communities and networks, there is a valuable reflection by Gaby Castellanos (in Spanish), who argues that ROI is not a suitable metric for evaluating feelings, fans or emotions. Nor how the brand loyalty created through day-to-day work can, over time, result in more sales. Does getting a new ‘follower’ always lead to a new sale? I doubt it, and at Panda Security we don’t analyze it in that way.

Read more at Panda Insight’s web page.

Data, Data Everywhere, But Not Enough Smart Management

One downside of the data explosion: There’s more bad data than ever, new research shows. Worse, some ‘he-said, she-said’ arguments between business and IT execs are standing in the way of a fix to the data management problem.

By Thomas Wailgum on Thu, April 15, 2010

CIO — Today, most enterprises are finally facing up to the “data, data everywhere” phenomenon—an awe-inspiring and unprecedented push and pull of data and information needs. The push: Terabytes of data flooding enterprise systems and applications, a surge which Gartner predicts will grow by 650 percent during the next five years. The pull: Savvy users demanding sweeping, individualized access to analytics and business information.

So, how’s that been working out for enterprises?

Not too good, according to the results from a new survey of 200 executives at companies with more than $500 million in revenues. Here are couple of key findings from Forbes Insights’ “Managing Information in the Enterprise: Perspectives for Business Leaders” report (which was sponsored by SAP):

Read the full article at CIO.com

Firms headed for cloud security ‘wake-up’ call

By Vivian Yeo ZDNet Asia
Posted on ZDNet News: Apr 19, 2010 8:07:19 AM

Like it or not, businesses are headed for a cloud security “wake-up” call, which can happen within the next two to three years, according to a security analyst.

Magnus Kalkuhl, senior virus analyst at Kaspersky Lab, noted in an interview that cloud computing is still at a very early stage and aspects such as standards or even security experiences that would otherwise help companies be more judicious in their cloud implementations, are “missing”.

Speaking to ZDNet Asia during a stopover in Singapore, Kalkuhl cited the example of the LoveLetter worm that plagued companies and individuals in 2000. Also know as the I Love You virus, the worm appeared as an attachment and when executed, deleted multimedia files as well as attempted to infect machines of other users listed in the first victim’s Microsoft Outlook address book.

Read more at ZDNet.com