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Cisco, like everybody else in IT, believes that cloud computing is central to the Internet of Things (the belief that everything with an on/off switch will eventually be wired or wirelessly connected and controlled by someone - or some thing - somewhere in the world). This isn't a difficult concept to understand. Naturally, all of this plays directly into the products and services that Cisco makes - all those switches, routers, random connectors, intelligent network software and so on - that link devices to systems to people and back again, according to an article on eWEEK. Cisco estimated in an extensive research report, "The Impact of Cloud on IT Consumption Models," that connections among people, processes, data and things will surge from 10 billion today to 50 billion by 2020. Since the cloud will be the chief delivery system in the IoT economy, the "cloud rea... (more)

The Role of Open Source in Cloud Computing Innovation

Open source software stacks offer a huge amount of customization so the cloud being built does what is expected - and without huge licensing fees. A recent article on GigaOm.com asks, "How can open-source cloud management tools like Eucalyptus, CloudStack and OpenStack impact the adoption of cloud technology?" Lowering the barrier to entry Most organizations adopt cloud to optimize their IT investment, to improve existing services or to support new business and service models, according to the article. In this scenario, open-source lowers the barriers for new organizations to bu... (more)

Department of Defense Enlists Cloud Computing Services

Ask not what your cloud can do for you, but what it can do for your country. The Defense Department's IT infrastructure is on a mission of consolidation, standardization, security and access, the Defense Department's principal deputy CIO told attendees at a recent cloud computing panel discussion, according to an article on Defense.gov. The department is reducing the number of data centers from about 1,500 to "a number far below that," Robert J. Carey said, and is implementing a coherent and consistent architecture across thousands of computing environments. This process is taking... (more)

USDA Plows New Ground, Becomes Cloud Service Provider

Technology sure does make strange bedfellows. The federal government's newest cloud service provider is one that may elicit surprise. It's the same agency that oversees farm policy and food safety - the US Department of Agriculture. The USDA has been certified to provide Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platforms as a Service (PaaS) under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, a rigorous security-approval program overseen by the General Services Administration. The USDA now offers FedRAMP-certified cloud services to other federal agencies, as well as to stat... (more)

Verizon Challenges Amazon with Verizon Cloud

Verizon is calling on the expertise of one of its recent acquisitions to offer a cloud computing service to its customers. Verizon has announced details about a new cloud computing service for business, Verizon Cloud, an IaaS offering the company claims will offer better end-user control over performance than any other cloud solution. Currently in limited beta, Verizon Cloud features an IaaS elastic computing system, Verizon Cloud Compute, and an object storage system, Verizon Cloud Storage. But where Verizon Cloud differs, according to Verizon, is that it delivers the performanc... (more)