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Opening the Cloud

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| [R]elying on cloud computing comes with drawbacks, including privacy,
| security, and reliability concerns. So there is now growing interest in
| open-source cloud-computing tools, for which the source code is freely
| available. These tools could let companies build and customize their own
| computing clouds to work alongside more powerful commercial solutions.
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| [...]
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| Rich Wolski, a professor in the computer-science department at the University
| of California, Santa Barbara, who directs the Eucalyptus project, says that
| his focus is on developing a platform that is easy to use, maintain, and
| modify. "We actually started from first principles to build something that
| looks like a cloud," he says. "As a result, we believe that our thing is more
| malleable. We can modify it, we can see inside it, we can install it and
| maintain it in a cloud environment in a more natural way."
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http://www.technologyreview.com/web/21642/


Recent:

Windows Azure: Why Microsoft Better Get It Right

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| All of the cloud offerings thus far have been
| Linux-oriented and required Linux-oriented skills. This has been fine for the
| first generation of cloud developers: they're early adopters most likely to
| have advanced skills.
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http://www.pcworld.com/article/15321...ml?tk=rss_news


Ballmer Still Searching for an Answer to Google

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| "Forty percent of servers run Windows, 60 percent run Linux," he said. "How
| are we doing? Forty is less than 60, so I don't like it. ... We have some
| work to do."
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http://www.pcworld.com/businesscente...to_google.html
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