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Weekly IT Highlights on Cloud, IT Ops, Virtualization and More


Weekly IT Highlights on Cloud, IT Ops, Virtualization and More


As Friday comes around, we want to recap some of the best stuff we read this week on Cloud Computing, Virtualization, IT Ops and IT Spending. Enjoy!

Why OpenStack will Become the First Open DevOps Project

By Dan Woods, Contributor, Forbes

While the Open DevOps vision has not been formally adopted by OpenStack or any other related project, my view is that it will be. I suspect such a development will provide a stimulus that will force Amazon, a secretive company, to adopt a much more open way of guiding the massive ecosystem that is developing around its cloud computing services. If OpenStack shows that the Open DevOps accelerates innovation, perhaps Amazon will open up even sooner.

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Burning Rubber on the Road to Virtualization

By Dana Gardner, principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions (TechNews World)

Motorcycle maker Ducati has virtualized nearly all its servers, having gone full-throttle for virtualization in a relatively short period of time. Dana Gardner, principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions, interviews Daniel Bellini, the CIO at Ducati Motor Holding, about the technical and productivity benefits of virtualization and private clouds.

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Cloud Ops: the reinvented IT Ops

Cloud has changed the IT Ops game. Developers can bypass IT with cloud access and setup their own cloud-based servers to deploy to. Cloud based infrastructure should not replace IT operations. IT Ops needs to transform and become a more innovative IT, so this reinvented IT Ops will play its crucial role in cloud.

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Why Open Source Is the Key to Cloud Innovation

By Thor Olavsrud, senior writer for CIO.com (NetworkWorld)

Free and open source software (FOSS) have become pervasive in computing: Linux, Apache HTTP Server, MySQL and more can be found in large numbers of enterprises across the globe. And open source is now increasingly undergirding cloud computing as well.

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10 Expectations From Experts For How IT Spending Will Go In 2012

10 IT Spending predictions from experts at Gartner, Forrester, Ovum, Information Week, and more sharing where they see the IT dollars (and Euros) go in 2012.

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3 issues the cloud can't solve for you

By David Linthicum (InfoWorld)

Cloud computing is a step in the right direction for many enterprises and government agencies, with strong patterns of success that demonstrate its value. But given the hype these days, you'd think that the cloud can do anything. Clearly, cloud computing can't fix everything, and it's worthwhile to review that "can't fix" list before you begin your journey to the cloud.

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Cloud solutions seldom bring good results if they are forced to fit

By Karen Goulart, Features Writer (SearchCIO)

Pushed by demands from the business and a desire to stay competitive in the market, the pressure to "get to the cloud" can be tremendous. So, how do you make the right decision for your IT organization and the business, and keep executives happy? Abdullah Haydar, chief technology officer at Open Dealer Exchange LLC in Troy, Mich., counts himself as lucky, he was trusted to make the best choice when it came to cloud solutions. In some cases, he decided not to use the cloud at all. Still, he's well aware of the pressure on his peers.

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IT Spending: Innovation Talk Vs. Survival Walk

By Jonathan Feldman, contributing editor for InformationWeek

Today's IT spending figures reveal much maintenance work. Has innovation stalled because IT is playing catch up after a long winter of spending freezes and cuts?

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The Truth About Cloud Economics

By Drue Reeves, VP and research director at Gartner, Inc., and Daryl Plummer, managing VP and Gartner Fellow, Gartner, Inc (Harvard Business Review)

The truth is, companies adopting cloud computing often miss the risk and depth of change needed to embrace a cloud economics model as they embrace cloud services. It turns out that the financial model for cloud computing has far more nuances for both a company and its cloud services provider than many people understand up front. So what is the financial model for cloud computing? 

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Speed, Agility, Not Cost Reduction, Drive Cloud

By Esther Shein, Network Computing

As large cloud providers like Amazon, Terremark and Rackspace are starting to offer private cloud options, there is more pressure on IT from the CIO and the CEO to deploy them. There are two different paradigms emerging in private cloud implementations explains Tom Bittman, a VP and analyst with Gartner Research, in his report, "Top Five Private Cloud Computing Trends, 2012" 

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