July 3, 2012 Cloud News Report: Top Three This Week In Cloud

July 3, 2012 by Diana Nolting

Appearing each Wednesday, this Cloud News Report will compile our top three favorite cloud news stories from the past week. This week, due to the holiday, the report posts a day early.

1. VMware vCloud vs. Google Compute Engine Cloud: Rivals?

There’s been a lot of news lately about new cloud offerings and new providers in the space.  This Talkin’ Cloud blog post, written by Joe Panettieri, editorial director of Nine Lives Media, explores the evolving space and, specifically, VMware’s position on new market entrants.

The blog quotes VMware VP of Cloud Services Matthew Lodge on his take on the new IaaS offering, which he refers to as “raw VM” as opposed to “enterprise,” in which VMware vCloud sits.

To read more, click here. Estimated read time: 1 minute, 36 seconds


2. The Federal Government’s First Foray into Cloud Computing, Circa 1965

This unique post on Forbes.com is a unique look back at the Federal Government’s first attempt at creating a single virtual “general” datacenter for all  government records and statistics.  This idea and report came out not in the past few years, but rather 47 years ago – in the 1960s.

Read about the public backlash of the idea and what legislation it led to.

To read more, click here. Estimated read time: 2 minutes, 14 seconds


3. The Biggest Threat to Your Private-Cloud Deployment: Your IT Staff

In this Network Computing post, Joe Onisick takes a look at typical concerns to take into consideration when beginning a migration to cloud.  Specifically, he focuses on the impact on your IT staff and how their skills sets are formed by traditional IT, but those will need to change to deal with new, evolving cloud IT.

Onisick offers some mitigation techniques and suggestions to ease the transitions.  

To read the full story, click here. Estimated read time: 3 minutes, 11 seconds