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This Week in Cloud, March 14, 2013: VMware’s hybrid cloud, Cloud platform for robots, Cloud security study results. And more…

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Cloud News

  • VMware announced its plans to create a hybrid cloud service offering which will compete with Amazon Web Services in the enterprise cloud space, according to this TechCrunch article. The product, VMware vCloud Hybrid Service, is expected to launch later this year.

  • RoboEarth announced the launch of Rapyuta, a cloud computing platform which is designed to help robots complete complex tasks, according to this IEEE Spectrum article. You can watch a video of how the platform will assist robots on YouTube.

  • Amazon announced that new AWS EC2 customers will gain access to a virtual private cloud platform (EC2-VPC) free of charge, according to this ZDNet article.

  • A recent Saugatuck report revealed that the costs of running workloads in a public cloud may be more expensive than running them on-premise for enterprises that have a well-run IT environment, according to this ZDNet article. The authors said that to take full advantage of the cloud, enterprises need to understand which workloads are right for the cloud.

Featured Article

Cloud Security: Too Important to Leave to End Users

By Bob Scheier, Independent Writer

Bob Scheier

My jaw dropped as I was reading the findings of the just-released Security of Cloud Computing Users Study conducted by Ponemon Institute for CA Technologies. Only half the respondents evaluate the security of the software as a service (SaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offers they buy. Only half are confident in the security of those services. And only half take common sense precautions, including assessing whether the cloud makes it harder to protect confidential information, proactively assessing which information is too sensitive for the cloud, and auditing or assessing cloud-computing resources before deployment.

Who do organizations make responsible for cloud security? Get ready to be horrified. Read the full article.

Cloud Views

  • Is cloud computing winning the trust war? In this Forbes blog, Louis Columbus describes how CIOs are slowly learning to trust the cloud despite high profile outages and the failure of some cloud providers to meet SLAs.

  • Who’s minding your cloud? This infographic on Visual.ly details the results from the latest cloud security study conducted by the Ponemon Institute.

  • Who made the CRN’s coolest cloud vendor list? In this CRN slideshow, Jack McCarthy details CRN’s picks for the top 20 coolest cloud infrastructure vendors.

Trend Watch

  • Will your next job require you to bring your own device (BYOD)? In this ITWorld blog, Paul Kapustka wonders if it will soon be a requirement for new employees to bring their iPad to work.

  • How powerful is uniqueness? In this Smart Enterprise video and blog, Carrie Gates discusses Vint Cerf’s RSA Keynote and the power of uniqueness when it comes to identity management.

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