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John Foley is director, strategic communications, for Oracle Corp. and a former editor of InformationWeek Government.
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posted in February 2009

A Cloud User Switches Clouds

2/27/2009
Less than two weeks after platform-as-a-service vendor Coghead disclosed that it's going out of business, competitor Caspio has migrated one of Coghead's abandoned customers to its platform.

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Survey: Fear Slows Cloud Computing Adoption

2/25/2009
A survey of 500 C-level executives and IT managers yields some interesting attitudes toward cloud computing. The bottom line is that while many business and technology managers see potential value in the cloud, fears over security and control are holding them back.

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Lessons From The Demise Of A Cloud Startup

2/20/2009
Amid the growing interest in cloud computing, Coghead's collapse provides a reality check. SAP is providing a safety net for Coghead's intellectual property and its employees, but Coghead's customers are left to fend for themselves.

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Amazon's Cloud Is Too Cloudy

2/18/2009
Amazon senior VP Andy Jassy talks about Amazon Web Services in a recent interview with TechFlash.com. It's an interesting chat with the guy who oversees Amazon's cloud computing business. Unfortunately, Jassy, once again, refuses to answer key questions about AWS.

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Google Updates App Engine In Advance Of 'Big Announcements'

2/10/2009
It's been a busy few days for Google App Engine, the "preview mode" platform-as-a-service with which users deploy applications on Google's IT infrastructure. Google yesterday released an updated App Engine software development kit and late last week updated the App Engine road map with new APIs.

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IBM Drifts Slowly Toward Mainstream Cloud Computing

2/10/2009
Building on its 15-month old Blue Cloud initiative, IBM today introduces additions to its cloud computing portfolio and named new customers and partners. Big Blue's cloud strategy remains focused on the enterprise; customers can't pay by the minute with credit cards, as they can with Amazon Web Services and other general purpose cloud offerings.

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SaaS Growth Thrown Into Question

2/6/2009
Steve Cakebread, president and chief strategy officer of Salesforce.com, has resigned, and two other execs are out. One analyst speculates that the company is closing smaller, shorter deals. That wouldn't bode well for the SaaS market.

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Tuning The Signal-To-Noise Ratio On Twitter

2/5/2009
I created a Twitter account a couple of months ago, and yesterday marked my 100th tweet. Others are much more prolific in the number of tweets they produce, and it's becoming clear to me that on Twitter there can be too much of a good thing.

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Arista Networks Won't Trademark 'Cloud Networking'

2/4/2009
In a blog post, Arista Networks CEO Jayshree Ullal reveals that the company will drop its attempt to trademark the term "cloud networking." Like Dell before it, Arista has learned that the language of cloud computing is so general in nature that it can't be the intellectual property of one company.

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The Economics Of Private Storage Clouds

2/3/2009
ParaScale is about to release new software that lets customers create "storage clouds" using commodity Linux servers. The economics are such that the cost of a petabyte of storage, once the domain of only the largest organizations, is coming within reach of more companies.

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