Everybody's head was in the cloud, or so it seemed in 2010. Both well established and startup vendors developed solutions and strategies designed to extend their reach or provide entry into this booming market. After all, IDC estimated the cloud market will be worth $55 billion by 2014; Gartner predicted the cloud world could be valued at $148 billion at that time, in part because Gartner included Google AdWords advertising revenue in its figures, said Gregor Petri, adviser, lean IT and cloud co
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Rackspace, the second-largest supplier of cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), teamed up with NASA to launch OpenStack, an open source project. It's designed to produce the core elements needed to establish a cloud service, and its efforts may be of interest primarily to service providers, such as Cloud.com, an early member, and Rackspace itself, the second largest supplier of infrastructure as a service to Amazon's EC2. Both NASA and Rackspace already have experience in establishing cloud services and decided to team up with others to share costs and speed development. With the federal government's commitment to cloud, the project will be closely watched.
Google in the Enterprise SurveyThere's no doubt Google has made headway into businesses: Just 28 percent discourage or ban use of its productivity products, and 69 percent cite Google Apps' good or excellent mobility. But progress could still stall: 59 percent of nonusers distrust the security of Google's cloud. Its data privacy is an open question, and 37 percent worry about integration.