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IBM to Acquire Cloud Firm SoftLayer

The computing giant continues to push its cloud computing effort in a deal rumored in the region of $2 billion, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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Canonical and Inktank Get Closer on Storage

Customers of Canonical's Ubuntu Advantage Cloud programme will now be able to get Inktank-backed support for the Ceph block and object storage system on OpenStack thanks to an enhanced partnership between the companies...

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OpenStack Branches Out with 'Messaging as a Service'

 OpenStack has several key components dedicated to virtual machine provisioning and management, storage, virtual disk management and more, but recently a new service made its debut. OpenStack Cloud Messaging as a Service, born out of the recent OpenStack Grizzly Summit in San Diego, is a scalable message bus for the cloud that supports applications built in large distributed systems.

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Business Cloud Computing: Privacy Is Just As Important As Security

Security and privacy are often mentioned in the same breath, but when it comes to cloud computing, security tends to be the dominant subject. But should it be? While there are seemingly endless security threats, cloud providers are becoming increasingly sophisticated and capable in addressing them. When it comes to privacy, though, cloud vendors have not made the same progress. In fact, it’s more than likely that Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) companies breach the customer’s perception of data privacy regularly.

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Cloudscaling, Focused on OpenStack, Gets $10 Million in Funding

San Francisco-based company Cloudscaling is the latest small company focused on the open source OpenStack cloud computing platform to score some meaningful venture capital. The company has raised $10 million in Series B funding from partners including Trinity Ventures, Juniper Networks and Seagate. That's some pretty solid backing, and Cloudscaling--which provides infrastructure-as-a-service support--is just the latest Northern California company to get solid funding. Cloudscaling was founded in 2006 and is one of a handful of small companies competing with Amazon Web Services and Rackspace to be “the leader in elastic cloud infrastructure.” Its platform is the Open Cloud System, an OpenStack-centric software framework. According to the company's documentation for Open Cloud System: "Open Cloud System 2.5 is a complete Infrastructure as a Service...

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