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The CIA, Amazon, and the Fast Trajectory of Cloud Computing

Although the CIA is certainly not going to confirm or deny on the topic, there has been a lot of buzz this week about a report in Federal Computer Weekly that says that the CIA has approached Amazon about building a private cloud infrastructure for it. While there is no confirmation, the idea makes sense. The CIA has contracted with numerous technology companies for private platforms before, and as all things move toward the cloud, the CIA is probably heading there as well. If the report is true, it's more evidence of how much clout the cloud has taken on in a very short period of time. If the CIA is contracting with Amazon for a private cloud, the first thing to consider is that few organizations on the planet care more about information security than the...

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Cloud Computing: 4 Ways To Overcome IT Resistance

Business and IT leaders are bombarded with cloud computing hype and promotion. Yet very little is said about how the cloud affects the evolution of the IT organization itself. Enterprise cloud adoption is a transformative shift where the greatest implementation challenges are often more about people and process than technology integration. Agents of change, especially in large enterprises, must overcome various forms of resistance. 

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Rackpace's Open Cloud Academy Offers OpenStack Certification

For months now, data from recruitment organizations has shown that skills with the OpenStack cloud computing platform commands power in the job market. Rackspace Hosting, which has been focused on OpenStack-based cloud computing, has announced a number of training initiatives. 

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Apache CloudStack Weekly News - 18 March 2013

Big news this week: Apache CloudStack has passed major milestones towards graduation, major progress on bugs against 4.1.0, discussions about integrating the Palo Alto firewall with CloudStack, and getting Eclipse and Maven to play nice for developers. 

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Netflix to Give $100,000 in Prizes to Developers Who Best Improve the Cloud

Netflix is handing out prizes again. The web's top video rental service will award a total of $100,000 in prize money to the developers who do the best job of improving cloud-computing features as part of a contest the company is calling the Netflix Cloud Prize, Netflix said today in...

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