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Microsoft, VMware and Amazon Jockey for Pole Position in Race to Manage the Cloud

Three companies each have their own method of linking an organisation’s datacentre with public clouds, but each one holds risks and benefits for the customer that must be considered.

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Integration, Alignment Key After Cloud 'Arms Race'

Analysts say it's too soon to tell if IT vendors that bought cloud companies have gained, but they should focus on integrating and aligning them to customer needs in order to maximize their buys.

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Alcatel-Lucent apiGrove — A New, Open-Sourced API Management Service

Alcatel-Lucent is open-sourcing a new API software engine and management platform called apiGrove that is meant to serve as a services layer for enterprises and large service providers. Alcatel-Lucent’s goal is to make apiGrove a core layer in a cloud infrastructure so customers may either use it to connect to apps or infrastructure environments. The apiGrove installation package, source code, and documentation are available on GitHub under an Apache 2.0 license. 

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Government's 7 Common Challenges to Embracing the Cloud

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently published a report highlighting what government users have found to be the biggest challenges in implementing their cloud computing efforts. Much of what it discusses can be instructive for any company or organization.

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Netflix Open Sources Eureka for Mid-Tier Load Balancing in the Cloud

This week, Netflix has open sourced its Eureka service, which handles many infrastructure tasks for Netflix's Amazon Web Services cloud implementation, including mid-tier load balancing, deployment automation, data storage, and caching. "Eureka is a REST-based service that is primarily used in the AWS cloud for locating services for the purpose of load balancing and failover of middle-tier servers," reports Netflix. It should be of interest to many people deploying applications and services in the cloud. You can get Eureka now on GitHub.  As GigaOM notes: "This is not the first time Netflix has stepped in to fill a void in Amazon’s platform and open-sourced the result.  In June, the company put the source code...

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