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Google, Microsoft Said to be Creating New Cloud Services

The two rivaling software giants are rumored to be in a run-off to introduce new Infrastructure as a Service platforms for the cloud, which could mean trouble for Amazon. [Read more]...

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What IT Pros Need to Know about Cloud

Cloud computing promises new career opportunities for IT professionals. In many cases, existing core skill sets transfer directly to cloud technologies. In other instances, IT pros need to develop new skill sets that meet the demand of emerging cloud job roles.

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Greenpeace Rains on Apple's iCloud (Again)

In its continuing campaign to pressure cloud providers to use cleaner energy, Greenpeace sets up a "pod" and projects images onto Apple's headquarters. [Read more]...

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Google Prices its Cloud SQL Offering, Solidifies Cloud Database Market

The cloud database market continues to solidify as Google puts a price tag on its Cloud SQL offering. With actual charges to begin on June 12, the move finally gives developers a way to see what they'll be spending on Cloud SQL, but comparing Google's offering to Amazon, Microsoft and others might still be a bit tricky. Google's Cloud SQL is MySQL-based and is intended to be used with Google App Engine (GAE). Google's pricing structure is very simple, though not as comprehensive or as expandable as Amazon or others. Google has two billing plans: a package plan and a per-use plan. The package plan has four tiers, each of which includes a set amount of RAM, storage and I/O per day. For instance, Google charges $1.46 per day for the D1 tier, which has .5GB of RAM, 1GB of storage and 850,000 I/O requests.

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At Citrix Synergy, Citrix's CloudStack Strategy Spreads Out

This week, the Citrix Synergy conference is going on in San Francisco, with lots of news related to Citrix's CloudStack strategy coming out, and more. Through today, Friday, you can still access live keynotes and sessions from the conference, available by webcast here. Here is a roundup of some of the major news out of Citrix Synergy. Citrix announced the launch of Citrix CloudPlatform, the first commercially supported cloud orchestration system based on Apache CloudStack. With the new commercial release, Citrix says "customers can quickly and easily evolve virtualized datacenter resources to automated, elastic, self-service IT delivery models." Last month, Citrix submitted its CloudStack platform to the Apache Software Foundation, and, with support from over 50 key ecosystem partners, the Apache Software Foundation accepted CloudStack into its Incubator program.  CloudStack, is, of course, ramping up for a major battle with OpenStack on the open source cloud computing scene.  In conjunction with the conference, Citrix has also launched Project Avalon, discussed here.  Project Avalon enables windows desktops and windows applications to be delivered as cloud services, which can help give Citrix's cloud platform an inroad into appealing to many enterprises. Citrix's post on Project Avalon notes that it has “taken major engineering efforts to transform...

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