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Blowing the Cloud Wide Open: Box.net to Begin Negotiable Enterprise Licenses

The generally accepted definition of "cloud services" - even the one prescribed by the U.S. Government (PDF available here) - includes the existence of metered or measured service - usually a flat rate that scales along with the service consumed.  Now one of the cloud's most prominent competitors is opening up its enterprise license program to negotiation, enabling big customers - perhaps including the government itself - to name their price and enter into long-term, fixed-price deals. Box.net's move, announced this morning, opens the door for potentially very large customers to enter into long-term arrangements that would otherwise be quite expensive. 

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ownCloud 4 Released

Version 4 of the ownCloud "personal cloud" system is out. "ownCloud 4 – built through active community support – adds innovative features like file versioning, – which actively saves files, allowing users to “rollback” to previous versions – and a new API — giving developers an easy, stable and supported...

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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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