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Fury Over Dell Seeking "Cloud Computing" Trademark

Like the term Web 2.0, "cloud computing" is quickly becoming a meme without borders. And like the old one, the new phrase with the fuzzy definition has someone making a claim on its trademark, as Dell filed for a trademark on the term last year. The trademark application was recently noted by cloud computing consultant Sam Johnston, posting on a Google Groups cloud computing forum. Dell has also snatched up the Web sites cloudcomputing.com, cloud-computing.com, and cloud-computing.net as well as cloudcomputers.com. Cloudcomputing.com re-routes visitors to Dell's Cloud Computing Solutions Web site. more

AT&T Joins Cloud Computing Bandwagon, Will Host U.S. Olympic Committee Website

AT&T is launching its own cloud computing services that will put the phone carrier in direct competition with the likes of IBM, Google and Amazon. The AT&T Synaptic Hosting is part of a $1 billion initiative that will see the carrier build five large-scale Internet data centers in the United States, Europe and Asia that will form the backbone of a new cloud computing service. The first test of this new cloud network will start when AT&T hosts the U.S. Olympic Committee's Web site during the upcoming Summer Games in Beijing. more

HP, Intel and Yahoo Team Up In Cloud Computing Research

HP, Intel Corporation and Yahoo have announced today the creation of a global, multi-data center, open source test bed for the advancement of cloud computing research and education. The goal of the initiative is to promote open collaboration among industry, academia and governments by removing the financial and logistical barriers to research in data-intensive, Internet-scale computing. The HP, Intel and Yahoo Cloud Computing Test Bed aims to provide a globally distributed, Internet-scale testing environment designed to encourage research on the software, data center management and hardware issues associated with cloud computing at a larger scale than ever before. The initiative will also support research of cloud applications and services. more

U.S. Department of Defense to Deply Cloud Computing Infrastructure

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has thrown its weight behind cloud computing, signing a deal with HP to build out an ambitious cloud infrastructure, which will include storage and server capacity. The Web-based cloud model will enable U.S. armed forces personnel to configure and access a server on the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) network within 24 hours, according to the Agency, which oversees the U.S. military's battlefield command and control systems. more

Battling Over Clouds

More than 40 years ago, the FCC was worried about telephone companies using their power over communications to control the then-nascent (and competitive) data processing marketplace. The Bell System at that point was already banned from providing services that weren't common carriage communications services (or "incidental to" those communications services)... In a 1999 article in the Texas Law Review, Steve Bickerstaff pointed out that Computer 1 meant that no one could provide a "computer utility" service... Today, we'd call the "computer utility" something different -- we'd use the term "cloud computing." more

Cloud Computing Services Increasingly Used by Spammers to Host Their Junk

The spam attacks which occurred this weekend and claimed to have come from Microsoft, are reported to have used Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) servers. Brian Krebs of Washington Post's Security Fix has investigated this issue -- from the report: "...to spammers and scammers accustomed to paying for all kinds of Web services with stolen credit cards, Amazon's service is another place to host their junk, said Suresh Ramasubramanian, head of anti-spam operations at Outblaze, a Hong Kong-based outfit that has listed all of Amazon's EC2 Internet space on its spam blacklists..." Also reported: "Anti-spam group Spamhaus also has flagged a large swath of Amazon's EC2 Internet address space on its "policy blocklist," which subscribers use to block e-mail from dynamic Internet addresses..." more

Cloud Computing Has Potential to Change the IT Market, Says Gartner

Gartner says the confusion that surrounds the term "cloud computing" signifies its potential to change the IT market. Gartner defines cloud computing as scalable, IT-related capabilities provided as a service on the internet. "When organizations cross the threshold between the internet as a communications channel and the deliberate delivery of service over the internet, then we truly start to head for an economy based on consumption of everything from storage to computation to video to finance deduction management," said Daryl Plummer, a Gartner analyst. more

Google's App Engine Breakdown Casts Concerns Over Cloud Computing

Google's application-hosting service, "Google App Engine," suffered an outage on Tuesday, highlighting one of the downsides of the new cloud computing services, reports Nancy Gohring of IDG News Service. Between 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. PST and again later in the day, a significant percentage of users trying to access the service were unable to do so, according to a post on the Google App Engine forum. "This outage was the result of a bug in our datastore servers and was triggered by a particular class of queries," wrote a member of the App Engine Team who called himself "Pete." more

Canada's Largest Green Data Center Being Built by IBM gigaCENTER

In what appears to be a part of its environmentally friendly "Project Big Green" initiative, IBM announced today it has partnered with web hosting provider RackForce Networks and gigaCENTER Services to help build Canada's largest "green" data center. There has been a great quantity of data center announcements the past few weeks, many of which have been focused around "green" data center initiatives. more

Cloud Computing Has Arrived: It's Not a Question of When But How Fast

Google sees all enterprise trends pointing toward cloud computing and it wants a piece of the action. Rishi Chandra, product manager for Google Enterprise, speaking at the Enterprise 2.0 conference in the US, said: "The next 10 years of innovations are going to be in the cloud. Enterprise software is not going away but there is a transition taking place." more

Storm Warning for Cloud Computing: More Like a Miasma

The approach is growing in popularity, and Google, Microsoft and Amazon are among the many large companies working on ways to attract users to their offerings, with Google Apps, Microsoft's Live Mesh and Amazon S3 all signing up customers as they try to figure out what works and what can turn a profit... In the real world national borders, commercial rivalries and political imperatives all come into play... The issue was recently highlighted by reports that the Canadian government has a policy of not allowing public sector IT projects to use US-based hosting services because of concerns over data protection. more