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Google Inc. has ramped up its commitment to cloud computing with the announcement that it is working on a new range of Chrome books - which will use the firm's cloud-based Chrome OS.
The personal computer will run on Google's Chrome operating system, which is cloud-enabled. The news source reports that the system will allow users to access popular virtual applications, including Google Docs and Google Business Apps.
Recently, Amazon’s cloud computing services suffered serious disruptions. Large websites such as Foursquare and Reddit became unavailable due to the disruption of Amazon Web Services.
Amazon released their official response in “message 65648“. It seems that the root cause of the outage was failure of some Elastic Block Storage (EBS) volumes within a single Availability Zone in their US East Region. Last week Amazon notified, by email, all affected customers and indicated a 10 day credit equal to 100% of the usage of EBS Volumes, EC2 and RDS instances within the affected Availability Zone.
IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), the world's largest professional association advancing technology for humanity, has announced the launch of its new Cloud Computing Initiative. Designed to serve as the catalyst for innovation in the cloud computing arena, it is the first broad-scope, forward-looking cloud computing initiative to be put forth by a global standards development organization (SDO).
Computer networking equipment giant Cisco Systems Inc. announced its intention to buy privately-held software company newScale Inc., a provider of self-service management software for enterprise IT and cloud computing. This move will help Cisco to expand its offerings in cloud computing.
Based in San Mateo in the U.S. state of California, newScale provides software that delivers a service catalog and self-service portal for information technology (IT) organizations to select and quickly deploy cloud services within their businesses.
The battle between two IT giants seems to have entered into the cloud computing space as well. Last week, Google launched Cloud Connect and hit Microsoft right where it hurts – its Office portfolio. With the Cloud Connect plug-in, users can now go on the cloud with their Office files, without having to fire up SharePoint, another Microsoft product. With this single product, Office users get access to simultaneous collaboration, revision history, cloud sync, unique URLs and simple sharing of Office files ( Word, Excel and PowerPoint).
Small and medium sized businesses are getting attracted to cloud computing and are considering adopting cloud computing in some form. A survey by researchers at MarketBridge reveals that 44% of respondents had already deployed at least one cloud-based application. In addition, more than 70% of those surveyed planned to move at least one new application to the cloud within six months. This survey was done among 1,000 small to midsized businesses.
IBM, the world’s largest computer-services provider, said it won a contract to help China build Asia’s largest cloud- computing center by 2016.
The 620,000 square meter facility, which is to be owned by Range Technology, is expected to be completed in 2016, the companies announced on Tuesday. The data center aims to mainly serve government departments from China's capital and across the country, but will also be open to banks and private enterprises.