Hybrid Cloud Computing Security: Real Life Tales by Bob Violino
"For all the talk about public clouds versus private clouds, many organizations will likely end up with a mixed IT environment that includes both types of cloud as well as non-cloud systems and applications — at least for a next several years.
"Security remains a concern for many CIOs, but if the business case supports it, companies are going to move all but the most sensitive and high-risk data to the cloud. Those executives that have started weaving together cloud and non-cloud environments say they've taken steps to ensure that security is an early consideration, have included security provisions in service-level agreements (SLAs) and contracts, and have worked to maintain compliance and secure integration."
Will Amazon's Video Streaming Service Hurt Netflix? by Krishnan Subramanian
"When Amazon announced the new video streaming service, cloud pundits raised some valid questions on whether Amazon will tweak the QoS of their cloud infrastructure to help their own service over Netflix. Clearly, in a highly competitive environment like what exists between Netflix and Amazon, this is a realistic possibility. Remeber, in spite of the openness we tout in the cloud world, the cost of moving the infrastructure away from Amazon will be prohibitive for Netflix. Will Amazon play dirty games to kick a competitor away from the market or will it play straight and protect their booming cloud business."
Box.net Raises $48 Million to Take on Enterprise Software Giants by Christina Warren
"Box.net started its life as a consumer-focused cloud storage tool. In an era before Dropbox, free cloud storage tools were a common commodity in the early Web 2.0 era.
"Box.net recognized that there was a real need in the small business and enterprise space for usable cloud software, especially in areas of document management and collaboration — and we think this is a key reason why the company has continued to succeed, to raise funding and to enter into large-scale partnerships."