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October 5, 2012
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The Game Changer 
  • Vendor efforts aren't jump-starting open source cloud use
    A survey indicates that in spite of increasing activity by vendors, adoption of open source cloud computing is still tepid, according to cloud management company Zenoss. Less than 1 in 5 of those polled say they are using an open source cloud management platform. The most popular platform is OpenStack, with a hold on 50% of the market. Network World (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Emerging Tools 
  • Intel bolsters storage suite with cloud-enabled NAS controllers
    Chipmaker Intel has expanded its family of storage products with the debut of two new network-attached storage controllers. The NAS platforms -- which are geared toward small-business and home use -- are built around Intel's dual-core Atom Cedarview-D processors and can be managed remotely through a Web-based interface. Computerworld (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Security Update 
  • Report calls into question DHS role in cybersecurity
    A recent bipartisan congressional report highlighting inefficiencies at the Department of Homeland Security proves the agency is not up to the task of leading the nation's cybersecurity efforts, Senate Republicans say. The report -- issued by Sens. Carl Levin, D-Mich., and Tom Coburn, R-Okla. -- found waste and redundancies at DHS intelligence-sharing centers and is serving as ammunition for critics of White House cybersecurity policy who oppose top-down efforts such as those in Independent Conn. Sen. Joe Lieberman's failed cybersecurity measure. The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Tech Business 
  • U.K. businesses support new IT skills framework effort
    A skills framework developed by the National Skills Academy in the U.K. is being embraced by members of that country's business sector, as it's aimed at helping provide tech professionals with more training and skills qualification. The effort features an online professional profile for workers and an opportunity for companies to provide greater detail on available job openings and required skills needed. (U.K.) (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Managing IT 
  • There is no fast lane to Big Data, and other lessons from TechAmerica
    Government agencies making the transition to a Big Data strategy should expect slow, deliberate progression rather than sudden, dramatic change, and the place to start that process is with a strong foundation in training and education, according to a report from the TechAmerica Foundation. Among other things, the study recommends that agencies build on existing IT architecture rather than initiate a top-down restructuring, work with other agencies that are on the same path and bolster research and development efforts to stay ahead of new technologies. eWeek (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • New apps to help track a company's cash flow
    While business owners may have a solid grasp of the concept of cash flow, they still face challenges in gaining a real-time sense of where their company's money is, writes TJ McCue. In response, more applications and services are coming to market aimed at companies' need to monitor their cash flow. Forbes (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Geeking Out 
  • For 14 years, Martian mystery has stumped scientists
    Since 1998, astronomers have watched perplexed as strange forms show up in the Martian soil each year, and they are still no closer to understanding what they are seeing. Theories abound about the nature of the spider-like black specks -- which typically appear in the same place every year and seem to favor mounds of sand over flat terrain. Scientists suggest they may be clumps of black sand tossed by enormous gas geysers -- or maybe colonies of photosynthetic microorganisms enjoying the summer sun. National Public Radio/Krulwich Wonders blog (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Imagine a world with more elderly and sick people, but better health care outcomes and lower costs; with more cars on our roads but less congestion. The challenge lies in capturing, managing and analyzing enormous data streams to extract those relevant insights."
--Steve Lucas, global executive vice president at SAP, as quoted by eWeek
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