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October 19, 2012
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  • Cloud services saw strong outsourcing gains in Q3
    Signed contracts for cloud-related work were up 120% in the third quarter compared with 2011, a survey finds. What wasn't growing as fast were software-as-a-service and infrastructure-as-a-service offerings, experts said. "SaaS is more narrow, and we're seeing units outside of central IT lead the drive to evaluate and purchase. IaaS is broader and is IT-led. We do not see as much growth here because IT functions are preferring to play it safe and stick with more modernized and standardized infrastructures," said Stanton Jones of International Services Group. CIO.com (10/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • IBM chooses Hadoop to spearhead new security push
    IBM announced it is rolling out a suite of security software and services based on the open-source Hadoop framework. InfoSphere Guardium v9 for Hadoop represents an aggressive push into the security segment by Big Blue and offers real-time monitoring, automatic compliance and data privacy reporting, this article notes. The Register (U.K.) (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  IT Channel 
  • Inktank extends partner reach to drive open-source deals
    Inktank, which offers support and services for Ceph open-source distributed storage, says it's focused on expanding channel operations by making deals with Citrix for its CloudPlatform system and with Canonical and Metacloud. This kind of partner-based strategy may provide a model for other open-source vendors to follow, Christopher Tozzi writes. The VAR Guy (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  IT Workforce 
  • Mobile skills are in demand in U.S., U.K. IT job markets
    A survey finds 75% of U.S. and U.K. companies are in the market to hire mobile-tech gurus, and 29% are looking to hire mobile strategists. The survey of human resources officials at 600 companies comes from Antenna, a mobile-services software company. "As mobile matures, we expect to see a greater number of businesses expand their mobile teams and identify a mobile strategist to lead the way and ensure long-term success," Antenna's Jim Somers says. Computerworld UK (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • How U.S. security law is hampering Europe's migration to the cloud
    Some European companies are reluctant to transition to cloud systems, citing fears that the U.S. government could someday access their customers' data under the auspices of the Patriot Act, according to Christian Echeyne, director of IT infrastructure technologies and engineering for Orange Business Services. In a recent interview, Echeyne said enterprises in France, Italy and Spain are particularly fearful of the long arm of U.S. law, while noting that negative feelings about outsourcing may also be hampering cloud adoption on the continent. GigaOm (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Meeting to discuss Air Force's role in cyberwar strategy
    The role of the Air Force in cybersecurity and cyberwar scenarios will be the top issue when 20 generals meet next month to talk about cyberthreats facing the U.S. The planned gathering follows warnings from the Defense Department about vulnerabilities to U.S. computer systems managing infrastructure elements such as water utilities. Reuters (10/18), CSO (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • CompTIA IT SmartStat: Oct. 19, 2012
    58% of businesses have currently adopted business analytics related to predictive analytics to forecast sales and other trends. CompTIA IT SmartStat LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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