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Microsoft Steps Up R&D on Cloud Computing

It‘s official: Microsoft is planning to put a large majority of its R&D budget into cloud computing this year. According to a Bloomberg interview with Microsoft International President Jean-Phillipe Courtois, Microsoft will spend 90 percent of its $9.6 billion research and development budget on cloud strategy in 2011. Read More

Creating the Cloud-Ready Data Center

The advent of cloud computing has created a significant new business opportunity for data center service providers. To win their share of this new opportunity, service providers need a cloud-ready infrastructure that can both support new service models at the scale necessary to meet demand and operate at an efficiency level that ensures profitability. Read More

No Joke: Kinect Managing Cloud Servers

Earlier today we posted an April Fool’s Day story about Microsoft using its Kinect gaming controller to manage its data center infrastructure. It turns out that Nicholas Weaver of EMC has already created an “Interactive Cloud” program that uses the Kinect to control virtual servers with hand motions. Read More

OpenStack Demos at Equinix Will Traverse Clouds

Equinix, Dell and Rackspace Hosting have joined forces to offer demonstration environments for the OpenStack platform in three major data centers packed with marquee customers, who will have the ability to test drive apps and move cloud assets between data centers in different regions. Read More

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