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INFOGRAPHIC: Is Your I.T. Organization Clouding the Issue?

CA Technologies has created an infographic called, “Is Your I.T. Organization Clouding the Issue?,” exploring the challenges that businesses face with implementing cloud computing programs.

We’ve embedded the whole infographic below to help you better understand the issues surrounding cloud computing.

According to the infographic, “80 percent of respondents cited cloud computing as a driver of I.T. and business innovation, but 53 percent of those have no plans to implement! And of those who said they plan to budget, 60 percent said they will take the next two years to allocate budget for their cloud computing initiatives.” Read more

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Exclusive: Microsoft Tie-Up, Network Sale Among RIM Options: Sources (Reuters)
Research In Motion Ltd’s board is under mounting pressure to consider unpalatable options such as selling its network business or forming an alliance with Microsoft Corp after the Blackberry maker again delayed the release of its next-generation smartphones, said three sources familiar with the situation. RIM said the launch of BlackBerry 10 mobile devices has been postponed to early 2013 — more than a year later than initially promised — because the development of its new operating system had “proven to be more time-consuming than anticipated.” CNN Money The company reported a first-quarter loss of $518 million, or 99 cents a share. Overall sales came in at $2.8 billion, down 43 percent from $4.9 billion in the same quarter a year ago and considerably lower than analysts’ expected first-quarter revenue of $3.1 billion. Gizmodo The worse news: It’s now letting 5,000 employees go, on top of the 2,000 cuts that had been previously announced. Wall Street Journal According to interviews with more than a dozen former RIM executives and industry executives who worked closely with the company, it was a blinding confidence in the basic BlackBerry product that was at the root of RIM’s current troubles. Read more

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Report: RIM May Be Selling Handset Business To Facebook Or Amazon (Business Insider)
According to a report in the British paper The Sunday Times, Facebook and Amazon are two potential buyers for RIM’s handset business. RIM would keep its enterprise services if such a deal went through, according to the report. Fair warning though, the report does not cite any sources, so treat the news with some skepticism. The Verge As part of this plan, RIM could keep its enterprise-friendly messaging and data network (including BBM, BIS, and BES) in-house and license them out — a move championed by former co-CEO Jim Balsillie prior to his departure from the company. Alternatively, RIM may sell the network services division, too. Another option, short of splitting the company in two, would be to sell a large stake to a corporation like Microsoft. GigaOm On the surface that may not sound like a bad play, since RIM’s hardware sales growth has lagged the competition as both iPhones and Android devices have invaded the enterprise. The problem is: Selling off the hardware unit will also rid RIM of the majority of its revenue stream. AllThingsD Such a consideration is said to be part of an overall strategic review by the beleaguered Canadian company that will be concluded in July. Before that, though, expect financial news — likely bad — this week when RIM announces its first-quarter earnings. 9to5 Mac Any way you look at it, on the fifth anniversary of iPhone, Blackberry — as we knew it — is almost over. Read more

4 Reasons Your Stuff Should Be In The Cloud

Cloud services are getting bigger and bigger, with media heavyweights like Amazon and Google throwing their versions into the competition. Although Google’s entry isn’t necessarily indicative of the next big thing — Buzz, anyone? — the cloud appears to be here to stay, mostly because of the safety it provides.

“The cloud has eliminated many of the worries about data integrity, security and availability,” said Ross Kimbarovsky, co-founder of crowdSPRING, a crowdsourcing marketplace. Kimbarovsky says cloud service providers “do a far better job protecting our data than we do in protecting our own data. Even the world’s most sophisticated companies would have difficulty matching the security, accuracy and availability provided by these top vendors.”

Whereas laptops can break down or get stolen, “most cloud providers have sophisticated data backups and redundancy in place,” said Frank Dale, president and CEO of Compendium, a cloud-based content marketing platform. “Solutions delivered through the cloud are updated automatically, so users always have the latest version.”

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Google Desktop Retires

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With cloud computing growing in popularity and more web applications are being used with the system to store data and files online, Google made a wise decision to give its Desktop application the golden handshake.

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Current Outlook of Cloud Computing [Infographic]

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Over the past couple of months Cloud computing has been on everyone’s mind. With increasing computational and storage needs, the ability to offload computation and store data in vast server farms and pull out only when needed are the main motivations driving the corporate sector to use cloud infrastructure.  Cloud.com, an operating system for datacenter managers, surveyed over 500 people to determine the trends in cloud computing usage and preferences for deploying virtual infrastructure. The results of that survey are presented in the infographic embedded below.

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Apple Patent Suggests their Cloud Will be the Fluffiest of All

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In a recent article on the status of the could music battle between Amazon, Google and Apple, I tendered my opinion that victory wouldn’t be based on chronological order, but on a litany of factors. I also touched on the fact that Apple has a storied history of entering the market later than competitors with a superior product and almost immediately leaving said competitors to fight for a very distant second place. Well I’m not one who revels in saying ‘I told you so’ (that’s an absolute lie, I love it) but a recently unearthed patent application strongly suggests that Apple’s cloud-based music service could be a game changer.

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