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This Week in Cloud, April 11, 2013: U.S. Navy issues new cloud policy, Cloud computing price wars, Mobile device CO2 emissions. And more…

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Cloud News

  • The U.S. Navy has issued a new cloud computing policy in order to increase efficiency and save costs, according to this Forbes article. The Navy plans to move publicly releasable information to cloud service providers who meet their mission and security requirements.

  • A new Digital Realty Trust survey reveals that 98% of IT decision makers plan to expand their data center in the next two years and 61% said that building an internal cloud was the reason for the expansion, according to this GigaOM article.

  • A survey of Irish IT resellers revealed that 85% of their customers inquired about cloud services in the last year, according to this Independent.ie article.

Featured Article

Is Cloud Storage Safe?

By Marvin Waschke, CA Technologies

Marv Waschke

On March 26, Bloomberg published a report "How Private Data Became Public on Amazon's Cloud" with chilling implications. At least some of the exposed data was clearly intended to be private and leaves the companies involved dealing with potential losses and embarrassment. Revelations like this make many, both inside and outside IT, look at cloud privacy with trepidation.

But even this discovery does not show that any cloud storage option is less safe than on-premises storage. Let me explain why. Read the full article.

Cloud Views

  • Who will win the cloud computing price war? In this NetworkWorld article, Brandon Butler looks at how cloud providers like Google and Amazon are on a race to the bottom after Google announced a 4 percent price cut across the board and Amazon followed by announcing a 26 percent price cut for Windows virtual machines on-demand.

  • Are you confused about cloud tax laws? In this episode of CloudViews Unplugged, Andi Mann and George Watt of CA Technologies discuss the hard truths of cloud computing, cloud tax laws, robots leveraging the cloud to complete complex tasks and more.

Trend Watch

  • Wireless networking infrastructure for mobile devices consumes 10 times more power than data centers worldwide, according to this Ars Technica article. By 2015, Wi-Fi and broadband for mobile devices could produce up to 30 megatons of CO2, equivalent to the carbon emissions of close to 5 million cars.

  • For the first time, scientists were able to detect unreported evidence of drug side effects before the F.D.A issued a warning, by using data drawn from search queries entered into Bing, Yahoo, and Google, according to this New York Times article. Using data-mining techniques, the researchers analyzed over 82 million searches for drug and symptom information to determine that there was an increased risk of hypoglycemia for people who combine two specific drugs.

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