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NOAA wants to turn its ocean of data into jobs

From ocean sensors to orbiting satellites, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration collects about 30 petabytes of environmental data a year. Now it wants ideas about how best to use what its collected.
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Storage hardware sales hit by lower government spending

Storage vendors struggled with a decline in spending by the U.S. government and increased investment in public cloud capacity during the third quarter, according to IDC.

Microsoft's Windows Azure cloud hit by worldwide management interruption

Microsoft's Windows Azure suffered from an issue on Wednesday that affected a management feature in the compute section of the public cloud, and remained unsolved Thursday morning.

Citrix aims for VMware, Amazon with new cloud strategy

Citrix updated its cloud computing strategy, saying that its platform -- which is based off the Apache CloudStack project -- can span both private on-premises deployments and public clouds and is the only one in the market that takes an application-centric approach to architecting clouds.

Cloud industry needs to standardize, says fed CIO

Frank Baitman, the CIO of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, was at the Amazon Web Services conference praising the company's services. His talk was on the verge of becoming a long infomercial, when he stepped back and changed direction.

Empire state ends IT empire building

New York, the nation's third most populous state, has over 120,000 state employees spread across more than three dozen agencies. These agencies all run their own IT operations, but that is all going to change and for good reason.

HP updates IT automation suite for cloud deployments

Further pursuing its strategy to help enterprises move workloads to hosted environments, Hewlett-Packard has updated a number of its IT management tools with more capabilities to work with public and private clouds.

Amazon Web Services aims to simplify roll-out of Node.js apps

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has expanded its Elastic Beanstalk to include Node.js, in an effort to make it easier to deploy and manage application development on its cloud.

Microsoft gives Xbox 360 SkyDrive app, file sharing

The SkyDrive UI on the Xbox offers cross-platform access to apps, photos and videos. Microsoft also plans to deliver more than 40 new apps by next spring.

Apple, Facebook put Prineville on the map

Apple and Facebook this week each filed plans to expand data center operations in Prineville, Ore., a little community that's on its way to becoming one of the largest data center locations in U.S.

Public Cloud In Depth

The Grill: Rosetta Stone CIO Pradeep Mannakkara makes a rapid move to the cloud

Pradeep Mannakkara, CIO at Rosetta Stone, established a plan to transform the company's technology stack, shifting much of the aging infrastructure to a cloud-based platform, which enabled a more efficient workflow and fostered innovation.

Big changes in store for the PaaS market

The platform-as-a-service market is likely to undergo a period of consolidation and change as big enterprise IT vendors and infrastructure-as-a-service vendors decide to vie for a piece of the action. Insider (registration required)

Platform as a service heats up

The platform-as-a-service market is still tiny, but it's growing as vendors consolidate and more users decide give PaaS a try. Insider (registration required)

Exclusive research: IT commits to cloud computing

Cloud budgets are rising as IT confronts security and ROI challenges, according to the 2013 Cloud Computing Survey from IDG Enterprise (free download). (Insider: Registration required)

Squeezing savings from the cloud

Calculating the real ROI of cloud apps requires the analysis of a lot of factors, and cutting corners on that process means you might not save money.

Bart Perkins: Cloudbursts ahead

Service interruptions seem unavoidable as companies move to the cloud. Here are four areas you should manage well if youre going to be dependent on cloud computing.

Securing the keys to the cloud

Cloud service providers claim they can secure your data, but as the technology model is put to the test by more and more organizations, security holes, malware and other vulnerabilities are coming to light.

Creating a view to the cloud

How well can you see into the cloud? For many IT professionals, the view into the cloud isn't very clear, but new techniques and tools make visibility across multiple cloud systems clearer.

Getting the most from IaaS

Infrastructure-as-a-service lets users take advantage of the benefits of the cloud without locking down to a particular cloud provider. But becoming 'cloud-agnostic' requires new tools and mindsets. Insider (registration required)

The Grill: ADP's CIO on the granddaddy of SaaS

Even with continued success, ADP CIO Mike Capone keeps the pressure on to avoid complacency.