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Who’s Who in Cloud April 5, 2013

Cloud pundits this week debated Amazon Web Services’ cloud dominance, chatted about enterprise cloud adoption, and outlined the promise and perils of big data. We round up the week’s top cloud computing news and commentary:

Who's Who

We wrap up the week in cloud computing.

Will Shanklin takes a look at how cloud computing has changed our everyday lives. “The cloud isn’t without its warts,” he writes. “But, like it or not, it’s now firmly entrenched in our digital lives.”

US CIO Steven VanRoekel  “ is using cloud computing and analytics to cut $2.5 billion in government IT spending through 2015,” Clint Boulton reports.

The Register’s Jack Clark: “Clouds get real when the Facebook kids sit in the big chair.” (A chat with Rackspace CTO John Engates.)

“Cloud to Enterprise: Resistance is Futile” — Basab Pradhan

Abdul Salam asks: “Is cloud computing experiencing the same security threats as enterprise computing?” (Spoiler alert: Generally speaking, yes.)

Nancy Gohring: The National Security Agency is running an OpenStack cloud.

Time’s David Greelish interviews Alan Curtis Kay, who says: “The jury is still out on whether the ways in which [cloud] is presented as a new idea will actually be a good manifestation of the pretty obvious synergies between local and global computing.”

AWSGreg Ness: “Amazon’s AWS and the public cloud paradox.”

Over at Business Computing World, Mark Lockareff examines BYOD, open source, and details how “the entire IT stack is being transformed.”

This week, ‘customer readiness’ for cloud was a hot topic on Twitter, with several key players chiming in on a conversation sparked by Aneel Lakhani. Over at his blog, Geoff Arnold rounds up the chat.

Barb Darrow: Amazon is the cloud to beat, but Google has the cloud to watch. Here’s why.

Nebula this week announced the wide release of its private cloud system Nebula One.

Jeremy Kirk: “Amazon.com upgrades Cloud Drive with file syncing.”

Gary Marcus outlines the promise and perils of big data.

Be sure to check out last week’s roundup, here.

What’d we miss? Keep us informed @CloudGathering.

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