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Hot Air in the Clouds April 12th, 2013

U.S. Navy Needs an Enterprise Cloud Service Broker

The U.S. Navy has issued a new policy on cloud computing detailing their desire to move publicly available information onto cloud infrastructure to increase efficiency and lower costs. The proposal issued by the Department of Navy’s CIO Terry Halverson centers around the need for a standard Enterprise Cloud Service Broker, a concept proposed by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) back in June 2012.

Media as a Service – a Hit at NAB 2013

After attending the 2013 NAB Show it’s clear that cloud services are helping revolutionize how digital media is created and delivered, from cloud encoding, ingestion, media asset management using cloud storage to multi-screen trans-coding, and delivery, as well as everything in between in the production workflow.

The cloud service model is seeking to bring efficiency to Hollywood at a time when studios and compute intensive VFX studios like The Mill, Tippett Studio, and even Rhythm & Hues whose screen credits include The Life of Pi, Babe, and the Twilight Saga are all looking to scale back. Will “media as a service” delivered at massive scale using IaaS help bring economy of scale to the movie industry? Launches like Sony’s Media Cloud Services (Ci), and MediaPaaS from us here at ComputeNext will seek to deliver such efficiency.

Google Expanding EMEA Services in Belgium

Google is investing $390 Million to expand a key facility for European services in Belgium. This is just the latest of many data center improvement plans that have been announced by Google this year.  Last year, Google spent over $3.2 billion on capital expenditures around the world, and spending is trending to increase this year.

Class in Session: Cloud Testing in Pune, India

The University of Pune in India is introducing cloud computing exams in four facilities—Masters in Business Management, Management Studies, Engineering, and B.Ed. As cloud becomes more widely used, educating students who are interested in the field is a great way to ensure a steady stream of qualified workers for the future in cloud.

IBM to Push Flash Memory into the Data Center

IBM has unveiled a new initiative to push Flash technology into data centers to help speed up the process of analyzing information. Flash itself is a highly efficient re-writable memory which can also help lower data center energy costs through increased efficiency. “Flash systems can provide up to 90 percent reductions in transaction times for aplications like banking, trading, and telecommunications” (IBM). IBM is making a $1 billion investment.

Gearing up for CA World?

Overwhelmed by CA World 2013 offerings? These 5 (and a bonus) panel choices are handpicked by Andi Man—Vice president of Strategic Solutions of CA technologies— out of the over 90 sessions related to cloud this year. A short summary for each event is given, and while all look interesting, it is important to consider all the panel choices if you’re attending.

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