Cloud Computing

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Salesforce.com to Lay Off 200 Workers

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Salesforce.com is cutting 200 positions worldwide, as it squeezes out redundant operations in its cloud business following its acquisition of ExactTarget, the company announced Thursday. The layoffs come despite Salesforce.com posting strong second quarter results that beat Wall Street’s expectations. According to a company statement provided to CBC News, Salesforce.com said: Combining ExactTarget with our existing Marketing Cloud provides synergy, and we will be reducing our total headcount by approximately 200 people globally to reflect this opportunity…We care deeply about… continue…

What are ‘Cloud’ Skills, Exactly?

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What are these elusive cloud skills that everyone says are so much in demand? IDC, in Climate Change: Cloud’s Impact on IT Organizations and Staffing, estimates that cloud computing created 1.5 million jobs in 2011. Though the white paper paints with a superficial brush designed to provide insight for CIOs rather than career guidance for professionals, other research has delved into specifics. Among them: Developers, if they aren’t already, should become polyglots and include in their repertoire of skills more scripting languages like Python and PERL.… continue…

Cisco to Lay Off 4,000 Workers

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Cisco plans to lay off 4,000 workers beginning this quarter, the networking giant announced Wednesday. The cuts amount to 5 percent of its workforce. The layoffs come as Cisco anticipates a rocky economic environment and seeks to ensure its expenses remain in line with its revenues, said John Chambers, Cisco CEO, during the company’s fiscal fourth quarter earnings call. “The economy is more mixed and unpredictable than I have ever seen it,” Chambers said. He noted that a large portion… continue…

Can You Buy and Sell The Cloud’s Future Value?

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Can you put a value on cloud capacity three months from now? A number of people think you can. In other words, one day businesses may be able to buy and sell cloud computing capacity before it’s needed. But what would be involved? That’s what a panel of cloud practitioners and financial experts explored in San Francisco this summer. You’ve probably heard about trading futures in pork bellies or corn. These folks were talking about buying and selling futures in… continue…

Jobs in Enterprise Cloud Governance

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By Myra Thomas As enterprises rally their IT departments around cloud governance, the demand for experienced architects with governance expertise is on the rise. “We’re certainly still in the very early stages of the conversation around cloud governance,” says Eric Marks, President and CEO of AgilePath, a management and consulting firm that handles cloud strategy, management and governance. But, he observes, the need for experts inside and outside the enterprise is already becoming clear. For IT departments, a shift to… continue…

Developing Cloud-Based SaaS Web Applications

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The demand for Web development skills needed to design, build and deploy Software as a Service applications should continue to increase over the next several years as more companies seek solutions tailored to the capabilities of the cloud. According to SaaS blogger Dave Key, designing software for SaaS is fundamentally different from designing software for the more traditional client/server model in terms of architecture, user interface design and the exposure and use of APIs. Key points to consider: Design for… continue…

NSA Revelations: Has The Planet Gone Mad?

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It was intriguing to see the tech community’s response to the NSA information-gathering revelations last week. High drama was the order of the day after The Guardian broke the story of a National Security Agency contractor releasing some strategic, classified PowerPoint slides, then hightailing into the shadows of Hong Kong. Dozens of NSA, spying and civil liberties stories dominated tech media outlet giants like YCombinator, ZDNet and GigaOM. As you’d expect, talk radio was abuzz with speculation and commentary. High-ranking,… continue…

Dropbox Plans Developer Conference to Push API

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By Jennifer Goforth Gregory Most likely, you’ve uploaded one of the more than 1 billion files shared through Dropbox each day.  Despite those kinds of numbers, Dropbox isn’t content to just be the most used files sharing program around. It wants IT professionals to use Dropbox in a different way – to build applications on top of its data layer platform. As part of the development of the Dropbox API, the company is holding its first developer conference to educate… continue…

Why the Future Belongs to Big Data

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When it comes to buzzwords, Big Data is currently at the top of the technology heap. You may have your own definition, but Michael Minelli, Michele Chambers and Ambiga Dhiraj, the authors of Big Data, Big Analytics, describe it this way: Big Data goes beyond the traditional limits of data along three dimensions: volume, variety and velocity. The combination of these three dimensions makes the data more complex to ingest, process and visualize. It’s the wide variety of available data… continue…

A Cloud Storage Latency Fix With Minimal Code Change

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In my first article on cloud storage latency, I gave a brief review of cloud storage, specifically how Amazon S3 stores and references objects. Now we’ll pick up where we left off to begin illustrating one of many possible solutions that can help solve the latency that haunts cloud storage, specifically in the mobile space. Cloud storage providers that are worth their salt all have at least two regions in the U.S. to choose from to store your objects. For… continue…