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In an interview published by The Guardian on Monday, Richard Stallman says "The concept of using web-based programs like Google's Gmail is "worse than stupidity. Cloud Computing - where IT power is delivered over the internet as you need it, rather than drawn from a desktop computer – has gained currency in recent years. Large internet and technology companies including Google, Microsoft and Amazon are pushing forward their plans to deliver information and software over the net But Richard Stallman, founder of the Free Software Foundation and creator of the computer operating system GNU, said that cloud computing was simply a trap aimed at forcing more people to buy into locked, proprietary systems that would cost them more and more over time. It's stupidity. It's worse than stupidity: it's a marketing hype campaign." Cloud Computing on Wall Street Conference & Exp... (more)

4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo Starts Today

A round-up of the wide range of important issues and timely topics due to be discussed by over 130 industry experts at SYS-CON's 4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo, opening today at the Santa Clara Convention Center, in Santa Clara, CA. The event runs from November 2-4, 2009. Building Scalable and Extensible RIAs in the Cloud - Ranjith Ramakrishnan, Co-Founder & CTO of Cumulux, will be co-presenting a session in which delegates will learn how to build scalable and extensible RIAs on the Windows Azure Cloud. The session will cover enabling rich and complete User E... (more)

Unisys & Cloud Computing: Breaking Through Barriers to Adoption

Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS) yesterday moved to overcome CIOs’ concerns about security of data in the cloud, cited by organizations and industry analysts as the top impediment to adopting cloud computing for business needs. Unisys unveiled an innovative cloud computing strategy and solutions portfolio for organizations to move enterprise application workloads securely to tailored cloud environments with greater confidence in maintaining the integrity of critical information. "I believe that cloud computing will revolutionize the way enterprises obtain business and IT services... (more)

Oracle To Keynote Cloud Computing Expo

Enterprises large and small are drawn by the advantages of cloud computing -- pay-for-use, self-service, elastic scalability and the elimination of hardware management – resulting in very low barriers to entry and exit and high agility. However, enterprises are also concerned about security, quality of service, integration, compliance, lock-in, and the long-term costs of public clouds. Private clouds for the exclusive use of one enterprise can however mitigate these concerns by giving the enterprise greater control. In a keynote address to be given at SYS-CON's 4th International ... (more)

Cloud Computing & Privacy: Pew Report Says Many Cloud Computing Users Unaware of Privacy Concerns

“Even as large numbers of users turn to ‘cloud computing’ applications, many may lack a full understanding of possible consequences of storing personal data online,” said John B. Horrigan, Associate Director of the Pew Internet & American Life Project and author a recent report, "Use of Cloud Computing Applications and Services," based on a survey of 2,251 adults. Some 69% of online Americans use webmail services, store data online, or use software programs such as word processing applications whose functionality is located on the web, according to Horrigan's report. Online users w... (more)