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The top 8 cloud skills employers now demand

Job security is tough in today's market, but perhaps the best way to stay in demand is to master the tech skills most directly related to the cloud

Japan's NTT Com expands data centers in cloud-hosting push

The company just opened data centers in the U.S., Singapore, and the U.K., and plans to open three more in Australia, Malaysia, and Thailand next month

Security-as-a-service gaining popularity

Security delivered as a cloud service has several benefits, including costs and flexibility, but there are some cautions, too, adopters say

The challenges of disaster recovery as a service

Backing up your data and running your systems in the cloud is attractive -- but likely to fail if you don't treat it like a physical warm-site backup

Rackspace follows Amazon in beefing up its database tools

Rackspace rolls out Database as a service tool Cloudant weeks after Amazon Web Services launches a data warehousing product for its cloud

Amazon Web Services continues Windows push with PowerShell addition

AWS Tools for Windows PowerShell provides over 550 commands for controlling Amazon's cloud-based services

Cisco to acquire cloud networking company Meraki for $1.2 billion

Meraki offers technology for management of networks from the cloud

CloudStack releases first code under Apache license

CloudStack version 4.0 improves support for software-defined networking and integrates Amazon Web Service API compatibility

HP launches cloud service for the IT help desk

HP Service Anywhere offers IT service management capabilities not available in the on-premises software package

IBM makes security push with cloud services, products aimed at mobile and big data

Analysts say IBM is basing much of its advances on technology from its acquisitions of Worklight, BigFix, Guardium, and Q1 Labs

AOL launches Alto cloud service to aggregate Gmail and others

The email service automatically pulls out and organizes important content in folders, and doesn't force users to get a new address

Marketplaces are the new place to cloud-shop

Savvis follows Amazon Web Services' lead and becomes the latest cloud provider to offer a public cloud service that includes an app marketplace

Disaster recovery moving to the cloud

The hottest new thing in disaster recovery are cloud-based services. But is DRaaS ready for the enterprise?

RightScale bolsters cloud-management service with eye on the enterprise

New security features such as single sign-on and SAML support, along with granular cloud-usage reporting, could help RightScale win over enterprise cloud holdouts

Splunk Storm brings log management to the cloud

Splunk Storm equips developers and system admins with tools to monitor the health of their cloud-based apps

Dell offers dedicated servers to build private clouds

Cloud Dedicated program moves workloads off premises to data center where Dell will deliver IaaS offerings through private cloud

Lock-in, migration costs can put a damper on cloud projects

Enterprises must take hard look at all costs related to cloud computing to avoid surprises, says ISACA

VMware opens up to multihypervisor support with acquisition of DynamicOps

After insisting for years it wouldn't provide heterogeneous support, VMware will now let its users consume multicloud resources such as Hyper-V, Xen, and Amazon EC2

Severe weather intensifies focus on disaster planning

Companies should no longer depend on only a cloud provider for backup

Samsung mulls enterprise cloud services for mobile devices

Samsung is thinking of building hosted cloud service to make its Galaxy tablets and smartphones more attractive to enterprise

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