The Public’s Views on “The Cloud” Are Varied, and Confusing!

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The general public, as one might guess, are quite confused about "cloud computing" according to a new survey commisoned by Citrix Systems. Cloud Computing Confusing to Many: Survey "A survey, commissioned by Citrix, shows that cloud computing is a confusing topic to many, including regular users of it. Most Americans are confused by the term 'the cloud' and do not associate it with the IT business, according to a new survey. The national survey by Wakefield Research, commissioned by Citrix, showed that most respondents believe the cloud is related to weather, while some referred to pillows, drugs and toilet paper. However, even those who don’t know exactly what the cloud is recognize its economic benefits and think the cloud is a catalyst for small-business growth, the survey showed. The survey…
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Changes Are Coming! News From VMworld!

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These are excerpts from an excellent report on VMworld announcements by Charles Babcock in Information Week: VMware Focuses On Private Cloud, Dumps Unpopular Pricing "EMC announced July 17 that Maritz was assuming a new role as chief strategy officer with EMC, VMware's parent company. Pat Gelsinger, EMC president, will step in as VMware CEO. Goodbye vRAM-Based Pricing Gelsinger also announced that VMware was doing away with the virtual resource-based, vRAM pricing introduced in July of last year. Customers of vSphere 5 were going to be charged for a vSphere license for each 48 GB (later changed to 96 GB) of virtual RAM they assigned to their virtual machines on a single server. With processors per server becoming able to host more VMs, many customers saw the vRAM pricing approach as…
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