Cloud computing is spreading through the IT world like wildfire, with innovative start-ups and established vendors alike clamoring for customer attention.

Generally speaking, cloud providers fall into three categories: software-as-a-service providers; infrastructure-as-a-service vendors that offer Web-based access to storage and computing power; and platform-as-a-service vendors that give developers the tools to build and host Web applications. Here are 10 cloud companies that are worth watching.

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Forrester Research analyzes the past, present and future of security information vendors and products.

Security information management (SIM) technologies experienced a pretty rocky ride since emerging earlier this decade, industry watchers says, and the ride isn’t over yet for those ready to adapt to customers’ changing needs.

According to Forrester Research, SIM technology drew in enterprise security managers looking to reduce the noise among multiple security devices distributed in large environments, but lost some ground when IDS and IPS technology gained intelligence. SIM products initially used data aggregation and event correlation features similar to those of network management software and applied them to event logs generated from security devices such as firewalls, proxy servers, IDS and IPS devices, and antivirus software. SIM products also normalized data — that is, they translated Cisco and Check Point Software alerts, for example, into a common format so the data could be correlated with one system. Like network management software, SIM tools generally consist of server software, agents installed either on servers or security devices, and a central management console.

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Cloud computing is generating a flurry of interest as new services enter the market. Right now, cloud computing is fine for smaller companies seeking cheap computing capacity on a retail basis, but to find its place in large enterprise IT operations, it will have to meet tough requirements for governance, risk and compliance (GRC).

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Dark cloud computing

May 17, 2009

Cloud computing offers tremendous promise for the future of computing. In the cloud you will be able to link together remote computing resources to achieve massive amounts of computing without any of the capital infrastructure costs.

Interfacing with the cloud, you will be able to orchestrate thousands, perhaps even millions of CPUs and terabytes of storage from any location with a simple management interface. Enormous scale, tremendous flexibility and all without any capital cost. Don’t dream – cloud computing is here today! There are between 5 million and 10 million CPUs that take part in the largest, most flexible cloud computing infrastructure ever seen. We call them botnets.

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The most basic facts about your data – like where it is exactly and how it is replicated – become difficult to find out when you entrust it to a cloud, a new study says.  Read full story

Gartner sagt den weltweiten SaaS-Umsätzen in 2009 ein Wachstum um 22 Prozent voraus
Starkes Wachstum von SaaS ist vor allem auf engere Budgets in den Unternehmen zurückzuführen

Der weltweite Markt für “Software as a Service” (SaaS) soll nach Einschätzung von Gartner 2009 (Gartner-Report “Market Trends: Software as a Service, Worldwide, 2009-2013”) die Größenordnung von 9,6 Milliarden Dollar erreichen. Dies ist eine Zunahme von 21,9 Prozent gegenüber 2008. Im letzten Jahr beliefen sich die Umsätze auf 6,6 Milliarden Dollar. Gartner rechnet damit, dass der SaaS-Markt bis 2013 ein konstantes Wachstum aufweisen wird. 2013 ist mit SaaS-Umsätzen im Bereich Unternehmensapplikationen in Höhe 16 Milliarden Dollar gerechnet.

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Every CIO needs to know whether an enterprise can enter the cloud and remain both secure and compliant within regulatory restrictions. A panel of cloud computing providers at RSA Conference 2009 in San Francisco debated concerns about compliance, security and interoperability in the cloud, answering some of the following questions:

How secure is cloud computing?

“It’s key to consider your cloud provider’s security. Is it PII? Is it HIPAA? Is it regulatory data? Do these controls meet my regulatory policies?” said Eran Feigenbaum, director of enterprise application security at Google Inc. and former chief information security officer (CISO) at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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