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This Week in Cloud, April 26, 2013: AWS S3 reaches 2 trillion objects, CA Technologies acquires Layer 7 & Nolio, CSA cloud guidelines for SMBs. And more…

CA World 2013!

The Smart Enterprise team just returned from CA World 2013 where they were writing blogs, live tweeting, and shooting interviews and booth walkthroughs. You can view the coverage on Smart Enterprise.

Cloud News

  • Amazon announced this week that there are currently two trillion objects now stored in S3, according to this CloudTech article. Jeff Barr, AWS chief evangelist, stated that it took six years for AWS to reach one trillion objects in S3 and one year to double that number.

  • The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) announced a new membership level and working groups to educate SMBs on best practices for cloud computing, according to this press release.

  • Magnasoft Northstar, an Indian startup, announced a new cloud computing solution that aims to ensure the safety of children when they are traveling to and from school, according to this article. The solution, which runs on AWS, tracks school buses and vans, notifies parents of bus arrivals, and allows parents to remotely view their children on the bus.

Featured Article

Mobile, DevOps, Cloud: CA Wagers Its Technology Future on Disruptive Trends

By Denise Dubie, CA Technologies

Denise Dubie

“Don’t forget to challenge us,” Peter Griffiths, Executive Vice President, Enterprise Solutions and Technology Group at CA Technologies, told attendees of his technology keynote at CA World ’13. “We love working and helping you to innovate.”

With some 38 years of managing and securing customer environments from the mainframe to distributed computing to the cloud and now mobile under its belt, Griffiths emphasized CA’s intention to take its expertise further. He used the Monday morning keynote (watch a replay here) to introduce: enhanced cloud security, service desk capabilities and mobile device management; the acquisition of two companies (Nolio and Layer 7 Technologies) featuring capabilities that will further the company’s DevOps and cloud strategies, respectively; and a comprehensive look at the aforementioned DevOps capabilities and opportunities. Read the full article.

Cloud Views

  • Is cloud computing changing the role of IT? Join us in the next @CloudCommons #CloudViews tweetchat on cloud computing and the changing role of IT. You can preview the questions and download the calendar invite on Smart Enterprise.

  • Will the OpenStack Foundation start cracking down on service providers that don’t stick to the OpenStack standards? In this InfoWorld blog, David Linthicum discusses how large organizations may want to add their own proprietary API extensions and go outside of the standard.

  • Are businesses or hackers more drawn to cloud? In this DarkReading article, Michael Cobb discusses how the features of cloud computing that make it so attractive to businesses also make it attractive to hackers.

Trend Watch

  • Watch the video replays from CA World 2013 which includes a keynote by Sir Richard Branson and the Luminaries Live! program, which features 10 IT luminaries each given 5 minutes to share how IT trends like big data, social media, and cloud are changing the world.

  • CA Technologies announced that it will acquire Layer 7, an API management and security company, and Nolio, an application automation company, according to this ZDnet article.

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