IBM to take another crack at public cloud computing

In an effort to catch up to Microsoft and Amazon, IBM plans to launch another cloud service later this month.

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IBM to debut another cloud service
Bloomberg reports that IBM will debut another cloud service sometime this month. Details are sparse, but IBM is apparently lagging behind its competitors in cloud computing.

That's true, according to our top ten cloud providers list, as IBM doesn't appear on it and Microsoft does. Some would question whether IBM is chasing the right horse, however, as Microsoft's chief rival Amazon seems to be well into the hundreds of millions of dollars of cash money earned on cloud.

Erich Clementi, VP of strategy at Big Blue's Enterprise Initiative division, was blunt about the company's vision.

"We love cloud computing because it creates a whole host of investment," he said.

So everyone out there looking to cloud to save some dough on buying new hardware or cut operating expenses by flushing pesky fixed-rate subscriptions can think again. You should be looking to cloud to help you increase spending on IT, silly.

AT&T firms on compute prices -- less than two bits to get rolling
In other news, AT&T has announced pricing for its shiny new Synaptic Compute as a Service offering. The door charge is $0.20 per hour for a small "vCPU" instance, and it comes with 4 GB of RAM, 100 GB of storage and SLAs. It is open to the masses (in the U.S.) and even has an API! That is pretty competitive -- we have a legitimate new entry in the world of public cloud.

Cloud Security Alliance urges PCI auditors to wake up and smell the cloud
Bigwigs at the RSA Conference urged everyone dealing with PCI compliance to cowboy up and learn to understand cloud computing. If they didn't, it was implied they would quickly find themselves neck deep in distributed nightmares.

"Auditors have to get used to it," said Liam Lynch, chief security strategist at eBay. "They need to understand the technology."

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