Former Sun CTO now head of cloud computing at Cisco Staff

Lew Tucker to lead Cisco's cloud computing efforts
At Structure 2010, it was revealed that Lew Tucker, the former VP of cloud computing at Sun Microsystems, has been named the chief

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technology officer of cloud at Cisco.

You may remember Tucker from his goodbye tweet upon departing from Sun, but his return to the cloud signals Cisco's commitment to emphasizing the network's role in cloud computing services.

Financial firms appear ready to invest in the cloud
A new study from IBM and the Securities Industry and Financial Markets shows that many financial businesses are ready to invest in IT, with an emphasis on cloud computing.

240 Wall Street IT employees and business leaders were questioned, and 61% of financial enterprises said that they plan to invest more in cloud computing.

OpSource adding SaaS building blocks
Following the recent trend, Savvis-hosted, VMware-friendly, GUI-having cloud provider OpSource is partnering with Software as a Service (SaaS) builder DreamFace. Part data integration, part app building blocks, the DreamFace Platform provides a bucket of Web fronts, dashboards and tools for users to create "widget-based cloud applications." The Platform as a Service (PaaS) version is uniquely priced at $9 per day for one "server." That's $3,285 per year, so depending on how many users that one "server" can support, it could be a pretty good deal.

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