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Cloudy with a chance of Ubuntu, Hohm gets hosted

This week: The Ubuntu project launches more cloud services, Unisys increases security with Stealth technology.

Cloud computing news roundup June 29-July 3

Ubuntu begins private cloud construction

Canonical, founder of the Ubuntu operating system project, officially launched new services to assist in the building of private clouds. This new project, dubbed Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud Services, follows the release of the Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud itself and emphasizes the Linux distribution's ability to operate within the cloud.

Unisys emphasizes the secure cloud

Unisys has announced a new set of services that will protect data in the cloud with their Stealth technology. Their cloud products - a managed cloud service, a cloud-in-a-box product and a hybrid cloud - will use Stealth to have any important data "cloaked through...multiple levels of authentication, encryption, and bit-splitting into multiple packets."

Hohm hosted in the Azure cloud

Hohm, Microsoft's recently launched energy management tool, is the company's first consumed-based Web service hosted in full on Microsoft Azure. Interestingly enough, hosting the energy-saving service in the cloud will provide increased power utilization, making the whole operation in general considerably energy efficient.

Cisco playing it safe

Cisco has decided to leave the sale of cloud computing resources to its IT rivals. During the Cisco Live user conference in San Francisco, chief technology officer Padmasree Warrior revealed that her company's cloud computing strategy would differ from Hewlitt-Packard, IBM and Amazon in that they would not provide pay-as-you-go services or build their own compute or storage clouds.

Red Hat recruits Amazon as new best pal

Red Hat wants Linux in the cloud to run applications smoothly, a fact made clear by the announcement of their Premier Cloud Provider Program. Partners, such as founding member Amazon, will help ensure that applications, Linux and their clouds, in this case Amazon's EC2, all offer the proper amount of coordination and functionality.

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