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Cloud news dominates VMworld 2009

This week: Top stories at VMworld 2009 include VMware's vCloud Express announcement, Xen Cloud Platform and multiple new public cloud services.

Cloud computing roundup, August 31-September 4

VMware announces vCloud Express, releases APIs

VMware took advantage of VMworld 2009 to announce the release of both its vCloud Express brokerage service and vCloud application programming interface (API). The vCloud Express will allow "enterprises that already use VMware virtualization to start extending their deployments into the cloud," and the API release comes after the API releases from fellow public cloud providers Rackspace and Amazon.

Xen and Citrix try to one-up VMware, the Citrix-backed developers of the Xen open source hypervisor, announced its new open source cloud platform known as the Xen Cloud Platform.

New cloud services abound

Skytap, OpSource and Savvis have all announced similar public cloud offerings aimed at the enterprise.

Gmail goes down, cloud under scrutiny

Gmail, Google's cloud-based email application, suffered a 100-minute outage earlier in the week, reigniting a general discussion about the pros and cons of storing certain information solely in the cloud.

EMC acquires FastScale

In another example of the private cloud drawing increased focus, EMC has acquired data center software vendor FastScale Technology to bolster support for its private cloud offerings.

Cast Iron casts into Amazon's cloud

Cloud integration provider Cast Iron Systems is renting space on Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud, a move that will allow its customers to move data from EC2 applications to their data centers and back again.

Wipro to offer the cloud

Wipro Technologies, one of the largest IT outsourcing providers in India, is launching a hosting service called w-SaaS that will allow companies to offer their existing applications as Software as a Service.

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