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Gartner thinks cloud computing's the tops

This week: Cloud computing named the number one strategic technology for 2010; a European star-mapping project migrates to Amazon EC2.

Cloud computing roundup, October 19-23

Cloud computing's the top strategic technology
In its yearly list of significant strategic technologies, Gartner decreed that cloud computing had risen from number three in 2009 to become the number one area in which companies should "ask key questions and make deliberate decisions about during the next two years."

Mapping the stars -- in the cloud
The European Space Agency (ESA) and European IT provider The Server Labs are working together to migrate the Gaia project, a three-dimensional map of over one billion stars in our galaxy, into the Amazon EC2 cloud.

3D rendering in the cloud?
NVIDIA has introduced RealityServer, a hardware platform of a graphics processing unit (GPU) and 3D design and animation software that can host applications to render and deliver 3D images.

Zetta trying to break cloud storage stereotypes
Not content with providing archives, backups and other aspects of the expected cloud storage model, Zetta Inc. is trying to cast its Enterprise Cloud Storage service as a twist on standard file systems for enterprise data storage shops with over 10 TB.

Nimsoft has one eye on cloud platforms
The latest application performance monitoring software from Nimsoft Inc., Unified Monitoring, claims the ability to monitor the status and response time of Google Apps for Business, Rackspace Cloud, Amazon EC2 and the other major cloud computing platforms.

Savvis chooses Compellent's arrays
Savvis and network storage provider Compellent Technologies will provide 3.3 petabytes (PB) of storage for Savvis' new 'Project Spirit' cloud service.

Terremark attempts DR on the cheap
In an attempt to entice smaller customers that typically can't afford full disaster recovery offerings, Terremark has announced virtualized disaster recovery for organizations working with virtualization and the cloud.

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