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There’s news today that Lehman Bros. is emerging from bankruptcy, though it is still selling assets and dismantling itself. Last year, CIO magazine had a feature describing the IT implications of winding down the company that helped trigger the Great Recession:
How Cloud Computing Rose From Lehman Brothers’ Ashes

Topping the list was Japan, which received high marks for its policies to promote universal high-speed Internet access and its efforts to strengthen free trade. The report also touts a comprehensive set of Japanese laws that promote privacy without impeding data transfers and protect intellectual property, among other cloud-friendly policies.

The United States ranked fourth in the BSA’s evaluation, counting among the strongest of the nations for its support of industry-led standards and efforts to harmonize international trade rules.

Read the full story here.

As FedRAMP initiative ramps up, cloud service providers can look forward to clearer guidance from federal clients and a robust market as administration tech chiefs press on toward a ‘Perfect Storm’ in cloud computing. Kenneth Corbin explains.

As organizations increasingly adopt cloud offerings for critical business operations from public and private providers, connecting them all back to the core of the business is becoming a challenge involving complicated integration, orchestration and rules management.

Forget public cloud and private cloud. Hybrid cloud, composed of at least one public cloud and at least one private cloud, is where it’s at. In fact, White and Briggs said businesses are increasingly willing to deploy multiple applications and infrastructure services on cloud platforms. Deloitte calls this the “hyper-hybrid cloud,” in which multiple clouds must link back to the core and often to each other.

IT professionals know that handing data over to a third-party is always risky, but cloud computing creates unique concerns for IP. Here are nine tips to protect critical corporate data wherever it goes.

(And here’s a sneak preview of tip No. 9.)

Be prepared to walk. If adequately protecting IP is too costly or hard to implement or track, back away. Always leave open the possibility that a cloud-based service might not be a good fit.

All you need to know: Social. Cloud. Usability. Integration.

Are cloud services attractive because they are less expensive than traditional offerings or are IT professionals drawn by greater agility? Bernard Golden writes that it’s not an either-or debate. Much like those famous ‘tastes great … less filling” beer commercials, the beauty of cloud computing lies in the beholder.

Cloud computing is transforming IT operations and management, but the transition for IT professionals doesn’t have to be difficult or daunting. Here, cloud computing experts explain how IT professionals can adapt their skill sets for the cloud and the impact cloud computing will have on five different IT jobs: application developers, architects, systems administrators, capacity planners and vendor managers.

Read the full story: "How to Retool Your IT Skills for the Cloud"

Flickr photo by Kevin Dooley