Happy post-4th Friday! Hope this finds you relaxing at home, at a barbecue, or at the beach. This week’s cloud trends focused on the behaviors of many of the major cloud players to shape their product in the marketplace, the persistence of security concerns over privacy in the cloud, and the viability of cloud computing in Europe as EU cloud contracts go under the microscope.
Let us know if we missed anything good on Twitter @CloudGathering.
David Linthicum details how Oracle’s recent move to cloud computing may affect the company’s profitability.
Derrick Harris also discusses Oracle’s weaknesses as a cloud service provider.
John Lee announces that Rackspace has launched the latest version of its Private Cloud Software on OpenStack.
Nancy Gohring confirms that Rackspace and Red Hat are OpenStack’s largest contributors.
“Hey Amazon: Where’s your private cloud?” questions Brandon Butler.
Jordan Novet advocates for increased security protection in the cloud with an MIT developed system, Ascend.
Barb Darrow reports that British privacy expert, Caspar Bowden, cautions companies against going to cloud.
On the flip side, Maxwell Cooter discusses how energy savings with cloud adoption could reduce power cut threats in the UK.
Saroj Kar reports that cloud computing may reduce 95% of greenhouse gas emissions.
Zack Whittaker reports that EU concerns over the NSA and security in cloud might lead to the suspension of data sharing agreements with the U.S.
Yet, Louis Columbus reports that CIOs think system complexity as the biggest barrier to cloud adoption, according to a study by NTT Europe.
Despite this, Deutsche Börse, a German marketplace organizer, is to start trading in spare cloud computing capacity, reports Ulrike Dauer.
By Jake Gardner