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Azure's early 2010 launch comes with RightScale support

Steve Cimino, Assistant Editor, SearchCloudComputing.com

RightScale supports Azure
Windows Azure's availability for production on January 1, 2010 will be accompanied by support

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from cloud management provider RightScale. RightScale now offers its services for Amazon EC2, VMware vCloud, GoGrid, Eucalyptus and Rackspace.

New SDK from Amazon designed for Windows
Amazon's newest software development kit (SDK) for .NET will emphasize application development for Windows users. Amazon Web Services (AWS) customers who download the kit will receive C# code samples and the AWS .NET library and documentation.

AT&T to launch cloud service
Synaptic Compute, the new Compute as a Service offering from AT&T, will launch in the fourth quarter of 2009, seemingly directed to compete with Amazon and its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2).

IBM's cloud gets analytical
IBM has announced what it is calling the Smart Analytics Cloud, an internal analytic cloud service designed for large enterprises with multiple business intelligence (BI) deployments.

Newest version of cloud management software partners with Sun
UniCluster 5.0, the latest cloud and high-performance computing management software from Univa, will work in tandem with Sun Microsystems to manage clusters in its Sun Grid Engine software.

The power of Zeus comes to EC2
Zeus Traffic Manager 6.0, the flagship Web traffic management solution from Zeus Technology, is now available to assist in Web and application development as an Amazon Machine Image for EC2 users.

Taser turns from electroshock weaponry to…cloud computing?
Taser, a company well known for its stun gun weaponry, has developed a law enforcement cloud that it hopes will change its business focus and quadruple the company's size.

IT pros understand the concept but still have cloud fears
Although they understand the concept of cloud computing far better than ever before, attendees at Interop in New York this week are still hesitant to accept the visibility and security standards of a service like Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Informatica is on Cloud 9
With features including a platform for building data integration mappings, Software as a Service data integration applications and the ability to work seamlessly on EC2, Informatica launched Informatica Cloud 9, the cloud version of its latest platform.

The cloud armors up with encryption
BitArmor Data Control 4.0, featuring the first integrated USB, email and full disk encryption delivered from the cloud, is the latest offering available through BitArmor's Security as a Service (another kind of SaaS) model.