Cloud Computing 2011 - Special Report

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    Security breaches  highlight the need for cloud customers to perform better due diligence and for a standard set of best practices to instill confidence that data will be handled reliably.

  • iTunes

    Amazon, Google and Apple are among the companies that will fight to dominate the consumer cloud technology space, primarily through music storage platforms.

  • Professor Stephen Hawking

    While growing computing demand will mean more energy consumption, wider use of cloud computing technology will prove to be a net benefit to the environment over the longer term, say industry watchers.

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    Executives are buzzing about the potential appreciation of their cloud investments, as the technology takes off.

  • While there's a lot of general confusion about what, exactly, cloud computing is, identifying the industry's big players isn't too difficult. Some have very public faces. Others operate in the background. But they all play a key part in this emerging field, which is just as important to less-than-thrilling business necessities as it is to your home entertainment. And a fair number of players have a foot in both ponds.

    While there's a lot of general confusion about what, exactly, cloud computing is, identifying the industry's big players isn't too difficult.

  • Steve Jobs

    Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off today in San Francisco at the Moscone center. Chief Executive Steve Jobs is expected to deliver the keynote address at 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET), and is expected to announce several new software offerings.

  • Apple's senior vice president of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue speaks about iCloud during introduction of the new iPhone 4s at the company’s headquarters October 4, 2011.

    Buy a movie once, watch it anywhere, on any Internet-connected device, through the cloud . That's the new business model making waves in Hollywood. Apple's in advanced negotiations with the movie studios to offer movies through its iCloud service and UltraViolet, from a consortium of media and tech companies, rolls out its first cloud-enabled DVDs this week. And Hollywood's hoping that these new options will grow digital movie sales to compensate for DVDs' decline.

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    Riverbed Technology continues to make a case against itself for why it deserves any consideration among the ranks of the top cloud computing companies.

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    The technology  may be just a marketing tool or a true innovation but whatever cloud computing is, many people don't understand the concept. So here's brief  question and answer session  to get you in the know.

  • Understanding Cloud Computer Market Readiness

    Andrew Pickup, chief operating officer at Microsoft APAC says despite the apprehension from small companies in Asia to adopt cloud computing, the business is growing aggressively in the region as much as 40% growth per annum.

  • BMC Cloud Strategy

    Robert Beauchamp, chairman of the board and CEO of BMC Software discusses the firm's latest earnings report.

  • Symantec CEO on Cloud & Mobile

    The future of Internet security, an assessment of the risks, and a look at the company, with Enrique Salem, Symantec president/CEO and CNBC's Jon Fortt.

  • Amazon's Music in the Cloud

    CNBC's Jon Fortt reports on Amazon's controversial launch of a cloud music service.

  • Themes of the Future

    Catherine Wood, AllianceBernstein, with a look at what she sees in future trends. Cloud computing, energy transformation, and Web 2.0 are among the "themes" she's currently watching.

  • The Future of Cloud Computing

    The future of cloud computing and which companies stand to gain or lose from this technology, with Larry Haverty, Gabelli Global Multimedia Trust Fund; Lance Ulanoff, PCMag.com; and CNBC's Jon Fortt.

  • Profiting From Cloud Computing

    Analysis of companies that will profit from cloud computing, as well as what it means to the tech sector's future, with Larry Haverty, Gabelli Global Multimedia Trust Fund; Lance Ulanoff, PCMag.com; and CNBC's Jon Fortt.

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    With ever-increasing amounts of data being generated, energy-thirsty data centers are quickly becoming many firms’ most important green initiative.

  • The big spenders on technology—businesses and government agencies—buy about 75 percent of the computing goods and services sold worldwide. Yet it is increasingly evident they are not driving the new ideas, excitement and powerhouse technology companies in ascent these days.  The New York Times reports.

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