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EMC Tuesday tapped Harel Kodesh to be president of its cloud infrastructure and services business, reporting to EMC capo Joe Tucci. Kodesh will also serve as the CEO of Decho, the subsidiary EMC recently created to focus on personal information management in the cloud. Decho includes Mozy, EMC’s cloud backup unit, and Pi Corp, the mystery “personal information” start-up that Paul Maritz, now CEO of VMware, another EMC unit, founded and sold to EMC before EMC’s impatience with VMware co-founder Diane Greene led to her ouster and Maritz replacing her. Tucci said in a canned statement that “Harel's depth of industry and business management experience, combined with his extensive expertise designing and developing enterprise and consumer-class information management products will serve as tremendous asset to customers and shareholders as we embark into our next phase of tec... (more)

Quick, Darl, Duck. Rotten Tomatoes at 12 O'Clock

SCO CEO Darl McBride claims that the discovery that IBM has turned over so far - the stuff that nobody outside the two companies has seen yet - is proving out SCO's contention that IBM played fast and loose with SCO code, which makes him wonder about the caliber of the smoking gun IBM's hiding in the discovery it's trying to keep from SCO. That being said, we assume he's taking his bodyguard with him to SCO Forum in Las Vegas next week. ... (more)

Zuora Seeks Cloud's Silver Lining

Zuora, the Marc Benioff-backed on-demand billing and payments start-up, has announced what it calls the Z-Commerce Platform, a development platform dedicated to monetizing cloud computing services. Zuora CEO Tien Tzuo describes the widgetry as the start-up’s most important product announcement to date, “a big step towards our vision of being the de facto commerce engine for the cloud.” With Z-Billing, Z-Payments, and Z-Force, its existing products, the company’s supposed to have a suite of business cloud solutions focused on driving revenue from cloud computing. It figures there... (more)

Amazon's Cloud Covers Europe

Betcha IBM is worried that Amazon is gonna wind up owning the cloud. Betcha other companies are worried about that too. Amazon said Wednesday that it has extended EC2, its Elastic Compute Cloud, to Europe. European developers and businesses can now run their EC2 instances in what Amazon calls "Availability Zones" that are actually in the European Union. By operating closer to Amazon's EU-based S3 storage, it should mean lower latency. Amazon said it now has two Availability Zones in Europe that, besides EC2, also support Elastic IP addresses and Amazon Block Store (EBS) as well ... (more)

Verizon Pulls Surprise, Buys Cloud Vendor Terremark

 Verizon Communications up and surprised everybody late Thursday by saying that it's buying Miami-based cloud, co-location and managed IT infrastructure purveyor Terremark Worldwide Inc for $1.4 billion cash, or $19 a share, a 35% premium.  Someone could of course come along and make a better offer; Wall Street, which pushed the stock above the bid anticipating a counter-offer, immediately wanted to know if Terremark had been shopped. It does a lot of business with the US government agencies like handling USA.gov and Data.gov and counts some of the world's largest companies as ... (more)