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Cloud Watch: Cisco Adds a Name

The cloud computing news this week includes what could be considered more fallout from the Oracle Corp. (Nasdaq: ORCL) acquisition of Sun Microsystems.

  • Lew Tucker, who left his job as Sun's CTO for cloud computing a couple of months ago, has joined Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) under the same title. He'll report to CTO Padmasree Warrior and to Tony Bates, senior vice president in charge of Cisco's enterprise efforts.

    Tucker's move was apparently all the buzz at Structure, the annual conference put on by The GigaOm Network. Tucker has been a regular attendee in years past, so word of his new job spread quickly, probably spurred by the company name on his conference badge.

  • Former Yipes and Global Cloud Xchange marketing man Keao Caindec has landed at cloud provider OpSource Ltd. , where he will be chief marketing officer. (See OpSource Signs Ex-Yipes Man.)

    Part of his job will be to push OpSource more deeply into telecom, as CRN explains. OpSource is the basis for the NTT America public cloud service launched in the US recently and apparently sees a chance to score similar deals. (See NTT, OpSource Bring Cloud Services to US.)

  • Opscode Inc. , a totally different company with a name annoyingly similar to OpSource's, announced an $11 million funding round earlier this week. As CRN explains, Opscode runs a hosted service that automates the configuration of servers and software. It works by having servers log data, such as their IP addresses, into a central database. (See Opscode Banks $11M.)

  • Information Week highlights a Gartner study that suggests the cloud services market will be worth $150 billion in 2014. Of course, if you're a Light Reader going back to the optical boom days, you probably don't believe any numbers like that any more.

    Elsewhere in the cloud:

    — Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading

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