We try to tell you everything you need to know about the cloud here every week, but sometimes there's just too much news and analysis for us to give everything the space it deserves. This posts highlights some important events and interesting thoughts in cloud clouding from around the Web.
Microsoft Data Center GM Timmons Heads to Apple
Data Center Knowledge reports that Microsoft data center guru Kevin Timmons is expected to take a position at Apple.Timmons was responsible for building massive data centers in for Microsoft in Dublin and Chicago, and and "then moved to streamline the company's data center design and cost structure." Prior to Microsoft, Timmons oversaw the build-out of data centers for Yahoo, including its flagship facility in Lockport, NY.
Timmons is expected to replace Olivier Sanche, who passed away last November.
As we reported this week, Apple is also hiring a Cloud Systems Software Engineer to help build "the future of cloud services at Apple."
Phil Wainewright: Private Cloud Discredited, Part 2
Phil Wainewright looks at the case for private clouds - "security, reliability and control" - and concludes "an enterprise that builds a private cloud will spend more, achieve less and increase its risk exposure, while progressing no further along the path towards building a cloud applications infrastructure."
Wainewright looks to NetFlix's successful migration to the public cloud, and the admission by former private cloud advocate Christian Reilly's admission that he was wrong about private clouds for evidence.
Part one of Wainewright's case against private clouds was written in October and can be found here.
OpenStack Announces Cactus Release
OpenStack released a new version of its cloud computing stack: Cactus. There are too many bug fixes and new features to go into here, see the announcement for the full list.
Red Hat Steps Up Virtualization Drive, Announces Cloud Computing Plans
According to IT Pro Portal, Red Hat is expanding its cloud computing initiatives beyond Europe and North America into Australia and New Zealand. The article also notes that Red Hat plans to double the size of its staff at its North Carolina headquarters.
Google Invests $890 Million in Data Centers
According to Data Center Knowledge, Google invested $890 million in data centers in the first quarter of 2011. In recent months Google has resumed building a data center in Oklahoma, begun second phases of existing data centers in North and South Carolina, and begun building a new facility in Hamina, Finland.