UPDATED 14:53 EST / MAY 26 2009

Cloud Roundup: A Secure Cloud is a Happy Cloud

image AthenaHealth has completed is round of testing and certification with Deloitte & Touche to complete SAS 70 Type II certification.  This is pretty huge for them as the stakes for digitized medical records has drastically increased since the Obama Administration took office and everyone wants a piece of the pie.  In doing so they become one of the few SaaS providers out there to get that stamp of approval and should help them greatly as they seek to add to their existing customer base of 20,000 medical providers.

image The Obama Administration is taking more steps towards transparency with the launch of Data.gov.  Included in the openness of the project is data use and privacy checks before posting as the government would like the data to be combed and re-used/purposed by those in the research communities and general public. Rueven Cohen has more details in a post on his blog.

Cloud juggernaut Amazon keeps trucking with two new updates to their AWS platform.

image First Amazon announced three new tools for EC2, CloudWatch, Elastic LoadBalancing, Auto Scaling.  The names are pretty self explanatory as CloudWatch provides monitoring tools for your EC2 instance, while LoadBalancing and Auto Scaling help you manage load and capacity against your pool of deployed machines instances.  How these services will effect other providers such as Right Scale we will just have to wait and see.

Second up for Amazon is bulk data import/export for physical devices.  Sometimes companies have too much data to get started on S3 by uploading it all via the internet.  To combat this issue Amazon is providing a framework to allow companies to mail their storage devices to Amazon where a rep will bulk import the data directly from the device.

Apple is throwing some of its HUGE cash reserves towards infrastructure build out for a new data center.  Rumored to be around the $1 billion dollar range this will be a step in the right direction for Apple as they have struggled with their "Me" service since its launch and are not really known for providing solid software services to people.


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