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The 10 Biggest Cloud Computing Stories Of 2010

By many accounts, 2010 was indeed the year of the cloud. Here are 10 of the biggest stories that shaped the cloud computing industry this year.

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2. Larry Comes Around To The Cloud

After being an outspoken opponent to cloud computing, or at least to calling it cloud computing, throughout most of 2009, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison changed his tune at Oracle's OpenWorld conference in 2010.

At the show, Ellison unveiled Oracle's "cloud-in-a-box" offering that Ellison himself called "one big honkin' cloud." The Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud server combines 64-bit x86 hardware, a total of 30 compute servers with 360 cores, with Oracle middleware such as the WebLogic server, Oracle Coherence data grid software, JRockit Java runtime software and Oracle VM virtualization software.

The system can handle 1.8 million messages per second or 1 million HTTP requests per second and uses Infiniband technology (capable of handling 40 gigabits per second) to link its internal components, has 2.8 TB of DRAM, 4 TB of read cache and 960 GB of solid-state disk storage.

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