Filtering the informative, insightful and quirky from the fire hose of cloud-based hype.

Google’s “Google Drive” has been leading the news this week, and has sparked off some debate about the data storage “In the Cloud”. LA Times has a nice comparison of the different storage options available, and also asks “Who owns your stuff in the Google Drive cloud?

Two more stores on the data storage side, Microsoft will bundle CommVault Simpana with Windows Azure “The new bundle, unveiled Monday, provides access to up to 62 TBs of cloud storage capacity along with CommVault’s Simpana 9 Express data protection capabilities for prices starting at about $50,000”. Also Aidmatrix Expands to the Microsoft Windows Azure Cloud to Enhance Its Disaster Response Platform.

Big data seems to be big business there is a nice overview of big data here. As for big data transfer, academics get a break with Microsoft waiving Azure bandwidth fees for research universities.

On the security side if you are working with Azure the new book from Packt “Microsoft Windows Identity Foundation Cookbook” should go on your shopping list.

I can’t decide if this is fun or serious, but the “Home Security System Using Kinect, Azure, Windows Phone and Windows 8” makes good use of emerging technologies. I wonder if they have a “Caught red-handed!” achievement