In any year, there are winners and losers, those that successfully rode--or shaped--the tide, and those smashed by the waves of change. As virtual battles raged on Xboxes, Kinects, and other platforms, software developers waged war over market share and steadily loosening budget dollars. Eagerly awaited new products and beta versions made their debuts, jockeying for position and sales. The past year was, of course, no exception. In the rapid-paced world of social media, granddaddy MySpace all-bu
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With its release of Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud, Canonical enabled organizations to create their own clouds and, if desired, connect them to Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). The roll-out in November 2009 helped propel open source into the growing market for private clouds, an area ripe with opportunity in segments such as government.
"Ubuntu's Enterprise Cloud combines Ubuntu Linux with Eucalyptus and other cloud management tools. Red Hat Enterprise Linux and other Linux variants can also be used in combination with other open source programs to create cloud environments," said Michael Biddick, president and CTO of Fusion PPT, a consulting and IT services firm. , wrote in InformationWeek.
Google in the Enterprise SurveyThere's no doubt Google has made headway into businesses: Just 28 percent discourage or ban use of its productivity products, and 69 percent cite Google Apps' good or excellent mobility. But progress could still stall: 59 percent of nonusers distrust the security of Google's cloud. Its data privacy is an open question, and 37 percent worry about integration.