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Newcomer Claims 3rd Place In Thin Clients
News  |  1/30/2009  | 
Germany's IGEL is less well known but is offering some redefinition of what a thin client can do and appears closely attuned to virtualization developments.
Footprints Of Google's GDrive Spotted
News  |  1/30/2009  | 
A reference to Google's long-rumored online storage service was spotted in a JavaScript localization file associated with Google Pack, Google's free software bundle.
Virtualization Set For Desktop Surge In 2009
News  |  1/30/2009  | 
The push for cost savings will sweep virtualization solutions from VMware, Microsoft, Citrix, and others past the server, onto the desktop and into the cloud.
Amazon Web Services Help Fuel Blow-Out Quarter
Commentary  |  1/30/2009  | 
As the economy crumbles around it, yesterday reported fourth-quarter financial results that blew past Wall Street's expectations. And, though details are sketchy, it appears that Amazon's cloud services grew at nearly double the rate of overall sales.
Citrix To Reduce Workforce By 10%
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
The trailing off of license revenue in the final quarter was a warning to Citrix that 2009 would be a difficult year, revenue-wise.
The Oregon Trail Of Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  1/29/2009  | 
Cloud computing is like the Wild West, where the players are rough around the edges, the borders are undefined, and the homesteaders are subject to unforeseen risks. In this environment, IT governance is nearly impossible -- but an absolute requirement.
Nintendo Shocks Market With Profit Warning
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
One factor may have been that there were no new blockbuster games for the Wii in the second half of last year, which would have helped to boost sales.
Practical Analysis: Time For Some IT Self-Improvement
Commentary  |  1/29/2009  | 
It's time to hone best practices and position your organization for better days. Sets Right Vision In Customer Service, Analyst Says
News  |  1/28/2009  | 
Among the most important achievements in the recently launched Service Cloud is the recognition that Google and other search engines may well be "the most prominent customer service channel in existence," Datamonitor says
Multi-Core Processors Outpacing Key Business Software
News  |  1/28/2009  | 
The relentless doubling of cores per microprocessor chip will result in servers with far more horsepower than software can use, says Gartner.
Intacct Announces SaaS Upgrade, Plans To Take On Oracle
News  |  1/28/2009  | 
The small SaaS vendor wants to play in the big leagues. But first it must prove it can be profitable.
Cloud vs. SaaS For Small Business
Commentary  |  1/28/2009  | 
A new survey shows small business is shy of the cloud. At the same time, a SaaS provider that focuses on SMBs is growing fast. Does SaaS resonate more than "cloud"?
Global CIO: An Open Letter To Oracle CEO Larry Ellison
Commentary  |  1/27/2009  | 
The issue that needs your fresh thinking: the one-size-fits-all, non-negotiable maintenance fees most software companies charge.
Yahoo Reports Losses Related To Costs, Stock Rises
News  |  1/27/2009  | 
Without the one-time costs, the company's 4Q earnings were better than expected, given the state of the economy, its effect on advertising, and public perceptions of Yahoo's position.
Google Gmail Available Offline, Calendar Coming Soon
News  |  1/27/2009  | 
After clicking on the "Offline" link, most or all of the user's Gmail messages, depending on the size of the mailbox, will be synchronized to a local cache.
Western Digital Launches 2 TB Green Hard Drive
News  |  1/27/2009  | 
The WD Caviar Green consumes 7.4 watts in read/write mode and 4 watts at idle.
EdgeCast, DT Partner On Content Delivery Network Player
News  |  1/27/2009  | 
Streaming video delivery services will be available for premium video, audio, and content publishers as well as for gaming companies, advertisers, and hosting providers.
Put Cloud Computing in its Place
Commentary  |  1/27/2009  | 
While many advocate cloud computing, others are weighing the fit within the modern enterprise. Bernard Golden lists five key areas of concern for enterprises considering cloud computing: Current enterprise apps can't be migrated conveniently; Legal, regulatory and business risk; the difficulty of managing cloud applications; the lack of SLAs; and the lack of a cost advantage for cloud computing. All good points, but here's some further analysis...
Oracle Takes On With CRM On Demand Upgrade
News  |  1/26/2009  | 
Release 16 is expected to include four types of monthly subscriptions and alternatives to multitenancy and set-in-stone maintenance scheduling.
Citrix Invests In Desktop Hypervisor Startup
News  |  1/26/2009  | 
Virtual Computer, a startup that has just released in beta its NxTop bare-metal hypervisor for desktops, acquired Citrix as a strategic investor.
HP Blurs Data Center Lines With Server/Switch
News  |  1/26/2009  | 
The ProCurve ONE embedded server blade and Data Center Connection Manager alter the roles various vendors and devices play in the data center.
Review: Picasa Photo Editor For Mac
News  |  1/26/2009  | 
Google's photo-management app is a powerful -- and free -- way to edit and manage digital images, but it lacks some features found in the Windows version.
Samsung Sees First-Ever Quarterly Loss
News  |  1/26/2009  | 
Plunging sales of appliances, liquid crystal displays, and memory chips led to Samsung reporting its first-ever quarterly loss of about $14.4 million.
Microsoft's Data Center Delay A Sign Of The Times
News  |  1/26/2009  | 
The work stoppage in Des Moines, Iowa, comes shortly after Microsoft announced plans last week to lay off 5,000 employees as part of a $1.5 billion spending cut.
Behind The Music: Animoto And RightScale Ramp Up To Render Facebook Videos In The Cloud
Commentary  |  1/23/2009  | 
If you build a better Web 2.0 mousetrap, you have to be careful when everyone beats a path to your door. Remember Cuil, the over-hyped search engine that launched last year, which is currently nursing a market share around 0.01%, thanks to an initial server crash and complaints about the accuracy of Cuil's search results? On the other hand, there's Animoto, a 2-year-old New York-based s
HP Releases Software Update For MediaSmart Home Server
News  |  1/23/2009  | 
The server supports Windows PCs and Apple Macs running Leopard using Apple Time Machine software.
What's Next In Desktop Virtualization
News  |  1/23/2009  | 
Increased flexibility for users and improved security are expected benefits of a secure client virtual machine based on XenServer.
Tuxedo Emerges As Part Of Oracle Fusion Middleware
News  |  1/22/2009  | 
Now part of 10g R3, the software has been integrated with Oracle's identity and access management and SOA products.
Sun Cloud CTO: 'Your Data Center Is Your Computer'
Commentary  |  1/22/2009  | 
Lew Tucker has contributed to several waves of technology innovation over the last 20 years. Currently VP and CTO of cloud computing at Sun Microsystems, Tucker started work on distributed computing in the mid-'80s as a research scientist and director of advanced development at Thinking Machines, working on machine vision and system architecture to create the massively parallel Connection Machine.
Satyam Fallout: Indian Industry Speaks As One
News  |  1/22/2009  | 
Company officials reveal ways the outsourcing company is repairing its image with customers during an InformationWeek Webcast.
Panelists Say Legacy Apps In The Cloud Are A Roll Of The Dice
Commentary  |  1/22/2009  | 
The premise of the Thursday morning panel discussion at the Cloud Connect event at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif., was that it's possible to have the best of both worlds: your legacy applications and the cloud. By the end of the hour-long discussion, many of the 200 or so attendees seemed to have come to the conclusion that enterprise and Web-scale development were worlds apart and moving further away from each other at something approaching the speed of light.
Why You Should Try Google's App Engine In The Cloud
Commentary  |  1/22/2009  | 
When thinking about applications in the cloud, it's best to think of new applications, applications oriented toward Web operations, and applications that do things in a way that's contrary to what you're accustomed to. In other words, think about using Google Bigtable.
HTC Updates Touch Cruise
News  |  1/22/2009  | 
The Windows Mobile smartphone will feature robust location-based services, enabling users to geotag photos as well as get turn-by-turn directions.
How The Cloud Enables A New Set Of Personal Applications
Commentary  |  1/21/2009  | 
Moving applications to the cloud is what the Cloud Connect conference is all about. But cloud services at this stage tend to be somewhat self-referential. They're about working with what's already available in the cloud. Look at Lasso2Go, for example, a service I didn't know I needed.
The Cloud/Electric Generator Analogy
Commentary  |  1/21/2009  | 
One of the key slides in Adam Selipsky's presentation in the Evening in the Cloud panel on Jan. 20 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif., was a picture of Amazon's CEO Jeff Bezos in front of a vintage 1890s electric generator in a Belgium beer factory.
Cloud Connect: Evening Panel Woos IT Managers
Commentary  |  1/21/2009  | 
"Much of what happened today, such as the Obama inauguration, happened in the cloud," panel moderator David Berlind said in his introduction to the Evening in the Cloud event on Jan. 20 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif.
10 Questions For Oracle President Charles Phillips
News  |  1/21/2009  | 
Larry Ellison's right-hand man explains why software costs so much, what to expect from the upcoming Fusion Apps, his views on President Barack Obama, and more.
Cloud Connect: IT Managers Remain Wary
News  |  1/21/2009  |, Google, and Amazon say their strategies and software help enterprises move virtualized and IT resources into a cloud computing model.
Cloud Connect: Tackling The Issue Of Cloud Interoperability
Commentary  |  1/21/2009  | 
There's an important discussion under way among cloud computing's inner circle on the subject of interoperability. Service providers and implementers recognize that adoption will be hampered if they don't come up with a good way of integrating data and applications across clouds.
IBM, RIM Boost Lotus Support On BlackBerry
News  |  1/20/2009  | 
The business devices will get expanded Lotus support and mobile access to Lotus Symphony, Quickr, and Domino Designer later this year.
Using Tech Tools To Cope With The Recession
Commentary  |  1/20/2009  | 
While many companies these days are focused on squeezing out extra value from existing IT investments, some are deploying new technology tools to help their businesses adapt to and survive the economic downturn.
BlackBerry's App Store Gets A Step Closer
News  |  1/20/2009  | 
The Application Storefront has started taking submissions, and the catalog is expected to be filled with enterprise and entertainment apps.
So What's so Great (or Even New) About Cloud Computing?
Commentary  |  1/20/2009  | 
Computing is a movie you may have seen years ago called "time sharing," which gave us the ability to share computing resources among many different users. In those days, many companies actually shared a single computer sitting in some data center... It's how I started my career, and most people in their 40s or older remember those days well. So, what's new or better this time around?
Do The Monster Mashery
Commentary  |  1/20/2009  | 
I'm sure just about everything can happen in the cloud these days -- maybe even things I don't want to know about. But when we're starting to help companies perform API management in the cloud, which is what Mashery is doing, it's probably a pretty good sign.
10 Cloud Computing Predictions For 2009
News  |  1/18/2009  | 
Vendors are rushing to join Amazon, EMC/VMware, IBM, Google, Microsoft, and Salesforce in the cloud, offering businesses new ways to do more with less.
Will 'Cobol In The Cloud' Lead To Unplugging Your Mainframe?
Commentary  |  1/16/2009  | 
As part of the company's recently launched Enterprise Cloud Services, Micro Focus announced yesterday that it will enable enterprise Cobol apps to run on Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) -- just a month after the company announced support for Microsoft's Azure Platform.
A CIO Tries To Get His Arms Around The Cloud
Commentary  |  1/16/2009  | 
Anwar Abbas, CIO of the Motion Picture Industry Health & Pension Plans, has been tasked with assembling a cloud computing roundtable at UCLA's Anderson School of Management. As it turns out, cloud experts are hard to find.
Apple's App Store Hits Half Billion Downloads
News  |  1/16/2009  | 
The number of available apps has skyrocketed to 15,000 thanks to the robust holiday sales of the iPhone 3G and iPod Touch.
Salesforce Offers Pricing For Cloud-Computing Services
News  |  1/16/2009  | 
The company's partnership with Amazon lets customers connect to the online retailer's Elastic Compute Cloud service and Simple Storage Service.
Million-Dollar Private Clouds
Commentary  |  1/16/2009  | 
Private clouds that emulate the characteristics of public cloud services sound promising, but they won't necessarily be fast, easy, or cheap to create. A recent meeting with Cassatt CEO Bill Coleman reinforced that impression, especially when I heard about the price tag associated with them.
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