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Content tagged with Cloud posted in January 2009
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HP Extends Orchestration Of Virtual, Physical Servers
News  |  1/15/2009  | 
With two additions to its Adaptive Infrastructure management products, HP is upping the ante in the race to manage physical and virtual data center servers from the same console.
Macworld Aftermath: A Closer Look At iLife, iWork
News  |  1/15/2009  | 
The most overlooked news at Macworld was about the significant upgrades to iLife, iWork, and the MacBook Pro, Apple's workhorse of a notebook. Our Mac expert hits the highlights.
Engine Yard Switches Rails To Mainline Cloud
Commentary  |  1/14/2009  | 
Engine Yard, a hosting and support company for the popular Ruby on Rails programming framework, today announced two new offerings designed to improve the development, deployment, management, and security of cloud applications.
LG, SanDisk Create Mobile Content Protection
News  |  1/14/2009  | 
The content-protection technology lets carriers preload multimedia content on a handset and authenticate user credentials via data on the SIM card.
Metaplace Readies Virtual World Platform
News  |  1/14/2009  | 
InformationWeek's beta tester says that the Metaplace platform will likely achieve its goal of making anyone into a virtual world designer.
Nortel Networks Files For Financial Restructuring
News  |  1/14/2009  | 
The action had been expected ever since Nortel hired bankruptcy lawyers last month.
Eli Lilly On What's Next In Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  1/14/2009  | 
Eli Lilly's Dave Powers talks compellingly about how the pharmaceuticals company is using cloud computing services to support its scientists with on-demand processing power and storage. What's even more interesting, however, is what Eli Lilly has planned next.
Yahoo Picks Bartz To Lead Effort At Turnaround
News  |  1/13/2009  | 
President Sue Decker announces plans to resign after an undefined transition period.
Google Woos Allies With Apps Reseller Program
News  |  1/13/2009  | 
Google is offering support, training, and tools for sales, marketing, reporting, and customer integration, while allowing resellers to manage billing and the customer relationship.
Yahoo Getting Strong Track Record, Leadership In Carol Bartz
News  |  1/13/2009  | 
A Bartz appointment could also signal that Yahoo sees itself as a software company, not just a company providing online services.
Launching InformationWeek's Startup 50
Commentary  |  1/13/2009  | 
What are the most innovative and compelling tech startups with products and services for business? InformationWeek is setting out to identify those up-and-coming companies, and we're asking your help in finding them.
52% Of Developers Expecting SaaS Projects This Year
News  |  1/12/2009  | 
In Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, fewer developers are currently working on SaaS applications, but more than half of those surveyed expect to be doing so within 12 months, Evans Data said.
Oracle Customers About To Begin Testing Fusion Apps
News  |  1/12/2009  | 
Oracle senior VP Thomas Kurian gives advanced details on what to expect from a product set compiled from more than 40 software company acquisitions.
Adobe Launches Dev Tools In Amazon's Cloud
News  |  1/12/2009  | 
The Amazon-hosted version of Adobe's LiveCycle offers a self-contained application development environment for building rich Internet applications.
Not All Apps Are Fit for the Cloud
Commentary  |  1/12/2009  | 
Cloud computing is on fire with "new technology" and "new approaches" that are really not much different than things we've been doing for the past 30 years... However, in moving to cloud computing, it's also clear that not all information systems are good candidates to run in the clouds. Here are a few things to consider:
CES: Startup Ctera's CloudPlug (Literally)
Commentary  |  1/11/2009  | 
Sometimes it's the tiniest things that thrill me. In the middle of the gigantic TVs and the booming sound systems and the magic acts and the private suites and the thrumming parties was Ctera, an 18-employee company headquartered in Israel. When they showed me their device, I literally did a double-take (luckily off camera; very awkward). The CloudPlug is a tiny plug with a processor inside, an Ethernet jack, and a USB port, with which you can turn any USB device into a NAS and back up your data
Windows Server 2008 Getting Fault Tolerance Add-On
News  |  1/9/2009  | 
The availability of everRun as a feature of the operating system could allow Windows Server 2008 to host multiple virtual machines running mission-critical systems.
AMD Unveils Supercomputer In The Cloud
News  |  1/9/2009  | 
Dubbed the AMD Fusion Render Cloud, the system is expected to process a million compute threads across more than 1,000 graphics processors.
Amid Belt-Tightening, Engine Yard Expands The Cloud
Commentary  |  1/9/2009  | 
In the past few weeks, Engine Yard has brought in a new CEO, laid off 15% of its workforce, and merged two of its key development efforts. With that out of the way, the Ruby on Rails hosting company appears ready to announce a cloud platform and a new hosting option.
TV In Your Car Gains Traction In More Cities
News  |  1/9/2009  | 
A potentially competing service, the Open Mobile Video Coalition, is gearing up to begin broadcasting to wireless mobile devices this year.
Oracle On's Service Disruption
Commentary  |  1/8/2009  | went down worldwide for about 40 minutes Tuesday, marking the company's first notable service disruption in months. There's never a good time for a service disruption, but this one seems particularly ill-timed, given Oracle's sudden bloodthirsty gaze on's customer base.
SanDisk Drops Price On Solid-State Drives For Laptops
News  |  1/8/2009  | 
The storage maker claims corporate customers could extend by two years the life of existing Windows XP laptops by replacing their HDDs with the SSDs.
Sony Unveils Pricey Netbook
News  |  1/8/2009  | 
The Vaio P Series Lifestyle PC is small enough to slip into a jacket pocket or handbag, while still delivering full PC functionality.
Managing Amazon Web Services From An iPhone
Commentary  |  1/8/2009  | 
The day has arrived when Average Joe can manage data center resources from a soccer field or the beach using the world's most popular gadget. Ylastic, an Atlanta-based startup founded last year, has introduced an iPhone version of its management interface for Amazon Web Services.
SAP CEO: SaaS Won't Work As A Core Platform
News  |  1/8/2009  | 
But Bill McDermott admits his company is forging ahead with Business ByDesign and expects to update customers at the Sapphire Conference in May.
Halo Wars Shipping In February, Microsoft Says
News  |  1/8/2009  | 
The RTS version of the company's futuristic shooter is set to debut next month.
Samsung Unveils First Camcorders With Solid-State Drives
News  |  1/7/2009  | 
The camcorders feature a 2.2-megapixel CMOS imaging sensor, a 10x optical zoom, and a Schneider Kreuznach Varioplan HD lens.
Sun Acquires Cloud Computing Software Supplier, Q-Layer
News  |  1/7/2009  | 
The company's NephOS -- data center modeling and orchestration system product -- works with VMware's ESX, open source Xen, or Sun's xVM VirtualBox.
Asustek Light Laptop Sports Large Solid-State Drive
News  |  1/7/2009  | 
The 3-pound, 12-inch S121 notebook boasts a 512-GB SSD and an eight-hour battery life.
6 Things SaaS Needs To Do In 2009
News  |  1/7/2009  | 
Software as a service is making headway, but can't yet be called a game-changer in the enterprise software market. Here's what must happen for SaaS to gain wider acceptance in 2009.
Twitter: The Water Cooler For Mobile Workers
Commentary  |  1/7/2009  | 
Twitter makes a good substitute for cubicle chatter that I miss in my home office.
SAP CEO Predicts SaaS 'Disillusionment'
Commentary  |  1/7/2009  | 
Conventional wisdom is that the tough economy makes this a good time to subscribe to software as a service as a way of avoiding capital investment in on-premises software. But Bill McDermott, president and CEO of global field operations for SAP, argues that strategy could backfire, and in some cases already has, for companies that take it too far.
Public Data from Amazon Changes Game
Commentary  |  1/7/2009  | 
Amazon is now in the live data business with its recent launch of Public Data Sets on AWS (Amazon Web Services)... In essence, most data out there in the public domain, including information provided by the government, is now available, for free, from Amazon. This is clearly the company's entrance, with other data sets to appear shortly...
Toshiba Unveils Half-Terabyte External Hard Drive
News  |  1/6/2009  | 
The storage capacity is sufficient for up to 142,000 photos, 131,000 music files, and 222 hours of DVD-quality video or 58 hours of high-definition video.
Samsung Develops 100 GB SSD For Servers
News  |  1/6/2009  | 
Samsung claims its new 2.5-inch single-level cell solid state drive is 10 times faster than the typical SAS hard drive used for transactional data workloads.
How Eli Lilly Taps Into The Cloud
Commentary  |  1/6/2009  | 
I'm expecting 2009 to be a year in which large companies embrace cloud computing in greater numbers. But how will they do it? And why? Eli Lilly, an early adopter of Amazon Web Services, will discuss its motivations and experiences in an upcoming InformationWeek Webcast.
10 Urgent Tasks For Microsoft In 2009
News  |  1/5/2009  | 
Steve Ballmer and company are under pressure to get Windows 7 out the door, stop the executive exodus, and revive Microsoft's advertising. And that's just for starters.
Verbatim Unveils Quad-Interface Desktop Hard Drives
News  |  1/2/2009  | 
The latest products' multi-interface support simplifies file sharing for designers collaborating on projects from different systems.
Military Hoping Chat Bots Will Replace Deployed Parents
News  |  1/2/2009  | 
While Skype or similar teleconferencing technologies might seem like a more cost-effective and immediately available solution, the Defense Department rejects that possibility.
Open Document Format Has Been Accepted By 16 Governments
News  |  1/2/2009  | 
The ODF Alliance, with Sun and IBM as principal backers, announced the countries would use ODF, not Microsoft's OOXML, as the format for government documents.
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