Engine Yard Switches Rails To Mainline Cloud
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.
Eli Lilly On What's Next In Cloud Computing
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.
Google Woos Allies With Apps Reseller Program
Google is offering support, training, and tools for sales, marketing, reporting, and customer integration, while allowing resellers to manage billing and the customer relationship.
Launching InformationWeek's Startup 50
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.
Not All Apps Are Fit for the Cloud
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)
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
Amid Belt-Tightening, Engine Yard Expands The Cloud
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.
Oracle On Salesforce.com's Service Disruption
Salesforce.com 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 Salesforce.com's customer base.
Sony Unveils Pricey Netbook
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
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.
6 Things SaaS Needs To Do In 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.
SAP CEO Predicts SaaS 'Disillusionment'
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
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...
Samsung Develops 100 GB SSD For Servers
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
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
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.