News & Commentary
Content tagged with Cloud posted in January 2013
Amazon Expands Video Conversion As A Service
News  |  1/31/2013  | 
Amazon Elastic Transcoder allows users to use the AWS cloud to convert video into formats for Macs, PCs, iOS and Android devices.
Amazon E-Retail Down For Hour On Thursday
News  |  1/31/2013  | 
Amazon offers no explanation. Amazon Web Services continued functioning, with all services apparently available.
Microsoft Surface Pro Storage Snafu: Does It Matter?
News  |  1/31/2013  | 
Windows 8 takes up about 70% of the 64-GB Surface Pro's storage. Will this factor into the tablet's BYOD potential?
OVF 2.0 Takes On Cloud Lock-In Worries
News  |  1/30/2013  | 
DMTF standards body updates its vendor-neutral virtual machine file format. The goal: Make it easier to leap from cloud to cloud.
Are Big Companies Ready For Cloud ERP?
Commentary  |  1/30/2013  | 
Any ERP change is high risk, but CIOs will look closely at cloud options.
Amazon Profits Fall Despite Rising Revenue
News  |  1/29/2013  | 
Amazon reports fourth-quarter sales of $21.27 billion, but heavy capital expenditures led to a decline in net income in quarter and an overall $39 million loss for 2012.
IBM Expands Enterprise Cloud Services
News  |  1/29/2013  | 
IBM SmartCloud Enterprise+ can host SAP, other enterprise apps, and offer uptime rates of 99.7%.
MS Office 2013 Upgrade: 4 Points to Consider
News  |  1/29/2013  | 
Microsoft Office 2013 offers some compelling new features, especially for mobile users. But how will buyers respond to the new version's license shake-up and cloud emphasis?
Oracle Wants Cloud Cake And Hardware Wins
Commentary  |  1/29/2013  | 
Oracle hopes infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) plan will help the company have its cake and eat it, too -- boosting Oracle hardware use and increasing cloud subscription revenue.
Vague Goals Seed Big Data Failures
Commentary  |  1/28/2013  | 
IT staff survey finds big data projects are plagued by unclear business objectives and unrealistic expectations that Hadoop will solve all problems.
Would You Buy $800, 128-GB iPad?
News  |  1/28/2013  | 
Hints from iOS 6.1 beta, iTunes suggest a higher-capacity iPad on deck for later this year.
Amazon Startup Contest Winners Strut Stuff
News  |  1/25/2013  | 
Amazon Web Services challenge spotlights companies using AWS as a mobile application development environment.
Glasgow: U.K.'s First 'Smart City'
News  |  1/25/2013  | 
Scrappy Scottish city will be paid to help develop smart technology solutions to urban problems.
U.K. Government's $1.6 Billion Oracle Deal Spurs Outrage
News  |  1/25/2013  | 
Reformers slam huge ERP deal between U.K. FCO and Oracle that is meant to reduce operating costs.
7 Top Business Intelligence Trends For 2013
Commentary  |  1/25/2013  | 
Short list of BI hot buttons includes dashboards, self-service, mobile, in-memory, cloud, collaboration and, of course, big data.
Samsung Adds Multiwindow Mojo to Android
News  |  1/24/2013  | 
Multiwindow, multitasking features in Samsung's Android 4.1.2 update for the Galaxy Note 10.1 push Android's user interface into new territory, adding Windows-like capabilities that are sure to delight many users — and aggravate others.
VMware Invests $30 Million In Puppet Labs
News  |  1/23/2013  | 
VMware reaches deeper into the data center with support for popular open source configuration management firm. But there's a string attached.
SAP Outpaces Oracle, Predicts Double-Digit 2013 Gains
News  |  1/23/2013  | 
Defiant SAP forecasts 14% to 20% full-year growth on strength of Hana database and cloud subscription adoption.
IBM Profits On Smart Software Plays
News  |  1/22/2013  | 
IBM's fourth-quarter 2012 results cap tenth straight year of earnings growth fueled by high-margin software sales.
DARPA Takes Aim At Space Junk
News  |  1/22/2013  | 
Defense research agency seeks partners to help it repair and reuse retired satellites.
Amazon Speeds Analytics With High-Memory Compute Instances
News  |  1/22/2013  | 
Amazon Web Services fills out its portfolio of workload-specific compute instances on the Elastic Compute Cloud.
Oracle Offers Subscription Pricing For On-Premises IaaS
News  |  1/18/2013  | 
Oracle will configure and charge monthly for familiar infrastructure-as-a-service appliances, rather than requiring a large upfront purchase.
4 Ways To Prevent 'Cloud Sprawl'
News  |  1/17/2013  | 
Lured by easy-to-install cloud applications, individual business departments are deploying their own clouds and causing chaos for CIOs.
U.K. Data Center Colocation Business Growing
News  |  1/17/2013  | 
U.K. companies are investing in data center colocation facilities to meet growing demand, as IT departments lean more on cloud computing.
Cloud Standards: Bottom Up, Not Top Down
News  |  1/16/2013  | 
IT has good reason to demand standardization in SaaS, IaaS and PaaS offerings. But what's interesting is that vendors themselves are just as interested, and in many cases, are driving standards efforts.
Intel CTO: Smart Sensors, Wearable Tech Coming Soon
News  |  1/16/2013  | 
Touchscreen Ultrabooks might be cutting edge today, but Intel CTO Justin Rattner says it's nothing compared to the next generation of smart sensors and wearable technology just around the corner.
Microsoft Enhances System Center For Hybrid Cloud Work
News  |  1/15/2013  | 
With System Center's new service pack and Windows Server 2012, an IT administrator can create Hyper-V virtual machines and deploy them to internal data center, remote hosting service provider or public cloud, such as a Windows Azure site.
SAP Caps Strong 2012 With Modest Q4
News  |  1/15/2013  | 
SAP meets resistance in the Americas and falls behind Oracle on software sales growth.
Obama's Developer Brain Trust: Inside The Big Battle
News  |  1/14/2013  | 
Tech leaders for the Obama for America team discuss their re-election project -- and a business-like culture clash between free-wheeling nerds and their goal-oriented bosses.
DropBox Restores Service, Mum On Outage Cause
News  |  1/11/2013  | 
DropBox client synching and upload services disappeared mid-Thursday afternoon, came back Friday morning.
NASA To Use Drone For Climate Research
News  |  1/11/2013  | 
Unmanned aerial vehicle will gather data on how changes in the troposphere affect climate.
Amazon AutoRip Provides Free Digital Copies Of CDs
News  |  1/10/2013  | 
Amazon has copied years worth of your music purchases to its Cloud Player.
NetSuite Acquires Retail Anywhere For Point-Of-Sale Boost
News  |  1/10/2013  | 
NetSuite deal for Retail Anywhere completes view of customer transactions and inventory across Web, mobile and retail stores.
OpenStack Brain Trust Gains $10M In New Funding
News  |  1/10/2013  | 
Mirantis, one of the only OpenStack brain trusts outside of Rackspace, lines up backers including Dell and Intel to elevate its prominence in the cloud systems integration business.
Is SharePoint Trustworthy For Business-Critical Processes?
Commentary  |  1/9/2013  | 
With workflow improvements in SharePoint 2013, more companies may consider it. Here's what else to consider in Microsoft's latest version.
Why Application Performance Management Matters Now
News  |  1/8/2013  | 
As we rely more on virtualization and cloud, APM systems keep enterprise applications running at top speed for users. More system mapping, data analytics are among key needs.
Amazon's Cloud Revenues, Examined
Commentary  |  1/7/2013  | 
Two analyst firms upgrade Amazon Web Services for broad growth potential; one factor is a growing number of large customers.
8 Key Changes In Microsoft SharePoint 2013
Slideshows  |  1/7/2013  | 
Microsoft's popular collaboration platform gets a significant revamp with SharePoint 2013. Here's what you gain.
AgilOne's Cloud Service: Predictive Analytics On A Budget
News  |  1/7/2013  | 
AgilOne targets retailers lacking the technical infrastructure or personnel to develop a predictive customer model in-house.
Apple Discounts For Big, Loyal Buyers
News  |  1/6/2013  | 
You would probably assume that volume purchasers get discounts from Apple, as they do from any other company. But how much? We have the numbers. And you don't have to be a real business to take advantage of the discounts — just use the products for business.
Chicago Picks Microsoft Cloud For Email
News  |  1/4/2013  | 
CIO Brett Goldstein says Chicago's 30,000 civil servants will migrate from their current email and desktop applications to Microsoft 365.
Amazon's Dec. 24th Outage: A Closer Look
News  |  1/3/2013  | 
Amazon Web Services once again cites human error spread by automated systems for loss of load balancing at key facility Christmas Eve.
Google Settles FTC Antitrust Inquiry
News  |  1/3/2013  | 
Deal prevents Google from using standard patents against competitors, but brings only minor changes to the company's search business.
10 Epic CES Fails
Commentary  |  1/3/2013  | 
Consumer Electronics Shows have launched great technologies like VCRs and HDTVs, but many product reveals turn out to be duds. Here are some of the worst.
Microsoft Tries To Outflank Amazon With Azure Upgrades
News  |  1/3/2013  | 
Azure enhancements leave Microsoft well positioned against cloud competitors in 2013, analyst says.
Zynga Regroups In Quest For Profit
News  |  1/2/2013  | 
Online game maker confirms it eliminated 11 underperforming titles, aims to shore up stock price in 2013.
Google Pushes Paperless Pledge
News  |  1/2/2013  | 
Give up paper, Google suggests, and live in the cloud.
'The Hobbit' Creates Big Data Challenge For Moviemaker
News  |  1/2/2013  | 
Emerging video technologies create data-driven challenges for entertainment industry.


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