News & Commentary
Content tagged with Cloud posted in October 2008
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Rackspace Buys Two Cloud Computing Firms For $11.5 Million
News  |  10/22/2008  | 
The hosted computing services company acquires Slicehost and Jungle Disk to compete head-on with Amazon Web Services.
Google Analytics Adds Enterprise Features
News  |  10/22/2008  | 
Among the upgrades is an integration of Google Analytics with AdSense, Google's advertising network for Web publishers.
IBM Releases SAAS Version Of Lotus Notes Domino
News  |  10/22/2008  | 
By combining both a software element and a service, IBM is taking another page from Microsoft's "software plus services" strategy.
VMware Revenues Show Strength, Despite Downturn
News  |  10/21/2008  | 
CEO Paul Maritz expects to bring out the VMware View 3.0 desktop virtualization management system in the fourth quarter, with "significant deliveries expected through 2009."
Microsoft Releases Virtualization Tools, Sees Gains Against VMware
News  |  10/21/2008  | 
System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 works with Microsoft's other management tools and costs about one-third what VMware's VirtualCenter does.
PlayStation Game Yanked Over Koran Text
News  |  10/21/2008  | 
LittleBigPlanet will ship three days late so developers can remove the material, inclusion of which could be offensive to Muslims.
IDC Says IT Cloud Services To Reach $42 Billion By 2012
Commentary  |  10/20/2008  | 
Based on a survey of IT executives, CIOs, and other business leaders, IDC said this week it expects spending on IT cloud services to grow almost threefold in the next five years, reaching $42 billion by 2012.
Google Android Adds Microsoft Exchange Support
News  |  10/20/2008  | 
Developers have created an application that will enable Android users to connect with Exchange servers and load contacts onto their phones.
Nvidia Unveils Desktop Version Of MacBook Graphics Chip
News  |  10/20/2008  | 
The 16-core GeForce 9400 and 9300 chips enable mainstream PC users to play the latest PC games and play high-definition Blu-ray video.
VC Funding Begins To Dry Up
Commentary  |  10/18/2008  | 
Venture capital investment declined in the third quarter to the lowest level in almost two years, and funding to Internet companies plunged 36% in just one quarter. The much-anticipated slowdown in VC investment has begun.
Welcome To The Cloud. Please Place Your AMI (Whatzat?) Here
Commentary  |  10/17/2008  | 
Does cloud computing sound like fun, something your department or business unit could do while waiting for IT to come up with that new system you requested two years ago? Why not make use of somebody else's computing infrastructure, especially if they're smart enough to figure out how to give you access to it?
Google Gmail Outage Brings Out Cloud Computing Naysayers
News  |  10/17/2008  | 
Because the outage appears to have lasted more than 24 hours for some, affected paying Gmail customers appear to be owed service credits, as per the terms of the Gmail SLA.
TC3 Processes Millions Of Health-Care Claims In The Cloud
News  |  10/17/2008  | 
The company explains how it uses Amazon's EC2 cloud product to help insurance companies detect fraud.
Video Game Industry Sees First Decline In More Than Two Years
News  |  10/17/2008  | 
Sales of games -- excluding PC games -- consoles, and accessories fell 7% in September to $1.27 billion from $1.35 billion in September 2007.
Tackling The SaaS Integration Challenge
Commentary  |  10/17/2008  | 
I've talked to many business technology managers who are intrigued by the idea of software as a service. But their top question is almost always the same: What's the best way to integrate SaaS with your other business applications? We tackle this issue in an in-depth story published this week, "SaaS Integration: Real-World Problems, And How CIOs Are Solving Them."
InformationWeek Launches PlugIntoTheCloud.com
Commentary  |  10/17/2008  | 
Is cloud computing the next major IT model? Or a rat's nest of security vulnerabilities, service outages, policy complexity, and vendor lock-in? The computer industry is split on The Cloud, with believers and skeptics arguing both sides. Now InformationWeek is diving -- skydiving -- into the fray.
Cast Iron Offers SaaS Integration
News  |  10/17/2008  | 
The Cast Iron Cloud would be particularly useful to a mid-size or small company using, for example, NetSuite for their financial application and Salesforce.com for customer relationship management,
Chemical Manufacturer BASF Finds Big Gains In Virtualized Apps
News  |  10/16/2008  | 
The big German chemicals company found application performance was slowed at the desktop, but a number of other advantages offset that effect.
Google Shares Rise On Strong 3Q Performance
News  |  10/16/2008  | 
Co-founder Sergey Brin said Google should benefit from the tough times as the company now indexes as much information every four hours as is contained in the Library of Congress.
Novell To Buy Managed Objects, Expand Data Center Offerings
News  |  10/16/2008  | 
Managed Objects produces such software products as Application Impact Management, which gathers application operational data together into a management dashboard.
SanDisk Unveils $20 Music Player For Pre-Loaded Memory Cards
News  |  10/15/2008  | 
About 40 artists are available on the SlotMusic cards for the Sansa player, ranging from oldies-but-goodies like Jimi Hendrix and Elvis Presley to new artists Coldplay, Keane, and Weezer.
Intel Ships SSDs For Servers, Storage Systems
News  |  10/15/2008  | 
Intel plans to start sending samples of a 64-GB SSD this quarter to computer makers, with the larger drive set to go into production in the first quarter of next year.
Cloud Summit: SAP Sees Bright Future In Cloud Computing
News  |  10/15/2008  | 
Cloud computing is coming more quickly to smaller organizations, largely because it is financially compelling, a panel of industry CTOs and insiders agreed.
Obama Campaign Ads Popping Up In Video Game Billboards
News  |  10/15/2008  | 
The ads appear in racing games including Burnout Paradise and NASCAR 09, as well as NHL 09, NBA Live 08, Need For Speed, NFL Tour, and Skate.
Cloud Summit: Trend Micro Warns About Security Hazards
News  |  10/14/2008  | 
The company's Smart Protection Network represents an attempt to counter the vast computational capacity of cybercriminals and their botnets.
HP Software Veep: Cloud Is A Channel, Not A Panacea
Commentary  |  10/14/2008  | 
Here at Cloud Summit Executive at the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley, HP senior VP of software Tom Hogan took the stage to share some of what HP has learned about the attitudes of senior IT personnel and CIOs when it comes to cloud computing (as well as HP's response in terms of its go-to-cloud-market strategy). One of Hogan's key messages was that cloud computing is less of a model or the computing panacea it's often described as and should be looked upon as a very efficient channel.
Cloud Summit: Cloud Computing Is Real
News  |  10/14/2008  | 
HP is betting big on cloud computing as its $12 billion purchase of EDS shows that the company is serious about infrastructure as a service.
Cloud Computing: Like The iPod For Infrastructure
Commentary  |  10/14/2008  | 
It's perhaps a foregone conclusion that the speakers at the Cloud Summit Executive conference, being held Tuesday at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif., would insist that cloud computing isn't just marketing hype.
IBM Expands R&D In China
News  |  10/14/2008  | 
The new facility will focus primarily on information analytics, Web-delivered service computing, cloud computing, and stream computing.
Cloud Computing Providers Gather In Silicon Valley For One-Day Mind Meld
Commentary  |  10/14/2008  | 
I'm in Silicon Valley today, attending, panel moderating, twittering, and blogging from the one-day Cloud Summit Executive (produced by InformationWeek's parent TechWeb) and the event was kicked off with a brief introduction by Sand Hill Group co-founder MR Rangaswami.
Sun Unveils Midrange Sparc Enterprise Server
News  |  10/13/2008  | 
The T5440 is Sun's first quad-socket, general-purpose server powered by the company's UltraSparc T2 Plus processor.
No PS3 Holiday Price Cut, Sony Exec Admits
News  |  10/13/2008  | 
The least-expensive PS3 sells for $399, which is twice the price of the cheapest Xbox 360.
Google Gmail, Other Apps, Vulnerable To Attack
News  |  10/10/2008  | 
Security researchers alert the company to a bug that could let hackers use Google Maps to infiltrate Google, Google Mail, or Google Apps accounts.
U.S. Navy Intranet Realizes Big Savings Through Virtualization
News  |  10/10/2008  | 
EDS has helped the military in consolidating 1,200 x86 servers down to 200, each hosting multiple VMware ESX virtual machines.
HP Taps Samsung SSDs For Virtualization Blade Server
News  |  10/9/2008  | 
Samsung claims the use of its SSDs over hard disk drives makes it possible for HP to free up more physical space in its ProLiant products for memory chips to improve system performance.
Microsoft To Help Study Lifestyle Impact Of Genetic Testing
News  |  10/9/2008  | 
The software maker will team with genetic researchers to determine whether individuals will alter their behavior if predisposed to disease.
Symantec Offers $695 Million For MessageLabs' SaaS Business
News  |  10/8/2008  | 
Such a combination would bring together MessageLabs' online e-mail and e-mail storage, IM, and Web filtering services with Symantec's online backup, storage, and remote access products.
Zuora Taps PayPal For Cloud Payments
Commentary  |  10/8/2008  | 
After getting its start as a billing platform for software as a service, Zuora is coming full circle with a service for collecting on the tab. The startup's new Z-Payments service ties into PayPal's e-payments system.
Symantec Buys Into Online E-Mail Archiving
Commentary  |  10/8/2008  | 
Acquisition of MessageLabs fills a major gap in Symantec's software as a service portfolio, but the software giant also may be aiding a smaller competitor
IBM, Microsoft, Salesforce Crowd The Cloud
Commentary  |  10/8/2008  | 
The scramble is on among major IT vendors to establish their place -- and their brands -- in the cloud. IBM on Oct. 6 announced a handful of Web services as part of its push into cloud computing. Microsoft will reveal new details about its cloud strategy later this month. And Salesforce.com is about to redouble its push into platforms as a service.
CA Embraces Virtualization As Future Of Data Center Management
News  |  10/7/2008  | 
CA Data Center Automation Manager is one of 10 new automation products launched this week, but it's the one that most reflects where data center automation may be headed.
IBM Unveils Servers, Storage For Midsize Companies
News  |  10/7/2008  | 
The systems carry IBM's "Express" brand, indicating that they are faster to deploy than enterprise-level servers and contain a number of automated management features to simplify maintenance.
Contentonomics: Put Your Video On A Longer Leash
News  |  10/7/2008  | 
Media companies should invest in describing their content with metadata, to make it discoverable and make it as easy as possible for consumers to engage with, experts suggest.
Contentonomics: HD Video Will Take Off When Its Business Model Works
News  |  10/6/2008  | 
With fast Internet connectivity, broadcasters have been reluctant to put video, particularly HD video, online, a panel of industry digital broadcasters suggests.
Contentonomics: Build A Better Business Back End
News  |  10/6/2008  | 
Media companies facing threats to their business models from Internet companies might want to stand up and defend themselves by investing in better technology, says an Oracle exec.
IBM Opens 'Bluehouse' For Cloud-Based Social Networking
News  |  10/6/2008  | 
IBM ties together parts of its Lotus, Rational, and Tivoli software to appeal to SMBs and departments in larger corporations, because of the minimal up-front costs and maintenance.
Contentonomics: The Rules Of Media Engagement Have Changed
News  |  10/6/2008  | 
Video and media companies are eager not to repeat the past mistakes of Napster, while also keeping content creators happy, according to Contentinople's publisher.
Facebook Co-Founder To Leave For Own Software Startup
News  |  10/6/2008  | 
Dustin Moskowitz is joining Facebook engineer Justin Rosenstein, but reassured employees that "Facebook is moving in the right direction."
Ask.com Revamps Site For Third Time Since 2005
News  |  10/6/2008  | 
In addition to a new user interface, Ask also is focusing on improving searches in specific content areas like entertainment, health, and reference.
CERN Unveils Global Grid For Particle Physics Research
News  |  10/3/2008  | 
The network can pull in the IT power of more than 140 computer centers in 33 countries to crunch an expected 15 million GB of data every year.
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