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Open Source Firm Launches Cloud Middleware Platform
News  |  11/30/2009  | 
WSO2 is moving from supplying light weight SOA services to the enterprise to providing middleware as a service for cloud operations.
Sun Upgrades VirtualBox Virtualization Software
News  |  11/30/2009  | 
The new version allows users to move running virtual machines between systems without interruption.
Large Hadron Collider Breaks Energy Record
News  |  11/30/2009  | 
The physics community is excited to see CERN's particle accelerator up and running again.
Microsoft Seeks Patent For Cloud Data Migration
Commentary  |  11/30/2009  | 
On the cusp of launching its Azure cloud computing service, Microsoft is also making a savvy bid to lock up a patent for one of the main worries--vendor lock-in--of cloud users. (The other big concern is security.) The folks from Redmond have filed a patent application for migrating data to a new cloud, which is what you'd have to do when leave your first vendor.
Government CIOs Must Focus On Results, Not Data Centers
Commentary  |  11/30/2009  | 
Data center proliferation entails unacceptable cost and risk, says the former CIO of the U.S. Postal Service. With cloud computing as an option, it's time to pursue a more sustainable strategy.
Saving 70% Per Month In The Cloud
Commentary  |  11/30/2009  | 
I need to add an FTP server to my environment, and as I sit here and struggle with how I'm going to do that and stay under my annual budget, it occurs to me that the cloud isn't a bad option anymore. The savings are pretty compelling, in fact; read on for a quick and dirty cost analysis.
Elastra Cloud Server Preps Apps For Azure, Amazon
News  |  11/25/2009  | 
Startup Elastra configures applications for deployment to a private cloud, Amazon EC2, or Microsoft Azure.
Microsoft Lands UK Cloud Deal
News  |  11/24/2009  | 
CSC will support 30,000 U.K. postal service employees using cloud versions of Exchange and SharePoint.
Microsoft Azure Supports Federated ID
News  |  11/24/2009  | 
A federated identity can be used to provide a single sign on to multiple applications, both in the enterprise and in the cloud.
Why Is Important To Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  11/23/2009  | 
Shortly before's Dreamforce conference started last Wednesday, the San Francisco Fire Department had locked the doors to Moscone Center to let the crush of bodies entering it disperse before letting in more attendees. I thought, are you kidding me? All this for a mid-size software company? But as I talked to attendees over the next few days, I began to understand what was stoking such enthusiasm I haven't seen in years in the enterprise software industry.
Google Chrome OS: Don't Link it to Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  11/23/2009  | 
With much fanfare, the Google Chrome OS launched last week. Chrome OS is a Web operating system that boots quickly, right into a browser... We've been here before... And I would rather not bind Chrome to cloud computing because I don't think the OS will be around long.
Informatica Releases Cloud 9 Data Integration Platform
News  |  11/23/2009  | 
Cloud 9's platform-as-a-service component enables developers to collaborate within IT teams to create reusable data integration and data quality mappings in the cloud or on premise.
Chrome OS: There Will Be Local Storage
News  |  11/20/2009  | 
Despite what Google says, not all data will be in the cloud.
The Million-Dollar Google Maps API
Commentary  |  11/20/2009  | 
The U.S. government's Web site provides new visibility into what federal agencies pay for cloud-based applications and commercial software, with offerings from vendors such as Hewlett-Packard, Jive, Microsoft, and One of the priciest products on the site: Google's Maps API, which lists for nearly a million dollars.
First LTE Data Call Made On Live Net
News  |  11/20/2009  | 
Alcatel-Lucent's live call is the latest in a series of Long Term Evolution tests and trials in preparation for the launch of LTE.
Google Chrome OS Depends On Hardware Partners
News  |  11/19/2009  | 
Despite its focus on the Web -- a platform with proven appeal -- Chrome OS will also need compelling hardware to compete against Apple's anticipated tablet and Windows netbooks.
BMC, CA Join Cloud
News  |  11/19/2009  |'s challenge will be to convince even more CIOs and developers that it's no longer just a CRM company.
Interop: CIOs Eye Cloud With Optimistic Caution
News  |  11/19/2009  | 
The consensus of the Enterprise Cloud Summit panel was that the cloud promises reduced costs and added IT flexibility, but significant legal and technical challenges remain.
Interop: Cloud Computing's Portability Gotcha
Commentary  |  11/19/2009  | 
There were a couple "aha" moments for me at Interop's Enterprise Cloud Summit. The first was that some companies are already storing hundreds of terabytes of data in the cloud. The second was that it can be a slow and expensive process to move that data from one service provider to another.
Google Releases Chrome OS Code
News  |  11/19/2009  | 
Developers can now participate in the Chrome OS open source project and help Google bring its new operating system to market next year.
Microsoft AppFabric Adds Azure Cloud Plumbing
News  |  11/19/2009  | 
AppFabric, now in beta, rolls up a host of foundation technologies which will enable Azure to work with software in the enterprise.
Global CIO: Microsoft Data Center Strategy Vital To Azure
Commentary  |  11/18/2009  | 
The company envisions a more just-in-time approach to bringing on data center capacity.
Interop: Which Cloud Is Right For You?
Commentary  |  11/18/2009  | 
Look up in the sky and you might see cirrus, stratus, or cumulus clouds. Similarly, cloud computing comes in multiple flavors. The one you should choose depends on, among other things, how much vendor lock-in you're prepared to accept in exchange for banishing complexity from your IT organization.
Salesforce Adds Enterprise Social Networking
News  |  11/18/2009  | 
Chatter brings Facebook- and Twitter-type capabilities to applications running on the cloud computing platform.
Healthcare Provider Saves With E-Invoicing
News  |  11/18/2009  | 
Electronic invoices are saving Memorial Hermann Healthcare System millions of dollars.
Interop: IT Forecast Says Clouds
News  |  11/18/2009  | 
"The Holy Grail is to deliver IT services on-demand," said Citrix Systems CEO Mark Templeton in his Interop keynote.
Microsoft Pioneers Cloud Framework As A Service
Commentary  |  11/18/2009  | 
"Who would have imagined the explosion of interest in the cloud?" asked Ray Ozzie, Microsoft chief software architect, at the opening of Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference this week in Los Angeles. Well, Ozzie foresaw it and he listened to developers on how to best position his company.
Q&A: Microsoft Exec Bob Muglia On Cloud, Azure
News  |  11/18/2009  | 
Muglia talks about coordinating between the Azure cloud and the existing data center and calls the the cloud "the biggest thing I've seen in 20 years." Vs. Azure: Competition In The Clouds
Commentary  |  11/17/2009  | 
More than 15,000 people are attending the Dreamforce conference in San Francisco starting Tuesday night-good proof that is fulfilling its destiny as a cloud computing platform provider. (This many people wouldn't show up for a CRM conference.) Meanwhile, down in L.A., Microsoft execs are talking to developers about building apps to run on Windows Azure. Is that the crash-boom-bang of competitive thunderclouds I hear on the horizon?
Quest Launches Cloud Services Based On Microsoft Azure
News  |  11/17/2009  | 
Quest OnDemand will manage IT environments, providing identity management, authentication, and authorization, built on Microsoft's platform for software as a service.
Web 2.0 Expo: APIs Build Web Presence
News  |  11/17/2009  | 
Application programming interfaces provide a means for e-commerce players to extend their brand—but they're not without risk.
Microsoft Launches Azure Beta
News  |  11/17/2009  | 
Ray Ozzie and Robert Muglia present Microsoft's Azure cloud services at the Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles.
Uncle Sam's $24 Million Cloud App
Commentary  |  11/17/2009  | 
The U.S. government's cloud computing portal,, may be a breakthrough in fast, efficient, and transparent IT acquisition, but that doesn't mean it's cheap. Witness the multimillion-dollar software modules available to government agencies on the site.
Glide OS Extends Search
News  |  11/16/2009  | 
TransMedia's forthcoming revision of its media sharing service will be accessible from any Web site through a browser plug-in.
Citrix Rolls Out Xen Desktop 4
News  |  11/16/2009  | 
Windows 7 will prompt a rethinking of the desktop in 2010 and lead many to virtualize, Citrix says.
Encryption Is Cloud Computing Security Savior
Commentary  |  11/16/2009  | 
I'm beginning to think that fears about cloud security are overblown. The reason: an intellectual framework is already in place for protecting data, applications, and connections. It's called encryption. What's evolving now, and isn't anywhere near fully baked, is a set of agreed-upon implementations and best practices. Today's post talks about some relevant and interesting work from Trend Micro and from IBM.
IBM Launches Business Analytics Cloud
News  |  11/16/2009  | 
Big Blue deploys cloud computing internally while also offering the service to customers.
IBM Offers Security Software For Virtualization
News  |  11/13/2009  | 
The product secures each layer of the infrastructure of a VMware vSphere virtual server.
Tech Giants Aim To Master Disaster
News  |  11/13/2009  | 
Microsoft, Google, Yahoo form alliance to develop software solutions for improving emergency response efforts.
Interop New York: Spotlight On Cloud Computing, Networking, Virtualization
News  |  11/13/2009  | 
The networking techfest, Nov. 16-20, will illuminate today's most important IT trends and technologies.
Amazon Data Center Project To Restart
Commentary  |  11/13/2009  | 
Construction on's boarded up data center in Boardman, Ore., will restart in the "not too distant future," according to a report from KEPR, a local TV station. If all goes as planned, the project will be completed in the third quarter of 2010, say local authorities.
Global CIO: Cloud Computing's New Name: 500 Reader Suggestions!
Commentary  |  11/13/2009  | 
The CEOs of HP and IBM say "cloud computing" is a lousy name, so we asked you to come up with a new term--and your 500 responses tell us a lot about ourselves.
Amazon Bids For Windows Developers On Eve Of Azure's Launch
Commentary  |  11/12/2009  | 
Four days before Microsoft launches its Azure cloud platform to developers at a conference in L.A., Amazon has come up with a .Net software development kit to help Windows developers produce code that runs in Amazon's EC2. It's probably just coincidence. But let's see what they're getting with AWS SDK for .Net.
Why Jaguar Land Rover Chose Google Apps
News  |  11/12/2009  | 
A customer success story spotlights the pitched battle among online apps.
Cray, Dell, Microsoft Team On HPC
News  |  11/12/2009  | 
The high-performance computing system combines a workstation with a computing cluster to give users extra computing power at their desks.
IBM Rolls Out Mobile Shopping Software
News  |  11/12/2009  | 
WebSphere Commerce 7 includes components that let retailers connect with consumers through text messages and social networking sites.
7 Cloud Computing Myths Busted
News  |  11/12/2009  | 
Amazon, Google, Microsoft and others are investing aggressively in the cloud, even as critics point to security, reliability, and compatibility issues. We cut through the fog.
Skytap Boosts Collaborative Cloud Project Management
News  |  11/11/2009  | 
Skytap is putting a collaborative front end on cloud computing to help distributed dev teams better manage software projects.
Cloud Security In Focus Amid Data Theft Fears
Commentary  |  11/11/2009  | 
Yeah, I know, this is another one of those "everything changes" moments where we're prodded into frenzied activity--as opposed to effective action--because an emerging technology has surged ahead of our ability to properly manage it. I'm talking about cloud computing, and the attendant fears not just of data theft, but of breaches of SaaS computing resources themselves. Fortunately, there are a bunch of below-the-radar efforts attempting to address these worries.
One CIO's View On Google Apps And Microsoft Office
Commentary  |  11/11/2009  | 
Today I chatted with Jeremy Vincent, CIO of Jaguar Land Rover, on his choice of Google Gmail for 15,000 users. You'll read the details of that decision in an upcoming story. But an interesting aside from the Gmail deal is Vincent's interest in Microsoft's plan to put its Office suite in the cloud.
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