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How Netflix, Zynga Beat Amazon Cloud Failure
News  |  11/30/2011  | 
When Amazon Web Services crashed in April, Netflix and Zynga kept operating because they designed their systems to accommodate that possibility.
VMware's Best And Worst Moves Of 2011
Commentary  |  11/30/2011  | 
Virtualization market leader VMware launched several bold initiatives in 2011--and made several missteps. Steps Past CRM, Into Social Marketing
News  |  11/30/2011  | 
Radian6-powered services help companies capture, decipher, and respond to customer interactions across Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks.
Office 365 Gets 30 New Features
News  |  11/29/2011  | 
Microsoft takes aim at Google Apps with Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) and Mac support, as well as easier-to-manage security tools.
Cloud Computing's Unintended Consequences
Commentary  |  11/29/2011  | 
Wise CIOs will gravitate toward services, become more data-driven, and factor more frequent usage spikes into their capacity planning.
Obama Orders Agencies To Move Records To Cloud
News  |  11/29/2011  | 
White House tells federal agencies to improve records management by considering new electronic alternatives.
Private Cloud Choices Grow For SMBs
News  |  11/29/2011  | 
Public cloud-wary midsize businesses can leverage KnowledgeTree's document management tools for online file sharing and storage.
Dropbox For Teams Addresses Business Needs
News  |  11/28/2011  | 
The file sync service is already widely used in business, but it's only beginning to address team collaboration and IT control.
VMware's Cloud Foundry Ranked Top Developer Platform
Commentary  |  11/23/2011  | 
New VMware kid on the PaaS block takes "best overall" honors, while Google App Engine is best public and IBM SmartCloud best private cloud platform in Evans Data survey.
Google's Graveyard: Dead Products Of 2011
News  |  11/23/2011  | 
As CEO Larry Page puts more wood behind fewer arrows, products continue to disappear.
Amazon's New Data Center Could Save You Money
News  |  11/22/2011  | 
With Oregon data center, Amazon Web Services gives West Coast infrastructure-as-a-service customers a 10% price break.
Treasury Dept. Gives FOIA A Technology Makeover
News  |  11/22/2011  | 
Department deploys cloud-based tools to manage and fulfill freedom of information requests.
Reviewcam: Ironscale's Bare Metal in the Cloud
News  |  11/21/2011  | 
There are plenty of cloud services, but many rely on virtual processes running on shared systems. Stratascale's Ironscale lets you provision bare metal services. Mike Fratto provides a hands-on review of how it works and what you can do with it.
“Big Data, Big Decisions, Big Impact" - Michael Dell speaks with IWTV at Web 2.0 Summit
News  |  11/21/2011  | 
Michael Dell, founder and CEO of Dell Inc., speaks with IWTV about how to distill Big Data into something meaningful and translate it into customers. David Berlind interviews Dell while at Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, 2011.
CA's 3Tera AppLogic Graphically Deploys Stacks To Data Centers
News  |  11/21/2011  | 
At Cloud Connect 2011 in Silicon Valley, TechWeb's David Berlind gets a demonstration of CA's recently acquired 3Tera AppLogic graphical private cloud deployment tool.
Whose Job Is Virtualization Security?
Commentary  |  11/21/2011  | 
The adage "When everyone's in charge, no one's in charge" applies all too well to private cloudified networks.
Should Postal Service Offer Email, Online Storage?
News  |  11/21/2011  | 
USPS Inspector General urges development of digital services so postal service can take advantage of Internet economy and ease some of its financial woes.
Sir Ken Robinson: Creativity Through Technology
News  |  11/18/2011  | 
Sir Ken Robinson, an innovator and educator, talks to the InformationWeek 500 audience about the role technology is playing in changing our culture. "Technology is not leaving us alone, it's getting right in the middle of things," he says.
Sir Ken Robinson: Creativity Through Technology
News  |  11/18/2011  | 
Sir Ken Robinson, an innovator and educator, talks to the InformationWeek 500 audience about the role technology is playing in changing our culture. "Technology is not leaving us alone, it's getting right in the middle of things," he says.
OpenSocial Makes Enterprise Inroads, Moves To "2.0"
News  |  11/18/2011  | 
The OpenSocial Foundation made a showing at the Enterprise 2.0 Conference in Boston to demonstrate that it was not only alive and well, but graduating to Version 2.0; a version that federates collaboration platforms networks for enterprises.
First Mover Advantage: Risk-Reward
News  |  11/18/2011  | 
A panel of CIOs talk about making big bets on technology -- mobile, social, cloud and more -- and how it has helped their organizations move quicker on behalf of customers and employees.
President & CEO of eBay, John Donahoe, describes the future
News  |  11/18/2011  | 
John Donahoe, President & CEO of eBay, describes the scale and intensity of e-commerce. With the growing scale of e-commerce, John describes the changes that will need to be embraced by the retail market and the future of internet based sales.
Bill Gross, founder of Idealab, introduces his new company -
News  |  11/18/2011  | is a new customizable platform for websites to limit, expand, and share information and media.
2012 BI Survey: Don't Follow The Money
News  |  11/17/2011  | 
Instead, get ahead of it by watching the data. That's the promise of advanced analytics, and our survey respondents are intrigued. Other top trends: mobility, cloud, and multiple BI tools.
Microsoft Cloud Exec Is New Washington State CIO
News  |  11/17/2011  | 
Windows Azure vet Bharat Shiyam steps into the middle of a major state agency consolidation and a massive data center build as Washington's new state CIO.
Solaris 11 Supports Two Forms Of Virtualization
News  |  11/17/2011  | 
Oracle's first update of Sun's Unix includes support for Oracle VM hypervisor and Solaris Zones.
Hardware Glitch Knocks DISA Website Offline
News  |  11/17/2011  | 
The agency's public website and some internal applications have been unavailable since Saturday, when a SAN disk pool failed.
Google Music: 7 Key Facts
News  |  11/16/2011  | 
In contrast with Apple and Amazon, Google isn't charging for its cloud-based music storage and streaming service.
Under Pressure, Pentagon Adopts New IT Strategy
News  |  11/16/2011  | 
The CIO of the Department of Defense has devised an ambitious IT plan that aims to help the military branches cope with billions of dollars in budget cuts.
Google Fixes Bug In iOS App For Gmail
News  |  11/16/2011  | 
iOS device users once again have a native Gmail app to call their own, and Google says its even better than the first version.
It's A New Dell
Commentary  |  11/16/2011  | 
Michael Dell talks customer outcomes, not infrastructure, as he sits down with InformationWeek editors--but he's got plenty of PC fight left in him.
7 Health Education Tools For Patients
Slideshows  |  11/16/2011  | 
Patients can benefit by getting a variety of healthcare information electronically--as these seven options prove. The tools also help healthcare organizations comply with the HITECH Act Meaningful Use requirements.
Federal Data Center Consolidation: By The Numbers
Slideshows  |  11/16/2011  | 
Go inside the federal government's data center consolidation initiative, which aims to save $5 billion. See who's closing the most data centers, where, and how else the picture is changing.
iTunes Match, Google Music, Amazon Cloud Drive Smackdown
News  |  11/16/2011  | 
Apple's streaming music service arrived this week. So how does it compare with offerings from Google and Amazon?
Taking Pain Out Of ANSI 5010 Conversion
News  |  11/15/2011  | 
Cloud-based offerings like new ADP Advanced MD can ease healthcare providers transitioning to new electronic data format standard for claims transactions.
Symantec Speeds Server Failover For Windows Applications
News  |  11/15/2011  | 
Veritas Storage Foundation High Availability promises 30 times faster failover by detecting server failure faster.
Google Apps Gets Better Mobile Device Management
News  |  11/14/2011  | 
Managing Google Apps for Business, Government, and Education on Android, iOS, and Windows devices just got easier.
Feds Detail Supercomputing's Future
News  |  11/14/2011  | 
Federal agencies are working on everything from supercomputing in the cloud to software optimizations for fusion research, and will be discussing their research at this week's annual SC11 conference.
Google Apps To Biz Users: Call For Help
News  |  11/14/2011  | 
Google has expanded 24x7 phone support for business customers to cover Gmail, Calendar, Groups, Docs, Sites, and Video.
IBM Launches 'Bring Your Own Device' Security
News  |  11/11/2011  | 
Big Blue aims to take complexity out of ensuring that employees' personal smartphones and tablets conform to corporate policies.
Cloud Security: Better Than We Think?
Commentary  |  11/11/2011  | 
Conventional wisdom says that cloud computing is inherently less secure. But many government experts are focused on cloud computing's security strengths.
8 Smart Ways To Use Dropbox
News  |  11/11/2011  | 
Dropbox lets you do much more than file sharing via its cloud-based storage service. Consider these eight tips to make your life easier.
GM And Google Apps: Buckled In?
News  |  11/10/2011  | 
Carmaker has no comment on reported Google Apps contract, but watchers say leak hints at negotiating tactic by GM. Will GM CIO's wishlist from 2009 come true?
Data Recovery Needs To Change
Commentary  |  11/10/2011  | 
Current procedures for data recovery take too long, and enterprises should consider new approaches to restore their applications more quickly. Uses Collaboration For Cloud Storage Advantage
Commentary  |  11/10/2011  | 
Vendor is at the forefront of capitalizing on social, analytics, and other capabilities that we only dream about--or don't even know to dream about.
SMBs Get Help Finding Best Vendors
News  |  11/9/2011  | 
BestVendor helps businesspeople choose the best tools and applications with Yelp-like social recommendations from fellow SMBs who share and rate Web services, cloud apps, and software.
6 Steps To A Private Cloud
News  |  11/9/2011  | 
A phased data center upgrade makes technical and financial sense.
Microsoft Revamps SQL Server Licensing
News  |  11/9/2011  | 
Memory of recent VMware pricing flap may be fresh in Microsoft exec's minds.
Dell Donates Cloud Power For Pediatric Cancer Research
News  |  11/9/2011  | 
Kids with rare, deadly neuroblastoma cancer could be first to benefit from new clinical trial focused on finding more effective, personalized treatments.
Cloud Myth 101: Cloud Is A Place
Commentary  |  11/9/2011  | 
You don't get to simply load your old enterprise IT problems on a truck and arrive at a new abode. But you do get to decide what kind of IT shop to become.
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