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Content tagged with Cloud posted in November 2012
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Feds Pull Plug On 'One Stop' Cloud Portal
News  |  11/30/2012  | 
The General Services Administration plans to decommission Uncle Sam's Apps.gov site, which was supposed to make it easy for agencies to acquire software as a service.
Celtics, Nets Score With Unified Communications
Commentary  |  11/30/2012  | 
NBA teams' IT executives explain how and why they decided among on-premises, hybrid and hosted technology services.
SAS Acquires rPath Assets To Boost Cloud Services
News  |  11/30/2012  | 
Analytic vendor SAS buys automation technologies, hires key staff to bolster its rapidly scalable cloud delivery capabilities.
National Archives Picks Google Apps For Government
News  |  11/30/2012  | 
$7.2 million contract awarded to Unisys.
Dwolla Shakes Up Online Payments
News  |  11/30/2012  | 
Online payment darling Dwolla adds three new services as it tries to speed up merchant and consumer acceptance of its electronic transactions.
Apple iTunes 11: Visual Tour
Slideshows  |  11/30/2012  | 
Take a closer look at Apple iTunes 11 and see how the venerable music application and e-commerce interface has been redesigned for the better.
Unlocked iPhone 5 For Sale At Apple
News  |  11/30/2012  | 
You can now buy an iPhone 5 from Apple with no carrier contract committment. There is no CDMA support and what LTE support they have is unclear. The phone should work on AT&T and T-Mobile, but perhaps not on Verizon and Sprint.
Amazon's Vogels Challenges IT: Rethink App Dev
News  |  11/29/2012  | 
Amazon Web Services CTO says promised land of cloud computing requires a new generation of applications that follow different principles.
Google Counters Amazon's Storage Price Cuts
News  |  11/29/2012  | 
Google cut storage prices by 20% at start of week, and then slashed another 10% in response to Amazon's price drops. Is there a storage price war going on in the cloud?
Storage Virtualization Gets Real
News  |  11/29/2012  | 
Four business scenarios illustrate how small and midsize companies can reduce costs, improve disaster recovery and more via storage virtualization.
Workday Posts Strong Start As Public Firm
News  |  11/28/2012  | 
Workday post-IPO financial results exceed expectations and it sets lofty goals for market share gains against Oracle and SAP.
Amazon Web Services Slashes Storage Prices
News  |  11/28/2012  | 
At its first developers conference, Re:Invent, Amazon features customers like Netflix and NASDAQ and disses its software firm rivals.
Researchers Steal Cloud Computing Power Via Browsers
News  |  11/28/2012  | 
Security researchers demonstrate that cloud computing can be taken at no cost, if you know where to find the processing cycles.
Google Street View Hits The Slopes
News  |  11/28/2012  | 
Google Street View captures a variety of images and locations and distances itself from privacy concerns.
Salesforce.com Wants Developers To Think Big
Commentary  |  11/27/2012  | 
With Identity and Canvas plans, Salesforce can begin to provide services to enterprise applications that were thought to have been totally separate from CRM.
Google Links Gmail To Drive For Huge Attachments
News  |  11/27/2012  | 
Gmail users can now attach files as large as 10 GB, in a manner of speaking.
Nokia Apps Make Windows Phone More Fun
News  |  11/27/2012  | 
The 822 is a second-tier model in Nokia's Windows Phone resurgence in the market. It's inexpensive and has a top-notch camera and intriguing software, like a music app that streams free tunes, "augmented reality" to show you what points of interest are right in front of you and Nokia's highly-regarded maps. It also has a display that's clearly a class or two below iPhone quality. If you want a much better screen, you might want to move up to AT&T's Nokia 920.
Is There A Case For Ditching Dropbox?
Commentary  |  11/27/2012  | 
Competing vendors who come at CIOs with a "more secure" file sync solution are missing the point.
Red Hat Unwraps OpenShift Enterprise At Amazon Event
News  |  11/26/2012  | 
Red Hat broadens its open source cloud development platform, which increasingly competes with VMware's Spring and Cloud Foundry.
Next Valley View: Tech's Feisty Upstarts
Commentary  |  11/26/2012  | 
Watch November 28 at 11 PT as our live Web TV show brings you up to speed on how Dwolla, Exec, SugarSync and others are upsetting the status quo.
Google Adds Cloud Infrastructure Muscle Vs. Amazon
News  |  11/21/2012  | 
Google Compute Engine's first major upgrade adds 36 server instances to its cloud catalog, cuts prices to become more competitive.
Google Encourages Action Against UN Internet Proposals
News  |  11/21/2012  | 
Google fears that upcoming conference could give governments too much control over Internet governance, launches an online campaign to keep everyone in the loop.
iPhone And iPad: My Top 5 Complaints
Commentary  |  11/21/2012  | 
I've never liked my iPhone. Apple's restrictions on interface customization, storage expansion, hardware interfaces and the battery make the experience disappointing. Chalk most of these problems up to Apple's arrogant design philosophy and its desire to make as much money as possible.
HP's Identity Crisis Continues
Commentary  |  11/21/2012  | 
HP's problems go much deeper than poor sales in core businesses and some alleged accounting mischief by Autonomy.
BYTE's BYOD Holiday Gift Guide
Slideshows  |  11/20/2012  | 
This year, get friends and family a gift they can really use: A bring-your-own-device -- BYOD -- gadget, something that makes it easier to use their favorite mobile device. They'll thank you every time they use it.
Joyent Gets New CEO, Preps Cloud Tools
News  |  11/20/2012  | 
Henry Wasik joins Joyent from Dell, where he lead networking unit; cloud software gets upgrade in early 2013.
10 Cloud Computing Pioneers
Slideshows  |  11/20/2012  | 
Cloud computing has rewritten decades of technology rules. Take a closer look at 10 innovators who helped make it possible.
YARN: Answer To Hadoop's Shortcomings?
News  |  11/20/2012  | 
YARN framework may not be ready for prime time, but it could bring Hadoop to the next level, says Pervasive Software's chief technologist.
5 Best Tablets For The Holidays
Slideshows  |  11/19/2012  | 
Looking for the perfect gift for your beloved this year? Something tells us a tablet might be just the ticket. BYTE looks at five: The Apple iPad 4, the iPad Mini, the Samsung Galaxy 10.1, the Microsoft Surface, and the Kindle Fire HD.
5 Innovative Ideas For Enterprise CIOs
Commentary  |  11/19/2012  | 
The role of the CIO is changing rapidly. These innovations could help you keep pace and increase the value of your business.
Online Backup Vs. Cloud Storage
Commentary  |  11/19/2012  | 
Online backup services such as Carbonite, Acronis, IDrive and Mozy might be a bad deal for some users when compared to cloud storage services Box, Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft Skydrive. The former usually just backs up files; the latter does backs up files and also gives you working access to them.
Dell's Gale Buy Points To Cloud Focus
News  |  11/19/2012  | 
Dell issued a dismal earnings report last week but hopes its Gale Technologies acquisition points to a more lucrative future.
Modria's Fairness Engine: Justice On Demand
News  |  11/16/2012  | 
Dispute resolution technology could replace courtroom clashes, at least when the stakes are low.
6 Ways Amazon Cloud Helped Obama Win
News  |  11/16/2012  | 
Amazon Web Services played a starring role in President Obama's quest for a second term.
Hurricane Sandy Lesson: VM Migration Can Stop Outages
News  |  11/16/2012  | 
When a hurricane or other disaster threatens, why not just move critical systems out of the way? It can be done -- but not at the last minute.
Dazzling Screen In Supersized HTC Droid DNA
News  |  11/15/2012  | 
HTC's Droid DNA for Verizon doesn't have much in the way of business-oriented features and might be too big for some hands, but it's powerful, well-built, graced with a gorgeous 1080p screen, and priced right.
Microsoft's Ballmer Touts Tablets, Phone, Cloud
News  |  11/15/2012  | 
Microsoft CEO discusses strategy to compete on multiple fronts: enterprise IT, consumer devices and application software.
NASA's IT Future: Robot Telework, 3-D Printing
News  |  11/14/2012  | 
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory's philosophy -- prototype new tech based on what non-IT workers envision -- could pay off in robot telework, spacecraft created by 3-D printers and more.
Could Private IT Best Practices Save Feds $220 Billion?
News  |  11/14/2012  | 
Wiser use of technology can save the government money, cut healthcare costs and improve services, according to an American Council for Technology-Industry Advisory Council report.
Monitor Amazon Cloud Services On Your iPhone
News  |  11/13/2012  | 
Newvem's Cloud Smart Meter iPhone and iPad app provides analytics, efficiency reports for your Amazon cloud instances.
Oracle Stakes Claim In Engine Yard PaaS
News  |  11/13/2012  | 
Engine Yard provides an online platform for application developers using different Web languages. Oracle's investment is a way to keep itself in front of those developers.
E2 Innovate Keynoters: Set IT Free
News  |  11/13/2012  | 
Google CIO Ben Fried evangelizes the value of employee technology choice, while IDC's Michael Fauscette sees a future in which all enterprise systems will be social.
Vets. Dept. Signs $36 Million HP-Microsoft Cloud Deal
News  |  11/13/2012  | 
Department of Veterans Affairs will move 600,000 users to Microsoft's cloud email and collaboration services in one of the biggest cloud computing deals to date.
Google Says Government Surveillance Growing
News  |  11/13/2012  | 
Demands for Google user data and content takedowns are on the rise, some of which are not legitimate.
HTC Droid DNA Boast: 'Most Advanced Smart Phone'
News  |  11/13/2012  | 
Citing its high-end hardware, HTC says its new Droid DNA is the most advanced smart phone to hit the market yet, and the "ultimate" Droid.
Time To Deliver On Federal IT Reform
Commentary  |  11/13/2012  | 
First four years of the Obama Administration were marked by the beginnings of significant changes in federal IT. Execution will be the name of the game during the next four.
Cloud File-Sharing Fans Get Secure New Options
News  |  11/13/2012  | 
Accellion allows cloud file sharing to reach into SharePoint, with other document management systems to follow. Meanwhile, FileLocker offers private key encryption option.
Amazon Cloud Data Center Opens In Australia
News  |  11/12/2012  | 
Amazon Web Services extends its reach around the world, offers full gamut of cloud services from new Sydney data center.
Acer Offers C7 Chromebook For $199
News  |  11/12/2012  | 
Latest Chrome OS notebook sports an Intel Celeron chip -- and needs cooling fan, unlike ARM-based Samsung entry.
Surface Hands-On At The Microsoft Store
Slideshows  |  11/11/2012  | 
They look a lot like Apple Stores, but Microsoft Stores sell Windows PCs and Surfaces and Xboxes. One is coming, if not to a mall near you, then some place near an Apple Store for sure. I popped in to my local Microsoft Store to take a Surface tablet for a spin.
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