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Content tagged with Cloud posted in December 2009
Elementool Puts Project Management In Cloud
News  |  12/31/2009  | 
The company offers software project management tools on the Web as an integrated service.'s Wizard Was Parker Harris And Team
Commentary  |  12/29/2009  | 
Much has been recorded about the rise of and how Marc Benioff's clever marketing brought the company to the forefront. Today, with its stock reaching new highs, I wanted to pay tribute to a giant of cloud computing, Parker Harris, the technology magician behind the marketing who made Benioff's story possible.
2010 And Cloud Storage
Commentary  |  12/29/2009  | 
In 2010 cloud storage will continue to grow in use but like my other 2010 entries, next year won't be the "year" of cloud storage. As we discussed in our article "What is Cloud Storage", people and organization
Q & A: Army CIO Advances Consolidation Effort
News  |  12/22/2009  | 
Cloud computing and powerful mobile devices are part of Jeffrey Sorenson's plan to centralize Army IT and make it more consistent for soldiers deploying from bases to the battlefield.
Gallery: Terremark Readies Secure Cloud Data Center
News  |  12/22/2009  | 
A new data center complex under construction in northern Virginia is protected by armed guards, bomb-sniffing dogs, and blast-proof walls.
7 Things Microsoft Must Do In 2010
News  |  12/21/2009  | 
Microsoft is turning to search, services, and the cloud, but what the company really needs is a game changer.
5 Predictions For Government IT In 2010
News  |  12/21/2009  | 
Government agencies will continue to struggle with cybersecurity, while making strides in transparency and cloud computing. There will also be new pushes for accountability and IT procurement reform.
Top Tech Gear Of 2009
News  |  12/21/2009  | 
We take a look back at the year's best smartphones, netbooks, desktops, laptops, and mobile device accessories.
Q&A: David Wennergren, DoD Deputy CIO
News  |  12/21/2009  | 
Department of Defense deputy CIO David Wennergren addresses information stovepipes, SOA, procurement, cybersecurity, and cloud computing.
Taser Builds Cisco-Based Data Warehouse
News  |  12/18/2009  | 
Built on Cisco's Unified Computing System, the cloud-based virtual data warehouse stores police videos for evidence.
Full Nelson: Many Eyes, Dancing Data
Commentary  |  12/18/2009  | 
With data taking center stage in every organization, the ability to make sense and take action on that data is vital. Technology like Many Eyes will make that process more inviting.
DHS Plots Its Cloud Computing Strategy
News  |  12/18/2009  | 
A Department Of Homeland Security private cloud is expected to serve up SharePoint and enterprise e-mail before the end of fiscal 2010.
Beware Of Cloud Transfer Costs
Commentary  |  12/18/2009  | 
When data center managers are looking at cloud storage solutions the primary focus is on the monthly cloud storage capacity cost. One of the hidden charges is the transfer or bandwidth costs. This is the cost essentially for the amount of data you access over the cloud. We have seen cases where this cost can be as much or more than the cost of the capacity!
Rackspace Offers FathomDB As Service
News  |  12/17/2009  | 
The Rackspace Cloud moved its competition with Amazon up a notch by offering its FathomDB database as a service.
NASA Launches Portable Cloud Effort
News  |  12/17/2009  | 
The space agency's Nebula cloud computing platform is basically data centers housed in shipping containers that can be transported almost anywhere.
IBM Rational Tools Aid Smart Device Makers
News  |  12/16/2009  | 
Rational development tools help manufacturers build software that powers smart devices, which have complex systems and software requirements.
HP Ushers Telecoms Toward Cloud
News  |  12/16/2009  | 
The company is positioning itself to become a software-as-a-service platform for telecommunications companies.
Microsoft Taps Into Open Government Market
News  |  12/15/2009  | 
The software vendor is using Sharepoint, Bing, SQL, Azure, and other tools to seize a chunk of the open government market.
Amazon IDs Cause Of Data Center Outage
News  |  12/14/2009  | 
The failure of two power components at a Virginia data center affected some EC2 operations on December 9th, Amazon Web Services says.
Amazon Auctions Cloud Computation
News  |  12/14/2009  | 
Businesses can now bid for computing capacity during times of low demand to save money.
Los Angeles Goes Google
News  |  12/14/2009  | 
As of Monday, city employees will be able to start using Google Apps for daily computing tasks.
Microsoft Offers Climate Change Tools
News  |  12/14/2009  | 
Software maker rolls out interactive services at COP15 conference in Copenhagen.
SMBs Reject False Dichotomy Between Enterprise And Consumer Tech
Commentary  |  12/11/2009  | 
Too many tech insiders see the world as consumer versus enterprise technology. They're missing a key component of the market: small and midsize businesses. And their blinders are leading to some seriously misguided conclusions.
Zeus Bot Appears in EC2 Cloud, Detected, Dismissed
Commentary  |  12/11/2009  | 
A virtual machine in Amazon's EC2 cloud has been used as a command and control host for a password stealing version of Zeus, says a senior researcher in the Internet Security Intelligence Initiative, part of CA's security unit. "This is a particularly juicy target," says another security expert.
Americans Consume 34 GB Of Data Daily
News  |  12/11/2009  | 
Video games accounted for most of the bandwidth, but watching TV consumed most of the time.
IBM Launches Cloud Computing Lab
News  |  12/10/2009  | 
Hong Kong center will focus on support for Big Blue's LotusLive online service.
Why Microsoft Azure Should Matter To Businesses
Commentary  |  12/10/2009  | 
I'll make a prediction that 2010 will be the most exciting year yet for cloud computing, and that's partly related to Microsoft's ramp-up of Azure. Anyone attending's Dreamforce conference last month understands the potential of cloud platforms for rapid application development. And this is all coming together at a time when IT shops need to quickly and cheaply turn out innovative new applications for the business.
Video Driving Cisco Growth
News  |  12/9/2009  | 
Cisco will accellerate its move into video while also branching aggressively into collaboration and virtualization, said CEO John Chambers. Heads For Overhaul
News  |  12/9/2009  | 
The government is looking to make significant improvements to its open data repository, adding features for developers and consumers and prodding agencies to participate.
Microsoft Shakeup Signals Azure Launch
News  |  12/9/2009  | 
Software maker reorganizes server group and strikes NetApp deal as it prepares to release cloud platform.
Novell Maps Workload Management For Cloud
News  |  12/8/2009  | 
The company charts a new path as it applies identity management and security to workloads run in the cloud.
SAP Outlines Five-Year Enterprise Software Plan
News  |  12/8/2009  | 
SAP's unfolding strategy emphasizes on-demand computing, cloud architectures, flexible pricing, mobile and in-memory computing.
Fujitsu To Offer Cloud Services
News  |  12/8/2009  | 
The company enters the ranks of cloud competitors, supplying compute infrastructure as a service through its expanded data centers.
Savvis, Cisco Boost Enterprise Cloud Offerings
News  |  12/8/2009  | 
The firms will team to offer enterprise-class virtual private data center and multi-tiered security and quality-of-service capabilities.
Getting Started With Full Disk Encryption
News  |  12/8/2009  | 
Today, full-system encryption in software is feasible and practical. Here's how to get up and running using solutions from PGP, McAfee, Sophos, and open-source options TrueCrypt and DiskCryptor.
IBM Fellow Says SOA More Relevant Than Ever
Commentary  |  12/7/2009  | 
You can't help getting the impression from Kerrie Holley, IBM's CTO of its SOA Center of Excellence, of how much the idea of services remain the underpinning of what we're trying to do. That's true whether you're talking about restructuring the enterprise data center, implementing a simple Web service, invoking software-as-a-service such as, or go straight to cloud computing.
What's in Store for SaaS in 2010?
Commentary  |  12/7/2009  | 
The role of software as a service (SaaS) offerings will change in the next 12 to 16 months, and how it works itself into your IT operation will be significant. First, the rise of SaaS as an office automation solution will be very apparent in 2010. Second, third and fourth...
Ready To Launch? Lack Of Scalability A Killer
Commentary  |  12/4/2009  | 
Yahoo Pipes is a way to mash up RSS feeds and Web pages into combined information, apply rules and filters, and publish it. When it launched Feb. 7, 2007, the Pipes API worked fine in principle. But as "Daniel" said from the audience at a San Francisco panel this week, Pipes wasn't ready to scale.
Government Technologist: States As Cloud Service Providers
News  |  12/4/2009  | 
As state CIOs devise cloud computing strategies, they must assess whether their teams can provide services with the same skill and efficiency as commercial providers.
Cloud, Mobile To Drive IT Growth In 2010
News  |  12/4/2009  | 
An analyst firm believes consumers and businesses will spend 3.2% more on telecom, hardware, software and services than in 2009.
Intel Floats Cloud Computing On A Chip
Commentary  |  12/4/2009  | 
InformationWeek readers were the first to learn about Intel's efforts to pack a data center onto a single chip, via my recent interview with Intel chief technology officer Justin Rattner. (See Intel CTO Envisions On-Chip Data Centers.) Now, the chip behemoth has taken things one step further, formally announcing its single-chip cloud research project.
Symplified Offers Federated ID For Cloud
News  |  12/3/2009  | 
The SinglePoint system can be used to manage a user's identity across multiple cloud applications such as the suite.
Intel Demos 48-Core CPU
News  |  12/3/2009  | 
The single-chip cloud computer aims to dramatically boost performance and power efficiency in laptops, desktops, and servers.
Micron Releases SSD With Fast, New Interface
News  |  12/2/2009  | 
The new device dramatically increases read/write speeds compared to older models.
HP Upgrades Thin Clients In Wake Of Windows 7
News  |  12/2/2009  | 
HP is consolidating VMware and Citrix Systems desktop virtualization approaches with its own management software, and offering refreshed thin client devices.
Cloud-based Analytic Apps Optimize the Supply Chain
News  |  12/2/2009  | 
FusionOps dashboards and process automation apps streamline purchasing. Customer Kimball Electronics gains ROI within months.
IBM To Furnish Cloud Computing To Ho Chi Minh City
Commentary  |  12/1/2009  | 
IBM has already established cloud computing centers in the Chinese cities of Dongying and Wuxi. In the former, the cloud will serve as a "smarter city" platform for development of services. In Wuxi, it will serve as a collective platform for software development. Now it's on to Ho Chi Minh City.
Office 2010 Ship Date Revealed
News  |  12/1/2009  | 
Microsoft confirms Internet rumors surrounding release of next software suite.
Broadcom To Acquire Dune For $178 Million
News  |  12/1/2009  | 
The deal will boost Broadcom's data center and cloud computing portfolio.

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