News & Commentary
Content tagged with Cloud posted in December 2010
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B&N Says Nook Top Selling Product Ever
News  |  12/30/2010  | 
Responding to a recent similar claim for the Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble said its e-reader was its best-selling product in nearly 40 years.
CES 2011 Preview: Tablets, Smartphones, And More
Commentary  |  12/30/2010  | 
The electronics industry is gearing up for the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which kicks off January 6. The leading vendors are expected to introduce a host of eye-catching new offerings. Here's what InformationWeek anticipates will be unveiled at the show.
California Agencies Favor Microsoft For Email
News  |  12/30/2010  | 
About two out of three state mailboxes will be migrated to Microsoft-hosted email, rather than a competing state system.
NIIT Technologies Acquires EHR Platform
News  |  12/28/2010  | 
Indian IT firm will enter the U.S. healthcare market with the Preferr hosted electronic health records and referral management software.
Top 10 Government IT Predictions For 2011
News  |  12/28/2010  | 
Federal agencies will deliver on current IT projects, like cloud computing and data center consolidation, while tackling open government, cybersecurity defense, and privacy in the post-WikiLeaks era.
Synology Intros NAS Server Scalable To 15 Drives
News  |  12/27/2010  | 
The DS1511+ network attached storage server for small and midsize businesses delivers 197 MB/sec reading speed under RAID 5.
Tablet Vendors Preview CES Launches
News  |  12/23/2010  | 
Lesser known manufacturers, including ECS, MSI, Indamixx, and Asus, offer sneak peeks at the products they'll put up against HP, Motorola, and other well-known brands in January.
Dell Acquiring Medical Storage Firm InSite One
News  |  12/23/2010  | 
The cloud-based service addresses some of the biggest problems in health IT: data archiving, migration, and sharing medical images across providers, systems, and locations.
VA Employees Using Unauthorized Cloud Services
News  |  12/23/2010  | 
Department of Veterans Affairs staff have been using Google and Yahoo tools without the agency's knowledge, raising privacy, security concerns.
Top 10 SMB Stories Of 2010
Slideshows  |  12/22/2010  | 
Many small and midsize businesses are champing at the bit to ring in 2011, with expectations of improving economic conditions and smoother sailing ahead. But before we count down the clock just yet, it's often prudent to take a quick look back at where we've been. Therein lie the lessons learned -- and hopefully a few causes for celebration, too -- that can build the foundation for future success. Although we may have to wait until next year -- or 2014, even -- to see how all of that political a
NATO Taps IBM To Build Private Cloud
News  |  12/22/2010  | 
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization will test using the cloud to consolidate and modernize its IT resources.
Motorola Mobility Buys Cloud Service Provider Zecter
News  |  12/22/2010  | 
Technology that lets users share media among mobile devices, PCs and tablets will be incorporated into Motoblur, said the phone maker.
COD Black Ops Crosses $1 Billion Mark
News  |  12/22/2010  | 
The latest Call of Duty video game ties the movie "Avatar" as the fastest entertainment products to hit the million-dollar revenue mark.
Apple TV Sales To Top 1 Million Mark
News  |  12/22/2010  | 
Competitor Google TV suffers setbacks as Apple announces strong demand for its media streaming device.
Top 5 Cloud Computing Predictions For 2011
Commentary  |  12/21/2010  | 
In the coming year, the cloud will reach milestones that critics said it never would: it will be certifiably secure for credit card transactions; able to host multiple virtual machine types in the same infrastructure; and easier to manage.
Kno Ships Education Tablet
News  |  12/21/2010  | 
The 14.1-inch touchscreen device, geared at students, offers access to digital textbooks in Kno's e-bookstore.
WiFi, ZigBee Battle On Smart Grid Cred
News  |  12/21/2010  | 
The competing home wireless network technologies launch a public debate about which is more energy efficient.
Microsoft Prepping Kinect Upgrade
News  |  12/20/2010  | 
The firmware update would improve motion sensing accuracy and allow more data to pass through to the Xbox 360, according to reports.
T-Mobile Lays (Dubious) Claim To Fastest Data Network
Commentary  |  12/20/2010  | 
T-Mobile said today that, based on third-party research, its data network is the fastest in the top 100 U.S. markets. There's more than one problem with that claim.
Words Lens For iPhone Translates Spanish To English
News  |  12/17/2010  | 
The Quest Visual augmented reality Apple iPhone app provides real-time Spanish to English translation and vice versa.
Creative Launches Android Tablets
News  |  12/17/2010  | 
The entertainment-focused ZiiO 7" tab includes the Pure Android Audio application and Creative's X-Fi Crytalizer, which the company claims provides a superior experience over "conventional tablets that offer mediocre sound."
Oracle Applications Now Available In Amazon's EC2 Cloud
News  |  12/17/2010  | 
Oracle has done an about-face and is now moving key enterprise applications in a pre-configured form to the cloud.
Top 10 Software Stories Of 2010
Slideshows  |  12/17/2010  | 
In any year, there are winners and losers, those that successfully rode--or shaped--the tide, and those smashed by the waves of change. As virtual battles raged on Xboxes, Kinects, and other platforms, software developers waged war over market share and steadily loosening budget dollars. Eagerly awaited new products and beta versions made their debuts, jockeying for position and sales. The past year was, of course, no exception. In the rapid-paced world of social media, granddaddy MySpace all-bu
Google Maps The Human Body
News  |  12/17/2010  | 
WebGL-based 3D app explores the inner anatomy and function of muscles, organs, bones, and more.
Cloud Storage Appropriate Data
Commentary  |  12/17/2010  | 
As vendors continue to mature the cloud storage on-ramps we discussed previously, the use case for cloud storage is becoming more wide spread. What was once primarily backup and archive storage destination is now quickly becoming an option for primary data storage. As a result the data that you are going to involve in a cloud storage solution may be different than it was only a year ago.
FUD Strikes Chrome OS
Commentary  |  12/16/2010  | 
Chrome OS is one of those rare Google products that's accompanied by almost universal skepticism. In fact, their Cr-48 laptop proof-of-concept was on the received a fair amount of opprobrium. Admittedly the hardware isn't close to the elegance of a MacBook Air, but the objections primarily focus on Chrome's operating model, not the device. The complaints fall into four categories:
Philips, SleepTracker & Zeo: Give The Gift Of A Wake-up Call
Commentary  |  12/16/2010  | 
Missing sleep can impact your health and your performance. Thankfully, there's plenty of technology that can help. We review three of them.
Practical Analysis: Choosing SaaS Apps Is IT's Work
News  |  12/16/2010  | 
LOB partners tend to fall in love with an app’s interface and functionality, but they don’t know enough about things like integration and user authentication.
Sony Outs PlayStation App For iOS And Android
Commentary  |  12/16/2010  | 
Sony announced that it will soon deliver an official PlayStation application for Apple's iPhone, iPod Touch, and most Android handsets. Don't get too excited, though. It's not what you think.
Top 10 Cloud Stories Of 2010
Slideshows  |  12/16/2010  | 
Everybody's head was in the cloud, or so it seemed in 2010. Both well established and startup vendors developed solutions and strategies designed to extend their reach or provide entry into this booming market. After all, IDC estimated the cloud market will be worth $55 billion by 2014; Gartner predicted the cloud world could be valued at $148 billion at that time, in part because Gartner included Google AdWords advertising revenue in its figures, said Gregor Petri, adviser, lean IT and cloud co
CyberPower Debuts Advanced Gaming PCs
News  |  12/16/2010  | 
The high-end computers are integrated with the new AMD Radeon HD 6900 series graphics cards, adding enhanced performance.
Rackspace Acquires 'Cloud Cockpit' Developer
News  |  12/16/2010  | 
Cloudkick deal gives hosting provider a suite of tools that unify and simplify cloud management.
YouTube Talking Acquisition With Next New Networks
News  |  12/16/2010  | 
Purchase of leading Web content creation firm would help YouTube transition from a video-sharing site into a production role, says New York Times.
Global CIO: An Open Letter To IBM CEO Sam Palmisano
Commentary  |  12/16/2010  | 
We ask IBM's chairman and CEO about analytics, competition, mobility, and how the pursuit of a Smarter Planet will extend the transformation of the world's most-influential IT company.
Metalogix Introduces SharePoint Migration Manager
News  |  12/16/2010  | 
The tool offers a third-party alternative for migrating SharePoint and other legacy data to the Microsoft BPOS-D cloud.
Google TV Update Adds Voice Search
News  |  12/15/2010  | 
Users will receive the first Google TV software update automatically.
Top 10 Hardware Stories Of 2010
Slideshows  |  12/15/2010  | 
Partnerships and new technologies dominated the hardware landscape, as vendors battled for market share and dollars from customers slowly shedding budgetary shackles. Buyers -- from IT executives to home-office users and gamers -- had plenty of choices, ranging from the iPad and new competing wares, to the latest in IBM mainframes, and practically everything in between. Not surprisingly, several vendors have followed Apple's lead, quickly offering tablets designed to tap into the iPad's momentum
T-Mobile Drops Price Of Galaxy Tab To $349
Commentary  |  12/15/2010  | 
As part of its holiday promotions, T-Mobile has dropped the price of the Samsung Galaxy Tab by $50 to $349 with a new contract.
Global CIO: Is Larry Ellison Hurting Oracle By Hammering Competitors?
Commentary  |  12/14/2010  | 
Excellent industry analyst Josh Greenbaum says Ellison's recent words and deeds are doing damage to Oracle, but I believe the opposite is true.
Google Donates Java Tools Source Code
News  |  12/14/2010  | 
By offering some $5 million worth of code and intellectual property to the Eclipse Foundation, Google aims to encourage Java development.
Tablet Tipping Point Means The End Of Microsoft (As We Know It)
Commentary  |  12/14/2010  | 
2011 could see the demise of the Wintel hegemony as Microsoft and Intel are deemed absent from the slate revolution.
Top 10 Microsoft Stories Of 2010
Slideshows  |  12/14/2010  | 
Odds are, almost every household in the United States bought or used at least one Microsoft-related product in 2010. From smartphones to game consoles, entertainment software to applications, cloud computing infrastructure to expanded search engine agreements, the developer increased its footprint across earth and cyberspace. This year marked one of new beginnings and some endings for Microsoft, which released its long-awaited Windows Phone 7 operating system, the software giant's answer to Appl
ViewSonic ViewPad 7 Tablet Shipping In U.S.
News  |  12/14/2010  | 
The Android 2.2-powered, 7-inch media device offers Google Mobile Services, VoIP, and access to more than 100,000 apps, games, and social networks.
SAP Goes On Demand
Commentary  |  12/14/2010  | 
The prospects for the company's technology and multi-front, hybrid strategy look good. Now it's a matter of market execution.
KnowledgeTree Upgrades Cloud-Based Document Management Platform
News  |  12/14/2010  | 
Microsoft Office integration, real-time collaboration, unlimited users, and other features target SMBs in vertical markets with needs unfulfilled by Google Apps.
Publishers Demand Apple Remove Pirated E-Books
News  |  12/14/2010  | 
Japanese consortium claims the iBookstore is selling unauthorized versions of copyrighted novels in its self-publishing section.
CNN Debuts App For iPad
Commentary  |  12/14/2010  | 
CNN today released a brand new application specifically for the iPad. It takes what CNN did for the iPhone to the next level...for free.
Gmail Creator Bashes Chrome
Commentary  |  12/14/2010  | 
Paul Buchheit, a former Google employee and one of the brains behind Gmail, believes that Google will kill Chrome off in 2011 or fold it into Android.
Microsoft To Launch 'iPad Killer' Tablets At CES
News  |  12/14/2010  | 
Report says Redmond will finally get around to shipping devices that can compete with Apple's slate and Android-based devices.
Amazon EC2 Achieves Payment Industry Certification
News  |  12/13/2010  | 
Level 1 Payment Card Industry-compliant transaction processing systems can now be hosted by Amazon Web Services.
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