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IBM's ILOG Builds Sophisticated Data Display Components
News  |  2/27/2009  | 
The business rules engine division has supplied four new software tools that can be used to display complex data in a rich Internet application.
A Cloud User Switches Clouds
Commentary  |  2/27/2009  | 
Less than two weeks after platform-as-a-service vendor Coghead disclosed that it's going out of business, competitor Caspio has migrated one of Coghead's abandoned customers to its platform.
Salesforce CEO Benioff Claims Huge Wins Over Oracle
Commentary  |  2/27/2009  | 
UPDATE: Bob Evans has just posted a new column about Salesforce and Benioff's challenges and opportunities in squaring off against Oracle, Microsoft and SAP. Two months after Oracle CEO Larry Ellison told financial analysts his company was whipping Salesforce in head-to-head competition for cloud deals, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff hit back this week by releasing a list of customers h
Novell Rolls Out Manager For Virtual Environments
News  |  2/27/2009  | 
The company's PlateSpin Orchestrate 2.0 software helps coordinate Hyper-V, Xen-based environments.
Cloud Computing Aligns Zimory With VMware
News  |  2/27/2009  | 
A significant advantage of Zimory's management software is that it makes server resources available to cost-conscious IT shops that many would otherwise not be able to afford.
IT Search Engine Adds Netflow
Commentary  |  2/27/2009  | 
Startup Paglo, which offers SaaS-based IT management based on search, now collects Netflow data to help customers monitor bandwidth usage by users, applications and protocols.
Gmail Failure Breeds Status Dashboard
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
The software provides data on the status of Google Apps applications, including Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Talk, Google Docs, Google Sites, and Google Video.
Yahoo CEO Bartz Shakes Up Management
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
While Yahoo's CFO and mobile czar pack their bags, the executive's first blog indicates a new focus on improving relations with customers and advertisers.'s Growth Shows SaaS Success In Tough Economy
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
Revenue growth of 34% shows businesses are buying SaaS despite of, and perhaps because of, tight IT budgets. There are spots of trouble, however.
Gartner Finds Most-Common SaaS Assumptions Are False
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
What has made it difficult for many companies to separate truth from fiction is the tremendous amount of hype around SaaS, the analyst firm says.
Google Takes Credibility Hit With Gmail Outage
News  |  2/25/2009  | 
The company will credit some customers for 15 days of service, which would amount to almost 4% of the $50 per user per year Google charges.
Coghead Failure Highlights Risks Of Cloud Computing
News  |  2/25/2009  | 
Cloud computing is growing, with Google now monetizing its App Engine. But no matter what the vendor, customers should have a good emergency-exit strategy.
Honda Logistics Adds SaaS Link To Supply Chain
Commentary  |  2/25/2009  | 
This success story highlights one of the reasons why CIOs in this rotten economy can't close their eyes to forward-looking innovation: a Honda warehousing unit says that a SaaS application from a small vendor called SmartTurn has exceeded all of its expectations and is leading to "a whole new change in how this type of business is done."
HP, Sun To Support Solaris On ProLiant Servers
News  |  2/25/2009  | 
The deal elevates Sun to a strategic partner for HP's ProLiant servers and could also help each in its battle with a common enemy: IBM.
Survey: Fear Slows Cloud Computing Adoption
Commentary  |  2/25/2009  | 
A survey of 500 C-level executives and IT managers yields some interesting attitudes toward cloud computing. The bottom line is that while many business and technology managers see potential value in the cloud, fears over security and control are holding them back.
Keep Your Eye on the Prize
Commentary  |  2/25/2009  | 
My greatest fear as we run, not walk, in the direction of the clouds is that we won't consider how cloud computing folds into our IT strategy, but more how our IT strategy needs to fold into cloud computing. That's dangerous thinking, considering how many times we've done that over the years with less than positive results...
Cloud-Based Backup For Microsoft Exchange, SQL Server Released
News  |  2/25/2009  | 
Open source vendor Zmanda joins the chase for Windows dollars with its product based on Amazon's Simple Storage Service.
Memo To Google: I Know 600 Students Who Depend On Your Gmail
Commentary  |  2/24/2009  | 
I couldn't help but take Google's Gmail outage today a bit personally. I'm in the midst of my one, big yearly contribution to my son's school: computerizing the school's heavily paper-based read-a-thon competition, using Gmail as the platform. So I'm asking you please, Google, don't mess up my PTO project. For once I look like a hero rather than the under-involved parent.
VMware Adds To Data Center Operating System
News  |  2/24/2009  | 
vCenter Server Heartbeat and vShield, launched at VMware's user group meeting, bring the company closer to supplying the data center operating system via its virtual machine management capabilities.
Ballmer Says Microsoft Won't Ship Office 14 This Year
News  |  2/24/2009  | 
Slow PC sales may have eased demand for a Web-based version of the Word, Excel, and PowerPoint bundle.
Google App Engine Now Ready To Take Your Money
News  |  2/24/2009  | 
The launch of a billing system for its Web application hosting platform puts Google in competition with Amazon Web Services and Microsoft's Azure Services Platform.
Gmail Outage Prompts Apology
News  |  2/24/2009  | 
Gmail users with Google Gears installed were able to access their in-boxes during the outage Tuesday morning. Gmail has about 113 million users worldwide.
Vertica Puts Column-Oriented Database In Virtual Machine
News  |  2/23/2009  | 
The software runs on commodity hardware and becomes a plug-and-play addition to a data center being built out around cloud principles.
How To Get Started With Storage-As-A-Service
Commentary  |  2/23/2009  | 
Pay-as-you-go online storage services are a flexible way to deal with exploding data volume. For 25 cents per month, you can rent a gigabyte of storage from Nirvanix. But is that any way to buy enterprise storage?
Microsoft Offers 'Appliance-Like' Data Warehouses
News  |  2/23/2009  | 
Microsoft has teamed with Bull, Dell, and HP to offer appliance-like data warehouses starting at $13,000 per terabyte.
'Guitar Hero' Rocks On To Android
News  |  2/23/2009  | 
With the introduction of paid applications in the Android Market, a wave of high-profile games may be coming to Google's mobile platform.
Citrix Syncs With Microsoft Hyper-V In Virtualization Push
News  |  2/23/2009  | 
VMware's relentless growth, reporting revenue of $1.3 billion last year, has brought the two allies even closer together.
Cloud Experts Miss The Point: Solve A Problem Upfront
Commentary  |  2/20/2009  | 
At the Cloud Computing Forum, InformationWeek asked a distinguished panel why it was necessary for every hypervisor vendor to launch its own virtual machine runtime format. If we can see the need to move workloads from one cloud to another, a common runtime format would simplify the process. What will it take, I asked, a user revolt?
Coghead's Collapse: Memo From The Trenches
Commentary  |  2/20/2009  | 
The demise of platform-as-a-service vendor Coghead is being described as a "debacle" and a "disaster" for the small and midsize companies who were using applications built on Coghead's cloud-based platform. Here's the story from the trenches.
Security, Privacy And Compliance In The Cloud
Commentary  |  2/20/2009  | 
One of the more interesting panel discussions at the IDC Cloud Computing Forum on Feb 18th in San Francisco was about managing the complexities of security, privacy and compliance in the Cloud. The simple answer according to panelists Carolyn Lawson, CIO of California Public Utilities Commission, and Michael Mucha, CISO of Stanford Hospital and Clinics is "it ain't easy!"
Violent Video Game Law Ruled Unconstitutional
News  |  2/20/2009  | 
The 2005 law prohibited the sale of violent video games to anyone under 18 and imposed a fine of as much as $1,000.
Why Cloud At All?
Commentary  |  2/20/2009  | 
In his recent blog, Bycast CTO David Silk provides some insight on how enterprises minimize the risk associated with adopting cloud storage. At the heart of the matter is why does cloud storage or, for that matter, cloud computing, exist at all?
Is SaaS Cheaper? Depends On How Long You Have It.
Commentary  |  2/20/2009  | 
Gartner published a report this week on the "five most-common SaaS assumptions." I agree with all of them, but must throw in my own two cents on the first assumption: SaaS is less expensive than on-premises software.
Lessons From The Demise Of A Cloud Startup
Commentary  |  2/20/2009  | 
Amid the growing interest in cloud computing, Coghead's collapse provides a reality check. SAP is providing a safety net for Coghead's intellectual property and its employees, but Coghead's customers are left to fend for themselves.
Cloud Implementation To Double By 2012
News  |  2/19/2009  | 
The number of enterprises using cloud computing will grow to 9% in three years, says one analyst, but its impact will far exceed those modest figures.
Intel Solid-State Drive Found To Slow Under Heavy Use
News  |  2/19/2009  | 
The problems appear to be in the sector remapping and wear-leveling algorithms that are suppose to improve performance.
SAP Buys Cloud Computing Startup Coghead
News  |  2/19/2009  | 
Coghead's service continues through April, but SAP will shut customer obligations and relationships down after that.
A Cloud Conservative
Commentary  |  2/19/2009  | 
Vanguard talks about its cautious approach to public cloud services, and the steps it's taking to build an internal cloud.
Where Does Apple Go From Here?
News  |  2/19/2009  | 
Apple's got room for future triumphs -- but it also faces threats from a battered economy, rejuvenated competitors, and a leadership crisis precipitated by Steve Jobs' illness.
What To Look For In Virtual Server Backup Products
News  |  2/19/2009  | 
Virtual machine backup software is evolving rapidly, and there's no one best tool.
Western Digital Redesigns Consumer Back-Up Drive
News  |  2/18/2009  | 
The device can also provide storage for Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation 3 video-game consoles, wireless digital picture frames, or digital TVs.
Beyond AIM: Top Instant Messaging Clients For Business
News  |  2/18/2009  | 
Instant messaging has all but replaced the phone as an office tool. We take AIM, Google Talk, ICQ, Jabber, Yahoo Instant Messenger, and Windows Live Messenger for a spin and give you the lowdown.
Nintendo DSi Making U.S. Debut In April
News  |  2/18/2009  | 
Among the unique features on the DSi is two 0.3 megapixel cameras, one on the external body and the other pointing at the user when the device is flipped open.
Amazon's Cloud Is Too Cloudy
Commentary  |  2/18/2009  | 
Amazon senior VP Andy Jassy talks about Amazon Web Services in a recent interview with It's an interesting chat with the guy who oversees Amazon's cloud computing business. Unfortunately, Jassy, once again, refuses to answer key questions about AWS.
Berkeley Talks Cloud: Should We Listen?
Commentary  |  2/18/2009  | 
Far too many people out there in the emerging space of cloud computing are arguing the semantics of this model, and not what's important -- the architectural improvement opportunities and the reasons why businesses should look at cloud computing... What's important to this movement is the use of the model, the benefit to business, and what we need to do to get there.
Small College Reaps Big Benefits From Cloud Computing
News  |  2/17/2009  | 
Having consolidated and virtualized its servers using VMware's vCloud initiative, a small college is learning how much it can get done.
Google Row Boat
Commentary  |  2/17/2009  | 
Oliver (Olly) Hicks set out from Tasmania last month in his rowboat to become the first person to row across the world on his own.
Hybrid Storage Service Targets Cloud Doubters
Commentary  |  2/17/2009  | 
Don't quite trust online storage providers with your company's files? A new service wants to lure the doubtful with a hybrid model that combines local and cloud-based storage. Startup Egnyte links your premises file server to an online service for belt-and-suspenders storage and backups.
VMware To Take Its Next Steps Into The Cloud
Commentary  |  2/17/2009  | 
It's been six months since VMware announced vCloud, the company's grand plan for public, private, and hybrid computing clouds. It's almost time for an update on VMware's progress.
Mozilla Labs Introduces Bespin For Collaborative Coding
News  |  2/13/2009  | 
Future iterations of the cloud-centered software will focus on allowing programmers to work on the same code from different locations at the same time.
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