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Content tagged with Cloud posted in February 2009
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Facebook Looks To Expand Mobile Presence
News  |  2/13/2009  | 
The social network may be seeking help from Motorola, Nokia, and Palm to increase integration of its site on mobile phones.
U.S. Video-Game Market Remains Strong In Tough Economy
News  |  2/13/2009  | 
Sales of the Nintendo Wii outpaced the Microsoft Xbox 360 and the Sony PlayStation more than 2-to-1.
When Robots Attack: A Look At 21st Century Warriors
News  |  2/13/2009  | 
P.W. Singer, author of the new book Wired For War, is concerned about how battlefield robots are changing IT perspectives.
Federal CTO Agenda: The Industry's Advice To Obama
News  |  2/12/2009  | 
Think big and transformational, advise two dozen industry leaders, from CEOs to CIOs. And get going now.
Microsoft Windows Azure Pricing Expected Soon
News  |  2/12/2009  | 
Managers suggest the company's cloud computing efforts will be pay as you go, but customers can also prepay if they want discounts.
Amazon Web Services As The Center Of The Software Industry
Commentary  |  2/12/2009  | 
IBM is the latest software company to make its wares available as machine images on Amazon Web Services. Expect to see more enterprise-class software vendors do the same as a fast-and-easy way to move their software into the cloud.
When The Cloud Fails: Nokia's Ovi Service Loses 3 Weeks Of User Data
Commentary  |  2/12/2009  | 
Nokia is attempting to position itself as much more than a handset company. It is rife with other services, such as Comes With Music, or Contacts On Ovi, where people can upload pictures and save contact data directly from their phone. That is, when it works. A recent server crash completely lost three weeks' worth of user data.
Forrester: Platform-As-A-Service Is Here And Now
Commentary  |  2/12/2009  | 
Some of the key questions around cloud computing these days involve timing. When will cloud services be ready? And when should your company adopt them? In a just-released report, Forrester Research says there's no reason to wait.
Startup Adds Collaboration Features To Microsoft Office
News  |  2/12/2009  | 
DocVerse hopes its plug-in software, which helps people write and edit documents at the same time via the Web, beats the Office team at its own game.
Microsoft Exchange Alternative Unveiled By Open-Xchange
News  |  2/12/2009  | 
The open source company hopes its product will appeal to cash-strapped small and medium-size businesses that want to sidestep the costs associated with hosting Exchange or rely on POP mail.
IBM To Deliver Software Via Amazon's Cloud
News  |  2/12/2009  | 
Big Blue has partnered with the e-commerce giant to launch a next-generation Internet service.
Interoperability is Key in the Cloud
Commentary  |  2/11/2009  | 
The big push right now is around interoperability among cloud providers, or the notion of cloud vendors offering built-in communications -- as well as application and data portability -- among suppliers. Core to this concept is a buzzword I've been hearing the last few months: Intercloud. President Leaves For SaaS Vendor Xactly
Commentary  |  2/11/2009  | 
We learned last week that Steve Cakebread had left his president and chief strategy officer job at This morning, SaaS vendor Xactly announced it's appointed Cakebread as its CFO.
HP On The Cloud: 'The World Is Cleaving In Two'
News  |  2/10/2009  | 
The company's CTO for cloud computing contrasts Google's, Amazon's, and Microsoft's enterprise data center strategies with HP's new way of thinking about clouds.
Google Updates App Engine In Advance Of 'Big Announcements'
Commentary  |  2/10/2009  | 
It's been a busy few days for Google App Engine, the "preview mode" platform-as-a-service with which users deploy applications on Google's IT infrastructure. Google yesterday released an updated App Engine software development kit and late last week updated the App Engine road map with new APIs.
Dave Duffield Explains The Stickiness Of SaaS
Commentary  |  2/10/2009  | 
I had a chat the other day with Dave Duffield, a software industry icon who founded PeopleSoft and, more recently, SaaS company Workday. Why, Dave, I asked, are you so confident in the profitability and growth potential of the SaaS model? After all, there's a lot more red than black on the industry's SaaS balance sheets. I share with you Duffield's thinking on the sustainability of SaaS.
Netbooks For Road Warriors On A Budget
News  |  2/10/2009  | 
These laptop replacements from Asus, Acer, Dell, MSI, and Sony are budget-friendly and road-ready. Bonus: We've rounded up some gear to enhance their basic mobile functions.
Nokia Rolls Out Music-Centric Smartphone
News  |  2/10/2009  | 
The 5630 XpressMusic is powered by Symbian S60, has Wi-Fi and 3G, and can use Nokia's music and gaming services.
IBM Drifts Slowly Toward Mainstream Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  2/10/2009  | 
Building on its 15-month old Blue Cloud initiative, IBM today introduces additions to its cloud computing portfolio and named new customers and partners. Big Blue's cloud strategy remains focused on the enterprise; customers can't pay by the minute with credit cards, as they can with Amazon Web Services and other general purpose cloud offerings.
Intel Drops Prices Of Solid-State Disks
News  |  2/10/2009  | 
Giving no reason for the price cuts, Intel significantly lowered the prices of its SSDs for laptops, servers, storage, and workstations.
Google Sync Has Microsoft Inside
News  |  2/9/2009  | 
The push technology in Google Sync, available in beta for the iPhone, Windows Mobile, and other phones, is licensed from Microsoft.
Archos Puts Android On A Tablet
News  |  2/9/2009  | 
The Internet media tablet with Android will connect with 3G or Wi-Fi, make calls, record TV shows, and have up to 500 GB of storage.
Cloud Computing In Government: From Google Apps To Nuclear Warfare
Commentary  |  2/9/2009  | 
It's still early in the adoption cycle, but we're beginning to see how U.S. federal agencies and other government users might employ cloud computing. Among the scenarios: cloud-bursting at sea by battleship groups, satellite imagery, and open source software development.
Getting The Most Out Of Your SSD
News  |  2/7/2009  | 
Our guide to your solid-state disk options, as well as how to get the best performance from your flash-based mass storage unit, with a look at Intel's X25-M drive and offerings on HP, Apple, and Sony portables.
SaaS Growth Thrown Into Question
Commentary  |  2/6/2009  | 
Steve Cakebread, president and chief strategy officer of, has resigned, and two other execs are out. One analyst speculates that the company is closing smaller, shorter deals. That wouldn't bode well for the SaaS market.
The Anti-Spam Gateway Drug
Commentary  |  2/6/2009  | 
Proofpoint touts its new SaaS spam filter as an add-on to an e-mail security appliance. Actually, it's a teaser to get customers hooked on the cloud.
Google Gmail Within Striking Distance Of Hotmail
News  |  2/6/2009  | 
Between September 2007 and September 2008, Gmail's visitor total grew 39%, from 18.8 million to 26 million.
Three Execs Reportedly Out At
Commentary  |  2/6/2009  | 
Reuters reports that three high-level execs are out at The on-demand software company hasn't issued a statement, and I can't yet reach the PR team this morning (it's 7 a.m. on the West Coast). But I do find it interesting that it reportedly showed the door to Gary Hanna, executive VP of enterprise sales, a market segment viewed critical to's continuing growth.
Xbox Live-Netflix Viewership Hits One Million
News  |  2/5/2009  | 
However, movies produced by Sony Pictures Entertainment aren't available through the video-game console.
Free Visual Voice Mail Comes To BlackBerry
News  |  2/4/2009  | 
YouMail is bringing the ability to scroll through voice messages and forward them to multiple BlackBerry handsets.
SAP Business Suite 7.0 Kills Usual Software Upgrade Process
News  |  2/4/2009  | 
With the more harmonious approach to software application updates, SAP has its own story to tell against Oracle's upcoming Fusion application suite.
Samsung To Offer 40-NM Memory Chip This Year
News  |  2/4/2009  | 
The company hopes the DRAM chip, which consumes 30% less power than current 50-nm technology, will expand its lead in a market suffering one of its worst downturns ever.
Second Life Plays Host To Healthcare Hearings
Commentary  |  2/4/2009  | 
Avatars don't need health care, but the people at the keyboard do. That's why a Chicago marketer, who previously worked on the Budweiser "Wassup" campaign, organized a hearing on health care policy for then-President-elect Obama in Second Life.
Arista Networks Won't Trademark 'Cloud Networking'
Commentary  |  2/4/2009  | 
In a blog post, Arista Networks CEO Jayshree Ullal reveals that the company will drop its attempt to trademark the term "cloud networking." Like Dell before it, Arista has learned that the language of cloud computing is so general in nature that it can't be the intellectual property of one company.
SAP Acknowledges Problems Of Monolithic Software
Commentary  |  2/4/2009  | 
SAP called it one of its most significant announcements of the year. It leaked its announcement to the Wall Street Journal, which posted a story last night that referenced "Web-based software" and quoted a executive. But today's big announcement didn't have much to do with SaaS at all. Rather, it was an acknowledgment that SAP's traditionally monolithic approach to software has created problems for customers.
The Economics Of Private Storage Clouds
Commentary  |  2/3/2009  | 
ParaScale is about to release new software that lets customers create "storage clouds" using commodity Linux servers. The economics are such that the cost of a petabyte of storage, once the domain of only the largest organizations, is coming within reach of more companies.
New Software Automates Data Archive Migrations
Commentary  |  2/3/2009  | 
Procedo has announced a new version of its software to move archived data from one platform to another, including premises to the cloud.
GE Greens Data Center, Pushes Its Technology
News  |  2/3/2009  | 
By upgrading its data center with its own equipment, General Electric is reducing its need for energy, water, and chemicals and creating a demonstration project for potential customers.
Private Cloud Technology Doesn't Exist
Commentary  |  2/3/2009  | 
If you think that private clouds are just doing public cloud-like things within the data center, you're dead wrong. As the hype builds around private clouds, the approaches to building these yet-to-be-defined virtualized systems are really left up to who's building them. There is no one approach, nor is there a killer technology in this space as of yet.
THQ Shakes Up Mobile Game Unit
News  |  2/2/2009  | 
In an effort to combat the sluggish economy, the company will shift its focus toward smartphones and eliminate 100 positions to cut costs.
Gartner: Cloud Computing Still For 'Trailblazers'
Commentary  |  2/2/2009  | 
Gartner has a surprisingly conservative forecast for business adoption of cloud computing services. The IT advisory firm says it could be up to seven years before cloud services reach "mainstream critical mass and commoditization."
SugarCRM Previews Upcoming Cloud, CRM Features
News  |  2/2/2009  | 
CEO John Roberts pledges to help customers reposition their companies to take advantage of cloud computing trends and more open source code.
Google Respins Globe With Earth 5.0 Beta
News  |  2/2/2009  | 
The latest version of Google's geospatial mapping app lets users dive beneath the seas, explore the effects of climate change, and view high-resolution NASA images of Mars.
Video Game Sales Up 11% Last Year In Top Three Markets
News  |  2/2/2009  | 
Growth in the United States and the United Kingdom offset a 13% decline in video game sales in Japan.
Solid State Disks, Demystified
News  |  2/2/2009  | 
The HP Mini 1000 netbook, MacBook Air, and Vaio TT all sport solid state disks, a technology that's still evolving. Our hardware expert explains where SSD is today -- and where it's going.
Adobe, Apple Working On Flash For iPhone
News  |  2/2/2009  | 
Apple wants Adobe to craft a specific version of Flash that will retain much of the functionality of the desktop version but not require as many system resources.
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