News & Commentary
Content tagged with Cloud posted in February 2012
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Microsoft Azure Outage Explanation Doesn't Soothe
Commentary  |  2/29/2012  | 
Microsoft leader's post mortem on Azure cloud outage cites a human error factor, but leaves other questions unanswered. Does this remind you of how Amazon played its earlier lightning strike incident?
Top Considerations For Cloud EHR Buyers
News  |  2/29/2012  | 
Cloud computing offers a speed ramp into the electronic health record highway. But don't overlook critical questions about security, performance, say legal experts at HIMSS.
Harris Scraps Secure Public Cloud Service
News  |  2/29/2012  | 
Large government contractor shutters cloud computing service and $200 million data center, less than a year after opening.
Microsoft Azure Suffers Outage
News  |  2/29/2012  | 
Microsoft Azure cloud services dashboard shows access problem in three regions; most users back online within eight hours.
The Big Data Challenge: Social Data Meets Corporate Data
News  |  2/29/2012  | 
With the rise of social media sites, companies are getting hit with a blizzard of unstructured data, and must now find cost-effective ways to integrate and analyze the collective pool of big data to generate granular business insights.
New Intel Architecture is Built to Scale—At Many Levels
News  |  2/29/2012  | 
In the IT world, multiple trends are driving a whole new set of requirements for the data center.
CIOs Must Beware Private Cloud Plan Hijackers
Commentary  |  2/28/2012  | 
Employees with something to lose will try to thwart your private cloud plans. The boss needs to take charge.
4 Cloud Computing Pain Points That Still Hurt
Commentary  |  2/28/2012  | 
In a cloud project, common sense gets you only so far: then the pain really kicks in. Consider these four issues still plaguing even the experts.
Managing Virtual Machine Performance Problems
Commentary  |  2/28/2012  | 
Virtual infrastructure administrators have two options to fix performance problems: fine-tune the environment, or cover up the problem with hardware.
Dell: 'We're Not Really A PC Company Anymore'
News  |  2/28/2012  | 
Dell evolving its business away from a reliance on PC shipments toward supplying high-end servers, appliances, and rack-mount virtualization packages for the enterprise data center.
The Rise Of The Hybrid Enterprise
Commentary  |  2/27/2012  | 
As on-premises ERP dies a slow death, the hybrid enterprise, not pure SaaS, will be the dominant model for some time to come.
DARPA, MIT Research A Self-Healing Cloud
News  |  2/27/2012  | 
Researchers aim to develop a cloud computing environment that could immediately recognize and fend off a cyber attack, much like the human body fights a virus.
Feds Offer Agencies Guidance On Cloud Implementation
News  |  2/27/2012  | 
As agencies adopt cloud services, a new report helps set some guidelines around SLAs, security, and privacy.
Kaminario Makes Data Available Despite Storage Node Failure
News  |  2/27/2012  | 
DataProtect backup feature enables high availability, self healing, automatic failover, and recovery for continuous storage area network operation.
Hadoop Behind Metamarkets' Data Science-as-a-Service
News  |  2/27/2012  | 
Business Intelligence startup Metamarkets aims to take "BI in the cloud" one step further.
Does The Cloud Keep Pace With Moore's Law?
Commentary  |  2/27/2012  | 
The cost "advantages" of infrastructure-as-a-service aren't always real or long term.
Samsung Android Tablet Strategy Puzzles
Commentary  |  2/26/2012  | 
Samsung took the wraps off not one, but two new Android tablets at Mobile World Congress. What is Samsung thinking?
Chart.io Seeks To Shake Up BI
News  |  2/26/2012  | 
Startup's cloud-based business intelligence solution takes on entrenched on-premises BI providers.
Seriously Secure Mobile Voice With Custom Crypto
News  |  2/25/2012  | 
KoolSpan's mobile phone voice encryption products create a secure point-to-point channel for voice or other high-value communications.
Yammer's Game Plan: CEO David Sacks Explains All
Commentary  |  2/24/2012  | 
Sacks discusses the virtues of enterprise social networking in the cloud, the viral virtues of freemium, and how to kill an unsanctioned Yammer network.
What Salesforce.com Results Say About Oracle Battle
Commentary  |  2/23/2012  | 
Salesforce.com keeps furthering its reach into more corners of its customers' operations. The competition has noticed.
LG Kicks Off Smartphone Quad-Core Madness
News  |  2/23/2012  | 
LG sets tone for the smartphone race of 2012 with Optimus 4X HD, which actually has 5 cores.
OnLive Desktop Brings Windows Apps To iPad
News  |  2/23/2012  | 
Virtual desktop based on cloud gaming tech claims to bring speedier Microsoft Office, Flash to iPad than market leader Citrix Receiver can deliver.
Amazon Brings Price-Cutter Mentality To AWS
Commentary  |  2/22/2012  | 
Having lowered prices for storage, Amazon hints that similar cuts could come to other areas of its cloud services.
Veterans Affairs May Dump Microsoft Office
News  |  2/22/2012  | 
Department will consider Web-based suites as it looks to replace current hodgepodge of Microsoft Office versions.
Is Cloud Computing A Global Market Yet? Nyet
News  |  2/22/2012  | 
Brazil, China, and some European countries have erected barriers to free flow of data, due to fears of U.S. domination of cloud market, says BSA.
Microsoft: SkyDrive Will Be 'World's Hard Drive'
News  |  2/21/2012  | 
Microsoft puts itself on a collision course with Apple as SkyDrive and iCloud storage services get deeper integration into the desktop, via Windows 8 and OS X Mountain Lion.
Free WinZip For iOS Handles Email Attachments
News  |  2/19/2012  | 
iPhones and iPads are pretty bad at handling email Zip file attachments. WinZip for iOS fixes the problem for free but lacks features common in other file managers.
Inside Zynga's Big Move To Private Cloud
News  |  2/17/2012  | 
With private cloud, Zynga found it could do the same work it had been doing on Amazon EC2, but with one-third the number of servers. Go inside the how and why of the move.
State, Local Governments Face Cloud Imperative
News  |  2/16/2012  | 
TechAmerica report pushes state and local governments to quickly embrace the cloud to cut costs and improve services.
Apple OS X Mountain Lion: 11 Highlights
News  |  2/16/2012  | 
OS X and iOS continue to converge. Will they be one some day?
Socialcast Enters The Thank You Business
News  |  2/16/2012  | 
Socialcast Thanks, a premium add-on to the enterprise social networking platform, provides a customizable tool for employee recognition.
Amazon Cloud Users Get SunGard Disaster Recovery Option
News  |  2/15/2012  | 
Amazon EC2 users can now back up VMs and data at SunGard data centers, not just on Amazon's infrastructure. The move may reflect customer pushback regarding Amazon's April 2011 outage.
Apple CEO: 'We Care About Every Worker'
News  |  2/15/2012  | 
Tim Cook reiterates Apple's commitment to fair labor practices and highlights his company's focus on cloud services.
Cloud Computing Is Still In Its Adolescence
Commentary  |  2/15/2012  | 
Compare the adoption rate for cloud services to that for virtualization, and it's evident we still have a ways to go.
Oracle Shakes Up Talent, Performance Management
News  |  2/15/2012  | 
Oracle's acquisition of Taleo and SAP's of SuccessFactors are sending tremors through the world of software built around people and talent.
AT&T Targets Walls Between Mobile Health Apps
News  |  2/15/2012  | 
Cloud-based Developer Center platform aims to bring together data from multiple apps and devices, connect them to healthcare systems.
4 Hot Topics At Cloud Connect
Commentary  |  2/15/2012  | 
From Amazon to Zynga, cloud leaders at the conference gave some interesting sneak peeks at the future of cloud computing. Take a look ahead.
Cloud Connect TV
News  |  2/14/2012  | 
Watch and listen to cloud computing experts discuss the key issues of the day at Cloud Connect.
Obama Would Cut Military IT Budget
News  |  2/14/2012  | 
The White House budget proposal for fiscal 2013 would cut the Department of Defense's IT budget by 3.6%. But cybersecurity gets an increase.
Telcos Poised To Disrupt Amazon's Enterprise Cloud
Commentary  |  2/14/2012  | 
Telephone companies have the assets and track record in delivering secure and reliable services to grab a piece of the enterprise cloud services market popularized by Amazon and Rackspace.
Nimbula Supports VMware, But Not As Cloud Partner
News  |  2/14/2012  | 
Nimbula Director 2.0 shakes hands with VMware's ESXi, but only for the purpose of building Amazon-like clouds.
Zynga Trades Amazon Cloud For In-House Servers
News  |  2/14/2012  | 
Social networking game supplier has brought the bulk of its operations in house after launching games in EC2's public cloud.
Agile Government: Elusive, But Not Impossible (Really)
Commentary  |  2/13/2012  | 
A coming together of technologies and IT management philosophies at the federal level---including agile development and shared services--is cause for guarded optimism.
New Consumer Finance Protection Bureau Promises Agile IT
News  |  2/13/2012  | 
While other federal agencies struggle with outdated legacy systems, the new Consumer Finance Protection Bureau aims to keep lean with agile processes, cloud computing, and open source.
UptimeCloud Eliminates AWS Cloud Bill Surprises
News  |  2/12/2012  | 
Service reports Amazon cloud expenses in the middle of the month and forecasts what they'll be by month end--before it's too late.
Cloud Computing Can Drive Business Innovation
News  |  2/10/2012  | 
Cloud is an enabler of new business models, but too many companies are just experimenting or improving existing processes and not taking full advantage of the technology, says IBM.
Four Things I'd Like To See At Cloud Connect
Commentary  |  2/9/2012  | 
There are many issues that need to be resolved as the new cloud glitterati gathers in Santa Clara. But don't hold your breath.
Point Of Sale Gets An iPad Makeover
News  |  2/9/2012  | 
Tablets aren't just for conventional computing. This point of sale system for salons shows how varied the markets can be.
Google Preps Dropbox Cloud Storage Rival
News  |  2/9/2012  | 
Google will soon release an update to its long-rumored "GDrive" and a home entertainment system, reports the Wall Street Journal.
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