News & Commentary
Content tagged with Cloud posted in March 2009
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Immersion Sheds Its CyberGlove
News  |  3/20/2009  | 
The company says it sold the portfolio as part of its strategy to focus only on its medical and touch lines of business.
Report: Cloud Computing Could Be Bigger Than The Web
Commentary  |  3/20/2009  | 
A new report, funded by Google, portrays cloud computing as representing the next major evolution of computing, one that follows in the footsteps of mainframes, PCs, and smartphones. The authors suggest that cloud vendors could power a "dramatic expansion" of the U.S. economy, and they call on U.S. policymakers to get involved.
Sales Of Nintendo Wii Play Surpass 10 Million Mark
News  |  3/20/2009  | 
The success of Wii Play is attributable to the fact that the collection of nine mini-games is bundled with the Wii remote control.
ReviewCam Of Sun's Innovative Drag, Drop, & Deploy Virtual Datacenter Designer
Commentary  |  3/20/2009  | 
While at Sun's CommunityOne East Developer Conference where Sun announced a pretty compelling entry into the cloud computing market (called the Sun Cloud, see the details and listen to the podcast), I caught up with Sun Cloud Computing CTO Lew Tucker who sat down with me to demo a GUI-based virtual datacenter deployment tool (all in a Web browser). Perhaps Sun should call it 4D; Drag, Drop, Deploy, and ( Offers Twitter Customer-Service App
News  |  3/20/2009  | 
Comcast, Dell, and others will use the app to find and help customers who've turned to their social networks to solve product problems.
U.S. Video-Game Sales Growth Slows In February
News  |  3/20/2009  | 
The Nintendo Wii and the company's portable console, the DS, continued buck the trend in terms of unit sales.
How iPhone 3.0 May Revolutionize The Smartphone Industry
News  |  3/20/2009  | 
With a new business model for third-party software, peer-to-peer networking, and richer interfaces for third-party hardware, Apple's got a potential game-changer in iPhone 3.0.
YouTube App Comes To Symbian, Windows Mobile
News  |  3/20/2009  | 
The app will automatically choose the highest-quality video for the user depending on the device and network connectivity, Google says.
Should Facebook Be Your Company's Intranet?
Commentary  |  3/19/2009  | 
On the face of it, that question may seem ridiculous. But for at least one midsize company, the answer already is "Yes!" Take a peek at the benefits -- and the risks -- raised by Serena Software's bold social-networking experiment.
Cisco's Giving A Welcome Jolt To The Data Center
News  |  3/19/2009  | 
Even if its unified computing products don't take off, it will push the market where it needs to go.
IBM-Sun Rivalry May Finally Reach An Accord
News  |  3/19/2009  | 
One of the main reasons IBM is willing to pay a premium for Sun is that Sun owns Java, and Java IP is worth billions in future revenue to IBM.
Practical Analysis: Cisco And IBM Make A Play For The Data Center
Commentary  |  3/19/2009  | 
If Cisco thinks it will call the data center shots over HP and IBM, it had better think again.
Samsung Launches Mobile Movie Service
News  |  3/19/2009  | 
The company also unveiled its Tocco Ultra Edition media-enabled cell phone in Europe to coincide with the service.
Is The Mobile Thin Client An Impossible Dream?
Commentary  |  3/19/2009  | 
During numerous interviews I did for a story to publish March 30 on software and smartphones, many CIO types said they hoped to one day avoid distributing software to employees' BlackBerrys, Windows Mobiles, and other devices, and instead have smartphones entirely dependent on software in the cloud. But given what my research revealed about how employees use smartphones, that seems an impossible goal.
Nokia To Close Content-Sharing 'Mosh'
News  |  3/19/2009  | 
The cell phone maker will integrate the freewheeling Mosh site into its Ovi line of services, but it will screen content.
SAS, NetSuite, Announce Cloud Computing Efforts
News  |  3/19/2009  | 
SAS Institute will build a $70 million cloud computing facility, and NetSuite joins the platform-as-a-service market.
The Problem With Sun's Cloud Strategy
Commentary  |  3/19/2009  | 
Sun's plans for a cloud computing platform and related Sun Cloud services are getting a thumbs up for the technology, innovation, and openness that Sun promises to bring to this emerging market. Unfortunately, Sun's cloud could be dead on arrival.
bMighty News Flash: Thursday March 19, 2009
News  |  3/19/2009  | 
Today's top tech news for small and midsize businesses: Cisco buys Flip, Google woos SMBs, Microsoft still wants Yahoo, Silverlight 3 beta, IE 8 slow, Expression Blend 3 preview, NetSuite expands SaaS developer program, Psystar launches Mac clone, no contract iPhone, Firefox mobile browser, Covad and Cisco managed UC, IE8, Firefox, and Safari hacked, Facebook-friendly Citysearch, 3Tera SLA, training program...
IBM-Sun Merger Called Anticompetitive
News  |  3/19/2009  | 
Industry group claims a Big Blue takeover of Sun would result in fewer choices and higher prices in the IT market.
Cisco Needs BMC To Supply Unified Virtual Management
News  |  3/18/2009  | 
At stake is Cisco's blade server, which will combine converged network components, then link to virtualized network and store resources under a single management interface.
Oracle Beats Estimates In Tough Economy
News  |  3/18/2009  | 
Despite a dip in software license sales, CEO Larry Ellison claims his company is more focused on cloud computing than competitor SAP.
IBM + Sun: Too Late For Open Source?
News  |  3/18/2009  | 
Anything IBM could acquire from Sun's existing open source portfolio, it could develop on its own or buy more cost effectively from another vendor, analysts suggest.
Sun Unveils Open Cloud Computing Platform
News  |  3/18/2009  | 
The challenge to's Elastic Compute Cloud and S3 storage services is due out this summer.
Sony Taps Nvidia To Bring More Lifelike Games To PS3
News  |  3/18/2009  | 
Nvidia's PhysX tools will be distributed at no charge to PS3 developers through Sony's developer network.
bMighty News Flash: Wednesday March 18, 2009
News  |  3/18/2009  | 
Today's top tech news for small and midsize businesses: Senate extends SBA programs, IBM buying Sun Microsystems, Criticism and praise for Obama's small business plan, Via Technologies design for mini-laptops, IBM, HP take swipes at Cisco's unified computing, Google Chrome Beta slow on Windows 7, iPhone 3.0 delivers cut, paste, and more, Cybersquatting reaches record levels, Panda Security offers cheaper Security-as-a-Service to SMBs, Google updates Unread in Gmail, Electronic Privacy Informatio
iPhone 3.0 Gets Rush Of Business Software Support
News  |  3/18/2009  | 
Oracle, SAP, Sybase, and Workday are acknowledging the growing use of iPhones in business with new applications and development kits.
IBM-Sun Deal Would Create Business Software Monolith
News  |  3/18/2009  | 
Official sources won't rule out reports of a pending $6.5 billion deal, while observers say acquisition would make sense.
Cybersquatting Hits All-Time Record
News  |  3/17/2009  | 
Concerns have even slowed a plan that ICANN announced last year to introduce new top-level domains.
Iomega Adds Torrent To Home Storage Device
News  |  3/17/2009  | 
The latest StorCenter ix2 Network Drive includes peer-to-peer file sharing technology for managing downloads of large media files.
bMighty News Flash: Tuesday March 17, 2009
News  |  3/17/2009  | 
Today's top tech news for small and midsize businesses: SBA loan scans, Treasury buys SBA securities, Dell Adamo, iPhone 3.0, HP laptop batteries, HTC Android phones, Comcast WiMax, Mobile Web usage, mobile phone spending, HP ProCurve switches, EMC free upgrade, Facebook privacy, Windows patch, Comcast password breach, Google Earth crimes, OS X and Safari security, Twitter ads, Windows Azure outage, Verizon FiOS, BatchBlue small business Web...
Windows Azure Goes Down
Commentary  |  3/17/2009  | 
It seems it's not the matter of if a cloud will go down, but when. Google and Amazon already have had well-publicized outages of their cloud platforms. Now, Microsoft has joined them, as Windows Azure was down for about 22 hours beginning Friday night.
Competitors Jab At Cisco's Unified Data Center System
News  |  3/17/2009  | 
Cisco's big, ambitious vision puts it in a brave new world of competition, one fraught with challenges and holes competitors are eager to pick at.
Wikis To Go
Commentary  |  3/17/2009  | 
PBwiki's new mobile edition lets employees access collaboration wikis from the iPhone and the BlackBerry.
Rackspace Heads Into The Cloud And Beyond
Commentary  |  3/17/2009  | 
For 11 years, Rackspace has built its business in the unglamorous world of data center hosting. The company is now jumping into the cloud computing market with both feet, and it has hired blogger Robert Scoble to raise its profile in the process.
Cloudera's Cloud Could Unlock Doors For Open Source
News  |  3/16/2009  | 
The company's first commercial version of Hadoop allows cloud-powered servers to store petabytes worth of information.
Cisco To Sell Blade Servers With Virtualization, Storage
News  |  3/16/2009  | 
The company's Unified Computing System brings it into direct competition with some of its existing partners, such as HP, Dell, and IBM.
Video Games A $40 Billion Market By 2012
News  |  3/13/2009  | 
Mobile devices are driving growth, but so are increased network access, faster broadband speeds, and next-generation gaming consoles.
AMD Upgrades SDK For ATI Graphics Processors
News  |  3/13/2009  | 
The improvements are expected to enhance graphics for scientific research, oil and gas exploration and financial modeling and risk assessment.
Amazon Offers You Your Own Little Place In The Clouds
News  |  3/13/2009  | 
The company's Reserved Instances EC2 service allows companies to reserve both processing and storage capacity ahead of time, instead of rolling the dice.
Yahoo Lights Friends On Fire
News  |  3/13/2009  | 
The Facebook application based on Yahoo's Fire Eagle software lets social network friends know where you are and what you're up to.
bMighty News Flash: Friday March 13, 2009
News  |  3/13/2009  | 
Today's top tech news for small and midsize businesses: FBI probe of Vivek Kundra, Firefox beta release, Yahoo's FireEagle on Facebook, Palm Pre vs. iPhone and BlackBerry, Symbian platform release schedule, rumors of Android Cupcake, GlobalScape file sharing update, Dell all-in-one tackes iMac, PC makers target SMBs, stimulus for veteran-owned SMBs, Twitter drives traffic, Facebook outpaces Yahoo traffic, CDW seeks SMB partners, Zer01 unlimited mobile plan, Google Voice threatens Android, Linux
SAP: Business ByDesign SaaS Is 'Mature'
Commentary  |  3/13/2009  | 
SAP has been pretty quiet on Business ByDesign, its hosted business software service in development, but expect to hear more about it within the next few months. SAP told me today that Business ByDesign has reached a "mature" stage in its development.
Microsoft Security Strategist Named Cybersecurity Leader
News  |  3/12/2009  | 
Phil Reitinger will join the Department of Homeland Security to protect the federal government's computer systems from cyberattacks.
Second Life Putting A Leash On Sex, Violence
News  |  3/12/2009  | 
The changes, which will go into effect in early summer, will limit businesses featuring extreme adult content to red-light districts of Second Life.
Nintendo Sells 100 Millionth DS Portable Gaming Device
News  |  3/12/2009  | 
The handheld gadget reached the 100 million mark quicker than any other video-game console.
bMighty News Flash: Thursday March 12, 2009
News  |  3/12/2009  | 
Today's top tech news for small and midsize businesses: SMBs profitable, Google Voice, SMBs recover first, HP-USA.NET collaboration, telecommunting, eBay retrenches, Amazon price cut, retail sales numbers, new FB homepage, Hulu social network, word of mouth ad impressions, Google search share, Plaxo features, FB referall leader...
Amazon's New Option: On-Reserve Servers
Commentary  |  3/12/2009  | 
Amazon Web Services today introduced a new payment option for customers looking to rent its virtual servers. Rather than pay for Elastic Compute Cloud instances on demand, customers can pay an up-front fee to reserve server capacity for later use.
PivotLink Upgrades BI SaaS Offering
News  |  3/12/2009  | 
The new features within PivotLink 4.2 are aimed at organizations looking to share BI data with suppliers, customers or partners.
Q&A: Sun's CTO Talks About Cloud Computing
News  |  3/11/2009  | 
Sun Microsystems CTO Greg Papadopoulos discusses cloud computing, open source, and open storage against a backdrop of an economy that's acting as a huge accelerant.
At-Risk Government IT Systems Require Immediate Action
Commentary  |  3/11/2009  | 
The federal government's new "pro cloud" attitude is about to get its first test. Office of Management and Budget director Peter Orszag is warning that a government portal used for competitive grants is at "significant risk of failure" due to system overload. Can cloud computing save the day?
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