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Google Voice Rises To Replace GrandCentral
News  |  3/11/2009  | 
New to the service will be the ability to receive SMS text messages sent to your Google Voice number on a mobile device, and sending messages from your Web-based Google Voice inbox.
HP Execs: 'Don't Spend More, Spend Smarter'
News  |  3/11/2009  | 
The company is ramping up efforts to match EDS consultants with companies looking to improve existing data centers or help design new ones.
Yahoo Subsidiary Finds Users Willing To Pay To Play
News  |  3/11/2009  | 
The media site's Zimbra open source mail product edges past Gmail with 40 million paid mailbox users.
MIT's Barbara Liskov Wins Turing Award
News  |  3/11/2009  | 
The second woman ever to win the "Nobel Prize of computing" is turning her focus toward the security of online storage.
Free Apps: Enterprise Freebies Get Serious
News  |  3/11/2009  | 
Like it or not, free software is powering the enterprise. Get comfortable with SaaS, Google Gears, Adobe AIR, application virtualization, and free apps from scores of startups and big-name vendors -- or get left behind.
Microsoft Releases Details On Windows App Store
News  |  3/11/2009  | 
In addition to improving relations, Microsoft will try to woo mobile developers away from Apple by giving them 70% of the revenue sold from applications.
EMC CEO: IT Budgets Down, But Virtualization Strong
News  |  3/11/2009  | 
And by the way, Cisco won't be buying EMC's booming VMware unit either, Joe Tucci proclaims.
Can Trust Clouds Be Trusted With Government Information?
Commentary  |  3/10/2009  | 
Vivek Kundra, an early adopter of cloud computing, has an interesting, but potentially risky, proposal to consider as he steps into his new job as federal CIO. Cisco and Swan Island Networks are promoting the idea of "trust clouds" as a way of sharing sensitive information among government agencies.
HP Launches Virtualized Storage Hardware, Software
News  |  3/10/2009  | 
The StorageWorks offerings can reallocate and manage resources across virtual and physical environments, reducing costs by avoiding excess storage capacity.
TurnKey Linux Delivers Open Source Appliances
News  |  3/10/2009  | 
The appliances can serve as the base for helping developers and users to more intelligently piece together products from the thousands of possible open source components.
The Cloud And Primary Storage
Commentary  |  3/10/2009  | 
As cloud storage continues to evolve, clearly the two major initial uses are as backup and archive storage, but where does primary storage fit into this equation? Is primary storage going to be made extinct by the cloud?
Jive Tweaks Its Social Platform
News  |  3/10/2009  | 
Clearspace tools merge to include wiki, social networking, and other tools including BI in Jive's new Social Business Software 3.0.
Microsoft: A Few Companies Buy 20% Of Servers
Commentary  |  3/10/2009  | 
Microsoft senior VP of research Rick Rashid remarked the other day that 20% of all servers are being bought by a handful of large Internet companies, including Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo. It's evidence that, behind all the talk about cloud computing, there are huge investments in server infrastructure.
Obama Appointee Taps Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  3/10/2009  | 
It's clear that new White House appointee Vivek Kundra is part of a "new generation of CIOs" that consider cloud computing as a viable architectural option. "I'm a big believer in disruptive technology," he told the Wall Street Journal. To him, following the traditional approach of only investing in tried-and-true systems is a sure way to become outdated...
YouTube Blocks Music Videos In The U.K.
News  |  3/9/2009  | 
YouTube's previous license with PRS for Music has expired, and the video-sharing site has been unable to reach a new agreement.
Stratus Fault-Tolerant Servers Ship With Virtual Machines Built In
News  |  3/9/2009  | 
The bundling of VMware Infrastructure 3 will allow Stratus customers to implement continuously operating virtual machines.
RightScale Offers Schools Freebie Cloud Management Tools
Commentary  |  3/6/2009  | 
RightScale, a company that supplies tools, expertise, and automated technology to help companies run scalable applications across numerous public and private clouds -- including Amazon, Go Grid, and the open-source Eucalyptus cloud -- this week launched a new program that provides qualified educational institutions copies of the company's Cloud Management Platform free of charge.
Oracle Offers Procurement SaaS
News  |  3/6/2009  | 
Sourcing On Demand represents a significant leap for Oracle into the area of SaaS modules for ERP.
Microsoft Vs. Amazon: A Battle Is Brewing
Commentary  |  3/6/2009  | 
Amazon Web Services has established itself as a leader in the cloud computing market, and Microsoft has been playing catch-up. However, as Microsoft's Azure cloud strategy falls into place, it's sounding more like these would-be partners are on a collision path.
Microsoft's Azure, Where You Go To Build Cloud Apps
Commentary  |  3/5/2009  | 
In talking to Microsoft's Steven Martin about cloud computing, he said something that suggested how much the world has changed. Amazon runs Windows in its EC2 cloud, and Martin says, "We're rooting for them. We want them to be successful [at running Windows]." And that tells me something about the nature of Azure, Microsoft's future cloud.
Veeam Offers Free Drag-And-Drop Tool For VMware Software
News  |  3/5/2009  | 
Administrators can now move around ESXi files -- ESXi is the free version of the ESX hypervisor -- as well as ESX files.
iPhone Pushes Mobile Gaming To $5.4 Billion
News  |  3/5/2009  | 
Apple's smartphone is leading the pack, as developers and mobile gamers are attracted to the App Store and its business model, according to one research firm.
Device Promises Virtual Reality With Touch, Taste, And Smell
News  |  3/5/2009  | 
The project team is using the term "Real Virtuality" to emphasize the goal of total perceptual immersion.
Cloud Computing Reality Check
Commentary  |  3/5/2009  | 
Lots of fresh research is coming out on the state of cloud computing. The following data points provide a snapshot of user attitudes in this fast-moving market.
The Top 10 Reasons To Outsource Your Enterprise Email To Gmail Now
Commentary  |  3/5/2009  | 
Last week, I wrote about how the recent Gmail outage actually draws attention to why Gmail is more worthy of enterprises than it has ever been. That opinion stands in contrast to a story my colleague Antone Gonsalves recently published (see "Google Takes Credibility Hit With Gmail Outage"). My response
Review: Amazon's Kindle App For iPhone
News  |  3/5/2009  | 
Amazon has introduced an iPhone and iPod Touch version of the software that powers its Kindle e-book reader. It's a fine app, with a great service behind it -- but it has a few rough edges.
Windows Clouds Are Drifting This Way
Commentary  |  3/5/2009  | 
Not long ago, the phrase "Windows cloud" was an oxymoron; no two words could be further apart in meaning. But cloud computing is evolving quickly, and Windows clouds are finally taking shape.
Do CIOs Want SaaS Contracts To Extend To 3-5 Years?
Commentary  |  3/5/2009  | 
Blogger Vinnie Mirchandani says that while today's duration for SaaS deals averages 1.5 years, "the secular trend is towards higher renewals…and multiyear deals. SaaS will likely become like outsourcing contracts -- 3, 5, 7-year deals." Sounds good in theory, but will CIOs go for it?
Vizioncore Upgrades Virtual Machine Monitor, Manager
News  |  3/4/2009  | 
The unit of Quest Software also upgraded vOptimizer Pro, a product that automates the matching of a Windows virtual machine disk space to its actual needs.
Google Releases Finance App For Android
News  |  3/4/2009  | 
The application gives users on-the-go access to stock prices, market data, portfolio information, and financial news on an Android-powered smartphone.
One CIO's Strategy For Software As A Service
Commentary  |  3/4/2009  | 
Here is some crisp strategic thinking I picked up this morning on software as a service from an innovative CIO in manufacturing. He considers CRM, HR, and probably e-mail as ready to be delivered via SaaS. Consider how vital those three pieces -- sales, people, and collaboration -- are to a company.
NetSuite Tries To Lure Sage Customers To SaaS
Commentary  |  3/4/2009  | 
NetSuite has gotten some fire in its belly lately. Today it offered Sage Group customers 50% off the first year of a SaaS subscription, and 100 hours of free professional services, if they sign up by June 30, calling it the "Sage Switch" program. This follows a program for SAP R/3 customers that it calls "Business ByNetSuite," a jab at SAP's idled Business ByDesign ERP SaaS.
Cloud Computing Shifts the Risk
Commentary  |  3/4/2009  | 
A core value of cloud computing is the ability to shift the risk from your enterprise to the cloud computing provider. Since it's up to the cloud provider to handle the computing processing load and you'll pay by use, it's possible to reduce the risk that you'll run out of capacity. The burden of scaling shifts to the cloud provider.
Enterprise Computing In The Cloud
Commentary  |  3/4/2009  | 
The past few days have brought new evidence that cloud computing can be used for more than lightweight and newly built Web applications. IBM, SAP, and Microsoft have just revealed efforts to use the cloud to move and manage the kinds of big workloads that are common in corporate data centers.
Global CIO: Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff Has Declared War -- Are You Enlisting?
Commentary  |  3/4/2009  | 
It comes down to whether you believe that Salesforce could reduce some costs for you and deliver every single bit of functionality and value that Oracle or Microsoft or SAP could.
Server Shipments, Revenue Suffer Double-Digit Declines
News  |  3/3/2009  | 
Of the top five vendors in terms of revenue, IBM held on to the No. 1 spot, but suffered the biggest decline.
Cisco Tiptoes Into The Cloud
Commentary  |  3/3/2009  | 
New hosted e-mail security offerings underscore the struggle of hardware vendors to stay relevant in the age of cloud services.
Microsoft Windows Azure Cloud Software Set For Release This Year
News  |  3/3/2009  | 
Microsoft is expected to announce that it has added some relational database capabilities to SQL Data Services later this month.
Getting The Most Out Of BI In A Tough Economy
News  |  3/3/2009  | 
The value of BI becomes more apparent in tough economic climates, when smart information and knowledge management professionals use the technology as a corporate asset to continue to survive, compete and thrive, according to a recent report by Forrester Research.
With VMware, A Private Cloud In Every Data Center
Commentary  |  3/2/2009  | 
VMware last week continued its push into the cloud computing market with updates to its vCloud initiative and API, Virtual Data Center Operating System (VDC-OS), and more. So, how many of its customers does VMware expect to deploy internal "private" clouds? Answer: all of them.
Microsoft Opens Office 14 Kimono, Slightly
News  |  3/2/2009  | 
The follow-up to Office 2007 will include lightweight browser-based versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote that focus on collaboration.
Microsoft Takes Online Business Services Global
News  |  3/2/2009  | 
Customers already can start signing up for trials of SharePoint Online, Exchange Online, and Office Communications.
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