Google Voice Rises To Replace GrandCentral
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.
Free Apps: Enterprise Freebies Get Serious
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.
Can Trust Clouds Be Trusted With Government Information?
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.
The Cloud And Primary Storage
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
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
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
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 To him, following the traditional approach of only investing in tried-and-true systems is a sure way to become outdated...
RightScale Offers Schools Freebie Cloud Management Tools
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.
Microsoft Vs. Amazon: A Battle Is Brewing
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
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.
Cloud Computing Reality Check
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.
Review: Amazon's Kindle App For iPhone
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
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?
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?
One CIO's Strategy For Software As A Service
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
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
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
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.
Cisco Tiptoes Into The Cloud
New hosted e-mail security offerings underscore the struggle of hardware vendors to stay relevant in the age of cloud services.
Getting The Most Out Of BI In A Tough Economy
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
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.