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Zend Supports Amazon EC2, Faster PHP Development
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
Open source Zend Framework 1.8 includes APIs needed to invoke cloud computing and storage services and allows for more rapid application development.
Just Say No to Virtual Security FUD
Commentary  |  4/30/2009  | 
What is special about a virtual computer-a VM? It's a computer in a file. That's it. It's just a computer stored in a file with similar foibles and management issues as a physical computer. So why do some people invest virtual computers some magical transformative powers? Do they not understand what a virtual computer is?
IBM Launches Appliance For Private Cloud Computing
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
IBM is the first major vendor to produce a cloud appliance for its customers, a sign of how the concepts of private cloud computing are changing.
Clearing the Air on McKinsey's Cloud Report
Commentary  |  4/30/2009  | 
The world of cloud computing was shocked last week with the release of the McKinsey report on cloud computing, entitled "Clearing the Air on Cloud Computing." As with any of the thought-leadership pieces pushed out around cloud computing, it was quickly picked apart by the pundits.
Sony Expected To Unveil New PSP In June
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
The handheld console likely will be called the PSP Go! and will be available with either 8 GB or 16 GB of flash memory.
7 Netbooks That Will Surprise You
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
More memory, more powerful processors, and larger displays aren't the half of it. Some features manufacturers are adding to netbooks may really surprise you.
Eucalyptus Open Source Private Cloud Project Goes Commercial
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
With a $5.5 million investment from Benchmark Capital, Eucalyptus is preparing to sell deployment, consulting, and maintenance services for its open source software.
Incubator Aims to Cook Up Potential Cloud Standards
Commentary  |  4/29/2009  | 
A group of heavyweight tech vendors have assembled to put cloud interoperability and security specifications on a fast track to standardization
Ingres Refreshes BI Appliance With Integration
News  |  4/29/2009  | subscribers can use the Ingres Icebreaker applicance to run ad-hoc queries and trend-analysis reporting against sales data within the software-as-a-service vendor's customer relationship management applications.
Google Hypes Cloud Computing Over Virtualization Alone
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
CIOs are asked to focus on virtualizing storage, network operations, and other critical business infrastructure rather than falling for the pipe dream of "internal clouds."
Is Demand Slowing For Amazon Web Services?
Commentary  |  4/28/2009  | 
In the first quarter of 2009, Amazon's net sales surged 18% to $4.9 billion, fueled by sales of electronics and other general merchandise, which jumped 38% compared to a year ago. Holding the company back, however, was its "other" sales category, which grew only 8% and includes revenues from Amazon Web Services.
Microsoft In $3 Billion Cloud Deal With HP-EDS
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
Redmond is using partners to push hosted offerings deeper into the corporate market.
Seagate Offers Easy Backup For Windows PCs
News  |  4/27/2009  | 
Seagate believes its external drive will be a winner because a third of consumers don't back up their computers, and those that do, do so rarely because of the time-consuming task.
Microsoft Ramps Up Virtualization Management, Management Services
News  |  4/27/2009  | 
The company's push into two new areas is expected to be explored at its annual Microsoft Management Summit.
Cloud Vendor Cassatt Faces The End
Commentary  |  4/27/2009  | 
Cassatt, a six-year-old enterprise software company, is "close to the end" of operations, according to Forbes. Cassatt had positioned its data center management software as a platform for private clouds, but the startup's steep licensing fees are apparently more than IT departments are willing to spend in this economy.
Virtual Appliances for Amazon's Storage Service
Commentary  |  4/27/2009  | 
Vembu Technologies lets managed service providers resell storage services on top of Amazon's cloud.
Qualcomm To Pay Broadcom $891 Million In Patent Litigation Settlement
News  |  4/27/2009  | 
Broadcom's bonanza could help it fulfill its unsolicited bid to take over Fibre Channel storage networking company Emulex.
Amazon Says CIO Interest In Its Cloud Services Is Surging
Commentary  |  4/25/2009  | 
Amazon says CIO interest is rising rapidly in its enterprise-caliber Amazon Web Services, and that commitment for the new business starts at "the very highest levels of the company."
Red Hat Sponsors Forum On Open Source In The Cloud
Commentary  |  4/24/2009  | 
It's often seemed obvious to me that clouds and Linux go hand in hand. Amazon's EC2 started out running workloads under Linux in a modified open source Xen file format. So why couldn't the operation of the whole cloud be based on open source code?
Federal CIO Vivek Kundra Sees Potential Of Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  4/24/2009  | 
Cloud computing has a supporter in Federal CIO Vivek Kundra, who told me in an April 23 interview that he saw potential for big savings with the cloud approach. In fact, the fed's information portal,, is being moved to a cloud-computing infrastructure within weeks.
Universities Get $5 Million To Tap IBM-Google Cloud
News  |  4/23/2009  | 
National Science Foundation grant recipients will explore image processing, large-scale data analysis, improving the Internet, human genome sequencing, and other areas.
Department Of Defense Pursues Private Cloud
News  |  4/23/2009  | 
The agency is launching development and testing tools that should make it easier for military developers to test and deploy software themselves without the red tape.
Review: Tweetie, A Sweet Twitter Client For Mac
News  |  4/23/2009  | 
An alternative to the clutter of desktop Twitter apps such as TweetDeck, Tweetie packs a lot of power beneath its sublimely simple, cheerful interface.
E-Prescription Adoption Picking Up
News  |  4/22/2009  | 
Over the past two years, tens of thousands of U.S. clinicians have traded in their paper prescription pads for electronic prescribing software.
How To Vet Technology Startups
Commentary  |  4/22/2009  | 
The release of InformationWeek's Startup 50 raises the old question: Should IT departments do business with startups at all? The unequivocal answer is yes, and here's my advice on how to pick the right ones.
Connectivity: The Achilles Heel of SaaS
Commentary  |  4/22/2009  | 
Those who push back on SaaS and cloud computing typically site security, privacy, and legal issues, but they almost never talk about connectivity... In the recent shenanigans surrounding cut fiber lines in Silicon Valley, those affected quickly understood that Internet access can be gone in an instant...
Ubuntu CEO Sees Shift In Service Models
News  |  4/22/2009  | 
Mark Shuttleworth says he's pleased with "Jaunty Jackalope" but is really excited about how his operating system has become a catalyst for IT services and other market changes.
VMware, Virtualizing Data Center, Looks To Cloud
News  |  4/22/2009  | 
The vSphere 4 suite is meant to help the enterprise generate an internal cloud of x86 servers, then align it with external clouds.
Yahoo Cutting 5% Of Jobs
News  |  4/21/2009  | 
Company execs blamed quarterly declines on currency fluctuations, the sale of Kelkoo, and lower fees from broadband partnerships, VoIP, and music subscriptions.
Sunlit Oracle Could Become Formidable Hardware Vendor
News  |  4/21/2009  | 
Industry analysts predict the Oracle-Sun combo will shift the balance of power in the data center software and hardware sector.
World Digital Library Puts Scholarly Treasures Online
News  |  4/21/2009  | 
Free, unrestricted public access to digitized manuscripts, maps, books, films, recordings, and prints is available in seven languages.
Nvidia Intros Mac Pro GPU
News  |  4/21/2009  | 
The Quadro FX 4800 boasts performance features geared toward creative professionals producing digital video, animation, and photography.
HP Takes On Cisco's Unified Computing System
News  |  4/21/2009  | 
The starter kit has an enclosure with eight blade servers, HP's Virtual Connect 8-Gb Fibre Channel and Flex-10 Ethernet modules, and the StorageWorks EVA 4400 disk array.
Ubuntu Releasing A Cloudy 'Jaunty Jackalope'
News  |  4/21/2009  | 
The 9.04 edition of Canonical's Linux distro for desktops and servers dovetails with cloud computing inside the firewall and on Amazon's EC2.
rBuilder Aims Cloud Computing Tool At Enterprise
News  |  4/20/2009  | 
Version 5 lets console users deploy the application to a variety of enterprise environments, from a bare server to a private cloud.
Oracle's Alternatives Dim Without Sun
News  |  4/20/2009  | 
By becoming a systems vendor, Oracle will move from being a software company to one that packages solutions "from database to disk."
RightScale Trends Right With Hybrid Cloud Support
Commentary  |  4/20/2009  | 
Cloud computing management company RightScale, whose services companies use to manage and deploy resources in Amazon Web Services and other clouds, aims to be able to manage private and hybrid public-private clouds, starting with support for Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud.
Oracle To Acquire Sun Microsystems For $7.4 Billion
News  |  4/20/2009  | 
Larry Ellison swoops in to buy out the server and software maker in the wake of Sun's failed talks with IBM.
Video Game Industry Sales Fall
News  |  4/17/2009  | 
While Easter isn't usually considered an important holiday for retailers, it is in the video-game industry.
Cloud Computing Gets A Much-Needed Reality Check
Commentary  |  4/17/2009  | 
McKinsey & Co.'s conclusion that cloud computing is twice as expensive as do-it-yourself data centers is welcome news. Even though McKinsey brings some shaky assumptions to its analysis, it's the kind of cold slap of reality that IT departments need if they're to avoid betting too much, too soon on the cloud.
Time Warner Shelves Bandwidth Caps For Now
News  |  4/16/2009  | 
As part of its education strategy, Time Warner Cable says it will work on making measurement tools to help customers track bandwidth usage.
Anti-Cloud Hype Is Hype
Commentary  |  4/16/2009  | 
Cloud computing might not be all things to all people -- at least not yet -- according to a confidential PowerPoint presentation by McKinsey & Co. analyst Will Forrest. That's not news to anyone serious about managing enterprise IT, but it becomes O.J. Simpson Bronco chase-worthy in the hands of bloggers who give the profession a bad name.
Computer Expertise Cited As Probable Cause For Equipment Seizure
News  |  4/15/2009  | 
The Electronic Frontier Foundation says student Riccardo Calixte's Fourth Amendment rights were threatened by the university police, who seized his cell phone, iPod, and computer.
Nintendo Wii MotionPlus Due In June
News  |  4/14/2009  | 
The latest device, which brings one-to-one control to games, will only work with games that have been coded for it.
EMC Upgrades Symmetrix With Virtualization
News  |  4/14/2009  | 
In addition to its support of virtual data centers, the new architecture supports thousands of VMware and other virtual machines in a single federated storage infrastructure.
Wipro To Enter Cloud Computing Market
Commentary  |  4/14/2009  | 
IT services vendor Wipro Technologies plans to enter the cloud computing market over the next three to six months. Wipro CTO I Vijaya Kumar laid out the strategy in an interview with me yesterday.
HP Refreshes MediaSmart Server
News  |  4/13/2009  | 
The software upgrade allows users to convert non-copyright-protected video into a lower resolution for downloading onto a mobile device.
Microsoft To Amazon: We'll Fix Windows Licensing
Commentary  |  4/13/2009  | 
In a surprising admission, Microsoft president Bob Muglia says Microsoft's licensing arrangements with Amazon Web Services and other cloud service providers are both too complicated and too expensive. "We'll fix that," Muglia promises.
'Open Cloud Manifesto?' Just Stop!
Commentary  |  4/13/2009  | 
The "Open Cloud Manifesto" proposes rules for cloud computing, including the use of open standards. I found it to be more about "motherhood, apple pie, and open standards," with no concrete detail in the document that would lead to anything of value. Here are the three problems with this document...
Yahoo Partners With Universities On Cloud Computing
News  |  4/10/2009  | 
The Internet portal is teaming up with academia to promote cloud-based research.
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