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Microsoft IE9 Throws Weight Behind H.264 Video
News  |  4/30/2010  | 
Supporters of license-free video codecs immediately decried the announcement as proof that Microsoft doesn't really support an open Web.
The Cloud's Biggest Benefit? (That's a Question)
Commentary  |  4/30/2010  | 
What is cloud computing's biggest benefit? Is it cost savings? Time to market? Flexibility? Write down your answer on a piece of paper (if that's an unfamiliar concept, just note it in your iPhone), then take it out and look at it six months from now and see if you would still come to the same conclusion.
Adobe CEO Calls Jobs' Flash Complaint 'Smokescreen'
News  |  4/30/2010  | 
Shantanu Narayen sees Apple's restrictions making life difficult for developers who want to create content on multiple platforms.
YouTube Dominates Online Video
News  |  4/30/2010  | 
The Google-owned site reached 75% of the 180 million Internet users who watched online video in March.
Morphlabs Launches Cloud Appliance
News  |  4/30/2010  | 
An appliance built on open source code enables enterprises to build a pool of virtual servers and manage them as a private cloud.
It Takes a Partnership
Commentary  |  4/29/2010  | 
One of the best ways to ensure a successful cloud computing initiative is by partnering up: Get someone (or some-ones) on the business side to agree to invest as much in terms of risk and sweat equity in a SaaS implementation as you plan to invest from your IT budget and resources. Chances are, those potential partners are out there.
Virtual Machines Running Mission-Critical Workloads
Commentary  |  4/29/2010  | 
Managing virtual machines, especially now that more of them they carry mission-critical workloads, remains a top concern among IT managers who have deployed virtualized servers in the data center, according to a survey on the floor of Interop in Las Vegas.
Product Cloud Or Service Cloud? Know The Difference
Commentary  |  4/29/2010  | 
In the world of on-premise computing, product companies are as distinct from services companies as land is from water. Yet in the cloud, it's often hard to see the difference. Some people lump cloud companies together, as if they all do the same thing. But they don't; in fact, not recognizing the difference can be an expensive mistake for customers, investors, and even the cloud companies themselves.
Apple iAd Aims Upscale
News  |  4/29/2010  | 
High-profile partners are being sought by Apple for its iAd platform, ones willing to pay well and make a splash.
Skyfire Now Showing Flash On Android
News  |  4/29/2010  | 
The mobile browser supports Flash video, before Android officially gets Flash support.
Army Pushes IT In Modernization Plan
News  |  4/29/2010  | 
The service is counting on IT networks, mobile radios, cloud computing, and helmet-mounted displays to gain advantage in battle.
Most Software Execs See Rebound This Year
News  |  4/29/2010  | 
According to the findings of a new survey, most software CEOs and CFO see a return to pre-recession levels this year and cloud computing, particularly among SMBs, is the big driver for the rebound.
Verizon, Novell Offer ID Management Service
News  |  4/28/2010  | 
Verizon Business is branching out into cloud services, including identity management, in partnership with Novell.
Mozilla Tests Mobile Firefox For Android
News  |  4/28/2010  | 
The developers working on Mozilla's Fennec are seeking feedback from Android users.
Interop: 41% Of Attendees Tap Cloud
News  |  4/28/2010  | 
Survey shows cloud computing gaining steam in the enterprise, though concerns remain.
Mobile Hotspot Buyer's Guide
News  |  4/28/2010  | 
Wi-Fi, 3G, and now 4G services enable broadband on notebooks, smartphones, and other wireless devices practically anywhere. Here's a guide to the latest offerings from T-Mobile, Verizon, and Sprint.
SAP Tips Hand On Cloud Plans As Profits Soar
News  |  4/28/2010  | 
First-quarter financial results beat expectations; co-CEO McDermott hints at new cloud partnerships and on-demand offerings.
Microsoft Gets Paid For Android
News  |  4/28/2010  | 
By striking a patent licensing deal with HTC, Microsoft is raising the cost of using Google's free Android operating system.
The Elements of the Cloud
Commentary  |  4/28/2010  | 
The cloud is not an all-or-nothing proposition. Cloud computing is something of a catch-all term that refers to various styles of computing using distinct components and strategies and answering diverse needs. Understanding the styles and strategies, and where they may fit in your organization, is key to understanding the benefits of cloud computing.
Interop: IBM Urges Cloud Adoption
News  |  4/28/2010  | 
Big Blue's top cloud guru says enterprises that forego new computing model could lose out.
Global CIO: Microsoft Vs. VMware-Salesforce Shows Cloud's Biggest Value
Commentary  |  4/28/2010  | 
Cutting cost isn't no. 1.
Interop 2010 Show Winners
News  |  4/27/2010  | 
This year's competition shines a light on the very best that IT vendors have to offer in cloud computing, network management, security, virtualization, wireless, and more. We also picked a top startup and gave out a green award.
Interop: What (Really) Is Cloud Computing?
News  |  4/27/2010  | 
Service providers and product vendors spar over buzzwords in effort to shape the debate in their favor.
Oregon Public Schools Go Google
News  |  4/27/2010  | 
By moving to Google's cloud infrastructure, Oregon expects to save $1.5 million annually for e-mail alone.
VMware Plus, An Unlikely Pair
Commentary  |  4/27/2010  | 
Two young companies, neither of them leaders in traditional software development, have teamed up to pull enterprise Java programmers into cloud development. In this case, the cloud is specifically the data centers that already host's CRM applications. It's an unlikely pairing, but it just might work.
Google Buys Labpixies
News  |  4/27/2010  | 
In acquiring the widget maker, Google is deepening its commitment to social software.
Global CIO: Global Banks Form Consortium To Counter HP, IBM, & Oracle
Commentary  |  4/27/2010  | 
Three huge banks will work together to buy at lower prices and to build their own cloud-based global banking infrastructure and network.
Red Hat Loosens Enterprise Linux Restrictions
News  |  4/27/2010  | 
Enterprise Linux customers with premium support get an open gateway to use on Amazon's EC2.
Gizmodo Editor's Computers Seized By Police
News  |  4/26/2010  | 
The investigation into possible wrongdoing by Gizmodo may itself have violated the law.
Interop: Domino's Mulls Microsoft Cloud
News  |  4/26/2010  | 
Windows Azure could provide pizza giant with added resiliency to ensure Web downtime is kept to a minimum.
Google Ends Search Fees For Ad Partners
News  |  4/26/2010  | 
A revamped advertising partner program promises to make life easier for ad agencies.
Are We Working on Third Cloud Layer?
Commentary  |  4/26/2010  | 
As I do the cloud computing conference rounds, both big and small, I see a steady trend developing. I call it "Third-Layer" cloud computing technology, and I think the trend will continue.
RightScale Opens Cloud Management Platform
News  |  4/26/2010  | 
A cloud management platform makes workload building and monitoring tools available for general use.
Global CIO: 10 Tech Acquisitions That Would Rock The Industry
Commentary  |  4/25/2010  | 
Whom should HP acquire? Or IBM, or Microsoft, or SAP, or Cisco, or five others? Here are our Top 10 matchmaking suggestions.
Appirio Guarantees Cloud Savings
News  |  4/23/2010  | 
A cloud startup promises to save companies $1 million on IT -- or it will make up the difference.
Global CIO: Oracle's Phillips Says Standardizing On Oracle Is The IT Cure
Commentary  |  4/23/2010  | 
Phillips says the mix-and-match approach is killing IT organizations, and the only salvation is standardization (on Oracle, of course).
Allaying the Anxiety of the New
Commentary  |  4/22/2010  | 
Cloud computing is a new concept that has created a good deal of anxiety in organizations at almost every level, especially at the top. One way to overcome that anxiety is to recognize in cloud computing similarities with successful (note emphasis) past IT practices.
Government Technologist: Can Cloud Computing Save San Jose?
Commentary  |  4/22/2010  | 
The city runs seven-year-old software on aging PCs, and its CIO says the setup feels too risky. He's evaluating cloud services as a better, but not necessarily cheaper, alternative. To Acquire Data Provider Jigsaw
News  |  4/22/2010  | 
CRM partner uses crowd sourcing to deliver accurate, up-to-date business contact information.
Cloud Computing Leaves Consumers Cold
News  |  4/22/2010  | 
More than half of adults surveyed disagreed with the concept that files stored online are safer than files stored locally on a hard drive.
Global CIO: EMC Embraces Cloud And Says It Loud With Huge Q1
Commentary  |  4/22/2010  | 
EMC says its biggest-ever first quarter proves "there is no doubt" that the private cloud is "exactly where customers are heading."
Microsoft Connects Office To Facebook
News  |  4/21/2010  | 
Docs for Facebook, Microsoft's latest online document creation and sharing service, promises productivity in a social context.
Adobe Burns Bridge With Apple, Embraces Google
News  |  4/21/2010  | 
There will be no more investment in development tools to bring Flash content to the iPhone.
Review: HTC Droid 'Incredible' A Winner
News  |  4/21/2010  | 
The latest Android smartphone earns its name with super-fast performance from its 1-GHz processor and an amazing AMOLED display.
Energy Department Testing Cloud E-Mail
News  |  4/21/2010  | 
The agency is looking for guidance to its Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, which is already moving its entire e-mail environment to Gmail.
Apple Profits Up 90%
News  |  4/20/2010  | 
The company's strong fiscal second quarter sends its stock surging in after-hours trading.
Google Local Business Center Gets Makeover
News  |  4/20/2010  | 
With a new name and new services, Google Places will send a photographer out to take pictures of merchants' stores.
Samsung Warns Of 3D TV Hazards
News  |  4/20/2010  | 
Stroke, seizure, and motion sickness are among the potential health effects from watching 3D televisions.
Step Two: Addressing Security And Privacy
Commentary  |  4/20/2010  | 
Now that cloud computing has passed the technology test (that is, for the most part, it works), what areas need the most attention? Without a doubt, security and privacy are at the top of that list.
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