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Content tagged with Cloud posted in May 2008
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Measuring Web Site Performance From The Edge
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
Gomez CTO Imad Mouline says Web 2.0 applications are pushing even simple retailers to provide the same level of richness as major Web players to maintain their brand presence.
Enterprise 2.0 Conference Preview: Harnessing The Web Transformation
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
Get ready for the Enterprise 2.0 Conference in Boston June 9 - 12. where attendees will get an up-close look at how SaaS and Cloud Computing, Search 2.0, and social networking in the enterprise are reinventing the way companies do business.
Dell Revenues, Earnings Up On Notebook Sales
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
However, the computer maker also reported that it saw "conservatism" in IT spending in the United States, which Dell expects to last through the summer.
Mozilla Aims For Firefox 3.0 Download Record
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
Given that there's no established Guinness World Record for software downloads, Mozilla is destined for the record book no matter what happens.
Intel, Micron Launch High-Density Storage Chip
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
The new devices are smaller than the size of a thumbnail but can store more than 2,000 digital photos or up to 1,000 songs.
Hitachi Takes Low-Power Set-Top Box Drives For A 'CoolSpin'
News  |  5/28/2008  | 
The company's latest 500 GB hard drive is expected to find its way into DVRs and other devices starting next month.
Google's Developer Strategy Rests On The Cloud
News  |  5/28/2008  | 
Its new era of software development includes Google Gears, Android, Google App Engine, Google Web Toolkit, and OpenSocial API, the company revealed at its I/O conference.
MokaFive Offers New Approach For Virtual Desktops
News  |  5/27/2008  | 
MokaFive's virtual desktops run on a desktop or laptop regardless of whether that unit remains connected to a central server.
N.Y.'s CIO Urges Interoperable, Vendor-Neutral Document Format
News  |  5/23/2008  | 
The state report also advocates the creation of a cross-government Electronic Records Committee to address long-term concerns.
Windows Home Server Bug Fix Available In Beta
News  |  5/23/2008  | 
Microsoft hopes to have a final version of Windows Home Server, Power Pack 1, available in early June, but cautions that testing may delay the launch.
Q&A With Gartner's Don Feinberg on Database as a Service and Cloud DBs
News  |  5/23/2008  | 
Microsoft, IBM, Oracle and Sun are now fueling the growing fire around the database-as-a-service and cloud database markets, but what's the difference between these offerings and what's the appeal? Database guru Don Feinberg defines terms and raises important questions about reliability and security.
Down To Business: To SaaS Or Not To SaaS? Not A Simple Question
Commentary  |  5/22/2008  | 
Some vendors want to engage in a debate about the merits of premises-based vs. single- and multitenant vs. hosted software architectures. Customers will decide which make the most business sense.
SaaS Could Gum Up Open Source's Code-Sharing Model
News  |  5/22/2008  | 
Advocates are concerned SaaS providers will transform but not contribute their innovations back to the community.
Salesforce.com Reports 50% Revenue Growth
News  |  5/22/2008  | 
Salesforce.com reported net income of $9.56 million on revenues of $247.6 million in the first quarter and said it signed 2,600 companies and organizations as new customers.
Western Digital Unveils 320-GB Portable Storage For Macs
News  |  5/21/2008  | 
The My Passport Studio external hard drive is designed to work with Apple's Time Machine backup software.
Despite Challenges, Microsoft Expects Broad Adoption Of Online Software Services
News  |  5/21/2008  | 
Microsoft expects half of all Exchange e-mail customers to subscribe to a software-as-a-service version within five years.
Microsoft, Citrix Push 'Branch Office In A Box'
News  |  5/20/2008  | 
The software is the latest in a recent push by vendors to simplify the increasingly complex IT infrastructure at many companies' branch offices with a do-it-all piece of hardware.
Seagate Unveils External Storage For DVRs
News  |  5/19/2008  | 
The new devices will store up to 200 hours of high-definition movies and 1,000 hours of standard definition television.
Google Launches Google Personal Health Record Tools
News  |  5/19/2008  | 
The pilot project with the Cleveland Clinic lets hundreds of patients add and access information about their medical histories and conditions.
Oracle Plans Utah Data Center To Support SaaS Business
News  |  5/19/2008  | 
Oracle joins Microsoft, Google, and others building new centers to support growing online operations.
AMD Program Helps Consumers Choose Gaming PCs
News  |  5/19/2008  | 
Computer manufacturers that join the AMD Game program can display a logo identifying the machine as meeting minimum requirements for gaming.
EMC Foggy About Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  5/19/2008  | 
Joe Tucci's keynote fails to articulate a vision for EMC and the winds of change.
Wii Fit Launched In U.S.
News  |  5/19/2008  | 
The Nintendo video game encourages physical fitness by letting users ride a virtual snowboard, do yoga, twirl virtual hula hoops, and do other exercises.
Microsoft Open Source, Standards Chiefs Tout 'Openness'
News  |  5/16/2008  | 
Interviews with Sam Ramji and Tom Robertson reveal Microsoft is strong on building open source business models and community as well as interoperability and industry standards.
Most Business-Launched Virtual Worlds Fail, Gartner Says
News  |  5/16/2008  | 
Many projects are abandoned because of a lack of clear objectives and a limited understanding of the demographics, attitudes, and expectations.
IBM's Worldwide Community Grid To Work On Global Hunger Crisis
News  |  5/16/2008  | 
The grid will put 167 teraflops of power behind the study of rice proteins and accomplish in 2 years what would normally take 200 years.
AIIM Recommending Retention Of More Mail: Another Reason To Stop Insourcing E-Mail Systems?
Commentary  |  5/16/2008  | 
AIIM, the Association for Information and Image Management now also known as the Enterprise Content Management Association, says its research demonstrates the increasing degree to which important business documents (let's call them "needles") can get lost in the e-mail "haystack." They might be in there. They're just impossible to find. According to AIIM's press release on the matter, one of the culprits is an insufficient e-mail retentio
SaaS Market Heats Up
News  |  5/15/2008  | 
Large companies move beyond the early-adopter stage, signing licenses for tens of thousands of employees.
How To Run Linux From A USB Flash Drive
News  |  5/15/2008  | 
Want to run Linux any time, any place? Here's what to do with popular distributions like Puppy Linux, Ubuntu, and Fedora, so you can boot up directly from your thumb drive.
Tips For Making The Most Of SaaS
Commentary  |  5/14/2008  | 
Online services require up-front planning and a close relationship with your service providers.
'Grand Theft Auto' Helps U.S. Xbox Sales Top 10 Million
News  |  5/14/2008  | 
GTA IV also helped boost the subscriber base to Microsoft's Xbox Live online gaming service to more than 12 million this month.
Yes, It's Time To Destroy Your E-Mail Servers. What App Is Next?
Commentary  |  5/14/2008  | 
If running your car on corn oil were possible, the car got 100 miles per gallon on corn oil, and corn oil was 25 cents per gallon, plentiful, and the use of corn oil meant you never had to take the engine in for a tune-up, what sort of rationale would you use to fool yourself that you still needed a fossil fuel-powered car? It's the same rationale that many businesses are using today to justify....
Consumers Cold To Blu-Ray Players
News  |  5/14/2008  | 
Only 9% of non-Blu-ray player owners say they are likely to buy a Blu-ray disc player within the next year, according to a Harris Interactive survey.
Zoho Ties Login To Google, Yahoo
News  |  5/14/2008  | 
The feature makes it possible for someone to log in to Zoho using Google or Yahoo credentials in order to view and collaborate on documents created by a Zoho user.
Software Piracy On The Rise, Study Finds
News  |  5/14/2008  | 
Rates of pirated software ranged from a high of 93% in Armenia to a low of 20% in the United States, according to the 2007 BSA and IDC Global Software Piracy study.
Hospitals Will Use IT To Reduce Birth Injuries And Deaths
News  |  5/14/2008  | 
Premier's Perinatal Safety Initiative will use technology to measure the infant health and cost-saving outcomes of boosting compliance with evidence-based clinical guidelines.
HP Outsources Outsourcing To EDS
News  |  5/14/2008  | 
HP has been trying to grow its IT services business for years, without a lot of success. Will the acquisition of EDS let it better compete with IBM for big contracts?
Data Deduplication: More Than Just A Feature
News  |  5/14/2008  | 
The major storage manufacturers have struggled to put together viable strategies for data reduction.
Data Domain Reclaims Title For Fastest In-Line Dedupe
News  |  5/14/2008  | 
The DD690 device boosts the vendor's claimed data ingestion and deduplication rate to 170 Mbps for a single backup stream and to 388 Mbps aggregate for multiple streams
Workday Lands Software Industry's Biggest SaaS Deal
News  |  5/13/2008  | 
The deal, for 200,000 users, marks a tipping point for interest in and use of on-demand software among large companies.
HP Says Sales, Profits Increased in Second Quarter
News  |  5/13/2008  | 
HP said revenue grew 11% year over year to $28.3 billion, while earnings per share rose 23% to 80 cents.
Brits Want Microsoft Office 2007 Expelled From Classrooms
News  |  5/13/2008  | 
Instead of Open XML, BECTA wants the EU to compel Microsoft to support open standards, such as the Open Document Format.
VMware: Virtualization Offers A Way To Recover From Disaster
News  |  5/12/2008  | 
The company touts its newly released Site Recovery Manager as an automation agent that takes over to shift workloads with existing data to the recovery site.
Hard Drive Data From Space Shuttle Columbia Recovered
News  |  5/12/2008  | 
A data-recovery engineer was able to retrieve information on a hard drive that melted, crashed, and burned in the Columbia disaster.
U.S. v. 3,000 Microsoft Flash Drives
News  |  5/9/2008  | 
The devices with fake Microsoft Windows logos are just the latest in a series of goods seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents.
'Grand Theft Auto Success' Taxes IGN's Google-Powered Map
News  |  5/9/2008  | 
Microsoft's retailer survey also found more than 60% of all GTA games sold in the first week were for its Xbox 360 videogame console.
DARPA Plans Cyberwar 'Matrix'
News  |  5/8/2008  | 
The agency's National Cyber Range for cyberwar simulation would be similar to Star Trek's holodeck or a Snow Crash-style Metaverse.
Down To Business: As IBM Reaches For Cloud, Where Next Microsoft?
Commentary  |  5/8/2008  | 
IBM's alignment with Google around Linux and Internet standards should have its longtime rival sweating sans Yahoo.
SAP Is The Latest Convert To Software-Plus-Services Vision
News  |  5/8/2008  | 
It envisions selling "component" services to its big ERP customers beginning next year.
Google, IBM Join Forces To Offer Cloud Computing Services
News  |  5/8/2008  | 
"The cloud has higher value in business," says Google CEO Schmidt.
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