News & Commentary
Content tagged with Cloud posted in May 2009
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Interop: Virtualization Ushers In Data Center Efficiencies
News  |  5/15/2009  | 
VMWare and Citrix will be joined at the conference by Ixia, VKernal, Vizioncore, and others to show how much the enterprise has to gain by adopting virtualization.
Sony Reports First Annual Loss In 14 Years
News  |  5/14/2009  | 
The company reports a net loss of $1.01 billion on revenue of $78.9 billion, prompting more cost-cutting measures.
Google Makes It Easier To Migrate To Gmail
News  |  5/14/2009  | 
The tool is available in all newly created Gmail accounts and is being rolled out to older ones over the next few days.
Federal Government Considering Cloud Computing
News  |  5/14/2009  | 
The GSA's request about "infrastructure as a service" includes 45 questions that may already eliminate some vendors.
SaaS/Cloud Audit Demands Could be Costly
Commentary  |  5/14/2009  | 
"Cloud computing providers require strong audits," according to SC Magazine's Angela Moscaritolo, who focuses on security in the world of SaaS and cloud computing. In reading through this article I kept returning to the fact that the cost of security, together with audits, could make cloud computing, including SaaS, cost prohibitive.
Google's Cloud Evangelism Converts Enterprise Customers
News  |  5/13/2009  | 
International auto parts supplier Valeo has agreed to deploy Google Apps across its 30,000-member workforce.
Beyond The Cloud: IBM Unveils 'Stream Computing'
News  |  5/13/2009  | 
Big Blue's System S can analyze and execute a stock trade in less time than it takes a hummingbird to flap its wings.
Interop Preview: Cloud Computing Takes Center Stage
News  |  5/13/2009  | 
Expert demos at Las Vegas conference will showcase why the cloud is relevant to the enterprise, May 17-21.
Linux Distros For Netbooks
News  |  5/12/2009  | 
Our Linux expert tries out netbook-ready Puppy Linux, Ubuntu Netbook Remix, Xubuntu, gOS, and Moblin, and reports on how they stack up.
SAP CEO Seeking 'Clarity' With Customers
News  |  5/12/2009  | 
Leo Apotheker is intent on balancing the demand for lower prices and more value on one side, and shareholders anxious over declining profits and revenue on the other.
Government IT Spending To Increase 7% Next Year
News  |  5/12/2009  | 
Major government-wide IT initiatives planned include cloud computing, collaboration, and government transparency.
Fujitsu Unveils Blade System
News  |  5/12/2009  | 
The Primergy BX900 is dubbed the "Dynamic Cube" to promote the server enclosure's power, cooling, redundancy, and scalability features.
Federal Budget Lays Out Government Cloud Computing Plans
News  |  5/12/2009  | 
Despite up-front costs, the White House expects that rolling out government-wide common IT services will pay off in the long run.
SaaS Market Predicted To Grow By 22% This Year
News  |  5/11/2009  | 
SaaS adoption has become more widespread, as business and computing models have matured, improving security response time and service availability.
Interop Preview: Cloud Computing, ROI In Spotlight
News  |  5/11/2009  | 
Attendees of the Las Vegas conference, May 17-21, will learn how cloud computing and social networking can give a lift to return on investment.
Obama's Cloud Computing Strategy Takes Shape
Commentary  |  5/11/2009  | 
When President Obama nominated Vivek Kundra to the position of Federal CIO, it was seen as a signal that the U.S. government would begin to incorporate cloud computing into its IT policies and strategy. The pieces are falling into place quickly.
U.S. Armed Forces Look To Second Life For Training
Commentary  |  5/8/2009  | 
The Second Life role-playing and gaming communities are home to dozens of make-believe armies and navies. But you can find the real thing in virtual worlds too. The Air Force, National Guard, and Navy are using Second Life and other virtual world technology for collaboration and training. The armed forces are looking to virtual worlds to reduce the time and costs associated with travel, and create more realistic exper
Taming Gmail: Streamline Your Inbox With Google's Filters
News  |  5/8/2009  | 
Learn how to automate your e-mail sorting using Google Gmail's powerful filters, and keep your in-box clear for good.
McKinsey Cloud Report's Popularity Disproves Its Own Analysis
Commentary  |  5/8/2009  | 
The sudden spike of interest in McKinsey's cloud computing report, ironically, demonstrates why the consulting company got its cost analysis wrong. Since the report focused on Amazon EC2, I thought I'd use Amazon's own Alexa web monitoring service to provide data that proves why that's so.
Microsoft Offers Cloud-Based Public Data Hosting With Azure
News  |  5/7/2009  | 
The Open Government Data Initiative aims to help government agencies host public data on Microsoft's Windows Azure cloud computing platform.
Mozilla Weaves Its Firefox Cloud
News  |  5/7/2009  | 
Weave aims to transform Firefox from a Web page presentation tool into a platform for cloud-based services.
Rumors Of Second Life's Failure Are Just Lousy Journalism
Commentary  |  5/7/2009  | 
As a journalist and Second Life enthusiast, I'm annoyed by irresponsible articles that take it for granted that the virtual world is dying, or already dead, or a failure. In fact, Second Life is healthy and growing -- I say this based on personal experience, and statements made by officials of Linden Lab, the company that created, develops and operates Second Life.
IBM Taps Private Clouds to Change SOA
Commentary  |  5/7/2009  | 
It's clear that IBM is banking on cloud computing, but not the public cloud computing that we've been talking so much about lately. IBM is focusing on the private cloud as a jumping off point to public clouds.
Amazon's Kindle DX Poses Profitability Challenge To Publishers
News  |  5/7/2009  | 
The Kindle DX is leading the charge toward e-textbooks, but the result may be as painful for publishers as the freefall in CD sales experienced by the music industry.
Micro Focus Spending $155 Million For Borland, Compuware Tools
News  |  5/6/2009  | 
Over the last three years, Micro Focus has been expanding its portfolio with application testing and quality management tools, making five related acquisitions since 2006.
You Spoke Up About Maintenance Fees, And They Listened
Commentary  |  5/6/2009  | 
The world's two largest enterprise software vendors finally got the message: CIOs do not view software maintenance fees like death and taxes. In a surprising move, Oracle has loosened its "we don't negotiate" stance and is giving some breaks on fees, while SAP is backpedaling from a staunchly unapologetic decision to raise its fee structure.
Vizioncore Lets Virtual Machine Users Provision Themselves
News  |  5/5/2009  | 
VControl could speed IT operations by allowing end users to configure and initiate their VM of choice without requiring assistance from IT managers.
EMC Seeks To Block Former Exec From HP Job
News  |  5/5/2009  | 
At EMC, David Donatelli ran a unit doing $6.3 billion in system sales, but was recently recruited to work at HP.
The Many Costs Of Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  5/5/2009  | 
McKinsey & Co. has come under fire for suggesting that cloud computing may be more expensive than running servers inside your own data center. I have more bad news for would-be cloud users--the costs may be even higher than McKinsey suggests.
Oracle Gives Customers A Break On Maintenance Fees
News  |  5/4/2009  | 
The change buys customers another year of standard fees on aging software products before increasing to extended-support rates. But is Oracle doing enough?
Microsoft Contest Looks To Entice Azure Developers
News  |  5/4/2009  | 
Windows Azure is expected to pit Microsoft against competitors like Google and Amazon.
Jive's Temporary Cloud Offering
Commentary  |  5/4/2009  | 
Jive Software taps Amazon EC2 for collaboration in the cloud, but the real goal is to get customers to upgrade to premises software.
How Many Virtual Machines Is Too Many? Yesterday's Gains Will Be Trumped
Commentary  |  5/1/2009  | 
Greg Scherer, CTO of the I/O device maker Neterion, explains a weakness buried in virtualization's hypervisor. When it comes to virtual machine I/O, the hypervisor has to deal with it through a software switch, and lots of I/O means frequent interruption of the hypervisor's main job, processing guest application needs.
Sony Wii-Like Motion-Sensing Controller Expected
News  |  5/1/2009  | 
Sony currently offers motion-sensing capabilities in the DualShock 3 wireless controller, which is available as an accessory to the PS3.
Workday, Oracle Move Forward With SaaS
Commentary  |  5/1/2009  | 
In two positive signs for SaaS this week, Workday got another round of venture funding for an impressive $75 million, and Oracle is reportedly planning seven SaaS products. I have a hunch we might hear something on the latter during President Charles Phillips' keynote at the Oracle user conference next week.
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