News & Commentary
Content tagged with Cloud posted in May 2010
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Amazon Updates Kindle App For PCs
News  |  5/19/2010  | 
The latest version of Kindle for PC includes a full-screen reading mode and enables users to edit notes and marks, change the background color and control screen brightness.
Google's Sergey Brin: We Screwed Up
Commentary  |  5/19/2010  | 
Following the keynote presentations on Wednesday at Google IO, the company's annual developer conference, Google hosted several press briefings to delve deeper into some of the announcements of the day.
The Cloud Does Not Mean Less Work
Commentary  |  5/19/2010  | 
The word "abdicate" has cropped up in this blog in the last several days, as in "Since when does IT abdicate responsibility for [fill in the blank]…" There seems to be an impression that cloud computing means less work for IT, whether it's pushing security responsibility to end users or business managers, or ceding responsibility for performance to the service providers themselves. Nothing could be further from the truth. Cloud computing means just as much work for IT (or somebody)
Google Gives Web $120 Million Gift
News  |  5/19/2010  | 
By providing a royalty-free video codec and a store to help sell Web apps, Google is trying to make the Web the leading development platform.
SAP Adds Virtualization To Its Cloud Agenda
News  |  5/19/2010  | 
Application vendor partners with Cisco, EMC and VMware; plans more services-based apps and a July reintroduction of Business ByDesign.
Google Wave Open To All
News  |  5/19/2010  | 
After a year in invitation-only testing, Google is making Wave available to anyone who wants to try it.
CA Announces Mainframe Management Tool
News  |  5/18/2010  | 
The company continues expanding its mainframe product line with simpler management tools.
CA Chairman Says Cloud Computing Is The Future
News  |  5/18/2010  | 
Bill McCracken, chairman and CEO of CA Technologies, says the company's future revenues lie in virtualization, cloud and security management products.
Is Every Application a Cloud Application?
Commentary  |  5/18/2010  | 
Software-as-a-service is at the forefront of the cloud computing trend. Successful implementations of applications in the SaaS model have blazed a trail to the cloud. But is every application potentially a cloud application? To flip it around, are there certain applications that inherently do not lend themselves to the cloud computing paradigm? If so, maybe we ought to figure those out now before someone gets burned.
Google To Buy IP Voice And Video Firm
News  |  5/18/2010  | 
For $68.2 million, Global IP Solutions is set to become the latest in a series of several recent Google acquisitions related to voice and video.
Google Partners With VMware
News  |  5/18/2010  | 
The two companies are joining forces to fight cloud lock-in as Google rolls out App Engine for Business.
Amazon Announces Kindle App For Android
News  |  5/18/2010  | 
The Kindle for Android app will be available on a limited number of mobile devices this summer.
CA Technologies Unveils Cloud Management Suite
News  |  5/17/2010  | 
The renamed CA, now known as CA Technologies, announced four products in its Cloud-Connected Management Suite to bridge the gap between data centers and the public cloud.
Don't Forget To Evaluate Your Cloud Provider's Security Strategy
Commentary  |  5/17/2010  | 
Security is one of the most fundamental and important functions in IT today. That's why it's surprising (shocking, even) that a significant, in some cases majority, of cloud users don't evaluate their service providers' security strategy before entering into a relationship.
Dell Invests In iSCSI Servers; Will Anyone Else?
Commentary  |  5/17/2010  | 
Michael Dell, CEO of Dell, told the Citrix Systems Synergy user group last week that virtualization "will sweep through all IT -- servers, storage and networking." As it does so, he touched on how iSCSI will helping establish efficient virtualized servers. That's a Dell specialty and perhaps Dell's contribution to the low end of converged networking and unified computing.
Hulu Sticking With Flash
News  |  5/14/2010  | 
Despite Steve Jobs' bashing of Adobe Flash, leading online video provider Hulu will continue using it, saying the HTML5 that Apple champions doesn't meet its customers' needs.
Facebook Leads Display Advertising Resurgence
News  |  5/14/2010  | 
Display advertising increased 15% in the first quarter and total spending on display advertising reached $2.7 billion.
Facebook, Twitter Bridge Customer Service 'Last Mile'
News  |  5/14/2010  | 
The majority of customers are frustrated with customer service offered by communications and high-tech vendors, but social networking tools may enhance the customer experience.
Cloud Computing Revolution Seeding Unseen Servers
News  |  5/14/2010  | 
The rise of cloud computing is going to stoke demand for servers, according to a new forecast from IDC.
Google Grabbed WiFi Data By Mistake
News  |  5/14/2010  | 
The company's Street View cars turn out to have been gathering more than pictures.
Don't Bother Me With That Cloud Stuff (Or, The End of IT As We Know It)
Commentary  |  5/14/2010  | 
Like the PC, much of the initial implementation of cloud computing came in through the corporate back door, in the form of software-as-a-service engagements initiated through business units. That "outside IT" trend accelerated when end users found they could access online applications over the corporate network. Now IT managers admit they don't know exactly how much cloud computing there is going on in their organizations. Is this (finally) the end of IT as we know it?
Google Ending Nexus One Web Sales
News  |  5/14/2010  | 
Reversing course, Google plans to increase support for partners selling Android devices in retail stores.
Microsoft Roundup: Office, Sharepoint 2010 Launch
News  |  5/14/2010  | 
By putting its major productivity and collaborative apps in the cloud, Microsoft not only takes aim at Google Apps, but takes an evolutionary step forward.
Citrix Boosts Virtual Desktop With Wyse 'Zero Client'
News  |  5/13/2010  | 
With large organizations unsure what makes the best virtual desktop, Wyse and Citrix team up to offer a low profile, low cost alternative.
Citrix Offers Free Encryption For Virtualized Application Data
News  |  5/13/2010  | 
Citrix's “safe zone” folder encrypts data on end users' desktops and laptops from virtualized applications running on XenApp Server and is free to customers now during technical preview.
Mozilla Proposes Search-Based Extension Distribution
News  |  5/13/2010  | 
With new HTML tags for browser extensions, Mozilla believes Web site owners can promote wider use of add-on software.
Microsoft Office 2010 In Pictures
Slideshows  |  5/13/2010  | 
Office 2010 is Microsoft's latest major software release, and it is packed full of features including Web application versions of Office apps, PowerPoint Broadcast, enhancements to Outlook's message management and overall user interface improvements.
Do You Have/Need a Cloud Computing Strategy?
Commentary  |  5/13/2010  | 
The short answer is probably not/probably so. The cloud is not a point solution or a short-term fix, though it is tempting to view it that way. The cloud is a shift in computing architecture and IT philosophy that demands a serious strategic approach to understand where it fits within your overall technology deployment blueprint now and going forward.
Recovery.gov Moved To Amazon Cloud
News  |  5/13/2010  | 
The federal government hopes moving the stimulus-tracking Web site to Amazon EC2 will allow the recovery board to save money and refocus on its core mission.
Global CIO: When The Cloud Doesn't Win
Commentary  |  5/13/2010  | 
Here is what we're hearing when CIOs say 'no' to SaaS and cloud computing.
The Front Lines: How Chiquita Made The Case For SaaS
Commentary  |  5/13/2010  | 
It came down to lower costs, new functionality, and the ability to free up resources -- measured against security, vendor viability, data ownership, and other questions.
Symantec Offers SaaS Endpoint Security
News  |  5/13/2010  | 
The cloud-based service offers to secure PCs and servers with antivirus, antispyware, firewall, and HIPS.
SmartCarving Technique Aces Data Recovery
News  |  5/13/2010  | 
The forensic data retrieval method reconstructs 99% of images stored on hard drives or media cards, and can be extended to text.
Practical Analysis: Our Maturing View Of Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  5/13/2010  | 
When you lay out the ROI case for cloud services, it becomes clear that it will be an ancillary application delivery method for most companies.
SAP Buys Sybase For $5.8 Billion
News  |  5/12/2010  | 
The deal establishes a new focus for the company and demonstrates the growing importance of mobile technology.
Is Caspio The "Microsoft Access" Of The Cloud?
Commentary  |  5/12/2010  | 
While it may look and feel like Microsoft Access, Caspio.com is most definitely not Microsoft Access. But it does many of the things that Microsoft Access promises to do for its users, only from the cloud. While at the Cloud Connect conference, TechWeb.com Editor-in-Chief David Berlind captured a demo of Caspio on video from the company's CEO Frank Zamani.
Why SharePoint 2010 Isn't Cloud Ready
News  |  5/12/2010  | 
New platform is services capable, but it won't be delivered online until 2011.
Government Outlines Data Center Consolidation Goals
News  |  5/12/2010  | 
Four-fold increases in server virtualization and significant boosts in efficiency and server utilization are aims of the federal data center consolidation effort.
National Cancer Institute Develops A Research Cloud
Commentary  |  5/12/2010  | 
When it comes to developing the business case for cloud computing National Cancer Institute (NCI) is a pioneer.
Google Pitches Docs As Office Upgrade
News  |  5/12/2010  | 
Why bother with an expensive, laborious Office upgrade when you could just add Docs, Google says.
The Upfront Is All-Important
Commentary  |  5/12/2010  | 
When it comes to a cloud computing engagement, whether it's software-as-a-service (SaaS), infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), or platform-as-a-service (PaaS), the upfront is all-important. That's because there are so many variables to be accounted for during the length of the engagement, as well as at the back end, that a detailed accounting of what to expect from your service provider and your rights in the relationship is mandatory.
Bills Propose Online Earmark Database
News  |  5/12/2010  | 
House and Senate bills would require a searchable Web site detailing all Congressional earmark requests, by legislator.
Microsoft Details Azure Cloud Development
News  |  5/12/2010  | 
Anticipating rapid growth in public and private clouds, Microsoft has dedicated 30,000 engineers to Azure, Bing, and online versions of Office and Live.
Tibco Refreshes Software Event Monitoring Suite
News  |  5/12/2010  | 
The complex event processing software detects, monitors, queries, and manages events occurring in enterprise apps.
Cloud Computing Revolution Seeding Unseen Servers
Commentary  |  5/11/2010  | 
The rise of cloud computing is going to stoke demand for servers, according to a new forecast from IDC. For me, the critical point is that public cloud providers like Google don't buy servers, they build them. And the design decisions they make -- constructing sparsely configured but powerful scale-out servers -- will feed back into the enterprise market.
Facebook Deactivations Gaining Attention
News  |  5/11/2010  | 
The phrase "how to quit Facebook" generated nearly 17 million results in a recent Google search, and prominent tech industry figures are ditching their accounts on the social networking site.
Software Development Is Headed For The Cloud
Commentary  |  5/11/2010  | 
The cloud is a technology convergence that makes a new way of computing possible. In one sense, it's simply a new way of distributing low cost CPU cycles. But it also seems to me that the gains in economies of scale for running software in the cloud also apply to developing software for the cloud.
EMC Unveils VPLEX For Federated Storage
News  |  5/11/2010  | 
Distributed federation technology aims to extend benefits of server virtualization to storage management.
Cloud Computing Use Increases With Improving Economy
News  |  5/10/2010  | 
As the economy improves, IT managers are turning to cloud computing to help rein in increasingly complex virtual and physical infrastructure, a market research firm says.
Defense Information Systems Agency Makes Leadership Changes
News  |  5/10/2010  | 
DISA, the military's IT and networking branch, gets a new CIO, head of strategy, and top networking official.
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