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Content tagged with Cloud posted in June 2008
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Diablo III Formally Announced By Blizzard, Mac And PC Versions Planned
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
The follow-up to 2001's Diablo II features a 3-D graphics engine that renders environments that are interactive and destructible, allowing players to create traps and obstacles.
Ride the Next Wave of Flexible 'BI Workspaces'
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
Forrester Research says SaaS and in-memory options will let power users and analysts gain insight without IT bottlenecks. Embrace the trend, but beware the costs and risks.
Cast Iron Offers Integration Appliance For NetSuite
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
NetSuite is the latest software-as-a-service vendor supported by Cast Iron integration appliances, which are billed as supporting application integration through configuration rather than coding.
Ultra Mobile PC Buyer's Guide
News  |  6/29/2008  | 
We look at a range of versatile UMPCs and mobile Internet devices (MIDs) from ASUS, Gigabyte, and Samsung, Amtek, OQO, Roan Digital, Vye, and WiBrain.
VMware To Microsoft: 'Not That Much Has Changed'
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
Despite the hoopla about Microsoft's upcoming release, executive John Gilmartin says Hyper-V is six to seven years behind VMware's technology curve.
Cloud9 Analytics Brings Forecasting to Salesforce.com Users
News  |  6/26/2008  | 
Data warehouse in the cloud gains forecasting app, Excel-based visual report builder.
Moving To The Cloud, Businesses Encounter Turbulence
News  |  6/25/2008  | 
A "thought shift" is required before big business will shift core business databases to the cloud, said a Google software engineer.
Escaping From Locked-In Clouds
Commentary  |  6/25/2008  | 
The first real controversy at the Structure08 cloud computing conference erupted during a panel called "Working the Cloud: NetGen Infrastructure for New Enterpreneurs." Not surprisingly, it involved Google.
Will All Content Move To The Cloud?
Commentary  |  6/25/2008  | 
Opening Structure08, the cloud computing conference in San Francisco, Jonathan Yarmis of AMR Research coined an interesting phrase: Everything As A Service.
IBM Opens Cloud Computing Centers In China, South Africa
News  |  6/25/2008  | 
The centers will be used to deliver applications and other IT services to customers over the Internet.
Endeavors Offers Free Desktop Application Virtualization
News  |  6/24/2008  | 
Endeavors Technologies' free Application Jukebox Lite will compete with products such as Citrix Systems' XenApp and VMware's ThinApp.
Credit Suisse Spin-Off Launches Virtual Machine Manager
News  |  6/24/2008  | 
DynamicOps' VRM is a cross-vendor management tool, handling provisioning and decommissioning tasks on virtual machines.
Hitachi Upgrades Server Line With Latest Intel Chips
News  |  6/24/2008  | 
The BladeSymphony server line is available with the newest Intel Itanium and Xeon processors.
Oracle Forms Health And Sciences Business Unit
News  |  6/24/2008  | 
While the company's focus on health care and life sciences isn't new, Oracle clearly sees growth opportunities in the sector.
Hyperic To Monitor Amazon.com's Cloud Computing Availability
News  |  6/23/2008  | 
Hyperic launched a Web site that reports on the availability of Amazon.com's cloud computing services, such as Elastic Compute Cloud and Simple Storage Service.
Movies For Mobiles: Top Sites For Movie Downloads
News  |  6/23/2008  | 
We take a front-row look at sites that offer movie downloads onto mobile devices: Amazon Unbox, BitTorrent, CinemaNow, iTunes, Movielink, Vongo, and ZML.
Microsoft, AT&T, Covisint Partner On Health Data Exchange
News  |  6/23/2008  | 
The agreement lets consumers who use Microsoft's HealthVault share their health data with their doctors.
Google, Salesforce Expand Integration Of Cloud Computing Platforms
News  |  6/23/2008  | 
The Force.com Toolkit for Google Data APIs merges content from Google services with Salesforce.com's database, logic, and workflow capabilities.
Seeding The Cloud
Commentary  |  6/20/2008  | 
Recently, I got the chance to visit one of Microsoft's mega data centers for a tour while it was under construction. I'll just say this: creating the infrastructure needed for cloud computing isn't child's play.
Google Fixes Outage-Causing Flaw In App-Hosting Platform
News  |  6/19/2008  | 
The search engine also introduced paid service plans for its Web site Optimizer, an online tool for testing a site's content for its effectiveness in reaching visitors.
Why The IBM-Google Hook-Up Really Matters
Commentary  |  6/19/2008  | 
Tech analysts have raved, rightfully, about the developing partnership between IBM and Google. But they're missing the real reason this linkage between tech titans old and new matters so much.
Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5 Nears Release
News  |  6/19/2008  | 
The former SoftGrid software streams an application from a server in an organization's data center to a local PC as pieces of the application are needed.
WD Unveils Dual-Drive Storage For Homes, Small Businesses
News  |  6/18/2008  | 
My Book Mirror Edition uses one drive for storing content from desktops and notebooks and the other for storing another copy for added protection.
HP, VMware Link Arms To Manage Virtual, Physical Resources
News  |  6/18/2008  | 
In the past, HP has linked its systems management software to VMware's through an external interface.
Google Suffers Outage On App-Hosting Platform
News  |  6/18/2008  | 
The Google App Engine outage was the result of a flaw in Google's data-store servers and was trigged by a particular class of queries, engineers said.
Toshiba Offers Lightweight Notebook With 128-GB Solid-State Drive
News  |  6/18/2008  | 
The machine's storage component, which is made by Toshiba, is the highest capacity SSD available for notebooks, the company said.
The Archive In The Sky
Commentary  |  6/17/2008  | 
LiveOffice launches an e-mail archiving service, but competitors abound.
Speed Sticks: Three Wireless USB Modems Reviewed
News  |  6/16/2008  | 
Stay online while on the road with wireless USB modems from Sierra Wireless and Novatel combined with services from AT&T, Verizon Wireless, and Sprint, but be prepared for a few bumps in the road.
NetSuite Adds SaaS Applications For Light Manufacturers
News  |  6/15/2008  | 
The vertical suite includes functionality for assembly, work order and bill of materials. The new services are aimed at midsize companies.
Microsoft Loses Creative Force Behind Halo 3 Launch
News  |  6/13/2008  | 
Jeff Bell's departure has sparked a shakeup in the company's Xbox-related business groups.
Lawyers In The Cloud
Commentary  |  6/13/2008  | 
A new service provides on-demand e-discovery to help companies churn through reams of electronic files.
Coming To The iPhone: Enterprise Apps
News  |  6/13/2008  | 
Analysts say the latest iPhone has the security and speed businesses seek in a smartphone, and the enterprise applications they depend on aren't far behind.
Down To Business: Customers Fire A Few Shots At Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  6/12/2008  | 
Security, regulatory compliance, and long-term vendor commitment are among the chief concerns.
IBM Rules Middleware, While Oracle + BEA = Distant No. 2
News  |  6/12/2008  | 
Business process management software, portals, business-to-business software, and enterprise service buses are being added to application servers in the middleware category.
Intel Attacks Energy Waste
News  |  6/12/2008  | 
The company is collaborating with industry groups and vendors to build standards around advanced power management technologies.
Second Life Artist Fights Real-Life Deportation
News  |  6/11/2008  | 
Irena Morris, known in Second Life as "Eshi Otawara," married a US citizen who died in 2006. She now faces being deported because her husband died before she got her green card.
VMware Dives Into Specialized, Desktop App Virtualization
News  |  6/11/2008  | 
In ThinApp 4, Application Link and Application Synch let customers run multiple versions of any application on any Windows operating system.
Enterprise 2.0: Sony, CIA, Pfizer Strategize On Boosting Enterprise 2.0 Adoption
News  |  6/11/2008  | 
The panel of enterprise 2.0 enthusiasts tried to explain why the nascent technology of wikis, e-mails, blogs, and forums hasn't taken large organizations by storm.
Terremark Launches Utility Computing Service For Enterprises
News  |  6/11/2008  | 
Based on the Infinistructure virtualized utility platform, the company is billing the compute cycles and storage as a lump sum at the beginning of a multi-month contract.
Open Source Data Recovery Tools To The Rescue
News  |  6/10/2008  | 
Disasters happen to the best of computers. Luckily, open source apps like SystemRescueCD, dd, Partedmagic, BackTrack, Security Tools Distribution, Helix, and TestDisk can help recover important data and bring dead systems back to life.
The Four Trends Driving Enterprise Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  6/10/2008  | 
Google predicts that virtually all meaningful innovation in business applications over the next 10 years will occur within the cloud, driven by four distinct trends. What are they?
Enterprise 2.0: Google, Amazon, Salesforce Push 'Cloud' Vision
News  |  6/10/2008  | 
Vendors at the Enterprise 2.0 conference tried to convince a group of seasoned IT pros that they should put all their data in the so-called cloud and leave it to outsiders to manage.
Enterprise 2.0: Oracle Pushes 'Social CRM' Services
News  |  6/10/2008  | 
The software services, to be previewed at the Enterprise 2.0 conference, are Oracle's first significant plunge into subscription-based SaaS.
Microsoft, Kaiser Permanente Launch E-Health Record Pilot
News  |  6/9/2008  | 
The program will test the exchange of patient health data from Kaiser Permanente's My Health Manager e-health record system to Microsoft's HealthVault platform.
Apple's .Mac Retooled, Relaunched As MobileMe
News  |  6/9/2008  | 
The cloud storage service lets users sync e-mails, contacts, and data between an iPhone and different computers.
Q&A: Amazon on Enterprise Computing in the Cloud
News  |  6/9/2008  | 
Speaking at this week's Enterprise 2.0 Conference in Boston, Amazon's Adam Selipsky says enterprises are already embracing the agility and economies of scale of cloud computing.
Panorama Launches Online BI Service
News  |  6/8/2008  | 
PowerApps is a Web-based hosted online analytical processing (OLAP) platform that offers application programming interfaces to create scorecards, dashboards, and reports from within Google Apps.
Virtual Machine Manager Levels Load For Colorado Agency
News  |  6/6/2008  | 
Instead of spending $250,000 on new Fibre Channel disks, state officials used Akorri's BalancePoint to realign the way logical storage units were using shelves to spread the I/O load.
Adaptive Focuses On Collaboration In Upgrade Of Financial Planning Service
News  |  6/5/2008  | 
Adaptive Planning 5.0 offers what the company calls "connected intelligence," which is the ability to tap into the pool of knowledge among employees within an organization or among outside financial professionals.
Informatica Tackles Real-Time, On-Demand and Cross-Enterprise Integration
News  |  6/4/2008  | 
Platform upgrade addresses emerging latency, data-quality and identify management demands, incorporating technologies from two recent acquisitions.
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