News & Commentary
Content tagged with Cloud posted in June 2009
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Google App Sync Guns For Microsoft Exchange
News  |  6/9/2009  | 
The software allows Outlook users to connect to Google Apps for e-mail, contacts, and calendar data, as well as helping Google nibble away at Microsoft's enterprise contracts.
GSA Backs Away From Federal Cloud CTO Appointment
News  |  6/9/2009  | 
Cloud computing is still a major initiative of federal CIO Vivek Kundra, and its importance was even outlined in an addendum to the president's 2010 budget last month.
Cloud Computing Goes Global
Commentary  |  6/9/2009  | 
Three far-flung research organizations have joined the cloud computing test bed run by Hewlett-Packard, Intel, and Yahoo. The locations of these new converts--in Russia, South Korea, and Malaysia--provide more evidence that cloud computing is quickly becoming a global phenomenon.
SAP Tops Oracle And IBM, But Siemens Picks SaaS
Commentary  |  6/8/2009  | 
While SAP today had to enjoy announcing a rip-and-replace deal over Oracle and IBM for a utility client, it also had to sit by and watch as longtime SAP global strategic partner Siemens not only overlooked SAP for a whopping 420,000-seat workforce-management license but also selected a SaaS vendor to boot. This is surely not a business for the faint of heart.
Virtual Desktops Follow Hospital Staff On Rounds
News  |  6/8/2009  | 
VMware's View spins up copies of customized desktops on thin clients throughout the hospital so staff can access patient information from almost anywhere.
U.K. CIOs Foggy About Cloud Computing
News  |  6/8/2009  | 
Most are adopting online software and service delivery with secure hosted environments but are hesitating to adopt the cloud computing concept, a new report finds.
Global CIO: Should Microsoft Buy
Commentary  |  6/8/2009  | 
Maybe Microsoft and Salesforce could each be very good for what ails the other.
Siemens Signs SaaS Deal For 420,000 Users
News  |  6/8/2009  | 
The company will use SuccessFactors' software as a service to manage employee performance, compensation, and recruiting in 80 countries.
Cisco Adds Rack-Mount Servers To Unified Computing Family
News  |  6/5/2009  | 
Improvements over the B-Series blades include a low-latency, lossless 10 Gbps Ethernet foundation that enables a wire-once deployment model.
Adobe Continues Working To Make Flash Mobile
News  |  6/5/2009  | 
The company is steadily moving along with its goal to bring Flash 10 to multiple smartphones, but this won't include the BlackBerry or the iPhone.
Research Identifies Misconceptions About Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  6/5/2009  | 
There's an assumption that it's mostly small and midmarket companies that are interested in cloud computing, since they don't already have huge IT infrastructures, while large companies want to keep everything inside their own firewalled data centers. But new research from Forrester indicates that conventional wisdom is wrong.
Eli Lilly, NASA Build Eucalyptus Clouds
Commentary  |  6/5/2009  | 
Eucalyptus Systems, the startup behind the open source cloud computing software, has identified its first two customers: NASA and Eli Lilly. That's an impressive start for a company that's barely three months old.
VMware, Terracotta To Scale Apps In The Cloud
News  |  6/4/2009  | 
The joint effort may one day be offered in public clouds as well being available to establish private cloud computing, executives with the companies say.
Verizon Business Unveils 'Computing As A Service'
News  |  6/4/2009  | 
The company's CaaS users will be able to access a real-time self-service portal to manage physical and virtual servers, network devices, storage, and backup services.
Tibco Announces Silver Application-Building Platform
News  |  6/3/2009  | 
Extending its reach into cloud computing, Tibco's Silver is meant to resolve governance issues as an application is assembled for export to the cloud.
AMD Demos Microsoft DirectX 11 Graphics Chip
News  |  6/3/2009  | 
The technology enables games developers to create smoother, less blocky, and more organic looking objects.
Sony Hopes To Revitalize Lagging Sales With PSP Go
News  |  6/3/2009  | 
The PSP Go, smaller and lighter than its predecessor, will play games downloaded from Sony's PlayStation Store through the device's Wi-Fi connection.
Verizon, Intuit, Boomi Jump Into Cloud Services
News  |  6/3/2009  | 
The service rollouts demonstrate how vendors are trying to differentiate themselves with innovations intended to get them a bigger share of the emerging cloud computing market.
NIST Team Deeply Studying Cloud Computing
News  |  6/3/2009  | 
The cloud computing ambitions of federal CIO Vivek Kundra will likely only help to make NIST's work all the more important.
CSC To Integrate Public-Private Clouds
News  |  6/3/2009  | 
Service offerings will target government and private sector organizations.
It's 6 O'Clock -- Do You Know Where Your Cloud's Data Center Is?
Commentary  |  6/2/2009  | 
A comment that I liked on cloud computing came out of Sun's CommunityOne conference June 1 in San Francisco. It was from Tim Mather, a member of a panel on "Securing the Cloud--Why, What and How?" He said: "The trust boundary has moved with cloud computing but no one is clear where to."
IBM's Cloud CTO Hints At What's To Come
Commentary  |  6/2/2009  | 
As IBM's recently named cloud computing CTO, Kristof Kloeckner has had four months to craft a cloud computing strategy, and it's becoming clear that IBM's plans go well beyond what the company has delivered so far. "We see huge opportunity in this space," Kloeckner told me during a visit to Big Blue's headquarters.
CA Acquires Part Of Failed Private Cloud Vendor Cassatt
News  |  6/2/2009  | 
The deal will help CA put in place a more thorough automated data center product portfolio of its own for use in both private and public clouds.
On Reports Of Amazon's Open APIs
Commentary  |  6/2/2009  | 
You might well have heard by now -- from one of a number of sources -- that Amazon is "contemplating" or "investigating" making their various web APIs into open source ventures. I can sum up the impact of this in six words: instant cloud standard, and let people tinker.
Sun Shows Off Vendor Support For Sun Cloud
News  |  6/1/2009  | 
It's unclear whether all of Sun's cloud initiatives will be intact after the Oracle acquisition is finalized, but the company is rounding up vendor support for Sun Cloud.
Top Five Server Vendors Suffer Double-Digit Declines
News  |  6/1/2009  | 
In terms of revenue, IBM continued to lead the market, followed by HP.
Sony Confirms PSP Go For Fall
News  |  6/1/2009  | 
The PSP Go is being positioned as a more mobile handheld than the PSP-3000, which has a slightly larger screen.
Jive Leapfrongs SaaS, Lands In Cloud
Commentary  |  6/1/2009  | 
Are we moving to a post-SaaS world? One social networking software vendor says yes. Let's see if other software vendors--and enterprises--agree.
AMD Launches Six-Core 'Istanbul' Opteron
News  |  6/1/2009  | 
A new feature in Istanbul is called HyperTransport Assist, a technology that increases memory and I/O performance by reducing the overhead of cache lockups.
Why Open Source Amazon APIs Will Matter
Commentary  |  6/1/2009  | 
Rumor has it that Amazon is going to open source its Web services APIs -- APIs used by thousands of customers... What rank-and-file cloud and SaaS users would gain is a de facto standard that gets us out of the API-to-API development shuffle...
Red Hat Sees Strong Demand For Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  6/1/2009  | 
As many as 50 of its customers have begun building private compute clouds using Red Hat Linux, says Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst. A few are investigating "semi-private clouds," in which they plan to share IT resources with trusted partners.
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