Google App Sync Guns For Microsoft Exchange
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.
Cloud Computing Goes Global
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
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.
U.K. CIOs Foggy About Cloud Computing
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.
Research Identifies Misconceptions About Cloud Computing
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
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.
It's 6 O'Clock -- Do You Know Where Your Cloud's Data Center Is?
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
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.
On Reports Of Amazon's Open APIs
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
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.
Jive Leapfrongs SaaS, Lands In Cloud
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.
Why Open Source Amazon APIs Will Matter
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
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.