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Content tagged with Cloud posted in July 2008
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As Data Center Needs Grow, Microsoft Plows Into Iowa
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
Its online services push requires a huge investment in new data center facilities.
EDS Denies Layoff Report, Shareholders Approve HP Deal
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
The transaction, which valued EDS at $25 per share, is expected to close in the second half of 2008.
Facebook To Use Intel-Powered Servers
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
The agreement includes evaluation, benchmarking, and optimization of software for Intel architecture in Facebook's growing data centers.
With Microsoft Midori, Platforms Take Shape In The Cloud
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
The advent of browser-based thin clients like CherryPal and projects from Microsoft, Google, and others indicates that fully cloud-based computing will make its way to the masses.
Thomson Reuters Replaces IM Software To Avert Wall Street Disruption
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
A U.S. District Court Judge ruled the firm had to stop using its FaceTime instant messaging after failing to make a final payment to the contractor that provided it.
Microsoft Prepares For Post-Windows Era With 'Midori'
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
The operating system is being designed from the ground up to support Internet-based computing and multicore architectures.
Microsoft Offers In-Car Internet Search Service To Automakers
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
The service comes as automakers begin to embrace the Internet, starting with a wireless connection option on Chrysler models beginning next month.
EPA Asks Whether Energy Star Ratings Would Work For Data Centers
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
About 240 data centers will provide the EPA with power consumption information over the next year with the aim of creating possible Energy Star specifications for energy-efficient data centers.
Is eBay Getting Into Cloud Computing?
Commentary  |  7/29/2008  | 
Another of the Web giants, eBay, may be joining the growing and nebulous (pun intended) field of cloud computing, if a new job listing is any indication.
Clouds Are Only In The Sky
Commentary  |  7/29/2008  | 
There's a lot of blogosphere chatter these days about "private cloud" computing. Unfortunately, there's no such thing.
Vote For Your Favorite Startup
News  |  7/29/2008  | 
Weigh in and tell us which startups you think have the most compelling technologies.
HP, Intel, Yahoo Join Government, Academia In Cloud Computing Research
News  |  7/29/2008  | 
Each of the founding members will host a cloud-computing infrastructure largely based on HP computers and Intel processors in six data centers.
Rackable To Offer IBM Blade Servers In Containerized Data Center
News  |  7/28/2008  | 
The custom ICE Cube will be available with either IBM's BladeCenter T or HT systems, which are certified for use by the telecommunications industry.
Cryptic Announces Star Trek Online, Posts Screenshots
News  |  7/28/2008  | 
Online games developer Cryptic Studios plans to unveil video footage of the game at the upcoming Star Trek convention in Las Vegas on Aug. 10.
Fabrik Launches Faster Eco-Friendly External Hard Drive
News  |  7/28/2008  | 
The SimpleTech drive can transfer data 25% faster than similar products and includes a companion online backup service and virus protection.
NetSuite Launches CRM+
News  |  7/28/2008  | 
CRM+ uses a number of Ajax-built features that streamline business processes through more drop-down windows and drag-and-drop functionality.
Cast Iron Beefs Up Data Integration Appliance
News  |  7/28/2008  | 
The iA4000 is an upgrade and replacement of the iA3000 appliance. New data migration capabilities include data conversion and profiling tools to accelerate software-as-a-service use.
Microsoft's Answer To Google's PageRank Algorithm: Less Privacy?
News  |  7/25/2008  | 
BrowseRank, Microsoft claims, can deliver better search results by measuring user behavior, including where users go and the amount of time they remain at those pages.
Scrabble Sues Scrabulous For IP Infringement
News  |  7/25/2008  | 
Hasbro's lawsuit calls the online word game Scrabulous a "clear and blatant" infringement of Scrabble's intellectual property.
Apple's MobileMe Continues To Sputter
News  |  7/24/2008  | 
In the latest technical issue, Apple said about 200,000 MobileMe customers haven't been able to access e-mail for nearly a week.
Sybase Reports 15% Revenue Growth To Record Level
News  |  7/23/2008  | 
Its pace of growth exceeded the 12.6% rate of growth for the database market as a whole during 2007 and most of its relational database competitors last year.
Dell Launches Rack Workstation
News  |  7/23/2008  | 
The company also introduced a PC-over-IP remote access device that offers hardware-based encryption and compression without compromising system performance.
VMware Counters Microsoft, Will Make ESXi Hypervisor Free
News  |  7/22/2008  | 
New CEO Paul Maritz, who took over the CEO reins from Diane Greene in an abrupt changeover July 8, timed the ESXi announcement with VMware's 2Q earnings report.
Microsoft Mum On 'Red Dog' Cloud Computing
News  |  7/22/2008  | 
The Windows-compatible platform can be seen as Microsoft's counterpart Amazon's Elastic Cloud Computing service, known as EC2, and to the Google App Engine.
Cloud Computing Serves Up Occasional Thunderstorms
Commentary  |  7/22/2008  | 
Last weekend's Amazon S3 outage shows that cloud computing isn't all upside. In theory, outsourcing services to companies that focus on them should make things more scalable and reliable. In reality, it doesn't always seem to work that way.
A Fresh Look For Facebook
News  |  7/21/2008  | 
The social networking site said it launched the redesign to clean up users' profile pages and improve organization.
Music Sharing Service iLike Launches Developer, Ad Platforms
News  |  7/21/2008  | 
Song playback is available immediately through Rhapsody and will soon be available on Facebook.
Enterprise in the Cloud: Q&A with Google's Rishi Chandra
News  |  7/21/2008  | 
As product manager at Google Enterprise, Rishi Chandra is responsible for spreading search appliances, Google Apps and a growing portfolio of services into the business world. Continuing a series of interviews on cloud computing, Intelligent Enterprise asks Chandra about Google's plans for applications, underlying infrastructure and meeting the demands of the enterprise.
Yahoo In Proxy Settlement With Carl Icahn
News  |  7/21/2008  | 
The billionaire investor grabs a seat as eight of Yahoo's current board members, including chairman Roy Bostock and CEO Jerry Yang, will run for re-election next month.
Panorama Upgrade Incorporates Hybrid On-Premise-SaaS Capabilities
News  |  7/20/2008  | 
The latest version of NovaView enables customers to retain their data warehouse in-house while combining its information with Web-based public data sources.
Video-Game Industry Headed For Record Year, Despite Troubled Economy
News  |  7/18/2008  | 
Store sales of video games and consoles in June soared 53% and 54%, while revenues from software and accessories rose 61% and 25%, the NPD Group said.
In The Cloud, Where Do Borders Fall?
Commentary  |  7/17/2008  | 
I just read that the U.S. State Department now has an embassy in Second Life. That's an inflection point if I ever saw one.
NIH Awards $33.3 Million For Advanced Medical Research Technology
News  |  7/16/2008  | 
The U.S. government grants will help researchers explore the diagnosis and treatment of diabetes, cancer, autism, and other medical conditions.
Apple Admits MobileMe Problems
News  |  7/16/2008  | 
The company apologizes for technical snags, drops "push" language, and offers subscribers 30 days for free.
Microsoft Opens Live Mesh To More Users
News  |  7/16/2008  | 
Live Mesh currently is a synchronization and remote access tool for Windows customers with Live IDs, but Microsoft says it will evolve to become much more than that.
The Rise Of Enterprise-Class Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  7/16/2008  | 
With its new Cloud Server, Elastra joins a growing list of vendors offering products and services for enterprise-class cloud computing. The year-old startup is betting -- rightly so, in my opinion -- that businesses are ready and willing to move workloads to the cloud, but only if they have IT tools that are sophisticated enough to manage the process.
Blizzard Wins Big Legal Victory Upholding Software License Rules
News  |  7/15/2008  | 
The Blizzard decision, if allowed to stand, could diminish consumers' already limited ownership rights over the software they buy.
Lenovo Launches Centrino 2 Notebook Line
News  |  7/15/2008  | 
The sub-$900 notebooks offer small and midsize companies the latest mobile platform from Intel and built-in wireless connectivity to AT&T's 3G high-speed network.
Netflix To Stream Movies Over Microsoft's Xbox Live Service
News  |  7/15/2008  | 
The service will feature more than 10,000 movies and TV shows available for immediate viewing.
Microsoft Unveils 60 GB Xbox 360, Axes 20 GB Model
News  |  7/14/2008  | 
The 60 GB version of the Xbox 360 will hit stores in the U.S. and Canada starting in early August.
SnapLogic Adds Amazon EC2 Support In Data-Integration Tools
News  |  7/13/2008  | 
SnapLogic's technology maps data from one source to another, letting companies create new types of Web applications and mashups.
Xbox 360 Price Cut Coming, Report Says
News  |  7/11/2008  | 
Microsoft is looking to maintain Xbox sales momentum in the face of stiff competition from Sony's PlayStation 3 and Nintendo's Wii.
After Some Hiccups, Apple's MobileMe Goes Live
News  |  7/11/2008  | 
Apple's "Exchange for the rest of us" experienced multiple technical issues during its launch Thursday.
A Look At Business Apps In The iPhone App Store
News  |  7/11/2008  | 
Business intelligence and CRM software vendors are the most supportive of the Apple 3G iPhone.
New Microsoft President Elop Confronts The Services Era
News  |  7/11/2008  | 
Stephen Elop, the new president of Microsoft's business division, describes the challenges he faces in an interview with InformationWeek.
Startup Develops Single, Simple Interface To Cloud Services
Commentary  |  7/11/2008  | 
Kaavo, a startup founded by a former IT professional, has developed a browser interface for managing resources from multiple cloud computing providers. Not yet a year old, Kaavo is moving quickly to address what's likely to be a growing need as more companies plug into not just one, but a variety of cloud services.
Mobile Social Computing To Bridge An Ethnic Divide
News  |  7/10/2008  | 
Local language versions of the Glide Web-based mobile application suite help fuel CEO Donald Leka hopes of connecting those who can barely afford a PC.
Handango, Sony Ericsson Partner In Content Deal
News  |  7/10/2008  | 
The global deal will let Sony Ericsson handset users have access to Handango's smartphone applications.
Samsung Unveils YouTube-Optimized Camcorder
News  |  7/9/2008  | 
The SC-MX20 compact camcorder, the successor to the SC-MX10, features a 680,000-pixel image sensor that delivers a maximum resolution of 720 x 480 pixels.
New Media Rights Contested In Movie Studios 'Final Offer'
News  |  7/9/2008  | 
An entertainment and technology lawyer says the actors' contract disputes over new media reflect a "civil war" between tech and entertainment interests in California.
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