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Content tagged with Cloud posted in July 2009
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1 In 10 Internet Users Buys Virtual Goods
News  |  7/31/2009  | 
Nearly half of buyers report visiting virtual worlds; more than a quarter said they either own an iPhone or play social network games.
Apple Doubles Time Capsule Capacity, Cuts Pricing
News  |  7/30/2009  | 
Apple added a new model to the Time Capsule line, which combines backup storage with a Wi-Fi base station. The company also cut pricing to the existing Time Capsule.
SAP Demos Commitment To Business ByDesign
News  |  7/30/2009  | 
Enhancements and testing of the software-as-a-service suite indicate that SAP intends to make the offering more broadly available next year.
Memory Chip Market Recovering
News  |  7/30/2009  | 
Rising demand and limited supply will boost prices for DDR3 DRAM chips in the second half of the year, iSuppli says.
Nintendo Profits Tumble
News  |  7/30/2009  | 
The lack of blockbuster Wii video-game titles caused Nintendo's profits to plummet 60% in its first quarter.
NASA's Next Mission: Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  7/30/2009  | 
As NASA prepares for the return of space shuttle Endeavour and, beyond that, its next-generation Aris moon rocket, NASA's IT experts are thinking about what's next for the agency's data centers. An early adopter of cloud computing, NASA could play a central role in the U.S. government's move to virtualized, on-demand IT resources.
Startup Helps IT Bill For VM Use
Commentary  |  7/30/2009  | 
Apptio's newest service tackles chargebacks for server virtualization.
Global CIO: IBM's Game-Changing Plunge Into Predictive Analytics
Commentary  |  7/29/2009  | 
Why IBM's plan to buy SPSS will greatly accelerate the evolution of not only IBM but also that of the entire IT industry.
SaaS Under A Cloud Of FUD
Commentary  |  7/29/2009  | 
Cloud computing is still a long way from becoming a mainstream technology because of persistent fears about security and reliability that are stoked by entrenched vendors at every opportunity.
Rackspace Launches Dedicated Cloud
Commentary  |  7/29/2009  | 
The provider expands its cloud offerings with on-demand virtual machines running on dedicated hardware.
Inside Terremark's Secure Government Data Center
News  |  7/28/2009  | 
Terremark's new cloud-computing facility for U.S. government customers features concrete walls, bomb-sniffing dogs, motion-sensing videocams, and a promise of 100% service availability.
Western Digital Unveils 1TB Laptop Hard Drive
News  |  7/28/2009  | 
The portable storage unit is targeted at laptops and mini-desktop PCs, such as the Apple Mini.
The Fear of Multitenancy
Commentary  |  7/28/2009  | 
In the world of SaaS and cloud computing there is one single word that will send chills up the spines in IT: Multitenancy... It's the sharing part that gets many concerned... But the chances that data and processes will somehow intermingle... is right up there with lighting strikes and lottery wins.
Best Video Editing Apps For Bloggers
News  |  7/27/2009  | 
We look at Adobe Premiere Elements, DeskShare Auto Movie Creator, Cyberlink PowerDirector, Corel VideoStudio, and other video editing software for vloggers.
Hybrid Cloud Storage Startup Lands $6 Million
Commentary  |  7/27/2009  | 
Egnyte, which blends local and online storage for SMBs, pulled in millions in VC investment today.
Tiny Optical Tags Could Replace Barcodes
News  |  7/27/2009  | 
Bokodes, a new optical data storage technology, could help hasten the era of ubiquitous computing, in which every object can be linked to the Internet.
Amazon Still Mum On Web Services Revenue
Commentary  |  7/24/2009  | 
Financial analysts looking for details on Amazon Web Services in the second quarter were left unsatisfied yesterday. Amazon CFO Thomas Szkutak said AWS is growing "very nicely," but didn't provide any information on the size or growth rate of the company's cloud computing business.
Washington Commuters Get GPS-Enabled Bus Information
News  |  7/23/2009  | 
Two new applications provide information to smartphone and PC users on the whereabouts of city buses.
Amazon Web Services Secrets Revealed
Commentary  |  7/22/2009  | 
Amazon.com exercises tight control over information related to its cloud computing business, a source of frustration to anyone trying to get a complete picture of Amazon Web Services. So I went in search of information from other sources. Here's what I found.
Where's Google GDrive?
News  |  7/22/2009  | 
With the announcement of Chrome OS, having a general storage service for files becomes essential for Google. Yet the company remains coy about acknowledging a project that has been rumored for at least three years.
Top 19 Mac Apps For Tight Budgets
News  |  7/21/2009  | 
Get more done with Skype, Evernote, Picasa, and more than a dozen other free or cheap apps for your Apple computer.
Second Life Trains First Responders
News  |  7/21/2009  | 
The virtual world is being used by medical schools and other healthcare training programs to simulate medical emergencies so doctors and nurses can learn to make quick decisions.
Is Your Cloud App Ready For 100,000 Users?
Commentary  |  7/21/2009  | 
Ninety percent of companies don't put their Web applications or sites through performance tests, according to Tom Lounibos, CEO of cloud testing specialist Soasta. Which companies have taken that extra step? Soasta is introducing a certification program to sort out the testers from the non-testers.
Google Apps Contract In LA Hits Security Headwind
News  |  7/20/2009  | 
The City of Los Angeles faces worries about privacy and security as it considers moving to Google Apps.
Mac Office 2008 SP2 Released
News  |  7/20/2009  | 
Microsoft service pack includes features that make the productivity suite faster and more Web-friendly.
NSA Using Cloud Model For Intelligence Sharing
News  |  7/20/2009  | 
New system will run the Hadoop file system on commodity servers and include search, discovery, and analysis tools.
Palm's webOS SDK Seen As Weak On Games
News  |  7/20/2009  | 
Developers say the SDK for Palm's mobile platform doesn't provide enough hooks into the hardware for high-end gaming like the iPhone SDK does.
HP Buys Cloud-Computing Vendor IBrix
News  |  7/17/2009  | 
HP already uses IBrix's file-serving software in its storage, servers, switches and management software.
U.S. Agencies Think About Establishing Cloud Nodes
Commentary  |  7/17/2009  | 
Tim Grance, program manager for cyber and network security at National Institute of Standards, says standards are essential to cloud computing. And among those standards must be additional standards for moving virtual machines from cloud to cloud, something we still lack.
Five Key Developments In Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  7/17/2009  | 
Google News offers thousands of headlines on the topic of cloud computing. With so much happening in this emerging market, which developments are the ones that really matter? Here are a handful of recent events with long-term implications.
GAO: Federal Grants Web Site Shows 'Weaknesses'
News  |  7/17/2009  | 
Poor usability and mismanagement plague Grants.gov, which gives access to $500 billion in annual grants, Government Accountability Office survey finds.
BMC Software Sees Hybrid Clouds On Horizon
News  |  7/16/2009  | 
Seeking to manage virtual machines in the cloud from the same management console as on-premises VMs, BMC is enabling internal data centers to work with external resources.
Video: Google Chrome OS Isn't Challenge To Microsoft
Commentary  |  7/16/2009  | 
The significance of Google's Chrome OS announcement is not the OS itself -- remember, it's not an actual product yet. Rather, it spotlights the shift away from laptops to netbooks and smartphones. Laptops are still corporate tools. But once applications and data are in the cloud, enterprises will ditch the costlier computers and get with true lightweight platforms.
Groups Seek Cloud Computing Standards
News  |  7/15/2009  | 
A number of bodies jointly seek standardization in areas including security, management frameworks, data exchange formats, and cloud taxonomies and reference models.
GSA Inches Closer To Cloud Computing 'Storefront'
News  |  7/15/2009  | 
Using the GSA Storefront, federal agencies would choose infrastructure, Web applications, or other IT services to begin a streamlined procurement process.
Beware the Dreaded Cloud Pirates!
Commentary  |  7/15/2009  | 
I think the rise of cloud computing will leave many openings for criminals to take advantage of this paradigm shift. While many are concerned about malware and other types of attacks, the real money is to be made by fronting somebody else's intellectual property as your own, selling it "as a service."
What Microsoft Azure Means To SMBs
Commentary  |  7/15/2009  | 
Azure isn't an infrastructure competitor for Amazon and Google, but rather a Platform as a Service (PaaS) alternative to Force.com.
Rackspace Introduces Cloud API As Public Standard
News  |  7/14/2009  | 
Open API will give cloud users control over managing workloads in the Rackspace cloud. Amazon uses proprietary APIs to give customers access to EC2.
Microsoft Beats Amazon By A Whisker In Cloud Pricing
Commentary  |  7/14/2009  | 
Microsoft has disclosed pricing on its forthcoming Windows Azure services, and in one small but significant way, Microsoft has undercut rival Amazon on pay-per-use fees. Amazon charges 12.5 cents per hour for a bare bones Windows Server instance; Microsoft's list price is 12 cents.
Cloud Computing Joins Pop Culture
Commentary  |  7/14/2009  | 
Last week, PBS's NewsHour with Jim Lehrer reported on cloud computing, even attempting (not quite successfully) to describe a multi-tenant architecture. Yesterday, my 67-year-old mother-in-law explained to me this concept she read about called "cloud computing." It's finally happened: Cloud computing has entered pop culture.
On-Demand Pricing For Windows Azure
News  |  7/14/2009  | 
Microsoft will sell its cloud-based operating system by the drink.
Office 2010 Available For Private Clouds
News  |  7/14/2009  | 
Microsoft will let its business customers run Office Web off their own, internal servers.
Office 2010: Plenty Of Bells And Whistles
News  |  7/13/2009  | 
The latest version of Microsoft's venerable productivity suite adds several features that should appeal to the social networking set.
Cloud Computing and the Promise of On-Demand Business Innovation
News  |  7/13/2009  | 
The wow isn't just about technology; it's about process flexibility and reuse that will enable enterprises to quickly serve new customers and launch new lines of business.
Microsoft Plans Free Version Of Office 2010
News  |  7/13/2009  | 
Office Web will be accessible at no cost through the software maker's Windows Live portal.
Military Grapples With Information Overload
News  |  7/9/2009  | 
Surging surveillance data threatens to overwhelm the military's ability to deal with the information. A report from a defense advisory group is calling for new data analysis technology and for taking a cue from Google.
BlackBerry App World Tops 2,000 Programs
News  |  7/8/2009  | 
Research In Motion's virtual application store still only has less than 5% as many as Apple's App Store for the iPhone and iPod Touch.
VMLogix Gets Ready For The Hybrid Cloud
Commentary  |  7/7/2009  | 
Sameer Dholakia of VMLogix is not the most prominent spokesman for virtualization. But his firm's product, LabManager, supplies a strong core function--provisioning the virtual server. Furthermore, VMLogix doesn't care whether it's a VMware, Citrix or Microsoft virtual machine, making Dholakia one of the few CEOs with a vision of a multi-hypervisor future.
Google Apps Finally Exits Beta
News  |  7/7/2009  | 
New features and services could make the Apps more appealing to corporate customers and easier for administrators to handle.
Canonical, Eucalyptus Offer Private Cloud Consulting
News  |  7/2/2009  | 
Consulting service would encourage the concept of hybrid clouds -- open source private clouds that align with Amazon's EC2 public cloud.
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