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Content tagged with Cloud posted in July 2013
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Gartner Tells Outsourcers: Embrace Cloud Or Die
News  |  7/31/2013  | 
Service providers must adopt public cloud now or risk being left behind in a rapidly growing market, says study.
Microsoft Releases Office Mobile For Android Smartphones
News  |  7/31/2013  | 
Release of Office Mobile for Android sends clear message: Microsoft will use iOS and Android to fuel Office 365 subscriptions while keeping Windows 8 protected.
SEC Investigates IBM Cloud Revenue Reporting
News  |  7/31/2013  | 
Regulators probe how IBM recognizes cloud-computing revenues, a murky area where nascent accounting rules separate services from software licenses.
Data-Driven Results Influence Federal Budget Cuts
News  |  7/31/2013  | 
As agencies are forced to do more with less, they'll need a clear vision, the right tools and an eye toward innovating, says former GAO leader and Deloitte director.
6 Top iOS Photo Apps
Slideshows  |  7/30/2013  | 
Is your iPhone's Photo Stream turning into a deluge? Use these apps to edit, organize and share pictures and videos.
NASA Cloud Contracts Slammed By Auditor
News  |  7/30/2013  | 
Space agency's early moves into cloud were poorly managed, may have exposed the organization to risk, inspector general reports.
Windows Server 2012 R2 Widens Enterprise Cloud Gateway
News  |  7/30/2013  | 
Microsoft strengthens its pursuit of the cloud-market crown with its upcoming server software update. Does it do enough to draw businesses into the cloud?
How To Spot A Facebook Scam
News  |  7/29/2013  | 
Keep your Facebook account safe and secure by watching for these four common tactics used by scammers.
Xbox One To Offer Unlimited Cloud Storage
News  |  7/29/2013  | 
Microsoft attempts to assuage Xbox users with free cloud, built-in Skype and other features.
Broadband Project Collapses Due To Lack Of Customers
News  |  7/29/2013  | 
Government refuses to spend any more on South Yorkshire Digital Region plan, which has attracted only 3% of the customers needed.
Udacity: Creating A More Engaging MOOC
Commentary  |  7/26/2013  | 
Udacity cofounder and online education pioneer David Evans sees powerful potential in platform's unique project-based approach.
Backup Bedlam: Latest Survey Shows Data At Risk
News  |  7/24/2013  | 
Think backups are boring? Not according to our more than 500 respondents.
RightScale Tool Aims To Stop Cloud Overspending
News  |  7/23/2013  | 
PlanForCloud tool gathers cloud spending statistics that suggest ways many Amazon Web Services customers could save.
CouchDB Gets Cloudant's 'Super-Size Me' Scaling
News  |  7/23/2013  | 
Cloudant code donation goes into Apache Foundation project to give CouchDB greater scale-out capabilities.
Cedexis Windows 8 App Maps Cloud Services Worldwide
News  |  7/23/2013  | 
Free Windows 8 app compares speed and availability of cloud services using color-coded heat map.
5 Things CFOs Hate About IT
Commentary  |  7/23/2013  | 
Technologists love to grouse about how "the bean counters" stand in the way of awesomeness. But guess what? That street goes both ways.
Salesforce Improves Chatter Mobile Apps
News  |  7/22/2013  | 
Salesforce.com's updated Chatter Mobile app for iOS and Android adds productivity features aimed at needs including sales and customer service.
OpenStack Grows Up And China Notices
Commentary  |  7/22/2013  | 
In three years, OpenStack has taken the lead in open source for the enterprise cloud. Fall summit scheduled to take place in Hong Kong.
Google Maps Updated: 10 Cool Features
Slideshows  |  7/18/2013  | 
Tour the latest version of Google Maps, now available on the iPad and the iPhone, boasting better navigation and search tools, including Google Earth's bird's-eye view.
SAP Sees Cloud Growth Accelerating
News  |  7/18/2013  | 
SAP's Q2 results highlight faster-than-expected adoption of SaaS. Are "core" Business Suite apps ready for the cloud?
IBM's Future Growth: Details Shrouded
Commentary  |  7/18/2013  | 
IBM second-quarter earnings rise but revenues slide, raising questions about where IBM will find next waves of growth. Some cloud, big data and Watson numbers stay hidden.
Dimension Data Challenges Amazon With Performance Data
News  |  7/18/2013  | 
Dimension Data-sponsored research puts telco unit on top of most cloud vendor performance benchmarks. What are advantages in using a telco-owned supplier of cloud computing?
Google App Engine Caching Catches Up With Amazon
News  |  7/17/2013  | 
Google App Engine matches AWS in application caching service, but not, apparently, in price.
5 Habits Of Highly Effective Government IT Leaders
Commentary  |  7/17/2013  | 
Former Department of Transportation CIO Nitin Pradhan offers lessons for up-and-coming and incoming government IT execs.
Salesforce.com Promises Sales Turbocharger
News  |  7/17/2013  | 
Salesforce Sales Performance Accelerator blends Sales Cloud, Data.com and Work.com to deliver better leads, improved training and team motivation.
Puppet Labs Buys Cloudmsith, Open Source Gurus
News  |  7/16/2013  | 
With Cloudsmith and its developer team, Puppet Labs will be able to move code from GitHub foundry to Amazon EC2; VMware a strategic partner.
The Developer Is King, Google And Startups Say
News  |  7/16/2013  | 
There's never been a better time for developer-entrepreneurs, rising industry leaders argue.
Rackspace: We Have Dedicated Servers; Amazon Doesn't
News  |  7/16/2013  | 
Rackspace CTO John Engates says a "dedicated" server requires its own storage and network resources, something Amazon's public cloud doesn't offer.
Mining Big Data For Sales Leads
News  |  7/16/2013  | 
Tech Leads Online will scour the Internet and parse the data to find potential clients for your sales organizations.
Cloud Oligarchy? Not Even Close
Commentary  |  7/15/2013  | 
The cloud community is busy debating how Amazon and a few other large vendors will dominate cloud economics. But it's far too soon to count out the newcomers.
CloudVelocity Eases Moving Workloads To Amazon
News  |  7/15/2013  | 
CloudVelocity learns your systems and Amazon's processes, then streamlines migration of workloads into EC2.
10 IT Leaders To Follow On Twitter
Slideshows  |  7/15/2013  | 
Where to find the best IT words of wisdom, 140 characters at a time.
3 Reasons Ascension, Athenahealth Cloud Deal Matters
News  |  7/15/2013  | 
Athena's largest deal to date for its cloud-based software for ambulatory care services will serve more than 4,000 healthcare providers.
Federal Data Center Closures No Panacea: Navy CIO
News  |  7/15/2013  | 
Navy's top IT official takes issue with the federal government's focus on cutting the number of government data centers, says it misses the big picture on IT cost control.
Global IT Spending Shows Less Growth, Forrester Says
News  |  7/15/2013  | 
Improvements in United States, Brazil, Japan and India will be offset by struggles in Europe and China.
Big Data's Big Question: What To Keep
News  |  7/15/2013  | 
Keep as much data as your budget will allow, advises security expert -- it may answer questions you haven't thought up yet.
VMware's Tool Play Doesn't Scare Rivals
News  |  7/12/2013  | 
Splunk, Sumo Logic say they're well prepared to compete against VMware's new vCenter Log Insight.
5 Reasons Your Employees Don't Care About Business Continuity
Commentary  |  7/11/2013  | 
You’ve built a great BC/DR plan, but you missed one critical fail point -- users. Before disaster strikes, address these five reasons that disaster recovery schemes fall flat.
DigitalOcean: Developer-Friendly Cloud Service On A Budget
News  |  7/11/2013  | 
Startup's focus on developers and simple, fast cloud access is winning customers from competitors including Rackspace, Amazon, and SoftLayer.
In The Cloud, Goliath Generally Thumps David. Sorry, Underdogs
Commentary  |  7/10/2013  | 
Shopping for enterprise-class cloud services? Don't be enticed by plucky upstarts with low prices and cool new features. Size matters.
Microsoft's Launches 'Smart Cities' Initiative
News  |  7/10/2013  | 
Microsoft's CityNext aims to help cities use cloud services and big data to cut costs and improve services.
Amazon Cuts Cloud Prices Again
News  |  7/10/2013  | 
Reductions range from 37% to 80% as Amazon Web Services girds for fresh competition from IBM's Softlayer, newcomer DigitalOcean.
U.K. Courts SMBs For IT Services Contracts
News  |  7/10/2013  | 
Digital Services Framework dangles £40 million in front of potential bidders, with a special appeal to small and midsize businesses capable of fulfilling the government's "digital by default" mission.
Sprint, IBM Team To Make Cars Smarter
News  |  7/9/2013  | 
Sprint says its Velocity Service Bus, based on IBM's MessageSight mobile data appliance, will enable new uses for auto-generated data in apps.
Dropbox Expands Its Reach
News  |  7/9/2013  | 
With the Dropbox Datastore API, developers can sync structured data not normally accessible for file synchronization. Dropbox is clouding the distinction between app, device and OS.
IBM And Big Data Disruption: Insider's View
News  |  7/9/2013  | 
IBM's Bob Picciano, general manager of Information Management, talks up five big data use cases, Hadoop-driven change; slams SAP Hana, NoSQL databases.
Storage Needs To Be A Utility
Commentary  |  7/9/2013  | 
Why should storage be different than electricity or water? Though there is no complete storage-as-a-utility solution yet, IT pros can integrate products to create one.
Google Glass Meets Tesla Model S
News  |  7/9/2013  | 
Developer creates Glass Tesla, a Google Glass app that communicates with your Tesla S electric car in case you forgot where you parked it.
7 Ways To Create E-Portfolios
Slideshows  |  7/9/2013  | 
Replacing paper portfolios of yore, electronic portfolios are the newest way to showcase your school work or career search materials. They're also used in the classroom to teach and grade.
Amazon Ramps Server Count 33%
News  |  7/8/2013  | 
Netcraft server survey spots Amazon.com growth spurt since Sept. 2012. It's unclear what portion is attributed to Amazon Web Services.
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