News & Commentary
Content tagged with Cloud posted in August 2009
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IBM To Offer Desktop Virtualization
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
Desktops will be virtualized via the products of either VMware or Citrix Systems to match a customer's current environment.
Review: T-Mobile myTouch 3G
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
HTC's touchscreen Google Android smartphone brings better hardware and a more refined user experience over the G1.
Virtualization Eases Support Of EMRs
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
A multi-specialty physician practice with 75 clinicians is running its e-medical records system as virtual applications via the cloud.
The Cloud Reality Is Setting In
Commentary  |  8/31/2009  | 
A recent survey reveals that cloud computing fears regarding security, data management, total cost of ownership, regulatory and compliance issues, and vendor lock-in have actually increased...
Cast Iron Offers Amazon EC2 Integration
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
The service lets customers integrate and move data between apps in Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud and their own data centers.
Amazon's Private Cloud: Virtually Private Or Maybe Private?
Commentary  |  8/28/2009  | 
Amazon, purveyor of the EC2 public cloud, suddenly announced Aug. 26 it's a private cloud supplier. Isn't there something wrong with a multi-tenant, shared resource provider transforming itself into a private cloud service? I'm not sure Amazon can offer a private cloud --yet. Then again, I see no reason why it couldn't sometime in the future.
Tibco Acquires DataSynapse For $28 Million
News  |  8/27/2009  | 
The move is "an aggressive play," says one analyst, to move beyond its traditional middleware messaging role into cloud computing.
Android App Users Not Inclined To Pay
News  |  8/27/2009  | 
Apple iPhone and iPod Touch users are more than twice as likely to regularly purchase mobile apps, according to an AdMob survey.
Google, Microsoft Jockey For Enterprise Dominance
News  |  8/27/2009  | 
Microsoft and Google go head-to-head next year over online apps for business.
Android, RIM Lead Mobile Game Sales
News  |  8/26/2009  | 
Handango's "Yardstick" report shows mobile gaming has gained traction on all the major smartphone platforms.
PC Vendors Slow To Offer Blu-ray Drives
News  |  8/25/2009  | 
DVD drives will be king in PCs for years to come, says the market research firm iSuppli.
Amazon Launches Private Cloud Service
News  |  8/25/2009  | 
Customers will create a VPN to bridge Amazon to their existing IT infrastructures and use their existing security systems to protect data.
Dell Launches 10 Gigabit Ethernet In Storage Array
News  |  8/25/2009  | 
The upgrade is designed for today's virtualized data centers.
GMIS 2009 Report
Commentary  |  8/24/2009  | 
I'm here in Rhode Island at the GMIS International 2009 conference, and it's apparent that even though budgets are tight, local governments are still investing in training conferences that make sense and that ultimately benefit citizens. There's good attendance and sessions ranging from the coupling of 311 and local government metrics program to cloud computing (moderated tomorrow by yours truly).
2 In 3 IT Managers Have Cloud Funding
News  |  8/24/2009  | 
Survey finds cloud computing becoming deeply entrenched in enterprise IT organizations.
IDC Ranks Vendors In Growing Business Analytics Market
News  |  8/24/2009  | 
In 2008, Oracle led the overall market, followed in order by SAP, IBM, SAS and Microsoft, a recent IDC report says. Rounding out the top 10 were Teradata, Fair Isaac, Informatica, Infor and MicroStrategy, respectively.
Salesforce.com Sees Rise In 2Q Revenue
News  |  8/21/2009  | 
The CRM provider announced a year-over-year revenue increase of 20% for its second fiscal quarter ended July 31.
Are Consultants Killing Cloud Computing?
Commentary  |  8/20/2009  | 
It's clear that hype-driven cloud computing translates into dollars given to consultants who promise to lead enterprises to the Promised Land of 'As-a-service.' The coordinates being set by some consultants could lead enterprises to the wrong clouds with the wrong applications, and cost enterprises millions more than expected...
Army Uses SaaS To Gauge Carbon 'Boot Print'
News  |  8/20/2009  | 
An expanded pilot program aims to cut costs and gas emissions and increase environmental compliance through use of standardized processes.
Former Gartner Exec To Lead GSA's Online Outreach
News  |  8/19/2009  | 
A veteran of government IT, Dave McClure will manage USA.gov, the primary portal through which the General Services Administration shares information with the public.
Cloud Computing Takes Away Business From IT Outsourcers
Commentary  |  8/18/2009  | 
Something that often gets lost in the discussion about cloud computing is what it means for traditional IT outsourcing. Many of the benefits are the same: Reduced costs, less internal development of software, reduced management of applications and hardware. So as cloud computing matures, it seems the IT outsourcing industry will have to evolve to adapt.
Verbatim Launches Portable USB Drive
News  |  8/17/2009  | 
The piano-black device has an always-on blue screen that displays available storage space.
Google Gmail Passes AOL, Becoming Third Most Popular E-mail
News  |  8/17/2009  | 
With its growth rate climbing, Gmail is on track to pass Microsoft's Hotmail in the first quarter of 2010.
Video Game Sales Slide Continues
News  |  8/17/2009  | 
A 29% drop in video game sales from a year ago spells gloom, but Madden NFL 10 and other fall releases could turn things around, NPD says.
Four Vendors Join In Offering BI From The Cloud
News  |  8/15/2009  | 
The joint software-as-a-service stack includes Jaspersoft's and Talend's open source business intelligence and data integration technologies, respectively; Vertica's analytic database and RightScale's developer tools for setting up server clusters in a cloud computing environment.
Netscape Founder Andreessen Backs New Browser
News  |  8/14/2009  | 
The developer turned financier is backing RockMeIt, a mysterious startup staffed by two of his close associates, according to reports.
VMware Got What It Paid For: A Vision Of The Future
Commentary  |  8/13/2009  | 
VMware's acquisition of SpringSource is not a match made in heaven. It's going to take an effort by both parties to make this marriage work. Still, it looks like one of the few responses VMware could make to counter Microsoft's dangerous invasion of its turf.
AMD Releases Its Fastest Phenom II X4 Chip
News  |  8/13/2009  | 
The Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition features a stock frequency of 3.4 GHz, which can be ratcheted up even further for gamers and computer enthusiasts.
1 In 3 Developers Working On Private Cloud Apps
News  |  8/12/2009  | 
Half of developers surveyed are using Amazon's EC2 cloud for prototyping, not to run a business critical application.
The SaaS Industry Should Eat Its Own Dog Food
Commentary  |  8/12/2009  | 
SuccessFactors, provider of an employee-performance management software service, announced today that it's using NetSuite's ERP software service. Well, good for them. And shouldn't we see more of that--the software-as-a-service industry eating its own dog food?
VMware's Cunning Acquisition: SpringSource
Commentary  |  8/11/2009  | 
Cloud computing and virtualization function hand in glove. We knew that. What we didn't know was that there are likely to be efficiencies if the application is built from the ground up for the cloud. The Spring Framework is one of those new development platforms that make it easier to develop Java applications--for the cloud.
Intel, Micron Roll Out Tiny NAND Chip
News  |  8/11/2009  | 
The 32-gigabit, multi-level cell, NAND flash chip was built using the companies' 34-nm manufacturing process, which produces 3-bits per cell.
VMware To Buy SpringSource For $362 Million
News  |  8/10/2009  | 
The acquisition aims to give VMware the means of broadening its virtual machine management software suite.
Global CIO: As Regulators Jam Oracle, IBM And HP Snatch Sun Customers
Commentary  |  8/9/2009  | 
While Oracle sits in legal limbo, IBM and HP are blitzing Sun's customers in a prime example of the superb buyers' market that exists for CIOs today.
Medical Imaging Advances Lead To Storage Headaches
News  |  8/9/2009  | 
More doctors are using imaging technology to diagnose and treat patients, forcing hospitals to deal with new management, security, and access challenges.
Microsoft's Drag-And-Drop Windows Azure Cloud
Commentary  |  8/7/2009  | 
Citing an unfavorable change in tax laws, Microsoft is moving its Windows Azure cloud from a data center in Washington state to one in Texas. It's an interesting new twist in the cloud computing market-moving a cloud across state lines in response to the regulatory climate.
NIST Lab Director Tackles Cybersecurity, Cloud Computing
News  |  8/6/2009  | 
Cita Furlani explains the nuts-and-bolts work of defining key government IT standards and the job of working with federal agencies on adoption and implementation.
Washington Chooses Data Center Over The Cloud
Commentary  |  8/6/2009  | 
The state of Washington is investing $180 million to build a new data center, and not everyone is thrilled about it. Opponents wonder if cloud computing wouldn't be a cheaper alternative. Ironically, Washington is home to two of the biggest cloud service providers, Amazon.com and Microsoft.
Panaya's SaaS Helps On-Premise SAP
Commentary  |  8/5/2009  | 
More and more we're seeing examples of how on-premise software and SaaS can work hand-in-hand, and not necessarily in opposition. Consider Panaya, the provider of a software service for automating on-premise SAP upgrades, which just got $5 million in a second round of venture capital funding.
Will Cloud Computing Kill the Data Center?
Commentary  |  8/5/2009  | 
I'm consistently hearing that cloud computing is the "data center killer." That sentiment typically comes from cloud computing providers, but now it's coming from some in the press and analyst community as well. I figured I would set the record straight here, and reflect upon some of the key issues.
Image Gallery: Comic-Con 2009
News  |  8/5/2009  | 
The characters, costumes, and merchandise are the best part of the annual science fiction convention in San Diego.
Hospital Chain's Digital Conversion Takes Patience, Time
News  |  8/4/2009  | 
Exempla Healthcare uses launch of e-medical record system to rethink how it stores paper and film records.
Cloud Storage Needs A Hybrid
Commentary  |  8/4/2009  | 
Cloud storage is ideal for small businesses to perform backups, archive important data and to share files when collaborating on a project. Small businesses are typically built on desktops and laptops making the cloud the ideal connection point. As the business grows and servers are added, applications become more critical and the cloud becomes the bottleneck. At this point to handle the needs of a growing business cloud storage needs a hybrid.
IBM Opens Analytics Center In China
News  |  8/4/2009  | 
Researchers will focus initially on building smart grid applications for country's transportation and utilities industries.
Glide Engage Challenges Twitter
News  |  8/3/2009  | 
A micro-blogging service called Glide Engage launches later this week.
Could Google Docs Land You In Jail?
Commentary  |  8/3/2009  | 
Using Google Docs could put you in legal hot water if you're unable to comply with a subpoena to produce documents during a trial.
GSA Outlines U.S. Government's Cloud Computing Requirements
News  |  8/3/2009  | 
A newly issued RFQ details what's expected from cloud computing vendors in terms of security, SLAs, geographic location, and data ownership.
Google Chrome Bookmark Sync Coming
News  |  8/3/2009  | 
A developer build of Google's Chrome browser will soon support bookmark syncing, a feature that, once expanded to all file types, will become a lynchpin of Google's Chrome OS.
'Culture' Biggest Hurdle To Cloud Computing
News  |  8/3/2009  | 
Business decision makers don't understand the potential value of private clouds, said 76% of surveyed IT executives.
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