News & Commentary
Content tagged with Cloud posted in August 2010
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VMware Has More Of The Market Than IDC Figures Show
Commentary  |  8/31/2010  | 
VMware isn't letting much moss accumulate under its feet as it continues expanding what it plans to do with its virtualization software portfolio. VMware executives have taken to expressing the expanding horizons of virtualization as a theme. They say they refer customers to "the journey," not one set of limited data center goals.
Wyse Intros PocketCloud For Android
News  |  8/31/2010  | 
App, previously available only for Apple devices, allows smartphone users to remotely access a virtualized desktop or PC.
Borders Announces Kobo eReader Price Cut
News  |  8/31/2010  | 
In a move that undercuts Amazon's Kindle by $9, the bookseller plans a $20 reduction in the price of its electronic reader, lowering the cost to $130.
Google Voice Problems Limited
News  |  8/31/2010  | 
Isolated reports of failures do not reflect a widespread collapse of the service, Google says.
VMware's Maritz Predicts Hybrid Cloud Future
News  |  8/31/2010  | 
Private clouds inside the enterprise will trade workloads with similar, VMware-based public clouds rendering physical data centers "quite fluid," according to CEO Paul Maritz.
Google PowerMeter Promises Social Recognition For Saving Energy
News  |  8/31/2010  | 
Forget about saving energy to help the planet. Try turning out the lights to win badges and humble your friends.
Google Corrects IBM's Security Math
News  |  8/31/2010  | 
IBM has fixed a security report it issued last week that misstated Google's security vulnerabilities.
Virginia Still Disrupted By IT Outage
News  |  8/31/2010  | 
Three of 27 state agencies continue to experience problems from last week's EMC storage area network failure.
Lenovo Spins Off Game Console Business
News  |  8/31/2010  | 
Beijing Eedoo Technology formed to develop the eBox multimedia device.
India Threatens Ban On Google, Skype
News  |  8/31/2010  | 
Search giant and VoIP pioneer join RIM on the list of tech companies facing sanctions on the subcontinent.
Nimbula Unwraps 'Director' Cloud Operating System
News  |  8/30/2010  | 
Virtualization software from Amazon EC2 designers aims to operate across multiple virtual machine formats and internal and external clouds.
Global CIO: NetApp In Ascendancy: An Exclusive CEO Interview
Commentary  |  8/30/2010  | 
The CIO surge toward virtualization and NetApp's "50% guarantee" are driving the company's powerful growth, says CEO Tom Georgens.
FalconStor Announces NSS SAN Accelerator For VMware View
News  |  8/30/2010  | 
VMware VDI environments can improve performance as much as 10x using the FalconStor Network Storage Server, the company claims, and provide integrated multi-tier data protection.
Top 12 PC Games Of All Time
Slideshows  |  8/30/2010  | 
With a click of the mouse, gamers can transport themselves into futuristic worlds, realistic battle scenes and a virtual life of organized crime. Although there they face extensive competition from console-makers such as Nintendo and Sony, PC software games continue to flourish, as each year hundreds of titles vie for consumers' attention, loyalty and dollars. Here's a dozen of the all time best.
Google Buys SocialDeck
News  |  8/30/2010  | 
The deal promises to strengthen Google's social competency and to address issues of app discoverability.
Nintendo To Cut DSi, DSi XL Prices
News  |  8/30/2010  | 
Responding to tough competition from Apple and other smartphone makers in the handheld gaming market, Nintendo said it will slash $20 from the price of two systems starting September 12.
Server Technology Hits A Crossroads
Slideshows  |  8/30/2010  | 
Highlights of exclusive InformationWeek Analytics research as it appears in "State Of Server Technology 2010," our report evaluating changes in the server market motivated by the push to consolidate data center systems, get power and cooling costs under control and make the most of the cloud.
Microsoft Hikes Xbox Live Fees
News  |  8/30/2010  | 
Gold members will have to shell out more after Nov. 1 if they want to maintain access to multiplayer support and other advanced features.
Department Of Interior Tackles Two High-Risk IT Projects
News  |  8/30/2010  | 
As the White House begins heavy scrutiny of its IT projects, the agency is getting a head start on the multi-year $7.6 billion Consolidated Infrastructure, Automation, Telecomm project and the much smaller Incident Management, Analysis, and Reporting System.
Google Planning YouTube On-Demand Video
News  |  8/30/2010  | 
A deal with Hollywood studios could help Google TV succeed.
Global CIO: Larry Ellison's Acquisition List: Who's #1?
Commentary  |  8/29/2010  | 
Informatica and Teradata are the favorites of poll respondents, but my votes go to EMC and Netezza.
Older Americans Flocking To Social Networks
News  |  8/28/2010  | 
The percentage of U.S. adults ages 50 and older using Facebook and other online communities nearly doubled from 22% in April 2009 to 42% in May of this year, according to the Pew Research Center.
Veeam Enhances VMWare Virtual Machine Recovery
News  |  8/27/2010  | 
Third-party tool adds reliability, accuracy, and speed to virtual machine backups and restores.
Google Fights E-mail Overload With Priority Inbox
News  |  8/27/2010  | 
Gmail has gained an automated, trainable filter that attempts to segregate important e-mail messages.
The Rare Earth Element Crisis
News  |  8/27/2010  | 
A Congressional Research Service report considers whether U.S. dependency on foreign sources of rare earth elements threatens the defense and technology industries.
Virginia Repairs SAN Failure That Caused Statewide Outage
News  |  8/27/2010  | 
IT administrators have fixed the storage area network that failed Wednesday, affecting online services and network operations of more than 20 state agencies.
FTC Settles Fake iTunes Reviews Case
News  |  8/27/2010  | 
The deal calls for the removal of the fake iTunes app reviews created by Reverb Communications.
Google Fixes Gmail Bug That Kept Sending Emails
News  |  8/27/2010  | 
Emails were being dispatched to the same recipients, sometimes multiple times per day, even when deleted from Gmail, resulting in spam warnings and blacklisting.
Global CIO: Dell Trumps HP For 3Par, Saves Know-Nothing Columnist
Commentary  |  8/27/2010  | 
Give up, Dell: HP will never let you win the fight for 3Par, I was about to write. Then, proving I'm a fool, Dell won the jackpot. Or did it?
Eucalyptus Builds Scalability Into Private Clouds
News  |  8/26/2010  | 
Version 2.0 of the open source Amazon EC2-compatible code contains features and functions ahead of the Enterprise edition.
Netflix Launches iPhone, iPod Touch App
News  |  8/26/2010  | 
Subscribers to the Netflix service can watch movies and TV shows on the Apple devices over Wi-Fi or a 3G wireless connection using the free app.
Video Patent Holders Forswear Fees
News  |  8/26/2010  | 
MPEG LA says that its H.264 Internet video technology will remain free.
Google Expands Real-Time Search
News  |  8/26/2010  | 
A new home page for real-time search results underscores Google's focus on timely information.
IBM Confirms Sunoco Outsourcing Deal
News  |  8/26/2010  | 
Big Blue will handle a range of business processes and application services for the oil giant from its global delivery centers.
First Impressions: Making Phone Calls From Gmail
Commentary  |  8/26/2010  | 
InformationWeek takes Gmail's new calling feature for a spin. Is it worth skipping Skype, or does it still need more time to bake?
Global CIO: The HP CEO Dream Team: Andreessen & IBM's Rometty
Commentary  |  8/26/2010  | 
Board member Adreessen's tech vision and Rometty's strategic insight and high-level sales savvy could unlock HP's vast potential.
Nimbula Secures $15 Million Venture Capital Investment
News  |  8/25/2010  | 
Startup gets second-round financing to bring its Director cloud operating system to market.
Top 10 Most Hated Tech Mascots Ever
Slideshows  |  8/25/2010  | 
Mascots are marketing personified. When they're good, they're grrreat, as Tony the Tiger, one of the world's more successful mascots might say. When they're lame, uninspired, annoying or perplexing, they might end up on a list like this. Mascots are particularly important in the technology industry, because so many tech products and services are intangible and would benefit from an evocative symbolic representative. It's hard to imagine Linux without thinking about penguins. As for the mascots t
IT Hall Of Shame, Part 2
Slideshows  |  8/25/2010  | 
Welcome back to our rogue's gallery of computer industry flops, frauds and foibles. In this installment, we're pleased to present ten more exhibits, from Y2K to the Pentium Bug, that prove the best laid plans of mice and men don't just go awry -- they lead straight to the IT Hall of Shame.
Yahoo Integrates Bing Search Results
News  |  8/25/2010  | 
Microsoft and Yahoo are close to fully implementing alliance struck in July, 2009.
SSA Readies $2 Billion IT Contract
News  |  8/25/2010  | 
Multiple vendors will split the award, which will be made by the end of the Social Security Administration's fiscal year.
Gmail Offers Free Phone Calls
News  |  8/25/2010  | 
With technology from its acquisition of Gizmo5, Google is taking on Skype and the rest of the telecom world.
Cloud: Professional Data Center Group Says Get On With It
Commentary  |  8/25/2010  | 
Two years ago it would have been impossible for a professional manager's association to produce a position paper, Guiding Data Centers to Cloud Computing. The "cloud" was still being disparaged in too many quarters. Now it's become respectable. I miss the days when the topic was more disputable and, in some quarters, disreputable.
Federal CIOs Issue Cloud Computing Privacy Framework
News  |  8/25/2010  | 
Poorly planned and executed cloud computing contracts could result in security disaster, warns CIO Council.
Global CIO: IBM Top Product Exec Discusses Strategy, Systems, & Oracle
Commentary  |  8/25/2010  | 
IBM's head of Software and Systems Steve Mills describes customer priorities, optimized systems, and Oracle's "bait-and-switch" philosophy.
Sony Unveils Quick Focusing DSLR Cameras
News  |  8/25/2010  | 
Interchangeable-lens cameras add new translucent mirror technology that enables light to be simultaneously received by image and auto-focus sensors.
Akorri Expands Storage Management For Virtual Machines
News  |  8/24/2010  | 
BalancePoint manages across both VMware and Microsoft virtualized environments and a "Predictor" can foresee storage problems that could lead to application workload outages.
Infortrend Refreshes EonStor DS Storage Systems
News  |  8/24/2010  | 
The small-form-factor product family of storage subsystems offers capacity for up to a dozen hard drives with a claimed 50% boost to performance and scalability over previous models.
Apple, Google, Nokia Face Mobile Ad Patent Lawsuit
News  |  8/24/2010  | 
A maker of Internet kiosks claims that it owns the right to deliver personalized ads in public places.
Google's Android Licensing Scheme Cracked
News  |  8/24/2010  | 
Developers should obfuscate their code and take steps beyond those explained in the Android Market Licensing reference implementation, Google advises.
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