News & Commentary
Content tagged with Cloud posted in September 2009
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Salesforce.com Helps Launch SaaS Company
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
FinancialForce.com, a startup providing financial and accounting software as a service, is getting a minority investment and on-campus office space from Salesforce.com.
Oracle Fined $10,000 For Anti-IBM Ads
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
The Transaction Processing Council levied a rare, $10,000 fine against Oracle for comparing an existing TPC result with one it plans to report in the future.
IBM Preparing Self-Service Software Infrastructure
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
IBM has been investing in cloud computing for several years, although Willy Chiu, VP of IBM Cloud Labs, acknowledges it may be difficult for those outside IBM to develop a picture of what its cloud initiative will finally look like.
SaaS Vendor Workday Plans To Grow Big, Remain Independent
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
Workday, an important SaaS company to watch, has hired the former CEO of PolyServe, later acquired by Hewlett-Packard, as its new president. Yet this isn't a case of a startup hiring an experienced exec to shop it around. As Workday's Aneel Bhusri recently told me, "Dave Duffield and I largely control the company, and we did not start Workday to sell it."
Google Gmail Disruption Caused By Network Load, Code Update
News  |  9/28/2009  | 
Code changes, data center problems, and heavy usage conspired to make Gmail inaccessible for some last week.
Social Network GovLoop Sold To GovDelivery
News  |  9/28/2009  | 
The popular government social network's founder expects that the acquisition will give GovLoop more backing and a chance to grow its impact.
AT&T Claims Google Voice Violates FCC Rules
News  |  9/25/2009  | 
AT&T claims Google violates regulations by blocking calls to some rural communities.
Develop Once, Then Deploy To Your Cloud Of Choice
Commentary  |  9/25/2009  | 
IBM's CTO of Cloud Computing, Kristof Kloeckner, says IBM has demonstrated software engineering as a cloud process. At the end of the process, a developer deploys his application to the cloud of choice. As of today, that cloud better be running VMware virtual machines. In the future, the choice may be broader.
IBM Building 'Smarter City' Cloud In China
News  |  9/25/2009  | 
The center will be built with IBM's CloudBurst hardware and will be used to modernize a municipal administration and economy.
Congressman 'Crowdsources' Healthcare Bill
News  |  9/25/2009  | 
Texas Republican John Culberson has posted the House healthcare bill online and invited constituents to annotate it using a Web 2.0 collaboration tool.
Adobe In The Crossfire
News  |  9/24/2009  | 
With all the excitement surrounding HTML 5 and Web development, Adobe is moving to make sure that Flash remains relevant.
Simple API Is Part Of A Rising And Open Tide To The Cloud
Commentary  |  9/24/2009  | 
What's notable about the open source project announced yesterday, Simple API for cloud computing, are the names that are present, IBM, Microsoft and Rackspace, and the names that are not: Amazon, for one, is not a backer, and let's just stop right there.
NetSuite Offers ERP iPhone App
News  |  9/24/2009  | 
The app, which provides access to NetSuite's on-demand enterprise-resourcing planning and CRM suite, is another example of business SaaS going mobile.
Oracle Mulls Shift To Subscription-Based Pricing
Commentary  |  9/23/2009  | 
Oracle, it seems, is trying to hammer out a strategy to more heavily embrace the most radical faction of the SaaS movement, one that completely upends the traditional software vendor profit model: Subscription-based pricing. If what Oracle said Tuesday in a Web event is true, this could be a huge shift for the software giant.
Microsoft Data Center Exec Bolts To Cisco
News  |  9/23/2009  | 
Debra Chrapaty played major role in company's effort to roll out cloud-based offerings.
Ericsson Intros Mobile Broadband Module
News  |  9/22/2009  | 
The C 3607w can bring high-speed mobile connectivity to GPS navigators, e-book readers, portable gaming systems, and other electronic devices.
Oracle To Offer SaaS To Midsize Customers
News  |  9/22/2009  | 
Mid-market software-as-a-service will include the option of subscription-based pricing, the software company said.
GSA Devises Search Plan For Federal Web Sites
News  |  9/22/2009  | 
Dave McClure, the recently appointed GSA official responsible for GSA.gov and other sites, wants to make federal data more accessible across government Web sites.
IBM, Microsoft Back Zend Open Cloud API
News  |  9/22/2009  | 
Zend Technologies' Simple API project provides a common API set from which developers may call application services.
University Of Texas Moving Into Second Life
Commentary  |  9/21/2009  | 
The University of Texas launched a year-long, state-wide initiative to use Second Life in the curriculum for all 16 of its campuses, experimenting with using the platform as a means of providing innovative, low-cost undergraduate instruction involving students, faculty, researchers and administrators.
Should Failures Cast Shadows on Cloud Computing?
Commentary  |  9/21/2009  | 
Every time Twitter goes out, or, in a recent case, a major free email system like Gmail goes down, people use the outage as an opportunity to cast shadows on cloud computing. I'm not sure why. In many cases its apples versus oranges, such as Twitter versus Amazon EC2...
LaCie Unveils Portable DVD Burner
News  |  9/18/2009  | 
The Portable DVD RW is aimed at owners of notebooks or netbooks without optical drives.
Microsoft Launches Office Web Trial
News  |  9/18/2009  | 
Selected users invited to access online apps through SkyDrive Internet portal.
VC Funding Is Dead? Tell That To Eight Newly Wealthy SaaS Startups
Commentary  |  9/18/2009  | 
Venture capital funding is at a historic low, yet at least eight software startups announced VC funding in the past two weeks for a total of more than $60 million. Their products are all very different, but they have one thing in common: they're delivered in a software-as-a-service model.
Toshiba Launches Family Of PC Hard Drives
News  |  9/17/2009  | 
The drives, for laptops and all-in-one desktops, operate at 7,200 RPM and offer up to a half-terabyte of capacity.
Samsung SSDs Offered On All HP ProLiant G6 Servers
News  |  9/17/2009  | 
Solid-state drives are more expensive than hard-disk drives, but costs are lower over time, and they're faster, more reliable, smaller, and use less power, HP says.
Amazon, Others Will Develop Government Clouds, Too
Commentary  |  9/17/2009  | 
Google, wisely, showed up at the U.S. government's cloud computing announcement this week with a plan to offer cloud services tailored to the needs of government agencies. You can bet that Amazon, IBM, Microsoft, Salesforce, and other cloud providers will follow suit.
Google Plans Private Government Cloud
News  |  9/16/2009  | 
As the government moves to adopt cloud computing and considers limited use of free consumer services, Google is trying to address lingering concerns about security and control in the cloud.
For CIOs, Clouds Are The Fourth Column
Commentary  |  9/16/2009  | 
Clouds are transforming IT; that's not news. But regardless of your cloud computing agenda, clouds are already affecting your IT plans, because they give IT executives a cudgel with which to bludgeon traditional software and infrastructure providers.
HP Launches Laptops, Netbooks
News  |  9/16/2009  | 
Among the new offerings are two premium laptop models to rival Apple's MacBook Air and Dell's Adamo.
IW500: Cracks In The Enterprise Software Model
Commentary  |  9/15/2009  | 
A panel of software industry veterans at the InformationWeek 500 conference today argued that the old, on-premises enterprise software model is nearing the end of the line. Taking its place: Web-based software and cloud computing.
IW500: Q&A With SAS Institute CEO Jim Goodnight
News  |  9/15/2009  | 
SAS Institute CEO Jim Goodnight talks cloud computing, education, and software industry consolidation with InformationWeek.
Government Steps Into The Cloud
News  |  9/15/2009  | 
In its first iteration, Apps.gov consists strictly of software-as-a-service applications or other Internet services.
Vendor Offers 'No Excuses' Guarantee For Docs To Get Fed's Rewards
Commentary  |  9/15/2009  | 
The federal government's definition for "meaningful use" of health IT won't be finalized for several months. But that's not stopping EMR software and business services provider Athenahealth from guaranteeing clients that they'll be getting their health IT stimulus checks from the feds.
Government Embraces Cloud Computing, Launches App Store
News  |  9/15/2009  | 
Cloud computing is coming to government agencies, bringing the hope of cost savings, greater efficiency, and innovation.
IW500: Amazon CTO On Software Licensing, Cloud Security
News  |  9/15/2009  | 
Werner Vogels says EC2 customers should talk with software vendors about licensing -- something Amazon itself is already doing.
Intel Exec Takes Over A Top Job At EMC
News  |  9/15/2009  | 
As Pat Gelsinger assumes a key executive position, speculation about succession plans at the storage giant abound.
SanDisk Unveils High Speed Memory Cards
News  |  9/15/2009  | 
The memory cards for digital cameras boast read and write speeds of up to 90MB per second.
IW500: Coke, Harrah's, Chevron Discuss Innovation
News  |  9/14/2009  | 
IT executives at the InformationWeek 500 conference tell about innovative uses for RFID and touchscreen technology.
Apple TV Cuts Price
News  |  9/14/2009  | 
The device that lets iTunes users buy and store movies, TV shows, and music and play them on a high-definition television is now $100 cheaper.
Intel To Unveil 32-nm Westmere Chips
News  |  9/14/2009  | 
The chipmaker will also reveal its system-on-chip roadmap for consumer electronics, such as high-definition TVs, at the Intel Developer Forum.
Hospitals Are Helping Docs Defray EMR Costs, Challenges
Commentary  |  9/14/2009  | 
Are hospital-sponsored e-medical records the best way to get lots of doctors using these systems in their offices quickly and affordably?
IW500: Federal CIO Vivek Kundra Sees More Cloud Computing
News  |  9/14/2009  | 
In his keynote at the InformationWeek 500 Conference, Federal CIO Vivek Kundra points to new transparency and performance management initiatives.
Gov 2.0: Cloud Computing As Government Panacea
Commentary  |  9/10/2009  | 
Two of the most influential people in the cloud computing market -- Amazon CTO Werner Vogels and General Services Administration CIO Casey Coleman -- talked today at the Gov 2.0 Summit about cloud computing's high potential as a cheaper, better way of delivering IT resources. Such enthusiasm, however, is tempered with lingering questions about security, interoperability, and organizational barriers.
Gov 2.0: Roadblocks Remain For Transparency
News  |  9/10/2009  | 
Speaking at the Gov 2.0 Summit, federal CIO Vivek Kundra said infrastructure upgrades will likely be required.
SuccessFactors Spins Business Execution Suite
News  |  9/10/2009  | 
New strategies by SuccessFactors and Taleo show how SaaS vendors plan to maintain strong growth.
Apple's Jobs Unveils iPod Updates
News  |  9/9/2009  | 
The Apple CEO showed off a minor refresh to the iPod Touch and an added video camera to the company's popular Nano.
SugarCRM Opens Up To Amazon EC2
News  |  9/9/2009  | 
Sugar Community Edition 5.2 gives developers a central location to produce and assemble custom Sugar apps.
Salesforce.com, RightNow Embrace Social Networking
News  |  9/9/2009  | 
Cloud computing-based customer relationship management software is particularly suitable for integrating with social networking sites.
Sybase Offers Software For Amazon EC2
News  |  9/7/2009  | 
The latest products enable developers to take Sybase's SQL Anywhere, IQ or Adaptive Server Enterprise data-management products and use them to set up and allocate data and analytic servers in Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud.
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