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Cloud SLAs: Improvements Still Needed
Commentary  |  1/22/2015  | 
There's been a slight improvement in cloud SLAs as leading service providers like HP, Amazon, and Google guarantee 99.95% uptime by the month, not year. But performance issues remain.
IBM Can't Shrink Its Way To Greatness
Commentary  |  1/21/2015  | 
IBM saw revenue declines in every major business unit in 2014. Can the company do more than please investors with fatter margins?
VMware Offers 'One-Button' Disaster Recovery In Cloud
News  |  1/20/2015  | 
VMware has added disaster recovery to its public cloud environment that makes use of existing, on-premises vSphere software and capabilities.
SAP Forecasts 7X Cloud Growth, Previews Next-Gen ERP
News  |  1/20/2015  | 
SAP CEO Bill McDermott predicts fast growth through 2020, previews S4 Hana, a new suite of "simplified" ERP software.
Integration Moves Into The Cloud In 2015
Commentary  |  1/19/2015  | 
If development is moving into the cloud, application integration should soon follow, argues George Gallegos, CEO of Jitterbit.
FreeBSD Gains Ground With Small Cloud Providers
News  |  1/19/2015  | 
Can this 30-year-old version of Unix help DigitalOcean and other cloud startups compete with the likes of Amazon?
Fiber Mountain Sees Redesigned Data Center Nets
News  |  1/16/2015  | 
Fiber Mountain's goal is to make data center networks more scalable with fiber and photonic switches, creating "the programmable light path."
How To Mess Up IT Budgeting In 2015
Commentary  |  1/16/2015  | 
Two shifts have rocked the IT world: speed and constant upgrades. Factor those in or your budgets won't address reality.
Microsoft Trails Amazon, Google In Cloud Reliability
News  |  1/15/2015  | 
CloudHarmony's benchmarking report on cloud service reliability shows Amazon shines in compute, Google in storage.
IBM Mainframe Makeover: Mobile, Big Data Reality Check
Commentary  |  1/15/2015  | 
IBM z13 refresh packs performance gains, but can it really join the mobile, big data, and cloud age? Here's a look at aspirations versus realities.
Gartner Gives Thumbs Up To Docker Security
News  |  1/14/2015  | 
Docker containers isolate resources similar to Linux or virtual machine hypervisors, but fall short with management and administration, Gartner analyst says.
Google Domains Service Opens For Business
News  |  1/14/2015  | 
US residents can now purchase and manage Internet domains through Google.
Amazon Trumps Microsoft With C4 Virtual Servers
News  |  1/13/2015  | 
Amazon outstrips Microsoft's new Azure offering with launch of C4 Xlarge, a 36-virtual-CPU server instance.
Google Launches Cloud Application Performance Tool
News  |  1/13/2015  | 
Google Cloud Trace will help developers identify where the slowest user interactions are occurring with an application running on App Engine.
Verizon Cloud Outage Draws Overblown Angst
Commentary  |  1/12/2015  | 
Verizon Cloud's planned 40-hour outage set off outraged critics, but long-term implications will make the cloud service more stable and more competitive.
University Of Phoenix Finds Payoff In Private Cloud
News  |  1/9/2015  | 
Apollo Education Group implements vCloud classroom system to help track and analyze student data to improve academic outcome.
Microsoft Matches Amazon With Cloud Crypto Key Storage
News  |  1/9/2015  | 
Microsoft's Azure cloud adds encryption key storage service, Docker Linux containers, and other features to better compete with Amazon.
Making Real Networks From Virtual Things
News  |  1/5/2015  | 
Virtual switches and routers, when combined with user- and service-specific tunneling, could boost network agility.
Bitcoin Taxation: A Gift From The IRS And The Coffee Problem
News  |  12/31/2014  | 
Every bitcoin transaction requires a gain or loss calculation between acquired cost basis and the amount it was sold for. This is no problem for large blocks, but on everyday purchases, a gain or loss calculation on every $1.79 cup of coffee is a lot of calculating.
Azure Helps Police Store, Access Body Camera Video
News  |  12/30/2014  | 
Police camera maker demonstrates one way agencies are using Microsoft's Azure Government cloud to run software and equipment in a flexible, interoperable environment.
5 Hyperscale Lessons For Mainstream Datacenters
Commentary  |  12/30/2014  | 
Management practices from the HPC world can get even bigger results in smaller-scale operations.
12 Notable InformationWeek Stories Of 2014
News  |  12/30/2014  | 
These stories made you think, debate, and laugh with each other on InformationWeek.com in 2014. Take a look back.
Sony Fallout: The Terrorists Win Our Networks
Commentary  |  12/29/2014  | 
It's time to get serious. Sony hack may mark the end of enterprise networks as we know them.
9 Cloud Trends For 2015
Commentary  |  12/29/2014  | 
In 2015, expect to see the cloud mature as a platform for hybrid operations, with cloud data centers achieving new efficiencies through containers.
Docker, CoreOS Push Containers To Center Stage
News  |  12/29/2014  | 
Containers aren't just good for developers. They're good for cloud workloads, if their supporters can get the security right.
Boxever Implements DevOps, Continuous Delivery On Amazon
News  |  12/23/2014  | 
Travel analytics firm Boxever thrives while executing three or four updates a day to its core systems on Cassandra in Amazon cloud.
Microsoft Azure Outage Blamed On Bad Code
News  |  12/22/2014  | 
Microsoft's analysis of Nov. 18 Azure outage indicates engineers' decision to widely deploy misconfigured code triggered major cloud outage.
MyWebGrocer Taps Power Of API
News  |  12/19/2014  | 
Online ad/coupon service uses API tools to provide targeted advertising for retailers and useful information to consumers.
Internet Of Everything: It's All About The Ecosystem
Commentary  |  12/18/2014  | 
A recent chat with my doctor revealed new insight on lifecycles of connected medical devices and the need for an integrated infrastructure to support future IoT devices.
Amazon, VMware On Collision Course
Commentary  |  12/18/2014  | 
At this year's Re:Invent conference, Amazon showcased new features and agility plans that could push it solidly ahead of its cloud competitors.
IBM Brags Of 49 Cloud Data Centers
News  |  12/18/2014  | 
IBM promised 40 SoftLayer cloud data centers globally by the end of 2014. Through a partnership with Equinix, it's ending the year with 49.
3 OpenStack Predictions For 2015
Commentary  |  12/17/2014  | 
VMware customers will surge, Debian will become the vendor-neutral platform, and instability will lose its cool factor.
Atlantic.Net Cloud Stretches To The Pacific
News  |  12/16/2014  | 
Small, low-cost IaaS provider opens its first West Coast cloud facility.
DigitalOcean Displays 'Meteroic' Rise As Web Host
News  |  12/15/2014  | 
Netcraft survey on world's largest web hosts shows DigitalOcean has risen to No. 3 from 568th place two years ago.
Microsoft: 9 Best Moves Of 2014
News  |  12/15/2014  | 
After a rocky 2013, Microsoft bounced back this year. Here's what worked.
Amazon Expands OpsWorks For On-Premises Server Management
News  |  12/12/2014  | 
AWS embraces hybrid cloud by extending OpsWorks server management to systems assigned to run in customers' data centers.
CIO Hiring 100 IT Pros: What He Needs
Commentary  |  12/11/2014  | 
You may be surprised what tops Choice Hotels CIO's list of toughest IT skills to find.
Intel Launches Internet Of Things Platform
News  |  12/10/2014  | 
Chipmaker wants to shape the way Internet-connected devices are designed, deployed, and managed.
Forrester: Wearables Interest Businesses More Than Consumers
News  |  12/10/2014  | 
Companies see wearables as tools to improve operational efficiency and enhance the customer experience, Forrester report says.
Developers See ROI For Continuous Delivery Via Cloud
News  |  12/10/2014  | 
Developers find the pay-off for DevOps and continuous delivery comes with cloud, Evans Data survey says.
Ubuntu Wants To Run Containers, Too
News  |  12/9/2014  | 
Snappy, a lean Linux Ubuntu optimized for container operation, promises stronger security for Linux containers.
Docker Is Hot But Won't Eat The World -- Yet
Commentary  |  12/9/2014  | 
Scalr CEO Sebastian Stadil talks Docker's usability and the pros and cons of using containers in IT, not yet a gold standard.
Google Android Studio 1.0 Packs Appeal
News  |  12/9/2014  | 
Android developers have a new integrated development environment for creating apps.
Microsoft Partners To Offer Hybrid Cloud Bundle
News  |  12/8/2014  | 
Microsoft, Accenture, and Avanade join forces to help enterprises migrate and manage applications between public and private clouds.
Google Cloud Platform Supports Windows Workloads
News  |  12/8/2014  | 
By opening up to Windows workloads, Google Cloud Platform becomes an option for businesses committed to Microsoft software.
Amazon Says Expansion Worth Price
News  |  12/8/2014  | 
After a Moody's credit rating downgrade, Amazon will pay a higher rate to borrow than well-funded competitors, such as Apple, Microsoft, and Google, but says business expansion will pay.
Docker Founder Must Right His Ship
Commentary  |  12/5/2014  | 
After some controversy this week, Docker needs to show it has the maturity needed to manage an open source project.
Rocket Vs. Docker Will Come Down To DevOps
Commentary  |  12/4/2014  | 
Whether CoreOS's Rocket successfully challenges Docker's lead in cloud containers will come down to which gets DevOps right.
Cloud Storage Is Inevitable, So Plan For It
Commentary  |  12/4/2014  | 
Simply buying more on-premises data storage without evaluating cloud-based storage alternatives could be a costly mistake.
Amazon Streamlines Reserved Instance Pricing, Options
News  |  12/3/2014  | 
Faced with frequent complaints about complexity, Amazon stripped down the number of Reserved Instance types and simplified its billing.
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