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Content tagged with Software as a Service posted in February 2009
IBM's ILOG Builds Sophisticated Data Display Components
News  |  2/27/2009  | 
The business rules engine division has supplied four new software tools that can be used to display complex data in a rich Internet application.
Novell Rolls Out Manager For Virtual Environments
News  |  2/27/2009  | 
The company's PlateSpin Orchestrate 2.0 software helps coordinate Hyper-V, Xen-based environments.
Cloud Computing Aligns Zimory With VMware
News  |  2/27/2009  | 
A significant advantage of Zimory's management software is that it makes server resources available to cost-conscious IT shops that many would otherwise not be able to afford.
Gmail Failure Breeds Status Dashboard
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
The software provides data on the status of Google Apps applications, including Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Talk, Google Docs, Google Sites, and Google Video.
Yahoo CEO Bartz Shakes Up Management
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
While Yahoo's CFO and mobile czar pack their bags, the executive's first blog indicates a new focus on improving relations with customers and advertisers.'s Growth Shows SaaS Success In Tough Economy
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
Revenue growth of 34% shows businesses are buying SaaS despite of, and perhaps because of, tight IT budgets. There are spots of trouble, however.
Gartner Finds Most-Common SaaS Assumptions Are False
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
What has made it difficult for many companies to separate truth from fiction is the tremendous amount of hype around SaaS, the analyst firm says.
Google Takes Credibility Hit With Gmail Outage
News  |  2/25/2009  | 
The company will credit some customers for 15 days of service, which would amount to almost 4% of the $50 per user per year Google charges.
Coghead Failure Highlights Risks Of Cloud Computing
News  |  2/25/2009  | 
Cloud computing is growing, with Google now monetizing its App Engine. But no matter what the vendor, customers should have a good emergency-exit strategy.
Cloud-Based Backup For Microsoft Exchange, SQL Server Released
News  |  2/25/2009  | 
Open source vendor Zmanda joins the chase for Windows dollars with its product based on Amazon's Simple Storage Service.
Ballmer Says Microsoft Won't Ship Office 14 This Year
News  |  2/24/2009  | 
Slow PC sales may have eased demand for a Web-based version of the Word, Excel, and PowerPoint bundle.
Google App Engine Now Ready To Take Your Money
News  |  2/24/2009  | 
The launch of a billing system for its Web application hosting platform puts Google in competition with Amazon Web Services and Microsoft's Azure Services Platform.
Gmail Outage Prompts Apology
News  |  2/24/2009  | 
Gmail users with Google Gears installed were able to access their in-boxes during the outage Tuesday morning. Gmail has about 113 million users worldwide.
Vertica Puts Column-Oriented Database In Virtual Machine
News  |  2/23/2009  | 
The software runs on commodity hardware and becomes a plug-and-play addition to a data center being built out around cloud principles.
Citrix Syncs With Microsoft Hyper-V In Virtualization Push
News  |  2/23/2009  | 
VMware's relentless growth, reporting revenue of $1.3 billion last year, has brought the two allies even closer together.
Cloud Implementation To Double By 2012
News  |  2/19/2009  | 
The number of enterprises using cloud computing will grow to 9% in three years, says one analyst, but its impact will far exceed those modest figures.
SAP Buys Cloud Computing Startup Coghead
News  |  2/19/2009  | 
Coghead's service continues through April, but SAP will shut customer obligations and relationships down after that.
Small College Reaps Big Benefits From Cloud Computing
News  |  2/17/2009  | 
Having consolidated and virtualized its servers using VMware's vCloud initiative, a small college is learning how much it can get done.
Mozilla Labs Introduces Bespin For Collaborative Coding
News  |  2/13/2009  | 
Future iterations of the cloud-centered software will focus on allowing programmers to work on the same code from different locations at the same time.
Facebook Looks To Expand Mobile Presence
News  |  2/13/2009  | 
The social network may be seeking help from Motorola, Nokia, and Palm to increase integration of its site on mobile phones.
Federal CTO Agenda: The Industry's Advice To Obama
News  |  2/12/2009  | 
Think big and transformational, advise two dozen industry leaders, from CEOs to CIOs. And get going now.
Microsoft Windows Azure Pricing Expected Soon
News  |  2/12/2009  | 
Managers suggest the company's cloud computing efforts will be pay as you go, but customers can also prepay if they want discounts.
Startup Adds Collaboration Features To Microsoft Office
News  |  2/12/2009  | 
DocVerse hopes its plug-in software, which helps people write and edit documents at the same time via the Web, beats the Office team at its own game.
Microsoft Exchange Alternative Unveiled By Open-Xchange
News  |  2/12/2009  | 
The open source company hopes its product will appeal to cash-strapped small and medium-size businesses that want to sidestep the costs associated with hosting Exchange or rely on POP mail.
IBM To Deliver Software Via Amazon's Cloud
News  |  2/12/2009  | 
Big Blue has partnered with the e-commerce giant to launch a next-generation Internet service.
HP On The Cloud: 'The World Is Cleaving In Two'
News  |  2/10/2009  | 
The company's CTO for cloud computing contrasts Google's, Amazon's, and Microsoft's enterprise data center strategies with HP's new way of thinking about clouds.
Google Gmail Within Striking Distance Of Hotmail
News  |  2/6/2009  | 
Between September 2007 and September 2008, Gmail's visitor total grew 39%, from 18.8 million to 26 million.
Free Visual Voice Mail Comes To BlackBerry
News  |  2/4/2009  | 
YouMail is bringing the ability to scroll through voice messages and forward them to multiple BlackBerry handsets.
SAP Business Suite 7.0 Kills Usual Software Upgrade Process
News  |  2/4/2009  | 
With the more harmonious approach to software application updates, SAP has its own story to tell against Oracle's upcoming Fusion application suite.
GE Greens Data Center, Pushes Its Technology
News  |  2/3/2009  | 
By upgrading its data center with its own equipment, General Electric is reducing its need for energy, water, and chemicals and creating a demonstration project for potential customers.
SugarCRM Previews Upcoming Cloud, CRM Features
News  |  2/2/2009  | 
CEO John Roberts pledges to help customers reposition their companies to take advantage of cloud computing trends and more open source code.
Google Respins Globe With Earth 5.0 Beta
News  |  2/2/2009  | 
The latest version of Google's geospatial mapping app lets users dive beneath the seas, explore the effects of climate change, and view high-resolution NASA images of Mars.
Adobe, Apple Working On Flash For iPhone
News  |  2/2/2009  | 
Apple wants Adobe to craft a specific version of Flash that will retain much of the functionality of the desktop version but not require as many system resources.

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