News & Commentary
Content tagged with Software as a Service posted in May 2011
VMware Seeks Collaboration Dominance With Socialcast Buy
Commentary  |  5/31/2011  | 
It already leads the virtualized data center, now it's taking on the Microsoft/Citrix alliance with more end-user computing and cloud software.
VMware Buys Socialcast For Cloud Apps
News  |  5/31/2011  | 
The enterprise social media management and collaboration platform already taps VMware for on-premises deployment as an appliance.
GSA Seeks Cloud-Based IT Management Tools
News  |  5/27/2011  | 
The software as a service provider must provide service desk, asset management, client management, network service monitoring, and system management tools, among others.
IT As A Service Is The Future
Commentary  |  5/26/2011  | 
Software execs say software as a service has more domains to conquer, will gradually take over more of the IT infrastructure.
Intel Launches Hybrid Cloud Service For SMBs
News  |  5/24/2011  | 
Chipmaker's AppUp Small Business Service will deliver pay-per-use software while keeping data on-site with a leased, remotely managed server at no up-front cost.
Navy SEALs Need More Bandwidth For Website
News  |  5/24/2011  | 
The military is seeking a Web hosting provider to handle the site because of increased traffic and also wants a host of services such as firewalling, anti-virus protection, monitoring, and more.
SAP Cloud Partnerships Expand On-Demand Options
News  |  5/20/2011  | 
Amazon, Dell, Verizon and China Telecom services deals highlight the app vendor's broad cloud-computing strategy.
Why Are SMBs Wary Of SaaS?
News  |  5/20/2011  | 
Lack of awareness and uncertainty about managing multiple apps are the culprits according to AppDirect co-CEO Daniel Sakes, whose firm provides an online marketplace for vertical apps.
Wake-Up Call For Cloud Vendors And Customers
Commentary  |  5/19/2011  | 
Amazon and Sony's recent problems highlight the vulnerability of doing business in the cloud but may end up helping improve cloud services.
Microsoft Wins San Francisco Cloud Email Deal
News  |  5/18/2011  | 
CIO Jon Walter said the city will move 23,000 users on seven separate systems to Microsoft Exchange Online and consider the cloud for future migrations.
Data.gov Evolves From Repository To Cloud Platform
News  |  5/18/2011  | 
The White House has added new features to the website to transform it into an open-API-based foundation for building new services and applications.
Cloud Failures Aren't The Problem; IT Is
Commentary  |  5/18/2011  | 
Amazon's and Microsoft's outages and Dropbox security practices mask the real question--can IT compete with the cloud?
Clouds Change Storage Administrator's Role
Commentary  |  5/17/2011  | 
Cloud storage promises to change the way data centers manage and provision storage assets, but it also will affect the roles and responsibilities of the storage manager as well.
DARPA Seeks More Resilient Cloud Infrastructure
News  |  5/17/2011  | 
The defense research agency is developing cloud-based networks that can remain operational even under cyber attack.
VMware Unveils Horizon App Manager
News  |  5/17/2011  | 
Open service aims to unite public and private cloud services, enabling the consumerization of IT in the enterprise.
NYC Digital Government Plan Embraces Social Networking
News  |  5/16/2011  | 
Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, and Tumblr are partnering with the city to help it use social media to enhance public engagement, according to Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Tough Questions To Ask Cloud Service Providers
News  |  5/13/2011  | 
Cloud SLAs warrant close scrutiny from enterprises planning a move to the cloud, a SunGard executive said at Interop.
Google I/O Take-Away: Google Trusts The Cloud
Commentary  |  5/13/2011  | 
Everything that Google revealed at its I/O developer conference this week in San Francisco hinges on one important thing: Google's utter trust and belief in the cloud.
Cloud Outages Plague Google, Microsoft
News  |  5/13/2011  | 
The two companies offered apologies when their cloud services suffered problems, but say they're fixed now.
Rackspace Cloud Guru Says Service Trumps Technology
News  |  5/13/2011  | 
Jonathan Bryce opens up about the Amazon outage, OpenStack, and how he's come to be a cloud veteran at age 29.
SMB Cloud Spending To Double By 2015
News  |  5/13/2011  | 
Telecoms will likely benefit from a strong preference for bundling hosted services, as the market climbs to more than $49 billion, finds AMI Partners' study.
NIST Releases Federal Cloud Guidelines
News  |  5/13/2011  | 
Technology standards organization aims to be a comprehensive resource to help agencies comply with government's "cloud-first" mandate.
Google's Chromebook Gamble
Commentary  |  5/12/2011  | 
Businesses may hate managing PCs, but that doesn't mean they're ready to abandon the devil they know.
Cisco Announces Cloud-Based Products For Branch Offices
News  |  5/11/2011  | 
The LAN controller and security software enable easier management of access points and reduce the amount of hardware needed, the company says.
Cloud Music Death Match: Amazon Versus Google
Commentary  |  5/11/2011  | 
Google's beta music service goes head-to-head with Amazon Cloud Drive. Which service provides the best experience and set of features? We find out.
Microsoft: 'Incredible Economies Of Scale' Await Cloud Users
News  |  5/11/2011  | 
A Windows Server instance costs between 5 cents and 96 cents an hour because Microsoft has been able to drive down operational expenses.
Google 'Chromebooks' Promise Era Of Managed Computing
News  |  5/11/2011  | 
Chrome OS laptops introduced at Google I/O and will be available with managed software and hardware subscriptions.
Trend Micro Intros File Sharing, Backup For SMBs
News  |  5/11/2011  | 
SafeSync for Business is the security vendor's cloud service aimed at smaller offices and mobile or virtual teams.
Consumerization And Cloud: IT Isn't Keeping Up
Commentary  |  5/11/2011  | 
Citrix CEO in his Interop keynote envisions a policy of letting employees bring their own devices to work, and a world where IT's role is supporting, not controlling.
Citrix CTO Advises Demanding Clarity From Vendors On Cloud
News  |  5/10/2011  | 
Cloud thought leader Simon Crosby talks about standards, open source, Xen's power center, and where VMware kicks butt.
Google Revs App Engine With Business Features
News  |  5/10/2011  | 
The cloud platform service is subsuming App Engine for Business in preparation for an official release later this year.
Ford, Google Partner To Boost Car Efficiency
News  |  5/10/2011  | 
Using the Google Prediction API and cloud services, Ford could optimize the performance of its hybrid electric vehicles.
Google I/O: Movies, Music, Android Ice Cream Sandwich
News  |  5/10/2011  | 
Android is growing fast, Google said at its developers conference, and soon will be able to interact with home appliances and other hardware.
CA To Offer Cloud-Based Backup, Recovery
News  |  5/10/2011  | 
Targeting SMBs and branch offices, CA will launch a version of its ARCserve platform on the Windows Azure cloud later this year in partnership with Microsoft.
Skype Deal: Collaboration Is Microsoft's Game To Lose
Commentary  |  5/10/2011  | 
Microsoft’s $8.5 billion deal to buy Skype shows it building around its strength in enterprise collaboration software. But will it squander its advantage?
Feds Seek $2.5 Billion In Cloud Services
News  |  5/10/2011  | 
The General Services Administration is asking vendors to bid to supply cloud email, cloud office automation services, and cloud-based records management services.
Amazon SLAs Didn't Cover Major Outage
Commentary  |  5/9/2011  | 
Customers affected by the recent EC2 outage were compensated by Amazon, but not because the terms of the service level agreement required it.
EMC CEO Prescribes Cloud For IT Pain Relief
News  |  5/9/2011  | 
Private and public clouds were front and center at EMC World, but Joe Tucci's keynote address lacked detail about how clouds will ease IT pain.
Dell Boomi Simplifies Integrating Java Apps With Cloud
News  |  5/9/2011  | 
Latest version of AtomSphere allows Java enterprise apps to connect with external software as a service.
Apple iOS Gets NoSQL System For Synchronizing Data
News  |  5/7/2011  | 
Mobile Couchbase beta is available to iPhone and iPad developers as a free download for mobile device applications.
Mashery Raises $11 Million For API Management
News  |  5/5/2011  | 
OpenView Venture Partners, Formative Ventures, .406 Ventures, and Cisco Systems invested in the firm, which boasts Netflix, the New York Times, Best Buy, and others among its customers.


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