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Content tagged with Software as a Service posted in August 2008
Google Launches Google Video For Business
News  |  8/29/2008  | 
The company is using its Google Apps business to provide the infrastructure necessary to search videos, restrict access to them, rate them, comment on them, and download them.
Start-Ups Bring Google's Parallel Processing To Data Warehousing
News  |  8/29/2008  | 
Aster and Greenplum have made Google's MapReduce compatible with SQL for use in the parallel data warehousing systems based on open source PostgreSQL.
Zi Renews Nokia Contract
News  |  8/29/2008  | 
The multiyear contract to provide its text products to Nokia calls for a 100% increase in first year revenue over the existing contract, the company says.
SaaS Doubts Boost Remote Infrastructure Services
News  |  8/28/2008  | 
Chiquita Brands, a SaaS believer, taps remote management services provider for e-mail chores.
Cisco To Buy PostPath For $215 Million
News  |  8/28/2008  | 
Privately-held PostPath, which develops and provides e-mail and calendaring software, will enhance Cisco's WebEx product line, the company said.
Dell Explains Cloud-Computing Trademark Attempt
News  |  8/27/2008  | 
The computer maker can appeal the Patent Office's rejection of its trademark application for the commonly used term.
SaaS Doubts Give Remote Infrastructure Services Life
News  |  8/27/2008  | 
Remote managed services are a stepping-stone toward cloud computing for companies with economic, legal, or security concerns about software-as-a-service, a Gartner analyst says.
QuickBooks Comes To iPhone, BlackBerry
News  |  8/26/2008  | 
The application will enable customers to get an up-to-date view of their finances from a smartphone.
HP Closes $13.9 Billion EDS Acquisition
News  |  8/26/2008  | 
The deal creates the world's second largest IT services and outsourcing vendor, trailing only IBM.
IBM Wins International Services Deals
News  |  8/25/2008  | 
Contract wins in India and Russia boost the company's global outsourcing unit.
Microsoft Photosynth Buckles Under Demand
News  |  8/25/2008  | 
The 3-D photo-stitching service slowed to a crawl after receiving more than 286,000 image uploads on its first day.
Independents Seize On Success Of Microsoft's SharePoint
News  |  8/20/2008  | 
Suppliers like Day Software look to enhance SharePoint's capabilities, or, in cases like open source Alfresco Software, seek to replace it. Gets Sharp Rise In 2Q Net Income
News  |  8/20/2008  | 
Most of's customers continue to come from the Americas, which represented 72% of its customer base.
SaaS Company Replaces Microsoft SQL Server With Oracle
News  |  8/20/2008  | 
Oracle, which has been relatively quiet about cloud computing, is touting a deal to support CaseCentral's software-as-a-service business.
IBM Invests $300 Million In Backup Centers
News  |  8/20/2008  | 
Big Blue aims to keep its customers safe by employing cloud computing standards. To Acquire InStranet For $31.5 Million
News  |  8/19/2008  | 
The purchase of a customer-service technology software provider is the largest acquisition to date for the software-as-a-service vendor.
MobileMe Users Get 60 Free Days
News  |  8/19/2008  | 
The latest freebie comes in addition to a previous free 30 days of service Apple doled out to subscribers.
Dell Ponders Rejection Of 'Cloud Computing' Trademark
News  |  8/18/2008  | 
The examining attorney for the Patent Office made an initial refusal of Dell's request, saying the term was too generic to be acceptable as a trademark.
Unisys To Manage Republican National Convention IT Services
News  |  8/18/2008  | 
The company will oversee computer operations for the political convention, which is expected to draw 45,000 delegates, volunteers, news reporters, and other guests.
Outages Force Cloud Computing Users To Rethink Tactics
News  |  8/14/2008  | 
IT departments scramble to devise backup plans following service disruptions at Amazon, Citrix, and Google.
Online Video Sales Expected To Reach $4.5 Billion By 2012
News  |  8/13/2008  | 
However, an In-Stat consumer survey found 54% of respondents favor purchasing physical disks when they buy movies or TV shows.
MobileMe Suffers More Outages
News  |  8/12/2008  | 
In the latest snafu for Apple's wireless syncing program, users couldn't access e-mails for hours on Monday.
Small, Midsized Firms To Spend $280 Billion On Technology By 2012
News  |  8/11/2008  | 
Businesses with five to 99 employees will represent 32% of information and communications technology spending this year alone, according to a Compass Intelligence report.
Microsoft To Sell Money Plus Online Only
News  |  8/8/2008  | 
Microsoft will continue integration of Money Plus with the MSN Money online service, which provides stock information and access to financial experts, as well as tips.
Virtual Iron Goes Green, Update Highlights 'LivePower'
News  |  8/8/2008  | 
Version 4.4 of the company's marquee virtualization product can realize quick energy savings as underutilized virtual machines are consolidated onto a few hosts.
AT&T Uses Its Hosting Experience To Reassure Customers That Cloud Computing Is Safe
News  |  8/7/2008  | 
Vendor aims its managed computing, networking, security, and storage service at big organizations -- including the Olympics.
Warily, Small Businesses Look To Cloud Computing
News  |  8/7/2008  | 
MyBizHomepage has introduced an online platform for small companies' financial records, aimed at small-business owners who need fast and easily understood insight into key accounting data.
Sybase Unveils New Mobility Platform, Software
News  |  8/5/2008  | 
The company announced a host of products that aim to unwire the enterprise.
AT&T Jumps Into Cloud Computing With Synaptic Hosting
News  |  8/5/2008  | 
Synaptic Hosting will allow companies to host Windows Server or Linux client-server applications and Web apps in AT&T's data centers, rather than in their own data centers.
Netflix Tests Charging More For High-Def Movies
News  |  8/4/2008  | 
Netflix recently made a library of 12,000 movies and TV episodes available for streaming through LG Electronics' Blu-ray disc player.
SAS Acquires SaaS-Based Specialist in Dynamic Price Optimization
News  |  8/4/2008  | 
Deal nets online profit optimization platform. New global practice will branch out from hotels to events, online advertising and other potential markets.
Ready Or Not, Here Comes SaaS
News  |  8/4/2008  | 
Saugatuck Technology says SaaS is spreading throughout the enterprise, "whether the vendors -- or their offerings -- are ready to support and deliver what users want."
IBM Brings Cloud Computing To Earth With Massive New Data Centers
News  |  8/1/2008  | 
Big Blue plans to build a data center in North Carolina and open a "cloud computing center" in Tokyo at a cost of nearly $400 million.

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