News & Commentary
Content tagged with Cloud Storage posted in January 2009
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Newcomer Claims 3rd Place In Thin Clients
News  |  1/30/2009  | 
Germany's IGEL is less well known but is offering some redefinition of what a thin client can do and appears closely attuned to virtualization developments.
Footprints Of Google's GDrive Spotted
News  |  1/30/2009  | 
A reference to Google's long-rumored online storage service was spotted in a JavaScript localization file associated with Google Pack, Google's free software bundle.
Virtualization Set For Desktop Surge In 2009
News  |  1/30/2009  | 
The push for cost savings will sweep virtualization solutions from VMware, Microsoft, Citrix, and others past the server, onto the desktop and into the cloud.
Amazon Web Services Help Fuel Blow-Out Quarter
Commentary  |  1/30/2009  | 
As the economy crumbles around it, Amazon.com yesterday reported fourth-quarter financial results that blew past Wall Street's expectations. And, though details are sketchy, it appears that Amazon's cloud services grew at nearly double the rate of overall sales.
The Oregon Trail Of Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  1/29/2009  | 
Cloud computing is like the Wild West, where the players are rough around the edges, the borders are undefined, and the homesteaders are subject to unforeseen risks. In this environment, IT governance is nearly impossible -- but an absolute requirement.
Nintendo Shocks Market With Profit Warning
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
One factor may have been that there were no new blockbuster games for the Wii in the second half of last year, which would have helped to boost sales.
Practical Analysis: Time For Some IT Self-Improvement
Commentary  |  1/29/2009  | 
It's time to hone best practices and position your organization for better days.
Multi-Core Processors Outpacing Key Business Software
News  |  1/28/2009  | 
The relentless doubling of cores per microprocessor chip will result in servers with far more horsepower than software can use, says Gartner.
Cloud vs. SaaS For Small Business
Commentary  |  1/28/2009  | 
A new survey shows small business is shy of the cloud. At the same time, a SaaS provider that focuses on SMBs is growing fast. Does SaaS resonate more than "cloud"?
Yahoo Reports Losses Related To Costs, Stock Rises
News  |  1/27/2009  | 
Without the one-time costs, the company's 4Q earnings were better than expected, given the state of the economy, its effect on advertising, and public perceptions of Yahoo's position.
Google Gmail Available Offline, Calendar Coming Soon
News  |  1/27/2009  | 
After clicking on the "Offline" link, most or all of the user's Gmail messages, depending on the size of the mailbox, will be synchronized to a local cache.
Western Digital Launches 2 TB Green Hard Drive
News  |  1/27/2009  | 
The WD Caviar Green consumes 7.4 watts in read/write mode and 4 watts at idle.
Put Cloud Computing in its Place
Commentary  |  1/27/2009  | 
While many advocate cloud computing, others are weighing the fit within the modern enterprise. Bernard Golden lists five key areas of concern for enterprises considering cloud computing: Current enterprise apps can't be migrated conveniently; Legal, regulatory and business risk; the difficulty of managing cloud applications; the lack of SLAs; and the lack of a cost advantage for cloud computing. All good points, but here's some further analysis...
Citrix Invests In Desktop Hypervisor Startup
News  |  1/26/2009  | 
Virtual Computer, a startup that has just released in beta its NxTop bare-metal hypervisor for desktops, acquired Citrix as a strategic investor.
HP Blurs Data Center Lines With Server/Switch
News  |  1/26/2009  | 
The ProCurve ONE embedded server blade and Data Center Connection Manager alter the roles various vendors and devices play in the data center.
Review: Picasa Photo Editor For Mac
News  |  1/26/2009  | 
Google's photo-management app is a powerful -- and free -- way to edit and manage digital images, but it lacks some features found in the Windows version.
Samsung Sees First-Ever Quarterly Loss
News  |  1/26/2009  | 
Plunging sales of appliances, liquid crystal displays, and memory chips led to Samsung reporting its first-ever quarterly loss of about $14.4 million.
Microsoft's Data Center Delay A Sign Of The Times
News  |  1/26/2009  | 
The work stoppage in Des Moines, Iowa, comes shortly after Microsoft announced plans last week to lay off 5,000 employees as part of a $1.5 billion spending cut.
Behind The Music: Animoto And RightScale Ramp Up To Render Facebook Videos In The Cloud
Commentary  |  1/23/2009  | 
If you build a better Web 2.0 mousetrap, you have to be careful when everyone beats a path to your door. Remember Cuil, the over-hyped search engine that launched last year, which is currently nursing a market share around 0.01%, thanks to an initial server crash and complaints about the accuracy of Cuil's search results? On the other hand, there's Animoto, a 2-year-old New York-based s
HP Releases Software Update For MediaSmart Home Server
News  |  1/23/2009  | 
The server supports Windows PCs and Apple Macs running Leopard using Apple Time Machine software.
What's Next In Desktop Virtualization
News  |  1/23/2009  | 
Increased flexibility for users and improved security are expected benefits of a secure client virtual machine based on XenServer.
Sun Cloud CTO: 'Your Data Center Is Your Computer'
Commentary  |  1/22/2009  | 
Lew Tucker has contributed to several waves of technology innovation over the last 20 years. Currently VP and CTO of cloud computing at Sun Microsystems, Tucker started work on distributed computing in the mid-'80s as a research scientist and director of advanced development at Thinking Machines, working on machine vision and system architecture to create the massively parallel Connection Machine.
Panelists Say Legacy Apps In The Cloud Are A Roll Of The Dice
Commentary  |  1/22/2009  | 
The premise of the Thursday morning panel discussion at the Cloud Connect event at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif., was that it's possible to have the best of both worlds: your legacy applications and the cloud. By the end of the hour-long discussion, many of the 200 or so attendees seemed to have come to the conclusion that enterprise and Web-scale development were worlds apart and moving further away from each other at something approaching the speed of light.
Why You Should Try Google's App Engine In The Cloud
Commentary  |  1/22/2009  | 
When thinking about applications in the cloud, it's best to think of new applications, applications oriented toward Web operations, and applications that do things in a way that's contrary to what you're accustomed to. In other words, think about using Google Bigtable.
HTC Updates Touch Cruise
News  |  1/22/2009  | 
The Windows Mobile smartphone will feature robust location-based services, enabling users to geotag photos as well as get turn-by-turn directions.
How The Cloud Enables A New Set Of Personal Applications
Commentary  |  1/21/2009  | 
Moving applications to the cloud is what the Cloud Connect conference is all about. But cloud services at this stage tend to be somewhat self-referential. They're about working with what's already available in the cloud. Look at Lasso2Go, for example, a service I didn't know I needed.
The Cloud/Electric Generator Analogy
Commentary  |  1/21/2009  | 
One of the key slides in Adam Selipsky's presentation in the Evening in the Cloud panel on Jan. 20 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif., was a picture of Amazon's CEO Jeff Bezos in front of a vintage 1890s electric generator in a Belgium beer factory.
Cloud Connect: Evening Panel Woos IT Managers
Commentary  |  1/21/2009  | 
"Much of what happened today, such as the Obama inauguration, happened in the cloud," panel moderator David Berlind said in his introduction to the Evening in the Cloud event on Jan. 20 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif.
Cloud Connect: IT Managers Remain Wary
News  |  1/21/2009  | 
Salesforce.com, Google, and Amazon say their strategies and software help enterprises move virtualized and IT resources into a cloud computing model.
Cloud Connect: Tackling The Issue Of Cloud Interoperability
Commentary  |  1/21/2009  | 
There's an important discussion under way among cloud computing's inner circle on the subject of interoperability. Service providers and implementers recognize that adoption will be hampered if they don't come up with a good way of integrating data and applications across clouds.
Using Tech Tools To Cope With The Recession
Commentary  |  1/20/2009  | 
While many companies these days are focused on squeezing out extra value from existing IT investments, some are deploying new technology tools to help their businesses adapt to and survive the economic downturn.
So What's so Great (or Even New) About Cloud Computing?
Commentary  |  1/20/2009  | 
Computing is a movie you may have seen years ago called "time sharing," which gave us the ability to share computing resources among many different users. In those days, many companies actually shared a single computer sitting in some data center... It's how I started my career, and most people in their 40s or older remember those days well. So, what's new or better this time around?
Do The Monster Mashery
Commentary  |  1/20/2009  | 
I'm sure just about everything can happen in the cloud these days -- maybe even things I don't want to know about. But when we're starting to help companies perform API management in the cloud, which is what Mashery is doing, it's probably a pretty good sign.
10 Cloud Computing Predictions For 2009
News  |  1/18/2009  | 
Vendors are rushing to join Amazon, EMC/VMware, IBM, Google, Microsoft, and Salesforce in the cloud, offering businesses new ways to do more with less.
Will 'Cobol In The Cloud' Lead To Unplugging Your Mainframe?
Commentary  |  1/16/2009  | 
As part of the company's recently launched Enterprise Cloud Services, Micro Focus announced yesterday that it will enable enterprise Cobol apps to run on Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) -- just a month after the company announced support for Microsoft's Azure Platform.
A CIO Tries To Get His Arms Around The Cloud
Commentary  |  1/16/2009  | 
Anwar Abbas, CIO of the Motion Picture Industry Health & Pension Plans, has been tasked with assembling a cloud computing roundtable at UCLA's Anderson School of Management. As it turns out, cloud experts are hard to find.
Salesforce Offers Pricing For Cloud-Computing Services
News  |  1/16/2009  | 
The company's partnership with Amazon lets customers connect to the online retailer's Elastic Compute Cloud service and Simple Storage Service.
Million-Dollar Private Clouds
Commentary  |  1/16/2009  | 
Private clouds that emulate the characteristics of public cloud services sound promising, but they won't necessarily be fast, easy, or cheap to create. A recent meeting with Cassatt CEO Bill Coleman reinforced that impression, especially when I heard about the price tag associated with them.
HP Extends Orchestration Of Virtual, Physical Servers
News  |  1/15/2009  | 
With two additions to its Adaptive Infrastructure management products, HP is upping the ante in the race to manage physical and virtual data center servers from the same console.
Macworld Aftermath: A Closer Look At iLife, iWork
News  |  1/15/2009  | 
The most overlooked news at Macworld was about the significant upgrades to iLife, iWork, and the MacBook Pro, Apple's workhorse of a notebook. Our Mac expert hits the highlights.
Engine Yard Switches Rails To Mainline Cloud
Commentary  |  1/14/2009  | 
Engine Yard, a hosting and support company for the popular Ruby on Rails programming framework, today announced two new offerings designed to improve the development, deployment, management, and security of cloud applications.
LG, SanDisk Create Mobile Content Protection
News  |  1/14/2009  | 
The content-protection technology lets carriers preload multimedia content on a handset and authenticate user credentials via data on the SIM card.
Metaplace Readies Virtual World Platform
News  |  1/14/2009  | 
InformationWeek's beta tester says that the Metaplace platform will likely achieve its goal of making anyone into a virtual world designer.
Nortel Networks Files For Financial Restructuring
News  |  1/14/2009  | 
The action had been expected ever since Nortel hired bankruptcy lawyers last month.
Eli Lilly On What's Next In Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  1/14/2009  | 
Eli Lilly's Dave Powers talks compellingly about how the pharmaceuticals company is using cloud computing services to support its scientists with on-demand processing power and storage. What's even more interesting, however, is what Eli Lilly has planned next.
Yahoo Picks Bartz To Lead Effort At Turnaround
News  |  1/13/2009  | 
President Sue Decker announces plans to resign after an undefined transition period.
Google Woos Allies With Apps Reseller Program
News  |  1/13/2009  | 
Google is offering support, training, and tools for sales, marketing, reporting, and customer integration, while allowing resellers to manage billing and the customer relationship.
Yahoo Getting Strong Track Record, Leadership In Carol Bartz
News  |  1/13/2009  | 
A Bartz appointment could also signal that Yahoo sees itself as a software company, not just a company providing online services.
Launching InformationWeek's Startup 50
Commentary  |  1/13/2009  | 
What are the most innovative and compelling tech startups with products and services for business? InformationWeek is setting out to identify those up-and-coming companies, and we're asking your help in finding them.
52% Of Developers Expecting SaaS Projects This Year
News  |  1/12/2009  | 
In Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, fewer developers are currently working on SaaS applications, but more than half of those surveyed expect to be doing so within 12 months, Evans Data said.
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