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Content tagged with Cloud Storage posted in October 2008
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Google's Gmail Gets SMS Messaging
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
Google's implementation of computer-to-phone SMS includes a particularly helpful feature since it assigns the Gmail sender a persistent pseudo-phone number.
Google Defends Gmail Uptime, Bolsters Google Apps
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
Google extends its premiere edition SLA to other products to disperse any cloud hanging over its cloud computing capabilities.
Dell, Facebook, And Google Join Dreamforce Love Fest
Commentary  |  10/30/2008  | 
The number of technology vendors involved in Salesforce.com's Dreamforce conference next week is impressive. Salesforce is nowhere the size of Oracle or Microsoft, but it undoubtedly has a strong "partner ecosystem," as the vendors like to say. Michael Dell will be there, plus Google and Facebook execs, and many small software companies hawking their wares. So what's behind the rally behind Salesforce.com?
Mobile Gaming In Trouble, Nokia Says
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
The multibillion-dollar industry may be hurt by the economic slowdown, but Nokia still expects growth in certain segments, including the iPhone.
Western Digital Adds FireWire Interface To Passport
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
In adding the FireWire 800/400 technology to the portable hard drive, WD is trying to appeal to creative professionals using Apple Mac desktops and notebooks.
Apple Updates MobileMe
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
The company's wireless syncing service has been getting upgrades to improve mail, calendar, contacts, and overall performance, Apple said.
Will Microsoft Shake Up Cloud Computing SLAs?
Commentary  |  10/30/2008  | 
For Microsoft, which announced its cloud computing platform this week, it seems like service level agreements don't just mean uptime. That thinking could shake up the industry.
Cloud Computing Tools For Managing Amazon, Google Services
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
Getting the most out of Amazon's Web Services or Google's App Engine requires the right tools. We run down the benefits of Elastra, Coghead, Heroku, Enomaly, and Hyperic CloudStatus.
Is The Cloud The End Of Microsoft?
Commentary  |  10/30/2008  | 
As InformationWeek covers Microsoft's revelations at its Professional Developer Conference this week, it's becoming clear that Microsoft's top brass know they aren't in the same business they were just a few years ago. So is this the transitive stage that spells the end of Microsoft's dominance of the software industry?
12 Easy Ways To Cut Your Company's Tech Costs Now!
Commentary  |  10/29/2008  | 
These days, everyone's talking about saving money on technology, but where do you start? To help, bMighty.com has put together a slide show with a dozen practical ways to shave a few bucks off your IT budget without impacting productivity.
Google Continues Mad Scientist Act With Labs For Google Apps
News  |  10/29/2008  | 
In keeping with its preference for rapid-fire releases, Google unveiled a set of experimental features to encourage third-party developers to create enhancements for its productivity suite.
What Microsoft Didn't Say About Windows Azure
Commentary  |  10/28/2008  | 
After hemming and hawing for months over its cloud strategy, Microsoft has finally unveiled Azure Services Platform, a set of hosted software services that, once available, can be used to build and run applications in the cloud. Microsoft's grand plan, however, leaves key questions unanswered.
Super Talent Offers Solid-Gold USB Drive
News  |  10/28/2008  | 
The drive comes in a black velvet jewelry box, and customers can have text or a logo etched on the device at no additional charge.
Review: HTC G1 Android Phone
News  |  10/28/2008  | 
T-Mobile is expected to sell nearly half a million Google phones by year end. Does the first Android smartphone live up to the hype?
Dell Unveils First Thin-Client Computer
News  |  10/28/2008  | 
The OptiPlex FX160 is a fanless system that supports embedded or streamed operating systems for virtual desktop implementations.
Google's Gmail Gets Gadgets
News  |  10/28/2008  | 
In October alone, Gmail gained emoticons for messages, Gmail for mobile version 2.0, canned responses, contact manager improvements, advanced IMAP controls, and Mail Goggles.
More Cloud Computing Startups
Commentary  |  10/27/2008  | 
The list of emerging companies with cloud services and infrastructure products keeps growing. Since we compiled InformationWeek's guide to 20 Cloud Computing Startups in September, eight more have drifted in.
Microsoft's Cloud OS Compelling, But Questions Remain
News  |  10/27/2008  | 
On top of Windows Azure, Microsoft will additionally build a series of its own applications and services developers and customers will be able to take advantage of.
Clouds Are Forming: Are You Ready for the Storm?
Commentary  |  10/27/2008  | 
Fellow TechWeb contributor Michael Biddick recently offered some great information on the cloud computing movement by taking a look at the factors that drive people to the clouds... While many IT leaders think the future is all about the clouds, many enterprises are slow to get off the bench.
Microsoft PDC Live Blog
Commentary  |  10/27/2008  | 
Every few years, Microsoft hosts a big conference, the Professional Developers Conference, to announce the next versions of Windows and .Net, among other things. This year should be called the cloud PDC, and I'll be blogging about it in this post.
$50,000 Reward For Missing Xbox Addict
News  |  10/27/2008  | 
Microsoft has contributed to a reward fund and turned over account data to aid in the search for missing gamer Brandon Crisp.
Oprah Endorses Amazon.com's Kindle
News  |  10/24/2008  | 
Winfrey's support could lead to more than just a sales boost. It could go a long way toward moving the e-book reader into the mainstream from just a niche market.
Time Warner Cable's Road Runner Rolls Out TransMedia's Glide
News  |  10/24/2008  | 
Similar to Google Apps, Glide is a media-sharing, communications, productivity, and file-storage service that runs on compatible Web browsers using Linux, Mac OS X, or Windows.
Where was Dave? In the Cloud
Commentary  |  10/24/2008  | 
I'm back. After about six months of not writing for this site, I'm back to hit the issues... In this blog we'll be looking at all aspects of the value of computing delivered as a service. This includes the latest offerings around SaaS, of course, but will also include my usual punditry and vision around the exploding world of cloud computing.
Amazon: Deserving Of Wall Street's Punishment?
Commentary  |  10/23/2008  | 
With four tech titans -- Amazon, EMC, Microsoft, and Sun -- hitting their 52-week lows on Thursday, Oct. 23, and a bunch of others coming awfully close, I wondered in my last post if we should have called it Tech Black Thursday. In fairness, I didn't bother to do the same scan on some of Wall Street's other recent and horrific days. So, Thursday may not have been unique. But, at least in the case of Amazo
Arista Networks Trademarks 'Cloud Networking'
Commentary  |  10/23/2008  | 
Arista Networks made news with the appointments of Andy Bechtolsheim as chairman and chief development officer and Jayshree Ullal as president and CEO, along with a name change (from Arastra) and three new customers. Easily lost in all that was the little trademark symbol attached to "cloud networking," the term it's begun using to describe its thrust.
Amazon Adds Windows To Its Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  10/23/2008  | 
The Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, or EC2, is now ready to run Windows and the Microsoft SQL Server database. Both Windows and SQL Server operation will be in beta mode, according to Jeff Barr, senior Web services evangelist.
IBM Offers Free Cloud Computing To North Carolina Students
News  |  10/23/2008  | 
The program is an expansion of IBM's Virtual Computing Lab, a 2-year-old, on-demand computing platform powered by donated IBM BladeCenter servers and software.
Can Microsoft Innovate In A Web-Centric World?
News  |  10/23/2008  | 
For all its dominance, the company needs to find a way to prove to the public that it is indeed a masterful game-changer and part of that may come from shifting the way it invents itself.
Amazon.com Offers App Hosting On Windows Server
News  |  10/23/2008  | 
The offering is the latest in Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud service, which launched out of beta Thursday.
Cloud Computing's Skeptics And Critics
Commentary  |  10/23/2008  | 
We hear a lot from cloud computing's true believers, those who are convinced it's the next big thing in business technology. But, there are two sides to every story, and the naysayers are sounding off.
SaaS Revenue Growing, Market Set To Double By 2012
News  |  10/22/2008  | 
Driving the growth in SaaS deployments is businesses' desire to reduce their IT capital expenditure budget and to rapidly implement software that supports a specific business need, Gartner said.
Google's Gmail Adds 'Canned Responses'
News  |  10/22/2008  | 
Along with "Suggested Contacts," the search engine's auto-reply feature was driven by user requests.
Microsoft To Unveil Windows 7, Cloud Computing Efforts Next Week
News  |  10/22/2008  | 
PDC is Microsoft's foremost conference, occurring only semiannually whenever Microsoft has a series of big announcements to make, like the next version of Windows or the birth of .Net.
Yahoo Shares Rise On Cost-Cutting Plan
News  |  10/22/2008  | 
Investors give CEO Jerry Yang's plan to reduce spending by $400 million a thumbs up.
Rackspace Buys Two Cloud Computing Firms For $11.5 Million
News  |  10/22/2008  | 
The hosted computing services company acquires Slicehost and Jungle Disk to compete head-on with Amazon Web Services.
IBM Releases SAAS Version Of Lotus Notes Domino
News  |  10/22/2008  | 
By combining both a software element and a service, IBM is taking another page from Microsoft's "software plus services" strategy.
VMware Revenues Show Strength, Despite Downturn
News  |  10/21/2008  | 
CEO Paul Maritz expects to bring out the VMware View 3.0 desktop virtualization management system in the fourth quarter, with "significant deliveries expected through 2009."
PlayStation Game Yanked Over Koran Text
News  |  10/21/2008  | 
LittleBigPlanet will ship three days late so developers can remove the material, inclusion of which could be offensive to Muslims.
IDC Says IT Cloud Services To Reach $42 Billion By 2012
Commentary  |  10/20/2008  | 
Based on a survey of IT executives, CIOs, and other business leaders, IDC said this week it expects spending on IT cloud services to grow almost threefold in the next five years, reaching $42 billion by 2012.
Nvidia Unveils Desktop Version Of MacBook Graphics Chip
News  |  10/20/2008  | 
The 16-core GeForce 9400 and 9300 chips enable mainstream PC users to play the latest PC games and play high-definition Blu-ray video.
VC Funding Begins To Dry Up
Commentary  |  10/18/2008  | 
Venture capital investment declined in the third quarter to the lowest level in almost two years, and funding to Internet companies plunged 36% in just one quarter. The much-anticipated slowdown in VC investment has begun.
Welcome To The Cloud. Please Place Your AMI (Whatzat?) Here
Commentary  |  10/17/2008  | 
Does cloud computing sound like fun, something your department or business unit could do while waiting for IT to come up with that new system you requested two years ago? Why not make use of somebody else's computing infrastructure, especially if they're smart enough to figure out how to give you access to it?
Google Gmail Outage Brings Out Cloud Computing Naysayers
News  |  10/17/2008  | 
Because the outage appears to have lasted more than 24 hours for some, affected paying Gmail customers appear to be owed service credits, as per the terms of the Gmail SLA.
TC3 Processes Millions Of Health-Care Claims In The Cloud
News  |  10/17/2008  | 
The company explains how it uses Amazon's EC2 cloud product to help insurance companies detect fraud.
Video Game Industry Sees First Decline In More Than Two Years
News  |  10/17/2008  | 
Sales of games -- excluding PC games -- consoles, and accessories fell 7% in September to $1.27 billion from $1.35 billion in September 2007.
Tackling The SaaS Integration Challenge
Commentary  |  10/17/2008  | 
I've talked to many business technology managers who are intrigued by the idea of software as a service. But their top question is almost always the same: What's the best way to integrate SaaS with your other business applications? We tackle this issue in an in-depth story published this week, "SaaS Integration: Real-World Problems, And How CIOs Are Solving Them."
InformationWeek Launches PlugIntoTheCloud.com
Commentary  |  10/17/2008  | 
Is cloud computing the next major IT model? Or a rat's nest of security vulnerabilities, service outages, policy complexity, and vendor lock-in? The computer industry is split on The Cloud, with believers and skeptics arguing both sides. Now InformationWeek is diving -- skydiving -- into the fray.
Google Shares Rise On Strong 3Q Performance
News  |  10/16/2008  | 
Co-founder Sergey Brin said Google should benefit from the tough times as the company now indexes as much information every four hours as is contained in the Library of Congress.
Novell To Buy Managed Objects, Expand Data Center Offerings
News  |  10/16/2008  | 
Managed Objects produces such software products as Application Impact Management, which gathers application operational data together into a management dashboard.
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