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Dell Unveils Massive Reorganization
News  |  12/31/2008  | 
To try to stem declining revenue and profits, the PC maker will change its business sales and marketing approach from a regional to a global strategy.
Yes, Trust In The PKI Is Broken
Commentary  |  12/30/2008  | 
The trust in digital certificates relies on the fact that the authority issuing the certificate has validated the identity of the person or company making the request and that the digital certificate can't be forged. New research presented at the 25th Chaos Computer Congress shows that forging digital certificates is possible and practical. Trust in the SSL i
Cloud Maturity Models Don't Make Sense
Commentary  |  12/23/2008  | 
An issue that's been roiling the cloud computing blogosphere the past few months is the notion of a maturity model for cloud computing, which I oppose. Multiple maturity models (say that three times fast!) already have been defined for a variety of IT subjects, including business processes and at least five or six different ones for SOA, alone.
Handango Partners With Mobile Game Publishers
News  |  12/23/2008  | 
The mobile application retailer finds that smartphone users are increasingly choosing fun and games over productivity apps.
EA Offers DRM-Free Option For Spore
News  |  12/23/2008  | 
In response to heavy criticism, Electronic Arts is allowing "Spore" fans to play the title on an unlimited number of PCs through the online Steam service.
Intel Ships 160 GB Solid State Drives For PCs
News  |  12/22/2008  | 
Computer manufacturers are offering SSDs in ultralight laptops and mini-notebooks, which are used primarily for e-mail and Web browsing.
What We Can Learn From Werner Vogels
Commentary  |  12/22/2008  | 
To be recognized as InformationWeek's chief of the year, Amazon CTO Werner Vogels has obviously done a few things right. Following are five takeaways for other IT pros.
Oracle's Larry Ellison On 'Series Of Wins Vs. Salesforce'
Commentary  |  12/19/2008  | 
Oracle founder and CEO Larry Ellison yesterday told financial analysts that Oracle's latest quarter was "conspicuous" for a "series of competitive wins versus," including "our largest deal ever of salesforce-on-demand, or cloud computing, or whatever you want to call it." Will that head-to-head competition lead to a buyers' market for CIOs?
Cisco Preps Server-Switch As HP Prepares Flank Attack
News  |  12/18/2008  | 
Code-named California, Cisco's server is expected to meld Cisco's Nexus 5000 switch, Intel's Nehalem processors, and virtualization management with help from VMware.
Spore Comes To Life With Creature Sculptor
News  |  12/18/2008  | 
The partnership with Z Corp. allows for on-demand 3-D resin models derived from in-game graphics files.
Podcast: With 'Cloud' In Vogue, Suddenly Appistry Is 'Cloud.' Co-Founder Bob Lozano Explains
Commentary  |  12/18/2008  | 
Just because the terminology "cloud computing" is in vogue and has become the hottest topic to hit IT in a long time doesn't necessarily give every vendor the creative license to say, "we're cloud computing, too!" Or does it?
EMC's Decho Gets CEO
Commentary  |  12/17/2008  | 
Harel Kodesh gets to pull double duty as Decho CEO and president of EMC's cloud business.
'Illegal, Unethical, Untrustworthy' Clouds
Commentary  |  12/16/2008  | 
When word got out that medical researchers were contemplating ways to employ cloud computing, privacy rights watchdog Deborah Peel sounded an alarm. Is Peel right to be worried? Or does this potential storm cloud have a HIPAA-compliant lining?
Gartner: Will Cloud Displace Internal IT Services For Data Centers?
Commentary  |  12/15/2008  | 
Gartner Group's Tom Bittman writes, "While that does not mean that the majority of all IT services will be handled in the cloud, it does show that the number of large organizations using some cloud services could be growing rapidly." How do you think you and your company stack up? Read on for highlights of Gartner's top-line findings.
Trick Out Your PC With Multiple Monitors
News  |  12/15/2008  | 
A video card, the right utilities, and an extra display or two can dramatically enhance the way you work, use multimedia apps, play games, or simply surf the Internet. Here's how to tweak your rig.
Nintendo Wii Outsells Xbox 360 More Than Two-To-One
News  |  12/12/2008  | 
Xbox's strong Thanksgiving sales didn't help Microsoft outpace Nintendo in November.
Free Software To Protect Virtual Machines In The Cloud: Third Brigade VMware Protection
Commentary  |  12/11/2008  | 
There are some ways to effectively begin securing your information in the cloud. We've recently been pondering whether or not one can prove compliance with security and privacy regulations in the cloud. Luckily, while cloud services still may not be right for handling health or payment card information, security vendors and cloud service providers are beginning to offer ways to effectively secure your cloud-based computing resources and satisfy some compliance requirements.
Memory Cards For Cell Phones Set To Skyrocket
News  |  12/11/2008  | 
Tapping into the $58 billion cell phone accessory market could lead to higher average revenue per user for carriers, according to new study from ABI Research.
Best Buy, Handango Team To Sell Mobile Apps
News  |  12/11/2008  | 
Customers can buy mobile apps in-store from trained staff who will download, install, and customize the programs on their smartphones.
Hubble Finds Life-Sustaining Compounds On Planet
News  |  12/11/2008  | 
Detection of carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide could be evidence of life on the far-away planet, a NASA scientist said.
Sun Discloses Plans To Enter Cloud Computing
News  |  12/10/2008  | 
To move into the cloud, Sun is phasing out its service, a computing utility based on its own data center where usage was charged by the hour.
Sony Set To Launch Online Virtual World
News  |  12/10/2008  | 
Home, PlayStation 3's long-delayed online 3-D social networking service, will debut Thursday.
Transparent Memory Chips Promise See-Through Gadgets
News  |  12/10/2008  | 
Clear, flat-screen televisions represent one such possible device, assuming the research can be applied to other electronic components.
Microsoft's Billion-Dollar Cloud Business
Commentary  |  12/10/2008  | 
Stephen Elop, president of Microsoft's $18.9 billion Business Division, this week reiterated a bold prediction about the future of Microsoft's software-as-a-service business. Microsoft foresees half of Exchange, SharePoint, and Dynamics CRM revenue coming from online versions of those products within five years.
Holiday Gift Guide: Tech Toys For Tight Wallets
News  |  12/10/2008  | 
Here's a year-end list of our favorite mobile gear, gaming accessories, security devices, money-saving green gadgets, and a few surprises, each for under $100.
Video: How To Plug Into The Cloud
Commentary  |  12/10/2008  | 
In preparation for InformationWeek's "How-To Guide To Cloud Computing," I set up my own account with Amazon Web Services. The process took about three minutes. I now know enough to be dangerous.
The Economics Of Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  12/9/2008  | 
A special report on Cloud Computing in a recent Economist says that the current economic malaise should speed up the adoption of cloud computing since it will increase the pressure on companies to become more efficient.
Salesforce CEO Benioff Sinks Teeth Into Non-SaaS Rivals
Commentary  |  12/9/2008  | CEO Marc Benioff took his company's cloud computing show to New York on Monday, complete with eardrum-splitting rock music and a wandering "No Software" mascot. Beyond the hype, here are the notable takeaways, gleaned from the company's two-and-a-half-hour presentation and a sit-down interview with Benioff.
VIA Launches Storage Mini-Server
News  |  12/9/2008  | 
The device for homes or small offices stores up to 3 Tbytes of data, which is the equivalent of 4,500 CDs, and comes with two serial ATA drive bays.
Get Ready For Rogue Clouds
Commentary  |  12/9/2008  | 
We're on the inevitable path toward "rogue cloud computing" inside companies. Is this a problem?
RightScale's Cloud Outlook Is Upbeat Despite The Recession
Commentary  |  12/8/2008  | 
It's unclear exactly how cloud computing will fare during the recession, but RightScale CEO Michael Crandell has a rosy outlook. That prognostication appears deserved for now: the cloud management startup just raised an additional $13 million.
Learn to Live (Perhaps Thrive) With Social Networking
Commentary  |  12/8/2008  | 
Speaking at a collaborative technologies conference recently, I was the lone mashup guy among consultants and IT execs trying to make sense out of Facebook, Twitter, and the proper place for social networking within the enterprise. Opinions varied, from "No way, it's too risky," to "It's a way of life, you might as well learn to use it for productivity." So, who's right? Let's take a look at the playing field.
Master Virtualization And You Master The Cloud
Commentary  |  12/5/2008  | 
Intel has its own definition of cloud computing and it makes no reference to virtualization. But virtualization, like it or not, lies at the heart of how things will get done in the cloud. I noticed this disparity in a review of an Intel presentation posted by the Cloud Computing Interoperability Forum.
Apple Sees 300 Million App Store Downloads
News  |  12/5/2008  | 
The App Store has been an undeniable hit, as iPhone and iPod Touch users have downloaded mobile applications at a rapid rate.
SanDisk Offers Secure USB Flash Drive For Mac
News  |  12/4/2008  | 
Features include login and shutdown access to the encrypted storage area and the ability to change and manage passwords and to change contact information.
Does MapReduce Signal The End Of The Relational Era?
Commentary  |  12/4/2008  | 
Companies such as Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft that operate Internet-scale cloud services need to store and process massive data sets, such as search logs, Web content collected by crawlers, and click-streams collected from a variety of Web services. Each of these companies has developed its own strategy to support parallel computations over multiple petabyte data sets on large clusters of computers.
VMware Resolves Desktop Virtualization Performance Issues
News  |  12/4/2008  | 
VMware View 3 addresses key pitfalls that have slowed virtualization on the desktop.
Amazon Debuts Public Data Cloud
Commentary  |  12/4/2008  | has introduced a new service in which it hosts large data sets -- economic, demographic, scientific, and medical data, for example -- that are open for anyone to access. It's an interesting proposal, but one that casts Amazon in the potentially difficult role of having to be an information gatekeeper.
Review: Open-Source Office Suites Compared
News  |  12/4/2008  | 
In search of an alternative to Microsoft Office, we test, StarOffice from Sun, IBM's Lotus Symphony, KOffice for Linux, and AbiWord.
Microsoft Plans Roofless Data Centers
News  |  12/3/2008  | 
The new architecture called "Generation 4 Modular Data Center," or Gen 4 for short, takes its cues from Microsoft's mega-data center in Chicago. Impeaches Amazon Web Services
Commentary  |  12/3/2008  | 
Political Web site has ditched Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud service in favor of Voxel dot Net's managed Web hosting service. In an unusually frank assessment, Politicker says scalability, clustering, stability, and cost issues drove it away from EC2.
VMware Introduces Cloning In Virtual Desktops
News  |  12/2/2008  | 
Cloning saves storage because only one image of an application is shared across multiple users, according to VMware.
Apple Recommends Antivirus Software For Mac OS X
News  |  12/2/2008  | 
As Apple's computers have become more widely used, malware authors have been targeting its products like iTunes, QuickTime, and the Safari Web browser.
IBM's Cloud Conflict of Interest
Commentary  |  12/2/2008  | 
I have no issue with IBM driving into the world of cloud computing - I figured it would. But just think about the larger hardware and software players - such as IBM and Microsoft, who are now moving toward the cloud - and the potential conflicts that could occur. In essence, your cable TV provider is offering to show you how to move to Satellite TV.
Xbox 360 Outsells PlayStation 3 On Black Friday
News  |  12/2/2008  | 
Hot video games like Gears Of War 2 and Fable II helped boost console sales.
A Google Cloud In Your Data Center
Commentary  |  12/2/2008  | 
Google's App Engine lets you build, deploy, and run Web applications on Google's infrastructure. But what if you wanted to create a Google App Engine experience in your own data center? Work is under way to make that possible.
Server Revenues Down In Tough Economy
News  |  12/1/2008  | 
The sales drop in expensive servers was particularly felt by vendors of RISC-Itanium Unix servers.
Amazon Opens SimpleDB To Unlimited Public Beta
News  |  12/1/2008  | 
To help entice businesses to at least try out its cloud computing-integrated database service, Amazon is offering a free tier of usage for the next six months.

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