News & Commentary
Content tagged with Cloud Storage posted in May 2009
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Practical Analysis: Change Starts At The Top
Commentary  |  5/28/2009  | 
Most IT execs aren't ready to make the organizational changes needed to capitalize on virtualization.
Government Wrestles With Social Media Records Retention Policies
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
The National Archives is trying to navigate complex regulations that require capturing and storing all sorts of content in the age of social media, cloud computing, and seemingly endless storage.
'Green' Supercomputer Maker, SiCortex Closes Its Doors
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
The company reportedly sold at least 60 computers to universities and large corporations in 2008 and continued to log sales in 2009.
Microsoft Xbox 360 Sales Top 30 Million
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
The company also reports its Xbox Live online gaming service has more than 20 million subscribers.
HP, Cast Iron Offering SaaS Integration Appliances
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
HP's resellers will offer appliances for handling integration between SaaS and on-site applications, which remains one of the biggest hardships of SaaS deployments.
HP Expands Low-Priced Mini-Laptop Family
News  |  5/27/2009  | 
The consumer-centric Mini 110 is available with Windows XP or Linux, while the business-focused Mini 1101 gives buyers the choice of Windows XP Home, XP Pro, or Vista, each for less than $350.
VMware Invests $20 Million In Terremark Cloud Services
News  |  5/27/2009  | 
The virtualization giant will own 5% of Terremark, which produces cloud and managed IT services for large companies and government agencies.
Former EMC Storage Exec Cleared To Work At HP
News  |  5/27/2009  | 
But a Massachusetts court has ruled that storage expert David Donatelli must avoid for one year working at any Hewlett-Packard unit that competes with EMC.
Intel Offers Details On Xeon Nehalem-EX
News  |  5/26/2009  | 
The server chip's refresh takes x86 technology into computers where RISC-designed CPUs dominate, such as high-performance computing and mainframes.
New Amazon Cloud Service Says Forget Internet, Go Snail-Mail
Commentary  |  5/26/2009  | 
If it's true that everyone likes newspapers and sausages but no one wants to see either one being made, then perhaps we'll have to add Amazon Web Services into that mix: for uploading very large data files, a new AWS service lets clients bypass the Internet and transfer the data to AWS the old-fashioned way: a physical package moving through the physical world. Who knew?
Department Of The Interior Can't Locate Many PCs
News  |  5/26/2009  | 
The federal agency can't locate 20% of its computers and, because it has no encryption requirements, the missing PCs could be vulnerable to data theft or loss.
Interop Raises CIO-Level Interest In Cloud, Virtualization: Video
Commentary  |  5/25/2009  | 
While last week's Interop event in Las Vegas showcased a wide range of innovative enterprise technologies including mobility, WAN optimization, security, storage, smartphones, data center infrastructure, servers, and more, the biggest CIO-level activity was centered around cloud computing, whose acceptance and potential are growing rapidly, and virtualization, which has already become a cornerstone in 21st-century enterprise IT strategy.
Hollywood vs. RealNetworks Goes To The Judge
News  |  5/22/2009  | 
The MPAA is accusing the Internet media company of violating its license to use the DVD CCA's Hollywood-sanctioned copyright-protection technology.
NASA Launches 'Nebula' Compute Cloud
News  |  5/22/2009  | 
The space agency's open source cloud project could be used in support of space missions and a more open Web strategy.
RightNow, Salesforce Offer Services To Track Customer Complaints On Twitter, YouTube
Commentary  |  5/22/2009  | 
So you buy a new smartphone, and the touch pad stinks. You post on your Twitter or Facebook account, "Should've known better than to buy a phone from XYZ Corp. Their stuff is junk." You expect a few sympathetic replies from friends. Instead, you get this surprising, and maybe a bit creepy, message from XYZ Corp.: "Are you having a problem with your new phone? Please contact us--we'd like to help!" Welcome to the world of cloud monitoring services, brought to you by RightNow and Salesforce.com.
Capcom Plans Gaming Blitz For iPhone
News  |  5/22/2009  | 
Support from the maker of Street Fighter and Resident Evil is a strong indicator that Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch platform is a force in the mobile gaming market.
IBM Offers Solid-State Drives On Power Systems
News  |  5/21/2009  | 
The approach is recognition that companies using SSDs in the data center are also likely to use traditional drives, which are considerably less expensive.
President Clinton Data On Hard Drive Lost By National Archives
News  |  5/21/2009  | 
The drive contains snapshots of the hard drives of departing administration officials, information that had been stored on 113 4-mm tape cartridges.
Interop: Data Represents Big Cloud Challenge
News  |  5/21/2009  | 
Slow and inefficient Internet links, security concerns, and architectural problems in terms of processing are top of mind for one expert panel.
Interop: Many Problems Among Virtualization's Gains
News  |  5/21/2009  | 
Asked to cite the most glaring problem of virtualization, 59% of the respondents indicate they lack experience to manage the technology appropriately.
NetApp Buying Data Domain For $1.5 Billion
News  |  5/20/2009  | 
Both companies offer disk-based backup systems, which augment tape, often to comply with government regulations and legal requirements.
Interop: IBM Predicts Data Center Expansion Via Containers
News  |  5/20/2009  | 
Big Blue is following Rackable, HP, and Sun, which have begun to sell shipping containers already preloaded with servers, networking, and other data center equipment.
U.S. Defense Dept. Information Systems CIO Opens Up On Shared IT
News  |  5/20/2009  | 
DISA CIO John Garing reveals much about how his team coordinates procurement, collaboration, and cloud computing within the often competing military branches.
EMC World? More like VMware's World
Commentary  |  5/20/2009  | 
The user conference is labeled "EMC," but its VMware that has the potential for world domination.
Microsoft's Beginner's Guide To Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  5/20/2009  | 
Microsoft VP and its former CIO Ron Markezich is participating in a panel discussion on cloud computing today at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's CIO Symposium. Markezich will share five tips on how to get started in the cloud, based on the experiences of Microsoft's early cloud customers.
Google Outages Spark Cloud Questions
Commentary  |  5/20/2009  | 
It's an accepted fact that computers and networks go down from time to time, either through hardware or software failures, or in the case of the Google outage, human error. We might as well get over that, and any expectations that cloud computing will make things worse, or better, should be tossed aside...
Interop: Vendors Still Confuse With Cloud Computing Definitions
Commentary  |  5/19/2009  | 
The afternoon keynotes at Interop saw IBM, HP and SAP giving their visions of cloud computing. While the companies had a number of real deliverables to talk about, the keynotes also showed that vendors continue to confound and confuse with their various conflicting definitions.
Interop: SAP Sheds Light On Cloud Computing Plans
News  |  5/19/2009  | 
Execs point to future systems powered by SAP Business Suite and Business Objects along with SAP's CRM On-Demand and Business ByDesign.
Microsoft Opens My Phone For All
News  |  5/19/2009  | 
Similar to Apple's MobileMe, the free wireless data backup service lets Windows Mobile users store contacts, photos, videos, and text messages on a password-protected Web account.
Should Google's Outage Scare CIOs From Cloud Computing?
Commentary  |  5/18/2009  | 
How much - or how little - should CIOs be concerned about whether Google's recent outage reveals fundamental weaknesses with the cloud computing model? Jeff Kaplan of ThinkStrategies offers a couple of sharp perspectives on why the sky's not falling (nor the clouds), and promises to keep the discussion going this week at Interop in Las Vegas.
Iomega Debuts eGo Portable Hard Drive
News  |  5/18/2009  | 
In June, Iomega plans to release a "BlackBelt" version that comes with a black power grip belt and is built to withstand drops of up to 7 feet.
Amazon Adds CloudWatch Monitoring, Other Services
News  |  5/18/2009  | 
The Amazon move follows an earlier offering by open source Web site management firm Hyperic.
Ubuntu One: Canonical's Cloud
Commentary  |  5/18/2009  | 
Canonical calls it "Ubuntu One". The goal is, according to Stefano Forenza, to build a full-blown online platform -- Canonical's version of Windows Live, or MobileMe / .Mac / iTools. But can they do it without having their intended userbase siphoned away?

EMC Chases Amazon Into The Cloud
Commentary  |  5/18/2009  | 
EMC launches a new online storage service based on Atmos, its cloud storage platform. AT&T also announces it will sell online storage using Atmos.
Cloud Computing And More With IBM's Dr. Angel Luis Diaz
Commentary  |  5/18/2009  | 
What exactly is IBM's BPM BlueWorks? At IBM's IMPACT 2009, Dr. Angel Luis Diaz and I talked about BPM working in the cloud and how he sees Business Event Processing (BEP) differ from traditional Complex Event Processing (CEP).
Google Glitch A Warning To Uncle Sam
Commentary  |  5/15/2009  | 
This week started with news that the U.S. government is ramping up plans to adopt cloud computing services. It ended with a post mortem on why Google's cloud went kaput for more than an hour on Thursday. Government IT managers should pay close attention to what went wrong at Google as they plot their cloud strategy.
Japan Hopes IT Investment, Private Cloud Will Spur Economic Recovery
News  |  5/15/2009  | 
The Kasumigaseki Cloud is part of a larger government project that's expected to create 300,000 to 400,000 new jobs within three years.
Sony Reports First Annual Loss In 14 Years
News  |  5/14/2009  | 
The company reports a net loss of $1.01 billion on revenue of $78.9 billion, prompting more cost-cutting measures.
Federal Government Considering Cloud Computing
News  |  5/14/2009  | 
The GSA's request about "infrastructure as a service" includes 45 questions that may already eliminate some vendors.
SaaS/Cloud Audit Demands Could be Costly
Commentary  |  5/14/2009  | 
"Cloud computing providers require strong audits," according to SC Magazine's Angela Moscaritolo, who focuses on security in the world of SaaS and cloud computing. In reading through this article I kept returning to the fact that the cost of security, together with audits, could make cloud computing, including SaaS, cost prohibitive.
Google's Cloud Evangelism Converts Enterprise Customers
News  |  5/13/2009  | 
International auto parts supplier Valeo has agreed to deploy Google Apps across its 30,000-member workforce.
Interop Preview: Cloud Computing Takes Center Stage
News  |  5/13/2009  | 
Expert demos at Las Vegas conference will showcase why the cloud is relevant to the enterprise, May 17-21.
Linux Distros For Netbooks
News  |  5/12/2009  | 
Our Linux expert tries out netbook-ready Puppy Linux, Ubuntu Netbook Remix, Xubuntu, gOS, and Moblin, and reports on how they stack up.
Fujitsu Unveils Blade System
News  |  5/12/2009  | 
The Primergy BX900 is dubbed the "Dynamic Cube" to promote the server enclosure's power, cooling, redundancy, and scalability features.
Federal Budget Lays Out Government Cloud Computing Plans
News  |  5/12/2009  | 
Despite up-front costs, the White House expects that rolling out government-wide common IT services will pay off in the long run.
Obama's Cloud Computing Strategy Takes Shape
Commentary  |  5/11/2009  | 
When President Obama nominated Vivek Kundra to the position of Federal CIO, it was seen as a signal that the U.S. government would begin to incorporate cloud computing into its IT policies and strategy. The pieces are falling into place quickly.
U.S. Armed Forces Look To Second Life For Training
Commentary  |  5/8/2009  | 
The Second Life role-playing and gaming communities are home to dozens of make-believe armies and navies. But you can find the real thing in virtual worlds too. The Air Force, National Guard, and Navy are using Second Life and other virtual world technology for collaboration and training. The armed forces are looking to virtual worlds to reduce the time and costs associated with travel, and create more realistic exper
Taming Gmail: Streamline Your Inbox With Google's Filters
News  |  5/8/2009  | 
Learn how to automate your e-mail sorting using Google Gmail's powerful filters, and keep your in-box clear for good.
McKinsey Cloud Report's Popularity Disproves Its Own Analysis
Commentary  |  5/8/2009  | 
The sudden spike of interest in McKinsey's cloud computing report, ironically, demonstrates why the consulting company got its cost analysis wrong. Since the report focused on Amazon EC2, I thought I'd use Amazon's own Alexa web monitoring service to provide data that proves why that's so.
Microsoft Offers Cloud-Based Public Data Hosting With Azure
News  |  5/7/2009  | 
The Open Government Data Initiative aims to help government agencies host public data on Microsoft's Windows Azure cloud computing platform.
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