Government Is Out-Clouding the Private Sector
Are government agencies outpacing their corporate counterparts in cloud computing? That might seem to be the case, given the recent exposure around government cloud initiatives. However, it may be that governments and corporations have different agendas when it comes to the cloud.
Private Clouds: Unassigned Territory
The public cloud is a given. Software-as-a-service now rings true with most IT managers and infrastructure-as-a-service is at least a familiar concept, owing to its similarity to data-center co-location and outsourcing. Private clouds, on the other hand, are much less familiar, and much more intimidating, to judge from recent feedback.
Firefox Home Headed To iPhone
Mozilla may not be able to get Firefox approved for the iPhone but perhaps it will be able to win acceptance for its personalization and synchronization technology.
Does Cloud ROI Matter? You Bet!
Is cloud computing so interesting and innovative that business sense is beside the point? No way! The advantage to the business is why we do cloud computing. The core issue is how you calculate ROI. Follow me here...
Symantec Enhances SMB Security Suite
For small and midsize businesses, Symantec will offer improved endpoint security, backup capabilities, disaster recovery and messaging security this summer.
Look, Ma, No Hardware!
Cloud computing spells the end of the glass house, according to some radical prognostications, representing an industry imperative summed up in a paraphrase of President Ronald Reagan: "Mr. CIO, tear down this data center." Then again, some forecasters see a boom in hardware sales, and a reinvigoration of the IT discipline, connected to an embrace of the cloud. The truth, as is usually the case, is likely somewhere in the middle.
Review: Microsoft Office Web Apps
We weigh the online versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint to see how they stack up as standalone productivity apps -- and against Google Apps.
BoxTone Intros Mobile Management Tool
Mobile Service Management (MSM) software centrally controls enterprise mobile applications, devices, and platforms including iPhone, Android, Blackberry and Symbian.
McAfee To Buy Trust Digital
The deal arms McAfee with enterprise mobile management and security software including the capability to manage enterprise iPhones.
Verizon VoIP Usage Soars
Customer's use of minutes supplied by Verizon’s Global Wireless VoIP increased more than 200% last year.
Financial Services Like The Cloud, Provided It's Private
The panel was on "Financial Services in a Cloud Connected World." Its members were representatives of New York's big banks, a Wall Street consultancy and an industry advisory group, all assembled for the first event the morning after the CA World 2010 party at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. It was time to get serious about cloud computing.
Cloud 2.0: Are We There Yet?
Cloud computing is still partly hype, part reality. Broken down into its constituent parts (SaaS, PaaS, IaaS) it is a pragmatic strategy with a history of success. But the concept of "the cloud" still has some executives scratching their heads over what's real, what's exactly new about it, and how it fits into their IT plans. Is it time to move to Cloud 2.0?
Is Uncle Sam a Role Model for Cloud Computing?
Perhaps more of an object lesson than a prime example. The fed's fits and starts around cloud computing seem typical of an organization trying to adopt (and adapt to) a disruptive new business process. What's the takeaway? Stick to the vision, and serve the customer.
Selecting A Cloud Storage Provider
In my last entry I discussed some of the circumstances that might lead a business to decide to use one cloud storage application over another. The other end of that equation is the actual provider. All cloud storage providers are not created equal and some research should be done before selecting the vendor that could potentially be storing your organization's digital assets for years to come.
Cloud: Does ROI Matter?
Nobody asked about return on investment during the American Revolution. And, I highly doubt that Edward Jenner was thinking real hard about the total cost of ownership while he was inventing vaccination. Sure, modern democracy and immunology have value. But that value didn't become apparent until time had passed and until these concepts had proven successful. So it will be, I think, with cloud.
Android 2.2 Coming To Most HTC Phones
The operating system codenamed Froyo, which is expected to include tethering capabilities, will be delivered to device makers 'in the coming weeks.'