News & Commentary
Content tagged with Cloud Security posted in May 2009
'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.
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?
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rumors Of Second Life's Failure Are Just Lousy Journalism
Commentary  |  5/7/2009  | 
As a journalist and Second Life enthusiast, I'm annoyed by irresponsible articles that take it for granted that the virtual world is dying, or already dead, or a failure. In fact, Second Life is healthy and growing -- I say this based on personal experience, and statements made by officials of Linden Lab, the company that created, develops and operates Second Life.
IBM Taps Private Clouds to Change SOA
Commentary  |  5/7/2009  | 
It's clear that IBM is banking on cloud computing, but not the public cloud computing that we've been talking so much about lately. IBM is focusing on the private cloud as a jumping off point to public clouds.
Amazon's Kindle DX Poses Profitability Challenge To Publishers
News  |  5/7/2009  | 
The Kindle DX is leading the charge toward e-textbooks, but the result may be as painful for publishers as the freefall in CD sales experienced by the music industry.
You Spoke Up About Maintenance Fees, And They Listened
Commentary  |  5/6/2009  | 
The world's two largest enterprise software vendors finally got the message: CIOs do not view software maintenance fees like death and taxes. In a surprising move, Oracle has loosened its "we don't negotiate" stance and is giving some breaks on fees, while SAP is backpedaling from a staunchly unapologetic decision to raise its fee structure.
The Many Costs Of Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  5/5/2009  | 
McKinsey & Co. has come under fire for suggesting that cloud computing may be more expensive than running servers inside your own data center. I have more bad news for would-be cloud users--the costs may be even higher than McKinsey suggests.
Jive's Temporary Cloud Offering
Commentary  |  5/4/2009  | 
Jive Software taps Amazon EC2 for collaboration in the cloud, but the real goal is to get customers to upgrade to premises software.
How Many Virtual Machines Is Too Many? Yesterday's Gains Will Be Trumped
Commentary  |  5/1/2009  | 
Greg Scherer, CTO of the I/O device maker Neterion, explains a weakness buried in virtualization's hypervisor. When it comes to virtual machine I/O, the hypervisor has to deal with it through a software switch, and lots of I/O means frequent interruption of the hypervisor's main job, processing guest application needs.
Sony Wii-Like Motion-Sensing Controller Expected
News  |  5/1/2009  | 
Sony currently offers motion-sensing capabilities in the DualShock 3 wireless controller, which is available as an accessory to the PS3.
Workday, Oracle Move Forward With SaaS
Commentary  |  5/1/2009  | 
In two positive signs for SaaS this week, Workday got another round of venture funding for an impressive $75 million, and Oracle is reportedly planning seven SaaS products. I have a hunch we might hear something on the latter during President Charles Phillips' keynote at the Oracle user conference next week.

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