Is eBay Getting Into Cloud Computing?
Another of the Web giants, eBay, may be joining the growing and nebulous (pun intended) field of cloud computing, if a new job listing is any indication.
Clouds Are Only In The Sky
There's a lot of blogosphere chatter these days about "private cloud" computing. Unfortunately, there's no such thing.
Last night, Sunday, July 20, Amazon S3 went down for more than two hours. Last weekend, Apple struggled its way through its MobileMe transition and it is still having some issues with its iDisk service. Both of these companies provide a high quality cloud service, but scaling these types of technology for the masses isn't an easy task and as we have seen in the case of Apple, upgrades or transitio
The Rise Of Enterprise-Class Cloud Computing
With its new Cloud Server, Elastra joins a growing list of vendors offering products and services for enterprise-class cloud computing. The year-old startup is betting -- rightly so, in my opinion -- that businesses are ready and willing to move workloads to the cloud, but only if they have IT tools that are sophisticated enough to manage the process.
First Steps Into The Cloud
Storage will be one of the first steps many will make in using cloud services. In fact, many users have already taken that first step without even knowing it. They are using services like online storage, backup, and archive. Online backup is there, because of block-level incremental and data deduplication technologies; sending backup data over a network connection is not the impossibility that it was even a few years ago. Also, these companies have been in existence for quite some time, so there
Startup Develops Single, Simple Interface To Cloud Services
Kaavo, a startup founded by a former IT professional, has developed a browser interface for managing resources from multiple cloud computing providers. Not yet a year old, Kaavo is moving quickly to address what's likely to be a growing need as more companies plug into not just one, but a variety of cloud services.
Software As A Service With A Personal Touch
Landslide Technologies is pushing its way into the crowded field of Web-based salesforce automation and CRM applications. It's doing so by offering not just software as a service, but also personal assistance for busy sales professionals.
New Data Integration Option For Amazon's EC2 Service
Open source software company SnapLogic has introduced a version of its data integration framework that's tuned for Amazon.com's Elastic Compute Cloud, or EC2, Web service. It gives developers and IT departments the option of doing their data integration work in Amazon's cloud rather than on their own servers.
Atempo Archives To The Cloud With Nirvanix
Backup software vendor Atempo, now run out of the U.S. by CEO Neal Ater, formerly of Veritas but maintaining a bit of a French accent, entered the archiving market in February by acquiring Lighthouse Global Technologies. It has since released new versions of both the e-mail and file archiving solutions. Now, at the beginning of what I hope is a major trend, it has added the ability to use Nirvanix cloud storage SDN service as an archive repository for files with storage costs of just two bits pe
Microsoft Gets Off The Pot (Finally!)
Microsoft has finally stopped dragging its heels on its vague "software + services" strategy and announced today some concrete details on upcoming products and pricing. Here are my initial observations.
Google's Precipitate Rains Your Docs Down From The Cloud
Have a mish-mash of files spread between your PC and the cloud? Searching both for a document because you can't remember where you stored it costs time ... unless you use Google's new search tool called Precipitate. Precipitate is a desktop-based search client that scans your local machine and the cloud for your stuff so you only have to search once.
Identity Management As A Service
Just before the long July 4 holiday weekend, I had a chance to speak with on-demand identity management start-up Symplified. This vendor is well capitalized and has veteran IdM leadership at its helm. It also wants to "revolutionize" the identity and assessment management (IdM) market. And it just might do so.
Online Digital Print Services Buyer's Guide
We uploaded digital files and had photos printed by Kodak Gallery, RitzPix, Shutterfly, and Wal-Mart.com. It wasn't always pretty, but one online vendor clearly earned our top marks.
Behind The Storage Cloud
Last week we had an entry introducing everyone to cloud computing and cloud storage. As promised, it was and will be the first of many entries on the topic. In this entry we're going to start looking at some of the plumbing that will sustain the cloud. The look won't be exhaustive, and my intent is not to mention everyone that may have a role to play. I may simply not know them all yet or be unaware of t
Nokia 6220 Smartphone Released
The Nokia 6220 classic design includes 3G connectivity, compatibility with Microsoft Office applications, Bluetooth capabilities, and a 5-megapixel camera.
A Bleak Vision For Orwell's Internet
The new book by Harvard law professor Jonathan Zittrain, a technology thinker and provocateur, lays out a stark, Orwellian vision for the next phase of online development.