Running A Business In The Cloud
Everybody is talking about cloud computing these days, but a few intrepid companies are actually walking the walk. To find out what it's like, bMighty.com goes out and meets this growing, vocal contingent of cloud computing "completists" who are more than happy to surrender their IT concerns to the cloud.
A Definition Of Cloud Computing
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison unloaded on cloud computing yesterday, using the words "idiocy," "crap," "gibberish," "crazy," and "stupidest" to describe all the buzz over clouds. It was a classic Ellison rant, but ironic because Oracle is moving into cloud computing even as its leader rails against it.
Single Sign On For Multiple SaaS Apps
A startup has launched a cloud service that offers identity management for SaaS apps. IT can enforce user authentication, manage compliance, and speed deprovisioning.
Using Oracle Database In The Cloud
Two of the biggest announcements from the Oracle OpenWorld Conference in San Francisco this week were that customers could run some Oracle products within Amazon.com's AWS cloud computing environment, and that the Redwood Shores, Calif.-based software giant would be supporting other cloud environments in the future.
Cloud Computing Reality Check
I met recently with more than 50 business technologists to talk about cloud computing, and two things became clear. First, the interest level is very high, and IT pros have plans that go well beyond Web-based applications. Second, everyone has their own list of issues to resolve before they take that step.
Join Us For The InformationWeek 500 Conference -- Without Leaving Your Chair
I'm reluctant to declare that real-time events are the Next Big Thing on the Internet, because it seems like a Next Big Thing comes along on the Internet about once a month, and they're mostly forgotten the next day. Still, I've seen firsthand how powerful virtual events can be. They're an emerging trend. And InformationWeek is in the middle of it all.
Cloud Storage 2.0
Cloud storage 1.0 as it exists today has one primary service; it stores data. Not very exciting. Cloud storage 2.0 will have to provide the ability to do more with that data than just store it.
Second Life Faces Otherworldly Competition
A slew of companies, ranging in size from tiny startups to Google, are springing up virtual worlds of their own to challenge Second Life's dominance of the small but growing market.
Second Life Tries For A Second Act
The online virtual world has weathered a boom-and-bust cycle. Now it has a new CEO. Can this social networking phenom attract a new wave of consumers and enterprise users?
The New Open Virtualization Format 1.0
At VMworld 2008, VMware's user conference held this week in Las Vegas, the Distributed Management Task Force announced a new virtual-management initiative VMAN, aimed at making it easier and cheaper to manage virtual environments.
Could There Be More To Google, Android, Chrome, & Gears Than Meets The Eye?
Yesterday, I wrote about the war -- more like the Armageddon -- that's on the verge of eruption in the mobile space. Given how critical third-party software developers are to the strategic success of any platform ecosystem, we can fully expect Apple, Google, RIM, Sun (with Java), the Symbian Foundation, Adobe, and others to fight tooth and nail for every mobile developer on the planet. More than one will
Home Security Gets A Web Makeover
Forget the closet control panel, today's Internet- and smartphone-enabled home security systems allow browser-based management, SMS updates, live video feeds, and money-saving DIY options.
Cloud Storage's Weakness
Cloud storage has one glaring weakness compared with traditional storage offerings; it does not get cheaper over time. Today, some services each year will increase your capacity at "no extra charge," but you are still paying the same amount of money for data written last year and data written this year.
EA's 'Spore' Set For Earthwide Launch
The game is expected to open up a new revenue stream built on millions of micro-transactions from players buying virtual clothes and accessories for their creatures.
Cloudbursting Handles Overflow Processing
Amazon Web Services evangelist Jeff Barr coined a new term last week for an old concept. Provisioning data center resources to handle sudden and extreme spikes in demand is nothing new, but Barr's hybrid application hosting model, which he calls "cloudbursting," goes a step further in combining both private data center resources and remote cloud resources such as Amazon Ec2, which provides resizable compute capacity in the cloud.
Case Studies In Cloud Computing
Cloud computing can seem amorphous and hard to grasp -- billowy white puffs of IT infrastructure. The best way to bring the trend into focus is through real-world business examples, and we're beginning to see more of them.
Google Chrome: Browser Or Cloud Operating System?
By most accounts, the Google Chrome development team has dramatically achieved its goal of building a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the Web faster, safer, and easier.