News & Commentary
Content tagged with Enterprise Applications posted in April 2009
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Zend Supports Amazon EC2, Faster PHP Development
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
Open source Zend Framework 1.8 includes APIs needed to invoke cloud computing and storage services and allows for more rapid application development.
Just Say No to Virtual Security FUD
Commentary  |  4/30/2009  | 
What is special about a virtual computer-a VM? It's a computer in a file. That's it. It's just a computer stored in a file with similar foibles and management issues as a physical computer. So why do some people invest virtual computers some magical transformative powers? Do they not understand what a virtual computer is?
IBM Launches Appliance For Private Cloud Computing
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
IBM is the first major vendor to produce a cloud appliance for its customers, a sign of how the concepts of private cloud computing are changing.
Twitter Employee Account Hijacked
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
A security breach of a Yahoo Mail account let one hacker peer at info about Barack Obama, Britney Spears, and others.
Comcast Profits Rise Despite Recession
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
The company's subscriber base was boosted by the digital television transition, but it is facing increased competition from Verizon and AT&T.
Bill Would Shift Government Cybersecurity Requirements
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
The U.S. Information and Communications Enhancement Act of 2009 would require more continuous monitoring of systems and effectiveness of agencies' cybersecurity measures.
iPhone Users Willing To Pay For Applications
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
Users of BlackBerry, Nokia, and HTC smartphones are far less likely than iPhone users to download applications to their devices.
WolframAlpha Search Engine Seen As Important As Google
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
What makes the new knowledge engine different is the underlying technology that computes answers instead of looking them up in a huge database.
Slacker For BlackBerry Hits 1 Million Downloads
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
The success of the music-streaming app is another sign that BlackBerrys are gaining popularity with an audience that's not exclusively corporate users.
Interactive Ad Unit Guidelines Revised
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
The IAB issued the first Universal Ad Package, with four ad standards, in 2002.
bMighty bSecure: SMB Security On A Budget - And On Demand!
Commentary  |  4/30/2009  | 
When times get tough, it's all too tempting to push security concerns aside. But that's a fool's game. Fortunately, there are ways for small and midsize companies to address security issues without breaking the bank. To learn more, check out the On-Demand version of bMighty bSecure, which brings together business and security experts to show you how to do exactly that.
Google Granted Floating Data Center Patent
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
Google is considering floating data centers because of the practical problems it faces in trying to locate data centers on coastal land, where real estate is typically expensive.
Disney Taking Equity Stake In Hulu
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
Hulu will stream full-length episodes of popular Disney and ABC shows, using an ad-supported model, the companies say.
Pure Digital Expands HD To Flip Ultra Camcorder
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
The pocket-size Flip UltraHD captures images at 1,280-by-720 resolution and comes with software that makes it easy to upload videos to YouTube.
Microsoft Completes Work On Windows Vista SP2
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
The service pack has officially been released to manufacturing and should be ready to ship soon.
A Great Guide To Picking The Right Linux Distro
Commentary  |  4/30/2009  | 
Choice is empowering -- but too many choices can be overwhelming. The key to succeeding with Linux is to avoid the latter without sacrificing the former.
Feds Ink Deals To Let Government Agencies Use Social Media
Commentary  |  4/30/2009  | 
The General Services Administration reached agreements with popular social media networks like Facebook and YouTube to allow agencies to use the service. Previously, elements of the terms of these services blocked the government from using them.
Make Linux Suck Less
Commentary  |  4/30/2009  | 
Linux sucks! So says Bryan Lunduke, himself a Linux software developer, at a presentation he gave at Linux Fest Northwest. In truth, it's not a hatchet job -- it's exactly the kind of pointed and forceful Linux criticism we need more of.

Motorola Bets On Android As Mobile Slide Continues
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
Lagging behind T-Mobile's G1 handset, Motorola vows it will have an Android phone in stores in time for the fourth-quarter holiday season.
5 Tips For Avoiding Litigation In A Recession
Commentary  |  4/30/2009  | 
With cash tight the last thing your business needs right now is a lawsuit. But the inevitable collection difficulties that come with a recession increase the likelihood of a business dispute. Here's 5 tips to help your business steer clear of litigation and handle it effectively if it does happen to you.
Terracotta 3 Takes A Load Off Databases
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
Release 3.0 of Terracotta Server reduces database load by initiating Java Virtual Machines and application servers when applications are scaled up.
Down To Business: Are Execs Twittering Their Time Away?
Commentary  |  4/29/2009  | 
Clearly, the rules of social networking engagement are still evolving. Either these tools are shedding light on business issues, or they're just a distraction.
Going On A Job Interview? Here's Some Help
Commentary  |  4/29/2009  | 
Job interviews rank up there with root canal for most people. Wouldn't you want to know in advance the trickiest question your prospective employer might ask on your job interview?
IT Helps Seal Our Borders
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
The economic stimulus package includes about $980 million aimed at beefing up surveillance of our borders. Much of that fuels a huge bet that technology projects can help secure them.
Practical Analysis: Mainframes And x86 Headed For Virtual Collision
Commentary  |  4/29/2009  | 
Mainframes are still the best virtualization platform around. Perhaps there's more there than just a few best-practices lessons.
IBM Adds Social Networking To DeveloperWorks Portal
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
The company is hoping to unify its approximate 8 million registered users worldwide, including enterprise software developers and other IT professionals.
Nokia's App Store Will Require Credit Cards
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
The company couldn't get carrier billing in the United States but thinks the social networking and location-based aspects of its Ovi Store will help it gain widespread adoption.
Google Book Search Settlement Faces DOJ Review
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
The query follows the deal Google reached last year with the Association of American Publishers and the Authors Guild.
Google Tracking System Suggests Swine Flu Is Spreading
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
Experimental Flu Trends for Mexico shows increases in flu-related queries in Mexico City and several other Mexican states during the April 19-25 time period.
Eucalyptus Open Source Private Cloud Project Goes Commercial
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
With a $5.5 million investment from Benchmark Capital, Eucalyptus is preparing to sell deployment, consulting, and maintenance services for its open source software.
Microsoft: We're Not Making A Phone
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
The company denies recent reports that it's working on a "ZunePhone" for Verizon Wireless, and it will focus on upcoming Windows Mobile upgrades.
Will Business Intelligence Software Move to Appliances?
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
SAP-Teradata alliance, IBM's plans and Oracle-Sun deal all point to BI bundles on top of data warehouse appliances.
IBM Helps Arkansas With Real-Time Monitoring Of Stimulus Funds
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
The state's Department of Education is on track to receive nearly $570 million in stimulus funds over the next six months.
Inside Ubuntu 9.04
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
Critics are calling 'Jaunty Jackalope' as slick and seamless as Mac OS X. We uncover the Linux distro's pitfalls and gotchas -- as well as its hidden delights.
Incubator Aims to Cook Up Potential Cloud Standards
Commentary  |  4/29/2009  | 
A group of heavyweight tech vendors have assembled to put cloud interoperability and security specifications on a fast track to standardization
Twitter Users' Loyalty As Brief As Their Posts?
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
The most popular social networking sites, Facebook and MySpace, have much higher user retention rates than Twitter.
New ProCurve Threat Module: Flexibility Requires Planning
Commentary  |  4/29/2009  | 
HP ProCurve announced a new module for their ProCurve 8212 and 5400 modular switches. The Threat Management Module offers firewall, VPN, and IPS functions simultaneously on the switch backplane which is unlike Cisco's approach with the Catalyst 6500 requiring separate security modules firewall, VPN, and IPS. The cost, however, is lower performance per module. ProCurve needs to increase module performance to make it a replacement for appliances.
You Can't Have Your Java And Fork It, Too
Commentary  |  4/29/2009  | 
The other night I commiserated with a friend over Sun's sale to Oracle, with both of us agreeing gloomily that this most likely means the end of Java as we know it. Actually, it may mean a whole new beginning for Java -- or a whole bunch of new beginnings -- and that's exactly the problem.

Ingres Refreshes BI Appliance With Salesforce.com Integration
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
Salesforce.com subscribers can use the Ingres Icebreaker applicance to run ad-hoc queries and trend-analysis reporting against sales data within the software-as-a-service vendor's customer relationship management applications.
Global CIO: Upheaval In The IT Industry: The End Of The World As We Knew It
Commentary  |  4/28/2009  | 
The old model where hardware was hardware and software was software is gone, finished, and not to be seen again.
Apache Tomcat Gets An Enterprise Version, SpringSource tc
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
The SpringSource tc application server can be installed in place of Tomcat 6, the current Apache version, without disrupting applications, the company said.
More Companies Requiring IT Security Certification
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
The study reflects responses from more than 1,000 IT employees.
Mobile Apps To Hit $25 Billion By 2014
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
Handset makers will receive the bulk of the revenue selling apps to smartphones, but carriers have an opportunity to bring app stores to entry-level and feature phones.
Microsoft BizTalk Server 2009 Improves RFID Data Collection
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
Devices may now reliably upload RFID data through a periodic or occasional connection to BizTalk Server, as opposed to a continuous connection.
Opera Mini Sees Explosive 157% Growth
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
However, the mobile browser is facing increased competition from startups and Mozilla.
Google Search Now Visualizes Data With Graphs
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
The new data capabilities are tied to the acquisition of Trendalyzer two years ago.
'XP Mode' On Windows 7 To Require Additional Software
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
While "Windows XP Mode" will be a free download aimed at SMBs, MED-V will cost extra and will likely be used more by large organizations.
Suit Accuses Apple Of Stifling BluWiki.com
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
The Web site is fighting Apple's contention that just talking about making the iPhone and iPod work on software other than iTunes is a copyright violation.
Google Hypes Cloud Computing Over Virtualization Alone
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
CIOs are asked to focus on virtualizing storage, network operations, and other critical business infrastructure rather than falling for the pipe dream of "internal clouds."
Microsoft Releases Office 2007 SP2
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
The productivity suite update adds built-in support for Open Document Format and a slew of other tweaks, including improved Outlook performance.
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