Dell, Facebook, And Google Join Dreamforce Love Fest
The number of technology vendors involved in Salesforce.com's Dreamforce conference next week is impressive. Salesforce is nowhere the size of Oracle or Microsoft, but it undoubtedly has a strong "partner ecosystem," as the vendors like to say. Michael Dell will be there, plus Google and Facebook execs, and many small software companies hawking their wares. So what's behind the rally behind Salesforce.com?
Is The Cloud The End Of Microsoft?
As InformationWeek covers Microsoft's revelations at its Professional Developer Conference this week, it's becoming clear that Microsoft's top brass know they aren't in the same business they were just a few years ago. So is this the transitive stage that spells the end of Microsoft's dominance of the software industry?
What Microsoft Didn't Say About Windows Azure
After hemming and hawing for months over its cloud strategy, Microsoft has finally unveiled Azure Services Platform, a set of hosted software services that, once available, can be used to build and run applications in the cloud. Microsoft's grand plan, however, leaves key questions unanswered.
Clouds Are Forming: Are You Ready for the Storm?
Fellow TechWeb contributor Michael Biddick recently offered some great information on the cloud computing movement by taking a look at the factors that drive people to the clouds... While many IT leaders think the future is all about the clouds, many enterprises are slow to get off the bench.
Microsoft PDC Live Blog
Every few years, Microsoft hosts a big conference, the Professional Developers Conference, to announce the next versions of Windows and .Net, among other things. This year should be called the cloud PDC, and I'll be blogging about it in this post.
Where was Dave? In the Cloud
I'm back. After about six months of not writing for this site, I'm back to hit the issues... In this blog we'll be looking at all aspects of the value of computing delivered as a service. This includes the latest offerings around SaaS, of course, but will also include my usual punditry and vision around the exploding world of cloud computing.
Amazon: Deserving Of Wall Street's Punishment?
With four tech titans -- Amazon, EMC, Microsoft, and Sun -- hitting their 52-week lows on Thursday, Oct. 23, and a bunch of others coming awfully close, I wondered in my last post if we should have called it Tech Black Thursday. In fairness, I didn't bother to do the same scan on some of Wall Street's other recent and horrific days. So, Thursday may not have been unique. But, at least in the case of Amazo
Arista Networks Trademarks 'Cloud Networking'
Arista Networks made news with the appointments of Andy Bechtolsheim as chairman and chief development officer and Jayshree Ullal as president and CEO, along with a name change (from Arastra) and three new customers. Easily lost in all that was the little trademark symbol attached to "cloud networking," the term it's begun using to describe its thrust.
Amazon Adds Windows To Its Cloud Computing
The Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, or EC2, is now ready to run Windows and the Microsoft SQL Server database. Both Windows and SQL Server operation will be in beta mode, according to Jeff Barr, senior Web services evangelist.
Cloud Computing's Skeptics And Critics
We hear a lot from cloud computing's true believers, those who are convinced it's the next big thing in business technology. But, there are two sides to every story, and the naysayers are sounding off.
Clustered NAS In The Cloud
It seems that nowhere is the use of clustered NAS going to be more prevalent than in the cloud. They seem tailor made for each other because cloud-based services have the need for massive scaling and moderate performance while being very cost effective. Clustered NAS solutions seem to fill that bill.
VC Funding Begins To Dry Up
Venture capital investment declined in the third quarter to the lowest level in almost two years, and funding to Internet companies plunged 36% in just one quarter. The much-anticipated slowdown in VC investment has begun.
Welcome To The Cloud. Please Place Your AMI (Whatzat?) Here
Does cloud computing sound like fun, something your department or business unit could do while waiting for IT to come up with that new system you requested two years ago? Why not make use of somebody else's computing infrastructure, especially if they're smart enough to figure out how to give you access to it?
InformationWeek Launches PlugIntoTheCloud.com
Is cloud computing the next major IT model? Or a rat's nest of security vulnerabilities, service outages, policy complexity, and vendor lock-in? The computer industry is split on The Cloud, with believers and skeptics arguing both sides. Now InformationWeek is diving -- skydiving -- into the fray.
HP Software Veep: Cloud Is A Channel, Not A Panacea
Here at Cloud Summit Executive at the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley, HP senior VP of software Tom Hogan took the stage to share some of what HP has learned about the attitudes of senior IT personnel and CIOs when it comes to cloud computing (as well as HP's response in terms of its go-to-cloud-market strategy). One of Hogan's key messages was that cloud computing is less of a model or the computing panacea it's often described as and should be looked upon as a very efficient channel.
Zuora Taps PayPal For Cloud Payments
After getting its start as a billing platform for software as a service, Zuora is coming full circle with a service for collecting on the tab. The startup's new Z-Payments service ties into PayPal's e-payments system.
IBM, Microsoft, Salesforce Crowd The Cloud
The scramble is on among major IT vendors to establish their place -- and their brands -- in the cloud. IBM on Oct. 6 announced a handful of Web services as part of its push into cloud computing. Microsoft will reveal new details about its cloud strategy later this month. And Salesforce.com is about to redouble its push into platforms as a service.
Financial Fallout May Mean Fewer, But Better, Startups
Technology startups could be in for a bumpy ride as the financial crisis hits them from both sides. Venture funding could get -- almost certainly will get -- harder to come by, just as IT departments tighten spending. Here's how some startups will find their way through the mess.