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posted in December 2010
CES 2011 Preview: Tablets, Smartphones, And More
Commentary  |  12/30/2010  | 
The electronics industry is gearing up for the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which kicks off January 6. The leading vendors are expected to introduce a host of eye-catching new offerings. Here's what InformationWeek anticipates will be unveiled at the show.
California Agencies Favor Microsoft For Email
News  |  12/30/2010  | 
About two out of three state mailboxes will be migrated to Microsoft-hosted email, rather than a competing state system.
Top 10 Government IT Predictions For 2011
News  |  12/28/2010  | 
Federal agencies will deliver on current IT projects, like cloud computing and data center consolidation, while tackling open government, cybersecurity defense, and privacy in the post-WikiLeaks era.
VA Employees Using Unauthorized Cloud Services
News  |  12/23/2010  | 
Department of Veterans Affairs staff have been using Google and Yahoo tools without the agency's knowledge, raising privacy, security concerns.
Top 10 SMB Stories Of 2010
Slideshows  |  12/22/2010  | 
Many small and midsize businesses are champing at the bit to ring in 2011, with expectations of improving economic conditions and smoother sailing ahead. But before we count down the clock just yet, it's often prudent to take a quick look back at where we've been. Therein lie the lessons learned -- and hopefully a few causes for celebration, too -- that can build the foundation for future success. Although we may have to wait until next year -- or 2014, even -- to see how all of that political a
NATO Taps IBM To Build Private Cloud
News  |  12/22/2010  | 
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization will test using the cloud to consolidate and modernize its IT resources.
Top 5 Cloud Computing Predictions For 2011
Commentary  |  12/21/2010  | 
In the coming year, the cloud will reach milestones that critics said it never would: it will be certifiably secure for credit card transactions; able to host multiple virtual machine types in the same infrastructure; and easier to manage.
Oracle Applications Now Available In Amazon's EC2 Cloud
News  |  12/17/2010  | 
Oracle has done an about-face and is now moving key enterprise applications in a pre-configured form to the cloud.
Top 10 Software Stories Of 2010
Slideshows  |  12/17/2010  | 
In any year, there are winners and losers, those that successfully rode--or shaped--the tide, and those smashed by the waves of change. As virtual battles raged on Xboxes, Kinects, and other platforms, software developers waged war over market share and steadily loosening budget dollars. Eagerly awaited new products and beta versions made their debuts, jockeying for position and sales. The past year was, of course, no exception. In the rapid-paced world of social media, granddaddy MySpace all-bu
Cloud Storage Appropriate Data
Commentary  |  12/17/2010  | 
As vendors continue to mature the cloud storage on-ramps we discussed previously, the use case for cloud storage is becoming more wide spread. What was once primarily backup and archive storage destination is now quickly becoming an option for primary data storage. As a result the data that you are going to involve in a cloud storage solution may be different than it was only a year ago.
FUD Strikes Chrome OS
Commentary  |  12/16/2010  | 
Chrome OS is one of those rare Google products that's accompanied by almost universal skepticism. In fact, their Cr-48 laptop proof-of-concept was on the received a fair amount of opprobrium. Admittedly the hardware isn't close to the elegance of a MacBook Air, but the objections primarily focus on Chrome's operating model, not the device. The complaints fall into four categories:
Top 10 Cloud Stories Of 2010
Slideshows  |  12/16/2010  | 
Everybody's head was in the cloud, or so it seemed in 2010. Both well established and startup vendors developed solutions and strategies designed to extend their reach or provide entry into this booming market. After all, IDC estimated the cloud market will be worth $55 billion by 2014; Gartner predicted the cloud world could be valued at $148 billion at that time, in part because Gartner included Google AdWords advertising revenue in its figures, said Gregor Petri, adviser, lean IT and cloud co
Global CIO: An Open Letter To IBM CEO Sam Palmisano
Commentary  |  12/16/2010  | 
We ask IBM's chairman and CEO about analytics, competition, mobility, and how the pursuit of a Smarter Planet will extend the transformation of the world's most-influential IT company.
Metalogix Introduces SharePoint Migration Manager
News  |  12/16/2010  | 
The tool offers a third-party alternative for migrating SharePoint and other legacy data to the Microsoft BPOS-D cloud.
Google TV Update Adds Voice Search
News  |  12/15/2010  | 
Users will receive the first Google TV software update automatically.
Global CIO: Is Larry Ellison Hurting Oracle By Hammering Competitors?
Commentary  |  12/14/2010  | 
Excellent industry analyst Josh Greenbaum says Ellison's recent words and deeds are doing damage to Oracle, but I believe the opposite is true.
Google Donates Java Tools Source Code
News  |  12/14/2010  | 
By offering some $5 million worth of code and intellectual property to the Eclipse Foundation, Google aims to encourage Java development.
Tablet Tipping Point Means The End Of Microsoft (As We Know It)
Commentary  |  12/14/2010  | 
2011 could see the demise of the Wintel hegemony as Microsoft and Intel are deemed absent from the slate revolution.
Top 10 Microsoft Stories Of 2010
Slideshows  |  12/14/2010  | 
Odds are, almost every household in the United States bought or used at least one Microsoft-related product in 2010. From smartphones to game consoles, entertainment software to applications, cloud computing infrastructure to expanded search engine agreements, the developer increased its footprint across earth and cyberspace. This year marked one of new beginnings and some endings for Microsoft, which released its long-awaited Windows Phone 7 operating system, the software giant's answer to Appl
SAP Goes On Demand
Commentary  |  12/14/2010  | 
The prospects for the company's technology and multi-front, hybrid strategy look good. Now it's a matter of market execution.
KnowledgeTree Upgrades Cloud-Based Document Management Platform
News  |  12/14/2010  | 
Microsoft Office integration, real-time collaboration, unlimited users, and other features target SMBs in vertical markets with needs unfulfilled by Google Apps.
Amazon EC2 Achieves Payment Industry Certification
News  |  12/13/2010  | 
Level 1 Payment Card Industry-compliant transaction processing systems can now be hosted by Amazon Web Services.
Top 10 Government Stories Of 2010
Slideshows  |  12/13/2010  | 
In 2010, the government turned to technology as a way to cut costs and improve efficiencies, an approach that worked in some cases but backfired in others. Like their associates in the public sector, government executives and IT professionals saw some big wins -- and headaches -- over the past 12 months. In some cases, cities or agencies were able to save money and boost productivity by adopting technologies such as cloud computing, by centralizing contracts, and reducing energy consumption thro
Postal Service Names CIO
News  |  12/13/2010  | 
Ellis Burgoyne, who started his USPS career 32 years ago as a letter carrier, was promoted as part of an overhaul of the agency's executive team.
Top 10 Google Stories Of 2010
Slideshows  |  12/13/2010  | 
Google may be the company of the decade -- the previous one, if not the next one. As such, its actions are closely scrutinized, and its steps and missteps make news. What started as a search engine is now a company that's shaping our technological future, with initiatives in mobile phones, tablet and netbook computing, telephony, and TV. Unburdened by decades of legacy tech and customer expectations, it's proven more nimble at exploiting new niches than its competitors. From successful forays in
Global CIO: Apple, IBM, Or Microsoft: Who Has #1 Most-Valuable Software Product?
Commentary  |  12/12/2010  | 
The top software-product franchise gets a value of $110 billion, and both Oracle and Microsoft have two entries in the Top 6. But who's #1?
White House IT Overhaul Plan Includes Imminent Action
News  |  12/10/2010  | 
Data center, cloud, program management, IT acquisition, and budget moves are coming within the next six months as part of Obama administration's IT overhaul.
Interior Department To Save $500M Consolidating IT
News  |  12/10/2010  | 
Staff reductions, data-center consolidation, and cutting back on office space are aspects of a five-year plan to streamline operations.
Where's Government Data In The Cloud?
Commentary  |  12/10/2010  | 
Amid the Obama administration's 'cloud first' strategy, federal agencies face the prospect of seeing their data go offshore. There's a lesson to be learned from WikiLeaks.
Standards And Storage As Steps To Efficiency
News  |  12/9/2010  | 
Local, state, and federal agencies are implementing new technologies and tactics in their pursuit of data center consolidation.
Data Center Consolidation Gets Under Way
News  |  12/9/2010  | 
Federal agencies must eliminate 800 data centers over the next five years. Here’s how they plan to do it.
Standards And Storage As Steps To Efficiency
News  |  12/9/2010  | 
Local, state, and federal agencies are implementing new technologies and tactics in their pursuit of data center consolidation.
Data Center Consolidation Gets Under Way
News  |  12/9/2010  | 
Federal agencies must eliminate 800 data centers over the next five years. Here’s how they plan to do it.
Federal CIO Kundra Reveals IT Reform Plan
News  |  12/9/2010  | 
A project-management best-practices portal and a technology fellows exchange program with the private sector are included in the 25-point implementation plan.
USDA Taps Microsoft Cloud For 120,000 Workers
News  |  12/8/2010  | 
As part of its IT modernization strategy, the federal agency has turned to Microsoft and Dell to provide e-mail and other online applications across its operations.
Securities Agency Retracts Data Center RFP
News  |  12/7/2010  | 
The Securities and Exchange Commission still needs a new home for one of its two data centers by March, when its lease runs out.
What Is A Cloud Data Center Anyway?
Commentary  |  12/7/2010  | 
The IT industry is using the term cloud pretty liberally these days. I'm sure you have seen the latest Microsoft "To The Cloud" commercials. I am not sure they are really helping people get this whole cloud thing. To that add the various cloud storage services as well as the cloud compute services and there is a lot of confusion when you let a CIO know that they can have a cloud right in their own data center.
Microsoft Cloud Infrastructure Passes FISMA Test
News  |  12/6/2010  | 
Achieving key Federal Information Security Management Act approval paves the way for the vendor to grab a larger share of the government market.
Amazon Says Wikileaks Plug Pulled Over SLA Violation
Commentary  |  12/3/2010  | 
Amazon says it halted operations of WikiLeaks servers in its EC2 cloud data center due to Wikileaks' breach of its service level agreement, including violations of the provision that it hold all rights to posted content.
General Services Administration Picks Google For Email
News  |  12/1/2010  | 
The first major federal agency to move its email to the cloud agency-wide offers the latest evidence of the emerging cloud email market.


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