Content tagged with SaaS
posted in July 2009
NASA's Next Mission: Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  7/30/2009  | 
As NASA prepares for the return of space shuttle Endeavour and, beyond that, its next-generation Aris moon rocket, NASA's IT experts are thinking about what's next for the agency's data centers. An early adopter of cloud computing, NASA could play a central role in the U.S. government's move to virtualized, on-demand IT resources.
Startup Helps IT Bill For VM Use
Commentary  |  7/30/2009  | 
Apptio's newest service tackles chargebacks for server virtualization.
SaaS Under A Cloud Of FUD
Commentary  |  7/29/2009  | 
Cloud computing is still a long way from becoming a mainstream technology because of persistent fears about security and reliability that are stoked by entrenched vendors at every opportunity.
Rackspace Launches Dedicated Cloud
Commentary  |  7/29/2009  | 
The provider expands its cloud offerings with on-demand virtual machines running on dedicated hardware.
Inside Terremark's Secure Government Data Center
News  |  7/28/2009  | 
Terremark's new cloud-computing facility for U.S. government customers features concrete walls, bomb-sniffing dogs, motion-sensing videocams, and a promise of 100% service availability.
The Fear of Multitenancy
Commentary  |  7/28/2009  | 
In the world of SaaS and cloud computing there is one single word that will send chills up the spines in IT: Multitenancy... It's the sharing part that gets many concerned... But the chances that data and processes will somehow intermingle... is right up there with lighting strikes and lottery wins.
Hybrid Cloud Storage Startup Lands $6 Million
Commentary  |  7/27/2009  | 
Egnyte, which blends local and online storage for SMBs, pulled in millions in VC investment today.
Amazon Still Mum On Web Services Revenue
Commentary  |  7/24/2009  | 
Financial analysts looking for details on Amazon Web Services in the second quarter were left unsatisfied yesterday. Amazon CFO Thomas Szkutak said AWS is growing "very nicely," but didn't provide any information on the size or growth rate of the company's cloud computing business.
Washington Commuters Get GPS-Enabled Bus Information
News  |  7/23/2009  | 
Two new applications provide information to smartphone and PC users on the whereabouts of city buses.
Amazon Web Services Secrets Revealed
Commentary  |  7/22/2009  | 
Amazon.com exercises tight control over information related to its cloud computing business, a source of frustration to anyone trying to get a complete picture of Amazon Web Services. So I went in search of information from other sources. Here's what I found.
Is Your Cloud App Ready For 100,000 Users?
Commentary  |  7/21/2009  | 
Ninety percent of companies don't put their Web applications or sites through performance tests, according to Tom Lounibos, CEO of cloud testing specialist Soasta. Which companies have taken that extra step? Soasta is introducing a certification program to sort out the testers from the non-testers.
Google Apps Contract In LA Hits Security Headwind
News  |  7/20/2009  | 
The City of Los Angeles faces worries about privacy and security as it considers moving to Google Apps.
NSA Using Cloud Model For Intelligence Sharing
News  |  7/20/2009  | 
New system will run the Hadoop file system on commodity servers and include search, discovery, and analysis tools.
U.S. Agencies Think About Establishing Cloud Nodes
Commentary  |  7/17/2009  | 
Tim Grance, program manager for cyber and network security at National Institute of Standards, says standards are essential to cloud computing. And among those standards must be additional standards for moving virtual machines from cloud to cloud, something we still lack.
Five Key Developments In Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  7/17/2009  | 
Google News offers thousands of headlines on the topic of cloud computing. With so much happening in this emerging market, which developments are the ones that really matter? Here are a handful of recent events with long-term implications.
GAO: Federal Grants Web Site Shows 'Weaknesses'
News  |  7/17/2009  | 
Poor usability and mismanagement plague Grants.gov, which gives access to $500 billion in annual grants, Government Accountability Office survey finds.
Video: Google Chrome OS Isn't Challenge To Microsoft
Commentary  |  7/16/2009  | 
The significance of Google's Chrome OS announcement is not the OS itself -- remember, it's not an actual product yet. Rather, it spotlights the shift away from laptops to netbooks and smartphones. Laptops are still corporate tools. But once applications and data are in the cloud, enterprises will ditch the costlier computers and get with true lightweight platforms.
Groups Seek Cloud Computing Standards
News  |  7/15/2009  | 
A number of bodies jointly seek standardization in areas including security, management frameworks, data exchange formats, and cloud taxonomies and reference models.
GSA Inches Closer To Cloud Computing 'Storefront'
News  |  7/15/2009  | 
Using the GSA Storefront, federal agencies would choose infrastructure, Web applications, or other IT services to begin a streamlined procurement process.
Beware the Dreaded Cloud Pirates!
Commentary  |  7/15/2009  | 
I think the rise of cloud computing will leave many openings for criminals to take advantage of this paradigm shift. While many are concerned about malware and other types of attacks, the real money is to be made by fronting somebody else's intellectual property as your own, selling it "as a service."
Microsoft Beats Amazon By A Whisker In Cloud Pricing
Commentary  |  7/14/2009  | 
Microsoft has disclosed pricing on its forthcoming Windows Azure services, and in one small but significant way, Microsoft has undercut rival Amazon on pay-per-use fees. Amazon charges 12.5 cents per hour for a bare bones Windows Server instance; Microsoft's list price is 12 cents.
Cloud Computing Joins Pop Culture
Commentary  |  7/14/2009  | 
Last week, PBS's NewsHour with Jim Lehrer reported on cloud computing, even attempting (not quite successfully) to describe a multi-tenant architecture. Yesterday, my 67-year-old mother-in-law explained to me this concept she read about called "cloud computing." It's finally happened: Cloud computing has entered pop culture.
VMLogix Gets Ready For The Hybrid Cloud
Commentary  |  7/7/2009  | 
Sameer Dholakia of VMLogix is not the most prominent spokesman for virtualization. But his firm's product, LabManager, supplies a strong core function--provisioning the virtual server. Furthermore, VMLogix doesn't care whether it's a VMware, Citrix or Microsoft virtual machine, making Dholakia one of the few CEOs with a vision of a multi-hypervisor future.
The Canonical-Eucalyptus Private Cloud Combo
Commentary  |  7/2/2009  | 
A few months ago, Canonical and Eucalyptus Systems aligned their product development to create an integrated cloud-software-on-Ubuntu-Linux stack. The startups are now collaborating on service and support, giving IT departments a new option for creating internal cloud computing environments.
Startup Puts Logs In the Cloud for Search and Storage
Commentary  |  7/1/2009  | 
Paglo announced a new service that lets IT send and store logs in the cloud. Logs can be searched and analyzed on demand.


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