Content tagged with SaaS
posted in July 2010
The Cloud's Proliferating Open Source APIs
Commentary  |  7/29/2010  | 
In June, Red Hat moved its Deltacloud open source project into the Apache Software Foundation's incubator. In July, Rackspace made its Cloud Files code open source and will collaborate with partners in the OpenStack project. The Open Cloud Standards Incubator at the DMTF is producing another set. Isn't this just too much open source?
Army Plans Private Cloud
News  |  7/29/2010  | 
APC2, the Army Private Cloud, will be a cornerstone of a broader data center consolidation initiative that aims to reduce the number of Army data centers from 200 to less than 20.
Defense Agency Expands Cloud Computing
News  |  7/29/2010  | 
Platform-as-a-service, Microsoft Office, and SharePoint may be delivered to military agencies from the Defense Information Systems Agency's private cloud.
Google For Government Signals Long Cloud March Ahead
Commentary  |  7/27/2010  | 
Google's announcement Monday that it was formally releasing a version of its application suite for government doesn't just represent a Google sales push, but in some ways also indicates that although the federal government is stepping up its cloud computing push, much work remains.
Google Docs Gets Smartquote Controls
Commentary  |  7/27/2010  | 
Google on Tuesday is adding two new features to Google Docs: The ability to translate documents into one of 53 languages and the ability to remove smartquotes.
Rackspace's OpenStack: Where Do We Go From Here
Commentary  |  7/23/2010  | 
There's a new kid in town when it comes to open source code in the cloud. It's Rackspace's OpenStack, based on both Rackspace's and NASA Nebula's existing cloud engines. Wasn't there already sufficient open source code in play? Why do we need this initiative on top of those already afoot? Actually, we need 3-4 such initiatives.
NASA Evaluates Nebula Cloud Platform
News  |  7/23/2010  | 
Data center outsourcing services RFPs totaling $1.5 billion have been placed on hold while the agency assesses the Nebula cloud computing platform for providing compute power to several large-scale applications.
Web 2.0 Triggers Government Security Challenges
News  |  7/23/2010  | 
Record keeping, privacy, and freedom of information are also concerns as agencies adopt new Internet technologies, says federal auditor.
With VDI, Local Disk Is A Thing Of The Past
Commentary  |  7/21/2010  | 
Last week I read a few interesting articles about storage in desktop virtualization, VDI in particular. The consensus is that this storage belongs on local disk, not the SAN. One industry expert even says you can use SSDs locally and still get away for less money. I beg to differ.
Building The Open Source Cloud
Commentary  |  7/20/2010  | 
Despite the fact that most of the underlying technology of cloud computing is based on open source, much of the current wave of cloud computing platforms are closed. But a new open source initiative is hoping to fully open up cloud computing.
Gartner Outlines the Basic Rights of Cloud Users
Commentary  |  7/19/2010  | 
In a typical Gartner move, the analyst firm has listed several rights and one responsibility that should lead us to a better cloud-enabled world. Here's the abridged version...
UK Company Adopts Google Apps, Gmail To Collaborate
Commentary  |  7/14/2010  | 
A UK pest control company with an international presence has standardized on Google Gmail and Google Apps as a way to tie together a diverse company in 50 countries. "This was never about cost reduction. It was about collaboration," said CIO Bryan Kinsella at the Cloud Computing World Forum in London.
Federal IT Contract Passes $1 Billion Mark
News  |  7/12/2010  | 
Alliant government-wide acquisition contract is used by federal agencies to more easily procure IT products and services.
UK National Health Service Sees Savings In The Cloud
Commentary  |  7/8/2010  | 
The National Health Service in Britain isn't universally admired for its IT efficiency. But Miles Gray, the urbane hardware solutions architect for the NHS, said at the Cloud Computing World Forum in London that if carefully implemented, the cloud can help the service gain effectiveness and save expenses.
New But Familiar Look In Firefox 4 Beta
Commentary  |  7/7/2010  | 
The recently released beta of Firefox 4 shows off some new features and boosted HTML 5 support. But the biggest surprise is how much the redesigned Firefox interface looks like Google Chrome.
Treasury CIO Tackles Bank Bailout, Data Center Consolidation
News  |  7/7/2010  | 
Michael Duffy talks with InformationWeek about navigating the financial crisis, leading a government-wide data center consolidation effort, and managing Treasury's IT infrastructure.
Is Regulation Coming to Cloud Computing?
Commentary  |  7/6/2010  | 
Cloud computing has the attention of government leaders. Does this attention translate into good things, or bad things?
Google, Microsoft Pitch Cloud Computing To Feds
News  |  7/2/2010  | 
Security is better in the cloud, Google maintains, but others aren't so certain about that. Adds Mobile Apps
News  |  7/2/2010  | 
The federal government looks to engage citizens in new ways with an enhanced site including Microsoft Bing-powered search.
Government Prepping Cloud Computing Guidance
News  |  7/1/2010  | 
As a report warns agencies won't move forward without clearer policy, White House readies comprehensive cloud strategy and cybersecurity rules.

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