IBM Preparing Self-Service Software Infrastructure
IBM has been investing in cloud computing for several years, although Willy Chiu, VP of IBM Cloud Labs, acknowledges it may be difficult for those outside IBM to develop a picture of what its cloud initiative will finally look like.
SaaS Vendor Workday Plans To Grow Big, Remain Independent
Workday, an important SaaS company to watch, has hired the former CEO of PolyServe, later acquired by Hewlett-Packard, as its new president. Yet this isn't a case of a startup hiring an experienced exec to shop it around. As Workday's Aneel Bhusri recently told me, "Dave Duffield and I largely control the company, and we did not start Workday to sell it."
Develop Once, Then Deploy To Your Cloud Of Choice
IBM's CTO of Cloud Computing, Kristof Kloeckner, says IBM has demonstrated software engineering as a cloud process. At the end of the process, a developer deploys his application to the cloud of choice. As of today, that cloud better be running VMware virtual machines. In the future, the choice may be broader.
Simple API Is Part Of A Rising And Open Tide To The Cloud
What's notable about the open source project announced yesterday, Simple API for cloud computing, are the names that are present, IBM, Microsoft and Rackspace, and the names that are not: Amazon, for one, is not a backer, and let's just stop right there.
Oracle Mulls Shift To Subscription-Based Pricing
Oracle, it seems, is trying to hammer out a strategy to more heavily embrace the most radical faction of the SaaS movement, one that completely upends the traditional software vendor profit model: Subscription-based pricing. If what Oracle said Tuesday in a Web event is true, this could be a huge shift for the software giant.
Should Failures Cast Shadows on Cloud Computing?
Every time Twitter goes out, or, in a recent case, a major free email system like Gmail goes down, people use the outage as an opportunity to cast shadows on cloud computing. I'm not sure why. In many cases its apples versus oranges, such as Twitter versus Amazon EC2...
VC Funding Is Dead? Tell That To Eight Newly Wealthy SaaS Startups
Venture capital funding is at a historic low, yet at least eight software startups announced VC funding in the past two weeks for a total of more than $60 million. Their products are all very different, but they have one thing in common: they're delivered in a software-as-a-service model.
Amazon, Others Will Develop Government Clouds, Too
Google, wisely, showed up at the U.S. government's cloud computing announcement this week with a plan to offer cloud services tailored to the needs of government agencies. You can bet that Amazon, IBM, Microsoft, Salesforce, and other cloud providers will follow suit.
Google Plans Private Government Cloud
As the government moves to adopt cloud computing and considers limited use of free consumer services, Google is trying to address lingering concerns about security and control in the cloud.
For CIOs, Clouds Are The Fourth Column
Clouds are transforming IT; that's not news. But regardless of your cloud computing agenda, clouds are already affecting your IT plans, because they give IT executives a cudgel with which to bludgeon traditional software and infrastructure providers.
IW500: Cracks In The Enterprise Software Model
A panel of software industry veterans at the InformationWeek 500 conference today argued that the old, on-premises enterprise software model is nearing the end of the line. Taking its place: Web-based software and cloud computing.
Vendor Offers 'No Excuses' Guarantee For Docs To Get Fed's Rewards
The federal government's definition for "meaningful use" of health IT won't be finalized for several months. But that's not stopping EMR software and business services provider Athenahealth from guaranteeing clients that they'll be getting their health IT stimulus checks from the feds.
Gov 2.0: Cloud Computing As Government Panacea
Two of the most influential people in the cloud computing market -- Amazon CTO Werner Vogels and General Services Administration CIO Casey Coleman -- talked today at the Gov 2.0 Summit about cloud computing's high potential as a cheaper, better way of delivering IT resources. Such enthusiasm, however, is tempered with lingering questions about security, interoperability, and organizational barriers.
VMware's Hidden Ally, The Economic Downturn
It's no secret enterprises are making heavy use of virtualization in the data center. Market research shows their leading provider is VMware. With Microsoft offering virtualization in Windows Server 2008 and other free alternatives available, it's hard to see how VMware's grip will last. But VMworld offered a glimpse of why it may.
Businesses Don't Expect 100% Availability With Gmail
There's been plenty of blogging, twittering, and general hand-wringing about Google's Gmail outage Tuesday. But rather than extend this into yet another philosophical discussion about the viability of cloud computing, let's keep this in mind: Businesses who've signed on for Gmail don't expect perfection. In fact, both Google and Microsoft only agree to 99.9% uptime for their online email offerings.