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Ford Opens Palo Alto Research Center
Thomas Claburn, Editor-at-Large
News
The company's focus on mobility has led it to expand its presence in Silicon Valley.
By Thomas Claburn Editor-at-Large, 1/24/2015
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Cloud SLAs: Improvements Still Needed
Charles Babcock, Editor At Large, InformationWeek
Commentary
There's been a slight improvement in cloud SLAs as leading service providers like HP, Amazon, and Google guarantee 99.95% uptime by the month, not year. But performance issues remain.
By Charles Babcock Editor At Large, InformationWeek , 1/22/2015
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10 Cloud Analytics & BI Platforms For Business
Doug Henschen, Executive Editor, InformationWeek
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With apps and data headed into the cloud, analytics and business intelligence can't be far behind. Here are 10 options, ranging from simple data-visualization tools to complete cloud suites.
By Doug Henschen Executive Editor, InformationWeek, 1/22/2015
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IBM Can't Shrink Its Way To Greatness
Doug Henschen, Executive Editor, InformationWeek
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IBM saw revenue declines in every major business unit in 2014. Can the company do more than please investors with fatter margins?
By Doug Henschen Executive Editor, InformationWeek, 1/21/2015
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VMware Offers 'One-Button' Disaster Recovery In Cloud
Charles Babcock, Editor At Large, InformationWeek
News
VMware has added disaster recovery to its public cloud environment that makes use of existing, on-premises vSphere software and capabilities.
By Charles Babcock Editor At Large, InformationWeek , 1/20/2015
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SAP Forecasts 7X Cloud Growth, Previews Next-Gen ERP
Doug Henschen, Executive Editor, InformationWeek
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SAP CEO Bill McDermott predicts fast growth through 2020, previews S4 Hana, a new suite of "simplified" ERP software.
By Doug Henschen Executive Editor, InformationWeek, 1/20/2015
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Integration Moves Into The Cloud In 2015
George Gallegos, CEO ,Jitterbit
Commentary
If development is moving into the cloud, application integration should soon follow, argues George Gallegos, CEO of Jitterbit.
By George Gallegos CEO ,Jitterbit , 1/19/2015
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FreeBSD Gains Ground With Small Cloud Providers
Charles Babcock, Editor At Large, InformationWeek
News
Can this 30-year-old version of Unix help DigitalOcean and other cloud startups compete with the likes of Amazon?
By Charles Babcock Editor At Large, InformationWeek , 1/19/2015
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Fiber Mountain Sees Redesigned Data Center Nets
Charles Babcock, Editor At Large, InformationWeek
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Fiber Mountain's goal is to make data center networks more scalable with fiber and photonic switches, creating "the programmable light path."
By Charles Babcock Editor At Large, InformationWeek , 1/16/2015
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How To Mess Up IT Budgeting In 2015
Jonathan Feldman, CIO, City of Asheville, NC
Commentary
Two shifts have rocked the IT world: speed and constant upgrades. Factor those in or your budgets won't address reality.
By Jonathan Feldman CIO, City of Asheville, NC, 1/16/2015
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Microsoft Trails Amazon, Google In Cloud Reliability
Charles Babcock, Editor At Large, InformationWeek
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CloudHarmony's benchmarking report on cloud service reliability shows Amazon shines in compute, Google in storage.
By Charles Babcock Editor At Large, InformationWeek , 1/15/2015
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Gartner Gives Thumbs Up To Docker Security
Charles Babcock, Editor At Large, InformationWeek
News
Docker containers isolate resources similar to Linux or virtual machine hypervisors, but fall short with management and administration, Gartner analyst says.
By Charles Babcock Editor At Large, InformationWeek , 1/14/2015
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Oracle Details Cloud Cost-Cut Plan
Doug Henschen, Executive Editor, InformationWeek
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Oracle president Thomas Kurian touts IT cost savings through cloud software automation. Will "transparent" pricing and fixed-price consulting seal the deal?
By Doug Henschen Executive Editor, InformationWeek, 1/14/2015
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Amazon Trumps Microsoft With C4 Virtual Servers
Charles Babcock, Editor At Large, InformationWeek
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Amazon outstrips Microsoft's new Azure offering with launch of C4 Xlarge, a 36-virtual-CPU server instance.
By Charles Babcock Editor At Large, InformationWeek , 1/13/2015
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Google Launches Cloud Application Performance Tool
Charles Babcock, Editor At Large, InformationWeek
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Google Cloud Trace will help developers identify where the slowest user interactions are occurring with an application running on App Engine.
By Charles Babcock Editor At Large, InformationWeek , 1/13/2015
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Verizon Cloud Outage Draws Overblown Angst
Charles Babcock, Editor At Large, InformationWeek
Commentary
Verizon Cloud's planned 40-hour outage set off outraged critics, but long-term implications will make the cloud service more stable and more competitive.
By Charles Babcock Editor At Large, InformationWeek , 1/12/2015
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University Of Phoenix Finds Payoff In Private Cloud
Charles Babcock, Editor At Large, InformationWeek
News
Apollo Education Group implements vCloud classroom system to help track and analyze student data to improve academic outcome.
By Charles Babcock Editor At Large, InformationWeek , 1/9/2015
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Microsoft Matches Amazon With Cloud Crypto Key Storage
Charles Babcock, Editor At Large, InformationWeek
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Microsoft's Azure cloud adds encryption key storage service, Docker Linux containers, and other features to better compete with Amazon.
By Charles Babcock Editor At Large, InformationWeek , 1/9/2015
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Bitcoin Taxation: A Gift From The IRS And The Coffee Problem
Kirk Phillips, Founder & Captain, invizibiz
News
Every bitcoin transaction requires a gain or loss calculation between acquired cost basis and the amount it was sold for. This is no problem for large blocks, but on everyday purchases, a gain or loss calculation on every $1.79 cup of coffee is a lot of calculating.
By Kirk Phillips Founder & Captain, invizibiz, 12/31/2014
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Azure Helps Police Store, Access Body Camera Video
Henry Kenyon,
News
Police camera maker demonstrates one way agencies are using Microsoft's Azure Government cloud to run software and equipment in a flexible, interoperable environment.
By Henry Kenyon , 12/30/2014
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