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Content tagged with Cloud posted in June 2009
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Red Hat To Certify Linux Apps For Amazon's EC2
News  |  6/30/2009
Move will guarantee that Enterprise Linux packaged with third-party apps are ready to run in Amazon's EC2 cloud.
Benioff Offers Cloud Riposte: It's Not Just Fashion
Commentary  |  6/30/2009
Marc Benioff, CEO of, finally got a little revenge. He wasn't in the least spiteful. Rather, he was only guilty of repeating something his former boss, Larry Ellison, said about software-as-a-service and cloud computing. An audience of cloud cognoscenti at Structure 09 loved the performance.
Real-World Cloud Computing Applications
Commentary  |  6/30/2009
Anyone trying to understand the cloud computing phenomenon need only look at how cloud services are being used to get a better picture. The following examples demonstrate the cloud being used for everything from marketing campaigns to space exploration and scientific research.
Cisco Eyes Web Alternative To Microsoft Office
News  |  6/30/2009
Online application service would put Cisco alongside Google and others in going after a slice of Microsoft's lucrative Office software franchise.
Beyond Google Docs: 7 Web-Based Collaboration Apps
News  |  6/30/2009
Along with the search-engine giant's popular collaboration tools, we look at Zoho Writer, Pastebin, Dabbleboard, Dimdim, Yugma, and
Bucking the Cloud Computing Hype
Commentary  |  6/29/2009
If you push back on cloud computing, even for good reasons, then you're considered a backward thinker. If you go along with the trends and the hype, and your systems hit a cloud computing-enabled wall, then you're considered incompetent. I'm not sure which path is better.
10 Essentials Of IBM's Cloud Computing Strategy
Commentary  |  6/26/2009
IBM recently made its most significant cloud computing announcement to date, which one executive compares to the launch of Big Blue's venerable System/360 mainframe 40 years ago. Following is my list of the top 10 things you need to know about IBM's emerging cloud strategy.
IBM Talks Up Cloud Computing
News  |  6/26/2009
"Cloud computing is a new way of consuming IT," says Willy Chiu, vice president of IBM Cloud Labs.
Cloud Computing Advocates Detail Its Future
News  |  6/26/2009
Amazon CTO Werner Vogels, Sun Microsystems CTO Greg Papadopolous, and Marc Benioff, CEO of speculate on cloud computing's future.
Quake Meets Fallout As Bethesda Buys Id
News  |  6/24/2009
Bethesda parent ZeniMax says it's bought out Doom and Quake creator Id Software.
Oracle Moves A 'Little Bit' Into Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  6/24/2009
Following his outburst against cloud computing last year, it appears that Larry Ellison has warmed up to the cloud computing model, if not the buzz phrase itself. Oracle's CEO yesterday said it's a goal to become the software industry's "number one on-demand application company."
Ellison: Oracle Plans To Be No. 1 In On-Demand Software
News  |  6/24/2009
It may take 10 years, the CEO acknowledges, noting that Oracle is currently only "a little bit" involved in cloud computing.
Microsoft Hohm Cuts Power Bills
News  |  6/24/2009
The software maker's new Web tool helps users reduce electricity use.
Enterprise 2.0: IBM's LotusLive Connections Captures Award
News  |  6/24/2009
The winner of the show's Cloud Computing Technology Buyers' Choice Award combines business social networking with collaboration tools.
RightScale Offers Hyperic HQ For Cloud Management
News  |  6/23/2009
Hyperic HQ monitors an application's performance as it runs in the Amazon EC2 cloud or in Google's App Engine cloud.
Enterprise 2.0: SAP, Jive Combining BI With Wikis
News  |  6/23/2009
IT departments won't have to arrange for separate licenses or subscriptions for business intelligence tools that people want to use in their companies' Jive-based wikis.
The Cloud's Next Big Thing: Software Testing
Commentary  |  6/23/2009
IBM and Hewlett-Packard have jumped into the market for software testing in the cloud, a space where a handful of startups already offer alternatives to on-premises testing. It's an area of cloud computing where the barriers to entry are relatively low for developers and IT departments.
Sony PSP To Host GTA Chinatown Wars
News  |  6/22/2009
Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, which has only been available on the Nintendo DS, is coming to Sony's PlayStation Portable.
IBM 'Clouds' Look Like Conventional IT
Commentary  |  6/22/2009
The issue here is that cloud computing is really about, well, cloud computing. Existing hardware and software vendors, including Microsoft, Cisco, HP, and, of course, IBM seem to find that thought a bit scary and continue to toss traditional hardware and software at the problem...
Activision CEO Calls For Sony PS3 Price Cut
News  |  6/19/2009
Cutting PS3 prices would be difficult for Sony as the company last month reported its first annual loss in 14 years.
Sony Adds Online Movie Database To Blu-ray Discs
News  |  6/19/2009
MovieIQ lets movie fans access information on cast and crew and check out production facts, soundtrack information, and other trivia.
Of Cloud 9 and The Importance of Parachutes
Commentary  |  6/19/2009
Back when I did a lot of security work, we used to joke around that single sign on should be called "single vulnerability". Maybe single provider cloud models should be called "single point of failure".
Cloud Standards Will Emerge From Current Haze
Commentary  |  6/18/2009
What standards do you follow if you're interested in getting started in cloud computing? The short answer is, there are few clearly defined standards in what remains a loosely defined area. Nevertheless, the main outline is clear. Follow the leaders and follow the Web.
Startup Online Game Publisher Playdom Hires EA COO
News  |  6/18/2009
John Pleasants is joining the startup at a time when online gaming is growing, while the video-game industry is in a slump.
HP, Skytap Testing Cloud Applications
News  |  6/18/2009
Through its partnership, HP's LoadRunner testing tool can now be used to build test scenarios that will tax an application's limits.
Apple MobileMe Debuts Find My iPhone, Data-Wipe Services
News  |  6/17/2009
The new capabilities are available on iPhones that have been upgraded to the latest 3.0 software.
E-Health Records Planned Despite Stimulus Uncertainty
News  |  6/17/2009
More than 50% of healthcare providers surveyed by IVANS do not believe the federal stimulus package will successfully encourage health IT adoption.
Another Hot Market For SaaS: Business Intelligence
Commentary  |  6/17/2009
Popular applications for software-as-a-service include CRM, expense management, human resources, and Web analytics. But now we're seeing a sudden burst of activity around business intelligence SaaS. Makes sense, since BI software is popular right now, and shares characteristics with the aforementioned apps that make it right for cloud computing.
Dell Expands Virtualization, Server, Storage Portfolio
News  |  6/17/2009
The company also added more flexible support services and turnkey virtualization configurations for small and medium-sized businesses.
Google Apps Outlook Plugin Kills Windows Desktop Search
News  |  6/17/2009
Microsoft cries foul as Google's software links Microsoft's messaging client to the Google cloud, helping committed Outlook fans feel more at home on Google's turf.
Cloud Computing: 10 Questions For Federal CIO Vivek Kundra
News  |  6/16/2009
Kundra discuss his thoughts about cloud computing in government, and what it would take to make cloud technologies easier to adopt in the federal space.
Exec Leaves Sega For iPhone Game Maker
News  |  6/16/2009
The move is another sign that Apple's iPhone is becoming a strong player in the mobile gaming space.
Is That A Cloud On Healthcare's Horizon?
Commentary  |  6/16/2009
Cloud models are starting to provide an attractive option for large and influential regional medical centers to get lots of small, local, laggard doctor offices trading in their paper patient files for electronic medical records. Are there clouds in your forecast?
Another Reason to Put Data in the Cloud
Commentary  |  6/16/2009
Google Labs recently announced Google Fusion Tables, an "experimental system" for fusing data management and collaboration... The use cases here are numerous, but the core idea is that users will upload data, and then analyze and visualize the data on Google Maps or mashed up with other APIs, such as the Google Visualization API...
Salesforce Enticing Customers With Free Edition
News  |  6/15/2009
The initiative lets customers build Web applications and, if they wish, their own branded Web site to be operated on the infrastructure.
Antenna Software Acquires Dexterra
News  |  6/15/2009
Antenna expects the buy to give it more leverage in the mobile middleware market, which is expected to grow at a healthy clip as more businesses add mobile device support.
Adobe Launches Out Of Beta
News  |  6/15/2009
The document collaboration service offers businesses an online alternative to Microsoft Office, Google Docs, and other tools.
IBM Expands Cloud Computing Appliances, Services
News  |  6/15/2009
New products and services will let companies deploy task-specific internal clouds, while also tapping into new public cloud services.
Why Storage Is Such A Challenge For SMBs
Commentary  |  6/14/2009
SMB storage needs keep growing, but factors from virtualization to proprietary terminology keep storage way more complicated than it has to be.
Cloud Computing Vs. $100 Million Data Center
Commentary  |  6/12/2009
Citizens of Holyoke, Mass., had reason to celebrate this week as the governor of Massachusetts and other dignitaries--including Cisco CEO John Chambers, EMC CEO Joe Tucci, and the presidents of Boston University, MIT, and the University of Massachusetts--announced plans to build a $100 million data center in their town. It's an ambitious proposal, but is it necessary?
Video Game Industry Sales Hit Two-Year Lows
News  |  6/12/2009
The biggest decline was in hardware sales, which fell 30% from a year ago, an NPD report finds.
General Services Administration's CIO Looks To The Cloud
News  |  6/12/2009
Casey Coleman reveals the GSA's role in driving a government-wide cloud computing initiative and other IT priorities.
SuccessFactors' CEO On SAP's SaaS Strategy
Commentary  |  6/11/2009
After I wrote about SAP's new SaaS strategy Wednesday, several SAP competitors sent emails slamming the strategy. Not an unusual response from competitors, right? But I did accept the offer to talk to Lars Dalgaard, CEO of SuccessFactors, which just landed a massive deal for 420,000 seats of its talent-management SaaS with
Interest In Prepaid Wireless Booming
News  |  6/11/2009
Web site visits and search referral activity for the six leading prepaid providers grew 37% year over year, according to ComScore.
HP Unveils Scale-Out Computing Hardware For Data Centers
News  |  6/10/2009
The ProLiant SL server line is a lightweight, power-efficient modular computing system for companies with large data centers that support cloud computing environments.
Eye-Fi Rolls Out Pro Wireless Memory Cards
News  |  6/10/2009
The new memory card supports RAW file types, geotagging, and peer-to-peer connections between a camera and a computer.
EA's Sims 3 Defies Recession
News  |  6/10/2009
More than 1.4 million units of Sims 3 have been sold since Electronic Arts released the latest version of the video game June 2.
Paglo Monitors Amazon EC2
Commentary  |  6/10/2009
SaaS startup Paglo has added monitoring for Amazon's cloud to its IT search and management service.
Apple iPhone 3G S Dilemma: To Upgrade Or Not?
News  |  6/10/2009
The iPhone 3G S has some sweet new features (faster processor, video, more memory) leaving existing iPhone customers with a tough decision: Upgrade now, or stand pat?
SAP Unveils SaaS Strategy
News  |  6/9/2009
SAP's new head of on-demand software applications for large companies provides the first details of SAP's strategy for delivering subscription-based apps to Business Suite customers.
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