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Biggest Private Cloud Deployment Threat: Your IT Staff
News  |  6/29/2012
Your technologist-heavy IT staff won't help you find success with a private-cloud deployment. Here's why shifting to an IT service catalog approach may ease your transition to the cloud.
Google Compute Engine Ignores VMware, Microsoft Users
Commentary  |  6/29/2012
Google's new cloud infrastructure service is geared to Linux workloads running in KVM. What does that mean for VMware, Microsoft, and Citrix users?
DR-As-A-Service Moves Closer To Reality
Commentary  |  6/28/2012
New cloud-aware disaster recovery automation software like that from VirtualSharp could free IT from complex runbooks and expensive recoverability exercises.
Intel Puts Future On Exhibit
Slideshows  |  6/28/2012
Imagine life without house keys or using an entire wall as a touch display. Walk through an exhibit of some of Intel's most intriguing research projects to date.
EPA Aims For 80% Cloud Use By 2015
News  |  6/28/2012
Agency awards a three-year contract to CGI Federal for infrastructure-as-a-service as part of a broader strategy to implement an agency-wide hybrid cloud.
Google Compute Engine: Hands-On Review
News  |  6/28/2012
Google Compute Engine is a stable, reliable, and fast provider of on-demand computing resources. But it offers fewer features than rival Amazon Web Services.
Windows 8 Phones Easily Managed--Because It's Windows
Commentary  |  6/28/2012
The fact that Windows Phone 8 is Windows, and not a radical variant, means it can be managed like Windows. While other phones must be managed through new and separate management tools such as MobileIron, Windows Phone 8 plugs right into Active Directory. IT can use standard tools and consoles and deploy apps in the usual way.
Hurricane, Wildfire Seasons Highlight Importance Of BC/DR Plans
News  |  6/28/2012
Companies need to consider where to house displaced workers, select appropriate backup locations, and plan for potential infrastructure damage.
Google App Engine Gets Ready For Business
News  |  6/27/2012
Google platform now hosts one million active applications; Release 1.7.0, unveiled at Google I/O, to add business-friendly features.
Google Nexus 7 Tablet Aims For Amazon, Not Apple
Commentary  |  6/27/2012
Google's new Nexus 7 tablet, announced at Google I/O, doesn't try to be an iPad killer. Instead, it aims to supplant Amazon's Kindle as a media consumption device.
Google I/O: Jelly Bean, Nexus Tablet, Project Glass
News  |  6/27/2012
At Google I/O, Google unveiled the next Android OS, a 7-inch tablet device dubbed Nexus 7, the brand-new Nexus Q, and more.
Teardown: Inside Apple MacBook Pro
Slideshows  |  6/27/2012
Our colleagues at UBM TechInsights did a partial teardown of the new MacBook Pro from Apple. We have the pictures. The disassembled unit appears to be the $2799 configuration of the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina screen. TechInsights did a separate teardown of the solid state drive (SSD) in the MacBook Pro, including x-ray images.
Asana Offers Inbox Just For Work
News  |  6/27/2012
Asana's task management tool, derived from software to keep Facebook engineers organized, adds an inbox for getting things done.
Pano Logic Cloud System: Chromebook Minus The Book
News  |  6/27/2012
Pano Logic debuts a browser-based "desktop" computer with pricing that's likely to appeal to SMBs. Analysts say it will best suit organizations that are already running most, if not all, of their applications in the cloud.
Google I/O Live Blog: Tablet Eyed
News  |  6/27/2012
Google I/O kicks off Wednesday at 9:30 PST and InformationWeek's Fritz Nelson is live blogging right here. Join us for breaking news and expert analysis.
Microsoft Rolls Out Office 365 For Education
News  |  6/27/2012
Cloud-based productivity suite supersedes Microsoft's [email protected] offering for the education market.
Red Hat Shifts Into Gear With OpenShift
News  |  6/26/2012
Red Hat's new version of platform-as-a-service, MegaShift, supports the complex version of Java. Many developers are finding an advantage in that compared to VMware's Cloud Foundry.
Tape Is Back And Ready For Backup
Commentary  |  6/26/2012
Could a combination of disk and tape backup be the best strategy for your data center?
Google Compute Engine Challenges Amazon
News  |  6/26/2012
At Google I/O, Google Compute Engine debuts, bringing Google into more direct competition with infrastructure-as-a-service market leader Amazon Web Services. But don't forget about Microsoft.
Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Developer Preview 4
News  |  6/26/2012
Mountain Lion, a.k.a. OS X 10.8, marries the Apple desktop operating system to iOS features that previously were found only on the iPhone and iPad. Among them: Messages, Notifications, Reminders, a Game Center, and better integration with iCloud. It's not a revolutionary upgrade to the desktop OS, but it should please Mac enterprise users.
Google Ventures Backed Cliqr CloudCenter Tackles Lock-In
News  |  6/25/2012
Google partner says it will provide cloud computing benefits without requiring your company to commit to one service provider.
Feds Begin Work On BYOD Policy
News  |  6/25/2012
Federal CIO VanRoekel announces an innovation center to help agencies share digital services, as well as a new advisory group working on a bring-your-own-device policy.
Box Brings 50 Apps Partners To Android
News  |  6/25/2012
Previously available only on iOS, Box OneCloud lets third party apps read and write files from the Box cloud service.
Oracle's Recent Software Buys Fuel Customer Experience Strategy
News  |  6/25/2012
New Oracle Customer Experience (CX) offering melds capabilities from ATG, Endeca, RightNow, and Vitrue, to advance Siebel/Fusion customer relationship management play.
State Street Private Cloud: $600 Million Savings Goal
Commentary  |  6/22/2012
If everyone writes software for the same cloud-based development platform, code sharing becomes easier, and State Street has to write dramatically less code, saving big on software development. Take a look at the plan.
10 Developments Show Government Cloud Maturing
Commentary  |  6/22/2012
Emerging trends such as FedRAMP, community clouds, and single-source contracts point to the start of phase two for cloud computing in federal government.
Private Clouds: What It Really Takes To Run Them
News  |  6/22/2012
Expertise, automation, silo busting--what early adopters say private clouds really require.
IBM Serves New Tennis Analytics At Wimbledon
News  |  6/22/2012
Tennis fans can check out 'SlamTracker' stats, player-movement tracking, via latest IBM supported innovations for Grand Slam tennis events.
Great Open Source Cloud Debate Rages
Commentary  |  6/22/2012
One, and only one, open source project usually gains the upper hand in a new software category, but cloud has three tough contenders in OpenStack, CloudStack, and Eucalyptus. Must one win?
Companies Connect Via Social Media During Crises
News  |  6/21/2012
Chatter, Facebook, and Twitter let businesses communicate with employees and size up damage.
Labor Department Evaluates Cloud Email
News  |  6/21/2012
Agency issues an RFI to gauge options for replacing outdated email infrastructure with email as a service.
OpenSocial Makes Enterprise Inroads, Moves To "2.0"
News  |  6/21/2012
The OpenSocial Foundation made a showing at the Enterprise 2.0 Conference in Boston to demonstrate that it was not only alive and well, but graduating to Version 2.0; a version that federates collaboration platforms networks for enterprises.
Virtustream Boosts Hybrid Cloud Security
News  |  6/21/2012
XStream 2.0's public-private cloud communication encryption meets credit card industry, Department of Defense security standards.
Cloud Security Investment, Part 1: Walking the Talk
News  |  6/20/2012
It's hard to avoid headlines that sensationalize the latest news about a security breach at company X that compromised some enormous amount of sensitive data at an estimated cost of (insert very large number).
Symantec, Microsoft Team On Disaster Recovery Service
News  |  6/20/2012
The DRaaS product will work with the Windows Azure cloud platform to let organizations recover replicated business-critical applications and data.
Federal IT Spending Likely To Decline
News  |  6/20/2012
Deltek forecasts a slight decline in federal IT budgets through 2017, even if Congress prevents threatened 10% across-the-board cuts in 2013.
iOS 6 Beta: First Look
Slideshows  |  6/20/2012
iOS 6 appears to be a great update, with many new and useful features for iPhones and iPads--but the changes aren't so radical that you'll have to learn the OS all over again. Apple has made important changes to Music, iTunes, Maps, and Siri. It has added Facebook and Twitter integration, and a useful location-based feature called geofencing.
Energy Department Names New CIO
News  |  6/19/2012
With the prospect of an IT budget cut looming, the agency names an insider to oversee its IT reform efforts.
Bromium Brings Hypervisor Security To Applications
Commentary  |  6/19/2012
Startup aims to beef up performance and security in the data center by bringing virtualization to the next level--the application level.
Why Microsoft's New Surface Tablets Will Fail
Commentary  |  6/19/2012
Microsoft's two new tablets, Surface for Windows RT and Surface for Windows 8 Pro, are doomed for different reasons. The RT tablet can't run Windows apps, and the Pro tablet is big and heavy with lousy battery life.
Controller Smackdown Hitting Private Cloud Near You
Commentary  |  6/19/2012
At Cloud Expo, IT staffers dig into the enterprise cloud management tools melee and ongoing battle between CloudStack and OpenStack to find some interesting truths.
Oracle Rushes Out Q4 Results, Top Exec Departs
News  |  6/19/2012
Oracle shares fourth quarter financial results earlier than expected, beats expectations, and quells reorganization rumors.
NASA Drops OpenStack For Amazon Cloud
News  |  6/18/2012
Space agency touts Amazon cost savings to explain why it's no longer using the OpenStack open source cloud project it co-founded.
Google Apps Cuts GSA Energy Costs
News  |  6/18/2012
Google argues that cloud computing can help companies and government agencies save energy and money, cites GSA as proof.
Sorting Out What Social Software Products Really Do
News  |  6/18/2012
At Enterprise 2.0, The Real Story Group's Tony Byrne warns of the same marketing labels being used for vastly different products and mulls how SharePoint and Yammer will fit together.
CRM Battle Heats Up As Economy Cools
News  |  6/18/2012
Oracle, SAP, and Salesforce.com in close battle for customer relationship management leadership, says IDC.
Amazon Defended After June 14 Cloud Outage
News  |  6/18/2012
Latest Amazon Web Services outage prompts complaints from critics, customers. But Amazon supporters say incident simply shows need to use multiple availability zones.
Salesforce.com Upgrade Boosts Mobile, Social App Development
News  |  6/18/2012
Salesforce Summer '12 platform upgrade adds geolocation data, drag-and-drop schema builder, and streaming data for real-time apps.
Amazon Web Services Hit By Power Outage
News  |  6/15/2012
Outage affected companies relying on Amazon Web Services' U.S. East region.
Virtualization Makes DR Automation Possible
Commentary  |  6/15/2012
All the pieces for a virtualized, cloud-based disaster recovery strategy are in place, but building them into a robust, repeatable, secure, and automated process is still a daunting task.
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