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Content tagged with Cloud posted in September 2008
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AMD Says 'Shanghai'-Based Servers To Hit Market In 4Q
News  |  9/30/2008
The chipmaker said that rollout of its first 45-nm server chip is ahead of schedule and that it learned from its mistakes in launching Barcelona.
SaaS Vendor Offers Free E-Mail Continuity For Exchange
Commentary  |  9/30/2008
LiveOffice launches a free e-mail continuity offering as a loss-leader for its archiving service.
Samsung Samples 'Smallest' 2 Gb Memory Module
News  |  9/29/2008
The next-generation memory style is expected to increase from 29% of the DRAM market in terms of units sold to 72% by 2011, according to IDC.
CTL Launches Two Sub-$500 Netbooks
News  |  9/29/2008
The 2go Classmate PC is aimed at the education market, while the IL1A mini-notebook targets consumers and businesspeople.
Nero Launches TiVo For PC, Multimedia Software
News  |  9/29/2008
The company announced software that brings TiVo to PCs, a digital media transferring tool, and an upgraded burning and ripping suite.
Running A Business In The Cloud
Commentary  |  9/29/2008
Everybody is talking about cloud computing these days, but a few intrepid companies are actually walking the walk. To find out what it's like, goes out and meets this growing, vocal contingent of cloud computing "completists" who are more than happy to surrender their IT concerns to the cloud.
Will Open Source Breathe New Life Into Health Care Cost Savings?
News  |  9/26/2008
A California bill calls for interoperable records and a full, hospital-running health care IT system that's open source. That's music to provider Medsphere, which backs OpenVista.
A Definition Of Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  9/26/2008
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison unloaded on cloud computing yesterday, using the words "idiocy," "crap," "gibberish," "crazy," and "stupidest" to describe all the buzz over clouds. It was a classic Ellison rant, but ironic because Oracle is moving into cloud computing even as its leader rails against it.
Toshiba Unveils 256 GB Drives For 'Netbooks'
News  |  9/26/2008
The new category of mini-notebooks was popularized this year by the computers makers including Dell and Hewlett-Packard.
PG&E Finds Middle Path Between Oracle, SAP Products
News  |  9/26/2008
When it came to business process management, the power company needed a bridge between its reliance on Oracle databases and SAP applications.
Which Video Editing Program Should You(Tube) Use?
News  |  9/26/2008
Our software smackdown compares Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple iMovie, Pinnacle Studio, and Corel VideoStudio, with tips on the best package for creating your digital camcorder movie masterpiece.
Global IPTV: $19 Billion Market By 2012
News  |  9/25/2008
Driving the increase is growing consumer demand for video, as well as the entry of new content providers such as YouTube and Joost, according to a new Gartner survey.
Oracle Unveils New Products, Then Drifts Into The Cloud
News  |  9/25/2008
Deal with Amazon means customers can subscribe to Oracle databases as a service.
Toshiba Expands HDD Lineup For Mini-Notebooks
News  |  9/25/2008
The Serial ATA products also are available with Toshiba's free-fall sensor option that parks the disk head before impact when a notebook is dropped.
Single Sign On For Multiple SaaS Apps
Commentary  |  9/25/2008
A startup has launched a cloud service that offers identity management for SaaS apps. IT can enforce user authentication, manage compliance, and speed deprovisioning.
Oracle Teams With HP On Database Hardware
News  |  9/25/2008
Oracle in tandem with HP is bringing out its first hardware product, a database machine, which Oracle CEO Larry Ellison says is suitable for high end, high performance data warehouses.
Using Oracle Database In The Cloud
Commentary  |  9/24/2008
Two of the biggest announcements from the Oracle OpenWorld Conference in San Francisco this week were that customers could run some Oracle products within's AWS cloud computing environment, and that the Redwood Shores, Calif.-based software giant would be supporting other cloud environments in the future.
Oracle, Intel To Accelerate Cloud Computing
News  |  9/24/2008
The companies are looking to connect private clouds to those of partners or third-party companies offering storage, server capacity, middleware, and other services.
Dell, EMC Offer Pre-Configured Oracle Data Warehouse
News  |  9/24/2008
The initiative reflects the emerging interest among BI customers in data warehouse appliances that deliver high-speed data mining.
Cloud Computing Reality Check
Commentary  |  9/24/2008
I met recently with more than 50 business technologists to talk about cloud computing, and two things became clear. First, the interest level is very high, and IT pros have plans that go well beyond Web-based applications. Second, everyone has their own list of issues to resolve before they take that step.
Join Us For The InformationWeek 500 Conference -- Without Leaving Your Chair
Commentary  |  9/23/2008
I'm reluctant to declare that real-time events are the Next Big Thing on the Internet, because it seems like a Next Big Thing comes along on the Internet about once a month, and they're mostly forgotten the next day. Still, I've seen firsthand how powerful virtual events can be. They're an emerging trend. And InformationWeek is in the middle of it all.
Sony Launches Pricey Lightweight Vaio Notebook
News  |  9/23/2008
The computer includes a Blu-ray disc player and an HDMI-out connector, and weighs less than three pounds.
HPC Helps Wall Street React Faster To Market Volatility
News  |  9/23/2008
As the top-tier financial firms consolidate, their focus will turn inward, while second-tier firms are likely to turn to technology as a game-changer, not a cost-center.
Oracle Extends WebLogic Application Server To Run On Grid
News  |  9/22/2008
As part of its Fusion line of middleware, Oracle will try to make it easier to develop applications for such grids by adding new capabilities to its JDeveloper toolset.
SanDisk 'SlotMusic' Card Offers DRM-Free Music
News  |  9/22/2008
With the help of the record industry, SanDisk is hoping to put an end to CDs and give music downloads a run for their money.
IT Managers Fear They Aren't Prepared To Operate VM Environments
News  |  9/22/2008
Some 48% of survey respondents said their chief challenge in Tier 1 production environments is to isolate problems of root cause within virtualized systems.
Oracle To Sync With Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud
News  |  9/22/2008
Oracle's overall cloud plans include investing $3 billion on integration this year across 20,000 developers with access to 30,000 servers.
Microsoft Opens $550 Million Data Center In San Antonio
News  |  9/22/2008
The data center is one of a network of massive facilities being built to support Microsoft's push to offer cloud services.
Web 2.0 Expo: Zoho To Launch App Store, Support For Offline E-Mail
News  |  9/19/2008
Developers will keep 100% of revenue from app sales, while Zoho will make its money by charging users to host large instantiations of the apps.
Interop: Cloud Computing Faces Many Management Challenges
News  |  9/19/2008
One of the main things many cloud computing vendors lack today is a sense of visibility into the infrastructure running the cloud, say a sampling of Interop attendees.
Sony Launches PlayStation Life Service
News  |  9/18/2008
The launch reflects the company's strategy of making the PlayStation 3 more than just a console for gamers.
Citrix XenServer 5.0 Upgrades For High Availability, Cloud Computing
News  |  9/18/2008
The latest version contains 130 new features for high availability, performance, and ease of use, including disaster-recovery features for a failed virtual machine.
Interop: Green Strategies Needed For Storage
News  |  9/18/2008
Storage industry leaders call for metrics and best practices for businesses to use to cut down on storage energy costs, similar to what the Green Grid has begun doing for data centers.
Smartphone Users Want To Have Fun
News  |  9/17/2008
Applications that kill time were downloaded more often than business and productivity apps, according to data from Handango.
Interop: Oracle Predicts Cloud Confusion To Continue
News  |  9/17/2008
In a young market, there is also confusion being sown by companies that aren't committing entirely to Internet-based computing, including Microsoft, an Oracle exec suggests.
Second Life: Megatrend-In-Waiting Or Just A Dumb Fad?
News  |  9/17/2008
During the Second Life boom not too long ago, enthusiasts predicted it would take over the Internet. Is that still a likely outcome, or is Second Life becoming as irrelevant as pet rocks and leisure suits?
Second Life Dropouts Return To Real World
News  |  9/17/2008
Most people who try Second Life give it up and don't come back. We talked to two disaffected users.
Second Life Faces Otherworldly Competition
News  |  9/17/2008
A slew of companies, ranging in size from tiny startups to Google, are springing up virtual worlds of their own to challenge Second Life's dominance of the small but growing market.
Second Life's Popularity Rests On Breadth Of Activities
News  |  9/17/2008
Here's a quick guide to what goes on in Second Life, a lively virtual world full of music, dance, travel, games, and cybersex.
Second Life Tries For A Second Act
News  |  9/17/2008
The online virtual world has weathered a boom-and-bust cycle. Now it has a new CEO. Can this social networking phenom attract a new wave of consumers and enterprise users?
Interop: IBM Opens Social Software Research Center
News  |  9/17/2008
Big Blue is developing new technologies to support better workplace collaboration and communication.
Video Games Are Good For Kids, Experts Find
News  |  9/17/2008
With titles like "Guitar Hero," a Pew Internet survey refutes some common confusion about games -- that most are violent and teens tend to play alone.
VMware Launches Fusion For Mac, Virtual Client Initiative
News  |  9/16/2008
The software aims to help workers access their desktop environment running remotely in the data center or locally on a desktop or laptop.
IW500: Merrill Lynch, KeyBank Execs Keen On 'Visualization' Software
News  |  9/16/2008
Both banks use software from iRise, which reduced the average time it takes financial advisers to open a new client account from 32 minutes to six minutes.
The New Open Virtualization Format 1.0
Commentary  |  9/16/2008
At VMworld 2008, VMware's user conference held this week in Las Vegas, the Distributed Management Task Force announced a new virtual-management initiative VMAN, aimed at making it easier and cheaper to manage virtual environments.
T-Mobile To Introduce 'G1' Google Android Phone Sept. 23
News  |  9/16/2008
The handset made by HTC promises to reinvigorate the smartphone market and provide a mobile application platform to rival Apple's iPhone.
Lenovo Enters Global SMB Server Market
News  |  9/16/2008
The ThinkServer line is aimed at the 80% of small and medium-sized businesses who aren't currently using servers.
Interop: Capitalizing On Web 2.0 With Wikis, Social Networking
News  |  9/16/2008
New online tools make it easier for conference attendees in N.Y. to exchange ideas and opinions about IT issues and the conference itself.
Tech Spending Will Be Weaker In 2009 Than Predicted
News  |  9/16/2008
The good news is that tech spending will be better than expected this year. The bad news is that next year things will be worse, said Forrester Research.
Amazon's IMDb Now Showing Free Movies
News  |  9/16/2008
The site has begun showing more than 6,000 feature films and television shows submitted by CBS,, Sony Pictures Television, and more than 500 independent filmmakers.
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