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Content tagged with Cloud Storage posted in November 2008
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Will Oracle And SAP Offer Big-Business SaaS? Sort Of
Commentary  |  11/26/2008
The question has been out there for some time: Will SAP and Oracle ever deliver software as a service to their large enterprise customers? The answer is, sort of.
Google Sorts One Petabyte Of Data In 6 Hours
Commentary  |  11/26/2008
According to last Friday's Official Google Blog, the Google Systems Infrastructure Team has sorted a record 1 terabyte of data on 1,000 computers in only 68 seconds, which breaks the previous mark of 209 seconds established in July by Yahoo.
Startups Use SaaS To Take On SharePoint
Commentary  |  11/26/2008
Microsoft's SharePoint is the T. rex of collaboration products: big, fiercely competitive, and standing atop the social computing food chain. But smaller, nimbler players are using SaaS to compete against the thundering giant.
SAP's Pain Equals CIO Gain?
Commentary  |  11/25/2008
In essential physical therapy, short-term pain might be unpleasant but it's also an indispensable prerequisite for long-term health. So yesterday when SAP's new CEO said that offering the company's core ERP products in a SaaS model will end up "hurting our margin, and hurting our stock," I hope he wasn't saying SAP will try to wait out -- or worse yet, try to ignore -- the inexorable forces of
Program TiVo From Your Cell Phone
News  |  11/25/2008
TiVo has launched a mobile site that lets Series 2 and Series 3 owners schedule recordings from any Internet-enabled cell phone.
Microsoft's Virtualization Chief: Watch For Us In The Cloud
News  |  11/24/2008
Microsoft is positioning its Hyper-V hypervisor and Virtual Machine Manager component of Microsoft's System Center for on premises and in the cloud support.
HP Laptops, Services Boost Quarterly Revenue
News  |  11/24/2008
Dell, on the other hand, recently reported a 3% drop in revenue for the same period to $15.16 billion, while its profits fell 5% to $727 million.
Hot For The Holidays: 3-D Avatars, Gardening Gadgets
News  |  11/24/2008
Move over, avatars. There's a new technology that allows users to create digital versions of themselves for any number of applications in the online world.
'60 Minutes' Looks At 'Widow Penalty' In Immigration Law
Commentary  |  11/24/2008
Last night, 60 Minutes reported on a group of hundreds of American widows fighting a U.S. government effort to deport them from this country. These women (and a few men) are citizens of foreign countries who married American citizens, but their spouses died before their residency applications were completed. InformationWeek covered this story in June; one of the widow
Video-Game Consoles Also Waste Your Electricity
News  |  11/21/2008
On average, the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 use 150 watts and 119 watts of electricity, respectively, more than prior generations of the consoles.
Yieldex Wins Amazon Startup Contest
Commentary  |  11/21/2008
Yieldex, a one-year-old company with a product for forecasting online ad inventory, is the winner of Amazon Web Services' startup challenge. The prize: $50,000 in cash, $50,000 in AWS credits, and a potential investment from Amazon.
Google Crowdsources YouTube Support
News  |  11/20/2008
YouTube is looking for users willing to make a video to explain topics such as Editing my video, Customizing channels, and Transferring from camera to computer.
Google's Lively Set To Die In December
News  |  11/20/2008
The 3-D interactive chat environment will join the list of Google misfires when it closes, less than six months after launch.
Will IT Management Go SaaS?
Commentary  |  11/19/2008
Forrester Research forecasts SaaS will take a modest bite out of the IT management market. The big surprise is the high level of interest from medium-sized and large enterprises.
CA To Overhaul Big Iron With Mainframe 2.0
News  |  11/19/2008
The management company claims mainframes can represent only half the cost of distributed client-server architecture for light workloads.
IT's Next Headache: Cloud Chaos
Commentary  |  11/19/2008
It's easy to get started with cloud services, which is one of those mixed blessings that can get businesses into trouble. A few internal developers may sign up for cloud services, rogue business units do the same, usage grows, and before you know it, your company has plugged into multiple clouds without a coordinated plan. IT departments need to guard against the impending chaos.
Fixing Linux: What's Broken And What To Do About It
News  |  11/19/2008
The open-source operating system still has major problems that need immediate attention. Our expert recommends configuration, versioning, and GUI enhancements, to name a few.
Why Platform As A Service Matters To Businesses, Not Just Developers
Commentary  |  11/18/2008
Sure, platform as a service is mostly aimed at software developers. But by making it easier to create specialized programs, PaaS promises more and better business applications.
iPhone Turns Into Wii-Like Controller
News  |  11/18/2008
With software from Social Gaming Network, players can turn an iPhone or iPod Touch into a motion controller for games on a PC screen.
Yahoo CEO Casts Departure In Positive Light, Lists Successes
News  |  11/18/2008
Jerry Yang praises the company's tangible progress, despite a tough external environment, and says he'll "always bleed purple."
5 Classes of Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  11/18/2008
The best way to look at cloud computing is to learn how to classify the clouds. Right now I see at least five classifications: storage-as-a-service, database-as-a-service, applications-as-a-service, platform-as-a-service, integration-as-a-service, and security-as-a-service. Each category has its own path to maturation, with applications-as-a-service (or SaaS), leading the way. The next push will be...
Tech Researcher Slams 'Misleading' HP News Release
News  |  11/18/2008
The Robert Frances Group said Hewlett-Packard misinterpreted its report on the advantages of upgrading old computer systems with energy-efficient ones.
Red Hat CEO Whitehurst Talks About Slowdown, Virtualization, Linux
News  |  11/18/2008
In an exclusive interview, Red Hat's Jim Whitehurst opens up about the open source software firm's short-term prospects in troubled times and longer-term opportunities for growth.
Capgemini Sharpens Cloud Consulting With Amazon Deal
News  |  11/18/2008
The company also launched a new group, the Cloud Computing Center of Excellence, that will help businesses evaluate and implement cloud services and offer cloud consulting.
Hurtful Google Docs Study Tied To Ex-Microsoft Employees
News  |  11/17/2008
The ClickStream report suggests that a mere 1% of U.S. adult Internet users used Google Docs, while Microsoft Office is in use by more than 50% of adult U.S. Internet users.
Domino's Offers Pizza Through TiVo Service
News  |  11/17/2008
TiVo subscribers can set up user names and passwords on, which will enable them to place orders through their TVs using only an account number.
Symantec CEO John Thompson To Retire
News  |  11/17/2008
Symantec COO Enrique Salem has been tapped to take over as president and CEO.
The Planet's New On-Demand Storage Cloud Service
Commentary  |  11/17/2008
Managed hosting vendor The Planet has announced the availability of an on-demand storage cloud service that merges on-premises storage performance with cloud storage capabilities.
Microsoft Releases SharePoint, Exchange As A Service
News  |  11/17/2008
More than 7,000 companies and organizations signed up to participate in the multitenant beta for Exchange Online and SharePoint Online.
Mathematica's New Cloud Computing Partnership
Commentary  |  11/14/2008
Last week, Wolfram Research announced that it was developing a cloud computing service for users of its Mathematica software used to graph and understand complex mathematics, physics, and engineering problems.
October Sales Mixed In Still-Growing Video Game Industry
News  |  11/14/2008
On the hardware side, the greater supply of Nintendo Wii paid off with the console recording its best sales month since last November and December.
Is It Adultery If The Sex Happens In Second Life?
Commentary  |  11/14/2008
Is cybersex adultery? That's a question faced by a U.K. couple, who divorced after she caught him having cybersex with another woman in Second Life. She called up the real-life lawyers and kicked the bum out. But is it really adultery if there's no physical contact? Is it cheating if the two people having relations never even see each other, or hear each others' voices?
Sun To Cut 18% Of Jobs, Reorganize Software Business
News  |  11/14/2008
Rich Green, executive VP for software since 2006, will leave the company, and the company's software operations would be divided between two new groups now focused on open source products.
Review: Parallels Desktop 4 For Mac Boosts Stability, Performance
News  |  11/14/2008
The previous version of the Parallels virtualization package for running Windows and Linux on Macs was a buggy disappointment. Will version 4 be able to win back users' hearts?
'Lich King' Chapter Of World Of Warcraft Begins
News  |  11/13/2008
The massively multiplayer online role-playing game requires the player to have the original World Of Warcraft game and its first extension.
IBM Turns To Cloud Management
Commentary  |  11/13/2008
Want a clue on what's next from IBM in cloud computing? Then take note that Dennis Quan, the guy behind IBM's cloud computing partnership with Google, recently moved into IBM Tivoli's development group. His new assignment tells a lot about the challenges IBM sees ahead.
Hyperic To Monitor Amazon Cloud From The Inside
News  |  11/12/2008
The software will be installed as an Amazon Machine Image, a virtual machine file format based on Xen, and made available on Amazon's DevPay service.
VoiceCon: IT Will Revolutionize Health Care
News  |  11/12/2008
During a keynote at VoiceCon, Kaiser Permanente's CIO said IT will play critical role in making health care more efficient, effective, and economical.
Bush Urged To Lift Ban On Online Gambling
News  |  11/12/2008
Despite NFL lobbying, Congressman Barney Frank argues the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act will burden the financial services industry.
Nokia Rolls Out E Series Smartphone
News  |  11/12/2008
The Symbian-powered E63 has a full QWERTY keyboard, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and multimedia functions.
Fujitsu, Hitachi Offer Power-Efficient Notebook Hard Drives
News  |  11/11/2008
All the drives are halogen-free, which means fewer hazardous materials are used in their production, and each has a read/write power consumption of 1.4 watts at 500-GB capacities.
Google Apps Inventor Rajen Sheth Unplugged, Part III: Some Finishing Touches For Google Apps?
Commentary  |  11/11/2008
Last week, I published Part I and Part II of my recent interview with Rajen Sheth, aka the inventor of Google Apps. Throughout Part II, Sheth and I discussed the degree to which the pre-release version of Google's open source browser Chrome represented the sort of browser-side innovations that might ta Twitters From Amazon Web Services
Commentary  |  11/11/2008, a startup that has developed a "virtual computer," is integrating Twitter with its browser-based user environment. More than a dozen applications are available from, a unique company where Israelis and Palestinians work together writing Web 2.0 software.
Cloud Computing Issues Are Different, But Familiar
Commentary  |  11/10/2008
David Berlind points out the difficulty of assigning blame with mashups built out of cloud technologies. One "simple" solution, the one that Microsoft might like you to consider, is getting all your cloud technologies from a single vendor. That's not likely to solve the problem.
Google's Gmail Gets Free Video Chat
News  |  11/10/2008
The plug-in requires an Intel-based computer running Mac OS X or a computer running Windows XP or Vista, a Webcam, and/or a microphone.
EMC's New Global Cloud Storage Offering
Commentary  |  11/10/2008
Storage giant EMC today debuted its first cloud-optimized storage offering, called Atmos, that promises to help huge content distribution services, such as video and photo sharing sites, store petabytes of data across cloud storage environments around the world.
Cray XT Jaguar Supercomputer Surpasses IBM Roadrunner
News  |  11/10/2008
The official list of the world's 500 fastest computers, compiled by university and government scientists twice a year, is scheduled to be released next week.
VMware Brings Virtualization To Smartphones
News  |  11/10/2008
The mobile virtualization platform could enable phone makers to bring handsets to market faster, and it could simplify migrating personal data off phones.
IBM Launches 45-Nanometer SOI Chip Manufacturing Service
News  |  11/10/2008
The 45-nm silicon-on-insulator chips offer up to 30% higher performance and 40% lower power usage than conventional silicon chips made by Intel, says IBM.
Outlook for SaaS Gets Cloudy
Commentary  |  11/10/2008
So is moving from SaaS to cloud computing... So, What's the difference? And, where is this all going?... Once again we're playing buzzword bingo, but perhaps for good reasons... What will be interesting is the number of other SaaS companies that will follow into the clouding computing space.
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