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Content tagged with Cloud Storage posted in November 2009
Large Hadron Collider Breaks Energy Record
News  |  11/30/2009
The physics community is excited to see CERN's particle accelerator up and running again.
Microsoft Seeks Patent For Cloud Data Migration
Commentary  |  11/30/2009
On the cusp of launching its Azure cloud computing service, Microsoft is also making a savvy bid to lock up a patent for one of the main worries--vendor lock-in--of cloud users. (The other big concern is security.) The folks from Redmond have filed a patent application for migrating data to a new cloud, which is what you'd have to do when leave your first vendor.
Government CIOs Must Focus On Results, Not Data Centers
Commentary  |  11/30/2009
Data center proliferation entails unacceptable cost and risk, says the former CIO of the U.S. Postal Service. With cloud computing as an option, it's time to pursue a more sustainable strategy.
Saving 70% Per Month In The Cloud
Commentary  |  11/30/2009
I need to add an FTP server to my environment, and as I sit here and struggle with how I'm going to do that and stay under my annual budget, it occurs to me that the cloud isn't a bad option anymore. The savings are pretty compelling, in fact; read on for a quick and dirty cost analysis.
Microsoft Lands UK Cloud Deal
News  |  11/24/2009
CSC will support 30,000 U.K. postal service employees using cloud versions of Exchange and SharePoint.
Why Is Important To Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  11/23/2009
Shortly before's Dreamforce conference started last Wednesday, the San Francisco Fire Department had locked the doors to Moscone Center to let the crush of bodies entering it disperse before letting in more attendees. I thought, are you kidding me? All this for a mid-size software company? But as I talked to attendees over the next few days, I began to understand what was stoking such enthusiasm I haven't seen in years in the enterprise software industry.
Google Chrome OS: Don't Link it to Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  11/23/2009
With much fanfare, the Google Chrome OS launched last week. Chrome OS is a Web operating system that boots quickly, right into a browser... We've been here before... And I would rather not bind Chrome to cloud computing because I don't think the OS will be around long.
Chrome OS: There Will Be Local Storage
News  |  11/20/2009
Despite what Google says, not all data will be in the cloud.
The Million-Dollar Google Maps API
Commentary  |  11/20/2009
The U.S. government's Web site provides new visibility into what federal agencies pay for cloud-based applications and commercial software, with offerings from vendors such as Hewlett-Packard, Jive, Microsoft, and One of the priciest products on the site: Google's Maps API, which lists for nearly a million dollars.
First LTE Data Call Made On Live Net
News  |  11/20/2009
Alcatel-Lucent's live call is the latest in a series of Long Term Evolution tests and trials in preparation for the launch of LTE.
Google Chrome OS Depends On Hardware Partners
News  |  11/19/2009
Despite its focus on the Web -- a platform with proven appeal -- Chrome OS will also need compelling hardware to compete against Apple's anticipated tablet and Windows netbooks.
Interop: Cloud Computing's Portability Gotcha
Commentary  |  11/19/2009
There were a couple "aha" moments for me at Interop's Enterprise Cloud Summit. The first was that some companies are already storing hundreds of terabytes of data in the cloud. The second was that it can be a slow and expensive process to move that data from one service provider to another.
Google Releases Chrome OS Code
News  |  11/19/2009
Developers can now participate in the Chrome OS open source project and help Google bring its new operating system to market next year.
Interop: Which Cloud Is Right For You?
Commentary  |  11/18/2009
Look up in the sky and you might see cirrus, stratus, or cumulus clouds. Similarly, cloud computing comes in multiple flavors. The one you should choose depends on, among other things, how much vendor lock-in you're prepared to accept in exchange for banishing complexity from your IT organization.
Salesforce Adds Enterprise Social Networking
News  |  11/18/2009
Chatter brings Facebook- and Twitter-type capabilities to applications running on the cloud computing platform.
Microsoft Pioneers Cloud Framework As A Service
Commentary  |  11/18/2009
"Who would have imagined the explosion of interest in the cloud?" asked Ray Ozzie, Microsoft chief software architect, at the opening of Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference this week in Los Angeles. Well, Ozzie foresaw it and he listened to developers on how to best position his company. Vs. Azure: Competition In The Clouds
Commentary  |  11/17/2009
More than 15,000 people are attending the Dreamforce conference in San Francisco starting Tuesday night-good proof that is fulfilling its destiny as a cloud computing platform provider. (This many people wouldn't show up for a CRM conference.) Meanwhile, down in L.A., Microsoft execs are talking to developers about building apps to run on Windows Azure. Is that the crash-boom-bang of competitive thunderclouds I hear on the horizon?
Uncle Sam's $24 Million Cloud App
Commentary  |  11/17/2009
The U.S. government's cloud computing portal,, may be a breakthrough in fast, efficient, and transparent IT acquisition, but that doesn't mean it's cheap. Witness the multimillion-dollar software modules available to government agencies on the site.
Glide OS Extends Search
News  |  11/16/2009
TransMedia's forthcoming revision of its media sharing service will be accessible from any Web site through a browser plug-in.
Encryption Is Cloud Computing Security Savior
Commentary  |  11/16/2009
I'm beginning to think that fears about cloud security are overblown. The reason: an intellectual framework is already in place for protecting data, applications, and connections. It's called encryption. What's evolving now, and isn't anywhere near fully baked, is a set of agreed-upon implementations and best practices. Today's post talks about some relevant and interesting work from Trend Micro and from IBM.
IBM Offers Security Software For Virtualization
News  |  11/13/2009
The product secures each layer of the infrastructure of a VMware vSphere virtual server.
Amazon Data Center Project To Restart
Commentary  |  11/13/2009
Construction on's boarded up data center in Boardman, Ore., will restart in the "not too distant future," according to a report from KEPR, a local TV station. If all goes as planned, the project will be completed in the third quarter of 2010, say local authorities.
Global CIO: Cloud Computing's New Name: 500 Reader Suggestions!
Commentary  |  11/13/2009
The CEOs of HP and IBM say "cloud computing" is a lousy name, so we asked you to come up with a new term--and your 500 responses tell us a lot about ourselves.
Amazon Bids For Windows Developers On Eve Of Azure's Launch
Commentary  |  11/12/2009
Four days before Microsoft launches its Azure cloud platform to developers at a conference in L.A., Amazon has come up with a .Net software development kit to help Windows developers produce code that runs in Amazon's EC2. It's probably just coincidence. But let's see what they're getting with AWS SDK for .Net.
Why Jaguar Land Rover Chose Google Apps
News  |  11/12/2009
A customer success story spotlights the pitched battle among online apps.
Cray, Dell, Microsoft Team On HPC
News  |  11/12/2009
The high-performance computing system combines a workstation with a computing cluster to give users extra computing power at their desks.
Cloud Security In Focus Amid Data Theft Fears
Commentary  |  11/11/2009
Yeah, I know, this is another one of those "everything changes" moments where we're prodded into frenzied activity--as opposed to effective action--because an emerging technology has surged ahead of our ability to properly manage it. I'm talking about cloud computing, and the attendant fears not just of data theft, but of breaches of SaaS computing resources themselves. Fortunately, there are a bunch of below-the-radar efforts attempting to address these worries.
One CIO's View On Google Apps And Microsoft Office
Commentary  |  11/11/2009
Today I chatted with Jeremy Vincent, CIO of Jaguar Land Rover, on his choice of Google Gmail for 15,000 users. You'll read the details of that decision in an upcoming story. But an interesting aside from the Gmail deal is Vincent's interest in Microsoft's plan to put its Office suite in the cloud.
Microsoft Cloud Sales Exceed Expectations
Commentary  |  11/11/2009
Microsoft Business Division president Stephen Elop says he's been pleasantly surprised that enterprise customers' demand for cloud-based versions of Exchange and Office have exceeded Microsoft's expectations.
Global CIO: Why Oracle's Larry Ellison Will Tell The EU To Pound Sand
Commentary  |  11/10/2009
Larry Ellison wants to compete head-on against IBM. He needs Sun to do that. The EU stands in his way. The popinjays better be sure to buckle up their chinstraps.
Here's What's Different About 'The Cloud'
Commentary  |  11/10/2009
What's different about cloud computing versus the forms of computing that have gone before? It's really just a matter of scale, isn't it? The Google or or eBay data centers are maybe a little bigger than a big enterprise data center, right? Wrong. One answer lies in an example like Hadoop.
Dell Offers Exchange 2010 Services
News  |  11/10/2009
The computer maker introduced reference architectures and consulting services for customers migrating to Microsoft Exchange 2010.
Healthcare IT Career Tips
News  |  11/9/2009
IT pros without clinical experience shouldn't rule out possible transitions into emerging healthcare IT jobs.
Microsoft Releases Exchange 2010
News  |  11/9/2009
The e-mail server includes better storage optimization, voicemail integration, archiving, and potentially big cost savings, says the software giant.
What's The Definition Of Cloud Computing?
Commentary  |  11/6/2009
What's the definition of cloud computing? I keep asking myself that question and hearing different answers. Despite the frequent use of the term, it still means different things to different people. That was evident at the Cloud Computing Conference & Expo this week in Santa Clara, where I thought I would find consensus.
IBM Unveils Cloud Computing Software Tools
News  |  11/5/2009
Rational Software Delivery Services offers software development and testing tools for public and private cloud computing environments.
HP's Hurd, IBM's Palmisano Agree: Cloud Is Lousy Name
Commentary  |  11/5/2009
Sure, Hewlett-Packard CEO Mark Hurd and IBM CEO Sam Palmisano spit nails at each other over most things, but on this they agree: while cloud computing has tremendous potential as a technological approach, the term itself is a lousy name. We're with you, guys, but please: whatever the new name is, no more three-letter acronyms, okay?
Toshiba Expands Mobile HDD Line
News  |  11/5/2009
Its 1.8-inch hard disk drives for laptops and netbooks uses 42% less power than 2.5-inch drives operating at a comparable rate, company says.
NetSuite: A Study On Cloud Computing's Potential
Commentary  |  11/5/2009
Will companies move their core business applications to the cloud? It's one of the great unanswered questions, and one reason NetSuite is so interesting to watch. Based on NetSuite's third-quarter financial report, the answer to this question remains partly cloudy.
Government Technologist: Vivek Kundra's Data Center Problem
Commentary  |  11/4/2009
The number of data centers belonging to the U.S. government has more than doubled in the past 10 years. Can Federal CIO Vivek Kundra put a stop to the trend?
Parallels Upgrades Mac Virtualization Software
News  |  11/4/2009
Version 5 of Parallels Desktop is 300% faster, improves graphic performance, and adds 70 features.
Tech Pros Want Security, Healthcare, Green Certifications
Commentary  |  11/4/2009
Techies are seeking professional certifications in emerging areas like healthcare and green IT, and especially old standbys like IT security, according to a new survey.
T-Mobile Restores Voice, Data Services
News  |  11/4/2009
The service outage comes as T-Mobile is still reeling from its Sidekick data-loss fiasco.
Second Life Steps Into The Enterprise
News  |  11/4/2009
Companies can now run their own, private version of the virtual world in their data centers, for added security and control.
Microsoft Drops Prices Of Cloud Apps
News  |  11/2/2009
Exchange Online's monthly price drops from $10 to $5, and storage increases to 25 Gbytes, matching Google Gmail.
Lenovo Unveils ThinkCentre PC
News  |  11/2/2009
The A70z, Lenovo's first all-in-one desktop PC for business, sports a 19-inch screen, Intel Core 2 Duo processor, and remote power management.
Why Google's L.A. Win is Significant for SaaS
Commentary  |  11/2/2009
The Los Angeles City Council voted 12 to 0 last week to outsource its e-mail system to Google. The city will make the cloud a home for its enterprise e-mail with a $7.2-million contract that will move all 30,000 city employees to Google. This might be the most significant win to date for SaaS, a win that could drive others to cloud computing.

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