Sony Dropping PS2 Price To $100
While video-game consoles typically have a lifespan of five years, Sony said it believes it can extend the life of its consoles to 10 years.
Cloud Manifesto Lacks Thunder
The Open Cloud Manifesto was formally introduced today, an anticlimactic and even embarrassing attempt to rally the computer industry around cloud computing interoperability.
Video: Inside Salesforce.com's Tenth Anniversary Victory Tour
Something is happening and you don't know what it is, goes the song. Strangely, it's turning out that the Web operating system we all thought would one day challenge Windows and serve as a portal to a universe of online-hosted apps turns out to be cloud computing. I breathed the buzz of cloud's success the other day as I caught up with the New York City edition of Salesforce.com's tenth anniversary, cross-country victory tour, and I shot a video.
Open Cloud Manifesto Revealed
The Open Cloud Manifesto, not surprisingly, has leaked out. Though its formal publication isn't due until March 30, the document seems to be one of the tech industry's worst kept secrets.
Is Java On Deck For Google App Engine?
While working on the post that I just published about whether data that's stored in the cloud is really safe or not (answer: your mileage will vary), I came across a post from Michael Arrington that speculates on whether Google's forthcoming super secret announcement on April 7th is that Google's App Engine
Podcast: Is Your Data Really Safe In the Cloud?
Earlier this week, over on InformationWeek's sister site that's dedicated to Cloud Computing -- Plug into the Cloud -- George Crump asked a question that I thought I knew the answer to: Is data in the cloud risky? Crump points to a "
Microsoft Vs. The Cloud Manifesto
Major tech vendors are a few days away from unveiling an agreement to pursue cloud computing interoperability, and already there's a problem. Microsoft torpedoed the effort before it was even announced. It's an inauspicious start to an important industry effort.
InformationWeek Releases Storage-As-A-Service RFI
The storage-as-a-service market continues to grow and change, with new players introducing products and services that give businesses an alternative to do-it-yourself, on-premises data storage. In preparation for a full-blown analysis of the market, InformationWeek is releasing a Request for Information aimed at storage-as-a-service vendors.
Disperse The Cloud
The problem with online applications is that they put user data under someone else's control.
Windows Server For Private Clouds
Though Microsoft says Windows Azure won't be used to power private clouds, there's no question that Microsoft will someday in the next year or two start playing in that market.
IBM's Half-Baked Cloud Strategy
Some observers argue that IBM, in looking to acquire Sun Microsystems, wants and needs Sun's cloud computing platform and services. The reason is that IBM's own cloud computing portfolio, while impressive in some respects, also has gaping holes.
bMighty News Flash: Wednesday March 25, 2009
Today's top tech news for small and midsize businesses: Google invests in Pixazza, economy crimps pay-for-performance outsourcing, Firefox architecture instability and memory leaks, no local Windows Azure, proprietary software model broken, is Linux Wal-Mart?, Hitachi 2.5" hard drive, Xobni ends beta, Dell servers and storage, T-Mobile 3G USB laptop stick, Sprint WiMax in 10 cities, Samsung SMB dealer program, Skype leading international carrier, botnet malware targets routers and modems, value
Future Of Mobile Gaming Is Convergence
Developers need to integrate social networks, location, and music in order to reach the burgeoning market of mobile gamers, one Nokia executive suggests.
Uncle Sam's Cloud Computing Dilemma
Federal agencies are under pressure to deploy cost-effective IT systems quickly, and cloud computing is one of the solutions favored by the Obama Administration. Yet, would-be cloud users in government will have to navigate a thicket of security requirements and other guidelines, warns one expert.
Cloud Computing FUD Muddies SaaS Waters
Vendors adopting cloud computing strategies are disparaging SaaS in a manner that could jeopardize their entire service-based business model just as it's starting to gain larger acceptance in the market.
Is Data In The Cloud Risky?
With the recent report that the FTC is considering a request to shut down Google Apps, the question of Cloud Security has come up and with it the question of if data in the cloud is risky. Of course only the government could hold a two day hearing on whether or not data in the cloud is at risk.
Churn Rising Among SaaS, Hosted Subscribers: Gartner
Subscribers to software solutions with a fixed duration are shopping around more vigorously for replacements and cost-cutting is a major motivator, a Gartner blogger says. The frenzy hasn't hit on-premises software companies nearly as hard because their perpetual licenses are, well, perpetual -- so in that universe the churn-and-burn season never happens.
Apple's iPhone Can Dethrone Nintendo DS
The iPhone and iPod Touch can become the dominant gaming platform because of constant connectivity and the App Store model, NGmoco founder Neil Young says.
Five Steps To A Well-Tuned Cloud
Many early adopters of cloud computing are poorly equipped to monitor and manage the performance of their cloud applications. In a just-published InformationWeek article, author Michael Healey outlines five steps users can take to change that.
Amazon Offers 'Reserved Instances'
Amazon has introduced "reserved instances," a new Amazon EC2 pricing option that lets businesses claim a part of the Amazon cloud as their own... Good thing? Sure! Companies that are dedicated to using cloud computing resources such as Amazon Web Services will benefit from this kind of pricing.
Immersion Sheds Its CyberGlove
The company says it sold the portfolio as part of its strategy to focus only on its medical and touch lines of business.
Report: Cloud Computing Could Be Bigger Than The Web
A new report, funded by Google, portrays cloud computing as representing the next major evolution of computing, one that follows in the footsteps of mainframes, PCs, and smartphones. The authors suggest that cloud vendors could power a "dramatic expansion" of the U.S. economy, and they call on U.S. policymakers to get involved.
ReviewCam Of Sun's Innovative Drag, Drop, & Deploy Virtual Datacenter Designer
While at Sun's CommunityOne East Developer Conference where Sun announced a pretty compelling entry into the cloud computing market (called the Sun Cloud, see the details and listen to the podcast), I caught up with Sun Cloud Computing CTO Lew Tucker who sat down with me to demo a GUI-based virtual datacenter deployment tool (all in a Web browser). Perhaps Sun should call it 4D; Drag, Drop, Deploy, and (
Should Facebook Be Your Company's Intranet?
On the face of it, that question may seem ridiculous. But for at least one midsize company, the answer already is "Yes!" Take a peek at the benefits -- and the risks -- raised by Serena Software's bold social-networking experiment.
Is The Mobile Thin Client An Impossible Dream?
During numerous interviews I did for a story to publish March 30 on software and smartphones, many CIO types said they hoped to one day avoid distributing software to employees' BlackBerrys, Windows Mobiles, and other devices, and instead have smartphones entirely dependent on software in the cloud. But given what my research revealed about how employees use smartphones, that seems an impossible goal.