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Content tagged with Cloud Storage posted in April 2009
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Zend Supports Amazon EC2, Faster PHP Development
News  |  4/30/2009
Open source Zend Framework 1.8 includes APIs needed to invoke cloud computing and storage services and allows for more rapid application development.
Just Say No to Virtual Security FUD
Commentary  |  4/30/2009
What is special about a virtual computer-a VM? It's a computer in a file. That's it. It's just a computer stored in a file with similar foibles and management issues as a physical computer. So why do some people invest virtual computers some magical transformative powers? Do they not understand what a virtual computer is?
IBM Launches Appliance For Private Cloud Computing
News  |  4/30/2009
IBM is the first major vendor to produce a cloud appliance for its customers, a sign of how the concepts of private cloud computing are changing.
Clearing the Air on McKinsey's Cloud Report
Commentary  |  4/30/2009
The world of cloud computing was shocked last week with the release of the McKinsey report on cloud computing, entitled "Clearing the Air on Cloud Computing." As with any of the thought-leadership pieces pushed out around cloud computing, it was quickly picked apart by the pundits.
Sony Expected To Unveil New PSP In June
News  |  4/29/2009
The handheld console likely will be called the PSP Go! and will be available with either 8 GB or 16 GB of flash memory.
7 Netbooks That Will Surprise You
News  |  4/29/2009
More memory, more powerful processors, and larger displays aren't the half of it. Some features manufacturers are adding to netbooks may really surprise you.
Eucalyptus Open Source Private Cloud Project Goes Commercial
News  |  4/29/2009
With a $5.5 million investment from Benchmark Capital, Eucalyptus is preparing to sell deployment, consulting, and maintenance services for its open source software.
Incubator Aims to Cook Up Potential Cloud Standards
Commentary  |  4/29/2009
A group of heavyweight tech vendors have assembled to put cloud interoperability and security specifications on a fast track to standardization
Google Hypes Cloud Computing Over Virtualization Alone
News  |  4/28/2009
CIOs are asked to focus on virtualizing storage, network operations, and other critical business infrastructure rather than falling for the pipe dream of "internal clouds."
Is Demand Slowing For Amazon Web Services?
Commentary  |  4/28/2009
In the first quarter of 2009, Amazon's net sales surged 18% to $4.9 billion, fueled by sales of electronics and other general merchandise, which jumped 38% compared to a year ago. Holding the company back, however, was its "other" sales category, which grew only 8% and includes revenues from Amazon Web Services.
Seagate Offers Easy Backup For Windows PCs
News  |  4/27/2009
Seagate believes its external drive will be a winner because a third of consumers don't back up their computers, and those that do, do so rarely because of the time-consuming task.
Microsoft Ramps Up Virtualization Management, Management Services
News  |  4/27/2009
The company's push into two new areas is expected to be explored at its annual Microsoft Management Summit.
Cloud Vendor Cassatt Faces The End
Commentary  |  4/27/2009
Cassatt, a six-year-old enterprise software company, is "close to the end" of operations, according to Forbes. Cassatt had positioned its data center management software as a platform for private clouds, but the startup's steep licensing fees are apparently more than IT departments are willing to spend in this economy.
Virtual Appliances for Amazon's Storage Service
Commentary  |  4/27/2009
Vembu Technologies lets managed service providers resell storage services on top of Amazon's cloud.
Qualcomm To Pay Broadcom $891 Million In Patent Litigation Settlement
News  |  4/27/2009
Broadcom's bonanza could help it fulfill its unsolicited bid to take over Fibre Channel storage networking company Emulex.
Amazon Says CIO Interest In Its Cloud Services Is Surging
Commentary  |  4/25/2009
Amazon says CIO interest is rising rapidly in its enterprise-caliber Amazon Web Services, and that commitment for the new business starts at "the very highest levels of the company."
Red Hat Sponsors Forum On Open Source In The Cloud
Commentary  |  4/24/2009
It's often seemed obvious to me that clouds and Linux go hand in hand. Amazon's EC2 started out running workloads under Linux in a modified open source Xen file format. So why couldn't the operation of the whole cloud be based on open source code?
Federal CIO Vivek Kundra Sees Potential Of Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  4/24/2009
Cloud computing has a supporter in Federal CIO Vivek Kundra, who told me in an April 23 interview that he saw potential for big savings with the cloud approach. In fact, the fed's information portal,, is being moved to a cloud-computing infrastructure within weeks.
Universities Get $5 Million To Tap IBM-Google Cloud
News  |  4/23/2009
National Science Foundation grant recipients will explore image processing, large-scale data analysis, improving the Internet, human genome sequencing, and other areas.
Department Of Defense Pursues Private Cloud
News  |  4/23/2009
The agency is launching development and testing tools that should make it easier for military developers to test and deploy software themselves without the red tape.
Review: Tweetie, A Sweet Twitter Client For Mac
News  |  4/23/2009
An alternative to the clutter of desktop Twitter apps such as TweetDeck, Tweetie packs a lot of power beneath its sublimely simple, cheerful interface.
How To Vet Technology Startups
Commentary  |  4/22/2009
The release of InformationWeek's Startup 50 raises the old question: Should IT departments do business with startups at all? The unequivocal answer is yes, and here's my advice on how to pick the right ones.
Connectivity: The Achilles Heel of SaaS
Commentary  |  4/22/2009
Those who push back on SaaS and cloud computing typically site security, privacy, and legal issues, but they almost never talk about connectivity... In the recent shenanigans surrounding cut fiber lines in Silicon Valley, those affected quickly understood that Internet access can be gone in an instant...
Yahoo Cutting 5% Of Jobs
News  |  4/21/2009
Company execs blamed quarterly declines on currency fluctuations, the sale of Kelkoo, and lower fees from broadband partnerships, VoIP, and music subscriptions.
World Digital Library Puts Scholarly Treasures Online
News  |  4/21/2009
Free, unrestricted public access to digitized manuscripts, maps, books, films, recordings, and prints is available in seven languages.
Nvidia Intros Mac Pro GPU
News  |  4/21/2009
The Quadro FX 4800 boasts performance features geared toward creative professionals producing digital video, animation, and photography.
HP Takes On Cisco's Unified Computing System
News  |  4/21/2009
The starter kit has an enclosure with eight blade servers, HP's Virtual Connect 8-Gb Fibre Channel and Flex-10 Ethernet modules, and the StorageWorks EVA 4400 disk array.
Oracle's Alternatives Dim Without Sun
News  |  4/20/2009
By becoming a systems vendor, Oracle will move from being a software company to one that packages solutions "from database to disk."
RightScale Trends Right With Hybrid Cloud Support
Commentary  |  4/20/2009
Cloud computing management company RightScale, whose services companies use to manage and deploy resources in Amazon Web Services and other clouds, aims to be able to manage private and hybrid public-private clouds, starting with support for Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud.
Oracle To Acquire Sun Microsystems For $7.4 Billion
News  |  4/20/2009
Larry Ellison swoops in to buy out the server and software maker in the wake of Sun's failed talks with IBM.
Video Game Industry Sales Fall
News  |  4/17/2009
While Easter isn't usually considered an important holiday for retailers, it is in the video-game industry.
Cloud Computing Gets A Much-Needed Reality Check
Commentary  |  4/17/2009
McKinsey & Co.'s conclusion that cloud computing is twice as expensive as do-it-yourself data centers is welcome news. Even though McKinsey brings some shaky assumptions to its analysis, it's the kind of cold slap of reality that IT departments need if they're to avoid betting too much, too soon on the cloud.
Anti-Cloud Hype Is Hype
Commentary  |  4/16/2009
Cloud computing might not be all things to all people -- at least not yet -- according to a confidential PowerPoint presentation by McKinsey & Co. analyst Will Forrest. That's not news to anyone serious about managing enterprise IT, but it becomes O.J. Simpson Bronco chase-worthy in the hands of bloggers who give the profession a bad name.
Computer Expertise Cited As Probable Cause For Equipment Seizure
News  |  4/15/2009
The Electronic Frontier Foundation says student Riccardo Calixte's Fourth Amendment rights were threatened by the university police, who seized his cell phone, iPod, and computer.
Nintendo Wii MotionPlus Due In June
News  |  4/14/2009
The latest device, which brings one-to-one control to games, will only work with games that have been coded for it.
EMC Upgrades Symmetrix With Virtualization
News  |  4/14/2009
In addition to its support of virtual data centers, the new architecture supports thousands of VMware and other virtual machines in a single federated storage infrastructure.
Wipro To Enter Cloud Computing Market
Commentary  |  4/14/2009
IT services vendor Wipro Technologies plans to enter the cloud computing market over the next three to six months. Wipro CTO I Vijaya Kumar laid out the strategy in an interview with me yesterday.
HP Refreshes MediaSmart Server
News  |  4/13/2009
The software upgrade allows users to convert non-copyright-protected video into a lower resolution for downloading onto a mobile device.
Microsoft To Amazon: We'll Fix Windows Licensing
Commentary  |  4/13/2009
In a surprising admission, Microsoft president Bob Muglia says Microsoft's licensing arrangements with Amazon Web Services and other cloud service providers are both too complicated and too expensive. "We'll fix that," Muglia promises.
'Open Cloud Manifesto?' Just Stop!
Commentary  |  4/13/2009
The "Open Cloud Manifesto" proposes rules for cloud computing, including the use of open standards. I found it to be more about "motherhood, apple pie, and open standards," with no concrete detail in the document that would lead to anything of value. Here are the three problems with this document...
Sun's VirtualBox Hypervisor Silver-Lines Its Cloud
News  |  4/9/2009
Release 2.2 supports the Open Virtualization Format, which is recognizable by VMware's, Citrix's, and Microsoft's virtualization platforms.
Game Designer Wright Leaves EA, Forms Think Tank
News  |  4/9/2009
Will Wright said he plans to tap the "revolutionary change" taking place in the entertainment industry.
Top Microsoft Data Center Architect Leaves Company
News  |  4/9/2009
Mike Manos will become senior VP of technical services at Digital Realty Trust, a data center builder, outsourcer, and design consultancy.
Scareware Surging, Microsoft Report Finds
News  |  4/8/2009
Two rogue software families were detected on more than 1.5 million computers, making them among the top threats for the second half of 2008.
Games Rule iPhone App Downloads
News  |  4/8/2009
The popularity of games on the iPhone is making some developers see it as a legitimate competitor to Nintendo's DS and Sony's PlayStation Portable.
SaaS Integration: Here's the Challenge
Commentary  |  4/8/2009
Most enterprises that use SaaS don't account for integration until the app has already been adopted, and then they attempt to retrofit a strategy and technology into the mix, which is always painful. Here are a few suggestions for a better approach.
SaaS Might Be Best Choice For Mobile Workforce
Commentary  |  4/7/2009 on Tuesday introduced a scaled-down version of its mobile software for use on smartphones, including BlackBerry, iPhone, and Windows Mobile. It's offered a full-featured mobile app for a few years, and one designed specifically for the iPhone since last year. But most interesting is how these apps demonstrate that the SaaS model works exceptionally well for businesses wanting to deploy mobile software to their workforces.
'South Park,' 'SpongeBob,' Riding Netflix's Stream
News  |  4/6/2009
The deal marks an expansion of Netflix's partnership with MTV.
Nintendo DSi Arrives On Store Shelves Sunday
News  |  4/3/2009
Nintendo's latest gadget could evolve into a competitor of the iPod Touch, which is also a gaming platform and music and video player.
Amazon Cloud Saves Day For Australian Govt. IT Project
Commentary  |  4/3/2009
Australia's federal government started building a site that would let Aussies compare prices at various grocery stores, but the project was a disaster - "a basket case" and "a complete, useless farce," said one MP. And now an Australian integrator plans to completely rebuild the site using Amazon's EC2 cloud with ties to Google Maps. Sounds like on this deal, the technology will be the easy part.
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