Government Is Out-Clouding the Private Sector
Are government agencies outpacing their corporate counterparts in cloud computing? That might seem to be the case, given the recent exposure around government cloud initiatives. However, it may be that governments and corporations have different agendas when it comes to the cloud.
Private Clouds: Unassigned Territory
The public cloud is a given. Software-as-a-service now rings true with most IT managers and infrastructure-as-a-service is at least a familiar concept, owing to its similarity to data-center co-location and outsourcing. Private clouds, on the other hand, are much less familiar, and much more intimidating, to judge from recent feedback.
Firefox Home Headed To iPhone
Mozilla may not be able to get Firefox approved for the iPhone but perhaps it will be able to win acceptance for its personalization and synchronization technology.
Does Cloud ROI Matter? You Bet!
Is cloud computing so interesting and innovative that business sense is beside the point? No way! The advantage to the business is why we do cloud computing. The core issue is how you calculate ROI. Follow me here...
Symantec Enhances SMB Security Suite
For small and midsize businesses, Symantec will offer improved endpoint security, backup capabilities, disaster recovery and messaging security this summer.
Look, Ma, No Hardware!
Cloud computing spells the end of the glass house, according to some radical prognostications, representing an industry imperative summed up in a paraphrase of President Ronald Reagan: "Mr. CIO, tear down this data center." Then again, some forecasters see a boom in hardware sales, and a reinvigoration of the IT discipline, connected to an embrace of the cloud. The truth, as is usually the case, is likely somewhere in the middle.
Review: Microsoft Office Web Apps
We weigh the online versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint to see how they stack up as standalone productivity apps -- and against Google Apps.
Verizon VoIP Usage Soars
Customer's use of minutes supplied by Verizon’s Global Wireless VoIP increased more than 200% last year.
Financial Services Like The Cloud, Provided It's Private
The panel was on "Financial Services in a Cloud Connected World." Its members were representatives of New York's big banks, a Wall Street consultancy and an industry advisory group, all assembled for the first event the morning after the CA World 2010 party at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. It was time to get serious about cloud computing.
Cloud 2.0: Are We There Yet?
Cloud computing is still partly hype, part reality. Broken down into its constituent parts (SaaS, PaaS, IaaS) it is a pragmatic strategy with a history of success. But the concept of "the cloud" still has some executives scratching their heads over what's real, what's exactly new about it, and how it fits into their IT plans. Is it time to move to Cloud 2.0?
Is Uncle Sam a Role Model for Cloud Computing?
Perhaps more of an object lesson than a prime example. The fed's fits and starts around cloud computing seem typical of an organization trying to adopt (and adapt to) a disruptive new business process. What's the takeaway? Stick to the vision, and serve the customer.
Cloud: Does ROI Matter?
Nobody asked about return on investment during the American Revolution. And, I highly doubt that Edward Jenner was thinking real hard about the total cost of ownership while he was inventing vaccination. Sure, modern democracy and immunology have value. But that value didn't become apparent until time had passed and until these concepts had proven successful. So it will be, I think, with cloud.
Android 2.2 Coming To Most HTC Phones
The operating system codenamed Froyo, which is expected to include tethering capabilities, will be delivered to device makers 'in the coming weeks.'
Feds Advance Cloud Adoption Plans
In the past two weeks alone, the government has introduced a new cloud RFQ, expanded its cloud app store, and launched a clouds standards effort.
The Cloud Calls for New Skills
Software-as-a-service ushered in the era of cloud computing. SaaS featured one-size-fits-all applications that customers could tap online to exploit the advantages of the cloud: availability, flexibility, scalability. But to really employ and deploy cloud computing to its fullest measure, enterprises need to learn to write their own cloud-oriented applications.
Google To Sell Music Through Android Market
Google isn't merely taking aim at the iPhone. It has set its sights on iTunes, the technology that Apple relies on to control the flow of data on the iPhone and to limit the interoperability of competitors' devices.
How Many Virtual Machines Can Run On A Single Server?
How many user desktops can run on a virtualized server? From a structural point of view, this question has a lot in common with, "How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?" Nevertheless, I did my best to answer it in the new McGraw-Hill book, Management Strategies for the Cloud Revolution. As it turns out, I was wrong.
Privacy: The Cloud's Achilles' Heel?
Security and privacy are both important issues in relation to cloud computing. And while it's easy to lump them together, security and privacy are really two separate issues, related but different. They need to be treated that way.
Google TV Coming This Fall
Having partnered with retailers and manufacturers, Google aims to succeed where others have fallen short: wedding the Web with TV.
Amazon Updates Kindle App For PCs
The latest version of Kindle for PC includes a full-screen reading mode and enables users to edit notes and marks, change the background color and control screen brightness.
Google's Sergey Brin: We Screwed Up
Following the keynote presentations on Wednesday at Google IO, the company's annual developer conference, Google hosted several press briefings to delve deeper into some of the announcements of the day.
The Cloud Does Not Mean Less Work
The word "abdicate" has cropped up in this blog in the last several days, as in "Since when does IT abdicate responsibility for [fill in the blank]…" There seems to be an impression that cloud computing means less work for IT, whether it's pushing security responsibility to end users or business managers, or ceding responsibility for performance to the service providers themselves. Nothing could be further from the truth. Cloud computing means just as much work for IT (or somebody)
Google Gives Web $120 Million Gift
By providing a royalty-free video codec and a store to help sell Web apps, Google is trying to make the Web the leading development platform.
Google Wave Open To All
After a year in invitation-only testing, Google is making Wave available to anyone who wants to try it.