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Content tagged with Cloud Storage posted in July 2008
As Data Center Needs Grow, Microsoft Plows Into Iowa
News  |  7/31/2008
Its online services push requires a huge investment in new data center facilities.
EDS Denies Layoff Report, Shareholders Approve HP Deal
News  |  7/31/2008
The transaction, which valued EDS at $25 per share, is expected to close in the second half of 2008.
Facebook To Use Intel-Powered Servers
News  |  7/31/2008
The agreement includes evaluation, benchmarking, and optimization of software for Intel architecture in Facebook's growing data centers.
With Microsoft Midori, Platforms Take Shape In The Cloud
News  |  7/31/2008
The advent of browser-based thin clients like CherryPal and projects from Microsoft, Google, and others indicates that fully cloud-based computing will make its way to the masses.
Microsoft Prepares For Post-Windows Era With 'Midori'
News  |  7/30/2008
The operating system is being designed from the ground up to support Internet-based computing and multicore architectures.
EPA Asks Whether Energy Star Ratings Would Work For Data Centers
News  |  7/30/2008
About 240 data centers will provide the EPA with power consumption information over the next year with the aim of creating possible Energy Star specifications for energy-efficient data centers.
Is eBay Getting Into Cloud Computing?
Commentary  |  7/29/2008
Another of the Web giants, eBay, may be joining the growing and nebulous (pun intended) field of cloud computing, if a new job listing is any indication.
Clouds Are Only In The Sky
Commentary  |  7/29/2008
There's a lot of blogosphere chatter these days about "private cloud" computing. Unfortunately, there's no such thing.
Vote For Your Favorite Startup
News  |  7/29/2008
Weigh in and tell us which startups you think have the most compelling technologies.
HP, Intel, Yahoo Join Government, Academia In Cloud Computing Research
News  |  7/29/2008
Each of the founding members will host a cloud-computing infrastructure largely based on HP computers and Intel processors in six data centers.
Rackable To Offer IBM Blade Servers In Containerized Data Center
News  |  7/28/2008
The custom ICE Cube will be available with either IBM's BladeCenter T or HT systems, which are certified for use by the telecommunications industry.
Cryptic Announces Star Trek Online, Posts Screenshots
News  |  7/28/2008
Online games developer Cryptic Studios plans to unveil video footage of the game at the upcoming Star Trek convention in Las Vegas on Aug. 10.
Fabrik Launches Faster Eco-Friendly External Hard Drive
News  |  7/28/2008
The SimpleTech drive can transfer data 25% faster than similar products and includes a companion online backup service and virus protection.
Apple's MobileMe Continues To Sputter
News  |  7/24/2008
In the latest technical issue, Apple said about 200,000 MobileMe customers haven't been able to access e-mail for nearly a week.
Dell Launches Rack Workstation
News  |  7/23/2008
The company also introduced a PC-over-IP remote access device that offers hardware-based encryption and compression without compromising system performance.
Microsoft Mum On 'Red Dog' Cloud Computing
News  |  7/22/2008
The Windows-compatible platform can be seen as Microsoft's counterpart Amazon's Elastic Cloud Computing service, known as EC2, and to the Google App Engine.
Cloud Computing Serves Up Occasional Thunderstorms
Commentary  |  7/22/2008
Last weekend's Amazon S3 outage shows that cloud computing isn't all upside. In theory, outsourcing services to companies that focus on them should make things more scalable and reliable. In reality, it doesn't always seem to work that way.
Video-Game Industry Headed For Record Year, Despite Troubled Economy
News  |  7/18/2008
Store sales of video games and consoles in June soared 53% and 54%, while revenues from software and accessories rose 61% and 25%, the NPD Group said.
In The Cloud, Where Do Borders Fall?
Commentary  |  7/17/2008
I just read that the U.S. State Department now has an embassy in Second Life. That's an inflection point if I ever saw one.
NIH Awards $33.3 Million For Advanced Medical Research Technology
News  |  7/16/2008
The U.S. government grants will help researchers explore the diagnosis and treatment of diabetes, cancer, autism, and other medical conditions.
Apple Admits MobileMe Problems
News  |  7/16/2008
The company apologizes for technical snags, drops "push" language, and offers subscribers 30 days for free.
The Rise Of Enterprise-Class Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  7/16/2008
With its new Cloud Server, Elastra joins a growing list of vendors offering products and services for enterprise-class cloud computing. The year-old startup is betting -- rightly so, in my opinion -- that businesses are ready and willing to move workloads to the cloud, but only if they have IT tools that are sophisticated enough to manage the process.
Blizzard Wins Big Legal Victory Upholding Software License Rules
News  |  7/15/2008
The Blizzard decision, if allowed to stand, could diminish consumers' already limited ownership rights over the software they buy.
Lenovo Launches Centrino 2 Notebook Line
News  |  7/15/2008
The sub-$900 notebooks offer small and midsize companies the latest mobile platform from Intel and built-in wireless connectivity to AT&T's 3G high-speed network.
Netflix To Stream Movies Over Microsoft's Xbox Live Service
News  |  7/15/2008
The service will feature more than 10,000 movies and TV shows available for immediate viewing.
Microsoft Unveils 60 GB Xbox 360, Axes 20 GB Model
News  |  7/14/2008
The 60 GB version of the Xbox 360 will hit stores in the U.S. and Canada starting in early August.
Xbox 360 Price Cut Coming, Report Says
News  |  7/11/2008
Microsoft is looking to maintain Xbox sales momentum in the face of stiff competition from Sony's PlayStation 3 and Nintendo's Wii.
After Some Hiccups, Apple's MobileMe Goes Live
News  |  7/11/2008
Apple's "Exchange for the rest of us" experienced multiple technical issues during its launch Thursday.
Startup Develops Single, Simple Interface To Cloud Services
Commentary  |  7/11/2008
Kaavo, a startup founded by a former IT professional, has developed a browser interface for managing resources from multiple cloud computing providers. Not yet a year old, Kaavo is moving quickly to address what's likely to be a growing need as more companies plug into not just one, but a variety of cloud services.
Mobile Social Computing To Bridge An Ethnic Divide
News  |  7/10/2008
Local language versions of the Glide Web-based mobile application suite help fuel CEO Donald Leka hopes of connecting those who can barely afford a PC.
Samsung Unveils YouTube-Optimized Camcorder
News  |  7/9/2008
The SC-MX20 compact camcorder, the successor to the SC-MX10, features a 680,000-pixel image sensor that delivers a maximum resolution of 720 x 480 pixels.
New Media Rights Contested In Movie Studios 'Final Offer'
News  |  7/9/2008
An entertainment and technology lawyer says the actors' contract disputes over new media reflect a "civil war" between tech and entertainment interests in California.
Sony Ships Fix For Flawed PlayStation Firmware Update
News  |  7/9/2008
Version 2.41 corrects defects in v2.40, released about a week ago, that caused some PlayStation 3 systems to stop working.
Software As A Service With A Personal Touch
Commentary  |  7/9/2008
Landslide Technologies is pushing its way into the crowded field of Web-based salesforce automation and CRM applications. It's doing so by offering not just software as a service, but also personal assistance for busy sales professionals.
Google Launches Virtual World Called 'Lively'
News  |  7/9/2008
Lively feels more like a Google Talk-powered chat room with 3-D camera controls than an immersive environment like Second Life.
IBM, Second Life Demo Virtual World Interoperability
News  |  7/8/2008
The extensions used to connect Second life to the OpenSim server will be made available to the open source community and the OpenSim community.
New Data Integration Option For Amazon's EC2 Service
Commentary  |  7/8/2008
Open source software company SnapLogic has introduced a version of its data integration framework that's tuned for's Elastic Compute Cloud, or EC2, Web service. It gives developers and IT departments the option of doing their data integration work in Amazon's cloud rather than on their own servers.
Apple's MobileMe To Go Live Wednesday
News  |  7/8/2008
Apple's wireless syncing service will debut Wednesday night ahead of Friday's iPhone 3G launch.
Intel, DreamWorks Collaborate On 3-D Filmmaking Technology
News  |  7/8/2008
The fruits of their collaboration will first be seen in the film "Monsters vs. Aliens" next March.
Atempo Archives To The Cloud With Nirvanix
Commentary  |  7/8/2008
Backup software vendor Atempo, now run out of the U.S. by CEO Neal Ater, formerly of Veritas but maintaining a bit of a French accent, entered the archiving market in February by acquiring Lighthouse Global Technologies. It has since released new versions of both the e-mail and file archiving solutions. Now, at the beginning of what I hope is a major trend, it has added the ability to use Nirvanix cloud storage SDN service as an archive repository for files with storage costs of just two bits pe
Microsoft Gets Off The Pot (Finally!)
Commentary  |  7/8/2008
Microsoft has finally stopped dragging its heels on its vague "software + services" strategy and announced today some concrete details on upcoming products and pricing. Here are my initial observations.
Google's Precipitate Rains Your Docs Down From The Cloud
Commentary  |  7/8/2008
Have a mish-mash of files spread between your PC and the cloud? Searching both for a document because you can't remember where you stored it costs time ... unless you use Google's new search tool called Precipitate. Precipitate is a desktop-based search client that scans your local machine and the cloud for your stuff so you only have to search once.
Pioneer Develops Ultra-High Capacity Optical Disc
News  |  7/7/2008
The 16-layer disc has a total capacity of 400 GB, far more than any commercially available optical disc.
Online Digital Print Services Buyer's Guide
News  |  7/7/2008
We uploaded digital files and had photos printed by Kodak Gallery, RitzPix, Shutterfly, and It wasn't always pretty, but one online vendor clearly earned our top marks.
Microsoft To Launch Windows Small Business Server 2008 On Nov. 12
News  |  7/7/2008
An early release version of Windows Essential Business Server 2008, Microsoft's mid-sized business product, will also be released in November.
Nvidia Stock Falls On Lowered Revenue Forecast
News  |  7/3/2008
Investors reacted negatively to the graphics chipmaker's revised earnings estimate and the news that it would take up to a $200 million charge for products that failed in notebooks.
Nokia 6220 Smartphone Released
News  |  7/3/2008
The Nokia 6220 classic design includes 3G connectivity, compatibility with Microsoft Office applications, Bluetooth capabilities, and a 5-megapixel camera.
VMware Completes Acquisition Of B-hive Networks
News  |  7/2/2008
B-hive Conductor will allow VMware to add proactive management of applications running in virtual machines.
Xbox 360 Price Cut Coming, Report Says
News  |  7/1/2008
Microsoft is looking to maintain recent Xbox sales' momentum in the face of stiff competition from Sony's PlayStation 3 and Nintendo's Wii unit.
A Bleak Vision For Orwell's Internet
Commentary  |  7/1/2008
The new book by Harvard law professor Jonathan Zittrain, a technology thinker and provocateur, lays out a stark, Orwellian vision for the next phase of online development.

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