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    Virtualization shoot-out: Citrix, Microsoft, Red Hat, and VMware

    Posted April 13, 2011 - 6:14 am

    The leading server virtualization contenders tackle InfoWorld's ultimate virtualization challenge
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    VMware makes cloud jumping easy

    Posted March 14, 2011 - 9:49 am

    VMware's vCloud Connector (VCC) is a free VMware virtual appliance and vSphere plug-in that makes it a snap to transfer VMware virtual machines, templates and vApps between clouds.
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    Manage Google Storage with CloudBerry Explorer

    Posted February 4, 2011 - 10:25 pm

    Manage Google Storage with a full-featured standalone client.
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    Google Cloud Print: A hands-on tour

    Posted January 25, 2011 - 5:05 pm

    Cloud Print, Google's long-anticipated online printing solution, recently launched as a public beta for Windows users, and the feature, which is supposed to allow you to print remotely to a networked printer, is extremely easy to use.
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    The best hardware and software of the year

    Posted January 12, 2011 - 9:21 am

    InfoWorld's 2011 Technology of the Year Awards recognize the best products at the forefront of today's top data center, desktop, mobile, and programming trends.
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    Microsoft Office 365 beta: Useful, frustrating

    Posted January 3, 2011 - 9:46 pm

    Microsoft Office 365, a suite of business-focused, cloud-based applications that was recently released in beta, is actually a repackaging and updating of various Microsoft offerings -- optimized for the cloud. The intent is to give small businesses the kind of benefits that up until now only large companies have been able to get from services such as Exchange and SharePoint.
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    Private clouds: Not for the faint of heart

    Posted December 20, 2010 - 1:00 pm

    If you're thinking about operating a private cloud, you'll need management software to help create a virtualized pool of compute resources, provide access to end users, and handle security, resource allocation, tracking and billing.
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    Review: Nimbula Director beta shows promise

    Posted December 20, 2010 - 11:10 am

    Nimbula's founders developed the Amazon EC2 public cloud system, and are now working on Nimbula Director, which aims to partition internal cloud resources by authentication, along the lines of how EC2 works.
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    Preview: Dell's VIS vision takes shape

    Posted September 29, 2010 - 11:28 am

    Leveraging Dell AIM, the VIS Self-Service Creator tackles automated provisioning for the private cloud.
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    vSphere rounds into form

    Posted August 24, 2010 - 8:08 pm

    VMware's vSphere 4.0 cloud operating system, which we tested last June ushered in new methods to manage virtual machines on internal and external hosts. The 4.1 version, which shipped last month, delivers some much needed polish.
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    Nasuni makes cloud storage easy, safe

    Posted August 24, 2010 - 3:08 pm

    The principle advantage to Nasuni storage interface is its simplicity for network file system expansion, where the cloud storage vendor's resources become extensions of the storage network infrastructure. Nasuni makes branch rollouts specifically simple.
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    Review: Cloud automation tools

    Posted June 8, 2010 - 1:23 pm

    One of the promises of the public cloud is the opportunity to quickly dial up server resources in order to do a job that calls for heavy-duty batch processing. But first you need a way to manage the life cycle of that job. Fortunately, there are tools that can automate setting up and tearing down jobs in the public cloud.
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    Review: Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud

    Posted May 13, 2010 - 4:07 pm

    If you're building an internal or private cloud, Canonical wants you to use Ubuntu Linux 10.04 as your operating system of choice. To that end, the newest version of Ubuntu includes a feature set called Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud. In keeping with its open source pedigree, Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud is integrated with the open source Eucalyptus http://www.networkworld.com/slideshows/2009/110909-open-source-companies... private cloud platform, making it possible to create a private cloud with much less configuration than installing Linux first, then Eucalyptus.

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    First-ever test of public cloud management wares

    Posted May 10, 2010 - 11:12 am

    It's simple to rent raw compute power on the public cloud. The challenge is to deploy, manage, and take down jobs that are hosted in the cloud. In this groundbreaking test, we set up public cloud accounts at Amazon, Rackspace and GoGrid, and tested management services from RightScale, Tap In Systems and Cloudkick under real world conditions.
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    Enterprise cloud put to the test

    Posted April 5, 2010 - 4:21 pm

    The potential benefits of public clouds are obvious to most IT execs, but so are the pitfalls -- outages, security concerns, compliance issues, and questions about performance, management, service-level agreements and billing. At this point, it's fair to say that most IT execs are wary of entrusting sensitive data or important applications to the public cloud.
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    Cloud computing: Choosing a personal cloud service

    Posted April 5, 2010 - 11:49 am

    Personal cloud services provide users with a clear path to their data, and even some apps, regardless of platform. Two of the most promising offerings are Tonido from CodeLathe, and PogoPlug from CloudEngines, which have a strong overlap in features, but approach the customer in different ways.
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    Storage in the Cloud

    Posted March 15, 2010 - 2:06 pm

    Third-party cloud providers are popping up all over the place, offering a wide variety of capacity/pricing plans. Here's a round up of how each one stacks up in terms of cost, size, and operating system compatibility.
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    Office suites in the cloud: Microsoft Office Web Apps versus Google Docs and Zoho

    Posted October 7, 2009 - 4:41 pm

    Microsoft's fledgling Web-based productivity apps have one key advantage over SaaS rivals: amazing fidelity to the desktop-bound Word, Excel, and PowerPoint document formats
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    First look: Opera Unite alpha lets you share files -- but is it safe?

    Posted June 18, 2009 - 10:16 am

    Opera Software's announcement that it's going to bundle Unite, an easy-to-use Web server with content-sharing applets, with the Opera 10 Web browser sounds great -- at first. Upon closer inspection, though, there could be some real security headaches.
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    Java in the cloud: Google, Aptana, and Stax

    Posted April 21, 2009 - 10:50 am

    Just as the megastars in Hollywood seem to find each other and fall in love, it was only inevitable that two of the greatest buzzwords ever hatched -- "Java" and "cloud" -- would meet and begin to breed. Now that a number of companies have launched Java clouds, or begun weaving Java into their hosted development platforms, the race is on to remake the Java infrastructure in the cloud image.
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    Sun Cloud looks beyond Java

    Posted April 21, 2009 - 9:43 am

    Sun Microystems, which announced Sun Cloud in March, is taking a different tack than the Java clouds from Google, Aptana, and Stax because it wants to be more than just a Java provider.
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    Windows Azure Services Platform

    Posted December 16, 2008 - 10:09 pm

    Given Azure's preview status, it's difficult to say anything meaningful about its competitive position. We don't yet know what it will cost, and it has no track record for reliability at this point. What we do know now is that it's a well-thought-out cloud computing architecture that should be easy to learn for existing ASP.Net developers.
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