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    7 days in the cloud: My week with the Samsung Chromebook

    Posted July 18, 2011 - 7:39 am

    Steven Vaughan-Nichols recently spent a week working with nothing but a Samsung Series 5 Chromebook. Here is a day-by-day accounting of what he found. It's a tale of both triumph and tragedy. Well, OK, so it's really a story of what worked and what didn't work, but you get the idea.
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    Riverbed Whitewater: Data deduplication for cloud storage

    Posted July 14, 2011 - 10:56 am

    Strong data deduplication and built-in support for key cloud storage providers reduce online storage needs while maximizing data protection
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    CrashPlan Pro makes SMB backup a snap

    Posted July 11, 2011 - 2:11 pm

    I've been using CrashPlan's consumer offering for some time now, and have been very happy with it. So when I heard about their Pro version aimed at small-to-medium businesses (up to 200 workstations), I was naturally intrigued. Much like the consumer version, CrashPlan Pro (various pricing) works by installing a desktop client, which uploads your files onto an online server for safe-keeping in the cloud.
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    Review: Office 365 vs. Google Apps

    Posted June 28, 2011 - 9:20 am

    With Office 365 now available in final form, here's what you need to know to decide if Office 365 or Google Apps (or neither) is right for your organization
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    Fight deadly diseases in your PC's spare time

    Posted June 27, 2011 - 10:37 am

    Free program Folding@Home has nothing to do with laundry, even though that's the only kind of folding most of us ever do at home. Instead, it has to do with health and medical research. Folding@Home helps scientists gain a better understanding a wide range of illnesses including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Huntington's, cystic fibrosis, and other serious diseases.
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    Google's Chrome OS and Samsung's Chromebook

    Posted June 15, 2011 - 10:29 am

    Could you ditch your computer operating system and live entirely in your browser? That's the question Google is asking with its new Chrome OS Chromebooks -- and it isn't an easy one to answer.
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    Ubuntu breaks from the Linux pack

    Posted June 13, 2011 - 6:45 am

    Ubuntu 11.04 (nicknamed Natty Narwhal) marks a decided change in direction for the Linux-based operating system. The biggest change is that Canonical, the organizer of Ubuntu, is replacing the Gnome/KDE desktop environment with a new user interface called Unity.
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    Review: Meraki Enterprise Cloud Controller

    Posted June 1, 2011 - 10:13 am

    Meraki's friendly, cloud-managed wireless LAN solution is a fantastic option for small businesses, distributed networks, and overworked admins
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    Will cloud computing make traditional vendor relationships obsolete?

    Posted May 23, 2011 - 1:44 am

    Shifting compute processes to the cloud can help companies save money and become more flexible, but what's even more potentially game-changing is the attitude of cloud proponents, who view compute power as just another disposable commodity.
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    From Microsoft Exchange to Google Apps

    Posted May 11, 2011 - 9:33 am

    A Google Apps migration is difficult, costly, time-consuming, and virtually unsupported by Google -- so why do it?
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    Microsoft Office 365 Beta opens for business: What's inside

    Posted April 18, 2011 - 9:39 am

    Now anyone can try Office 365, Microsoft's cloud productivity package for businesses. The service opened Sunday night for beta testing, coming a step closer to its final launch, which will occur sometime later this year.
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    Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization

    Posted April 13, 2011 - 12:13 pm

    Red Hat's server virtualization solution mixes ease and scalability with a few odd limitations
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    Virtualization shoot-out: VMware vSphere

    Posted April 13, 2011 - 11:49 am

    The world's leading server virtualization platform is still tops in performance, scalability, and advanced features
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    Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V

    Posted April 13, 2011 - 11:26 am

    Microsoft's server virtualization platform pairs good performance with extensive management, at the cost of significant added complexity
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    Virtualization shoot-out: Citrix XenServer

    Posted April 13, 2011 - 10:15 am

    Citrix tackles server virtualization with a fast hypervisor and enterprise features, but leaves a few rough edges
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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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