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  • Cloud improves data centers

    Posted March 1, 2012 - 12:44 am

    Want a better data center? Try a little cloud.
  • The tech behind revenue recognition, and how it's replacing spreadsheets

    Posted February 29, 2012 - 8:04 pm

    As rapidly as technology has evolved, so has the accounting that goes with it. But isolating the software and hardware revenue components connected with products like iPhones is prompting big public companies and growing private startups alike to seek out advanced ways to help them cope with issues that once would have been solved in an Excel spreadsheet --- or perhaps on the back of an envelope.
  • Question

    What effect did the Windows Azure outage have on your business?

    Posted February 29, 2012 - 3:51 pm

    We are "lucky" enough to have been in the service area that had a Windows Azure outage this morning. My company is relatively new to cloud computing, and while the outage didn't really cause us any significant problem, mostly because the outage was early in the morning and resolved pretty quickly.
  • Apple TV with Bluetooth 4, streaming iTunes, and ever more iPad 3 predictions

    Posted February 29, 2012 - 11:41 am

    It’s not the actual TV Apple is rumored to be working on. But it is a newer, faster Apple TV, supposedly offering 1080p video support, potentially voice-activated (a.k.a. Siri-style) commands from a remote or iPhone/iPad, and maybe even an FM radio tuner
  • Microsoft's Azure cloud suffers serious outage

    Posted February 29, 2012 - 10:32 am

    Microsoft's Azure cloud infrastructure and development service experienced a serious outage on Wednesday, with the system's service management component going down worldwide starting at 1:45 a.m. GMT.
  • IT execs must shift security approaches

    Posted February 29, 2012 - 8:15 am

    IT security executives must secure what they cannot directly control to properly protect enterprise data in the coming years.
  • Lackluster cloud demand kills a data center

    Posted February 28, 2012 - 11:18 pm

    Killer clouds for this data center
  • Miami Dolphins dive into cloud analytics

    Posted February 28, 2012 - 3:37 pm

    The Miami Dolphins teamed with IBM to deploy a cloud-based analytics system that helps stadium staff to be proactive about potentially disruptive events, such as parking bottlenecks, concession stand inventory shortages, and inclement weather.
  • Ericsson joins OpenStack, aiming at operators with cloud ambitions

    Posted February 28, 2012 - 3:22 pm

    Ericsson has joined OpenStack as part of its plan to serve operators that want to become cloud computing providers, the company said on Tuesday.
  • Harris kills hosted cloud service program

    Posted February 28, 2012 - 2:44 pm

    In what could be a sign of hesitation by some IT executives to store sensitive data in the cloud, Harris Corp. has pulled out of its off-premise remote hosting business because of lack of adoption from customers.
  • Techdirt takedown shows how easy it is to use copyright to muzzle opponents

    Posted February 28, 2012 - 11:47 am

    HR 1981, the SOPA alternative proposed by SOPA/PIPA author Lamar Smith, tries to give more power and less culpability to copyright owners already abusing enforcement system so badly that 67 percent of takedown orders come from competitors, not from simple mistakes.
  • Using a DMCA takedown to censor SOPA/PIPA arguments

    Posted February 28, 2012 - 11:11 am

    Techdirt finds that a popular post outlining the problems with SOPA/PIPA cut from Google search listings by a protest from the porn industry.
  • One small provider, one gigabit Internet pipe

    Posted February 28, 2012 - 10:59 am

    Drool alert: Gigabit Internet pipe for $70. But only for the geographically lucky.
  • Unified communications: Now mobile and in the cloud

    Posted February 28, 2012 - 8:54 am

    Effective communications, many would argue, is the key to business. But finding the appropriate technologies to support effective communications can be challenging for IT professionals. Unified communications is a concept that encompasses a variety of technologies, all capable of working together, and, yes, while communication is a human process, technology can enhance and improve it.
  • How to choose your cloud service provider

    Posted February 28, 2012 - 8:41 am

    Many organizations have now gone so far as to dip their toes into the shallow end of cloud computing, and many more are thinking about testing the waters. Other organizations have jumped into the cloud with both feet. But whether you're wading in or fully immersed, properly vetting your cloud service providers is essential.
  • Intel announces Cloud SSO beta program

    Posted February 28, 2012 - 8:38 am

    Intel today announced the availability of a cloud-based single sign-on (SSO) authentication and authorization service under a beta program that is expected to become a generally available offering later this spring.
  • NaviSite wants to host your virtual desktops

    Posted February 28, 2012 - 8:20 am

    Seeking to capture a slice of market share in the emerging field of virtual desktop services, NaviSite, a Time Warner Cable managed service provider of cloud-based products has announced its next major endeavor: a desktop as a service (DaaS) offering aimed specifically at enterprise customers.
  • Simplifying cloud deployment

    Posted February 28, 2012 - 8:08 am

    Moving enterprise applications to the cloud can be a complex and daunting task. What you want to find is a cloud provider that offers a high touch engagement process from beginning to end to smooth the transition.
  • MIT takes aim at secure, self-healing cloud

    Posted February 28, 2012 - 8:06 am

    What if a cloud computing infrastructure could recognize a cyberattack, eliminate it and never stop working while all that is being done? That's what researchers at MIT, with help from the federal government, are investigating the feasibility of.
  • Review

    Lapdock: From avant-garde to awful

    Posted February 28, 2012 - 7:11 am

    Motorola's laptop dock for Android smartphones has terrible hardware -- and faces a new generation of post-PC competition
  • Are CIOs doomed to vanish into the cloud? Many CFOs think so

    Posted February 27, 2012 - 9:48 pm

    It sounds shocking, perhaps -- until you think about the rapid pace at which corporate finance is becoming involved with technology. But 17% of corporate financial decision-makers in a recent UK poll believe the position of chief information officer will disappear from the business landscape in the next five years.
  • Former NSA director says secure clouds can't come fast enough

    Posted February 27, 2012 - 9:21 pm

    Michael McConnell, former director of the National Security Agency, urged the audience of 1,200 security experts to do what they can to help build trusted cloud computing systems.
  • 3 tips for using cloud services to extend your data center

    Posted February 27, 2012 - 8:37 pm

    Cloud technology is emerging as a viable option for companies that want to cut costs, increase agility or augment their own IT resources without building out new infrastructure -- or all of the above. But deciding which type of service is the best fit for your specific needs and ensuring the new cloud offerings play nice with your existing application mix is a challenge, to say the least.
  • Study: Enterprise social networks failing to meet expectations

    Posted February 27, 2012 - 2:08 pm

    Enterprise social networking (ESN) software can improve communication and collaboration among employees, but most companies aren't implementing and using these products properly, leading to unmet goals, according to a new study.
  • Facebook denial makes more clear its power to spy on Android texts, phone calls

    Posted February 27, 2012 - 1:17 pm

    Facebook is outraged at accusations that it reads Android user text messages. It is in trials to use SMS to send system messages, has permission to read and write content, but currently doesn't, officially. So there! Imagine thinking Facebook wouldn't respect user privacy!
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