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  • iPad-controlled supercomputing as a service coming this fall

    Posted July 15, 2011 - 11:25 am

    Supercomputing as a service that can be controlled from an iPad could pop out of academia as soon as this fall in the form of a commercial service.
  • No IT? No offices? No problem for this virtual firm

    Posted July 15, 2011 - 6:48 am

    With no official corporate office or IT staff, the 30 full-time Gurnet Consulting consultants have become some of the industry's ultimate power cloud and social networking users.
  • Onavo compresses data to cut mobile bills

    Posted July 14, 2011 - 4:38 pm

    Israeli startup Onavo aims to save mobile subscribers money on their data plans by shrinking the data they download.
  • 'Breather' could signal stagnation of giant federal cloud/data-center-consolidation project

    Posted July 14, 2011 - 2:18 pm

    U.S. CIO Vivek Kundra quit just as the giant cloud/data-center-consolidation project he created started to founder. The question is whether it can ever right itself with its creator gone.
  • Review

    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
  • Question

    Will a new law in Texas encourage Cloud hosting growth?

    Posted July 14, 2011 - 10:28 am

    Lawmakers in Texas are pushing a bill that would exempt having a server presence in the state from being accepted as having a _business_ presence in the state. This will spare Rackspace and SoftLayer from having to collect state taxes from their customers.
  • Feds race to the cloud

    Posted July 13, 2011 - 10:06 pm

    Tasked with adopting cloud computing as a first option in all IT projects, federal agencies are now grappling with the hard realities of making the policy work.
  • Microsoft COO goes on competitor-bashing spree

    Posted July 13, 2011 - 3:52 pm

    For his annual keynote at the Microsoft Wordwide Partner Conference, taking place this week in Los Angeles, Microsoft Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner wasted little time challenging Microsoft's many competitors. He flouted the supposed weaknesses of Cisco, IBM, Google, Oracle and others, letting attendees know that Microsoft is gunning for these companies' business.
  • Question

    How do you make the best use of Twitter?

    Posted July 13, 2011 - 1:59 pm

    I'm not saying, "How do you use Twitter" in the functional sense: [1) type in a 140 character tweet, 2) press send. What I mean is, do you have any strategies for making Twitter a more functional tool for working with staff, bosses, or customers (fans?)]
  • Cisco CTO: We needed better accountability

    Posted July 13, 2011 - 11:31 am

    Cisco's massive user show, Cisco Live, is going on this week in Las Vegas. Padmasree Warrior, Cisco's senior vice president of engineering and CTO sat down with Cisco Subnet editor and blogger Julie Bort. They discussed Cisco's progress since Warrior took the helm as CTO, the reorganization of Cisco's engineering groups, Catalyst vs. Nexus, the so-called Cisco "tax" (its prices vs. the competition), network virtualization, Cisco's toe dipping into the brave new world of open source and the future careers of the Cisco CCIE faithful. What follows is an edited transcript of the interview.
  • Missile Defense Agency CIO: I'm sold on the cloud

    Posted July 13, 2011 - 11:19 am

    Even before "cloud first" became the IT strategy for federal departments, we at the Missile Defense Agency looked to cloud computing to better serve our customers. For data integrity and information assurance compliance, we built and deployed a private cloud. This was the best way to provide optimal service, reduce failure points and operating costs, and create a more easily managed environment.
  • Question

    How would mandatory laws affect cloud customers?

    Posted July 13, 2011 - 9:54 am

    Police officers are pressuring politicians to increase the amount of time that internet providers have to hold onto logs of customer activity, in order to help law enforcement track down criminals even years after alleged crimes had been committed.
  • Question

    How would mandatory laws affect cloud customers?

    Posted July 13, 2011 - 9:54 am

    Police officers are pressuring politicians to increase the amount of time that internet providers have to hold onto logs of customer activity, in order to help law enforcement track down criminals even years after alleged crimes had been committed.
  • CIOs see promise in public cloud storage

    Posted July 13, 2011 - 8:34 am

    Three quarters of companies are either currently using or plan to use public cloud storage offerings. What's more, all organizations with more than 500 employees are using or planning use of public cloud storage, mostly for e-mail, data protection and front-office applications like CRM, especially SaaS-based CRM solutions such as Salesforce.com.
  • Go back to school in the cloud

    Posted July 12, 2011 - 3:23 pm

    Heading off to school doesn't have to mean leaving your old life behind. With the right mix of Web-based apps, you can take your entire digital life with you--and keep it handy on practically any device you carry.
  • Cisco acknowledges killing Flip cam didn't solve finances; may cut 10,000 jobs

    Posted July 12, 2011 - 2:12 pm

    Everything in the IT industry is about networking right now. Cloud, virtualization, mobile, security, Internet, web dev -- everything. So why is the networking leader cutting 14 percent of workforce?
  • VMware to launch cloud infrastructure suite

    Posted July 12, 2011 - 1:38 pm

    Setting the stage for cloud deployments, VMware will update many of its core products and bundle them into an integrated release, called the Cloud Infrastructure Suite, the company announced Tuesday.
  • IT jobs: Winners and losers in the cloud era

    Posted July 12, 2011 - 1:35 pm

    We survey the cloud's effects on nine classes of IT jobs: Architects and sys admins win, middle managers and tech specialists lose -- what about you?
  • Microsoft talks cloud CRM, ERP at partner conference

    Posted July 12, 2011 - 12:22 pm

    Microsoft is expected on Tuesday to update its strategy for cloud-based ERP (enterprise resource planning) and CRM (customer relationship management) software during the annual Worldwide Partner Conference in Los Angeles.
  • Little surprise in Citrix's Cloud.com purchase

    Posted July 12, 2011 - 11:35 am

    Citrix's purchase of Cloud.com today is one of those announcements that shouldn't have surprised anyone. It's been coming for quite a while.
  • MicroStrategy 'gateway' links Facebook to enterprise apps

    Posted July 12, 2011 - 11:11 am

    MicroStrategy is rolling out a cloud-based service that allows the exchange of data between Facebook and enterprise applications, the BI (business intelligence) vendor announced Tuesday during its user conference in Monte Carlo.
  • UbuntuOne Files connects your Linux PC to Android phones

    Posted July 11, 2011 - 9:43 pm

    Every major platform now has a cloud solution to call its own, and Ubuntu Linux is no exception. UbuntuOne has evolved into a worthy alternative to Dropbox, and it comes as part of the default installation with Ubuntu. Now Android users can download UbuntuOne Files to bridge the gap between their phone and their Ubuntu PC.
  • Question

    What are the most interesting cloud computing startups?

    Posted July 11, 2011 - 8:19 pm

    Looking for new and interesting cloud startups to keep an eye on. Anyone?
  • Review

    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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