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On-demand software news, reviews, and tips, covering Software as a Service (SaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) topics, including Google Apps, Office 365, Salesforce.com, and other hosted software and services.
  • Tablets, phones make desktop virtualization the revolution that never was

    Posted December 28, 2010 - 1:29 pm

    Analysts and vendors have been waiting years for 'The Year of the Virtual Desktop' that never happened; now iPads, iPhones may make the delay permanent.
  • Microsoft cloud data breach heralds things to come

    Posted December 23, 2010 - 3:29 pm

    What might be the first major cloud data breach happened Wednesday. Microsoft announced that data contained within its Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) has been downloaded by non-authorized users.
  • SaaS brings big-company efficiency to document delivery

    Posted December 23, 2010 - 3:08 pm

    SaaS services enable small companies to fax, email and even send postal mail from back-office systems or desktop applications, with the speed, accuracy, visibility and control larger companies enjoy.
  • Will your cloud service provider survive?

    Posted December 23, 2010 - 11:56 am

    The cloud market is so dynamic right now the most important questions might not be about technology or security; follow the money.
  • Meet the Service-Driven Data Center: 5 Key Traits

    Posted December 22, 2010 - 11:02 pm

    Why might you want to add a business services layer to your data center's private cloud computing effort? John Stetic of Novell shares his opinion.
  • Dell to buy medical cloud archiving company

    Posted December 22, 2010 - 6:02 pm

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  • Brocade balances SAN base with new data center reality

    Posted December 22, 2010 - 6:01 pm

    Brocade's installed base of Fibre Channel SANs is both an asset and an albatross.
  • Top 10 Google Apps marketplace add-ons

    Posted December 22, 2010 - 5:56 pm

    It's been nine months Google launched its Apps Marketplace. It gives third-party developers access to the same cloud platform as Google Apps for Business, which offers organizations tailored, private versions of Gmail, Google Docs, and other Google apps. It's all part of Google's push to get workers into cloud-based applications, and away from software such as Microsoft Office.
  • Forrester points the way to virtualized data centres

    Posted December 22, 2010 - 2:48 pm

    In a new report, Forrester has offered a guide to the new shape of data centres
  • What you lost in FCC's net neutrality ruling

    Posted December 22, 2010 - 2:18 pm

    Carriers and ISPs kept the right to filter traffic as they like; allowing owners of that traffic to pay extra to not slow it down would be discriminatory.
  • Motorola acquires media streaming company Zecter

    Posted December 22, 2010 - 1:15 pm

    Motorola Mobility, which includes Motorola's mobile device and home business, has acquired media streaming company Zecter, and plans to use the company's products and technology to enhance its Android-based smartphones, the company said on Wednesday.
  • How the New York Times covered the election with Amazon

    Posted December 21, 2010 - 9:51 pm

    The New York Times cobbled together a Ruby application to run on Amazon to report on live election results
  • Samsung releases MLC-based SSDs for data centers

    Posted December 21, 2010 - 7:00 pm

    Samsung is now shipping SSDs aimed at enterprise-class storage systems. The new drives use consumer-type flash memory that helps lower their overall cost.
  • 7 requirements for building your cloud infrastructure

    Posted December 21, 2010 - 6:59 pm

    Today, service providers and enterprises interested in implementing clouds face the challenge of integrating complex software and hardware components from multiple vendors. The resulting system can end up being expensive to build and hard to operate, minimizing the original motives and benefits of moving to cloud computing. Cloud computing platforms are attractive because they let businesses quickly access hosted private and public resources on-demand without the complexities and time associated with the purchase, installation, configuration and deployment of traditional physical infrastructure.
  • Do you need a cloud CRM platform or cloud CRM product?

    Posted December 21, 2010 - 6:43 pm

    The best CRM applications are really toolkits in disguise. When do you need to be focusing on buying "just an app," and when do you need to focus on the toolkit and platform?
  • FCC creates a monster, gives it control of the Internet

    Posted December 21, 2010 - 4:01 pm

    FCC "network management" guideline lets carriers throttle or block traffic, raise fees for service that already can't live up to its billing.
  • Top ERP predictions for 2011

    Posted December 21, 2010 - 4:00 pm

    Some aspects of the ERP (enterprise resource planning) software landscape, such as tired legacy code-bases and disastrous implementation projects, may never go away. But in recent years, the pace of change with ERP has accelerated, and there all signs are that will continue in 2011.
  • Santa takes to the cloud

    Posted December 20, 2010 - 6:07 pm

    With Dropbox he can access the naughty or nice list from work or home -- unless the reindeer chew through the T1.
  • Amazon EC2 ramps up cloud offerings with Oracle apps

    Posted December 20, 2010 - 5:40 pm

    Amazon has brought a fleet of major PeopleSoft and JD Edward applications to its Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) service, following a promise in September to do so. The new services are certified by Oracle.
  • The bumpy road to private clouds

    Posted December 20, 2010 - 4:07 pm

    When we first heard about cloud computing, public clouds got most of the attention. But as IT managers looked at the security risks of having data outside the corporate firewall, they turned their attention to private clouds, which analysts and various surveys suggest will get more enterprise investment in the next few years.
  • VaporStream launches cloud-based secure messaging

    Posted December 20, 2010 - 2:15 pm

    The platform, available in a software-as-a-service offering, enables messages to be sent and read at a user's convenience. But unlike e-mail, the messages "vaporize" after being read.
  • Your new IT job: Twittering in the cloud?

    Posted December 20, 2010 - 2:10 pm

    The IT job of tomorrow will likely focus on social networking, cloud computing and strategic use of smartphones and tablets.
  • Citrix buys German firm to promote push into Europe

    Posted December 20, 2010 - 1:59 pm

    Citrix Online has acquired German company Netviewer
  • Review

    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.
  • Dropbox Makes Cloud Syncing Faster and More Selective

    Posted December 20, 2010 - 11:28 am

    Cloud sync service Dropbox has announced the final release of its client software. Dropbox 1.0 "Rainbow Shell" comes with performance increases, courtesy of a reduction in resources used by the program, as well as hundreds of bug fixes. However, the biggest new feature is Selective Sync, which allows users to control which files are downloaded to client computers.
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