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  • China building a city for cloud computing

    Posted February 7, 2011 - 1:51 pm

    China is building a city-sized cloud computing and office complex that will include a mega data center, one of the projects fueling that country's double-digit growth in IT spending.
  • SAP's Business ByDesign gets software development kit

    Posted February 7, 2011 - 1:30 am

    SAP on Monday announced the 2.6 release of its SaaS (software-as-a-service) suite Business ByDesign, which contains a highly anticipated SDK (software development kit) that partners will use to create extensions and add-ons.
  • Review

    Manage Google Storage with CloudBerry Explorer

    Posted February 4, 2011 - 10:25 pm

    Manage Google Storage with a full-featured standalone client.
  • What cloud computing means for the real world

    Posted February 4, 2011 - 9:43 pm

    IT execs fear security problems, but from almost every other perspective, cloud computing makes a lot of sense.
  • Can 'encrypted blobs' help with secure cloud computing?

    Posted February 4, 2011 - 6:33 pm

    Can cloud-based computing be made more secure in the future using what crypto geeks call "fully homomorphic encryption" to send data as "encrypted blobs" that can be understood and subject to processing without having to actually de-crypt them first to see the plaintext?
  • Forrester: SaaS won't succeed with some apps

    Posted February 4, 2011 - 5:02 pm

    Given all the hype SaaS (software as a service) has garnered, you might be inclined to think every category of software will be delivered predominantly from the cloud at some point. Not so, says a new Forrester Research report.
  • What you need to know about cloud computing

    Posted February 4, 2011 - 4:40 pm

    'Cloud' can be a huge benefit under the right circumstances; the trick is to focus on what you need and put the details together afterward.
  • Boston tops in cloud; wishes for sunshine instead

    Posted February 4, 2011 - 1:11 pm

    A new survey from Microsoft highlights cities where cloud computing is most popular, but overlooks the fastest growing segment.
  • NIST report aims to help U.S. agencies deploy cloud apps

    Posted February 3, 2011 - 3:54 pm

    The ease with which cloud computing services can be deployed heightens the security and management risks, according to a National Institute of Standards and Technology report.
  • How DRM could ensure cloud security

    Posted February 3, 2011 - 3:32 pm

    Yet another survey is indicating that security is a big issue for those intending to take up cloud computing. Network equipment manufacturer Ipswitch asked 1000 of its customers if they planned to invest in cloud technology in 2011.
  • Cisco backs OpenStack cloud platform

    Posted February 3, 2011 - 2:48 pm

    Cisco Systems has thrown its weight behind OpenStack, the open-source cloud infrastructure platform developed jointly by NASA and managed service provider Rackspace Hosting.
  • NIST formalizes cloud computing security definition

    Posted February 3, 2011 - 1:00 pm

    The Guidelines on Security and Privacy in Public Cloud Computing provides a detailed overview of the associated challenges in public cloud, and provides a number of recommendations organizations should consider before leaping in.
  • Hearsay preps social media monitoring tool for enterprises

    Posted February 3, 2011 - 11:15 am

    Hearsay, a startup founded in 2009, is launching a cloud-hosted social media management application tailored specifically for companies that have a national brand as well as a broad base of local affiliates.
  • Cloud storage ahead: Proceed at your own risk

    Posted February 2, 2011 - 7:22 pm

    The IT mantra for the past few years has been all about the cloud, and the myriad benefits of cloud-based servers and storage. While there are some advantages, there are also some serious drawbacks that you should consider carefully before entrusting your valuable and sensitive data to the cloud.
  • Time Warner Cable snaps up NaviSite for $230M as cloud computing consolidates

    Posted February 2, 2011 - 4:59 pm

    Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) has announced plans to buy NaviSite (NASDAQ: NAVI) in a $230 million deal through which Time Warner will inherit more than a thousand business customers who use managed services.
  • For enterprise IT, hybrid cloud management is a priority

    Posted February 2, 2011 - 12:00 pm

    IDC is forecasting that the total cloud systems management software market will total $2.5 billion by 2015. This market will encompass virtualization management, automated provisioning, self serve provisioning portals, dynamic consumption based metering and capacity analysis, service catalogs, end-to-end real time performance monitoring and related management software tools deployed into public and private cloud environments. These solutions will be purchased and deployed by service providers and end user customers. Adoption will ramp quickly as organizations reach a "tipping point" and move from cloud "sandboxes" to full blown production environments.
  • Review

    Google Chromebook: The good, the bad, and the beta

    Posted February 2, 2011 - 10:14 am

    When Google first started giving away the Cr-48 in early December, lots of reviewers posted their first impressions after driving the Chromebook around the block a couple of times. We’ve taken the Chromebook out on a two-month test drive to see how it performs in real-world conditions.
  • Security appliance, cloud service secures e-mail, Web access and offers data-loss prevention

    Posted February 2, 2011 - 10:12 am

    Websense today unveiled three new gateway security products for e-mail, Web and data-loss prevention that combines an on-premises appliance with secure content filtering in the cloud.
  • OnLive's PlayPack launches; $10/month for all-you-can-play gaming

    Posted February 2, 2011 - 9:40 am

    Ten bucks a month now gets you access to 38 games that you can play without downloading or installing, assuming you've got decent broadband.
  • Dell releases Ubuntu-powered cloud servers

    Posted February 2, 2011 - 1:30 am

    Dell is offering a pair of servers that can run workloads designed for Amazon Web Services
  • Cloud CIO: How cloud computing changes IT staffs

    Posted February 1, 2011 - 6:20 pm

    My recent post, The Internet of Things and the Cloud CIO of the Future garnered a lot of attention and comments. One tweet by @abbielundberg said "agree w priorities but there's more to CIO role." Abbie, by the way, is former Editor-in-Chief of CIO Magazine, so she definitely knows whereof she speaks.
  • Mozy redefines 'Unlimited'

    Posted February 1, 2011 - 5:48 pm

    Unlimited free or very low-cost online storage was one of those things you knew had to go away at some point, like when Pets.com thought it was more convenient and cheaper to ask customers to pay to have a 50lb.
  • How secure is that cloud vendor? Part two

    Posted February 1, 2011 - 5:45 pm

    Last week, we explored the 7 basics of cloud computing vendor security, including identity, authentication, encryption, ILP/DLP and audit trails. Now here comes the deep dive: access control.
  • Windows Azure turns 1 in 'anemic' market

    Posted February 1, 2011 - 5:35 pm

    On the anniversary of Windows Azure’s introduction, the cloud platform market targeted by Microsoft is dwarfed by infrastructure and software clouds.
  • Servers preloaded with Amazon-friendly cloud software

    Posted February 1, 2011 - 5:31 pm

    Ubuntu and Dell have come up with a scheme to make it easier for Amazon EC2 customers to shift workloads to and from the cloud -- by shipping Dell servers preloaded with Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud software, or UEC.
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