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  • 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.
  • South Australia makes moves to public Cloud

    Posted December 20, 2010 - 11:19 am

    South Australian government agencies are in continuing talks with private and public Cloud providers, with the Office of the Chief Information Officer looking specifically at whole-of-government Web-based collaboration tools.
  • 10 IT-related predictions for 2011

    Posted December 20, 2010 - 11:15 am

    We were wrong -- so far -- that Carol Bartz would be ousted as Yahoo CEO by the end of this year, but we were right that Apple's tablet, whose name wasn't known at the end of last year, would be huge. OK, so that second one was probably a given, but not all of our 2010 predictions were so easy. We think the same is true with our 2011 predictions.
  • Review

    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.
  • Cisco eschews cloud services - for now

    Posted December 20, 2010 - 10:39 am

    Cisco's cloud strategy encompasses pretty much everything under the sun save one - actual cloud services.
  • Feds can learn from L.A.'s Google deal

    Posted December 20, 2010 - 9:54 am

    The GSA will need to tread carefully to avoid the difficulties faced by the city of Los Angeles when implementing Google's cloud-based e-mail system, an analyst says.
  • Apps can get pizza delivered at zoo, keep tiger from eating you

    Posted December 18, 2010 - 4:19 pm

    In Japan, Domino's app uses GPS to deliver pizza to people, not addresses; iPhone app translates original text so you don't rely on mistranslation, no matter how funny.
  • Netflix shows how to build a big business on the cloud

    Posted December 17, 2010 - 2:30 pm

    The future may belong to cloud computing, but few companies want to move themselves there no; Netflix moved to the future a year ago.
  • 12 tech survey topics that should die in 2011

    Posted December 17, 2010 - 2:25 pm

    I receive a lot of promotional e-mails that blast "new," "game changing" and "dramatic" survey results that relate to technology--whether in the consumer or enterprise (B2B) space.
  • The biggest reason public clouds will dominate

    Posted December 17, 2010 - 1:38 pm

    Within the next several years, none of today's challenges of cloud services adoption will make a bit of difference to the vast majority of customers.
  • Google debuts text analysis tools

    Posted December 17, 2010 - 1:15 pm

    A new tool for Google allows users to search through 5.2 million digitized books
  • How to check on your cloud provider

    Posted December 17, 2010 - 12:49 pm

    Potential cloud-services customers face a tough problem: How can they trust cloud providers enough to hire them when the providers refuse to reveal important infrastructure details for reasons of security and practicality?
  • Citrix buys German vendor Netviewer for online meetings

    Posted December 17, 2010 - 10:45 am

    Citrix Systems announced Friday it has agreed to purchase German vendor Netviewer, maker of online meeting software, in order to meet growing demand for such services in the European region.
  • Dropbox 1.0 arrives with selective sync feature

    Posted December 17, 2010 - 9:45 am

    Version 1.0 of the cloud-based synchronization service Dropbox has been released. It comes with a selective sync feature, a new Mac OS client and better performance, according to a Thursday blog post.
  • Five cloud security trends experts see for 2011

    Posted December 16, 2010 - 5:39 pm

    What do IT security practitioners expect to be major cloud security issues in 2011? Here are five things to watch for.
  • Finally, common ground in D.C.: everyone hates FCC net neutrality plan

    Posted December 16, 2010 - 12:22 pm

    Complaints and criticism have been raining on the FCC ever since its chairman the commission would side with telcos on net neutrality regulations.
  • Wikileaks attacks prove the cloud is reliable

    Posted December 16, 2010 - 11:17 am

    It's a strange world. When Amazon Web Services booted Wikileaks off its servers last week, many people (including me) said it raised significant questions about the rush into cloud services.
  • Gmail Delegation: Another reason to ditch outlook

    Posted December 15, 2010 - 3:43 pm

    Google has introduced Gmail Delegation, a new feature that allows multiple users to access one Gmail account. Gmail Delegation isn't specifically for business -- families sharing one e-mail account will find it useful -- but its collaborative nature is perfect for companies looking to ditch Microsoft Outlook's glitchy saddlebags and adopt Gmail as their e-mail system.
  • IT channel confused on cloud computing

    Posted December 15, 2010 - 3:42 pm

    Resellers are confused when it comes to the cloud and are in no position to help out their customers according to a new survey
  • Oracle takes on Microsoft, Google with Cloud Office

    Posted December 15, 2010 - 3:15 pm

    Oracle on Wednesday announced Cloud Office 1.0, a Web-based productivity suite that is set to give online applications from Microsoft and Google a fresh dose of competition.
  • Red Hat buddies up with Eucalyptus

    Posted December 15, 2010 - 2:30 pm

    Eucalyptus System partners with Red Hat to offer private cloud integration
  • Policy, education key to reining in rogue cloud

    Posted December 15, 2010 - 12:15 pm

    It used to be that rogue access points and USB drives kept IT administrators up at night, worrying about employees exporting sensitive corporate data. Now, with good reason, they're worrying about employees using cloud services in ways that could compromise corporate data.
  • The 10 bloodiest battles Microsoft and Google fought in 2010

    Posted December 15, 2010 - 9:44 am

    Microsoft and Google battle on a dizzying number of fronts.
  • Government warnings could kill the cloud

    Posted December 14, 2010 - 5:09 pm

    New Zealand has joined the ranks of an increasing number of governments that have issued warnings for businesses thinking about cloud computing.
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