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    Chrome OS beta's Achilles' heel: Its reliance on the Web

    Posted December 13, 2010 - 10:01 am

    In its first public version, the forthcoming cloud-based alternative to Windows and Mac OS X is too limited by -- ironically -- the cloud
  • Prepare for an explosion in mobile cloud apps

    Posted December 10, 2010 - 6:38 pm

    A substantial building block for the future success of the cloud was put in place yesterday as Amazon released Software Development Kits (SDKs) for Google's Android and Apple's iOS. These will allow easy access to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) platform.
  • Will cloud computing heal European healthcare?

    Posted December 10, 2010 - 2:24 pm

    In the last two week I had the pleasure to participate to the IBM Analyst Insights 2010 in Madrid and Microsoft Health User group European Summit in Brussels. These two different events -- the first dedicated to explaining to the IT analyst community the future company strategy across the various sectors and business areas including, of course, healthcare, and the second aimed more at comparing the opinions of various EMEA healthcare stakeholders on the development of healthcare ICT -- made me think about the evolution and exploitation of cloud computing in healthcare in the last 12-18 months.
  • Amazon's S3 can now store files of up to 5TB

    Posted December 10, 2010 - 10:30 am

    Amazon Web Services (AWS) has increased the maximum size of files that can be stored on its Simple Storage Service (S3) to 5TB from 5GB, Amazon said in a blog post on Thursday.
  • Hands-on with the OnLive Game Console: the head cold edition

    Posted December 10, 2010 - 9:21 am

    My OnLive Game Console finally arrived and in spite of a whopper of a head cold (and all the fuzzy-headedness that entails) I decided to take on the task of some hands-on testing. So who won? The cold or the console? All is revealed inside!
  • Cloud Computing: 2011 Predictions

    Posted December 9, 2010 - 10:12 pm

    It's been an incredibly interesting, exciting, and tumultuous year for cloud computing. But, as the saying goes, "you ain't seen nothin' yet." Next year will be one in which the pedal hits the metal, resulting in enormous acceleration for cloud computing. One way to look at it is that next year will see the coming to fruition of a number of trends and initiatives that were launched this year.
  • Google preps Gmail-based backup for Exchange

    Posted December 9, 2010 - 6:37 pm

    Google continues its aggressive strategy to poach Exchange customers with the launch on Thursday of a Gmail-based disaster recovery and business continuity service for organizations running the Microsoft e-mail server on premises.
  • Google ready to save Exchange users from disaster

    Posted December 9, 2010 - 5:37 pm

    Google continues to ramp up pressure on Microsoft, adding applications and enticements to get users to switch backup, archiving and other services to Google's apps and away from Microsoft's.
  • Zoho ties Quickbooks, telephony to its CRM

    Posted December 9, 2010 - 4:31 pm

    Online applications vendor Zoho is continuing to bring its CRM (customer relationship management) software up to par with longer-established offerings, announcing this week that it has completed integrations with QuickBooks and a number of telephony systems.
  • Google working on Gmail-Exchange syncing

    Posted December 9, 2010 - 3:13 pm

    Google is introducing a new service called Google Message Continuity that syncs on-premise message platforms such as Microsoft Exchange with Gmail. There are a couple distinct advantages for cloud-based messaging platforms like Gmail, including availability and reliability, and Google Message Continuity enables organizations to get the best of both worlds.
  • Amazon integrates Apple iPhone, iPad and Android with cloud

    Posted December 9, 2010 - 12:31 pm

    Amazon Web Services (AWS) is making it possible for developers to directly integrate mobile applications for Apple's iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, and also apps for Android-based smartphones, with its cloud using two new beta SDKs (software development kits), it said in a blog post on Thursday.
  • Microsoft straightens out cloud strategy -- finally

    Posted December 9, 2010 - 12:20 pm

    Things will get rowdier for vendors of cloud collaboration, communication and office productivity applications now that Microsoft plans to unleash a take-no-prisoners assault on the market with Office 365.
  • Salesforce.com looks to be a developer destination with Heroku Ruby buy

    Posted December 8, 2010 - 10:20 pm

    The company lays out its platform-as-a-service plans in hopes of appealing to next-generation app developers.
  • Dreamforce 2010: 8 Cloud Lessons

    Posted December 8, 2010 - 5:52 pm

    I've been taking in as much of Dreamforce as I can, looking at the attendees, the sessions, and the lessons learned. Here are some flash impressions:
  • Microsoft to host e-mail for 120,000 USDA workers

    Posted December 8, 2010 - 4:45 pm

    As many as 120,000 federal workers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture will soon start using hosted e-mail and other applications provided by Microsoft as part of a deal announced Wednesday.
  • BMC and Cisco team up to deliver new cloud platform

    Posted December 8, 2010 - 3:09 pm

    BMC and Cisco have formed a new partnership to offer a new platform for service providers
  • Rackspace combines cloud with managed hosting

    Posted December 8, 2010 - 3:06 pm

    Rackspace has launched a hybrid service combining cloud with managed hosting
  • Salesforce aims to be one-stop shop for cloud development

    Posted December 8, 2010 - 3:00 pm

    Salesforce.com's announcement Wednesday of plans to buy Heroku, as well as a rebranding of its array of services, makes it clear the vendor wants to be a one-stop shop for developing applications in the cloud.
  • 31 "How To" resources you might have missed

    Posted December 8, 2010 - 9:49 am

    Here’s a handy roundup of some of the most useful, featuring pieces on everything from Android smartphones to Windows 7 to full disk encryption.
  • What's in the tech crystal ball for 2011?

    Posted December 7, 2010 - 6:29 pm

    Market research firm IDC makes a number of tech-related predictions near the end of every calendar year, but its prognostications for 2011 may well be among the company's most dramatic yet.
  • Informatica debuts pay-as-you-go data integration service

    Posted December 7, 2010 - 6:15 pm

    Informatica introduces a low-cost service for integrating data into Salesforce.com's cloud
  • Inside Google's new Chrome OS 'Chromebook'

    Posted December 7, 2010 - 4:23 pm

    Google's vision of a cloud-only laptop is now here -- how it compares to traditional laptops and to tablets like the iPad
  • Salesforce.com rolls out free version of Chatter

    Posted December 7, 2010 - 4:21 pm

    Salesforce.com on Tuesday announced Chatter Free, a version of its social collaboration software that includes a Facebook-like "invite" feature that enables paying users to invite anyone, even non-Salesforce.com customers, to use Chatter.
  • Amazon responds to Google eBookstore with Kindle for Web

    Posted December 7, 2010 - 3:42 pm

    Amazon isn't accepting the launch of Google's eBookstore without a fight: the company will unveil a revamped Web-only version of its Kindle app today, according to a Computerworld report.
  • Top 10 stories of 2010: Living in the post-PC world

    Posted December 7, 2010 - 10:32 am

    The top stories of 2010 show that the PC for many people around the world has already become just one of several devices used to tap the Internet and a world of applications for entertainment and business -- and that increasingly, the main Internet access device is not a PC.

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