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  • 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.
  • Stallman: Chrome OS 'encourages careless computing'

    Posted December 14, 2010 - 2:58 pm

    The founder of the Free Software Foundation has criticised Google's Chrome OS, claiming it will force PC users to put their data at risk by storing it in the cloud rather than on a machine.
  • Goldman flag on Intel stock means IT must adapt to iPads

    Posted December 14, 2010 - 2:48 pm

    Report predicts Wintel to be replaced to significant degree by some other platform for first time during 2011.
  • Rackspace adds management to cloud offering

    Posted December 14, 2010 - 2:45 pm

    Rackspace has added managed services to its cloud offering, joining some of its smaller competitors.
  • London tries Microsoft Azure for hosting data feeds

    Posted December 14, 2010 - 1:15 pm

    London's agency for public transportation is using Microsoft Azure to disseminate data feeds for third party applications
  • CloudBees launches Java cloud

    Posted December 14, 2010 - 12:07 pm

    The company has bought Stax Networks and added its own technology to produce the Java platform-as-a-service
  • Cloud drives speech recognition forward for Microsoft

    Posted December 13, 2010 - 4:15 pm

    For years, using voice recognition technology on phones or other devices has been a novelty -- something people try once but never again, usually because it works so poorly. But recent developments, including harnessing the computational power of the cloud, have made it more usable and will make it even better in the near future, according to Microsoft.
  • Consumerization of IT unstoppable, says European telecom giant

    Posted December 13, 2010 - 12:48 pm

    The consumerisation of IT is an unavoidable phenomenon that will force businesses to rethink their security policies and empower their employees, according to telecommunications giant Orange.
  • Danish newspaper puts WikiLeaks back on Amazon's servers

    Posted December 13, 2010 - 12:44 pm

    WikiLeaks is back on Amazon's servers, barely two weeks after the company said it would stop hosting WikiLeaks in a move many suspect was a result of pressure from Western governments.
  • Review

    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.

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