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  • FTC to examine cloud privacy concerns

    Posted January 6, 2010 - 6:40 pm

    In a development likely to be closely watched by Google Inc., Amazon.com, Microsoft Corp. and other vendors, the Federal Trade Commission is examining potential threats to consumer privacy and data security posed by cloud computing.
  • Cloud Computing: IT Operations Changes Are Mandatory

    Posted January 6, 2010 - 5:40 pm

    Just before the holidays I had a really interesting conversation with my friend Bill Takacs, who works at Gear6. It is a company that offers memcached appliances, used in applications that have very high data loads that preclude using a database as the primary means of data access. He shared with me a common pattern he sees in companies that are heavy users of memcached, which, after some thought, I concluded offers a vision of the future of cloud computing operations.
  • Is Compliance in the Cloud Possible

    Posted January 6, 2010 - 4:10 pm

    There is no doubt that cloud computing is dominating today's IT conversation among C-level security executives. Whether it's due to the compelling cost saving possibilities in a tough economy, or because of perceived advantages in provisioning flexibility, auto-scaling, and on-demand computing, CSOs are probing the capabilities, costs and restrictions of the cloud. At the same time, security and compliance concerns are at the forefront of issues potentially holding large enterprises back from capitalizing on the benefits that cloud computing has to offer.
  • Google's 10 toughest rivals

    Posted January 6, 2010 - 2:40 am

    The biggest tech industry news story of the decade was undoubtedly the dramatic rise of Google. But will the search and online advertising juggernaut continue its dominance over the Internet economy in 2010? Not if the tech companies on our list can help it.
  • Cisco buys Rohati Systems

    Posted January 5, 2010 - 9:10 pm

    Cisco has just acquired start-up Rohati Systems, according to Rohati’s president and CEO Prashant Gandhi, who says the acquisition price is not disclosed.
  • IT service providers will reach for the cloud in 2010

    Posted January 5, 2010 - 5:10 pm

    Mike Slavin, a partner at outsourcing advisory and consulting firm TPI, says cloud computing will dominate IT service providers' plans in 2010.
  • 2010 tech forecasts: What the accurate analysts predict

    Posted January 5, 2010 - 7:40 am

    New-year predictions are often iffy, but these firms were pretty accurate in their 2009 calls. Will they be right again?
  • Outlook 2010 IT skills checklist: The vertical climb

    Posted January 4, 2010 - 12:40 pm

    Security, virtualization and cloud computing skills will help IT pros woo hiring managers, but the real advantage to candidates comes by way of industry specific-knowledge that helps them boost the business’ bottom line with their high-tech talent.
  • What's hot in the high-tech hype machine?

    Posted January 4, 2010 - 12:10 pm

    It can be hard to separate the high-tech hype from reality, especially when the hype-machine at times is so loud.
  • 2010 Outlook: Better than 2009 and moderately wild

    Posted January 4, 2010 - 12:10 pm

    Gibbs's editor asked him to get out his crystal ball and ponder the New Year. Cross his palm with silver and maybe he'll reveal the future …
  • Cautious optimism shapes new year

    Posted January 4, 2010 - 11:40 am

    It's a new year and things are looking brighter, but there are some lingering clouds. And while the economy looks to be slowly mending, there's no going back.
  • How to use outsourcing to boost your IT career in 2010

    Posted January 4, 2010 - 11:40 am

    IT professionals that know how to best source work could make points with hiring managers in 2010.
  • 10 fool-proof predictions for the Internet in 2020

    Posted January 4, 2010 - 11:40 am

    There are many views about how to fix the Internet’s architecture, but there's widespread agreement about many aspects of the future Internet. Here's our list of 10 fool-proof predictions for what the Internet will look like in a decade.
  • Cloud Still Faces User Resistance

    Posted January 4, 2010 - 11:40 am

    An IDC survey on cloud computing finds that users remain concerned about security, reliability and vendor lock-in issues.
  • 10 start-ups to watch in 2010

    Posted January 4, 2010 - 11:40 am

    It's a rough economy for established vendors and start-ups alike, but the IT industry has plenty of interesting newcomers. These 10 companies to watch are tackling pressing problems related to virtualization, the cloud, smartphones, network management, security and power and cooling.
  • Forecast 2010: Cloud computing: Love it or hate it?

    Posted December 29, 2009 - 1:40 pm

    It seems that IT leaders are warming up to cloud computing, with its promise of elasticity, utility-based billing, multiple storage locations, and the ability to pull data directly from storage devices. In fact, cloud computing ranked second (behind virtualization) as the technology most beta-tested in 2009, according to Computerworld's 2010 Forecast survey of more than 300 IT executives.
  • 10 big cloud trends for 2010

    Posted December 29, 2009 - 11:10 am

    Cloud computing is clearly worming its way into the enterprise, especially as a testing and development environment and as a platform for less than critical apps and services. But cloud vendors are, in short, still trying to grow up and become a platform for business-critical applications. They're already working on standards and security issues, improving service level agreements and encouraging vendors to embrace the meter of pricing based on software use -- not per-seat cost.
  • Has Microsoft redeemed itself?

    Posted December 24, 2009 - 7:40 am

    Windows 7, the 2010 server series, and more have helped repair Microsoft’s reputation
  • The year in storage

    Posted December 23, 2009 - 9:10 am

    2009 was a year most don't want to remember. What with the recession and a downturn in storage spending taking up space in the news, there were a few highlights in the 2009 year in storage. They were in order of importance (at least by the amount of publicity they got):
  • 2009 – A look back

    Posted December 23, 2009 - 9:10 am

    In this, our final newsletter for 2009, it seems appropriate to look back at some of the major products, services, and trends for the year. And what a challenging year it has been!
  • Software development's winners and losers, 2009 edition

    Posted December 23, 2009 - 7:40 am

    The year that loved smartphones, scripting languages, the cloud, and open source was not always kind to developers
  • ERP in 2009: Looking back, looking ahead

    Posted December 22, 2009 - 4:54 pm

    The global recession had a major impact on the ERP (enterprise resource planning) software market in 2009, leading to flagging license sales and delayed projects. 2010 will see good deals for buyers, plus high-profile new applications.
  • 80legs offers free version of its Web data mining tool

    Posted December 22, 2009 - 3:40 pm

    Startup 80legs is offering a version of its suupercomputer-scale data mining service available without charge.
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