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  • Other enterprise e-mail cloud options

    Posted April 28, 2010 - 3:12 pm

    Microsoft and Google aren't the only cloud e-mail providers setting their sights on the enterprise. Here's a look at some others.
  • Google hosts 400 CIOs, updates Docs

    Posted April 28, 2010 - 2:59 pm

    Google's enterprise division is hosting several hundred CIOs on Monday at its headquarters, where it will unveil enhancements to its Docs office suite, including a revamped code base.
  • Clouds helping start-ups grow, but lack enterprise capability, investors say

    Posted April 28, 2010 - 2:07 pm

    Cloud computing is making it easier for startups to develop new technology, but once companies grow beyond a certain size they may find current cloud technologies do not meet their requirements.
  • Before You Choose a Cloud Computing Vendor: 8 Questions

    Posted April 27, 2010 - 9:54 pm

    When you're comparing cloud computing service providers, traditional IT product selection skills may not cut it. Consider these 8 questions for your working checklist.
  • Move Your Business to Cloud Computing

    Posted April 27, 2010 - 9:32 pm

    The Internet has changed the way people do nearly everything--from consuming media to performing research to maintaining relationships to communicating.
  • Canonical focuses on apps support in Linux upgrade

    Posted April 27, 2010 - 9:01 pm

    Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Linux, available on Thursday for desktops and servers, features a major increase in ISV support
  • Google Apps sync for Outlook gets mixed reviews

    Posted April 27, 2010 - 8:51 pm

    Nine months after Google daringly launched a sync tool to link its hosted Apps collaboration and communication suite with arch-rival Microsoft's Outlook PC software, results have been mixed.
  • Red Hat support subscription to cover Amazon's cloud

    Posted April 27, 2010 - 8:38 pm

    Red Hat Cloud Access will let enterprises use their subscriptions to support either traditional on-premise servers or servers hosted on Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud, the company said on Tuesday.
  • VMware, Salesforce.com building Java cloud platform

    Posted April 27, 2010 - 9:42 am

    VMware and Salesforce.com are jointly developing a cloud computing service called VMforce designed for hosting Java applications, executives from the two companies said Tuesday.
  • There's more to cloud economics than you know

    Posted April 26, 2010 - 2:05 pm

    For those enterprises trying to figure out whether cloud computing is worth the effort, one industry expert said the cloud just might be the next big paradigm, as was the emergence of the personal computer and of open source.
  • Lawson moves to back private clouds

    Posted April 26, 2010 - 1:17 pm

    Lawson Software announced a number of services and products Monday for running its software in a private cloud environment, following up on its recent move to support its ERP software on Amazon's public Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2).
  • Microsoft exec: We and users win with cloud

    Posted April 26, 2010 - 12:58 pm

    Microsoft is firmly on the cloud-computing bandwagon and with good reason -- it can make more money by doing so, even as it helps customers cut costs, business division head Stephen Elop said at the Convergence conference in Atlanta on Sunday.
  • Facebook to get more social, McAfee crashes PCs

    Posted April 23, 2010 - 5:40 pm

    The travel industry wasn't the only one affected by the volcano that erupted in Iceland. Mobile-phone vendors and suppliers adjusted shipping methods to get handsets from Asia to Europe. Some McAfee corporate clients most likely cursed the company after a security update crashed the computers of hundreds of thousands of users. If you're a financial and technology wonk, then read on for highlights on this week's earnings reports from major IT vendors. Facebook's efforts to make the Web more social may result in some lost user privacy. But perhaps the site should bolster its security first. A hacker claims to have the log-in information to more than 1 million accounts, a security research company said.
  • Salesforce.com and Jigsaw: How the Pieces Fit

    Posted April 23, 2010 - 3:48 pm

    The headlines about Saleforce.com's Jigsaw acquisition are everywhere. What's it mean? Will it matter? Here's what this combination could do for your lead data.
  • Cloud Computing: It's the Economics Stupid

    Posted April 23, 2010 - 2:20 pm

    Cloud's ability to make IT more agile is undeniable, says CIO.com's Bernard Golden. But once that benchmark is met, the cost effectiveness of the internal cloud versus public providers will be a key measure of success.
  • Microsoft, Oracle differ on cloud visions

    Posted April 22, 2010 - 4:40 pm

    At the recent Cloud Computing Expo, software giants Microsoft, Oracle offered hybrid models
  • Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g key to 'full-stack' strategy

    Posted April 22, 2010 - 4:11 pm

    Oracle launched a product called Enterprise Manager 11g with great fanfare Thursday, and for good reason. The system management software platform is key to its goal of being a true one-stop IT shop for customers, now that it has entered the hardware business by acquiring Sun Microsystems.
  • Windows Intune: Quick Cure for Bad PC Management?

    Posted April 22, 2010 - 2:16 pm

    Small businesses rushed the doors for the beta version of Microsoft's Windows Intune service that allows PC management via the cloud. Truth is, many SMBs don't have the resources to manage PCs effectively, if at all, analysts say.
  • Windows Intune Cloud Service: A Simple FAQ

    Posted April 22, 2010 - 11:28 am

    Here is a breakdown of everything you need to know about Microsoft's new cloud-based PC management and security platform aimed at midmarket companies.
  • Microsoft weaves management technology into cloud vision

    Posted April 22, 2010 - 11:22 am

    At Microsoft Management Summit 2010 in Las Vegas, company executives detail how management software will play a critical role in delivering on Microsoft's cloud vision.
  • Is Google the new Rome?

    Posted April 22, 2010 - 9:16 am

    Cloud computing may be leading to an empire or federation-like worldview on how data is managed, but national laws will be a major obstacle.
  • Appirio making $1 million cloud savings promise

    Posted April 22, 2010 - 9:10 am

    Appirio launched a new offer Thursday, pledging that if customers who use its "cloudsourcing" services to migrate entirely to public cloud applications and technologies don't save at least US$1 million per year, it will make up the difference.
  • 10 useful Google Chrome Experiments

    Posted April 22, 2010 - 9:00 am

    These JavaScript programs bring flashy graphics to your Web browser -- without Flash.
  • How to Negotiate a Better Cloud Computing Contract

    Posted April 21, 2010 - 3:54 pm

    The typical cloud computing contract can look downright simple to an experienced IT outsourcing customer accustomed to inking pacts hundreds of pages long that outline service levels and penalties, pricing and benchmarks, processes and procedures, security and business continuity requirements, and clauses delineating the rights and responsibilities of the IT services supplier and customer.
  • Hardware to drive IT spending growth in 2010

    Posted April 21, 2010 - 3:41 pm

    Industry watchers forecast an increase in computer hardware and equipment purchases, followed by investments in software, which both will contribute to a strong economic environment in 2010.

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