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  • Microsoft's Free Windows Live Essentials Beta Debuts

    Posted June 24, 2010 - 10:02 pm

    The new Windows Live Essentials beta will be available for public testing starting Thursday, according to Microsoft. A collection of free Web-oriented applications and services for Windows Vista and Windows 7 PCs, Live Essentials is currently available in English, French, Dutch, Japanese, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, or Spanish.
  • The need for real security in a virtual world

    Posted June 24, 2010 - 9:31 pm

    In a recent column, my Security Manager's Journal counterpart, Mathias Thurman, wrote about securing virtual desktop environments. My company is going through the same exercise of evaluating VDI as a replacement for traditional desktops. As Mathias pointed out, the concept of virtualizing the applications that run on the system does not substantially change the threat landscape, nor does it modify the countermeasures we put in place to protect against those threats.
  • Survey: IT wants public and private cloud services

    Posted June 24, 2010 - 8:17 pm

    Skeptics who disparage the concept of the so-called private cloud and doubt its relevance should think again, according to research from IDC.
  • Facebook stands by its homegrown infrastructure

    Posted June 24, 2010 - 6:47 pm

    Facebook regularly reviews whether to continue using its own data centers or hand off its processing to a cloud service provider, and its operations remain on homegrown infrastructure.
  • Business school swaps Google Apps for Microsoft Live@edu

    Posted June 24, 2010 - 7:40 am

    A French business school plans to trade Google Apps, used by around half its staff and students, for Microsoft's rival Live@edu service.
  • Google Docs creates expectations CIOs can't meet, Red Hat CEO says

    Posted June 23, 2010 - 9:52 pm

    Red Hat CEO says CIOs are "under siege" by user expectations.
  • VMware's Maritz: OSes are having their jobs stolen

    Posted June 23, 2010 - 9:10 pm

    Virtualization and open development frameworks are squeezing out operating systems in data centers, VMware President and CEO Paul Maritz said Wednesday at the Structure 2010 conference in San Francisco.
  • Sun's Lew Tucker to lead Cisco's cloud efforts

    Posted June 23, 2010 - 3:40 pm

    Lew Tucker, who was vice president and chief technology officer of cloud computing at Sun Microsystems, has been named the first CTO of cloud computing at Cisco Systems.
  • Red Hat launches hybrid cloud platform

    Posted June 23, 2010 - 2:40 pm

    Red Hat releases Cloud Foundation, a package of software and services for running hybrid clouds
  • Facebook engineer: Going large requires thinking small

    Posted June 23, 2010 - 2:10 pm

    Facebook's head engineer offers advice on managing continual exponential systems growth at the Usenix conference
  • Amazon EC2 creator launches private cloud start-up

    Posted June 23, 2010 - 12:32 pm

    With backing from VMware, the man behind Amazon EC2 builds private cloud software.
  • Quest fields NoSQL administrator tool

    Posted June 23, 2010 - 9:10 am

    Quest extends its Toad line of database developer tools for non-relational databases
  • A 'fat-free' programming framework for the cloud

    Posted June 22, 2010 - 9:25 pm

    Researchers in the U.K. are developing a lean-and-mean programming framework called Mirage that is designed specifically to support applications running on cloud infrastructure platforms such as Amazon Web Services and Google App Engine.
  • Intel Builds a Private Cloud

    Posted June 22, 2010 - 1:40 pm

    Intel's research and development group was the first internal segment to increase efficiency with an infrastructure- and platform-as-a-service approach, improving its server utilization rate from 59 percent in the first half of 2006 to 80 percent today. By reducing infrastructure spending and avoiding building new data center facilities, the company expects to save nearly $200 million. Following this success, Intel decided in early 2009 to build an enterprise private cloud for its office and enterprise groups.
  • Embattled LimeWire to launch subscription music service

    Posted June 22, 2010 - 11:30 am

    After a thorough pummeling by the music industry, peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing software vendor LimeWire Inc. will launch a subscription-based music service for consumers.
  • Meet the father of Google Apps (who used to work at Microsoft)

    Posted June 22, 2010 - 10:16 am

    The Google executive most responsible for creating Google Apps talks about bringing Gmail into the enterprise.
  • Salesforce.com's Chatter enters general release

    Posted June 22, 2010 - 9:10 am

    Salesforce.com's Chatter social collaboration platform became generally available Tuesday, with the vendor hoping to spur adoption beyond sales workers to entire enterprises via a low-cost licensing option.
  • BI Moves to the Cloud

    Posted June 21, 2010 - 4:36 pm

    CIO survey finds one in five plan to move analytics off-premise in the next three years.
  • Data center upgrades demand attention now

    Posted June 21, 2010 - 11:07 am

    School is out for summer, but it's time for IT executives to hit the books to prepare for a 2011 data center refresh that delivers cost savings enabled by virtualization and flatter architectures with lower latency.
  • Where Microsoft stands on cloud computing

    Posted June 18, 2010 - 10:32 am

    Microsoft is betting on the cloud to provide the next wave of innovation and opportunities for technologists, business and consumers. But what progress has it made so far?
  • WordPress 3.0 blogging software released

    Posted June 17, 2010 - 5:12 pm

    The newly released WordPress 3.0 gears the blogging software for enterprise content management duties as well
  • Why You Don't Need a Cloud Strategy

    Posted June 17, 2010 - 4:38 pm

    The trouble with creating a "cloud strategy"? You're focusing on technology, not business benefit. Forrester's Randy Heffner advises you focus on how cloud can enhance your existing architecture strategy.
  • Review

    Microsoft Office Web Apps: Limited, mediocre, dismal

    Posted June 17, 2010 - 1:27 pm

    Web-based editions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote are underwhelming at best
  • Disaster Recovery in the Cloud Yields ROI

    Posted June 16, 2010 - 4:20 pm

    Using cloud services like Iland for disaster recovery produced quick financial returns for Help at Home.
  • CIOs Weigh Google's Enterprise Communication Suite

    Posted June 16, 2010 - 4:10 pm

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