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  • BMC takes service desk to the cloud via Salesforce.com

    Posted November 19, 2009 - 8:10 pm

    BMC and Salesforce.com partner to deliver BMC's Service Desk Express on Force.com platform.
  • Benioff trumpets Force.com platform's success

    Posted November 19, 2009 - 7:40 pm

    Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff on Thursday attempted to cement an image of the vendor as a full-blown application development platform provider, not merely a purveyor of SaaS (software-as-a-service) applications.
  • Quest Software Offers SaaS Windows Management Solutions

    Posted November 19, 2009 - 1:18 pm

    Quest Software has announced the launch of its first set of Software as a Service (SaaS) Windows management solutions. Quest OnDemand will be hosted on Windows Azure, securely managing IT environments by leveraging Microsoft Corp's Windows Identity Foundation (WIF) and Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) 2.0. The first solutions are currently available in beta.
  • Google's Chrome May Shift the OS Landscape

    Posted November 19, 2009 - 12:39 pm

    Google is hosting an event today to offer the first official glimpse at the Chrome operating system. Chrome has ignited enthusiasm in an operating system market that has been largely stagnant for years. Google may succeed in shaking things up a bit.
  • Supercomputing centers acknowledge Amazon influence

    Posted November 19, 2009 - 10:10 am

    Amazon.com's Electric Cloud Computing service is helping to boost the visibility of supercomputer centers to business users.
  • Microsoft touches on cloud management system

    Posted November 18, 2009 - 3:10 pm

    Almost as a forgotten footnote, Microsoft introduce System Center "Cloud" Tuesday providing little detail other than a name on a slide during the opening keynote of the annual PDC conference.
  • Salesforce.com announces 'Chatter' social-networking app

    Posted November 18, 2009 - 3:10 pm

    Salesforce.com opened up its annual Dreamforce conference on Wednesday by previewing Salesforce Chatter, a social-networking application the vendor dubbed a "Facebook for the Enterprise."
  • Cloud won't do for critical applications, SAP says

    Posted November 18, 2009 - 11:40 am

    SAP does not expect mission-critical applications to move to the cloud in the near future, the company's chief technology officer said on Wednesday.
  • Microsoft adds access controls for SQL Azure online database

    Posted November 17, 2009 - 11:10 pm

    Microsoft Corp. is creating technology to give businesses more fine-grained control over access to data stored in the company's upcoming SQL Azure database-as-a-service, a senior engineer said Tuesday.
  • Riverbed looks to speed cloud applications, storage

    Posted November 17, 2009 - 9:10 pm

    Riverbed has a plan to accelerate applications and storage resources that are located in a cloud computing environment and delivered over the Internet to private data centers, distributed branch offices and mobile users.
  • 3D Web will save high-performance computing industry, Intel CTO says

    Posted November 17, 2009 - 8:40 pm

    Three-dimensional Web technologies will save the high-performance computing industry from its current state of financial stagnation, Intel predicts.
  • Microsoft sets Windows Azure production date

    Posted November 17, 2009 - 4:40 pm

    The cloud platform, which has been in the community technology preview stage, goes to the next phase early in 2010
  • Microsoft adds app, data marketplace to Windows Azure

    Posted November 17, 2009 - 4:39 pm

    Microsoft Corp. said on Tuesday that its upcoming Windows Azure cloud computing platform will come with marketplaces for both online apps built to run on Azure as well as datasets that companies can use to build their own apps.
  • The Grill: Tom Georgens

    Posted November 17, 2009 - 1:11 pm

    Tom Georgens, CEO at NetApp Inc., discusses how the loss of the bidding war for Data Domain will affect NetApp, as well as what's in store for the company in terms of virtualization, cloud computing and other possible technology company buyouts.
  • The Cloud Security Survival Guide

    Posted November 17, 2009 - 12:40 pm

    For companies increasingly dependent on cloud services, security challenges abound. Here's a collection of articles, columns and audio to help IT security practitioners plot the right course.
  • Clear Metrics for Cloud Security? Yes, Seriously

    Posted November 17, 2009 - 12:40 pm

    In the second installment of his series on "Clearing the Cloud," security expert Ariel Silverstone proposes some clearer definitions and metrics to improve cloud security.
  • Google offers templates for Sites project collaboration app

    Posted November 17, 2009 - 3:09 am

    Google Sites, the wiki-based hosted application for building group Web sites, is gaining its first wave of templates with a set for workplaces and a set for personal use.
  • Cloud SLA: Another Point of View

    Posted November 16, 2009 - 5:39 pm

    Critics are piling on the gripes about cloud computing service level agreements. But let's discuss the assumption that enterprise data centers operate at far higher availability rates than cloud providers: Frankly, I'm unconvinced.
  • Intel to unveil energy-efficient, many-core research chip

    Posted November 16, 2009 - 5:09 pm

    Nearly two years after unveiling its experimental 80-core chip, Intel Corp. is getting ready to show off its next incarnation of a high-powered, energy-efficient many-core research chip.
  • IBM and AT&T Unveil Cloud Computing Services

    Posted November 16, 2009 - 3:39 pm

    Today's weather report for the Internet: increasing cloudiness with a chance of strong winds (of change). IBM and AT&T both announced new services to compete for a share of the projected $46.4 billion market--a market predicted to grow to over $150 billion over the next 4 years--in the progressively crowded arena of cloud computing.
  • Talent Management Yields Dramatic ROI

    Posted November 16, 2009 - 8:40 am

    Using on-demand talent management software, a major hospital network has cut employee turnover, slashed paperwork and tied employee performance to the business goal of improving patient satisfaction.
  • AT&T offers cloud-based computing capacity

    Posted November 16, 2009 - 3:40 am

    AT&T upped its cloud portfolio Monday when announced it was working with VMware and Sun Microsystems to develop its own cloud computing service.
  • Amazon Web Services offers .Net development kit for its cloud platform

    Posted November 13, 2009 - 9:40 pm

    Software builders can leverage services like Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud in their .Net applications
  • Amazon called out over cloud security, secrecy

    Posted November 13, 2009 - 7:40 pm

    Amazon's cloud computing service should not be used for applications that require advanced security and availability, an analyst report claims.
  • WSO2 extending SOA into cloud computing

    Posted November 13, 2009 - 5:39 pm

    The WSO2 Cloud Platform rollout features secure services multi-tenancy

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