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  • New Microsoft Office price list: Winners and losers

    Posted January 26, 2010 - 9:10 am

    Microsoft's new Office pricing scheme is more complex that first thought; it's at least partially a response to increased competition from IBM, Google, Zoho and OpenOffice.org.
  • Cloud storage hype: Customers not buying it

    Posted January 25, 2010 - 5:10 pm

    For all the cloud computing hype, few business customers are actually storing data on Web-based platforms.
  • 5 Things You Need to Know about Platform as a service

    Posted January 25, 2010 - 3:40 pm

    It's like glue. Platform as a Service (PaaS) may be the linchpin of cloud computing. It's the application development, integration and management layer between cloud infrastructure offerings like storage and SaaS applications. Microsoft's Azure, Salesforce's Force.com and Google's AppEngine promise to help developers write applications for a virtualized operating system that draws on computing resources distributed across many servers.
  • Oracle and Sun to push private cloud solutions

    Posted January 25, 2010 - 1:10 pm

    The Oracle and Sun Microsystems road map [[artnid: 333300|due to be announced this week by Larry Ellison]] will likely include moves to forge the pair into a solutions provider in the vein of IBM and HP, according to analyst firm Frost & Sullivan.
  • IT's 'New Normal'

    Posted January 25, 2010 - 12:40 pm

    New applications and solutions lead IT into the 21st century's 2nd decade.
  • HP unveils extensive security services package

    Posted January 25, 2010 - 5:10 am

    HP Monday announced an extensive security-services portfolio that includes more than 90 basic offerings for application, identity and access management security to business continuity, cloud computing and managed services aimed at businesses and government.
  • Google's Chrome OS: Tomorrow's Desktop Today?

    Posted January 22, 2010 - 2:16 pm

    Is Chrome OS worth bothering with now? If you're an end-user, the answer isn't just no, it's "Heck no!" But, it offers a glimpse into a future where 90% of your computing is done on a nearly always connected netbook.
  • Prineville, Ore., Pop. 10,000, is Facebook's new friend

    Posted January 22, 2010 - 11:10 am

    Facebook announced plans to build a massive data center in Prineville, Ore., a small city on the center of the state.
  • 1 year in, Obama’s tech vision impresses, execution falls short

    Posted January 21, 2010 - 12:10 pm

    Obama has proven to be more tech-savvy than his predecessors, but some of his ambitious IT initiatives have been stymied by government bureaucracy and inertia, industry observers say.
  • 'Microsoft-free' virtual desktop start-up gets $4M funding

    Posted January 21, 2010 - 12:10 pm

    A start-up teaming up with IBM to build "Microsoft-free" virtual desktops and deliver them through a cloud computing model has secured $4 million in first-round venture financing.
  • Box.net claims edge over SharePoint, Google Docs

    Posted January 21, 2010 - 11:40 am

    Just as Google Docs makes collaborating on documents via the Web easier than Microsoft Office does, Box.Net enables corporate workers to share documents and other files more easily and beyond firewalls than Microsoft SharePoint.
  • Microsoft and Intuit forge small business Web apps partnership

    Posted January 21, 2010 - 11:00 am

    Microsoft's Windows Azure cloud and the Intuit App Center online application store are lynchpins of the arrangement
  • Microsoft calls for cloud computing transparency

    Posted January 20, 2010 - 5:37 pm

    Cloud computing vendors need to band together to create rules on privacy and security or face the prospect of having the U.S. Congress pass regulations, Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith said Wednesday.
  • Half of storage customers considering cloud computing, survey finds

    Posted January 20, 2010 - 12:07 pm

    Despite security and reliability concerns, half of customers considering cloud storage.
  • iPass gives IT more control of mobile access

    Posted January 19, 2010 - 8:36 pm

    Mobile connectivity provider iPass, which for many years has consolidated network accounts for workers on the go, is now shifting its focus to helping enterprises manage mobile data use.
  • LA's move to Google Apps is underway

    Posted January 19, 2010 - 7:06 pm

    The cyberattacks on Google systems from withing China have not caused Los Angeles officials to reasses plans to replace desktop applications with he hosted Google Apps office suite.
  • The Future of IT Application Architectures

    Posted January 19, 2010 - 4:40 pm

    Last week I wrote about the impact cloud computing will have on IT operations. I noted that the increasing scale of data dramatically changes the expectations of how data centers are operated. This week I want to turn to how cloud computing affects IT application architectures, specifically examining the flip side of the coin of data growth: application load. Succinctly put, the assumptions we have traditionally used to design application architectures are increasingly outmoded due to the changing nature of applications. Application architectures are going to change — just as much as IT operations — over the next five years due to the nature of cloud computing applications.
  • 2010 CIO priorities shift to lightweight services, virtualization

    Posted January 19, 2010 - 2:40 pm

    Post-recession IT budgets aren't increasing, but the seeds are being sown for a different kind of IT
  • Gartner: CIOs look to lighter-weight, social technologies to transform IT

    Posted January 19, 2010 - 2:40 pm

    Gartner survey of 1,600 CIOs shows interest in virtualization, cloud computing and other lightweight technologies at a high as IT leaders work to streamline operations and enhance productivity without spending budget dollars.
  • Three lessons for businesses from the Google attack

    Posted January 19, 2010 - 1:40 pm

    The cyberattacks against Google and more than 30 other technology companies by adversaries operating out of China highlights what some call the Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) confronting a growing number of U.S commercial entities.
  • Software developers gladly hop on the cloud bandwagon

    Posted January 19, 2010 - 7:40 am

    Where cloud delivery makes sense, developers find they need to make few significant adjustments in app dev methods
  • State, Local Gov'ts Expected to Boost Cloud IT Spending

    Posted January 18, 2010 - 7:40 am

    An Input research report says state and local governments will increase their spending on cloud-based IT services.
  • Contending with the virtualization hangover

    Posted January 18, 2010 - 3:10 am

    Virtualization technology essentially reshaped IT in the last decade, but we drank so deep and long at the fountain that we enter the new decade with something of a hangover, and lots of fuzzy questions about what we have wrought.
  • Is Google hack an attack on cloud computing?

    Posted January 15, 2010 - 6:10 pm

    Industry observers debate whether the Google hack reveals security flaws in cloud computing.
  • Google's Free File Storage Not Such a Good Deal

    Posted January 14, 2010 - 12:53 pm

    Google's introduction of free online storage for any type of file serves as a reminder that storing a gigabyte of data in the Internet cloud can vary in price from free to $3.50 per, and that's just what Google charges its customers.
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