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  • Survey shows shift to cloud-based services, despite concerns

    Posted October 6, 2011 - 2:45 pm

    A survey of 5,300 IT and security managers in 38 countries about cloud computing offers a vivid snapshot of expectations, anxieties and sometimes shattered hopes.
  • Google Earth announces 1 billion downloads

    Posted October 6, 2011 - 11:49 am

    On October 5, Google announced there have been more than one billion (with a b) downloads of Google Earth desktop clients, mobile apps, and plug-ins. Stories from Google Earth users are now collected at a new site, OneWorldManyStories.com
  • OpenStack Foundation on the horizon

    Posted October 6, 2011 - 8:41 am

    Community reaction has been mostly positive so far around today's upcoming announcement that Rackspace, apparently bowing to pressure from the same community, will form an OpenStack Foundation next year.
  • Cloud industry a 'mess' of suppliers and standards, experts warn

    Posted October 6, 2011 - 5:02 am

    The complexity of the cloud computing arena is a major stumbling block to adoption, according to delegates at this week's NetEvents business IT symposium in Rome.
  • Ellison unveils new cloud, trashes Salesforce.com

    Posted October 5, 2011 - 8:50 pm

    Oracle CEO Larry Ellison on Wednesday unveiled a public cloud service that will run its Fusion Applications and others, and while doing so delivered a withering broadside against competitors, with his harshest words for Salesforce.com.
  • OpenStack spun out from Rackspace control

    Posted October 5, 2011 - 6:30 pm

    Responding to the rapid adoption of their software, the folks behind the OpenStack cloud software are planning to form a stand-alone nonprofit foundation to steward future development of the open-source software suite.
  • Startup promotes simultaneous upgrades to IPv6, cloud

    Posted October 5, 2011 - 4:45 pm

    A start-up consulting firm founded by former Cisco engineers is targeting a new niche for enterprise IT departments: helping them deploy IPv6 and cloud computing simultaneously to reduce overhead costs.
  • Apple preps OS X Lion for iCloud debut

    Posted October 5, 2011 - 2:40 pm

    Apple appears on track to release a Mac OS X Lion update by Oct. 12, when the company will roll out iCloud, its new online synchronization and backup service.
  • Oracle Fusion Applications are finally generally available

    Posted October 5, 2011 - 2:08 pm

    Oracle's Fusion Applications are finally generally available to all customers, the company announced Wednesday at the OpenWorld conference in San Francisco as part of the most extensive public demonstration of the long-awaited software to date.
  • Cloud computing: Overcoming implementation anxiety

    Posted October 5, 2011 - 12:35 pm

    The ever-growing number of cloud computing providers, combined with the pressure to select just the right service to prevent catastrophic IT and career failure, prevents many CIOs from moving forward with their cloud computing plans. Here are 3 tips for how to keep cloud plans moving forward.
  • Global relief non-profit moves to Office 365 and the cloud

    Posted October 5, 2011 - 11:46 am

    NetHope, a consortium of IT leaders serving humanitarian agencies, has been keeping things in-house with Sharepoint for years. But a recent move to the cloud via Office 365 is freeing up IT staff and allowing agencies to better share information.
  • Symantec updates flagship storage, high availability suites

    Posted October 5, 2011 - 11:26 am

    In order to provide greater private cloud capabilities, Symantec announced new product versions of Veritas Storage Foundation 6.0, Veritas Cluster Server 6.0 and Veritas Operations Manager 4.1 and eight other products.
  • Amazon Kindle Fire pre-orders over 2,000 per hour

    Posted October 5, 2011 - 10:45 am

    With Apple news everywhere today because of the iPhone 4S release, it's hard to remember other new products. But it's hard to ignore a leaked screenshot of Amazon's order system showing Kindle Fire orders coming in at over 2,000 per hour.
  • Benioff's keynote at Oracle World canceled! Salesforce CEO replaced by Lady Gaga

    Posted October 5, 2011 - 10:42 am

    Why was the Salesforce leader bounced from his keynote speech? Only Larry Ellison knows.
  • More details emerge on Adobe Creative Cloud

    Posted October 5, 2011 - 9:55 am

    Adobe has revealed more details of its Creative Cloud mix of software and services for professional creatives, launched yesterday at Adobe MAX in Los Angeles.
  • Amazon adds free encryption to storage service

    Posted October 5, 2011 - 8:22 am

    Using Amazon Web Services' new Server Side Encryption feature, enterprises will at no extra cost be able to encrypt data stored on the company's Simple Storage Service (S3), Amazon said on Tuesday.
  • Oracle fleshes out cloud plans at OpenWorld

    Posted October 5, 2011 - 7:32 am

    Oracle is using this week's OpenWorld event to dispel lingering questions about its still-evolving cloud computing strategy.
  • Review

    Review: 4 Java clouds face off

    Posted October 5, 2011 - 6:18 am

    CloudBees, Google App Engine, Red Hat OpenShift, and VMware Cloud Foundry reveal the pleasures and perils of coding on a public cloud platform
  • European airline virtualizes data backup

    Posted October 5, 2011 - 3:09 am

    European airline Flybe has expanded its virtualised IT infrastructure with new data back-up and replication systems.
  • Oracle cancels Marc Benioff's keynote

    Posted October 5, 2011 - 3:02 am

    Salesforce.com chairman and CEO, Marc Benioff will on Wednesday speak at a local restaurant in San Francisco, after his keynote at Oracle OpenWorld 2011 was cancelled by Oracle.
  • Webroot SecureAnywhere brings protection to the cloud

    Posted October 4, 2011 - 3:47 pm

    Computer and data security is becoming a much more complex issue to manage for many businesses and consumers. Webroot hopes to simplify it, and make sure you are protected no matter what device or platform you might be using with the launch of SecureAnywhere.
  • Red Hat raids cloud storage market by acquiring Gluster

    Posted October 4, 2011 - 3:46 pm

    Red Hat announced Tuesday that it is acquiring Gluster, which makes open-source software that clusters commodity SATA drives and NAS systems into massively scalable pools of storage, in a cash deal valued at about $136 million. Gluster is also a contributor to the OpenStack cloud project and Red Hat is promising this involvement will continue. Indeed, Red Hat is now uncharacteristically saying its support of OpenStack will grow even beyond Gluster to the next release of Fedora.
  • iCloud to make official debut on October 12

    Posted October 4, 2011 - 2:20 pm

    Following its preview at Apple's World Wide Developer Conference in June, iCloud has received an official debut date--October 12--at Tuesday's Let's Talk iPhone Apple event. It replaces the company's oft-maligned $99 MobileMe service, offering a central online repository for your mail; contacts; calendars; music, TV, app and book purchases; photos; documents; and backup--all for free. In addition, Apple introduced a new app called Find My Friends, for connecting with friends and family.
  • Self-service IT: Are users up to the task?

    Posted October 4, 2011 - 2:00 pm

    Self-service procurement. Self-service business intelligence. Self-service recovery. User provisioning in private clouds. It's a wondrous world for end users these days as IT departments roll out tools that hand them the reins to the data and services they desire, whether it's instant access to their employee benefits account or a deep dive into corporate data stacks that were once off-limits.
  • Cloud storage arrays to generate $1.45B in 2015

    Posted October 4, 2011 - 1:38 pm

    An analysis of the cloud storage market, both public and private, released by Gartner today showed that the market is on pace to total $417.3 million in 2011, a 56% increase from 2010 and it will reach $1.4B by 2015.

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