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  • Preparing for the real costs of cloud computing

    Posted December 5, 2011 - 11:56 am

    Most experts agree: The cloud is moving past the hype stage and starting to deliver tangible benefits, primarily increased flexibility and agility.
  • 'Server huggers' present obstacle to cloud adoption

    Posted December 5, 2011 - 7:28 am

    Chipita America CIO Scott Martin didn't see a competitive advantage in managing internal systems, believing that moving to the cloud would provide time to focus far more on business needs.
  • Cloud computing disrupts the vendor landscape

    Posted December 5, 2011 - 1:39 am

    If you think cloud computing is a disruptive force within the enterprise, just imagine what the cloud is doing to the vendor landscape.
  • Citrix targets virtualization, orchestration layers

    Posted December 5, 2011 - 1:39 am

    Were they guilty of "cloudwashing" - slapping the cloud label on existing products? Were they ignoring the cloud and risking getting left in the dust? Were they scrambling to re-invent themselves as cloud service providers?
  • Juniper offers fabric for high-performance clouds

    Posted December 5, 2011 - 1:39 am

    Juniper has a three-pronged cloud strategy that includes selling networking gear in the data centers of most major IaaS players, providing secure connections between virtual data centers and cloud customers, and orchestrating how virtualized resources get allocated to cloud application services.
  • SAP faces cloud strategy questions with SuccessFactors buy

    Posted December 4, 2011 - 7:08 pm

    SAP's US$3.4 billion purchase of SuccessFactors not only gives the company an increasingly popular set of on-demand human resources applications, but could also bring its entire cloud software portfolio into a new focus.
  • SAP pays $3.4 billion for cloud vendor SuccessFactors

    Posted December 3, 2011 - 3:02 pm

    SAP America said Saturday that it is paying US$3.4 billion in cash to acquire SuccessFactors, a provider of cloud-based human capital management tools.
  • SAP pays $3.4 billion for cloud vendor SuccessFactors

    Posted December 3, 2011 - 2:27 pm

    SAP America said Saturday that it is paying $3.4 billion in cash to acquire SuccessFactors, a provider of cloud-based human capital management tools.
  • Original PaaS vendors defend their turf

    Posted December 2, 2011 - 9:05 pm

    Independent platform-as-a-service providers acknowledge that theirs is a crowded market, especially with big IT vendors like Oracle, Hewlett-Packard and Dell entering as competitors, but they expressed confidence this week that there is room in the market for many players.
  • Forrester: As SaaS matures, buyers face new considerations

    Posted December 2, 2011 - 2:18 pm

    As SaaS (software as a service) gains in maturity and popularity, enterprise IT buyers will have to grapple with a new set of questions and considerations when purchasing it, according to a new Forrester Research report.
  • IDC on 2012: Prep for cloud wars, mobile explosion, higher IT spending

    Posted December 2, 2011 - 1:26 pm

    Researchers at International Data Corp. say some big battles will be brewing in 2012 in the cloud, mobile and Big Data arenas, so much so that "companies like Microsoft, HP, SAP, RIM, and others -- including Apple -- will face 'crossroads moments' in 2012. By the end of the year, we should have a good idea which vendors will -- and won't -- be among the industry's leaders at the end of the decade," said Frank Gens, senior vice president and chief analyst at IDC in a statement.
  • Forrester: Enterprise social software to become a $6.4 billion market in 2016

    Posted December 2, 2011 - 1:04 pm

    Enterprise social collaboration software, which offer Facebook and Twitter-like capabilities adapted for workplaces, will grow strongly in the coming years, eclipsing demand for more traditional communications and collaboration products, according to a new study from Forrester Research.
  • Question

    How well would a cloud based phone system work as a replacement for a traditional "land line" system?

    Posted December 2, 2011 - 12:32 pm

    I've read about Panasonic's Business Phone System and it sounds like it could be an attractive alternative to our land line. It is intended to be used by small companies, with the max number of individual lines limited to 10, which would work for me.
  • Swiss Govt report: piracy not costing media companies money

    Posted December 2, 2011 - 12:19 pm

    Swiss media companies have been after the government to do something about piracy. The government studied the problem and said downloading movies and music will stay legal.
  • European distrust of US data security creates market for local cloud service

    Posted December 2, 2011 - 8:55 am

    Concern over the laxity of United States data protection laws has created a new market for Europe-based cloud computing services.
  • Deutsche Bank completes cloud computing overhaul

    Posted December 2, 2011 - 4:07 am

    Deutsche Bank is set to complete the first phase of a major cloud computing overhaul aimed at improving internal application development.
  • VirtualSharp to enable disaster recovery to public clouds

    Posted December 1, 2011 - 5:13 pm

    VirtualSharp hopes to soon let its customers set up disaster recovery plans that fail over from their private clouds to public clouds, the company announced this week at the CloudBeat conference in Redwood City, California.
  • Office 365 'momentum' announcement met with some skepticism

    Posted December 1, 2011 - 2:47 pm

    Microsoft's declaration this week that Office 365 is enjoying unprecedented levels of sales success didn't fully convince some industry experts who were expecting the company to back up its claims with more concrete figures and who feel it's too early for a victory lap.
  • Is cloud support 'racing to the bottom?'

    Posted December 1, 2011 - 12:55 pm

    There's a phenomenon that economists describe as a "race to the bottom," where vendors compete by undercutting in price, which leads to a reduction in quality and service. In businesses like airlines, trains, telecoms -- with huge fixed costs -- these downward spirals of service can last for decades because, fundamentally, the customers don't have that much choice. Any vendor foolish enough to offer great service will see their costs go up...and their sales go down. Despite complaints about lousy service, the customer won't tolerate big price increases.
  • Rumble in the cloud: 5 cloud storage services compared

    Posted December 1, 2011 - 8:00 am

    Clouds aren't just for IT departments looking to cut costs anymore. Today, free and low-cost cloud services are available for everyone. But which is right for you?
  • Google slaps down Ballmer's assertion about cloud biz

    Posted November 30, 2011 - 8:57 pm

    A Google executive refuted recent comments from Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who said Microsoft wins enterprise cloud contracts 98 percent of the time when up against the search giant.
  • Netflix opens door to leaving Amazon Web Services

    Posted November 30, 2011 - 5:39 pm

    Netflix designed its cloud architecture so that it has the option to move to an Amazon Web Services competitor, but doesn't expect a real competitor to emerge for a few years, a Netflix executive said on Wednesday.
  • Why Yammer is snatching up enterprise customers

    Posted November 30, 2011 - 4:55 pm

    Yammer looks a lot like a work-friendly Facebook, and it's yielding new enterprise users as a result. Here are 5 things you need to know about the social networking site.
  • CRM packages look to ease financial firms' move to Salesforce

    Posted November 30, 2011 - 4:19 pm

    Cloud computing consulting firm GlobalOne Wednesday released the first of three CRM packages that aim to help financial services firms and banks transition to cloud computing with
  • Review

    Review: Heroku cloud application platform

    Posted November 30, 2011 - 3:17 pm

    Heroku pairs rapid application deployment with a wealth of developer tools, but is light on manageability
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