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  • SAP, Dell partner on in-memory and the cloud

    Posted May 16, 2011 - 8:10 am

    SAP and Dell are expanding their relationship in the areas of cloud computing and in-memory databases, the companies will announce on Monday during the Sapphire conference in Orlando.
  • Microsoft to talk cloud at Tech Ed

    Posted May 13, 2011 - 8:10 pm

    Cloud computing will once again be a major theme for this year's Microsoft Tech Ed conference, according to the company. And attendees seem to be interested in finding out how the cloud can be used in conjunction with their own operations.
  • Microsoft pairs Azure cloud with mobile devices

    Posted May 13, 2011 - 8:09 pm

    Windows Azure Toolkits offered for Apple iOS and Windows Phone 7; Android up next
  • Breakfast links: New tech bubble in the works?

    Posted May 13, 2011 - 10:33 am

    Plus: Humility from Microsoft? It must be Friday the 13th.
  • Unchecked usage can kill cost benefits of cloud services

    Posted May 12, 2011 - 5:47 pm

    The touted cost savings associated with cloud services didn't pan out for Ernie Neuman, not because the savings weren't real, but because the use of the service got out of hand.
  • Brocade's Klayko sees long path to cloud

    Posted May 12, 2011 - 5:20 pm

    Brocade Communications remains a networking specialist in an industry where networks are becoming just part of a broader architecture for many vendors. A longtime market leader in Fibre Channel SANs (storage area networks), Brocade acquired Ethernet switch maker Foundry Networks in 2008 and now offers to tie together all elements of a data center or broader cloud infrastructure. CEO Michael Klayko has led Brocade since 2005. Last Tuesday, during an all-day press and analyst event at the company's headquarters in San Jose, California, he talked with IDG News Service about his company's own infrastructure and how it plans to keep up with bigger rivals.
  • MS Office alternatives: Many are trying, few are buying

    Posted May 12, 2011 - 3:18 pm

    When it comes to deploying Microsoft Office alternatives such as Google Apps, Zoho or Lotus Symphony, enterprise IT managers are in a state of intense curiosity but are still not ready for widespread adoption, according to a new Forrester research report entitled "Market Update: Office Productivity Alternatives."
  • Google calls on graduates to promote Apps in their workplace

    Posted May 12, 2011 - 3:03 pm

    Google is trying to recruit college students who used the company's Apps for Education suite in school to become evangelists for the business version of the product as they move on to the workplace.
  • Google I/O Day 2. It's all about the Chrome [video]

    Posted May 12, 2011 - 7:53 am

    Google I/O is so big it needs two keynotes! On Tuesday we heard all about Android and Google TV. Wednesday's keynote was devoted to Chrome and Chrome OS. And the first Chromebooks were announced!
  • Intel, partners push for cloud standards

    Posted May 12, 2011 - 7:13 am

    Intel and its partners in the Open Data Center Alliance are working to extend cloud computing so the technology can overcome criticism from Internet guru Vinton Cerf and others.
  • Cloud-based security as a service: It's catching on and here's why

    Posted May 12, 2011 - 6:40 am

    When technology manager Lincoln Cannon wants to give his company's employees and business partners controlled access to various internal resources or cloud-based services the company uses, he goes to one cloud-based single sign-on security service to assign access privileges.
  • Google 'Chromebook' focuses on enterprise push

    Posted May 12, 2011 - 6:07 am

    Google took another step toward the enterprise this week when executives unveiled the 'Chromebook,' a notebook PC that could boost both its new operating system and cloud-based apps.
  • Disaster recovery is everyone's job

    Posted May 11, 2011 - 8:42 pm

    I was discussing my article on the Amazon EC2 Cloud failure, and a related blog (as well as reaction from the Twittersphere) with my editor, and the issue came up of cloud-related disaster recovery falling under the responsibility of IT. Having covered IT for 15 years, I heartily disagreed.
  • How is cloud computing like an airplane?

    Posted May 11, 2011 - 6:54 pm

    A cloud computing service is like an airliner - even though it can experience devastating crashes that affect many people, like Amazon’s crash last month, it’s still safer than driving your own car… or IT infrastructure.
  • Interop: Cloud services take a beating in debate over security

    Posted May 11, 2011 - 4:44 pm

    Cloud services are not secure enough for businesses to use, or at least that was the conclusion drawn by attendees of an Interop debate, although all of the participants acknowledged the real answer was more subtle.
  • Platform, partners key to NetSuite's future

    Posted May 11, 2011 - 4:33 pm

    Count NetSuite among the growing number of SaaS (software as a service) vendors positioning themselves as providers of not just stand-alone applications, but also a rich development stack that partners and customers can use to integrate with and extend the core software.
  • Cloud CIO: Like open source, cloud hides in plain sight

    Posted May 11, 2011 - 2:44 pm

    Open source caused many embarrassing conversations for CIOs: A CIO would say we have no open source software -- then walk the halls and find it in use. This same scenario is playing out with cloud services, says's Bernard Golden.
  • Video

    Google Chrome notebooks due in June from Acer, Samsung

    Posted May 11, 2011 - 2:05 pm

    Samsung and Acer will begin selling notebook PCs running Google's Chrome OS in June, as Google presses ahead with its project to position this new operating system designed specifically for Web applications as a viable option for consumers and businesses.
  • Cloud computing is key driver for new identity rules, says Jericho Forum

    Posted May 11, 2011 - 1:07 pm

    The Jericho Forum’s new guidelines for designing better identity systems are timely because of cloud computing, according to Forum president Paul Simmonds.
  • IT outsourcers don't fulfill promises, invent work to inflate fees, survey respondents charge

    Posted May 11, 2011 - 12:34 pm

    The IT outsourcing market shrank during the past quarter, partially to cloud providers, while a new survey taps into a deep vein of distrust between IT and outsourcers.
  • Microsoft Exchange-to-Google Apps migration survival guide

    Posted May 11, 2011 - 10:21 am

    Switching from Microsoft Exchange to Google Apps may have many benefits, but the journey is definitely not the reward
  • Video

    Google Music demo guy rocks the geek

    Posted May 11, 2011 - 10:15 am

    You get to launch new products and wear Doctor Who T-shirts? Sign me up!
  • Webmasters face new site optimization challenges

    Posted May 11, 2011 - 10:02 am

    From the Web's early days, companies have struggled to make their sites faster, but the problem remains a thorny one, with new challenges emerging regularly as technology advances.
  • Review

    From Microsoft Exchange to Google Apps

    Posted May 11, 2011 - 9:33 am

    A Google Apps migration is difficult, costly, time-consuming, and virtually unsupported by Google -- so why do it?
  • Google plug-in links Android mobile devices with App Engine cloud

    Posted May 11, 2011 - 7:42 am

    The Google Plugin for Eclipse makes it easier to build native Android apps that can take data with them wherever they go
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