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  • Chrome OS gets strong rebukes for privacy, pointlessness

    Posted December 15, 2010 - 12:10 pm

    Google's Chrome OS hasn't gotten much glowing press coverage. Now, Richard Stallman, father of the GNU public license, and Paul Buchheit, creator of Google's GMail and founder of FriendFeed, offer additional criticism when it comes to privacy and whether Chrome OS has a point in today's tablet-oriented world.
  • Government warnings could kill the cloud

    Posted December 14, 2010 - 5:09 pm

    New Zealand has joined the ranks of an increasing number of governments that have issued warnings for businesses thinking about cloud computing.
  • CloudSwitch upgrades its software

    Posted December 14, 2010 - 12:12 pm

    CloudSwitch has released a new version of its enterprise software
  • Database administrators prepare to move to the cloud

    Posted December 14, 2010 - 12:08 pm

    Companies are set to move their databases into the cloud over the next couple of years.
  • CloudBees launches Java cloud

    Posted December 14, 2010 - 12:07 pm

    The company has bought Stax Networks and added its own technology to produce the Java platform-as-a-service
  • Dell shares drop in wake of Compellent purchase deal

    Posted December 13, 2010 - 7:20 pm

    It's hard to believe that extra 25 cents a share bothered Wall Street so much, but I don't know how else to explain the battering taken Monday by shares of computer maker Dell.
  • Prepare for an explosion in mobile cloud apps

    Posted December 10, 2010 - 6:38 pm

    A substantial building block for the future success of the cloud was put in place yesterday as Amazon released Software Development Kits (SDKs) for Google's Android and Apple's iOS. These will allow easy access to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) platform.
  • Will cloud computing heal European healthcare?

    Posted December 10, 2010 - 2:24 pm

    In the last two week I had the pleasure to participate to the IBM Analyst Insights 2010 in Madrid and Microsoft Health User group European Summit in Brussels. These two different events -- the first dedicated to explaining to the IT analyst community the future company strategy across the various sectors and business areas including, of course, healthcare, and the second aimed more at comparing the opinions of various EMEA healthcare stakeholders on the development of healthcare ICT -- made me think about the evolution and exploitation of cloud computing in healthcare in the last 12-18 months.
  • Feds to cut 800-plus data centers by 2015

    Posted December 10, 2010 - 10:51 am

    Federal CIO Vivek Kundra yesterday released a 25-point plan for restructuring federal IT operations to boost productivity to private sector levels.
  • Government shutdown of the day: eliminating 800 data centers

    Posted December 10, 2010 - 10:27 am

    Federal IT-consolidation efforts have stalled on the need to shut down 800 of 2100 data centers, but the Obama administration and its CIO are putting on additional pressure to cut costs and facilities.
  • Research supports claim that cloud is energy efficient

    Posted December 9, 2010 - 10:48 pm

    A survey by Pike Research has indicated that the energy savings of cloud computing are "substantial".
  • Private cloud productivity leaders: Focus on the service

    Posted December 9, 2010 - 10:44 pm

    Given how many IT organizations haven't been able to improve IT staff productivity during virtualization roll-outs it is fair to ask what is going to be different with cloud?
  • Cloud Computing: 2011 Predictions

    Posted December 9, 2010 - 10:12 pm

    It's been an incredibly interesting, exciting, and tumultuous year for cloud computing. But, as the saying goes, "you ain't seen nothin' yet." Next year will be one in which the pedal hits the metal, resulting in enormous acceleration for cloud computing. One way to look at it is that next year will see the coming to fruition of a number of trends and initiatives that were launched this year.
  • Score one for Redmond: Microsoft wins USDA contract

    Posted December 9, 2010 - 6:35 pm

    Last week it was Google that got to brag about landing a big government email contract. Now it's Microsoft's turn.
  • Google ready to save Exchange users from disaster

    Posted December 9, 2010 - 5:37 pm

    Google continues to ramp up pressure on Microsoft, adding applications and enticements to get users to switch backup, archiving and other services to Google's apps and away from Microsoft's.
  • Amazon integrates Apple iPhone, iPad and Android with cloud

    Posted December 9, 2010 - 12:31 pm

    Amazon Web Services (AWS) is making it possible for developers to directly integrate mobile applications for Apple's iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, and also apps for Android-based smartphones, with its cloud using two new beta SDKs (software development kits), it said in a blog post on Thursday.
  • Satyam plans to offer cloud services to customers

    Posted December 9, 2010 - 12:29 pm

    Indian outsourcer Satyam Computer Services plans to offer cloud-based services to customers as one of many plans to recover ground it lost during a financial scandal at the company.
  • Microsoft straightens out cloud strategy -- finally

    Posted December 9, 2010 - 12:20 pm

    Things will get rowdier for vendors of cloud collaboration, communication and office productivity applications now that Microsoft plans to unleash a take-no-prisoners assault on the market with Office 365.
  • Salesforce.com looks to be a developer destination with Heroku Ruby buy

    Posted December 8, 2010 - 10:20 pm

    The company lays out its platform-as-a-service plans in hopes of appealing to next-generation app developers.
  • Dreamforce 2010: 8 Cloud Lessons

    Posted December 8, 2010 - 5:52 pm

    I've been taking in as much of Dreamforce as I can, looking at the attendees, the sessions, and the lessons learned. Here are some flash impressions:
  • BMC and Cisco team up to deliver new cloud platform

    Posted December 8, 2010 - 3:09 pm

    BMC and Cisco have formed a new partnership to offer a new platform for service providers
  • Rackspace combines cloud with managed hosting

    Posted December 8, 2010 - 3:06 pm

    Rackspace has launched a hybrid service combining cloud with managed hosting
  • Salesforce.com buys Ruby cloud-app platform Heroku

    Posted December 8, 2010 - 10:43 am

    Salesforce.com said on Wednesday it will acquire Heroku, a company that specializes in hosting applications based on the Ruby programming language, for US$212 million.
  • Benioff trash-talks Oracle 'cash cows'

    Posted December 8, 2010 - 10:36 am

    Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff trashes Oracle while introducing his company's cloud-based Database.com service. How will Larry Ellison respond?
  • 5 predictions: How virtual networking will change the network industry

    Posted December 7, 2010 - 9:55 pm

    The industry reached a "virtual" tipping point in 2009 when, according to IDC, the number of newly installed virtual machines surpassed the number of newly installed physical servers. This inflection point is having a profound impact on how we manage, secure and provision IT resources. No doubt the network will look completely different in just a few years too, but here are five predictions for how virtualization will change networking in 2011.

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