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On-demand software news, reviews, and tips, covering Software as a Service (SaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) topics, including Google Apps, Office 365, Salesforce.com, and other hosted software and services.
  • Yahoo donates Traffic Server to Apache

    Posted November 2, 2009 - 9:51 pm

    Yahoo is debuted on Monday an open source version of its Traffic Server software, which serves as a high-performance application server for cloud computing services. Code for Traffic Server is available as an Incubator project at the Apache Software Foundation.
  • Microsoft questions Google Apps' momentum as it touts 1M online business suite customers

    Posted November 2, 2009 - 9:48 pm

    Microsoft Corp. is slashing the price of its Business Productivity Online Suite by a third as it debuts the service in 15 new countries. A Microsoft executive also touted its online business suite's momentum, while also questioning figures trumpeted by Google for its rival Google Apps.
  • The Grill: Gordon Bell

    Posted November 2, 2009 - 3:10 pm

    One researcher at Microsoft Corp. hopes that someday we'll all be able to easily recall our lives, and not just the major moments like weddings and graduations, but all the little things that fill our days as well.
  • Cisco's data center guru talks direction, strategy

    Posted November 2, 2009 - 5:10 am

    As a 13 year Cisco veteran, John McCool, senior vice president and General Manager of Cisco's Data Center Switching and Services Group, has seen a boatload of change.
  • What's driving Application Delivery 2.0?

    Posted November 2, 2009 - 5:10 am

    In the last WAN newsletter we pointed out our belief that we are entering a new ear of application delivery – one that we refer to as Application Delivery 2.0. We also began to discuss some of the challenges that are associated with this new era of application delivery. In this newsletter we will continue to discuss the challenges that are driving Application Delivery 2.0. We will also mention some steps that IT organizations are taking to respond to these challenges.
  • Moving Wi-Fi complexity into the cloud

    Posted October 30, 2009 - 5:40 pm

    There are now at least three companies moving enterprise Wi-Fi control functions, management functions or both into the cloud.
  • Dev/Test in the Cloud: Rules for Getting it Right

    Posted October 30, 2009 - 1:40 pm

    CIO.com's Bernard Golden explains how to improve your dev/test operations using cloud computing. Consider these practical steps to take as you meld, not replace, your existing environment with the cloud.
  • Inside One Firm's Private Cloud Journey

    Posted October 28, 2009 - 4:48 pm

    Travel booking and expense firm Concur Technologies uses virtualization and an infrastructure-as-a-service model to slash costs and deployment times for internal business groups. Bonus benefit: Improved compliance tracking.
  • Google Apps scores in LA, with assist from Microsoft

    Posted October 28, 2009 - 5:10 am

    Los Angeles City Council approved a US$7.25 million five-year deal Tuesday in which the city will adopt Gmail and other Google Apps.
  • HDS Eyes Cloud with New Offering

    Posted October 27, 2009 - 8:42 pm

    With an eye on the cloud, Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) has introduced a new portfolio of storage offerings that targets large enterprises wanting to set up private clouds and systems integrators who want to offer cloud-based storage.
  • Cisco buying ScanSafe for $183 million

    Posted October 27, 2009 - 2:30 pm

    Cisco has announced plans to buy privately held ScanSafe, a maker of software-as-a-service (SaaS) Web security services for enterprises and small-to-midsize businesses, for $183 million.
  • 10 great Google Apps add-ons for the enterprise

    Posted October 27, 2009 - 1:36 pm

    Over the past six months, dozens of developers have built apps to make Google's office wares (Apps, Docs, Gmail, Calendar) more appealing for the enterprise. The following is a selection of these apps. They range from the practical (backups) to the creative (a freebie VPN replacement based on Google Talk).
  • Ten signs from companies that point to an upturn

    Posted October 27, 2009 - 1:16 pm

    Some of the more interesting clues about what's ahead for tech many be in the results of companies with a specialized market focus. Here are 10 data points about the most recent third quarter.
  • Collaboration suite targets possible Windows 7 customers

    Posted October 26, 2009 - 9:35 pm

    Apple isn't the only company hijacking Microsoft's Windows 7 launch. IBM and Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu Linux, also announced this week a cloud- and Linux-based collaboration package that they say is cheaper than Microsoft-based alternatives.
  • Salesforce-Adobe deal could boost Force.com profile

    Posted October 26, 2009 - 9:01 pm

    Flash linkage to Force.com helps establish the cloud platform as a separate entity from Salesforce.com's core CRM system
  • Talking cloud

    Posted October 26, 2009 - 1:40 pm

    Some definitions of commonly used cloud terms:
  • IT shops rally around private clouds

    Posted October 26, 2009 - 1:40 pm

    Private clouds -- where companies use their own infrastructure and provision virtualized services to end users via automated tools -- are gaining traction among IT leaders who want to deliver advanced services at lower cost.
  • Google Wave: It's innovative, but is it truly useful?

    Posted October 26, 2009 - 11:38 am

    Google Wave is a groundbreaking real-time collaborative tool that has the potential to be an ideal way for members of a group to work with one another. But it's not clear how useful it will be in the real world. It's the kind of tool that you want to use, but one that you may not be able to figure out how to fit into your work life.
  • Speed-building apps on Force.com

    Posted October 26, 2009 - 10:31 am

    It took just over 15 minutes for Shaul Gorsht to create a custom expense application from scratch complete with custom fields, a modified sharing model, adjusted layout and an approval process.
  • Salesforce.com, Adobe partner on Flash toolkit

    Posted October 26, 2009 - 12:40 am

    Salesforce.com and Adobe Systems on Monday announced Flash Builder for Force.com, an IDE (integrated development environment) for building rich Internet applications deployable through browsers and on desktops.
  • Microsoft wants ISO security certification for its Cloud services

    Posted October 23, 2009 - 1:54 pm

    Microsoft Corp. wants to get its suite of hosted messaging and collaboration products certified to the ISO 27001 international information security standard, part of an effort to assure customers about the security of its cloud computing services.
  • Google Apps Trump IBM / Lotus iNotes Lame Offering

    Posted October 23, 2009 - 11:50 am

    Did you notice Google Apps has a new competitor? Didn't think so. You'd think IBM and Lotus could come up with 1) a better product to compete on Google's turf and 2) figure out a way to make a bigger splash. All we have here are lame offerings created by idiot vice presidents and marketed by other idiot vice presidents.
  • What I've Learned About Cloud Computing

    Posted October 22, 2009 - 8:37 pm

    While many IT executives mull over the notion of buying infrastructure as a service under the new cloud computing model, Chad Swartz, Senior Manager of IT Operations at Preferred Hotel Group, is actually doing so. Last December, Swartz powered down the servers and storage at this Chicago-based premiere hotelier and started tapping into capacity he buys from cloud provider Terremark Worldwide. Here he reflects on things he knows now about ...
  • Adobe CEO: Omniture acquisition 'a no brainer'

    Posted October 22, 2009 - 6:11 pm

    Although some industry observers were surprised by Adobe's recent agreement to buy Web analytics company Omniture, Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen considers the move "a no-brainer."
  • Salesforce.com's Service Cloud sparks legal storm

    Posted October 22, 2009 - 2:10 pm

    A Georgia company has filed suit in federal court against Salesforce.com, saying the on-demand CRM (customer relationship management) vendor's use of the phrase "Service Cloud" violates its trademark.
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