Thursday, June 30, 2011

Chinese Cloud Zone

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Chinese city draws ire with controversial cloud zone
By Michael Kan IDG News Service - A cloud development zone being constructed in the Chinese city of Chongqing has drawn scrutiny for an alleged plan to offer uncensored Internet access, but only for foreign businesses. The city's Cloud Computing ...
Office 365 Vs. Google Apps: Evaluating E-Mail Security
What have the cloud suite rivals done to address enterprise email security and related concerns such as compliance? By Mathew J. Schwartz InformationWeek Security remains a persistent question for potential cloud suite adopters, and with the debut of ...
IT Departments Concerned About Cloud Capacity
By Antony Savvas, Only one-in-ten IT directors believe the bandwidth at their disposal is sufficient for migrating data and applications into the cloud. A survey of IT directors at organisations employing over 1000 staff found that ...
Should Your Enterprise Buy Cloud Insurance?
IEEE's CIO suggests that FDIC-style insurance may be one way to allay fears among enterprises about the security risks involved with cloud computing. By Andy Dornan InformationWeek Cloudcomputing has compelling benefits, but enterprise adoption hasn't ...
Cloud Computing: Faster Acquisition Key To Recognizing Value
Alongside other, similar efforts, a new federal working group is aiming to streamline IT acquisition cycles to facilitate the government's move to the cloud. By J. Nicholas Hoover InformationWeek Flexibility and speed of deployment are two of the key ...
TDS Rides on Cloud Biz
We believe the purchase of OneNeck will give Telephone and Data Systems a good opportunity to expand its operations in managed hosting and cloud services offerings. Telephone and Data Systems has significantly improved its competitive position in the ...

HP to develop cloud products in China
Oman Daily Observer
BEIJING — Hewlett-Packard Co, the world's No 1 PC maker, is investing heavily in China and plans to develop cloud-computing products here to sell globally, Chief Executive Leo Apotheker (pictured) said. This week, HP opened a cloud computing centre in ...
Apple's Secret Cloud Weapon Is Already Inside Your Phone
Brian Barrett —The battle for the cloud. That's what keeps Google, Amazon, and Apple execs and engineers up at night. That's where the next generation of tech dominance is going to be won or lost. Unless, as the WSJ suggests today, Apple's already won ...
Dell's Shift Toward IT Services, Cloud, Storage Continues
AUSTIN, Texas–The fact that Dell is moving away from being a low-cost supplier of PCs and IT hardware toward a more robust company with a portfolio of technology that can address issues ranging from cloud computing to mobile device management is old ...
IT demand for cloud services will generate $9.4B in new server sales
By Joe Wilcox
Spending on public and private clouds will generate $3.6 billion and $5.8 billion, respectively, in server spending by 2015, IDC forecasts. But the heftier investment will be in private clouds.
Betanews Cloud Platform for Service Providers « Data Center ...
By Rich Miller
An interesting new player in the cloud computing sector is, which offers an open sourcecloud platform. The company's software is being used primarily by service providers (including Go Daddy) to quickly build and deploy cloud ...
Data Center Knowledge
Chromium Blog: Cloud Coding and Beyond: Web Development Apps in ...
By Christos
There are many other IDEs in the web store too, such as Kodingen, Codey, Akshell, eXo Cloud IDE, and PHPAnywhere. It's not all about coding though. There are also apps focusing on web design, for people who want to make a web page ...
Chromium Blog
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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Microsoft v Google--cloud computing race

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Microsoft rolls out Office 365 in cloud computing race
Los Angeles Times
In rolling out Office 365, the online version of its Microsoft Office suite, Microsoft is looking to catch up to Google in the race to move business software to the cloud. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer speaks at the launch of the company's Microsoft 365 ...
Give In to the Cloud
Motley Fool
And now there's a new kind of cloud that you just can't get away from. Seems like in everything I read and everyplace I turn, there it is. The cloud. There is no escape. So it's probably a good time to develop a basic understanding of just what this ...
Domino Sugar Wins Big With SAP In Cloud
InformationWeek (blog)
Here's a look at Domino's sweet cloud arrangement. By Charles Babcock InformationWeek Florida Crystals, the owner of Domino Sugar and C&H Sugar, has drastically cut its IT staff and reduced its annual IT budget by 30%, while moving its SAP production ...
Is Offshoring Different in the Cloud?
And by definition the Cloud means location independence. Generally speaking, they're practically made for each other. But in CRM and related systems, there are good reasons to keep the work in-country, or even in your building. ...
Do business leaders understand the scale of cloud computing?
ZDNet (blog)
By Rachel King | June 28, 2011, 3:00am PDT Enthusiasm for cloud computing is catching steam, especially amongst developers and IT departments. Yet, how much of this trend is being looked at from a business angle? Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ...
8x8 Announces New Cloud-Centric Channel Program
MarketWatch (press release)
The new program enables partners to engage with 8x8 as a single source provider of four key cloud-based offerings -- Cloud VoIP, Cloud Video, Cloud Contact Center and Cloud Hosting -- with innovative and lucrative incentives. In particular, the program ...
Avnet Technology Solutions Introduces Cloud Solutions Demonstration Center
MarketWatch (press release)
Avnet's HP value-added reseller (VAR) partners in the US and Canada can use the CCoE facility to show prospects the benefits of incorporating cloud computing solutions from HP into their data centers and IT environments. As part of its HP CCoE, ...
ETF Pipeline: Nigeria Fund, Cloud Computing ETF On Tap
Business Insider
Another of the more interesting ETF ideas working its way towards the market comes from First Trust, which has detailed plans for the first Cloud Computing ETF. The ISE Cloud Computing Index Fund (SKYY) will seek to replicate an equal-weighted index ...
Dropbox Cloud Authentication Bug Sparks Class Action Suit
By Andrew R Hickey, CRN Dropbox's authentication bug, which left Dropbox's 25 million users'cloud storage accounts wide open and accessible with any password, has sparked a class action suit from users peeved over their data's possible exposure. ...
Microsoft launches cloud-based Office 365
By Todd Haselton
Moments ago, Microsoft officially released its new cloud-based Office product, Office 365, which will compete directly with Google Docs. The Office 365 s.
Who Are the Hot Cloud Startups? « Data Center Knowledge
By Rich Miller
Eleven of the most promising cloud-focused startups faced off in the Launchpad competition at Structure 2011 conference last week. Here's a look at these companies and their technologies.
Data Center Knowledge
This Is What Office in the Cloud Looks Like
By Kwame Opam
Microsoft just showed off their vision of what Office 365 in the cloud will look like. As you can see, it looks a lot like Google Apps! That's not a bad thing.
How To Encrypt Your Cloud-Based Drive with Boxcryptor - How-To Geek
By Jason Fitzpatrick
The security debacle at Dropbox last week opened a lot of peoples' eyes to the need for user-managed encryption for cloud-based storage. Read on to learn how to secure your Dropbox (and other cloud-based files) with Boxcryptor. ...
the How-To Geek
Tech wrap: Microsoft reaches for the cloud | MediaFile
By Matt Reeder
Everyone seems to be gabbing about the “cloud” these days. Whether it's Apple's much-hyped iCloud service or the Amazon Cloud, the now-popular euphemism for web-based software services has become one of the tech world's biggest buzz ...
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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Microsoft defending Office with Cloud offering

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Microsoft Takes to Cloud to Defend Its Office Business
New York Times
“We could do this now because the Google cloud apps are ready for prime time,” Mr. Conophy said. Halting such defections is a top priority at Microsoft. Its response arrives Tuesday, when the company begins selling Office 365, a cloud-based version of ...
Cloud Computing's Present and Future: What You Need to Know
Network World
By Bernard Golden, CIO I had the opportunity to participate in two conferences over the past couple of weeks, and got what are essentially headlines ripped from today's newspapers about the state ofcloud computing in the real world as well as a ...
Can you trust your cloud hosting provider?
Commentary - Cloud computing is the best thing that has happened to information security in 50 years, because it's forcing people to address the perimeter issue. As you move data to the Cloudthere are many different challenges. ...
LaCie offers hybrid cloud storage service
By Lucas Mearian Computerworld - LaCie has announced a hybrid storage product that combines a desktop hard drive with a cloud storage service. The new product, called CloudBox, automatically stores a copy of your data locally to what is basically a ...

Cisco Partners With Orange on Cloud-Based Hosted Collaboration
Cisco, following up on a cloud-based UC program with Verizon, is offering a similar program through a partnership with European telecom giant Orange. Cisco Systems is continuing to partner with carriers as officials look to offer the company's ...
SolidFire Unveils SSD-Based Storage For Cloud Service Providers
By Joseph F. Kovar, CRN Startup SolidFire plans to do its part to enhance cloud storage performance with the development of SSD storage technology combined with scale-out storage architecture. SolidFire is developing scale-out clustered storage which ...
Interphase Debuts clouDevice(TM) Cloud Client Portfolio
MarketWatch (press release)
Supporting all major virtual desktop host environments and end-user types, the debut of clouDevice marks the company's entry into the cloud computing market. The clouDevice product line includes multi-seat clients that support Microsoft(R) Windows ...
Cloud Sherpas Acquires Beloit Solutions Group, Strengthens Position in ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)
Cloud Sherpas, a top Google partner for helping business customers adopt the Google Apps™cloud platform, has acquired Beloit Solutions Group; terms were not disclosed. Last month CloudSherpas acquired San Francisco-based Omnetic, extending the ...
London's E-Health Cloud program will send patient records to the ...
By Amar Toor
You'd think that the recent spate of high-profile cyberattacks would've deterred the healthcare industry from sending patient records to the cloud --
Copy paste between cloud apps with otixo - TNW Apps
By Brad McCarty
The problem that I have seen with cloud services thus far is that I end up having to log in to 5 or 6 different sites in order to gain access to the services that I want. Then, if I want to move files between them, I have to download ...
The Next Web
With Office 365, Microsoft reloads in cloud battle with Google ...
By Nick Eaton
With Office 365, Microsoft reloads in cloud battle with Google.
The Microsoft Blog
WatchDox Creates Pricey New Private Cloud for Secure Document ...
By David Strom
WatchDox is extending its services to the private cloud. We've written about them in the past. They have an iPad app for document control and tracking, and have ...
Java EE 7 Looks to the Cloud in Java
Although many features were leaked, the highlight of the discussion was Java EE 7's PaaS (platform-as-a-service) capabilities for cloud computing. Java EE 7 is slated for release sometime during the third quarter of 2012. ...
Dev Shed - RSS Feeds

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Monday, June 27, 2011

Microsoft Office in the Cloud

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Microsoft Challenges Itself in the Clouds
Wall Street Journal
By STEVEN D. JONES Microsoft Corp. will introduce a cloud version of its Office applications this week, a move that ramps up the software giant's competition not only with companies such as Google Inc. and VMware Inc. but with itself. ...
Apple iCloud vs. Google Music vs. Amazon Cloud
KPTV Portland
By Kelly Montgomery The last few months have seen the emergence of three different services from big players designed to give users cloud-based access to their personal music libraries. With smartphones, tablets or iPads, laptops, and home computers, ...
With Cloud Computing, Security Is More Important to Brands
In the era of cloud computing, any incident pertaining to privacy or security -- even a minor one -- is the fastest way to erode brand equity and consumer trust. Botching the communications around these events or, worse, not being proactive ahead of ...
Wyoming goes “Google”
Casper Journal
“This is cloud based computing and has many advantages. It provides an opportunity for employees to communicate with one another better; it provides an opportunity to share documents; it is going to save the state of Wyoming over $1 million dollars per ...
The Cloud That Ate Your Music
The Ledger
I'M ready for the cloud. Soon, I hope, it will be ready for me. Recent weeks have been filled with announcements about music taking residence in the cloud, the poetic name for online storage and software that promises to make lifetimes worth of songs ...
Comparing No-Edit Cloud Based Audio Recording Options ...
By Wesley Fryer
Cloud-based audio recording services like, and offer students and teachers the ability to quickly create AND share "no edit" audio recordings. These sites create unique "channels" of audio content which ...
Moving at the Speed of Creativity
Red Hat Wheels Out MRG 2.0 | Cloud Computing Journal
Maureen O'Gara the most read technology reporter for the past 20 years, is the Cloud Computing and Virtualization News Desk editor of SYS-CON Media. She is the publisher of famous "Billygrams" and the editor-in-chief of "Client/Server ...
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Intel and the Cloud

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Intel IT's Cloud Computing Strategy
Overview: Like many of our enterprise IT peers, Cloud Computing is a key area of innovation for Intel and one of Intel IT's top 3 objectives this year. Cloud Computing is changing the way we inside Intel IT look at our architecture: from the client ...
Carmakers race to exploit Internet
San Jose Mercury News
At Ford, Microsoft's voice recognition technology is also used for its speech-activated SYNC communications and navigation service, which utilizes smartphone apps to access route directions, news headlines and music from the cloud...
IBM Takes University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to the Cloud
WebWire (press release)
Armonk, NY, USA - IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that the Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee selected IBM software and hardware to automate and consolidate its data center operations to enable a cloud-based ...
LaCie CloudBox combines local and online backups
Peripheral and storage maker LaCie is getting deeper into cloud-based solutions, announcing its new CloudBox backup device, a hybrid system that combines 100 GB of local storage with 100 GB of online backup. The idea is that users have the convenient ...

NMSU takes leap into cloud computing
Las Cruces Sun-News
By Minerva Baumann A New Mexico State University student checks out the new myNMSU email system, one of a number of changes students will see this fall as part of NMSU's conversion to cloud computing. LAS CRUCES - As of July 1, ...
HP TouchPad buyers to get 50GB of cloud storage free – New Tech ...
By Lee Mathews
Jun. 25, 2011 - HP is well aware of the fact that challenging the iPad won't be easy, but the company has a few tricks up its sleeve when it comes to the TouchPad.
ODCA Tries to Flex Its Cloud Computing Muscles | Cloud Computing ...
Now the ODCA has come out with what it calls "models" that it wants major Cloud providers to follow. "Cloud-based suppliers need to think about these before trying to pick up (our) business," thundered a recent ODCA announcement. ...
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The Role of The Cloud in The Smart Grid - Microsoft Power and ...
By MSPowerUtilities
Earlier this week I had the pleasure of participating in a panel discussion concerning visions for theCloud in the advancement and development of the smart grid from a governmental and industry policy perspective. ...
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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Microsoft on and off the Cloud

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Microsoft Wants Its Cloud And On-Premise Business Too
By Kevin McLaughlin, CRN In his first public appearance as head of Microsoft's Server and Tools Business (STB), Satya Nadella said the cloud doesn't represent a threat to Microsoft's traditional on-premise software business. ...
Apple iCloud MobileMe Transition Roadmap
By Eric Zeman InformationWeek Later this year, Apple will roll out its heavily revised cloud service. MobileMe, as it exists today, has been completely rewritten, Apple says, and it will fit snugly inside iCloud when it launches. ...
Cloud Computing: the Economic Problem
Forbes (blog)
By TIM WORSTALL Cloud computing is the next big thing in the computing world. But there's a small little economic problem that needs solving. The idea that we can all put everything into thecloud and then access it from anywhere is quite delightful. ...
CA focuses on virtualization-to-cloud continuum
by Dave Rosenberg Over the last several years CA Technologies has made a number ofcloud-related acquisitions--3Tera, Oblicore, Nimsoft--companies focused on the management and associated necessities of cloud infrastructure, if not direct components or ...
Quadrant 4 Systems Details Cloud Computing Offerings and Go-to-Market Strategy
MarketWatch (press release)
(otcqb:QFOR), a leading IT consulting company ("Quadrant"), today announced details regarding itsCloud Computing Offerings and go-to-market strategy to launch Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure as a Service ...
Survey shows IT still focused on the wrong issues about cloud
By Kevin Fogarty Add a new comment June 24, 2011, 3:29 PM — GigaOm and The451 Group released a survey this week ostensibly revealing changes in the reason most companies adopt cloudcomputing. Until recently most surveys have shown companies adopt ...
Wyoming state government goes with Google's cloud
Google gets its foot firmly in the government software door by landing Wyoming, which will now use Google Apps for Government. Wyoming has become the first state to completely adopt Google Apps, Governor Matt Mead Announced this morning. ...

Kleiner Perkins weighing fund targeting the cloud
By Sarah McBride SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Top venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers is considering creating a specialized fund that focuses on cloud-based technologies. "We're big believers in the cloud," Kleiner's Matt Murphy told ...
Top cloud candidates? Startups and non-critical apps
ZDNet (blog)
By Jason Hiner | June 24, 2011, 1:57pm PDT The 2011 Future of Cloud Computing Survey was the headliner of the Structure Conference. See the most interesting slides and cloud leaders' comments on the survey. Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and ...
Searchlight Comments on Its Opportunity in a Growing Cloud Computing Market ...
MarketWatch (press release)
ATLANTA, GA, Jun 24, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Searchlight Solutions Ltd. (pinksheets:SLLN) today comments on recent reports that highlight the growth potential of the cloudcomputing industry. -- TG Daily reports cloud computing market to hit ...
Video App Demo: Cloud | TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog
By Victor Agreda, Jr.
If you ever played the game \"assassin\" in school, where you go around pretending to kill human targets, you're familiar with Cloud, a new.
TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog
Cloud Poll: Does the FBI Raid on DigitalOne Change Your Mind About ...
By Klint Finley
The Amazon Web Services cloud outage lead to some contemplation from cloud computing leaders such as Krishnan Subramanian. I'm wondering if the FBI raid on co-location host ...
The Cloud Isn't Shrinking IT Departments Yet
By Klint Finley
Shrinking the IT department and cutting down on costs are two commonly touted benefits of cloudcomputing. We've reported before about estimates of how many IT jobs ...
What's moving to cloud? Mostly startups and non-critical apps ...
By Jason Hiner
The 2011 Future of Cloud Computing Survey was released this week at the Structure Conference. Get a look at the most interesting slides and the top co.
Tech Sanity Check Blog | TechRepublic
Cloud Cover Episode 48 - Node.js, Ruby, and Python in Windows ...
By Steve Marx
NOTE: Apologies to Nate! The video has his last name wrong. To be clear, he's Nate Totten. An updated video will come out later with the correct name.----Join Wade and Steve each week as they cover the Windows Azure Platform.
Channel 9
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Friday, June 24, 2011

Databases in the Cloud

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Four Companies Rethink Databases for the Cloud
By James Niccolai, IDG News Several companies are developing new database technologies to solve what they see as the shortcomings of traditional, relational database management systems in acloud environment. Four of them described the approaches ...
Report: The Necessity Of Datacenters For Cloud Gaming
by Frank Cifaldi [Console/PC, Social/Online, Business] As OnLive and Gaikai are proving, cloud gaming -- that is, streaming gameplay from an external source rather than relying on local processing power -- is a reality. OnLive is already in the hands ...
Wyoming cuts cable, moves to cloud with Google Apps
State governments, as well as federal agencies, are gradually moving email services to the cloud. The City of Los Angeles has movedto Google, and Colorado has a statewide effort under way, although sign-up is voluntary. Microsoft is also gaining some ...
Microsoft's New Cloud Chief Dismisses Sales Scare Talk
Satya Nadella, in his first public appearance since taking over for Microsoft's Bob Muglia, said that the cloud age equals a sales opportunity for Microsoft, not a threat. By Charles Babcock InformationWeek Satya Nadella, in his first public appearance ...
Survey: Cost, scalability are primary drivers for cloud usage
ZDNet (blog)
By Rachel King | June 23, 2011, 12:01pm PDT There's nonstop talk about how cloud computing is in its infancy this week at GigaOm's Structure conference in San Francisco. Nevertheless, more companies are favoring the cloud each day for different reasons ...
LaCie CloudBox Stores Data Locally & in Cloud
Tom's Hardware Guide
Here's a 100 GB hybrid device that will store your files both locally and in the cloud... for a fee, naturally. Earlier this week, LaCie revealed a hybrid network-based storage device that backs up data both locally and to the cloud...
Why the cloud needs new forms of networking
23, 2011, 5:49pm PT No Comments OpenFlow was definitely one of the hottest topics at GigaOM's Structure conference this year, and everyone was talking about ways to improve networking for thecloud. But why does the cloud even need new networking ...
Drawing a Curtain Around the Cloud
This week, the cloud computing start-ups Bromium and ScaleXTreme each announced exceptional investor funding of $9.2 and $11 million respectively. Bromium promises to deliver security services for the cloud, while ScaleXTreme specializes in helping ...
Red Hat Evolves Cloud Offerings with Private Cloud Architecture Course
MarketWatch (press release)
The Red Hat Cloud Architecture course trains participants on a range of skills needed to plan, build and manage private clouds. It brings together the full suite of Red Hat products, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux, JBoss Enterprise Application ...
Best Buy Should Get Out Of The Cloud
MediaPost Publications
Best Buy's Cloud Music service is coming under fire for technical glitches and other shortcomings even before it's formally launched in the US Early reviews of the retail giant's cloud-based media offering this week have been withering, bashing such ...
Great Firewall of China getting a small cloud-based silver lining ...
By Brian Heater
China, it seems, is getting ready to punch a cloud-shaped hole in its infamous Great Firewall. A massive six square mile office park currently being.
Cloud News: GoDaddy, IBM, NaviSite « Data Center Knowledge
By John Rath
Go Daddy launches data center on demand, IBM introduces Smart Cloud for disaster recovery, NavitSite launches UK cloud node.
Data Center Knowledge
Benioff Says the Cloud is Passe - ReadWriteCloud
By David Strom
Last week at Salesforce's Boston Cloudforce event, CEO Mark Benioff is moving on beyond the cloudand called it passé. Really? ...
China building GFW-free cloud computing zone for tech companies
By Francis Tan
China is building a cloud computing Special Administrative Region (SAR) for tech companies to have unrestricted access to the Internet.
The Next Web
Lacie's Cloudbox Offers 100GB In The Cloud – And On Your Desk
By John Biggs
The Cloudbox by Lacie is a little weird. It's basically a $199 100GB drive with 100GB of cloud storage on Lacie's own service. ...
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