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IBM announced it is investing US$300 million to construct 13 Business Resilience service delivery centers in 10 countries in 2008, increasing its ability to address surging demand from businesses and governments from around the world seeking to keep their operations safe from disruptio...
Aquent's On Demand division has integrated RoboHead with Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) to provide new clients the option of storing their data on the S3 infrastructure. RoboHead, Aquent's web-based marketing project management tool, helps marketing organizations and agencie...
Terremark announced Preferred Hotel Group as a customer on The Enterprise Cloud. Preferred Hotel Group will leverage Terremark's Enterprise Cloud services to meet the disaster recovery needs of its mission-critical applications, including its online reservation system.
Hyperic announced the newest cloud provider to be supported by its CloudStatus service—Google App Engine. Google App Engine is the second cloud service to be monitored by CloudStatus, which launched in June with support for Amazon Web Services. Support for additional cloud providers is...
Google intends in September to launch a cross-country bus tour called "App to School" so that the company can speak with college students about how cloud computing can benefit education. "We're looking forward to meeting students to talk about Google Apps and hear how they're using our...
Apptis announced a partnership with ServerVault to offer a trusted cloud computing environment to federal agencies. The Apptis/ServerVault Trusted Cloud offering will provide federal agencies a cloud computing platform that boosts the efficiency and productivity of their IT systems by ...
GoGrid announced the availability of 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Windows Server 2008 within its Cloud Computing infrastructure. Parent company ServePath is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, and launched Windows Server 2008 dedicated hosting in February of this year.
Lorrie Norrington, president of eBay's global marketplaces business, has been telling BusinessWeek about a sea change in eBay's pricing structure. Calling it "the biggest, most fundamental change we have made," Norrington has told BW that eBay will today announce plans to reduce the up...
Cloud Computing is not so much about SaaS (people already use Webmail, Google Docs, Salesforce, etc.). It is about virtualized hardware resources provided for developers as services on a pay-per-use basis. I do not understand how people can seriously argue they won’t go into the Cloud....
ELASTRA announced Elastra Cloud Server support for the Eucalyptus platform. ELASTRA’s products are designed for portability across compute clouds and currently provide support for the Amazon EC2 and S3 compute and storage environments. Because Eucalyptus exposes its virtual machines th...
Sonian is using the Vertica Analytic Database for the Cloud to enable customers to store and search hundreds of terabytes of data to find e-mails, instant messages and other electronic data in just a few mouseclicks, Vertica announced Sonian's hosted service, running on the Amazon Elas...
There seems to be a lot of debate as to what Grid computing really is. In fact, the blogosphere seems to be throwing around terms like Grid, Cloud, Utility, Distributed and Cluster computing almost interchangeably. And rather than clarifying things, I feel that the waters are just gett...
Cluster Resources announced that it is working with HP to deliver a next-generation cloud computing platform to the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), part of the U.S. Department of Defense, using Cluster Resources' Moab software to intelligently adapt, manage and optimize the ...
SOASTA announced SOASTA CloudTest Lab. A Web testing solution built on the cloud to enable application testing in the cloud, SOASTA CloudTest Lab allows developers to turn any cloud computing environment into a Virtual Test Lab for load and performance testing of their applications.
Proactive companies are dipping their toes cautiously into the Cloud – using it mainly for non-essential applications at the moment, but with a view to extending their commitments if their experience is positive. Entrepreneurs are growing their businesses with limited time, expertise a...
After evaluating cloud solutions for building large SaaS utility application here's what I found out. Cloud computing is fantastic especially looking at how far Google has come in efforts to build an enormous cloud. Who wouldn't want to leverage Google's PaaS? Or throw enterprise apps ...
Rackspace Hosting, the rare high-tech IPO these days and a chi-chi cloud purveyor at that, failed to hold up its end after it debuted Friday in a Dutch auction and dropped 20% to $10.01 from its offering price of $12.50, the low end of its $12-$16 range. Fifteen million shares were sol...
Google’s Gmail fell over and died Monday, serving up only a temporary 502 error message to both free and paid accounts and bringing life as they know it to a grinding halt for a lot of people – including Google corporate.
Nvidia fiscal Q2 revenues were down and that’s why it lost $120.9 million, 22 cents a share, in the second quarter. Well, that and the $198 million one-time charge it took to cover costs stemming from those previously admitted defective notebook chips coupled with – its CEO said – ...
As cloud computing becomes more commonplace, creating a secure method to bridge the gap between existing data centers and remote sources of compute capacity is being more and more important. The ability to efficiently and securely tap into remote cloud resources is one of the most impo...
Cloud Computing, in its current incarnation, falls short on its promise to make computing as a whole as simple as plugging an application into a utility service. The “cloud” model initially has focused on making the hardware layer consumable as on-demand compute and storage capacity. T...
Discussions around the impact of cloud computing frequently center on services - software as a service, infrastructure as a service, everything as a service. In the "there is never anything new under the sun" camp, these were similar to conversations in by-gone years about centrex vs. ...
Jungle Disk announced that the Jungle Disk Workgroup Edition, an online storage and file sharing solution for teams and businesses, has been released out of beta. Jungle Disk products are safe, secure, cost effective and simple solutions for online storage and back-up to the Amazon S3 ...
rPath announced CipherOptics has selected rBuilder and the rPath Appliance Platform to build and maintain its encryption key server application, Key Authority Point. rBuilder is a development platform that simplifies and automates the creation of hardware and virtual appliances. The rP...
Nirvanix announced that it is powering Silicon Mountain Holdings' embeddable OEM software suite for companies seeking to extend their storage products' reach with a global online backup and file sharing service complement. This announcement further attests to Nirvanix's continued growt...
Viyya Technologies announced a strategic partnership with Xandros. The agreement gives Xandros exclusive rights to bundle Viyya technology with Xandros' custom OEM solutions to meet the needs of the growing number of users of Linux-based internet connected desktop and mobile devices.
Cloud Computing offers significant benefits over traditional solutions for deploying production systems as well as for conducting development and testing activities. This session will distill the unique characteristics of clouds and describe how to best think about deployments in the c...
Morph Labs has announced a web application support program designed for iPhone developers. The Morph program brings together resources for iPhone web application developers and allows them to build applications and deploy them to the Morph AppSpace service, a fully managed environment ...
Bluewolf, a Software-as-a Service (SaaS) consulting firm, launched the first support program for SaaS applications, such as Salesforce, that combines advanced administrative support with new custom software development.
Axceleon, a company involved in high performance cloud computing solutions for computational grids, clusters and render farms, announced the introduction of its new global workflow, pipeline and "seamless rendering" product named CloudFuzion.
A person or persons unknown has upset Dell’s plans to trademark the nebulous buzzword “Cloud Computing.” On Tuesday the US Patent and Trademark Office suddenly yanked the so-called “notice of allowance” that gave Dell the mark but didn’t register it.
Virtualization has fostered a new generation of cloud services, enabling organizations to run a wide range of applications in the cloud. However, the value of cloud services will only be fully realized when organizations can take their existing application workloads, easily deploy them...
With the transition to online services, unexpected peak loads can lead to system failure, loss of data, performance issues and more. Cloud computing aims to address these challenges by providing on-demand compute resources. However, the current infrastructure of existing applications w...
The demand for storage has increased exponentially, placing significant stress on current "in house" storage architectures and costly overcapacity build-outs. Factoring in pressures of power, space, large capital expenditures, global performance, and availability issues, companies are ...
The world's first journal devoted to the delivery of massively scalable IT resources as a service has been launched by SYS-CON Media, the latest in a series of leading-edge additions to its 25-plus stable of online and print publications such as Web 2.0 Journal, AJAX & RIA Journal, Ope...
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has reversed course on its earlier move to grant Dell trademark rights to the term "cloud computing." Dell received a preliminary notice on July 8 saying it could have the trademark, but it was withdrawn on Thursday.
Cloud technologies offer many benefits over traditional IT systems, especially when managing the size and vastness of unstructured data and unpredictable growth in IT environments. But when does it make sense to adopt cloud technologies and migrate a set of your IT services to the clou...
Microsoft has taken another step into its cloud computing future, revealing that it will no longer ship retail versions of its Money Plus personal finance package. Instead, the product will move to "100 percent online distribution" and will be updated when required, not on the previous...
As Michael Phelps and other members of Team USA look to make history at the Olympics this week, the U.S. Olympic Committee expects fans to mob its Web site, seeking news and video from Beijing. To ensure that there are no glitches, the site is using AT&T 's new utility computing servic...
Wall Street gave a nod to cloud computing as San Antonio, Texas-based Rackspace Hosting on Friday opened for trading on the New York Stock Exchange following its initial public offering, Thursday.


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