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February 12, 2009  5:00 PM

IBM pushes cloud plans, partnerships

Posted by: JoMaitland
Amazon EC2, cloud computing, IBM, Tivoli Storage

If anyone can solve the problems associated with selling cloud computing to enterprises, it should be IBM. Today the company announced a step in that direction with a slew of new services and partnerships to build cloud services for businesses. The key challenges to overcome are:


February 3, 2009  2:57 PM

Amazon claims 400,000 web services users

Posted by: JoMaitland
Add new tag, Amazon EC2, Amazon Web Services, cloud computing

An industry insider close to Amazon's Web Services (AWS) business unit told us the company claims to have 400,000 customers using its web services offering. AWS includes EC2, the compute-on-demand offering, S3, the hosted storage service, SimpleDB for hosted databases, Simple Queue Service (SQS)...

January 22, 2009  8:10 PM

VMware touts benefits of private cloud computing, VDC-OS

Posted by: Bridget Botelho
Amazon EC2, cloud computing, Cloud computing security, internal cloud computing, vCloud, VMware

VMware, Inc. is on a mission to show companies that they can get the benefits of cloud computing without handing their mission critical applications over to an outside provider; with the upcoming

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January 19, 2009  7:53 PM

Cloud hype extends to NIC cards

Posted by: JoMaitland
cloud computing, cloud utilities, Hifn, NIC, optimized for the cloud

Hifn says its new Express DS4100 NIC card is "optimized for the cloud". What's next? Cables? Batteries? My desk? The problem with the cloud is speed in terms of uploads and downloads, says Hifn's PR person. "Try uploading a terabyte to the cloud and see how long it takes." He has a point...

January 8, 2009  2:57 AM

Sun buys Q-Layer a tad early

Posted by: JoMaitland
cloud computing, NephOS, Sun Microsystems, The451 Group, VMware, Xen

Sun Microsystems snapped up a key piece of cloud-enabling technology via its acquisition of Belgium-based Q-Layer this week, but it's way ahead of most enterprise IT shops that are not ready for private clouds just yet. Data from The451 Group, published in October, 2008, showed that 84% of...

December 8, 2008  3:34 PM

Gartner VP predicts thousands of clouds

Posted by: Bridget Botelho
Amazon EC2, cloud computing, Hyper-V, Microsoft Azure, VMware, Xen

Gartner’s Vice President and distinguished analyst Tom Bittman spoke with us about the IT industry evolution led by virtualization and cloud computing, and why big...

December 4, 2008  3:17 PM

Should Amazon EC2 follow Moore’s Law?

Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
Amazon EC2, cloud computing, DataCenter

According to the economical side of Moore's Law, processing power gets cheaper every year due to vendors being able to pack more of it in the same amount of space. Should cloud computing follow Moore's Law? Let's take a look at Amazon's computing offering in the cloud -- the Elastic Compute...

December 4, 2008  6:13 AM

Cloud computing, are you in or out?

Posted by: Rick Vanover
Amazon EC2, Cloud storage, Microsoft Azure, Rackspace, Storage, Virtualization

While the cloud is a new dimension of technology that IT managers and administrators will bake into the technology landscape, we have to make one fundamental decision: will the technology be in our out of our traditional data centers? This is a loaded question in regards to policy, security,...

November 20, 2008  10:41 PM

10 plugs for by the New York Times

Posted by: JoMaitland
cloud computing, SaaS

Acknowledging that a vendor paid for your hotel and travel does not excuse shameless reporting. It just makes it pointless. I'd rather read a creative ad than a re-written press release.

November 20, 2008  4:13 PM

Symantec ‘cloud’ service patchy

Posted by: JoMaitland
cloud computing, SaaS, Storage, Uncategorized

This week, Symantec Corp. launched a service that pushes configuration updates to Veritas Cluster Server and Veritas Storage Foundation users specific to that user's environment. It's called Veritas Operations Services and is supposedly "cloud based," according to Sean Derrington, the director of...

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