All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Cloud Computing’
Google has added a bookmark sync feature to its Chrome browser. Essentially, this lets users sync their bookmarks between their Chrome browser on different machines.
"This new feature makes it easy to keep the same set of bookmarks on all your machines, and stores them alongside your Google Docs for easy web access," says Google’s Tim Steele.
Today is a landmark day for Google. The company has finally announced that Google Apps is no longer in beta. I suspect this is more of a way to increase the adoption of its services, particularly among businesses, than any new accomplishment being met, but it is what it is. No more beta label on Gmail and other products that fall into Google’s cloud offerings category.
Yahoo said today it is expanding its cloud computing research efforts and has partnered with three more U.S. universities.
The University of California at Berkley, Cornell University and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst will join Carnegie Mellon University in using Yahoo’s cloud computing cluster to conduct large-scale systems software research.
Amazon Web Services, Amazon’s cloud computing service, has announced it has added a new pricing option for Amazon EC2 called Reserved Instances.
Reserved Instances extends the current on-demand pay-as-you-go pricing by giving customers an option to make a one-time payment to reserve capacity and reduce hourly charges.
After the one- time payment, the instance is reserved enabling customers to only pay for the compute capacity they use, and if they don’t use an instance they will not pay usage charges on it. Reserved Instances are available in 1-year or 3-year terms.
Google Video for Business has got a couple of new features. They are captions and larger uploads.
Captions can obviously open up communication on a whole new level with subtitles alone. This makes videos more accessible to those who cannot hear well and those who speak other languages. As far as uploading, users with Google Gears can upload videos of up to 1 GB. Before it was only 300 MB.
President Obama’s nomination for Antitrust Chief, Christine A. Varney, has a history of criticizing Google on the topic of antitrust. Current concern appears to be focused on Google’s efforts in the cloud computing world.
Google Apps for Education has had a big year, further emphasizing Google’s push for cloud computing. A push that has included a recent guarantee of 99.9% uptime on certain Google Apps. Cloud computing with Google Apps has often been discussed in the business context, and it is clearly quite relevant to the education field as well.
The global strategic alliance between Google and Salesforce.com just got stronger. The two companies have teamed up to offer a package called Force.com for Google App Engine, which is supposed to help developers create new applications in the cloud.
We don’t know how many people play drinking games while reading press releases, but here’s a warning: taking a shot every time Microsoft uses the word "cloud" must be dangerous to one’s health. Lately, the cloud is about all the Redmond-based corporation can seem to discuss.
Microsoft is taking its Office program and going online. The next release of Microsoft Office will include Office Web applications, “lightweight” versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.
The company’s announcement follows yesterday’s unveiling of its cloud-based Web apps operating platform, Windows Azure, and both are “part of a strategic companywide shift toward embracing web-based solutions.”
Over the next five years spending on IT cloud services is expected to grow nearly threefold, reaching $42 billion by 2012 and accounting for 9 percent of revenues in five key market segments, according to a survey from IDC.
Spending on cloud computing is on track to accelerate during the forecast period, capturing 25 percent of IT spending growth in 2012 and close to a third in 2013.
Dell thought they could take the phrase "cloud computing" and keep it for themselves. It appears (for the time being at least) that they will have no such luck.
The company filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to trademark the term, but its request has ultimately been denied because it has been established as a generic term.
Uber-geeks have been talking for a while about cloud computing and how it’s the future, especially the geeks at Google, and later, Microsoft. Today, though, it’s a partnership between Hewlett-Packard, Intel, and Yahoo generating the next wave of cloud computing buzz.
Google and IBM began their alliance a couple of years ago in a rather unusual way. IBM CEO Sam Palmisano called up Google CEO Eric Schmidt and asked about distributed computing. Google wanted no part in the matter, but something apparently sparked its interest since the companies began a partnership at that time.
The future, probably without the flying cars, the one you see in the movies with holograms, with instant and ubiquitous informational access and unbelievable computer processing capabilities, isn’t too far off. It won’t be built on the current Internet, though. The Internet is totally 20th Century. The red button on the Grid will be pushed this summer, and will change everything—again.
Yahoo and Computational Research Laboratories (CRL) want to support cloud computing research, and they’re doing more than dedicating a couple of spokespeople (or even a room full of engineers) to the cause. The two companies will instead work with the fourth fastest supercomputer in the world.