All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Cloud Computing’

The Nerve of Google Music

How dare Google? How dare they launch a music service that isn’t the apparent iTunes killer people are clearly desperate for? How dare Google provide a free cloud music service that’s cross compatible with other devices outside of the Android environment? I mean, iTunes files are only usable in the iTunes-compatible environment, so who does Google think they are offering …

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HTC and Dropbox Partnership Offers Extra Storage

If you have an Android-powered HTC phone, you are eligible for an extra 5 gigabytes worth of offline storage, thanks to the a recently-tweeted-about partnership between the two companies. In fact, all Android HTC phone owners are eligible for the upgrade, even though there’s some ambiguity about accessing the additional gigabytes. The storage upgrade was announced on HTC’s Twitter account …

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Apple iCloud Email Invites Leak

If the various rumors come to fruition, October may be the biggest month in Apple’s long, evolving history. iPhone 5, iOS 5 and iCloud computing are the primary items feeding the buzz, and thanks to a leaked email, it seems Apple users could be getting access to the iCloud a little sooner than expected. Or not. While the iCloud setup …

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Is “the Cloud” Overrated?

With so much hype around how great cloud computing is, it’s hard to imagine it any way other than good. The news is full of stories about what the cloud can do, the increased adoption rate of the cloud, and how more and more businesses are developing cloud applications. As a result, it would be really easy for businesses that are not on board with cloud computing to think that they’re way behind the times.

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Musings On The Cloud, Platforms And Developers

The other day Apple made a bunch of announcements and the technology blogs were in a frenzy. There were some interesting bits of information, though much of the announcements talked about things to be released in the fall. I wanted to focus specifically on the iCloud offering and how it impacts the current market. First, iCloud is not just the …

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Amazon Talks Preventing Future Outages, Says It’s Sorry

Amazon has finally released a big statement regarding the recent server disruptions it experienced, which led to some sites having massive losses in service, and people to question the reliability of the cloud. When I say that the statement is “big” I mean it. I will post a few choice snippets here. First, a quick summary at the beginning: The …

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Cisco Acquires newScale, Cloud Service Catalog Provider

Update (04/15): Cisco announced today that it has closed the acquisition. Original Article (03/29): Cisco announced its intent to acquire newScale, a “self-service, service catalog, and lifecycle management software” provider for cloud-based IT. The above video does a pretty good job of explaining what newScale is all about. newScale claims to have over two million users globally, and counts companies …

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SXSW – Rackspace Startup Program, Cloud 2.0 iPad App Launched

Rackspace has kicked off SXSW Interactive with the announcement of the Rackspace Startup Program and Rackspace Cloud 2.0 an app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPad Touch (the timing of which also coincides with the release of the iPad 2). The Rackspace Startup Program provides cloud resources to startups participating in programs with 500 Startups, TechStars, Y Combinator and General …

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Amazon Web Services Launches In Japan

 Amazon Web  Services (AWS) said today it has launched data centers in Japan for its cloud computing platform.

Japan is the fifth region where Amazon has introduced its cloud computing platform. Amazon said it is offering support in Japanese for any users who have a Japanese language preference. In addition, AWS plans to provide in the coming months the option for billing in Japanese Yen.

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Verizon Buying Terremark for $1.4 Billion

Verizon announced that it is acquiring IT infrastructure and cloud services provider Terremark Worldwide in a move the company says will "decisively reshape the rapidly evolving global business technology solutions market."

The agreement is for Verizon to get Terremark for $1.4 billion, at $19.00 a share. 

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Amazon Launches Bulk Email-Sending Service

Amazon said today it is launching a bulk email-sending service for businesses and developers as part of its web services.

The new service called Amazon Simple Email Service (Amazon SES) integrates with other Amazon Web Services (AWS), to send email from other apps being hosted on services such as Amazon EC2.




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Rackspace Takes Cloud Infrastructure to Europe

Rackspace has launched its Cloud Infrastructure in Europe. "After strong growth in 2010, Rackspace is off to a solid start in 2011," a representative for the company tells WebProNews. 

The company’s new pay-as-you-go cloud offerings based in the UK include Rackspace Cloud Files, running on OpenStack Object Storage, and Cloud Servers, based on the Xen hypervisor. The new cloud platform joins the dedicated hosting platform already offered in EMEA.

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OpenStack Open Source Cloud Project Sees Rapid Growth

Rackspace Hosting just announced the six-month anniversary of OpenStack, the open source cloud project started by Rackspace and NASA, and that it has already grown to include 40 companies working on fighting against the emergence of proprietary cloud stacks and creating a standard way to deploy applications and connect clouds. 

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Microsoft Launches Cloud-Based CRM Service

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced the worldwide availability of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online today at an event in Redmond.  This is the cloud-based version of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011, which will go head to head with other cloud-based CRM products from companies like and Oracle. 

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Rackspace Acquires Cloudkick for Cloud Server Management Apps

Rackspace announced that it has acquired Cloudkick, which creates web apps for cloud-server management. 

Rackspace considers the move a way to better position itself in Silicon Valley, as Cloudkick was originally funded by Y Combinator, and its headquarters is in San Francisco, "making Cloudkick’s headquarters the latest outpost for delivering Fanatical Support and innovation in cloud computing," a representative for Rackspace tells WebProNews.

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Google Takes Aim at Microsoft Exchange with “Message Continuity”

Today Google introduced a new service called Google Message Continuity, which Microsoft must be incredibly thrilled about. The service, powered by Postini, is described as a way to bring "Gmail’s reliability to Microsoft Exchange". 

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Salesforce Continues Big Week of Announcements

Salesforce continues to make big announcements as it hosts its Dreamforce event. So far, the company announced, Chatter Free, and the pending acquisition of Ruby platform Heroku.

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Salesforce Acquiring Heroku – Major Platform for Social Apps

It’s only Wednesday, but it’s already been a huge week for Salesforce. The company is hosting its Dreamforce conference, and has already introduced a free version of its "Facebook for the Enterprise" Chatter product, and launched to go head to head in the Database space with Oracle. 

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Amazon Launches DNS Cloud Service

 Amazon Web Services (AWS) has launched Amazon Route 53, a Domain Name System (DNS) in the cloud that allows businesses to direct Internet traffic to web applications.

Amazon Route 53 can be used to route end users to multiple AWS services including Amazon EC2, an Amazon Elastic Load Balancer or an Amazon S3 bucket, and to infrastructure outside of AWS.

Route 53 features a self-service design with a pay-as-you-go model where users pay only for managing domains through the service and the number of queries that the service answers.

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Google Cloud Picker Feature Discovered Prematurely

It has been revealed that Google is testing something called "Google Cloud Picker". It’s apparently not something we’re supposed to know about yet. 

According to those who spotted it, it appeared when they tried to insert files and images into Google Sites and Blogger. A screenshot is now making the rounds, showing that it is tied to Picasa, Maps, Google Docs, and YouTube. 

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Federal Agency Moves Email Completely to Cloud with Google

The United States General Services Administration (GSA) is moving 17,000 employees and contractors to Google Apps for Government, reportedly replacing their use of several different versions of IBM’s Lotus Notes and Domino Software. Microsoft isn’t thrilled. 

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Microsoft Lands Huge NYC Cloud Computing Deal

The most populous city in America has decided to turn for Microsoft for a cloud computing solution.  New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer met in person to announce a partnership-in-the-making earlier today.

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Microsoft Unveils Office 365 Cloud Suite

Microsoft has unveiled Office 365, a new cloud-based service that brings together Office, SharePoint, Exchange, and Lync for organizations. The company is opening a limited beta program for it in 13 countries and regions.  

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A Cloud of Missed Opportunities

Cloud computing is responsible for a large amount of untapped marketing opportunities for businesses of all sizes. We tend to think about enterprise level businesses when we think of cloud infrastructures and implementations, but in reality, small businesses have just as much reason to turn to the cloud than the big companies, if not more. 

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Google: 3 Million Businesses Have “Gone Google”

Google announced today that over 3 million businesses have "gone Google", meaning they’ve switched to Google Apps. in addition to that, Google says over 30 million individual users within businesses, schools, and organizations are using the company’s messaging and collaboration tools. 

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Google Launches 2-Step Verification for Google Apps

Google has introduced a more secure sign-in capability for Google Apps accounts with two-step verification. The company says this "significantly increases the security of the cloud."

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Print from the iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch with Apple’s Airprint

Apple announced that its releasing a beta version of Airprint wireless printing for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch as part of the iOS Develope Program. The service will be included in the iOS 4.2 software update in November.

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Google Docs Gets New File Conversion Feature

Google has announced a new file conversion feature in Google Docs that lets you convert files that are already uploaded to your document list into a Google Docs format, as opposed to only being able to do so upon upload.

For example, you can convert PDFs to text using Google’s Optical Character Recogniton technology. Files that can be converted include:

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Microsoft Names Impressive New Cloud Customers

Microsoft’s cloud computing division has scored a significant victory.  Three of them, even, as this morning, the company was able to announce that Dow Chemical, Hyatt Hotels, and the University of Georgia will use Microsoft cloud computing solutions.

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Google Launches Google Apps For Government

Google has introduced a new Government Edition of Google Apps. It includes all of the features of other Google Apps editions, but adds policy and security features. Google says it was designed with guidance from the federal government, as well as the Cities of Los Angeles and Orlando.

Google Apps for Government stores Gmail and Calendar data in a segregated system located in the continental United States, exclusively for government customers.

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Rackspace Teams Up with NASA on Open Source Cloud Project

Rackspace and NASA are collaborating on an open source cloud platform aimed at "fostering the emergence of standards and cloud interoperability." The platform is called OpenStack.

Rackspace is donating the code that powers its Cloud Files and Cloud Servers products, and NASA is contributing its Nebula Cloud Platform. From there, the two will actively collaborate on joint technology development.

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Some Guy Says He Owns the Majority of Facebook

Facebook has found itself the subject of a lawsuit from a guy named Paul Ceglia who claims to own an 84% stake in the company. The Wall Street Journal reports that in 2009, New York’s Attorney General accused him of defrauding customers of his wood-pellet fuel company.

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More Cloud Announcements from Microsoft

Yesterday Microsoft had plenty of news coming out of its Worldwide Partner Conference, and today the news continues.

The company’s new channel chief, Jon Roskill, addressed the Microsoft partner community for the first time, and unveiled business strategies and resources to help partners utilize the cloud (a major theme of Microsoft’s during the event).

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eBay Turns to Microsoft for Cloud Computing

Microsoft and eBay made a joint announcement this morning, declaring that eBay will be one of Microsoft’s first customers for its Windows Azure cloud computing platform appliance. eBay will incorporate Azure into two of its data centers.

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Google Explains Cloud Computing Benefits to Washington

Mike Bradshaw, Director of Google Federal, is delivering a testimony before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform today. This will take place during a hearing on federal IT and cloud computing.

On the Google Public Policy Blog, Google has listed the three main points that Bradshaw will make:

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Yahoo Aims to Mainstream Hadoop with New Security and Workflow Offerings

Yahoo made a significant announcement at its Hadoop Summit today. The company says it’s made significant enhancements to the open source software, accelerating the potential for enterprise-wide adoption by mainstream businesses.

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Pew Predicts Cloud Computing Dominance By 2020

The term "cloud computing" might well be shortened to just "computing" by the time 2020 rolls around.  The results of Pew’s latest study show that a significant majority of Internet experts believe cloud computing will represent the main way in which people will interact with software at that point.

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Google Cloud Print’s Arrival Getting Closer

Google has provided an update on the Google Cloud Print service it announced back in April. Google Cloud Print was described as a service that would allow any desktop, web, or mobile app on any device to print to any printer that the user sets up.

Google now says development is progressing quickly, and they’re testing the service internally. Perhaps more interesting is the fact that Google hopes to launch the service in the coming months.

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Google Releases Savings Calculator Tool to Push Google Apps

As Google continues its push to get businesses using Google Apps, the company has now introduced the "Go Google Cloud Calculator". This is a tool that lets you enter your company’s name, tell it how many employees you have, and gives you Google’s estimates for how much money you could save, how much more productive you will be, how much more storage you will get, how many hours you will save, etc.

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Microsoft Exec On Cloud Computing: “We’re All In”

Expect to see a lot more headlines with the words "Microsoft" and "cloud" both in them over the coming years.  Stephen Elop, President of the Microsoft Business Division, indicated today that his company is very, very interested in virtualization technology.

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Amazon Brings U.S. Government To The Cloud

The Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board said today it has moved to a cloud computing infrastructure hosted by’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2).

The board says the move will allow for more efficient computer operations, improved security and reduced costs. is now the first government-wide system to move to the cloud. The board says the move to Amazon’s EC2 will save $750,000 during its current budget cycle and significantly more over the long-term.

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Google Cloud Print in the Works for Printing from Chrome OS

If computing is going to the cloud, does that include printing? It does in Google’s plan. The company has introduced preliminary designs for a project called Google Cloud Print, a service that would allow any desktop, web, or mobile app on any device to print to any printer that the user sets up.

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SalesForce Launches ChatterExchange, Centers “Entire Strategy” Around Chatter

Back in November, Salesforce announced its Chatter product, which it referred to as Facebook for the Enterprise. It launched in private beta in February, and now Chatter is set to become integral to the very core of what Salesforce has to offer. I spoke with Kraig Swensrud, senior vice president, product marketing at ahead of the announcement, who tells WebProNews, "Chatter is at the center of our entire strategy moving forward."

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Google, Microsoft Part of Coalition to Get Privacy Law Updated

A coalition that includes Google and Microsoft is aiming to get the Electronic Communications Privacy Act updated to reflect the needs of today’s technologically fast-paced world, where much consumer and business data resides in the cloud. I listened in on a conference call this afternoon, which featured several members of the coalition, including representatives from both companies.

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Google Launches Log Search for the Cloud

Google just introduced message log search for Postini, its group of cloud security and archiving services.

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