As virtualization fanatics gear up for VMworld this week in Las Vegas, desktop virtualization will no doubt be among the hottest topics. In the last few months, everyone seems to want a piece of the pie -Sun, HP, Dell, Microsoft are jumping in as desktop virtualization brings in a new technical variable to the quietly reigniting war for desktop domination. Red Hat bought Qumranet this past week for $107 million and immediately went after VMWare.
WASHINGTON--Internet users have jumped head-first into the world of cloud computing, but both policy makers and the public have a lot to learn about it, tech experts said Friday.
Cloud computing will "transform how we do computing--and not in 10 years, but in four or five," said Mike Nelson, a visiting professor at Georgetown University's Center for Communication, Culture, and Technology and a former tech policy adviser under the Clinton administration. "This is going to change everything we do with computing, and there are lots of policy implications."
Nelson participated in a panel discussion of … Read more
ReadWriteWeb lists 10 of its favorite Web applications that have disappeared from the Web. In so doing, it calls out a problem with cloud-based applications that lack an open-source license: once they're gone, they're really gone.
I've mentioned before enterprises that have desperately tried to get their proprietary vendors to open-source their code, only to see the vendors go bankrupt and take their code with them. No, having source code access wouldn't necessarily guarantee an easy future for such customers, but not having the source code ensures that there is no future for the product and … Read more
Trying to figure out if the Cloud is right for your enterprise is a favorite topic of mine. I wrote previously about Joe Weinman, Strategic Solutions Sales VP for AT&T Global Business Services list of 5 questions you should ask yourself about Cloud consumption.
1. Is demand constant? 2. Is growth predictable? 3. Can demand be shaped? 4. Where are the users? 5. Is the application interactive?
There's no question that the cloud provides a conceptually correct approach to large-scale data storage. As opposed to expensive gear from the likes of Sun and NetApp, which require a large capital outlay to get up and running, cloud-based services allow to you scale as you need at a much cheaper rate.
Today, Parascale launched a private beta of their software for cloud storage. You just have to bring your own cloud or have available Linux boxes to run the software on.
Update and correction: based on information I received from Microsoft, I mistakenly credited the wrong blog with breaking this news--it was actually first posted by Zunerama. Microsoft has since put out a press release confirming many of the details, including the specific radio metadata formats that are supported by the "Buy from FM" feature.I'd been briefed on the upcoming Zune update and was supposed to hold my fire until next week, but somebody at Fry's Electronics posted details online, and the bloggers at fan site Zunerama passed them along to the public, although the site … Read more
CNET News' Declan McCullagh is on hand for the Republican National Convention taking place this week in St. Paul, Minn., where he examines where Silicon Valley's familiar list of technology concerns rate on the delegate radar. Meanwhile, cloud computing takes a brief turn in the spotlight, as hurricane worries force organizers to briefly scramble...New security worries emerge a day after Google's Chrome release. Also, Ina Fried has the scoop on a privacy question that may make many would-be Chrome users pause...Who woulda thunk it 25 years ago, but the Free Software Foundation is now celebrating a … Read more
Software-as-a-service technology is "several years away" from being enterprise-ready, but companies should begin experimenting with the technology, according to a Citrix executive.
Martin Duursma, chair of the Citrix CTO office and vice president of advanced products, said it is "early days" for the cloud computing scene. "We are on the steepest portion of the hype cycle curve," he said, and advised against fully handing over an enterprise to the "cloud" just yet.
Google is introducing video into Google Apps with the hope that companies will be attracted to a service that helps with training and internal communication but also removes the hassles of hosting video.
According to Google executives who spoke to CNET News last week, the search giant has tailored some of the technology developed by YouTube specifically for corporate clients. The offering is part of Google's continuing efforts to replace traditional office software with so-called cloud-computing services.
With the help of Google Video for Business, a company's employees can upload and share clips with the same ease as … Read more
I've recently written about using the Cloud for backup and disaster recovery, as well as the potential for data loss on Cloud based services should things go wrong. Case in point, service provider Flexiscale had some issues that took their Cloud storage offline.
However, thanks to some good planning and well-managed processes, customer data is getting back online and the company hasn't seen any loss of data.
The update email from CEO Tony Lucas below:… Read more