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Microsoft's Azure Could Usher in the Cloud as Commodity

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Microsoft's Azure cloud computing effort may not have blown the doors off the venue at PDC this week, but the reverberations of this application development feat could be felt by rivals Google and Amazon Web Services in the years to come. Web services for enterprise applications are becoming...

Seven Myths of SAAS Debunked

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As with any disruptive new technology that threatens the business of established older technologies, negative talk about software as a service has elicited plenty of fear, uncertainty, doubt during sales presentations and negotiation sessions. Service-now.com CEO Fred Luddy and marketing director...

Cloud Computing to Headline Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference

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Microsoft readies for its big developer event, where cloud computing will take top billing, along with tools and servers to support it. Other areas of focus will be Windows 7, Visual Studio 2010 and Microsoft's new "Oslo" modeling strategy. And the software giant will provide detail on how...

Microsoft Windows Azure Cloud Platform Revealed

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Microsoft joins the cloud party with an offering to compete with that of Amazon.com's EC2, Google's App Engine and others. The broad initiative enables developers to use the skills they possess with Visual Studio to create applications for Windows Azure. The strategy also taps Microsoft's increasing...

Gartner Sees Great SAAS Enterprise App Growth Despite Downturn

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Gartner says sales and market share of SAAS enterprise applications and cloud computing will continue to grow in the face of the recession. However, Gartner notes that the SAAS market is just starting to feel the effect of tightened corporate belts, which could mean a spending drop as we barrel...

How Google Leeches from the Long Tail in the Centripetal Web

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Outages can doom long-tail Web services providers. See the case of Bloglines, whose missing feeds forced users, including yours truly, to flock to Google Reader. The result is characterized in Nicholas Carr's blog post about the Centripetal Web, in which he describes how users are leaving the...

Sun Co-founder Bechtolsheim Joins Cloud Computing Startup

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UPDATED: IT hardware architect Andy Bechtolsheim will become chairman and chief development officer of startup Arista Networks, which has about 50 employees. Arista also names former Cisco Systems Vice President Jayshree Ullal, a 25-year industry veteran, as its president and CEO.

Amazon.com's Future Isn't in Books or E-Commerce

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Amazon's Simple Storage Service (S3) online storage and the EC2 online platform for software developers are a far cry from Amazon's origins as an online bookstore and eventually the king of e-commerce. Both have been wildly successful, and, as a result, the company now believes Web services...

Seven Disruptive Trends Driving the Digital Revolution

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Researchers from CSC report on the seven disruptive technologies of the digital landscape. Google, Microsoft, Salesforce.com and Amazon.com lead the revolving cast of characters in a play about the wireless Internet, semantic Web, SAAS, cloud computing, virtualization social networks and other...

IBM SAAS Version of Lotus Notes Goes on Sale

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IBM releases Lotus Notes Hosted Messaging, the company's SAAS version of its popular business e-mail client. In the cloud computing vein, IBM will host the data generated by the messaging and collaboration app on its own servers, freeing up corporate IT staffs to pay attention to other tasks....

T-Mobile G1's Enterprise Mobility Is Lost in the Cloud

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T-Mobile's G1 smart phone launches to great mobile and wireless fanfare, marking the entrance of Google's Android mobile operating system. However, Enterprise Mobile CEO Mort Rosenthal points out that enterprises should exercise caution when considering the G1 or any mobile device where data...

Rackspace Looks to Expand Cloud Computing Options with Acquisitions

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Rackspace Hosting, which went public with its IPO in August, is looking to expand its cloud computing offering by acquiring Slicehost, which allows businesses to host applications on virtual servers, and Jungle Disk, which offers software that works with Amazon.com's Amazon S3. The two acquisitions,...

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