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Business Objects Fleshes Out SAAS BI with More Salesforce.com Support

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Business Objects, the SAP-owned market leader in business intelligence enterprise applications, has added new content creation tools and a Salesforce.com accelerator for customers delving into cloud computing. Business Objects sees an opportunity to serve as a gateway between on-premises and...

Can Sun Bring Back Its Lustre Through Cloud Computing?

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Beleaguered Sun Microsystems appears confident going into 2009 that it can serve as Cloud Central for companies that want to venture into the vast Internet skies on their own. The company says that its new cloud computing office can coordinate software, hardware and services to put together...

Cloud Databases May Gain Ground in 2009

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Database vendors such as Microsoft and Oracle began taking a long look at the cloud in 2008. Analysts expect more of the same in 2009, this time with vendors putting more database functionality into the cloud.

IBM Lotus Sametime Unyte Calls on InterCall to Fight Cisco WebEx

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IBM rolls out Lotus Sametime Unyte 8.2 with the help of conferencing software giant InterCall. The move is designed to give IBM more equal footing with SAAS messaging and collaboration software products such as Cisco WebEx and Microsoft Office Live Meeting. IBM needs to offer a SAAS Web conferencing...

Top Database Stories of 2008

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The big stories in the database arena in 2008 included cloud databases, the release of SQL Server 2008 and acquisitions, most notably Sun Microsystems' purchase of MySQL.

Google, Salesforce.com Partner on Cloud Computing

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Salesforce.com says its partnership with Google on cloud computing gives SMBs cost-effective IT options. Salesforce has previously teamed up with Facebook and Amazon, a sign of its dedication to the cloud.

Salesforce.com, Google Let Force.com, App Engine Share Data

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Salesforce.com and Google return to the integration grist mill. This time the SAAS enterprise applications vendor and search engine giant are enabling programmers to move data between the Salesforce.com Force.com and Google App Engine cloud computing platforms. The scheme may not be a big moneymaker,...

Cloud-Service Provider RightScale Deposits $13 Million in VC Funding

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RightScale's Web-based, cloud-computing management platform enables the use of its own scalable IT infrastructure on demand, while the user maintains complete control of the application itself. The online service enables IT managers to deploy an application in a matter of hours, without the...

Lu Hire Shows Ballmer Is Switching Tacks to Help Microsoft Battle Google in Search

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Industry analysts wonder what Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's hiring of former Yahoo search guru Qi Lu will mean for Microsoft's Online Services group. Lu is a search engine engineering and advertising pro, implying that Microsoft is looking to capture some of Google's magic. Enderle Group's...

Intel Developing Self-Powered Sensors for IT Devices

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Intel labs' overall goal: Finding creative ways to identify and harness new sources power for IT devices that don't pull from the electrical grid. This represents the ultimate in green IT: devices that create their own power supplies.

Google, Microsoft Execs Advise on Exit Strategies During a Recession

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Need an exit strategy? Mergers and acquisitions experts from Google, Microsoft, Sun, IBM and Symantec offer advice for startups and other high-tech businesses looking for an exit strategy during this recession. The tough economic climate is rough on erstwhile search engines, as well as providers...

Zoho CloudSQL Expands SMB Cloud Computing Options

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Cloud computing lowers cost barriers and can improve services. Zoho is using SQL to reach cloud applications, as its CloudSQL service lets cloud applications access Zoho Reports, its online SAAS reporting and BI service. While cloud computing continues to evolve, risks surrounding data security...

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