Cloud Computing


IEEE Initiates Cloud Portability and Interop Specs

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers yesterday kicked off a new "cloud computing initiative," with an initial focus on cloud portability and interoperability standardization.

Cloud Security: Understanding Security Account Management in Windows Azure

Cloud computing relieves some of the security burden, but you still have an active role in managing access, securing communications and ensuring data protection.

Microsoft Upping Software Assurance and Cloud Licensing Benefits

Microsoft today announced some forthcoming licensing changes designed to benefit its Software Assurance customers, as well as its service provider partners.

OpenStack Cloud Showcased by Dell, Equinix and Rackspace

The three vendors launched a demo to promote the open source cloud platform.

Office 365 Licensing: Analyst Explains All

Licensing Office 365 was the topic of a Directions on Microsoft talk last week, which may be of interest to IT pros.

Server App-V Beta Added to SCVMM 2012

Microsoft added an improved way to move virtualized applications to its Windows Azure cloud as part of the System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 beta release.

Microsoft Launches Windows Intune, Plans MDOP Updates

Microsoft announced the availability of its Windows Intune PC management and security service today.

Microsoft Drops Cost for BlackBerry Hosted E-Mail; RIM To Tap Office 365

Microsoft eliminated a BlackBerry e-mail hosting cost for some customers, and it may have also inked a broader cloud data storage deal with Research In Motion.

HP CEO Plans Major Focus on Cloud Computing

Underscoring that cloud computing will be integral to its strategy moving forward, Hewlett-Packard Co. plans to launch a public cloud service, company CEO Leo Apotheker said Monday at the company's annual analyst meeting.

VMware Launches vCenter for Cloud Performance Monitoring

VMware's acquisition of Integrien adds to vCenter a slew of new capabilities for managing capacity planning, change management -- backed by performance analytics -- in physical and cloud environments.

Salesforce Service Cloud 3 Taps Into Facebook

Salesforce.com announced on Thursday that its service desk app now natively supports Facebook social monitoring.

Amazon Opens Data Center in Tokyo

Looking to extend its cloud services to customers in the Asia-Pacific region, Amazon Web Services today said it has opened a datacenter in Tokyo.

Windows Intune To Launch at Microsoft Management Summit

Windows Intune, Microsoft's cloud-based systems management tool that will give midsize IT departments without Software Assurance agreements a back door into some formerly exclusive SA benefits, will formally launch on March 23.

Microsoft Pans Google's Collaboration Plug-In for Office

Microsoft fired back at Google on Thursday, reacting to a recently released Google plug-in for Microsoft Office that enables document sharing and collaboration.

Cloud App Deployment Templates Added by Amazon

To ease the development and deployment of apps to the cloud, Amazon Web Services today launched its CloudFormation.

Google Offers Office Plug-In for Document Collaboration

Google today announced the global availability of a free plug-in to Microsoft Office that enables document sharing and collaboration.

Cisco Ditches Cloud E-Mail Service

Cisco is calling it quits on its cloud-based e-mail service that has been available for testing for the past year.

Judge Halts Salesforce Hire of Microsoft Employee

A Washington superior court judge enforced a temporary restraining order that prevents a former Microsoft employee from being hired for an executive sales position at Salesforce.com today.

CIOs: Moving Data in Cloud Doesn't Change Ownership

A panel of defense and civilian agency CIOs discussed the notion that moving applications to a cloud computing provider does not mean giving up control of the data -- as long as agencies get a guarantee in writing.

Microsoft Kills CardSpace but Promotes U-Prove for Secure IDs

Microsoft confirmed last week that it will not release CardSpace 2.0, its claims-based identity solution for clients.

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