Cloud Computing

Microsoft Cloud-Based Apps Pass FISMA Scrutiny

Microsoft announced on Wednesday that its cloud-based suite of applications has passed muster for government use per FISMA standards.

Office 365 Public Beta Released

Microsoft kicked off the week by releasing the public beta of Office 365 today. The new offering is the company's cloud-based productivity suite.

Windows Intune Beta Ends April 18

The Windows Intune beta will expire on Monday, April 18, Microsoft warned today.

Resist 'Obsolete' Software Licensing, Report Says

Software licensing and pricing could become more customer friendly if some trends take hold, according to an April Forrester Research report.

Google Gets Government Agency Backing for FISMA Claim

The U.S. General Services Administration issued a statement suggesting that Google Apps for Government is FISMA certified, but that it was reviewing some "additional controls."

Microsoft Expanding Dynamics ERP as Cloud Services

Microsoft will deliver its entire Dynamics portfolio as cloud-based services, company executives said today.

Microsoft Disputes Google's Government Certification Claims

A Microsoft lawyer on Monday suggested that Google's claims of having achieved U.S. government security certification for its Apps for Government products are false.

Toyota and Microsoft Ink Cloud Telematics Deal

Microsoft and the Toyota Motor Co. have embarked on a strategic partnership on car telematics technologies that will tap into Microsoft's Windows Azure cloud computing platform.

Dell Pushes Into the Cloud with $1 Billion Investment

Dell today said it plans to spend $1B in cloud technology over its next fiscal year.

IBM Extends Both Public and Private Clouds

IBM today accelerated its cloud push with the announcement of enhanced infrastructure services and a new private cloud solution.

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.

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