cloud computing

  • Google Explains Its Google Docs Outage

    Google Explains Its Google Docs Outage

    Google Docs suffered an extended outage this week, which raised concerns, yet again, about the reliability involved with storing mission-critical documents in the cloud. Personally, I’d rather trust Google’s redundant server infrastructure than my own hard drive. However, for enterprise users, the problem with cloud outages is that local I.T. staff can’t do anything about… Read More

  • The Cloud Has Us All In A Fog

    The Cloud Has Us All In A Fog

    Ever heard of Dropship? It’s an open-source project that “enables arbitrary, anonymous transfers of files between Dropbox accounts.” Dropbox hopes you haven’t; they tried to squelch it this week, and even accidentally reported that it was subject to a DMCA takedown notice, with predictably futile results. I’m mostly sympathetic: I’m a huge fan of their… Read More

  • 2011: The Enterprise Resets

    This post was written by Aaron Levie, CEO and co-founder of Box.net. His last guest post for us was “Building The Simple Enterprise.”. On a recent call, an analyst shared a story about a company whose IT infrastructure was completely wiped out in a natural disaster. Forced to start from scratch, the company reinvented the spirit and composition of its enterprise IT strategy, and… Read More

  • 2011: The Enterprise Resets


    On a recent call, an analyst shared a story about a company whose IT infrastructure was completely wiped out in a natural disaster. Forced to start from scratch, the company reinvented the spirit and composition of its enterprise IT strategy, and the set of solutions that emerged from the rubble made their organization inherently more mobile and efficient. Which begs the question: what… Read More

  • Why Japan Matters: iPad Mania, Cloud Computing, And Social Intelligence

    Editor’s note: Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO of salesforce.com, really loves Japan. And if you are a startup founder or tech executive, he thinks you should too. He explains why in this guest post, culled from observations from his most recent visit. Thousands of people lined up last week to buy iPads. And, if you didn’t notice them, it’s because they were in… Read More

  • Microsoft's Robbie Bach on Realtime and the Cloud

    Earlier this summer I traveled to Redmond to talk realtime and the cloud with senior Microsoft executives. In this conversation with Robbie Bach, President of Microsoft’s Entertainment & Devices Division, I tried to delve into what “we inelegantly call Three Screens and A Cloud” from Bach’s vantage point atop Xbox, Zune, Windows Mobile, Media Server, and related… Read More

  • FOWA 2009: Simon Wardley on what cloud computing standards mean for tech startups

    Looking at the Twitter stream of Day 2 at FOWA 2009, it’s clear that Canonical’s Simon Wardley hit all the right buttons with his levelheaded and wryly humourous take on the ongoing evolution of cloud computing, and what it means for the future of innovation in the tech space. He gave a tip of the hat to Ubuntu’s Enterprise Cloud, which supports the emerging EC2 standard… Read More

  • McKinsey's Cloud Computing Report Is Partly Cloudy

    McKinsey & Company released a report, “Clearing the Air on Cloud Computing,” today that claims that large corporations could lose money through the adoption of cloud computing. The report paints cloud computing as over-hyped and maintains that cloud computing services like Amazon Web Services (AWS) overcharge large companies for a service the companies could do better on their own. Read More

  • Swan Island Networks Wants To Put Governments In The Cloud

    Swan Island Networks provides flexible, high-trust cloud computing platforms catered for security-conscious enterprises and government entities. Cloud computing is all the rage among big businesses but government entities, whether they be local, state or federal, have been more reluctant to jump on the bandwagon (or should we say, cloud). Charles Jennings, CEO of Swan Island Networks, said… Read More

  • Marketo Taking The Lead On Marketing 2.0

    Marketo, an SaaS company focused on providing marketing automation software for B2B companies, has launched a bigger, better version of its sales and marketing optimization application. The software allows web-based marketing and sales teams collaborate on a single revenue cycle, turning web visitors and sales leads into customers using tools like email marketing, lead nurturing, lead… Read More

  • IBM And Juniper Networks Hoping To Gain Cloud Computing Market Share


    IBM will be unveiling a number of new cloud computing technologies at its CIO Leadership Exchange in Shanghai and its Pulse Conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday with networking giant and Cisco-rival Juniper Networks by its side. We reported last summer that Juniper is doing a good job of making inroads on Cisco’s turf, and this partnership with IBM is a sign of Juniper’s… Read More

  • SugarCRM's John Roberts on the Open Cloud

    SugarCRM has gone from 3 developers, 154 members, and 396 downloads of its open source customer relationship management software in June 2004 to 40 engineers, 450,000 users, 5.2 million downloads, and the key metric: 55,000 active systems. As co-founder and CEO John Roberts delivered the opening keynote at the SugurCon 2009 developer conference in San Francisco, he showed the growth in a series… Read More

  • The intersection of social media and the cloud

    The competition for the next wave of enterprise computing has heated up since Microsoft announced its Windows Azure strategy a month ago. While the jury is out in some quarters about Microsoft’s ability to actually deliver the reliability, security, and even the interoperability that is promised, the timetable has accelerated the plans of competitors and forced some to define themselves… Read More

  • The Wind Cries Cloud Computing


    It’s no surprise what’s happened to the record business in the wake of the digital realignment of the media. Even transitional gambits such as Starbuck’s in-store sales of CDs are going the way of the record stores of yore. Apple is reportedly negotiating with the 3 other major labels to join EMI in banishing DRM, and Paul McCartney’s latest electronique collaboration… Read More

  • The Battle for Microsoft's Soul


    So much of this long protracted struggle for political change has rubbed off on the tech community. In the partisan windup to this long election process, we’ve become almost inured to the fact that as much as things will continue to be the same, already the “choice” between the two candidates has produced one sure thing. That is, either of the two candidates represents… Read More

  • The Register rips on Amazon and Goog's cloud computing


    This is a great editorial. The author takes shots at Amazon’s EC2, Google’s App Engine, and “green” tech in general. I’m not convinced of the utter shamelessness and opportunism he accuses the companies of, but it’s nice to hear a little venom about these bleeding-edge products that claim such high ground. I do like this bit, though: I do have to give… Read More

  • Where Are We In The Hype Cycle?

    New technologies tend to follow different trajectories of hype, hope, and despair as they are discovered by different groups of people and finally adopted (or ignored) by consumers. Gartner actually goes ahead and charts this hype cycle for different technologies. Its latest hype cycle for 2008, shown above, is making the rounds. (It was released in July, but is just now reaching the… Read More

  • Cloud Computing Q and A with Dave Girouard, President of Google Enterprise

    Here are a few audio snippets from a Q and A session with the president of Google’s Enterprise division, Dave Girouard. The session took place on August 5th at the Pacific Crest Technology Leadership Forum in Vail, Colorado. Girouard talks about Cloud Computing, Google’s new App Engine, the Google Apps productivity suite, competition versus partnerships, and how Google faces… Read More

  • CherryPal: Tiny, low-powered, Linux-based PC

    This particular news item slipped through the cracks at CrunchGear’s world news headquarters earlier this week, but here it is nonetheless. This little box is called the CherryPal PC and it’ll be here in the third quarter of this year, according to a recent press release. The company won’t say when it’ll be here, exactly, but judging from the above graphic, I’m… Read More

  • Microsoft's 'Live Mesh' feature actually seems useful

    Cloud computing (see convoluted diagram above) is slowly warming the hearts of those at Microsoft, especially Ray Ozzie, the man who’s been tasked with filling Bill Gates‘ nerdly shoes. Ozzie came up with an idea for a new Microsoft feature called “Live Mesh,” which will basically allow you to share, synchronize, and access your data from a myriad of internet… Read More