UN Offers Cloud-Based Phones for Poor

August 9, 2011

  Millions of people, primarily in South America and Africa, will receive low-cost mobile phone numbers under the Business Call to Action initiative, which partners with the private sector to help fight poverty, the U.N. said in a release. The mobile phone numbers for these cell phones, as provided by Movirtu Technology, are cloud-based and […]

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Cloud Standards Get Customer Push

August 9, 2011

The newly formed Open Data Center Alliance is using an array of usage models to weld cloud-using customers into a force that prevents vendor lock. At the same time, the group is promoting secure movement of virtual workloads from one provider to another. The organization is made up of more than 200 members including JPMorgan […]

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HTC buys Dashwire for $18.5M, gets cloud phone backup and patents

August 9, 2011

Slowly but surely, HTC is building up its software expertise. The smartphone maker announced this morning that it has acquired Seattle-based Dashwire, creator of a mobile backup and synchronization service for smartphones, for $18.5 million. Dashwire’s technology will make its way to the company’s HTCSense.com cloud service. But the purchase will also equip HTC with […]

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Amazon launches new cloud identity management functionality

August 5, 2011

Amazon Web Services on Thursday announced new capabilities that aim to meet enterprise needs, including identity federation support and a new service that allows companies to connect directly to its data centers. AWS’ new cloud identity management functionality allows enterprises to use their existing corporate identities to provide users with access to AWS resources without […]

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Cloud Computing: The Road Ahead

August 5, 2011

Not too long ago, one of the leading computer companies filed an application to trademark the term ‘cloud computing’, which was denied by the US Patent and Trademark Office. That was in August 2008 when cloud computing was in its infancy. Yet that act was a kind of starting line: since then, cloud computing has […]

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Amazon competition to highlight cloud usage among startups

August 5, 2011

The first prize includes $50,000 in cash and $50,000 in service credits Amazon Web Services has opened the fifth annual AWS Start-Up Challenge, a contest that aims to recognize innovative uses of its cloud computing platform, the company said on Monday. Cloud services are a good fit for startups. They have leveled the playing field […]

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Head in the cloud

August 5, 2011

  Peter Williams Photo: Eddie Jim WHO Peter Williams, a leader in harnessing computing and social media WHAT The greatest risk is to fail to realise there is a revolution going on HOW Get your head in the cloud and your staff in the conversation THE explosion in the use of social media, supercharged by […]

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Mozilla and Baidu join battle for the new cloud OS

August 5, 2011

Comment The battle for the conventional “fat‟ mobile OS is won and lost. But the fight to control the user interface to the cloud is wide open, and with Apple and Microsoft on the back foot, a Linux-based winner looks logical. Google has pitched Chrome OS, Hewlett-Packard has webOS and Intel has MeeGo. Now enter […]

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CA Assures Smooth Cloud Transition with New Product Line-up

July 29, 2011

CA Technologies has updated its cloud computing product line in a bid to allow clients to manage complex cloud computing environments. The company claims that organisations have to deal with the rising complexities that come with migrating to the cloud. Businesses, on a daily basis, struggle to manage traditional and cloud based IT systems and […]

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HP joins OpenStack

July 29, 2011

HPhas joined OpenStack, the open source cloud software project led by Rackspace. Announcing the news on its corporate blog this morning, HP VP of Cloud Services Emil Sayegh wrote: HP recognizes that open and interoperable cloud infrastructure and services are critical in delivering the next generation of cloud-based services to developers, businesses and consumers.  It […]

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