8×8 launches cloud-based videoconferencing

July 20, 2011

Service provider 8×8 has launched a new cloud-based videoconferencing service based on 8×8’s voice and video IP service platform together with Polycom’s UC Intelligent Core software platform. The 8×8 Virtual Room service is available in three tiers supporting low, standard and high definition telepresence video. 8×8 Virtual Room is one of four cloud-based services the […]

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US to Close 800 Computer Data Centers

July 20, 2011

Computer centers typically do not employ many people to tend the machines, but analysts estimate that tens of thousands of jobs will most likely be eliminated. The federal government is the largest buyer of information technology in the world, spending about $80 billion a year. The Obama administration, in plans detailed Wednesday, is taking aim […]

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Cloud Computing – The IT Solution for the 21st Century

July 20, 2011

  Across business, executives are looking for ways in which they can operate more sustainably and thereby increase their competitive edge. Information Communications Technology (ICT) is seen as a key area of focus for achieving sustainability goals. This report shows that business use of cloud computing can play an important role in an organization’s sustainability […]

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The cloud: now for connecting electric cars

July 20, 2011

The car, in particular the electric car, is the latest device to get plugged in to the cloud. Coulomb Technologies, which makes networked electric-vehicle charging stations, plans to start selling cloud-based services to allow charge-station owners to manage charging and billing for charging. The service also uses the cloud to connect an EV driver to […]

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Will cloud the next patent battlefield?

July 19, 2011

July 19, 2011, 10:42 AM —   I have watched with sad interest all the stories coming out this week about Apple’s interim victory in its patent lawsuit against mobile phone maker HTC, when an International Trade Commission judge ruled that HTC devices infringed on two Apple patents.   Should this preliminary ruling become final, […]

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Managing your cloud’s performance: Best practices

July 19, 2011

Computerworld – Once you move your core IT systems into private or public cloud networks, your work isn’t over. Now you have a different set of technology issues to deal with: managing the cloud to ensure that your investments pay off for your enterprise and deliver the efficiencies and ROI that you’re expecting. Cloud management […]

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OpenStack Turns One; What’s Next For The Open Source Cloud?

July 19, 2011

  OpenStack, the Rackspace-led source cloud project, officially marked its first anniversary Tuesday. And in that year the open source cloud play has changed the cloud game, amassing dozens of participating companies, hundreds of developers and thousands of lines of code, making it one of the most swiftly growing open source projects out there. “When […]

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Citrix Systems making a run at the cloud

July 18, 2011

Many telecommuters know Citrix Systems for its programs that let them access their office applications from home. That arcane bit of software represents steady, profitable sales that investors love; the company’s stock has risen almost 70 percent in the past year. But the future of the tech business isn’t PCs, it’s cloud computing – running […]

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Cloud and Performance… Myths and Reality

July 18, 2011

First the myths: Myth One:  Cloud computing depends on the Internet.  The Internet is slower than our internal networks.  Thus, systems based on IaaS, PaaS, or SaaS clouds can’t perform as well as locally hosted systems. Myth Two:  Cloud computing forces you to share servers with other cloud computing users.  Thus, in sharing hardware platforms, […]

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What is Cloud.com worth?

July 18, 2011

Computerworld – Citrix Systems this week bought Cloud.com, a 70-employee start-up that makes cloud infrastructure software. At the same time, it acquired what may be one of today’s most desirable tech domain names, cloud.com. Consider that Apple earlier this year reportedly paid $4.5 million for the “icloud.com” domain name. Apple unveiled the new iCloud storage […]

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