If you've ever so much as passed a cursory glance over any of my ZDNetUK blogs before then firstly thank you and secondly, I hope you'll know that I like to keep things topical, acerbic and in-your-face. So much as I would have liked to dig into the electronically supported electoral process today and talk about the general election, I fear joined up government UK plc etc has … [Read more...] about Election paperwork let me down, so I’ll stick my head in the clouds
Head on the clouds
It's not just the Microsoft product groups that are charging ahead with getting Microsoft "All In" with the cloud. Microsoft Research seems to be stepping up its work on a variety of cloud-related projects, and plans to share details about several of them during the 2010 Usenix Federated Conferences shows in Boston the week of June 21. Here are just a few of the new projects … [Read more...] about Microsoft Research has its head in the clouds, too
The first Ubuntu circle of friends logo. Last week, Ubuntu Linux's parent company Canonical CEO Jane Silber announced at the OpenStack cloud software conference that HP has chosen Ubuntu as the lead host and guest operating system for its Public Cloud. That's impressive. It's Canonical's biggest enterprise win to date, but that's only a hint of what Canonical is up to with the … [Read more...] about Ubuntu Linux heads to the clouds
"It's almost impossible for most people, in our day-to-day lives, to avoid a COBOL application," says Stuart McGill, chief technology officer and general manager of Borland for Micro Focus. "COBOL applications tend to be the ones we can't really do without." Approaching 30 years with the company, it's fair to say that McGill is familiar with the ins and outs of one of the … [Read more...] about COBOL still not dead yet, taking on the cloud
The U.S. Census Bureau is singing the praises of cloud computing.Census is taking advantage of several cloud-based computing services -- from content delivery networks to hosted applications to free Web-based services -- for its decennial survey. Public vs private cloudCensus CIO Brian McGrath says the bureau has had a great experience buying software and infrastructure as a … [Read more...] about Census Bureau Counting Heads in the Cloud
Ravi Simhambhatla, CIO of Virgin America One airline is flying into the cloud to use its new e-mail system.Virgin America, a low-cost airline with about 1,700 employees, is in the process of switching from the popular Microsoft Exchange messaging system to Google's cloud-based Gmail service. Airline officials say the migration project, which was started this week and should be … [Read more...] about Virgin American Heads Into the Cloud with Gmail
Cloud computing is one of the hot buzzwords in the IT industry these days. Basically, vendors like Google, Microsoft, and Amazon want you to move your data and applications from servers that run on your premises onto hardware managed by a third party. Their argument is compelling from a cost standpoint, as Google and other large players are able to reduce costs for storage and … [Read more...] about Is Google’s plan realistic or do they have their heads in the cloud?
the cloud." Even Microsoft has a cloud computing strategy. Steve Ballmer spent over an hour explaining the company's strategy to an audience at Washington University on March 4, 2010. If you want some insight to that strategy, you can view the presentation.But is all this "strategy" on cloud computing really going to pan out to create a better, more efficient business? Since … [Read more...] about Poll: Do Steve Ballmer and Microsoft have their heads in the cloud?
Mobile devices have become quite powerful since the original iPhone was released in 2007, but there’s at least one creative task that will forever require the horsepower of a desktop computer: Video editing. With their finite storage capacities and need for touch control over the UI, modern smartphones and tablets seem ill-equipped for anything but home movies—but … [Read more...] about Adobe Premiere Clip review: Mobile video editing has its head in the cloud
Microsoft launched a public beta of its new cloud service for businesses today, Office 365, a service that has Google's Apps for Business squarely in its sights.Office 365 wraps familiar Microsoft tools such as the Office productivity applications in an always-up-to-date cloud service package that includes SharePoint’s document management functions, Exchange … [Read more...] about Microsoft Has Its Head in the Cloud