September 2010

Software-as-a-service security applications 'employed by many'

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author:   Neil Hill.

Many companies are employing software-as-a-service security applications without being fully aware of the fact.

Writing for PC World, columnist Andreas Antonopoulos explained that several organisations are using technologies such as antispam and antivirus on their messaging systems.

He said many companies are not fully aware that these are software-as-a-service offerings but are benefiting from them nevertheless.

Mr Antonopoulos noted that this form of security outsourcing is growing by around 12 per cent on an annual basis.

Paying the Cloud Computing Tab

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author:  Michael Vizard.

As we move toward this whole notion of paying for IT as a service, one of the things that most IT organizations are overlooking is exactly how the billing process will be handled.


Many IT service providers have cobbled together their own billing applications and there is no real visibility into how billing is managed.

'Patently Absurd' Lawsuits Proliferate Among Web Firms

Grazed from Internet Evolution.  Author: Sean Gallagher.

Between Oracle Corp. (Nasdaq: ORCL)’s patent suit against Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) and Paul Allen’s lawsuit against everyone, it feels as if we’ve just bounced back to 2003.

Salesforce Integrates Jigsaw — Refining Contact Data

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Ben Kepes.

What We’re Reading About the Cloud on Sept. 1

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

How VMware Plans to Control the Cloud

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Gary Orenstein.

One area where VMware did not disappoint this week is breadth of vision. In just a handful of years, the company has gone from the defacto hypervisor provider to an all-encompassing software infrastructure vendor for virtualization and cloud computing. Even for someone watching the industry, the volume of announcements can be overwhelming.

VMware breaks down the product set into three layers: infrastructure, application platforms and end-user computing. With an eye on understanding specific products, here’s what I saw this week:

'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' No Way to Approach Cloud Computing

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author:  Ann All.

I'm not a fan of "don't ask, don't tell" policies, in the military or anywhere else. Which is why I was so disturbed to see one particular response from some 50 CIOs and IT leaders participating in a Diamond Management & Technology Consultants survey on cloud computing.

 

Trend Micro encryption SaaS aims at cloud security mark

Grazed from TechTarget.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Public vs. private cloud computing: Which fits your enterprise needs?

Grazed from TechTarget.  Author: Laura Smith.

Enterprises are using public cloud services and starting to experiment with private cloud computing to capitalize on time-to-market and efficiency gains. This development has prompted IT executives to focus on investments and strategy around two service delivery approaches.

By now, most enterprises have begun to use some form of Software as a Service, such as email or customer relationship management, according to Drue Reeves, a vice president and research director at Burton Group in Midvale, Utah.

"They're already doing that, and are rapidly interested in Infrastructure as a Service, which is the fastest-growing segment of the market," Reeves said.

StorageCraft and Symform Pair Up to Create Business Continuity Suite

Grazed from ChannelPro SMB.  Author: Editorial Staff.

StorageCraft Technology Corp. is partnering with cloud computing services provider Symform on a cloud backup solution for SMBs.

Dell pulls out of battle with HP for 3Par

Grazed from BBC.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Dell has pulled out of bidding for 3Par after rival Hewlett-Packard raised its offer for the data storage company to $33 a share, or $2.1bn (£1.34bn).

"We took a measured approach throughout the process and have decided to end these discussions," said Dave Johnson, a Dell senior vice president.

Dell, whose $32-a-share bid had been agreed by 3Par's board, said it was entitled to a $72m break-fee from 3Par.

HP and Dell have battled for 3Par since Dell bid $18 per share in mid-August.

Although 3Par had backed Dell as preferred bidder, a statement issued on Thursday said HP's most recent offer was superior.

Facebook & the Right to Privacy

Grazed from Internet Evolution.  Author: Sean Gallagher.

Partnering with Microsoft: Good, Bad, or Something in Between?

Grazed from ChannelPro SMB.  Author: Sharon Florentine.

Love ’em or hate ’em, or something in between, there’s no denying that Microsoft is a powerful presence in the IT industry. From operating systems to office productivity suites to servers and virtualization, the company casts a long shadow over almost every area of information technology.

Why Intel's Bullish on Virtualization

Grazed from ServerWatch.  Author: David Needle.

Virtualization has proven to be a key asset to IT departments faced with shrinking technology budgets and demands to do more with less. Enterprises dealing with so-called server sprawl, the ready addition of new server hardware to meet increased demand for IT services, have been turning to virtualization as a way to consolidate those physical machines to save both money and space.

Rise Creates a Channel Partner Program for SMB Cloud-Based Services

Grazed from ChannelPro SMB.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Rise, a division of Fasthosts Internet Ltd., has expanded its channel-focused cloud computing offerings for SMBs. The expansion corresponded with the announcement of the company’s first U.S.-based channel partner, Titanium Ant.

Motive Systems Goes to the Cloud with M-Files

Grazed from ChannelPro SMB.  Author:  Editorial Staff.

There is a new version of M-Files document management software on the market. It’s a cloud-based version of the popular Motive Systems solution.

App helps iPhone users transfer large HD video files

Grazed from FierceOnlineVideo.  Author: Jim O'Neill.

It sometimes can take an eternity to send large HD video files from an iPhone, but a new iPhone app, aptly called TransferBigFiles, allows users to send the files in the background using WiFi or 3G for up to 10 minutes--no need to connect to a computer. The free app also will pick up where the transfer left off if you drop your signal.

The company says it's the first app of its kind on the market for iPhone.

Salesforce.com's Jigsaw acquisition 'will improve data quality'

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author:  Neil Hill.

Salesforce.com has said data quality improvements will result from its purchase of Jigsaw.

Jigsaw for Salesforce CRM takes crowd-sourced information from Jigsaw and applies it to Salesforce.com applications such as Chatter.

This is intended to keep the data being employed in such systems as up-to-date as possible.

The company believes data quality will be improved for its business applications as there are around 1.4 million people updating Jigsaw's database, as well as about 22 million contacts linked into its services, reports ZDNet.

For Greener Data Centers, Give Servers an Oil Bath

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Katie Fehrenbacher

Mint Sets Spending Data Free

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Liz Gannes.

The online personal-finance assistant Mint often mines user data for trends and interesting charts to feature on its popular corporate blog. Now the Intuit-owned company is preparing to release the data it’s collected on behalf of its 3 million users. The new Mint Data product is currently publicly available as a soft launch, and should be announced to the public in the next few weeks. Instead of  simply allowing logged-in members to look at their personal finances, now any visitor can access aggregate spending data for hundreds of U.S. cities.