Cloud Companies

Oracle’s Java Lawsuit: Free Markets, Not Free Software

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Matt Asay.

Eucalyptus, rPath Back a New Private Cloud Effort

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Om Malik.

NewScale, rPath and Eucalyptus Systems are working on a new self service, private cloud initiative which is going to be announced on August 24. This new effort is going to an integrated offering that is targeting hybrid and private clouds. This will be yet another offering that would perhaps compete with a whole series of companies and efforts, including the open source cloud stack, OpenStack. More details will likely emerge around the time of VMworld 2010.

Should Marc Andreessen Become HP’s Interim CEO?

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Om Malik.

Continuity Disaster Recovery Software Gets Private Cloud Advisor

Grazed from eWeek.  Author: Chris Boulton.

Putting the Cloud to Use for Video Encoding

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Gary Orenstein.

In a world with millions of different mobile devices, televisions, screen sizes and video formats, something has to give. But instead of giving in, device proliferation combined with content producers’ desire to deliver clean video is giving rise to a new market for hosted video encoding, sometimes called transcoding. The goal is simple: provide the right format to the right screen at the right time without requiring content producers to invest in infrastructure. Done right, content producers should be able to dial up a video encoding service in the cloud.

How To Find a Customer in a Divided IT Universe

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Alex Benik.

Facebook Fixes Privacy Bug

Grazed from eWeek.  Author: Brian Prince.

Facebook has fixed a bug that could have been abused by someone looking to get their hands on the full names and photos of users.

Atul Agarwal of Secfence Technologies posted information about the issue to the Full Disclosure mailing list Aug. 11. If someone entered a user’s e-mail address and the wrong password in the log-in page, the site coughed up the user’s full name and profile picture in addition to an incorrect password message.

Inside the Cloud Computing Platform Wars

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Micheal Vizard.

Traditional hosting providers are getting a lot more serious about competing for every cloud computing dollar. This week, for example, Rackspace announced the general availability of its cloud computing services based on a Windows server.

Partly Cloudy

Grazed from Destination CRM.  Author: Koa Beck.

Ever since the world slipped into one of the worst economic depressions in history, companies have tried to reduce upfront expenditures. 

The most popular within technology circles has involved software-as-a-service (SaaS) and, more recently, cloud computing. Analysts also say that virtualized resources have a lot to offer companies getting back on their feet after taking severe financial hits. 

On the Scene: Sage Insights ’10 -- Sage Succumbs to Cloud Computing

Grazed from Destination CRM.  Author: Lauren McKay.

Watch out all you cloud-based CRM vendors, there’s a new—well, an old new—guy in town. Sage, a longtime provider of on-premises CRM solutions (Act! by Sage, Sage CRM, and Sage SalesLogix), made its move to the cloud at this year’s Insights partner conference, unveiling SalesLogix Cloud. Denis Pombriant, founder and principal of CRM consultancy Beagle Research Group, says this was “the announcement Sage needed to make,” a sign that cloud computing has evolved to the point where every CRM vendor needs an on-demand offering.