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  • Amazon Web Services option gives easier entry to SAP's HANA

    SAP's HANA in-memory database has become the centerpiece of the software vendor's technology strategy, both for high-speed analytics and in support of transactional applications like its flagship Business Suite. But HANA, when sold in its appliance form, can fetch a steep price tag.

    08 March 13 21:44 Written by Chris Kanaracus
  • Middleware is dying -- and for good reason

    As acceptance of platform as a service (PaaS) cloud services continues to accelerate, companies are increasingly free to bypass underlying in-house IT infrastructure and OS requirements, focusing instead on the type of services required and service level agreements (SLA). And that spells the beginning of the end of having to deal with the cost and hassles of complex middleware.

    08 March 13 17:20 Written by Sacha Labourey, CEO of CloudBees
  • Microsoft issues free tool it says will cut Azure costs

    If it works, a new free tool called MetricsHub can help cut costs of using Microsoft's Azure cloud services by automatically making the service run more efficiently and by increasing and decreasing Azure resources as customer need fluctuates.

    05 March 13 17:14 Written by Tim Greene
  • IBM says OpenStack will be central to its future cloud strategy

    Already a platinum member of the cloud operating system platform OpenStack, IBM officials said open source code from the project will be the foundation of the company's cloud strategy moving forward, including a new product it announced today.

    04 March 13 23:33 Written by Brandon Butler
  • AWS offers a free month of automated system analysis

    Amazon Web Services (AWS) is offering users a month-long free trial of a set of system analysis tools that the company is developing. The free offer is one of a number of price cuts and expanded services the company has introduced in the past few weeks.

    04 March 13 18:13 Written by Joab Jackson
  • Building trust between cloud providers and consumers

    In a recent report, analyst Ray Wang proposes a cloud consumer 'bill of rights.' Wang's proposal is important because it highlights significant aspects of the client/vendor relationship in the cloud computing space. This relationship is unique because of the level of both trust and communication that must exist between client and vendor in order for cloud deployments to be successful.

    04 March 13 07:18 Written by Seth Payne, senior product manager at Skytap
  • CloudFlare briefly drops off Internet deflecting DDOS attack

    CloudFlare's Juniper routers choked on a slight programming change designed to deflect a distributed denial-of-service attack, knocking the company's services off the Internet for about an hour early Sunday morning.

    04 March 13 04:39 Written by Jeremy Kirk
  • Just because you can, doesn't mean you should virtualize the entire desktop

    Although virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is well recognized, up until now, the technology has over-promised and under-delivered. Many IT departments, lured by better resource utilization and cost savings, have had their fingers burnt as a consequence of adopting a 'lock stock and barrel' approach to VDI projects. For many companies, the project has actually negatively affected users' ability to do their jobs, in turn resulting in outright rejection of the implementation.

    01 March 13 20:15 Written by Toby Martin, Director of Product Management, Flexera Software
  • Profile IT: Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

    Sydney's Mardi Gras is the highest profile annual event in Australia for members of the country's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex communities. And although the event has its origins as a political protest, and some parade participants still take aim at the inequalities and violence suffered by non-heterosexual people in Australia, it's also big business.

    01 March 13 15:40 Written by Rohan Pearce

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