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  • Microsoft to boost Office Web Apps features

    Microsoft plans to accelerate improvements in Office Web Apps, the browser-based version of the Office suite, adding features like real-time co-authoring of documents and the ability to run in Android tablets via mobile Chrome browser support.

    08 May 13 01:13 Written by Juan Carlos Perez
  • London Gatwick Airport takes out 200 servers, moves to cloud, BYOD

    Cloud computing and a "bring your own device" (BYOD) strategy aren't technology approaches typically associated with running an airport's information-technology operations. But London Gatwick, the U.K.'s second largest airport, is pushing heavily into both.

    07 May 13 22:51 Written by Ellen Messmer
  • Platform-as-service offerings blurring lines between cloud packages

    Cloud-based infrastructure as a service (IaaS) is for renting storage and compute capacity from a service provider, delivered via an Internet connection. Similarly, software as a service (SaaS) is for accessing applications that are hosted in the cloud.

    07 May 13 22:51 Written by Brandon Butler
  • SAP unveils HANA Enterprise Cloud service

    SAP is set to offer customers the option of running their applications on top of a cloud-based version of its HANA in-memory database technology.

    07 May 13 16:38 Written by Chris Kanaracus
  • Megaupload's lawyers: DOJ's charges have no basis in law

    The U.S. Department of Justice's copyright infringement case against file storage service Megaupload is "prosecutorial overreach" based on a misreading of U.S. law, the site's lawyers argue in a white paper released Tuesday.

    07 May 13 16:37 Written by Grant Gross
  • Citrix bakes WAN optimization into branch office hardware

    Citrix today announced new models in its CloudBridge line of branch repeater hardware, along with a software update to Version 7.0, which adds WAN optimization capability and direct support for public cloud services.

    07 May 13 16:27 Written by Jon Gold
  • Debian wheezes out Version 7

    The latest version of Debian -- Version 7.0, codenamed "Wheezy" -- is now in stable release, bringing with it accessibility enhancements, a new version of the GNOME 3.4 desktop environment and support for multiple hardware architectures.

    06 May 13 21:30 Written by Jon Gold
  • FAQ: What you need to know about cloud computing's hidden tax hit

    Cloud computing services, whether software as a service (SaaS) or infrastructure as a service (IaaS), are subject to taxes, whether your cloud provider tells you or not when you purchase them. Reid Okimoto, senior manager in the state and local tax practice at KPMG, shares tips to help you understand the real cost of cloud computing.

    06 May 13 21:30 Written by Ellen Messmer
  • The cloud's the limit for new Arista, Brocade and HP switches

    Cloud scaling will be all the switching rage at this week’s Interop. Three major vendors last week took their platforms deeper into and then beyond the data center, outdueling each other on server access density and software programmability, two key attributes needed for the virtualized goldmine called the cloud. And in so doing, they have raised the bar and perhaps set the stage for one of the more anticipated announcements in SDN switching from Cisco spin-in Insieme.

    06 May 13 11:14 Written by Jim Duffy
  • How Facebook aims to reinvent hardware

    Facebook used to be a company just like many others: It would buy servers, racks and other hardware from vendors like HP and Dell and rent out co-location space from vendors like DuPont Fabros and others.

    06 May 13 11:14 Written by Brandon Butler
  • Cloud SLAs 'fall short,' says user advocacy group

    Service level agreements in the cloud computing market are skewed in the favor of providers, can be difficult for customers to decipher and in some cases are rigid and non-negotiable. Those are some of the findings from the Cloud Standards Customer Council, a user advocacy group that recently reviewed SLAs from some of the industry’s largest providers.

    02 May 13 18:33 Written by Brandon Butler
  • Companies explore self-detonating data as security control

    The popular Snapchat photo-messaging app used mainly by Android and iOS mobile device owners to share images that then self-destruct after 10 seconds is the sort of security idea that businesses say can help them secure online transactions with business partners.

    02 May 13 18:33 Written by Ellen Messmer
  • Citrix adds IM to Podio enterprise collaboration software

    Citrix has added instant messaging to its Podio enterprise collaboration product so that employees can engage in one-to-one and group text chats while they work on tasks and projects.

    02 May 13 14:53 Written by Juan Carlos Perez
  • VMware sells WaveMaker assets to Pramati

    A little more than two years after purchasing Java tool vendor WaveMaker, VMware has sold the assets of the company to the Pramati software engineering firm.

    01 May 13 20:48 Written by Joab Jackson
  • Benchmarking Amazon EC2: The wacky world of cloud performance

    Before turning to the world of cloud computing, let's pause to remember the crazy days of the 1970s when the science of the assembly line wasn't well-understood and consumers discovered that each purchase was something of a gamble. This was perhaps most true at the car dealer, where the quality of new cars was so random that buyers began to demand to know the day a car rolled off the assembly line.

    01 May 13 14:27 Written by Peter Wayner