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  • SAP goes after Salesforce.com with new social software products, strategy

    SAP on Wednesday made a series of announcements meant to define itself as a major player in the enterprise social software market with a superior approach to rivals such as Salesforce.com.

  • Torvalds on laptops: Make higher-def resolution standard

    The outspoken creator of Linux, Linus Torvalds, called for laptop makers to follow the tablet world's lead in using the highest-resolution displays possible on mobile devices, in a post on Google Plus.

  • Can Citrix Make Any Windows App or Desktop a Cloud Service?

    Citrix is focused on helping enterprises deal with the challenge of running desktops and applications in a new mobile-centric world where tablets and smartphones proliferate.

  • VMware beefs up its app data management tools

    Seeking to firm its position in the budding application data management space, VMware today released the latest upgrade to its vFabric GemFire product that enhances administrative controls, provides a new interface and aims to make it easier for applications to handle larger amounts of data faster than previous versions.

  • Lack of abuse detection allows cloud computing instances to be used like botnets, study says

    Some cloud providers fail to detect and block malicious traffic originating from their networks, which provides cybercriminals with an opportunity to launch attacks in a botnet-like fashion, according to a report from Australian security consultancy firm Stratsec.

  • Cloud bridges, gateways and brokers for external cloud deployment

    Originally used as an inexpensive alternative to quickly deploy services outside the realm of IT, cloud computing is quickly becoming a de facto standard for new application resources. The challenge is how to manage those resources transparently. The cloud should be an extension of the internal data center, and cloud bridges, gateways and brokers are all components that IT should focus on for connecting to their external cloud deployment.

  • Rackspace offering lets users build customized virtual networks

    Rackspace says it is now offering customers the ability to create customized virtual networks in a public cloud, using software defined networking-like capabilities.

  • Amazon upgrades Storage Gateway, moves out of beta

    Amazon Web Services has upgraded its Storage Gateway so it can cache data locally, and has also made it generally available.

  • Cloud service lets customers get data out of Sandy's path for free today

    Cloud and data backup provider Nirvanix is allowing customers to move their data outside the company's New Jersey data center for free today to get out of the path of Hurricane Sandy.

  • Yammer broadens integration capabilities for its enterprise social software

    Yammer said it has simplified and expanded the ways in which its enterprise social networking (ESN) software can be integrated with third-party business applications.

  • Google to issue credits for App Engine outage

    Google will give refunds to paid subscribers of App Engine, its Web application development and hosting service, which suffered a partial outage on Friday.

  • Ernst & Young's IT security survey shows struggle to control cloud computing, social media and mobile risks

    Many CIOS and chief information security officers are struggling to adapt security practices to a changing environment that includes cloud computing, social media and tablets , according to a survey of 1,850 such IT pros.

  • VMware expands Redis programming options

    Redis, an open source in-memory data store maintained by VMware, has been upgraded to be more stabile and make more judicious use of memory, two traits that should make it more appealing for enterprise deployments.

  • SAP reveals policies, pricing for cloud integrations

    SAP has laid out a set of pricing and policies for tying together its array of cloud-based and on-premises applications, providing some options at no charge, but others that will cost customers additional money.

  • Startup claims it saw early signs of Amazon's cloud outage

    Almost two hours before Amazon Web Services publicly acknowledged an outage that brought down websites such as Reddit, Imgur and Heroku, application monitoring startup Boundary claims it started noticing the problem.

  • 'Lance Armstrong' bug hunt continues in stable Linux kernel

    The discovery of a somewhat alarming bug in the Linux ext4 filesystem provoked a minor wave of panic this week, but project maintainer Theodore Ts'o says it has since become clear that the problem can likely only affect a small number of users.

  • Does OpenStack need a Linus Torvalds?

    OpenStack has been dubbed by some enthusiasts as the Linux of the cloud - an open source operating system for public or private clouds. But there's one stark difference between the two projects: OpenStack doesn't have a Linus Torvalds, the eccentric, outspoken, never-afraid-to-say-what-he-thinks figurehead of the Linux world.

  • Gartner: Top 10 strategic technology trends for 2013

    If some of the top 10 strategic technology trends going into 2013 look familiar it's because quite a few -- like cloud computing and mobile trends -- have been around for awhile but are now either morphing or changing in ways that will continue to impact IT in the next year.

  • Amazon outage started small, snowballed into 12-hour event

    Amazon Web Services has almost fully recovered from a more than 12-hour event that appears to have started by only impacting a small number of customers but quickly snowballed into a larger issue that took down major sites including Reddit, Imgur and others yesterday.

  • Land O'Lakes turns to cloud for service desk

    Many IT organizations have neglected their help or service desks for years. But Land O'Lakes Inc. is going in a different direction, moving its help desk to ServiceNow, a cloud-based service.

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