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  • Palo Alto Networks targets VMware shops with virtualized next-gen firewalls

    Palo Alto Networks Tuesday unveiled the first virtualized version of its next-generation firewall, server-based software intended to run on the VMware platform to allow security managers to set up firewall application-layer controls in virtual machines (VM).

  • OpenFlow startup takes aim at Cisco, VMware

    Big Switch Networks has announced the general availability of its OpenFlow-based software-defined networking products and applications, as well as customers and partners.

  • AT&T rolls out cloud-based Microsoft Office

    Seeking to beef up its products and services for small and midsize businesses, AT&T Monday announced that it will offer Microsoft Office 365 as a cloud-based service.

  • Analyst report advocates for cloud, SaaS buyers' 'bill of rights'

    With SaaS (software as a service) having become a preferred deployment model for new software purchases, customers should be entitled to a clear-cut set of rights and expectations from vendors, a report from analyst firm Constellation Research argues.

  • EMC's Tucci: Global economy hinges on US budget deal

    EMC CEO, Joe Tucci, hass called for CEOs to put pressure on US politicians to strike a budget deal, saying that the direction of the domestic and global economy depends on it.

  • Cloud security vendor Crossbeam bought by private equity firm

    Crossbeam has been bought by private equity firm Thoma Bravo, opening up the door for the security company to expand its product line both in-house and via acquisitions.

  • Google gives Cloud-based database a performance boost

    Google's Cloud SQL database has gained more storage, faster reads and writes, and now offers users the choice of running their instances in data centers based in either the U.S. or Europe.

  • Huawei security chief: We can help keep U.S. safe from 'Net threats

    The chief security officer of Huawei, the Chinese company recently flagged by Congress as a national security threat, says the network equipment maker could actually help the United States defend itself against malicious Internet traffic.

  • VMware releases micro version of Cloud Foundry PaaS

    Everything in the cloud seems to be getting bigger or smaller. VMware today went the small route, releasing a micro version of the company's popular open source platform as a service (PaaS), Cloud Foundry.

  • Evolving security standards a challenge for cloud computing, expert says

    Any enterprise looking to use cloud computing services will also be digging into what laws and regulations might hold in terms of security and privacy of data stored in the cloud. At the Cloud Security Alliance Congress in Orlando this week, discussion centered on two important regulatory frameworks now being put in place in Europe and the U.S.

  • The cloud as data-center extension

    A year after Oregon's Multnomah County deployed an on-premises portfolio management application, the two IT staffers dedicated to it resigned. Other staff struggled to maintain the specialized server environment. Left with no other option to guarantee support of the mission-critical tool, the county leapt into the cloud.

  • Oracle buys Instantis for project portfolio management software

    Oracle on Thursday said it has agreed to acquire PPM (project portfolio management) software vendor Instantis, in a move that will build upon its past acquisition of Primavera. Terms of the deal, which is expected to be completed this year, were not disclosed.

  • Citrix and NetApp simplify on-premises data sharing

    Citrix Systems and NetApp have jointly developed a software and hardware package optimized for Citrix's ShareFile with StorageZones.

  • Amazon, Microsoft and Google targeted by cloud provider Joyent

    Joyent may be the biggest cloud provider you haven't heard of.

  • Gartner's IaaS Magic Quadrant: a who's who of cloud market

    The cloud market can be a big, daunting place. Seemingly every tech vendor has a cloud strategy, with new products and services dubbed "cloud" coming out every week. But who are the real market leaders? Research firm Gartner's answer lies in its Magic Quadrant report for the infrastructure as a service (IaaS) market.

  • Are lawyers getting in the way of cloud-based security?

    In an age where enterprises and their employees are being relentlessly targeted with malware-based phishing, denial-of-service and other attacks, the ability of the IT security staff to defend their networks and valuable corporate data faces yet one more obstacle, according to some: their own company lawyers.

  • IDC: In software market, CRM, virtualisation and collaboration show strongest growth

    The global software market grew 4.7 percent in the first half of this year to US$167 billion, with CRM (customer relationship management), virtualization and collaboration coming in as the fastest-growing segments, according to figures released by analyst firm IDC.

  • CloudStack releases first code under Apache license

    OpenStack has grabbed a lot of headlines recently, but competing cloud management platform CloudStack made some news of its own this week with the project releasing its first open source code as part of the Apache Software Foundation.

  • EMC releases upgrades to its document content management line

    EMC today unveiled upgrades across its Documentum content management and Captiva document capture product lines.

  • What's up with the Anonymous hackfest?

    Hackers apparently linked to the hactivist group Anonymous today kept up a hacking spree to dump data they said they stole from Symantec, VMware, PayPal, Hyundai, and the U.S. Department of Energy and Transportation, among others.