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  • Amazon EBS failure brings down Reddit, Imgur, others

    Amazon Web Services has confirmed that its Elastic Block Storage (EBS) service is experiencing degraded service, leading sites across the Internet to experience downtime, including Reddit, Imgur and many others.

  • Gartner: 10 critical IT trends for the next five years

    Trying to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to IT issues is not a job for the faint of heart. That point was driven home at Gartner's IT annual IT Symposium fest here where analyst David Cappuccio outlined what he called "new forces that are not easily controlled by IT are pushing themselves to the forefront of IT spending."

  • HP offers new low-cost SaaS service desk

    HP, which has a long history in providing service management tools in the enterprise as on-premise systems, managed services and SaaS offerings, is releasing on Monday an entirely new SaaS product for the service desk, called HP Service Anywhere

  • HP betting big on Cloud to help company turn around

    A few weeks ago HP's Meg Whitman braced tech watchers with sobering warnings that earnings for one of the pioneering companies of Silicon Valley may fall 10% next year, and may not grow for another two years.

  • HP launches cloud service for the IT help desk

    Hewlett-Packard has launched a hosted offering called HP Service Anywhere, providing IT service management (ITSM) software over the Internet.

  • Salesforce.com CEO Benioff: Windows 8 will mark 'the end' of the Microsoft OS

    Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 will mark "the end" of the computer industry's dominant OS due to increasing competition and choice sparked by alternatives, according to Salesforce.com CEO, Marc Benioff.

  • Cloud startup gets cues from Amazon, Google and OpenStack to drive private cloud

    OpenStack startup Cloudscaling says that for true interoperability in a hybrid cloud, it's not enough to just have API compatibility between your private and public cloud. It really helps for the fundamental architecture of the two to be analogous.

  • Salesforce.com boosts social analytics options in strike at Oracle

    Salesforce.com said Friday that it has significantly expanded the social analytics options available to customers who use its Marketing Cloud, in its latest move in an ongoing arms race with Oracle to offer businesses the best tools for mining the social Web.

  • Microsoft hopes to lure users away from VMware with new migration tool

    Microsoft's free Virtual Machine Converter (MVMC) tool is now available for download. The tool is used to convert virtual machines that today run on VMware products into a format compatible with Microsoft's own virtualization environment, Hyper-V, the company said in a blog post on Thursday.

  • Virtual desktops: User tips from the trenches

    The lure of virtual desktop infrastructure - less costs for endpoints, reduced power requirements, lower management costs, better security - is compelling but mastering the environment is tricky, say users that have embraced the technology.

  • SDN and virtual networking seen as a key to growing hybrid clouds

    If the OpenStack Summit held this week is any indication, virtual networking is a hot IT topic.

  • IBM makes security push with cloud services, products aimed at mobile and Big Data

    IBM today widened its security offerings with products and cloud-based services focused broadly on both mobile devices and Big Data, both areas where IBM foresees growth as enterprises sort out their strategies toward both.

  • VMware extends support for ESX hypervisor in OpenStack

    Continuing its commitment to the OpenStack project and its newfound vision to support multiple types of cloud platforms, VMware announced support for its ESX hypervisor in OpenStack today.

  • OpenStack: We can tell Amazon what to do, instead of the other way around

    Organizers of the OpenStack Design Summit had a slight problem when the conference got underway in earnest this week. More than 1,000 people had registered for the event, but more than 1,400 actually showed up.

  • Citrix ShareFile upgrade allows IT department to control personal cloud-based storage

    Citrix Systems is giving back to IT departments some control over personal cloud-based storage with ShareFile StorageZones, which allows user content to be stored in enterprises' own data centers, the company announced at the Synergy conference in Barcelona.

  • Canonical aims to make cloud orchestration a breeze with Juju

    While there are a growing number of OpenStack code distributions and more to come, Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth says inefficiencies remain around being able to easily deploy and manage OpenStack clouds.

  • Citrix offers common management console with first step of Project Avalon

    Citrix Systems has started to detail the future of Windows desktops and applications in its virtual environments with tech previews of Excalibur and Merlin, the first versions of its Project Avalon.

  • Cisco, Citrix forge ADC alliance

    Cisco will reference sell Citrix's NetScaler application delivery controller as part of an expanded relationship between the two companies to address cloud and mobile opportunities.

  • Microsoft to acquire StorSimple for integrated Cloud storage

    To augment its own Azure cloud service, Microsoft is acquiring StorSimple, a company that provides appliances that back up enterprise data to cloud storage services. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

  • Amazon EC2 founders' latest company joins OpenStack

    A company founded by two pioneers of Amazon Web Service's popular Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) is joining OpenStack because it wants to integrate open source code into its cloud management platform product.