Chatter enters beta

Salesforce has started a phased introduction of the Chatter beta. Interest in the platform has been high, since the November preview at the Dreamforce conference.

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CA warchest of $300 million will go toward cloud acquisitions

William McCracken wasted very little time. Within hours of being named to the position of CEO at CA, he set his sites on a major cloud computing acquisition, and said he had up to $300 million to spend. Just a few weeks ago, CA acquired Oblicore which provides a platform for service level management (SLM). […]

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Sybase testing cloud deployment internally

Jim Swartz, the CIO of enterprise software company Sybase, explained his philosophy toward cloud computing in an interview with CIO Update. Swartz said “we’re absolutely going to be looking at this more closely in terms of what it’s going to mean, long-haul, because as an organization, to help the company keep its margins in perspective. […]

VMware adds communications platform to its cloud strategy

On first glance, VMware’s acquisition of the desktop collaboration suite Zimbra — which it is buying from Yahoo! — does not seem to have much to do with the company’s emerging cloud computing strategy. However, VMWare CTO Steve Herrod explains otherwise. In his blog post, Herrod writes that the acquisition of Zimbra is all about […]

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Juniper offers 5 steps to a data center in the clouds

Juniper Networks is giving its product line a major overhaul, with new chips, new application development environments and a new “Cloud-Ready Data Center” based on five modules that provide a path for adapting existing data centers into a distributed architecture. The enhancements are based on Juniper’s SRX Series. Virtualized Security Center. Includes AppSecure (tools for […]

Survey says recession has not slowed plans for cloud projects

Interest in cloud computing projects has grown by 320 percent within enterprise IT departments over the last year according to a survey by Avanade and Kelton Research. Over 500 CxO’s were surveyed in August and September and they showed a strong interest in cloud projects. Among the findings: 23 percent of U.S. companies are beginning […]

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Cloud computing tops Gartner’s top technologies for 2010

Gartner has raced to the front of the prognosticators’ pack; it’s not even Halloween and they have released their “new year” predictions. No big surprise: cloud computing is number one in their list of the “top 10 strategic technologies for 2010.” Their rationale… 1. Cloud computing is a style of computing that characterizes a model […]

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White paper: A short introduction to cloud platforms by David Chappell

David Chappell is a writer and speaker on a variety of technologies, including books on SQL and Microsoft dot net. In August 2008, he published a white paper with this introduction… The coming shift to cloud computing is a major change in our industry. One of the most important parts of that shift is  the […]

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InfoWorld: Cloud computing is all the rage.. it’s the phrase du jour.

In April 2008, InfoWorld looked into this hot new topic and said it was “at an early stage, with a motley crew of providers large and small delivering a slew of cloud-based services, from full-blown applications to storage services to spam filtering.” Cloud computing is all the rage. “It’s become the phrase du jour,” says […]