Battling for the brightest minds, IBM provides free services for academia

Days after Microsoft offered scientists free use of the Windows Azure platform, IBM announced a program to give schools free use of IBM’s cloud services. The program is part of the IBM Academic Initiative and open to any research professional or faculty member at an accredited school. The cloud can be used to provide academic […]

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Microsoft gives NSF projects a free pass

Hoping to gain a toehold in the government’s move toward cloud computing, Microsoft has presented the National Science Foundation (NSF) with an offer that is difficult to refuse: any project approved by the NSF can run on Windows Azure at no charge. The NSF has already gained access to cloud-based software services from Google and […]

IBM wins Air Force contract in major test of cloud security

The momeuntum coming out of the U.S. government for cloud projects continues to build. IBM announced it won a contract from the U.S. Air Force for a the design and demonstration of a secure cloud computing infrastructure capable of supporting defense and intelligence networks. One of the challenges — and opportunities — for IBM is […]

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IBM extends LotusLive with cloud platform services and APIs

Lotus has re-invented itself several times since IBM bought it in 1995. Lotus Notes was a pioneering collaboration tool back then; it was providing a robust client-server environment at a time when many people had not even experienced Internet email or web browsing. Now, Lotus is morphing into Lotus Live, a hosted cloud computing platform […]

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New page on cloud computing stocks

In recent months, a number of technology companies have seen their share prices rise on positive news about cloud computing initiatives. To keep up, I’ve compiled a list of publicly traded companies with a significant cloud business. I’m not going to include every company that has made a cloud announcement. If their new initiatives turn […]

IBM cloud supports Korean mobile apps

A few weeks ago, IBM announced it was spending $100 million on new data centers in Asia with cloud technologies a top priority. Today it is demonstrating why. South Korea’s leading telco is paying IBM to host a new Platform-as-a-Service environment that will provide new apps for its 24 million customers. The cloud contains 80 […]

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IBM White Paper on “resiliency” a/k/a “backup”

In May, IBM published a white paper that it calls Business Continuity and Resiliency Services, or what we mere mortals call “backup and restore.” Some of the service is based on Tivoli products and others are evolutionary versions of traditional services that would normally be associated with an enterprise-wide support plan. This white paper does […]

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