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Marten Mickos Says: Keep the Cloud Open

Marten Mickos Says: Keep the Cloud Open

Marten Mickos CEO of Eucalyptus Systems, formerly CEO of MySQL AB, echoed a common concern in his keynote at LinuxCon North America 2011. While celebrating the 20th anniversary of Linux and the past decade of accomplishments of open source, Mickos cautioned the audience gathered in Vancouver, BC that they need to be worried about protecting the…

Clay Shirky Says Good Collaboration is Structured Fighting

Clay Shirky Says Good Collaboration is Structured Fighting

Companies and projects focusing on large-scale collaboration might want to start thinking about collaboration in a new way. Clay Shirky, author of Here Comes Everybody closed out the second day of LinuxCon North America 2011 with a contrarian look at collaboration. While many treat collaboration as a “love fest” or harmonious interaction, Shirky…

A Look at the Changing Linux Landscape

A Look at the Changing Linux Landscape

Jay Lyman, senior analyst for the 451 Group, spoke at LinuxCon North America 2011 on the changing Linux landscape. Sessions are short at LinuxCon – about 50 minutes in total, give or take. So there’s not a lot of time to get deep into the nitty gritty and perform a detailed analysis or explanation of a market that’s now nearly 20 years old…

Joyent Brings KVM to SmartOS for DIRTY Environments

Joyent Brings KVM to SmartOS for DIRTY Environments

Joyent, a company well-known to RWW readers for its backing of Node.js is announcing a step in a different direction today: the company has ported Linux KVM to its SmartOS offering and is making SmartOS available as a ready to install distribution and putting all the source on GitHub.

How to Make Webinars Work

How to Make Webinars Work

If your business is looking to webinars to reach potential customers, Bob Darabant of Astaro has a couple of tips that might keep your cast from falling flat. Hint: Making it sales-focused is probably not the answer. Darabant, VP of Astaro Americas, has a handful of suggestions for making webcasts work for VARs – but these apply pretty…

70 Years of Supercomputers [Infographic]

70 Years of Supercomputers [Infographic]

The so-called supercomputer is now 70 years old, at least if you have a very expansive definition of supercomputer. The first supercomputer was used for government work during World War II, and was powered by vacuum tubes. Current supercomputers have just a little more oomph, with computing power measured in the petaflops. From the Control Data…

Google Adds Citrix Receiver and VPN Support to Chromebooks

Google Adds Citrix Receiver and VPN Support to Chromebooks

Google’s Chrome OS and Chromebooks have been dinged for lacking some features needed for business but the company is starting to get around to addressing those concerns. On Wednesday, August 10, Google’s Rajen Sheth, blogged about a couple of new features for Chromebooks including VPN support, secure Wi-Fi and a tech preview of Citrix Receiver…

Why Microsoft, Google and Facebook Want Your Email

Why Microsoft, Google and Facebook Want Your Email

Tally up the total number of searches on Google, Yahoo and Bing and you have about 3.5 billion searches per day. It’s estimated that Twitter has about 300 million accounts and Facebook claims more than 750 million active users.As impressive as those numbers are, though, they’re a drop in a bucket compared to email – which is estimated at…

Best SEO Results Stem from Formal Practices

Best SEO Results Stem from Formal Practices

If you’re trying to convince the powers that be at your organization that they need formal SEO processes, the folks at MarketingSherpa have your back. According to research analyst Kaci Bower, organizations that have formal processes and good guidelines see big benefits in terms of lead quality and organic traffic conversion rates.

BitNami Adds Five Features to Cloud Hosting

BitNami Adds Five Features to Cloud Hosting

BitNami’s Cloud Hosting has gotten just a bit better with five new features announced today. What’s new? OpenID support, password reset and better notifications about estimated costs for a start.

BitNami is not a cloud provider, but instead makes managing applications on Amazon’s Web Services much, much easier. BitNami Cloud Hosting provides…

Google Announces SSAE-16 Compliance

Google Announces SSAE-16 Compliance

Google has announced that its Google Apps, App Engine, Postini and Google Storage for Developers products have passed the SSAE-16 Type II and ISAE 3402 Type II certifications. Sounds great, but what does it actually mean?

Well, the SSAE-16 is actually the “American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Statement on Standards for…

Amazon Introduces Direct Connections and New Identity Services

Amazon Introduces Direct Connections and New Identity Services

Amazon continues to roll out new AWS features at breakneck speed. The latest in a slew of announcements is Amazon’s bringing its Virtual Private Cloud out of beta. Amazon Direct Connect lets customers establish a dedicated network connection from the customer site to AWS. Amazon has also added a new feature to AWS Identity and Access Management…

BitNami Launches Cloud Tools Site and Cloud Tools Installer

BitNami Launches Cloud Tools Site and Cloud Tools Installer

If you’re working with Amazon Web Services (AWS), you should take note of the BitNami Cloud Tools site launched this week by BitNami. The Cloud Tools Installer packages a bundle of AWS support programs in one virtual machine for admins of AWS instances, and the soon-to-be launched Cloud Agent will let admins monitor servers and applications via AWS…