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Is Virtualization Magic? (And Other Questions Your Manager May Ask)

Is Virtualization Magic? (And Other Questions Your Manager May Ask)

One of the fun things about being a leader in IT is the opportunity to see new technology and explain it to others for the first time. We love to see people’s eyes get big and excited when some new wizardry is introduced and we’re the first one to explain it.

In the simplest terms, a key outcome of virtualization that the virtual engine software…

Practice Fusion Bundles the Cloud and Dell Hardware for Doctors

Practice Fusion Bundles the Cloud and Dell Hardware for Doctors

Practice Fusion, one of the SaaS electronic medical record (EMR) pioneers, has announced a Dell-based hardware system bundle for doctors spinning up to its free cloud-based EMR system. Ryan Howard, CEO of Practice Fusion, walked us through what it means to bring the cloud to a small clinic – ground zero in the medical industry’s transition to…

Rackspace Cloud Grows to U.K. – Hosting VMware and Xen in Harmony

Rackspace Cloud Grows to U.K. – Hosting VMware and Xen in Harmony

Today Rackspace announced that it plans to bring both public cloud services and VMWare-based private cloud to the U.K. by the end of 2010. Rackspace isn’t shy about its model and expertise. The company has refined the hosting experience into an energetic art form. It even has a name for that passion: “fanatical support.” It’s […]

U.S. Announces Community Health Data Initiative

U.S. Announces Community Health Data Initiative

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is introducing a collection of community data sets today in an event at the National Academy of Sciences (webcast).

According to the HHS, the program is “a public-private collaboration that is encouraging innovators to utilize community health data to develop applications that help raise awareness…

Survey: More Than 80% of Businesses Support the iPad

Survey: More Than 80% of Businesses Support the iPad

In a new survey (which is still accepting responses for the rest of today) Citrix is asking its IT customers to characterize their support for iPad in their businesses. Currently, over 80% of respondents expect to purchase the iPad for their company. Even more respondents are saying they will support personal iPads for their employees.

Facebook Privacy Briefing: Zuckerberg Shares that Privacy Does Matter

Facebook Privacy Briefing: Zuckerberg Shares that Privacy Does Matter

A single word, context, was the message in Facebook’s briefing today. We liveblogged the event and are continuing to cover the aftermath. Worth noting in Mark Zuckerberg’s presentation and Q&A was that it was easy to see how hard it is to gain a common context for how we view sharing. Meeting users’ needs for privacy is a problem of context…

SalesForce Ecosystem: Counting Carbon Credits in the Cloud

SalesForce Ecosystem: Counting Carbon Credits in the Cloud

Today, SalesForce partners FinancialForce, the first native accounting package for SalesForce.com, and CloudApps, a new breed of carbon management solution, announce their products integrate to enable carbon credits to be managed in accounting terms within the Salesforce platform.

In reviewing this integration and observing the momentum of the…

Map Reduce your Inbox: Yahoo Mail is Fighting Spam with Big Data

Map Reduce your Inbox: Yahoo Mail is Fighting Spam with Big Data

Is there a way to defeat spam? Late last week, the Yahoo Mail team shared news from an independent study that users of the Yahoo Mail receive significantly less spam messages in their email inbox than other competitive services.

We caught up with Vish Ramarao, anti-spam guru at Yahoo, to learn how the company was able to achieve these results…

Gist Gadget for Google Apps: A Look at the Social Inbox

Gist Gadget for Google Apps: A Look at the Social Inbox

Gist now is available as a Google Gadget, plugging its contact-enhancing knowledge base into the Gmail inbox.

The company has integration with Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Notes, as well as increasing support for GMail. We asked the company CEO, T.A. McCann, what it was like working with Google in the apps marketplace and what it takes to bring…

Memcached and Beyond: NorthScale Raises Bar with $10m Series B

Memcached and Beyond: NorthScale Raises Bar with $10m Series B

NorthScale is on the move. Hot off its recent accomplishment of winning several awards – including best in show at the 2010 Under the Radar event – the company announced a successful round of financing from the Mayfield Fund.

Its successful product release in March put the company on the map as a defining leader in the noSQL approach to data…

Google Goes Native: Offers Sneak Peek at C++ Support in Chromium

Google Goes Native: Offers Sneak Peek at C++ Support in Chromium

This week, the Chromium project offered a sneak peak to its Native Client SDK.

This project enables the browser to process C and C++ in the client and interface these methods and encapsulations with HTML and JavaScript. Additionally, the project provides bridges to portable graphics and audio engines in an attempt to further configure the…

CloudKick: Practical Efforts for Unifying the Cloud

CloudKick: Practical Efforts for Unifying the Cloud

The team over at CloudKick have been busy connecting open standards with its efforts to monitor cloud computing. By focusing on different cloud providers and listening to customers, the company is in a good position to nudge cloud computing implementations towards open source – and live to tell about it.

Cloud Sherpas: Smoothing the Path for Google Apps in the Enterprise

Cloud Sherpas: Smoothing the Path for Google Apps in the Enterprise

Cloud Sherpas offers additional IT administrative tools that help make it easy to manage the increasingly popular Google Apps platform. The company is riding the momentum of growth today announced over 300,000 end users under management by IT professionals who have depoloyed Cloud Sherpas as part of Google Apps.

To learn more about the current…

Requires a Village: A Quest for Payment Data Portability

Requires a Village: A Quest for Payment Data Portability

In this post, we’ll explore the tug-of-war landscape of the payments industry through the lens of payment gateway Braintree.

The company has initiated a Credit Card Data Portability Standard, starting with a small group for merchants and payment processors that intend to “meet in the middle” and provide both security and portability of the…

Where People and Licenses Meet: Outsourcing with Oracle and SaaS

Where People and Licenses Meet: Outsourcing with Oracle and SaaS

Where there are definitions, there are reasons to bend them. Outsourcing, the practice of bringing outside organizations to manage a part the business process, is one of those concepts.

In this post, we’ll take a brief stroll through the work of Caliber Point in mixing up both outsourcing and cloud computing.

We look at where it touches on…

Securing Google Apps: New Admin Feature Gives Real-Time Control

Securing Google Apps: New Admin Feature Gives Real-Time Control

Google has been working to harden Google Apps for its arrival into the enterprise. The tools bring browser based productivity into another dimension.

And, where people are productive, security is to be questioned. In this short review, we look at the new feature Google offers admins and look a bit closer at security in a browser-based world.

The Reverse of Spam: WordPress Integration with SalesForce

The Reverse of Spam: WordPress Integration with SalesForce

When running blogs for community, and business interests, the important question of of “who” has visited has been a big challenge. This problem was one of the inspirations for the creation of OpenID and other approaches for identity sharing.

As corporate blog applications grow as operational business tools, the ability to respond to users who…

Got Linux? Red Hat Enterprise Licenses Now Portable to EC2

Got Linux? Red Hat Enterprise Licenses Now Portable to EC2

RedHat recently announced that premium enterprise subscription customers are now able to move their Red Hat Linux licenses to the Amazon cloud in the form of EC2 instance. Amazon EC2 is the first cloud provider that Red Hat is supporting for this service.

If you have a block of Red Hat Linux licenses, you can now enroll with the company to enable…

Beyond IaaS: VMforce to Prime Enterprise Java for Cloud Delivery

Beyond IaaS: VMforce to Prime Enterprise Java for Cloud Delivery

Today, VMforce was officially unveiled by its parent organizations VMware and SalesForce. The companies came together to produce this love-child and are now proudly sharing it with the world. The new organization, VMforce is disruptive to the core premise and architecture, bringing a new generation mix of services and software to the…