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CloudSigma Lets Customers Match Cloud Service to Existing Data Center

CloudSigma s co-founder, Robert Jenkins, says big cloud vendors such as Rackspace and Amazon Web Services (AWS) don t give their customers the ability to configure their cloud environment to mirror their on-premise data centers. Read More >

Research Slideshow: Cloud Computing: CIOs See Value, Challenges

CIOs and IT executives are bullish about the potential benefits of cloud computing for their organizations. However, they remain cautious about adoption because of a lingering fear of challenges. As a result, while businesses do derive value from cloud-based software and services, the roll-out is moving slowly, according to a new survey, "Read More >

Salesforce Takes 'Mobile-First' Approach in Summer '12 Developer's Platform

With more and more mobile workers needing to better communicate with their businesses and customers from the road, Salesforce.com is tailoring their platform to make it easier for developers to produce just the right applications. That 'mobile-first' approach is a key focus of Salesforce.com's new Summer '12 development tools. Read More >

Security Threats Loom Even for Cloud-Free Businesses

The COO of the Cloud Security Alliance warned attendees of a cloud computing conference that businesses are mistaken if they say they don t use the cloud because individual employees may be doing it on their own. Read More >

Microsoft Talks Cloud, Visual Studio Tools at TechEd

Microsoft opened its TechEd 2012 conference with a discussion of its updated cloud platform around Windows Server 2012 and Windows Azure, along with new Visual Studio tools in Microsoft Team Foundation Server and LightSwitch. Read More >

Oracle Launches Its Own Public Cloud

Oracle Cloud is the full package, complete with Platform Services, Application Services and Social Networking Services. Read More >

Salesforce to Acquire Social Media Marketer Buddy Media

Salesforce will pay $698 million for Buddy's social media marketing platform. However, a stock analyst says Oracle plans to launch a public cloud that will be serious competition for Salesforce. Read More >

IT Management Slideshow: Companies Around the World Turn to the Cloud for Savings

As organizations grow globally, CIOs and other senior managers must be aware of international tech trends in order to stay competitive in the international marketplace. A recent report released by CA Technologies, the "2012 CA Technologies Channel Index," finds... Read More >

Networks Are Key to Cloud Migrations, Cisco Survey Finds

While a third of survey respondents said having cloud-ready networks was most important to migrating their applications, 39 percent dread having to deal with them. Read More >

Strategic Tech Slideshow: Enterprise Cloud Strategy: An 8-Step Action Plan

Cloud computing has been a useful tool as CIOs look to help transform business and leverage IT for business success, but many organizations have blazed a cloud trail without a cohesive strategy in place. A report from Forrester Research, "Achieve Cloud Economics... Read More >

HP Continues March to the Cloud With Public Services Beta

HP Cloud Compute, Cloud Object Storage and Cloud Content Delivery Network are now being offered through a standard pay-by-the-drink model. Read More >

Adobe Releases Creative Cloud Service With CS6

Adobe has launched its Creative Cloud service, a cloud-based subscription service that enables subscribers to access the Adobe creative tools, including the new Adobe CS6 apps and tools. Read More >

Strategic Tech Slideshow: Gartner's Global SaaS Spending Report: Plenty of Room for Growth

The latest research from Gartner shows that spending on Software-as-a-Service applications is growing steadily around the world, a trend that's expected to continue for the next few years. And while SaaS adoption in the more mature North American and Western European markets shows no signs of slowing, the most explosive growth is anticipated in geographies where economies are still developing,... Read More >

HP Releases Open-Source Converged Cloud Platform

The idea of HP Converged Cloud is that enterprises now will be able to construct an open-standards cloud architecture inside their own firewalls -- using any server, storage and networking hardware. Read More >

IT Management Slideshow: IT Offshoring Set to Increase in Near Future Before Levelling Off

IT departments in North American and European enterprises with revenues of more than $1 billion were hardest hit by offshoring among all the business services sectors studied in a recent report by The Hackett Group. IT experienced the largest decline in jobs (as a percentage of the 2001 baseline number of jobs), and also bore the brunt of reductions in absolute terms, of all business services... Read More >

SaaS Revenue Will Hit $14.5 Billion in 2012, Gartner Predicts

The U.S. currently represents the largest opportunity for SaaS, and it is the most mature of the regional markets. Read More >

Cloud Security, Bandwidth Demands Create IT Challenges

Seventy-four percent of respondents indicated their chief concern about cloud migration was ensuring corporate data security. Read More >

Cloud Adoption Rises Among Small Businesses: Dell

SMBs said key benefits of adopting cloud applications include a low total cost of ownership and fast deployment time. Read More >

What Your CEO Needs to Know About the Cloud

The cloud services agreement is a complex issue in today's environment. Many such agreements are effectively nonnegotiable, and you should use caution trusting vendors with mission-critical functions or sensitive company data. Read More >

Inside Qualcomm's Integrated IT Infrastructure

Norm Fjeldheim, Qualcomm's SVP and CIO, shares his views on the company's approach to "everything as a service" (XaaS), the rationale for choosing this strategy, the challenges he met along the way and the value he has garnered for his company. Read More >

Government Cloud Adoption: TechAmerica Releases Best-Practices Report

"We've got to wake up. The problem is all these legacy systems. If we could start over, we'd be fine. But we're stuck with all these old contracts." -- California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. Read More >

UnitedHealth Group Launches Cloud Platform for Health App Development

UnitedHealth Group's Optum unit has launched a cloud platform to host applications in an open environment. Read More >

Is This the Year PaaS Goes Mainstream?

For years, the industry has readied itself for widespread adoption of PaaS. Is 2012 the year when this latest cloud technology gets the recognition it deserves? Read More >

Multiple Cloud Formations Require New Security Approaches

New-generation service providers are filling gaps in private-public cloud security. Read More >

Oracle Taleo Buy Targets SAP, Salesforce.com

Oracle's $1.9 billion bid for Taleo follows SAP's $3.4 billion play for SuccessFactors and Salesforce.com's acquisition of Rypple in the burgeoning sector for cloud-based human capital management software. Read More >

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