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Salesforce.com Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO, Marc Benioff, shares untold details of how the company went from idea to billion-dollar phenomenon and revolutionized an industry. Salesforce.com (NYSE: CRM), the enterprise cloud computing company announced the availability of "Behind the C...
Making the right choices around technology is critical to the success of your business. Finding out becomes a lot easier when you know the right questions to ask. This brief provides tips to get you started and how Red Hat can help.
In the High-Tech industry, the machinations of the US Supreme Court are, at best, fodder for dinner party trivia questions. There is one case on the Supreme Court docket this year that has the potential to change the way intellectual property protected in the United States, and have a ...
DaaS is the latest entrant into the “as a Service” realm and typically provides tools for defining logical data structures, data services like APIs and web service interfaces, customizable user interfaces, and data storage, backup, recovery and export policies. To ensure successful Daa...
Zoho has added Zoho Recruit to its menagerie of web apps. It’s an oddly timed applicant tracking system for recruiting and staffing targeted at both internal HR departments and outside agencies. It’s supposed to source candidates from various sites on the web, track and manage resumes,...
One of the benefits of cloud computing is supposed to be efficiency, particularly in the utilization of compute resources. Over-provisioning of compute resources has long been one way in which IT combats the need for scalability and availability of applications but this often leaves a ...
Sun Microsystems today announced the availability of a new cloud-based Desktop as a Service for educational institutions. Sun and Ashbourne Technology Group are now offering a secure, cost-effective computing solution delivered anytime, anywhere via the Internet that provides a rich, v...
The world’s most powerful supercomputer is Jaguar, the recently upgraded Cray XT5 rig at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, according to the new semi-annual Top500 list. Jaguar’s roughly 250,000 processors went from quad-core Opterons to six-core Istanbul Opterons and now deli...
Now that ICANN has relaxed its rules on domain names in non-Roman characters, Egypt Monday became the first country to request a web address in Arabic script. .Egypt will be .masr but in Arabic script. The move is meant to open the Internet to all the folks largely in emerging markets ...
Latest from Open-Xchange is this announcement about an agreement with Nexen-Alter Way Hosting in France to offer hosted e-mail and collaboration. This on the heels of Dotster, announced last week, and Versatel, NameCheap earlier this year. Now, Open-Xchange is used by more than 15 mill...
DocuSign is the seamless eSignature solution allowing Salesforce CRM users to quickly manage and send contracts for e-signing from a single workspace. Contracts can be conveniently signed in the cloud and returned within minutes. The contract signing process is even easier and faster t...
Now there's a new model of the popular device iGuard for access control and time attendance and management. LM520-FOSC (the new model) has an optical scanner of the latest generation that guarantees an excellent reading of the fingerprint. Customers already in possession of an iGuard w...
Cisco’s behaving a little like the Lord High Executioner in the Mikado. It’s got a little list and apparently figures nobody on it will be missed if it sent them to an early grave starting with Microsoft Exchange. See, as of Monday Cisco is in the hosted e-mail business up against Micr...
Bright Computing, a specialist in Linux-based cluster management software and services for high-performance computing (HPC), has started offering its Bright Cluster Manager software bundled with SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES). Bright and Novell are going to co-market the stuff to ...
Cisco has made yet another acquisition spending ~$44.5 million to buy the set-top box business of China’s DVN Holdings, giving it a toehold in China’s great and expanding cable market. Meanwhile, Tandberg isn’t going gently into the Cisco fold. Its stockholders, at least 24% of them, w...
I have been a long time donor to Kiva.org, a peer microfinance lending site that has been around for several years. When I first heard about it I thought it was an interesting idea and donated some money to fund a few different third-world start up businesses. Kiva works by hooking ...
The past month has seen an unprecedented concentration of Cloud-related articles, events, tweets, and - above all - product launches, partnership announcements and M&A moves. So is Cloud Computing, after three years, finally coming to the boil? Here, by way of allowing you to judge for...
Microsoft has cut a broad cloud alliance with Taiwan’s number one telecom company, the erstwhile state-owned Chunghwa Telecom Co. Ltd. (CHT). The pair Monday signed a memorandum of understanding to develop software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS) and infrastructure as...
Cisco CEO John Chambers, who has turned into something of an economic oracle probably because he is more in command of his catbird seat than most big-time CEOs, said Wednesday when Cisco reported its quarterly results that the economy hit a “clear tipping point” before mid-summer and i...
"With cloud computing, price to deploy applications goes through the floor while flexibility to scale those applications goes through the ceiling!" says WaveMaker CEO Chris Keene, in this lively round-up of The State of Cloud Computing compiled and published by Conference Chair Jeremy ...
Deskforce has signed an agreement with New Zealand based ActionStep to deliver ActionStep's CRM-based hosted solution to the service provider's 30,000 install base and to target new market sectors, via its established network of Managed Service Providers (MSPs). Deskforce is a provider...
A robust ecosystem of solutions providers is emerging around cloud computing.Here, SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal expands its popular list of most active players in the fast-emerging Cloud Ecosystem, from the 'mere' 100 we identified back in January of this year, to half as many aga...
"Many people don't realize - or forget - that some of our greatest advancements in the 20th century grew out of innovation in the space and intel programs in the Federal government. We may be returning to that with regard to Cloud Computing." In this brief interview with SYS-CON's Clo...
While acknowledging that lots of work is currently being done to differentiate and integrate private and public cloud solutions, Microsoft Architect David Chou believes that Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) is the area of Cloud Computing that will make its impact most noticeably in 2...
Only one publication in the world has been tracking Cloud Computing 24x7 since December 6, 2006, when we first mentioned the concept in an article: Cloud Computing Journal. Since then worldwide interest in the Cloud paradigm of massively scalable IT resources and capabilities delivered...
Dell, itself a user, is gonna pitch saleforce.com’s on-demand CRM widgetry to American SMBs on its web site under a deal announced Monday. Dell, newly service-minded, will offer to integrate the stuff into customers’ existing set-ups along with Dell servers hawking data migration and p...
SYS-CON's Virtualization Journal announced today that the voting in its second annual Virtualization Readers' Choice Awards is now open. Voting will end October 23, 2009, and winners will be announced the week of November 2-4, 2009, at the 7th International Virtualization Conference & ...
Rackspace has launched an evangelical site called NoMoreServers.com dedicated to the emergence of what it calls Computing-as-a-Service models like hosting, cloud computing and SaaS to power corporate computing. And it’s hired hosting industry strategist Andrew Schroepfer to do the miss...
"I believe commercial solutions - whether its Google’s cloud or Amazon’s web services - may be perfect for many companies. But some corporations and government agencies are not going to be comfortable outsourcing their information and services to the Internet-based cloud," said Jill Tu...
Salesforce.com, the enterprise cloud computing company, has announced five-minute upgrades and a new partnership with Cisco, bringing Service Cloud 2 to companies of all sizes. Companies will be able to access the Service Cloud 2 even during planned maintenance windows with the new fiv...
”We’re very proud that Rackspace’s reputation for innovation, opportunity and growth are attracting top technical and business talent from industry players that have been there, and done that,” said Emil Sayegh, General Manager of The Rackspace Cloud, as it was announced today that six...
"Ultimately, we believe that advancement in cloud computing technology will be driven by open source initiatives where large communities of engineers can collaborate and develop new code for the new applications and demands posed by the cloud model," says Shelton Shugar, SVP Cloud Comp...
After my earlier blog discussing the evolution of IT, I had several discussions on  the benefits and challenges of virtualization, private, and public clouds.  Following bar chart is an attempt to capture the benefits and challenges of various phases of IT evolution from the ...
Salesforce has invested in a joint venture that will deliver finance and accounting applications in the cloud. Its partner is Dutch-base Unit 4 Agresso, parent company of financial ISV CODA. The new company is called FinancialForce. Nobody said how much either is throwing in, but Sales...
In a fast-moving discussion panel to round off an intense day of breakout sessions that is due to kick off with a keynote on Enterprise Cloud Computing by the Deputy CIO of the CIA, this SYS-CON.TV "Power Panel" will seek to match emerging federal cloud computing requirements against e...
Why is cloud computing relevant today from an economic, business and technology standpoint? What are some potential benefits – and pitfalls – of moving to the cloud? What should you look for in a cloud computing provider to ensure the security of your data and applications? And above a...
Before the New York version of its International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo, which is about to be held again in Silicon Valley (Santa Clara Convention Center, 2-4 November, 2009), SYS-CON.TV invited four leading industry thought leaders to discuss how Cloud Computing brings the ...
Recently I had the pleasure of speaking with Peter Coffee, of eWeek fame. Peter, as industry veterans may be aware, was eWeek’s Technology Editor, and is now Director of Platform Research for Salesforce.com, a leader in cloud computing. Our conversation began with my blatant attempt a...
With an ever-increasing number of companies now buying computing, storage, and networking power as they need it from the cloud, SYS-CON.TV recently invited four leading industry thought leaders to discuss how Cloud Computing brings the economics of the Web to Enterprise IT and where th...
SYS-CON Events announced today that RightScale, the recognized leader for scalable and resilient cloud computing management, was named "Bronze Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo (www.cloudcomputingexpo.com), which will take place on November 2 - 4...