A recent study, conducted by the Symform, the cloud backup provider, found that 20% of companies have no security policies or clear usage standards, to guide employees when using cloud applications or access corporate information from other devices.

The survey queried nearly 500 companies including 18 percent representing enterprises, 34 percent [...]

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In the paper titled “Bridging the Tenant-Provider Gap in Cloud Services”, Microsoft researchers found out that cloud customers can purchase resources based on the “job-centric” standard. This cloud model will have and additional abstraction layer to cloud computing wherein an interface can be provided for customers to cite cost and [...]

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Microsoft is focusing primarily on the newly launched Windows 8 operating system, which according to experts is crucial for its further development. In the meantime, however, Microsoft also prefers to look after the growing market for big data.

Microsoft wants to provide an opportunity for companies to deploy and manage one of [...]

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Microsoft has recently announced its acquisition of Cloud-integrated Storage solutions leader StorSimple. With this new addition, Microsoft is said to help its users in embracing hybrid clouds efficiently. According to Microsoft’s Server and Tools Division Corporate Vice President Michael Park, StorSimple’s storage solutions can help its customers in integrating cloud storage with [...]

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Since its Initial Public Offering in August 2008, Rackspace Hosting’s share value has grown almost 6 times its original value. This is primarily because of the company’s growth in terms of earnings per share, revenue, and subscriber base. The cloud service provider is currently trading with an impressive profit-to-earnings ratio and analysts [...]

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More companies now use cloud technologies to reap the benefits, such as lower cost, higher efficiency and more flexibility. Often, however, lacks the understanding of security and privacy policies of their own systems and industry-specific regulations or legal framework.

To allow companies to test their cloud security knowledge, Microsoft allows companies to [...]

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According to Claranet Product Director Martin Saunders, cloud computing is not a cheaper alternative to on-premise server. However, cloud computing services do make up for that disadvantage. According to Saunders, cloud computing isn’t about purchasing hardware and infrastructure only. Usually, companies [...]

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Cloud computing has the potential to solve a lot of the problems that are being encountered by organizations these days with regard to expansion, cost effectiveness, and Information Technology. The concept itself has attracted the attention of big players in the government, business, and in the IT industry. However, many of the [...]

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Division of Big Data Commission organization TechAmerica Foundation released a report “Demystifying Big Data: A Practical Guide To Transforming The Business of Government,” which provides an analysis of the major trends in the segment processing systems of large data sets.

The report provides a definition of big data, and their [...]

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Under the Radar is returning for their 20th Conference in San Francisco and friends of CloudTimes can save $100 or more on the event’s registration fee. Just use the code ‘cloudtimes’ and register here: http://undertheradarcommerce2012.eventbrite.com/?access=cloudtimes

With the increased use of mobile devices and social networks, consumers can discover, share and purchase [...]

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These past few years, there are a lot of people who are worried that we may be seeing the end of the PC market, even going so far as to coin the term “post-PC”, since PC sales are seeing a slow but steady decline, while portable devices such as tablets, smartphones, and [...]

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Sharing and synchronizing files become decidedly fashionable function in software. After DropBox, Google, Microsoft, Citrix, VMware, EMC, Apple and others, it is the turn of Salesforce to unveil a service for sharing and synchronizing files, called Chatterbox.

Salesforce.com, the leader in enterprise cloud computing, unveils Chatterbox to show how a company [...]

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HP and Microsoft have announced integration of an agreement in the private cloud. HP and Microsoft continue their collaboration this time targeting desktop applications, virtualization, and messaging and collaboration tools, sales and support.

Under the agreement, HP and Microsoft will offer private cloud solutions to help public companies to rapidly increase the [...]

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Microsoft announced the worldwide availability of its Windows Server 2012 platform and comes full foot in the world of cloud computing.

The new version is designed to redefine the server software and take it to the cloud computing model and incorporates technologies like storage management, networking, advanced virtualization functionality, process automation [...]

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The U.S. software giant wants to strengthen its position in China considerably. In the next coming years, the developer of the Windows operating system announced the recruitment of some 1,000 people on the Chinese mainland as well as heavy investment in R&D in cloud based products.

Cloud services that enable to move [...]

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Google may be taking too long to build up their Google Apps ESN (Enterprise Social Networking) features at a time when it has turned into vital part of workplace collaboration suites.

Google recently started taking steps to tailor their Google+ social networking site into one that Apps users can use to improve [...]

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