Items tagged with Cloud computing

At the beginning of this week, T-Mobile informed Sidekick users that their personal data and photos "almost certainly has been lost." Now, Microsoft is coming back with some good news to affected users, saying the company believes it has recovered most of the data after all. "We are pleased to report that we have recovered most customer data for those Sidekick customers whose data was affected by the recent outage," corporate vice president Roz Ho wrote in a letter."We plan to begin restoring users' personal data as soon as possible, starting with personal contacts, after we have validated the... Read more...
It's impossible, these days, to swing a dead cat more than about six inches without running into "the cloud" in one form or another. Whether we're discussing cloud computing as a storage concept, server provisioning, or consumer appliance, moving data into or out of the cloud has been a major topic over the past year. For all the traction cloud computing has found as an idea, however, it may end up being practically useful to a relatively small subsection of the total storage market. In theory, Cloud Computing could free data centers from needing to keep quite so much storage around—provided... Read more...
After a major server outage occurred with Microsoft's Danger servers last Friday, users across the country have reported lost address books, weird text messaging problems, and other forms of data loss. Now, T-Mobile is informing Sidekick users that their personal data and photos "almost certainly has been lost." While service outages have hit various online services including Google's Gmail, RIM's BlackBerrys, and Apple's MobileMe apps, this particular outage has hit users in the worst possible way since the company has lost nearly all of its users' data and has no alternative backup plan for recovering... Read more...
RemotePC recently launched RemotePC Lite, a free service that can transform your PC into a personal cloud that is accessible from anywhere. This free new service makes it possible for you to use your PC or Mac as a centralized server or cloud, and use other PCs, Macs, or mobile devices as clients. You can select the folders, documents, images, and emails that are enabled for cloud access without needing to upload the data to a storage service. "RemotePC Lite has been optimized for PCs and iPhones. A Mac version is in the pipeline. Although online storage and sharing services are popular, there... Read more...
Slowly but surely, cloud and dense computing environments are becoming more and more popular. With services such as Apple's MobileMe and Google's own application suite living on the web, it's not hard to see why these tactics are becoming more pervasive. And wouldn't you know it--AMD is chomping at the bit to make sure it gets in on the bandwagon early. Today, the company is introducing the immediate availability of the new six-core Opteron EE processor at 40W ACP. Designed specifically to provide plenty of power for cloud computing environments without the power draw of more gamer-centric processors,... Read more...
Google is virtually synonymous with search. So much so in fact that the company has little need to advertise. Not all sales pitches are quite as easy as selling Google ads, however. Getting businesses to buy Google’s online suite of office applications is taking a bit more work. To help spread the word about its online suite of office applications, Google is leasing billboards along major highways in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and Boston this month. Google’s bundle of business applications sells for $50 per worker annually. Google plans to have a different message displayed each weekday... Read more...
Is the Tablet PC really ready to make a comeback? With Apple's rumored tablet inching closer to reality each and every day, we've got yet another entrant vying for attention. According to a new article in the Straits Times, a Singapore start-up company by the name of Fusion Garage has teamed up with TechCrunch's own Michael Arrington in order to produce the world's next tablet--or, at least the next one that anyone will bother to care about.The device will purportedly be called the CrunchPad, and according to the report, it boasts a 12" display and weighs 1.2kg. Full dimensions are 12.77" by 7.83"... Read more...
HP announced today that it has purchased data storage company IBrix in a bid to expand its cloud computing capabilities. The two companies have been partners for several years, and HP believes the acquisition "further solidifies the company’s leadership in the emerging market of scale-out and high-performance computing storage, cloud storage, and fixed content archiving. This market is growing at a compound annual growth rate of 20 percent per year, which is faster than both the network-attached storage and total external storage markets."Translate that into English, and it reads: "We can store... Read more...
Later this month, LG Electronics plans to start selling flat screen monitors that can function as virtual computers. These monitors will help users save costs by allowing multiple users to run programs off of a single PC.The new LCD SmartVine N-series monitors will utilize embedded virtualization technology from U.S.-based NComputing. This technology is based on the idea that today’s computers are so powerful that many applications use only a small fraction of the computer’s capacity. NComputing’s virtualization enables many users to tap the unused capacity and share the computer as if each had... Read more...
Panda Security released the public beta of its Panda Cloud Antivirus today. The company claims this is the first free cloud-based antivirus thin-client. Panda Cloud Antivirus consists of a lightweight antivirus agent that is connected in real-time to PandaLabs’ Collective Intelligence servers. PandaLabs’ Collective Intelligence servers work to automate the malware protection cycle by collecting samples, analyzing, categorizing, creating detection and disinfection routines, and delivering protection to each node. The local portion of the Panda Cloud Antivirus requires about 50MB of hard drive space... Read more...
Anyone paying close attention to the computing industry would realize that a few trends are picking up steam. Netbooks, smartphones and cloud computing -- and that's just to name a few. Cisco Systems, which definitely isn't immune to security breaches, is keying in on the latter one with a new network security lineup engineered to "help protect companies' Web-based software and services from attacks on their networks."More and more, companies and individuals alike are relying on "cloud computing," which is a fancy way of saying that they're retrieving software, files and other information from... Read more...
There’s been a lot of hype surrounding cloud computing lately. Considering all of the great things cloud computing claims to offer, there should be no surprise many of the big tech players are looking to get a piece of the puzzle. The trouble is these companies can’t seem to agree on cloud standards. Several companies are currently working together on a so-called "Open Cloud Manifesto." These companies plan to release a copy of the document on Monday. The purpose of the manifesto is to lay out the standards and practices that should be adhered to in the delivery of cloud computing environments.... Read more...
While rumors of a Google online storage offering named GDrive continue to swirl, Yahoo! is abandoning its online storage service, Briefcase. A message on the Yahoo! Briefcase site warns users that they have until March 30th to move their files to a different provider. Yahoo! Briefcase will be closing on March 30, 2009. You must download or delete your files by March 30, 2009. After this date, you will not be able to access your Yahoo! Briefcase account and your files will be deleted. It's not a big loss (and we mean that not just because Yahoo! never expanded the service's storage capacity past... Read more...
Netbooks and nettop PCs are become increasingly popular, offering scaled-down computers as viable second PCs. Nearly everything about these new computer categories are scaled down: their size, their performance potential, their features, and their price. Part of the challenge some manufacturers face, however, is trying to find the right balance between keeping the system price down and designing a system that is robust enough to be able to run a full-blown operating system, such as Linux or Windows XP (some even run Windows Vista). Good OS might just have the answer to this challenge with its new,... Read more...
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