The number of enterprises turning to cloud computing to revamp outdated business models will more than double in the next three years, as business leaders move to capitalize on the rapid availability of data and the growing popularity of social media, according to a new study released today by IBM.
Todd "Turbo" Watson -- IBM Corporation
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I'm real sorry if you went out and bought one of those HD DVD players anytime in the past year.
Because the Beta/VHS Wars of the 2000s seem to have come to a head, with Toshiba announcing that they're getting out of the HD DVD player business, leaving the Blu-ray folks to own that market.
However, Toshiba is quick to point out that they will continue to "provide full product support and after-sales service for all owners of Toshiba HD DVD products."
Yes, that white flag you see waving way off in the distance is situated at Toshiba's headquarters location: 1-1, Shibaura 1-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan -- directly between Seavans and Tokyo Gas.
Engadget's laughing at the absurdity of it all, pointing out the "Top 10 Things To Do With Your Now Defunct HD DVD player.
My faves (in my own inimitable David Letterman imitation):
Number 5!: "Channel it through Whoopi Goldberg and make some pottery with it."
Number 8!: "Buy a few dozen of 'em and build a little hut for your Blu-ray player."
Me, I've personally held off on buying either/or a Blu-ray or HD DVD for this very reason.
Finally, not being an early adopter pays off!
Meanwhile, speaking of early adopters, the Google Operating System blog is pointing the folks at Google Docs to some handy, publicly-published data about the most frequently used features in Microsoft Office.
Any guesses on what they are?
In order: Paste, Save, Copy, Undo, Bold
The GOS blog suggests the Google Docs team focus on those making those most frequently used features easier to use and access than looking to rounding out advanced features that nobody will use.
Like Copy and Paste, which don't work so well in Google Docs due to the the Ajax layer, but which can be addressed with some workarounds found here.
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Clouds moved in over Seattle today as the Amazon S3 cloud-based storage service took some unexpected Zzzz's in an unexpected overnight outage.
So what's the problem?
Well, for starters, a host of startup companies (including Twitter) use the S3 service to host everything from images to Web content, and when the clouds get dark, so do many Web-based businesses dependent upon Amazon.
Of course, one astute S3 user in the Amazon Web Services Developer forum explained the need for diversification:
"If you rely on a single point of storage for mission critical data, well then, you've got bigger problems."
Nick Carr explains it's also important how the supplier responds, "in keep customers apprised of the situation and explaining precisely what went wrong and how the source of the problem is being addressed."
Apparently, Amazon has been keeping S3 users well informed.
But also Carr cited one user who observed: "A health monitor would be useful - something to show what amazon thinks the status of the services are and to post official information. Maybe even proactive alerts or something I could tie our other infrastructure notifications into so I could be proactive in alerting our downstream affected users."
Hmmmm...I do believe our Tivoli team provides some service management tools to stay on top of situations like that!
You can learn more by calling 1-877-426-3774 (please use priority code: 104CBW62).
Google took another step towards putting IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, and other enterprise software vendors into its gunsights today with its reported $625M acquisition of Postini.
As posted by Dave Girouard, VP and GM of Google Enterprise, "We launched Google Apps so that it would be easier for employees to communicate and share information while reducing the hassles and costs associated with enterprise software."
Though SMBs have been signing up by the thousands (according to Google), larger enterprises are a more complex sell, facing an array of "legal and corporate compliance issues."
Which is where Postini comes in, a company that offers "security and corporate compliance solutions for email, IM, and other Web-based communications."
Girouard continues: "Like Google Apps, Postini's services are entirely hosted, eliminating the need to install any hardware or software."
But fails to mention other potential risks and inhibitors to full-fledged SaaS, including dependency on the network for mission critical apps, dependable scalability, lack of customization...to name a few.[Read More]
If you've ever used 37signals' BaseCamp, Campfire, or other Web-based tools, you know the power of Web-based software (some might even refer to their apps as "software as a service.")
They've just introduced a new addition to the family, their shared contact management and task list app "HighRise."
As the new site indicates, Highrise "helps you keep track of who you talk to, what was said, and what to do next." It lets you set reminders for follow-ups, send thank you notes, calls, tasks, etc.
Back to the personal productivity meme, it's about getting things done, in groups, via the Web, no intermediating desktop client required.
Take the tour here.