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 John Foley

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John Foley is director, strategic communications, for Oracle Corp. and a former editor of InformationWeek Government.
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posted in January 2009

Amazon Web Services Help Fuel Blow-Out Quarter

As the economy crumbles around it, yesterday reported fourth-quarter financial results that blew past Wall Street's expectations. And, though details are sketchy, it appears that Amazon's cloud services grew at nearly double the rate of overall sales.

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The Oregon Trail Of Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is like the Wild West, where the players are rough around the edges, the borders are undefined, and the homesteaders are subject to unforeseen risks. In this environment, IT governance is nearly impossible -- but an absolute requirement.

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Cloud Connect: Tackling The Issue Of Cloud Interoperability

There's an important discussion under way among cloud computing's inner circle on the subject of interoperability. Service providers and implementers recognize that adoption will be hampered if they don't come up with a good way of integrating data and applications across clouds.

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A CIO Tries To Get His Arms Around The Cloud

Anwar Abbas, CIO of the Motion Picture Industry Health & Pension Plans, has been tasked with assembling a cloud computing roundtable at UCLA's Anderson School of Management. As it turns out, cloud experts are hard to find.

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Million-Dollar Private Clouds

Private clouds that emulate the characteristics of public cloud services sound promising, but they won't necessarily be fast, easy, or cheap to create. A recent meeting with Cassatt CEO Bill Coleman reinforced that impression, especially when I heard about the price tag associated with them.

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Eli Lilly On What's Next In Cloud Computing

Eli Lilly's Dave Powers talks compellingly about how the pharmaceuticals company is using cloud computing services to support its scientists with on-demand processing power and storage. What's even more interesting, however, is what Eli Lilly has planned next.

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Launching InformationWeek's Startup 50

What are the most innovative and compelling tech startups with products and services for business? InformationWeek is setting out to identify those up-and-coming companies, and we're asking your help in finding them.

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Amid Belt-Tightening, Engine Yard Expands The Cloud

In the past few weeks, Engine Yard has brought in a new CEO, laid off 15% of its workforce, and merged two of its key development efforts. With that out of the way, the Ruby on Rails hosting company appears ready to announce a cloud platform and a new hosting option.

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Managing Amazon Web Services From An iPhone

The day has arrived when Average Joe can manage data center resources from a soccer field or the beach using the world's most popular gadget. Ylastic, an Atlanta-based startup founded last year, has introduced an iPhone version of its management interface for Amazon Web Services.

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At CES, A Super Screen Goes Commercial

If you like wide-screen TVs and computer monitors, check out Hiperwall's video wall technology. The startup has demonstrated its system running on 40 LCD monitors combined into a display that's 10-feet-high and 27-feet-across. Now, Samsung Electronics has agreed to distribute and support the super-sized, high-resolution displays.

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SAP CEO Predicts SaaS 'Disillusionment'

Conventional wisdom is that the tough economy makes this a good time to subscribe to software as a service as a way of avoiding capital investment in on-premises software. But Bill McDermott, president and CEO of global field operations for SAP, argues that strategy could backfire, and in some cases already has, for companies that take it too far.

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How Eli Lilly Taps Into The Cloud

I'm expecting 2009 to be a year in which large companies embrace cloud computing in greater numbers. But how will they do it? And why? Eli Lilly, an early adopter of Amazon Web Services, will discuss its motivations and experiences in an upcoming InformationWeek Webcast.

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