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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 November 2008
Yieldex, a one-year-old company with a product for forecasting online ad inventory, is the winner of Amazon Web Services' startup challenge. The prize: $50,000 in cash, $50,000 in AWS credits, and a potential investment from Amazon.
It's easy to get started with cloud services, which is one of those mixed blessings that can get businesses into trouble. A few internal developers may sign up for cloud services, rogue business units do the same, usage grows, and before you know it, your company has plugged into multiple clouds without a coordinated plan. IT departments need to guard against the impending chaos.
FastSoft, the two-year-old startup with an Internet accelerator appliance that employs souped-up TCP/IP, has two new customers. Limelight Networks is using the device to speed content uploads to its storage servers, and Getty Images has deployed it to hasten video distribution across long distances.
Want a clue on what's next from IBM in cloud computing? Then take note that Dennis Quan, the guy behind IBM's cloud computing partnership with Google, recently moved into IBM Tivoli's development group. His new assignment tells a lot about the challenges IBM sees ahead.
G.ho.st, a startup that has developed a "virtual computer," is integrating Twitter with its browser-based user environment. More than a dozen applications are available from G.ho.st, a unique company where Israelis and Palestinians work together writing Web 2.0 software.
Microsoft last week unveiled its cloud computing strategy, a plan that was met by some with skepticism and doubt. Yet, while it's true that Microsoft is behind Amazon and Google in offering on-demand Web services, it's a mistake to think Microsoft won't catch up. It will, and here's why.
Microsoft today introduces a new program that gives startups no-cost access to its software, technical support, and marketing machine for three years. The initiative, called Microsoft BizSpark, makes it much easier for entrepreneurs to build new businesses using Microsoft software and services. It comes at a time when cash-strapped startups may be looking for help.
I listened last week to Ray Ozzie's plan to drag Microsoft into the 21st century of Web software. Ozzie was open, thoughtful, and mostly convincing, but there was nuance in his message, too. Here are excerpts of what Ozzie said -- and my interpretation of what he meant.
Get a glimpse of the conference where Microsoft allowed an early look at Windows 7, at its first Web-based Office applications, and at its new Azure platform for cloud computing.