There's open source software, then there's the cloud, and thus far, the two have been mutually exclusive. But that is starting to change.
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Citrix Systems detailed on Tuesday what it claims to be the first Web 2.0-era push technology.
Microsoft is trying to ease the confusion about Windows XP support, and so the company is circulating on Monday details about what will change and what will remain the same.
Google has both refreshed and open sourced its Google Update software, which is code-named Omaha. By making the software available under the open source Apache license, developers working on an auto-updater can use Google's code, which also enables Google to publish updates and plug security holes.
Hoping to move up the enterprise ladder, SaaS-style application integration provider Boomi detailed on Tuesday a new version of its service, replete with features targeted specifically at large enterprises.
Platform-as-a-service provider Longjump announced this week that its on-demand Business Applications Platform can now be licensed and used within a customer's four walls.
Hewlett-Packard on Tuesday detailed new services and software that it claims can help businesses turn to the cloud, namely by boosting security, performance, and availability.
Let's put the speculation about who's behind the Open Cloud Manifesto to rest right now: InfoWorld has learned that IBM is leading the charge. That's according to two cloud vendors who said they signed the document.
IT shops are turning to the cloud even faster than expected, at least according to Gartner, and other firms had already predicted hearty adoption throughout the next few years.
Whether you prefer the term "utility computing" or "the cloud," the industry is headed in that direction, however slowly, and the transition will have a multifaceted impact on IT in some ways productive, others unpleasant. And it will strike to the heart of the very technology professionals who provide a significant chunk of what is today's enterprise IT.
Wouldn't it be nice to read about an IT spending study that boasted good news? TNS Global on Tuesday published a report that it claims brings some reason to hope: A small percentage of IT shops are projecting increased spending, and some technologies will likely continue growing.
VMware on Monday made available an online service that it claims can help users evaluate the true costs of server virtualization expenses.
Compiere stepped into the cloud by making its open source ERP wares available on Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2).
Imagine an application that you don't have to pay a penny for unless it provides measurable value to your company -- and it's up to the vendor to prove that. IT shops the world over would be a lot better off, though the entire class of enterprise applications vendors would be in dire straits if they ever made such a claim. But eGain promises just that.
Hewlett-Packard has unwrapped several new products and services that aim to help enterprise IT spend prudently now so it can be better prepared to profit once the economic recovery begins.
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