Cloud Storage - Infoworld en Google steps up competition with Amazon, expands Cloud Platform to Asia <p>Google has expanded its Cloud Platform to include locally hosted computing capacity, storage and data bases for the Asia-Pacific region.</p> <p>The launch is in line with Google's increasing investment in the region, the company said <a href="" target="_blank">in a blog post</a>. It comes following the opening of data centers in Taiwan and Singapore at the end of last year.</p> Cloud Computing Google Google Compute Engine Cloud Storage IaaS Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:35:26 +0000 admin 240530 at Bitcoin finally pays off -- in secure cloud storage <div id="tw-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="" alt="Bitcoin finally pays off -- in secure cloud storage" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div> <p>Bitcoin may finally be coming into its own as a cryptocurrency, despite the <a href="">implosions</a> of several online exchanges and Cloud Computing Open Source Software Cloud Storage Encryption Open Source Software Cloud Computing Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 240386 at Dropbox's buffed-up business offering is better, but far from best <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="" alt="Dropbox's buffed-up business offering is better, but far from best" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>Last year Dropbox faced stiff<a href=""> competition in the business file-sharing space</a> from a slew of other ve Cloud Computing Storage Cloud Storage SaaS Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:46:29 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 240356 at Why Dropbox and Box are expanding beyond straight-up cloud storage <p>For companies in the cloud storage business, standing out from the pack isn't getting any easier, as many competing services are racing to the bottom with both free and paid offerings.</p> Cloud Computing Storage Cloud Storage Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:13:55 +0000 admin 240267 at 'Drop Dropbox' protests flare as wiretap proponent Condoleezza Rice joins board <p>With the unveiling of new <a href="" target="_blank">Carousel</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Mailbox</a> apps and the rolling out of Dropbox for Business, CEO Drew Houston <a href="" target="_blank">made it clear on Wednesday</a> that Dropbox wants to be <a h</p> Cloud Computing Security Storage Cloud Storage Internet Privacy Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:59:11 +0000 admin 240281 at Dropbox diversifies beyond storage with photos, collaboration apps <p>Dropbox, the cloud storage and file sharing vendor, is expanding its scope into photo management and document collaboration. The new products, announced Wednesday, are part of an ambitious effort by the company to provide its customers with productivity and organization tools.</p><p>"We're moving from one app, called Dropbox, to a family of apps," said Dropbox CEO Drew Houston during a launch event in San Francisco.</p> Cloud Computing Mobile Technology Cloud Storage Collaboration Software Content Management Mobile Apps Web Applications Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:10:53 +0000 admin 240211 at Dropbox for Business exits beta as storage vendor sets sights on workplaces <p>Dropbox unwrapped the enterprise edition of its cloud storage and file sync service on Wednesday, as it seeks to expand its customer base from consumers to businesses.</p> <p>Dropbox for Business, launched in beta in November, is now <a href="" target="_blank">generally available</a> and features a variety of IT administration controls intended to make it suitable for workplace use.</p> Applications Cloud Computing Cloud Storage SaaS Applications Storage Wed, 09 Apr 2014 19:31:38 +0000 admin 240199 at Canonical to close Ubuntu One cloud-storage service <p>Canonical is shutting down its Ubuntu One cloud-storage service rather than continue to go up against competitors such as Dropbox, Google Drive and EMC Syncplicity.</p> Cloud Computing Open Source Software Linux Cloud Storage Wed, 02 Apr 2014 22:47:51 +0000 admin 239707 at Microsoft slashes Azure prices, introduces new basic tier <p>Microsoft said Monday it was cutting prices of its Azure cloud services to match the prices of competitor Amazon Web Services in the latest in a price war in cloud services.</p> <p>Besides introducing a new tier of general-purpose services, Microsoft also announced a move to region-specific pricing to help customers save money, as some workloads may not be dependent on location.</p> Cloud Computing Microsoft Microsoft Azure Cloud Storage IaaS PaaS Tue, 01 Apr 2014 11:44:00 +0000 admin 239552 at Box to offer usage-based pricing, file conversion service <p>As it heads toward an estimated $250 million <a href="" target="_blank">initial public offering</a>, cloud storage and collaboration provider Box is thinking outside, well, itself.</p> <p>The nine-year-old company introduced an alternative to its traditional per-user pricing on Wednesday, as well as its first service that doesn't rely on customers storing their data with Box.</p> Cloud Computing Cloud Storage Collaboration Software Web Services Thu, 27 Mar 2014 11:11:27 +0000 admin 239198 at Box to go public, hoping to raise $250M <p>Box, the eight-year-old company that has taken on industry giants to become a leader in cloud storage and file sharing, will seek to raise $250 million by selling shares publicly for the first time.</p> <p>The Los Altos, California, company <a href="" target="_blank">announced</a> on Monday that it had filed a registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for a proposed IPO (initial public offering) of its common stock.</p> Cloud Computing The Industry Standard Cloud Storage Technology Business Tue, 25 Mar 2014 11:02:13 +0000 admin 239023 at Amazon Web Services celebrates 8 years in the cloud <p>Believe it or not, it was eight years ago that Amazon Web Services' S3 (Simple Storage Service) went into production. At the time, the promise was revolutionary:</p> Cloud Computing Amazon Web Services Cloud Storage Tue, 18 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 David Linthicum 238520 at VMware's Virtual SAN to address software-defined storage <p>VMware has been talking for the last couple of years about the ongoing evolution and transformation of the enterprise infrastructure into a <a href="">software-defined data center</a> (SDDC). As part of that discussion, the company said it is focusing on three key strategies in 2014: end-user computing, software-defined data center, and hybrid cloud, which VMware called a seamless extension of the SDDC into the public cloud.</p> Virtualization EMC VMware Server Virtualization Cloud Storage Storage Virtualization Private Cloud Storage Virtualization Mon, 24 Feb 2014 15:21:37 +0000 David Marshall 236912 at Glitch trips up Google Drive, Docs for hours <p>A service disruption that lasted more than five hours made key Google Web apps malfunction on Thursday.</p> <p>At around 2 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time, Google acknowledged on its <a href="" target="_blank">Apps Status page</a> a problem with its Drive cloud storage service and with its Docs word processing and Sheet spreadsheet applications, and later with its Sites intranet builder.</p> Cloud Computing Google Cloud Storage Web Services Web Applications Fri, 21 Feb 2014 16:10:07 +0000 admin 236840 at Microsoft makes OneDrive transition official, gives away free storage <p>In January, Microsoft made it official: the company <a href="" target="_blank">rebranded its SkyDrive cloud storage service</a> to OneDrive. On Wednesday, Microsoft threw a ball for the OneDrive debutante, offering free storage as party favors to its guests.</p> Storage Microsoft Cloud Storage Storage Wed, 19 Feb 2014 14:26:25 +0000 admin 236641 at 5 tips for smarter collaboration in a mobile and cloud world <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 192px;"><img src="" alt="5 tips for smarter collaboration in a mobile and cloud world" width="243" height="182" align="right" /><br /><em><p align="right">Credit: iStockphoto</p></em></div> Applications Cloud Computing Consumerization of IT Mobile Technology Cloud Storage Mobile Apps Applications Tue, 18 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Galen Gruman 235973 at Box to enlist CIOs as it targets vertical industries <p>Box will beef up its consulting team this year with several CIOs as it seeks to grow sales and adoption of its enterprise cloud storage and file-sharing service in specific industries.</p> <p>Manjit Singh, former CIO at Chiquita Brands and the Las Vegas Sands Corp., is the first such hire, and he'll be in charge of the retail, consumer packaged goods, and hospitality segments.</p> Cloud Computing The Industry Standard Cloud Storage Intellectual Property IT Strategy Technology Consulting Technology Business Tue, 11 Feb 2014 19:50:37 +0000 admin 236148 at The 3 stages of cloud computing resistance <p>How do many enterprise IT departments approach cloud computing? Their path mirrors that of a person going through the stages of grief: denial, anger, and acceptance.</p> Cloud Computing IT Management Cloud Storage Cloud Computing Fri, 07 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 David Linthicum 235575 at Microsoft's SkyDrive becomes OneDrive after trademark dispute <p>Microsoft has chosen OneDrive as the new name for its SkyDrive cloud storage service, which it had agreed to rebaptize after losing a trademark dispute last year with British broadcast TV and broadband provider BSkyB.</p> <p>After losing the case in a U.K. court, Microsoft reached an agreement with BSkyB in July that gave it a period of time to choose a new name for SkyDrive.</p> Cloud Computing Microsoft Cloud Storage Mon, 27 Jan 2014 16:40:41 +0000 admin 235066 at Microsoft: Let customers decide country where cloud data is stored <p>Microsoft will let its foreign cloud customers decide what country their data is stored in as a way to avoid local laws that might compromise their data privacy, the company's top lawyer says.</p><p>Customers should have the choice of Microsoft data centers when they buy cloud services, says Brad Smith, the company's general counsel in an <a href="" target="_blank">interview with the Financial Times</a>.</p> Cloud Computing Data Center Security Microsoft Cloud Security Cloud Storage Internet Privacy Data Center Fri, 24 Jan 2014 12:32:40 +0000 ccraig 234935 at