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Open Cirrus, the joint collaboration on cloud computing research formed by Yahoo, Intel and HP last year, has added three new international research organizations to join the open source test bed for cloud computing research.

The new research organizations that are joining Open Cirrus, include the Russian Academy of Sciences, South Korea’s Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute and MIMOS, a strategic research and development organization under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation in Malaysia.

Launched in July 2008, Open Cirrus was created by the three tech giants to promote open collaboration among industry, academia and governments by removing the financial and logistical barriers to research in data-intensive, Internet-scale computing. The test bed, which has more than 50 research projects currently underway, simulates a real-life, global, Internet-scale environment and lets researchers test applications and measure the performance of applications and services that are built to run on large-scale cloud systems.

As we wrote last year, the Open Cirrus is a way for Yahoo to get its foot in the cloud computing space and a channel for Intel and HP to further their position as leaders in cloud computing technology. — read more


Earlier today at the Clift Hotel in San Francisco, we convened a group of journalists, partners and customers for a discussion on Google Apps in the enterprise. We’re pleased to report that the “state of the cloud” is strong, and we’ve taken a number of steps to make it stronger.
At the event we discussed the growth of our business, introduced some new customers, and announced a feature that makes switching to Apps even easier. The Clift was a particularly appropriate venue because it’s a member of the Morgans Hotel Group, which is deploying Google Apps to its 1,750 employees. JohnsonDiversey, a global provider of commercial cleaning and hygiene products and solutions, has also gone Google. Choosing Apps helped …read more



Apple is finally ready to ship it out the door this coming September, for a quite reasonable upgrade fee of $29 for Leopard users (as opposed to the regular $129 for larger refreshes). – Read More first look at Google Wave. Take a look to see what all the fuss is about and to get a sense of what the final product will be like: check it out

Google Wave

Google Wave

Google wave dashboard

Google wave dashboard

Once again, Google has everyone excited. The overwhelming buzz on Google’s Wave is incredible everyone is chattering about the new tsunami (Wave).  Google’s vision is remarkable, not only will it unify different types of online communication (e-mail, instant messaging, SMS) into one paradigm (wave), but they have also ensured that it can run fully distributed and can integrate with most of the things we already have. To understand what that means I urge you not to see Google Wave as a new service, but as a new service layer.

Whereas services like e-mail, instant messaging and social networks always have been built on the premise of a walledgarden business model, Google Wave can become the new communication structure that services can develop upon. It is set up from the start as an open source project with a clear focus on development APIs.

Google has not only spent time and energy making sure Wave can suck content into the platform, it has spent as much time and energy making sure it can get out too! Farewell destination based business models. Farewell walled gardens. If Wave gets adapted, it will put the user in control, and that is exactly what we need to do to break out of our current web 2.0 boundaries. That is what makes this development so remarkable.

Google just did some major plumbing on the web, and honestly, they were probably the only ones that could do this. – Read More

As companies search for ways to cut costs in the recession, information technology departments are coming under more scrutiny than ever. But slashing technology operations is not the way to make a firm more productive.
Instead, IT executives need to analyze how their businesses are actually using technology. They are often surprised how a few key changes — and IT purchases — can boost their companies’ efficiency.

Here some the tips Grant Thornton gives IT departments, which could give tech company executives valuable insights into how they could best serve all kinds of businesses during the current recession.

Look at your hardware and software maintenance spending. Are you sure that all the software and hardware you’re paying maintenance on is actually in use? What about hardware and software that is outside IT’s control?
Use an existing tool — Read More

A lot can happen in five months. Announced to dropped jaws at CES back in January, the Palm Pre has captured attention in a way usually only Cupertino can. Tightly patrolled demos at intervening tradeshows have only added to the allure; now, on June 6th, it’s Palm and Sprint’s chance to see whether hype adds up to sales.

Let us know what you think? Is it an iphone killer?

Google’s wave unveiled it an 80-minute live demo last week.

Described as a “personal communication and collaboration tool,” Google Wave allows users to chat and share documents including audio files, videos and photos in real-time.
Google Wave: What is it and how does it work?

Created as an open-source platform, Vic Gundotra, VP of engineering for Google explained the reasons for this: “It’s open sourced for many reasons. Not only do we want to contribute to the Internet but frankly we need developers to help us complete this product and we need your support.”

What makes Google Wave particularly revolutionary is the real-time aspect. Whereas most social media tools involve an element of waiting around as one person waits for another to respond, with a message such as “Person X is typing” usually appearing in the corner, Wave allows users to see what’s being typed as instantly as it appears on the typer’s screen. In the case of sensitive information sharing, an opt-out button allows users to conceal what they are writing until they hit the “send” button.

Google Wave.gifGoogle Wave is the brain-child of Lars and Jens Rasmussen, the brothers who bought us Google Maps. They explain they wanted to “rethink what a single communications platform might look like if we started from scratch.” Lars asked the 4,000-strong audience: “What would email look like if it were invented today?” The idea, they say, was to start with a clean slate, rather than have today’s Internet reality determine what could be possible in the future or even present. By readjusting this approach, they were able to look at online communication in fresh and innovative ways.

The project has been ongoing for two years and since then has expanded along with the team, who have added seemingly simple functions that risk rendering current communication platforms “backward” by comparison. For instance, a document uploaded on Wave can be edited by multiple users in one go, with changes appearing instantaneously, adding a new spin to the term “team work.” — Read more

Microsoft’s new search engine, Bing, will help the company gain some search share against Google and has features that users will find helpful, but it is in no way a quick fix for the company’s poor position in the search market, analysts said.

As expected, on Thursday Microsoft revealed a rebranded and expanded search engine, which it’s promoting as a “decision engine” aimed at helping people better organize search information and find what they’re looking for more quickly. The news came after months of speculation about what Microsoft would call its next iteration of Live Search and what new features it would have.

To help users find information more quickly, Bing’s algorithm ranks search results based on how relevant they were for other users. The interface also organizes results according to subcategories, depending on the search term, so that people can find the next likely piece of information they may be looking for quickly.

While some of these features deliver better search results than Google’s in a side-by-side comparison, it’s not a drastic enough change to make people migrate in droves, said Greg Sterling, a search analyst with Sterling Market Intelligence.

“It’s a strong first step or a new salvo for them, but it’s not going to dramatically alter the market as it stands today,” and Microsoft recognizes this, he said. “Microsoft doesn’t see this as the end of the process; they see this as a new beginning. I think there are interesting things they can do to continue to advance the features.”

Sterling said Bing may not pull much share from Google, but it could lure users away from the search engines of AOL, and possibly Yahoo, though Microsoft is still rumored to be close to some kind of search deal with Yahoo, which of course would change the competitive landscape.

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