Cloud Computing & SaaS

IT Managers Renew Focus on Energy Efficiency, but Budget Barriers Still Loom

According to new research, energy efficiency is more important to college and university IT managers than ever. About three-quarters of all campuses have a program in place or in development to reduce energy consumption in IT, and most of those have already begun seeing cost savings from their efforts. But barriers to more widespread energy efficiency initiatives remain.

Cloud Integrator Boomi To Be Acquired by Dell

Dell this week said it will acquire Boomi, which operates a service designed to simplify the integration of cloud services with premises-based infrastructure.

Web 2.0's Foundation of Sand

A major share of creativity and innovation in our country, both from our universities and elsewhere, occurs “on” the Web. But what is built on the Web has no rebars in its foundation, indeed, often no physical foundation--such as offices--at all.

Microsoft Lures Researchers to Azure Cloud in 3 European Deals

Microsoft is working with three organizations in Europe to broaden researcher access to cloud resources. The company has announced that it's working with Europe's VENUS- consortium, France's INRIA, and the University of Nottingham Horizon Institute.

Microsoft's Ray Ozzie Envisions a 'Post-PC World'

What will a "post-PC world" look like? Ray Ozzie, renowned for jumpstarting Microsoft's move to the cloud, described a new vision for such an environment in a memo posted this week.

Hyper-V To Be Integrated in OpenStack

Microsoft recently announced a partnership with to help integrate its commercial hypervisor into the open source OpenStack project.

A Cloud Class Faces Graduation

Arizona State has entered its fourth academic year of having students use Google Apps for Education to do e-mail, documents, presentation, and collaboration work. Those who have been part of the journey said they believe the change has had an impact greater just the technology in use.

3 CSU Campuses Migrate E-Mail to the Cloud

Three of the more populous campuses in the massive California State University system are shifting their mail and document collaboration to a cloud-based solution for students, faculty, and alumni.

Researchers Gain Free Access to Microsoft Cloud Resources

Scientists in Japan will be gaining free access to cloud computing resources in a joint grant program set up between Microsoft and Japan's National Institute of Informatics. The initiative is part of a project being promoted by the institute to encourage researchers to explore the use of the cloud for supporting data retrieval from new kinds of information systems that require high performance computing.

Small University Pushes ID Management to the Cloud

Moving a university's mission-critical ID management solution to the cloud requires something of a leap of faith. For Coppin State University, the leap also required a hands-on, several-months-long proof of concept with a trusted vendor to convince the small university that the solution would work.