Cloud Computing & SaaS


UK School Taps Virtual Labs for Internet Courses

A research university in London's East End has adopted a new virtual lab system for delivering "hands-on" learning to graduate and undergraduate students studying Internet protocol- and infrastructure-related topics.

OpenQwaq Open Source Project Provides Virtual Workspaces for Collaboration

Teleplace has launched a new open source project, OpenQwaq, an enterprise-class virtual collaboration platform based on the Teleplace platform.

Amazon Details Elastic Compute Cloud Outage

Amazon has broken its silence and released a postmortem detailing the cause of the massive outage of its cloud services that left numerous customers incapacitated.

Coherence 3.7 Data Grid Gets Dynamic Load Balancing, Automatic Proxy Discovery

Oracle has released the latest version of its distributed in-memory data grid product, Oracle Coherence 3.7.

Microsoft Broadens Beta for Office 365

Microsoft has opened up its Office 365 public beta to a bigger crowd worldwide. The company also warned that its latest beta accounts for the online productivity suite will not be transferable to Office 365 for education when the beta program ends.



Open Cloud Standards Council Draws Higher Ed

Four education institutions are showing up on the roster of participants in a new council to promote open cloud standards.

IBM SmartCloud Lets Organizations Scale Up IT Resources

At a Cloud Forum event in San Francisco, IBM formally introduced an enterprise cloud platform named SmartCloud that allows a customer to buy access to computing requirements such as servers and storage, delegate access and permissions for those resources, configure security, and get help from IBM and other users.

Microsoft Shows Private Cloud Features of Upcoming System Center 2012

This week Microsoft is showing off its next version of System Center, a set of products for managing a Windows network. System Center 2012 will include a Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) when it's released later this year that will enable administrators to manage private and public cloud services.

Scaling Up the Virtual Computing Lab

Universities are working together and sharing resources to create virtual labs with more powerful computing capabilities--and to save much-needed cash.

Gartner: Platform-as-a-Service Gaining Traction

Application building is moving to the cloud and will come into its own as a major category this year, according to one IT industry consultancy.