There are certain risks involved with living in the cloud, with at least one of those being weather related. Underscoring this point, a lighting strike in Dublin over the weekend led to a power failure that knocked out data centers for Amazon and Microsoft, bringing the two companies' cloud services offline, ComputerWorld reports.
With the Black Hat security conference going on right now, it’s the season for new hacks. Although, we didn’t really expect Google’s cloud-based Chrome OS to be a star this year. Google highlighted the increased security of Chrome OS when it was announced, but a team of security researchers has managed to use web tools to gain access to user data.
Barracuda Networks obviously wasn't paying attention to the mobile phone industry when it announced the doubling of cloud storage space to its customers. You see, the wireless industry has trained us to expect when changes are made to service plans, it's often because they're taking something away, like unlimited data. Barracuda, however, just doubled up the amount of storage space its cloud customers have access to, and did so without raising prices.
Back in early 2009, we ran a piece in the QuickStart section of Maximum PC magazine on what effect the recession was having on the tech sector and what it might mean for company roadmaps. For that piece, an Intel spokesperson told us during a phone interview the chip giant has been through tough economic times before and the company understands "you can't save your way out of a recession; you spend your way out." It's over two years later now, times are still tough, and Intel is still spending money.
There hasn’t been a lot to report regarding Google’s cloud music service in recent weeks, but Mountain View took a major step today. Google is in the process of rolling out an invite system to the beta Google Music service. Each user will have two invites to give to friends. It is still US-only, but this could be a sign the service is moving toward a real release.
Now that the space shuttle program has flown its last mission, the only things left skyrocketing in America are fuel prices and the number of companies hopping on the cloud services bandwagon. Some forward thinking engineers at Microsoft have proposed a radical new system that taps into the disadvantages of both of those issues, and hey! it's a Green one, too. Rather than stuffing OPEC's pockets to heat our homes in the winter, why not turn to the heat generated by all those cloud servers?
The powers that be at China’s leading search engine Baidu are taking a textbook approach to business expansion, turning to Google’s Internet Dominance for Dummies whenever they are short on ideas. Taking a cue from Google, the Chinese web giant has developed a web browser of its own. After months of internal testing, Baidu on Monday began offering a public beta version of its browser.
Intel on Wednesday showcased its latest cloud technologies with "the world's smallest cloud data center" demonstration tool. It's essentially the cloud stuffed into a box, that itself is small enough to be packed away in a suitcase, though we don't imagine actually doing that would be good for the hardware inside considering the lack of ventilation and all.
Microsoft today officially throws down the gauntlet at Google and other competitors in the online productivity software space with the global launch of Office 365, the company's newest cloud service. Office 365 is now available in 40 markets, giving users around the world access to always updated versions of Office, SharePoint, Exchange, and Lync.
We're constantly preaching the importance of backing up data as a preventative measure against Murphy's Law. Hard drives fail, and while it never happens at a convenient time, having backups in place is the difference between yelling out a string of obscenities and punching a hole in the wall, or muttering a few curse words under your breath before moving on. LaCie wants to help you take the latter route with its new CloudBox, a hybrid storage system that backs up your files in two locations.