ITV moving from Microsoft Exchange to Google Apps
The UK’s largest commercial television network, ITV, is switching to Google Apps. Previously dependent upon Microsoft Exchange for its email, the move is part of a five year transformation plan. With up to 7,000 permanent and contract employees, ITV is embarking upon changes to support communication and information sharing. As well as Google Apps, ITV will be deploying Google Chrome as its corporate standard web browser. Other large UK-based companies that have moved to Google Apps include Jaguar Land Rover, Rentokil Initial and Telegraph Media Group.
IBM Coremetrics web analytics
In a fairly crowded market place, IBM has announced IBM Coremetrics, a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) web analytics solution. Competing with market leaders such as Omniture and Webtrends, as well as free offering giant Google Analytics, it offers features such as complete analysis of which paths buyers and return buyers take, email campaigns, A/B testing, screen resolution analytics and social media analytics.
CA offers Cloud Choice
In a “everything but the kitchen sink” approach to cloud computing marketing, CA is offering a number of new and updated products under the guise of “Cloud Choice”.
Included in CA’s products and solutions for enterprises and service providers are:
- CA Business Service Insight 8.0
- CA Automation Suite for Clouds 1.0
- CA Automation Suite for Datacenters 12.5
- CA Virtual Placement Manager 1.0
- CA AppLogic® 3.0
- CA NetQoS® Unified Communications Monitor 3.2
CouchBase releases CouchBase Server 2.0
NoSQL company CouchBase has launched CouchBase Server 2.0, effectively integrating what were three separate products: CouchDB, Membase, and Memcached.
Negotiating cloud computing contract concerns
In a presentation at Australia’s SecureSydney conference, Mark Vincent of Truman Hoyle Lawyers highlighted that the inability to negotiate terms of cloud computing contracts and the offshoring of data by vendors as two issues that CIOs should be concerned about. This is particularly important in light Microsoft UK’s managing director admission that under the US PATRIOT Act, the US government could have access to the data even if the hosted company is not American and the data resides outside the US.
Radiant Logic offers Identity-as-a-Service
Radiant Logic has announced two cloud computing products which support single sign-on (SSO) and securely connect existing identity infrastructures to cloud-based applications. RadiantOne Cloud Federation Service (CFS) and RadiantOne Virtual Directory Server Plus (VDS+) combine existing identity services, such as LDAP directories, databases and applications, to offer a single, logical virtual identity source.
The shortage of cloud architects will lead to bad clouds – discuss
David Linthicum postulates that bad clouds will result from a shortage of cloud computing architects and also offers advice for building effective private clouds.
CloudBees raises $10.5 million
Leading Java Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) provider, CloudBees, has raised a further $10.5 million investment from Lightspeed Venture Partners. CloudBees has previously secured investment from JBoss founder Marc Fleury. The CloudBees service differs from many other PaaS providers by allowing its infrastructure to run on OpenStack and VMware vSphere – as well as Amazon Web Services (AWS) – meaning it can effectively be run in-house. Dell has announced that it is supporting OpenStack.
“Twitter for systems” startup raises $2 million
San Francisco-based startup, Nodeable, has raised $2 million from True Ventures. Describing itself as “a cloud-based social platform for systems data”, Nodeable aims to use big data analytics to reveal information about an enterprise’s cloud computing infrastructure.