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Servers are big boxes of stuff just waiting to break. Over the weekend I got to play network administrator, and the experience has convinced me it's time to get rid of my dedicated server and move everything to hosted services.
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Hosted Windows and Linux servers that let you pay for CPU, RAM and storage by the hour — for small business not just enterprise: is a Dynamic Cloud Server a good way to scale a business web service?Usually, when you pay for a hosted server, you pick the specification you think you need and pay for extra bandwidth if you need it.
Virtual Computer wants users of server-hosted virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) to know about what it thinks is a better way to offer secure, managed Windows desktop environments, the use of Intelligent Desktop Virtualization (IDV.) Virtual Computer feels so strongly that IDV is a better approach that is it offering free NxTop licenses as a way to introduce the concept to IT decision-makers.
Windows Server 2008 R2 has been wrapped in a Windows 7-like user interface by platform vendor ThinkGrid, to allow businesses to rent hosted virtual desktops that look like Windows 7, but without its licensing costs.The desktops, introduced on Monday, include high-availability redundancy, antivirus protection and backup.
Heroix introduces its Longitude Hyper-V application to monitor Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisor. This follows the Heroix VMware vSphere...
Here's a guide to the various plans and price points for Office 365, Microsoft's hosted server application bundle that will launch in mid-2011.
Mobile clients could set a trend towards adoption of a new 2-tier application architecture that talks directly to a cloud-hosted database-as-a-service such as Database.com, cutting out the need for an application server in between.
Remote Utilities is remote desktop software for network administration in a Windows domain and remote support over the Internet. It...
BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion has plans to launch a cloud-based version of the secure server software by the end of 2011.At an event in Boston, the company said it plans to launch a version of BlackBerry Enterprise Software (BES) for the cloud, hosted either by partner companies or telecommunications carriers.
Microsoft today announced an upgrade and rebranding of its Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) of cloud services, bringing its hosted Exchange Online and SharePoint Online offerings together with the cloud version of the recently renamed Lync communications platform (previously known as Office Communications Server). The package also includes support for Office Web Apps and licensing for the Office desktop suite.
Oracle has delivered an updated version of its Secure Global Desktop that offers more browser flexibility, enhanced availability and seamless integration with VDI platforms.Oracle Secure Global Desktop -- one of Oracle's three desktop virtualization offerings that came from Sun (and was originally developed by Tarantella) -- provides server-hosted application and server-hosted desktop access.
A while back, I posted about some of the availability/reliability problems that can arise when many workloads are hosted on the same physical server (see When organizations put a lot of eggs in one basket for more information.) Several readers pointed out that there is more to that story.
At this week's Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft officials shared with attendees their "official" roadmap for updating the company's hosted Business Productivity Online (BPOS) suite. Company officials shared which features and capabilities that the company rolled out already as part of the on-premises server complements of the BPOS products will be added to the Microsoft-hosted versions of those offerings.
While Windows Azure is designed first and foremost to appeal to .Net developers, Microsoft has been adding tools for those who want to work on cloud apps using PHP, Ruby and even -- gasp -- Java. Recently, Microsoft went public with proof-of-concept information about another Java tool that can be hosted on .Net: The Jetty HTTP server.
Ever since Oracle made overtures to buy Sun (and get MySQL in the process), Microsoft's been more of a MySQL foe than friend. Given that context, it's probably not too surprising that Microsoft is readying a tool designed to help customers migrate from MySQL to SQL Server and/or SQL Azure, Microsoft's cloud-hosted version of its database
US users of the T-Mobile Sidekick handset have been told their personal data, which was being hosted by Microsoft, is unlikely to be recovered after a server failure
Many businesses are looking to the cloud to replace in-house client/server applications, yet the path to hosted applications and services is littered with failed attempts, budget overruns and unmet expectations. Luckily, there are plenty of tips and tricks to smooth the path to success.
This suite automatically reclaims over-allocated and under-utilised storage in Windows virtual machines. With SAN storage costing around £10/GB, Vizioncore's vOptimizer Pro could quickly pay for itself.
Open-Xchange has made a great deal of progress since my time with them. They've developed a hosted version of their collaborative application software (available as an offering through several hosting companies), updated their packaged server solution, added a new "appliance" edition and have announced the support of iPhone and Mac OS X-based systems to the long list of supported clients.
Nokia just made their Sync on Ovi service available for those of you with S60 devices who want to sync you PIM data (calendar, contacts, tasks, etc.) to a server and have it backed up and secure. You also have the choice to use an Exchange, or hosted Exchange service, or a BlackBerry service for this functionality. I was reading Mobility Site and the words Franklin Covey caught my attention since I used these planners for years before discovering my first Palm Pilot. I am not sure how long Franklin Covey has been offering this server sync/backup solution, but they now have a free version that is limited to yourself and one team member.
I am always skeptical about new technologies that "threaten" to transform the traditional PC desktop.In my 20 years following the PC industry, I’ve seen them all – server-based models, thin clients, application streaming technologies, hosted ASP and newer software-as-a-service models, even Linux.
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