Cloud computing encompasses everything from Google Apps to data center services to virtualization to software-, infrastructure- and platform-as-a service. Key players include IBM, HPE, Google, Microsoft, Amazon Web Services, Salesforce, NetSuite and VMware.

Featured Stories

Articles about Cloud

Amazon wants your enterprise database

Amazon wants your enterprise database

Amazon's awaited release of PostgreSQL on Aurora sharply raises the stakes in its competition with Oracle. Still in public preview, when will Aurora PostgreSQL go GA, and what can we look forward to in the roadmap? Here are some hints of what we expect.

August 16, 2017 by in Cloud

VMWare executive shows off fluid network switching

At the Interop Conference in Las Vegas, VMWare CTO Stephen Herrod explains what the additional features in the company's network switching distribution will bring to virtualization. One of the benefits will be allowing other companies, like Cisco, to create a virtual switch within VMWare's cloud so that businesses can choose whoever they want to handle their networking. Rob Noth of VMWare demonstrates the Cisco command line.

May 22, 2009 in Cloud

RSA Conference: Taking security to the cloud

Security-as-a-service was the big theme at this year’s RSA Conference in San Francisco. ZDNet Editor in Chief Larry Dignan talks with Senior Editor Sam Diaz, and security blogger Ryan Naraine about how companies are securing the cloud. They also discuss whether companies are spending on security in light of the current economic climate.

April 24, 2009 in Cloud

Will economic downturn push companies into the cloud?

At the TechCrunch Cloud Computing Roundtable in Mountain View, Calif., Marc Benioff, CEO of, explains why he thinks Microsoft's entry into the business will bring validation to the cloud. Many CTOs, he says, still need to be convinced that using software as a service will save them money and move their companies toward the future. Moderator: Steve Gillmor, editor of TechCrunchIT.

March 2, 2009 in Cloud

TechCrunch cloud computing roundtable: Scaling apps on Facebook

At the TechCrunch Cloud Computing Roundtable on Friday in Mountain View, Calif., panelists discuss the difficulties in creating and scaling applications in the cloud. Scott Dietzen, Yahoo senior vice president of Communications Products, says it's unrealistic to think you can just throw apps out there and expect them to work perfectly--it takes a lot of work. Amazon CTO Werner Vogel believes apps immediately need the same scaling capabilities as the platforms they exist on, while Mike Schroepfer, VP of engineering at Facebook, explains how and why two different functions on Facebook--status updates and pictures--have a similar interface to the user but have completely...

March 2, 2009 in Cloud

Using social media to help ride out the downturn

ZDNet correspondent Sumi Das talks to Senior Editor Sam Diaz at the Dreamforce conference in San Francisco about why some are hesitant to put their faith in the cloud. Diaz also discusses how social-networking tools like blogs, podcasts, and Facebook may help generate new ideas during lean times.

November 4, 2008 in Cloud

Ray Ozzie announces Windows Azure

At the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles, Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie talks about the company's new cloud computing operating system, called Windows Azure. The new OS is a framework that allows you to scale from 10 users to 10 million users without additional coding. Ozzie also discusses what the technology means for developers and businesses.

October 28, 2008 in Cloud

Dark clouds may hurt growth efforts

ZDNet Senior Editor Sam Diaz isn't ready to give up on cloud computing just yet, even after Google's e-mail service recently went down. But Diaz believes the infrastructure that supports the cloud needs some beefing up before it can go prime time.

August 18, 2008 in Cloud

Software as a service: the cultural influence

At the AlwaysOn Summit at Stanford University, technology executives discuss perceptions of risk and control with software as a service, and how those feelings are changing in countries that have different software legacies. Panelists include moderator Michael Barker of Revolution Partners, Vance Checketts of Mozy, Russ Daniels of Hewlett-Packard, Drew Clark of IBM, Polly Sumner of, and Rich Zippel of Sun Microsystems.

July 29, 2008 in Cloud

Most Popular