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People love to quibble over cloud computing definitions, so let's lay this one out: This article's about infrastructure as a service, where companies rent virtual servers as needed for a variety of uses. Here, we're digging into gritty practicalities not often discussed, including pricing and...

The world's top hotel companies have collectively invested tens of millions of dollars to implement their own customized reservation systems—considered the heart of their operations. Each hotelier views the capabilities of these systems as providing them with some competitive advantage over how they calculate rates...

Citrix and Xen.org are planning to roll out a strategy for a open-source cloud computing platform based on the Xen virtualization hypervisor. The announcement will come on the first day of VMware’s VMworld show. The Xen Cloud Platform will compete directly with VMware’s vCloud offering,...

Amazon has launched a new endeavor that integrates traditional IT infrastructure with its EC2 cloud service. Amazon Virtual Private Cloud allows IT to connect to an isolated set of AWS resources to a data center using a VPN connection. Minus all the acronyms, that means...

As if outsourcing, virtualization, utility computing, automation, hosted applications, and a recession weren't enough to stress out the average IT professional, there's the emerging threat of cloud computing to take away even more IT jobs. IDC predicts that worldwide IT spending on cloud services...

In 1997, an episode of the popular Pokémon cartoon gained worldwide attention when more than 800 Japanese children with photosensitive seizure conditions were admitted to the hospital after viewing the cartoon or the subsequent news coverage of it. Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Trace Center...

Waving $2.4 billion in cash, EMC finally beat out NetApp, its archrival in the storage business, for the right to acquire Data Domain and its data deduplication technology. On Wednesday, NetApp dropped out of the bidding, and Data Domain’s board approved EMC’s offer. Even in the...