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News Archive - March 2010

Oops: GSA official overstates cloud savings
March 29, 2010
The US General Services Administration (GSA) has acknowledged that the agency has not, in fact, saved $850 million through cloud computing services, as the senior GSA official in charge of cloud computing told an audience at FOSE. The savings are actually about $1.7 million per year.
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Cisco cleared by regulators to buy Tandberg
March 29, 2010
Both US and EU regulators give Cisco the green light to proceed with the acquisition of TANDBERG.
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No future in VoIP concludes Tesco, vacating the market
March 26, 2010
Supermarket giant Tesco, despite expanding enthusiastically into all things mobile, has announced that it is putting an end to its VoIP service, with the operation scheduled to cease on April 27th.
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Gores Group looks to merge unit with Polycom
March 26, 2010
U.S. private-equity firm The Gores Group is mulling a merger between its unit Siemens Enterprise Communications and videoconferencing company Polycom.
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Dell Commences Cloud Computing Charge
March 24, 2010
Dell sharpened its enterprise cloud computing strategy, launching a host of new products and services — including new cloud-specific servers — to deliver turnkey cloud solutions and start "taking the guesswork out" of cloud computing.
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AT&T connects everything to its network
March 24, 2010
AT&T sees its emerging devices business, which connects everything from E-readers to digital picture frames to dog collars to its wireless network, becoming a $1 billion business in roughly five years.
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Polycom won't be sold to Apax Partners
March 24, 2010
Polycom and private equity firm Apax Partners no longer are in discussions whereby the video conferencing and telepresence company would sell itself to Apax.
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HP, Polycom To Collaborate On Videoconferencing
March 22, 2010
Polycom announced that it is beefing up its partnership with HP, which plans to utilize Polycom solutions in its expanded unified communications and collaboration services portfolio.
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ITU to examine cloud computing and smart grids
March 20, 2010
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is setting up two new focus groups - one to look at cloud computing and one at smart grids - to identify what future telecommunications standards might be needed to support these technologies.
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Former MySQL Chief Lands at Eucalyptus
March 19, 2010
Marten Mickos, the former chief executive of MySQL, will soon be named the chief executive of Eucalyptus, another open-source software maker that delivers private cloud software.
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Verizon announces VoIP packages for SMBs
March 19, 2010
Verizon Global Wholesale Division announced plans for three new VoIP and Internet packages designed for retail service providers to offer to small and midsize businesses. The wholesale offers will be accompanied by marketing efforts to SMBs.
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Mirial launches ClearSea, turn-key desktop videoconferencing solution
March 19, 2010
Mirial released ClearSea, a new comprehensive desktop videoconferencing solution engineered to meet the enterprise, healthcare and educational markets needs in the desktop videoconferencing space. Based on a client/server architecture, and built on over 10 years of Mirial desktop video excellence, ClearSea provides state-of-the-art PC and Mac Full-HD desktop client and the ability to seamlessly connect any legacy device.
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Moving to the cloud: Big savings, but plan ahead
March 17, 2010
Savings arise from deferred costs for equipment upgrades and maintenance, power, and decreased labor costs. Most data centers provision for peak activity but operate at low utilization rates, thereby wasting valuable resources.
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Apax eyes Polycom as shares surge
March 17, 2010
Apax Partners has been in talks with Polycom, the largest maker of video conferencing equipment, about a deal to take the company private, which could value the group at more than $3 billion.
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Gartner Says 60 Percent of Virtualized Servers Will Be Less Secure Than the Physical Servers They Replace Through 2012
March 15, 2010
Through 2012, 60% of virtualized servers will be less secure than the physical servers they replace, according to Gartner. Although Gartner expects this figure to fall to 30% by the end of 2015, analysts warned that many virtualization deployment projects are being undertaken without involving the information security team in the initial architecture and planning stages.
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How safe is cloud computing?
March 12, 2010
Stormy weather could be on the horizon for cloud computing as security experts warn not enough is being done to make sure one of the hottest IT trends is safe.
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Google Acquires DocVerse, Cloud-Based Platform That Works With Microsoft Office
March 5, 2010
Hoping to further secure its position as leader in cloud-computing, Google announced the acquisition of DocVerse — a startup that helps users collaborate on Microsoft Office documents online.
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Microsoft "betting the company" on cloud computing
March 5, 2010
Many of the largest software and tech companies, such as Google and IBM, have publicly stated, on numerous occasions, just how vital of a role they see the future of cloud computing. Microsoft certainly sees a future in the clouds as well.
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I See You: Video Collaboration in the Enterprise
March 4, 2010
For videoconferencing and telepresence to gain the same adoption as telephony, companies must improve the ease of use in scheduling and initiating new meetings. It must be as easy to start video collaboration technologies as it is to dial a phone number or begin an instant messaging conversation.
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Windows Phone 7: A complete reset
March 4, 2010
Microsoft confirmed that its new phone operating system is as different under the hood as it is to the eye. Those developing software for Windows Phone 7 Series devices will do so using either Silverlight or XNA, the toolset used to create Xbox games.
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China Unicom to sell Android phones
March 3, 2010
China Unicom, China's second largest mobile phone company, will be selling Google Android phones according to a report from Reuters.
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Amazon Web Services CTO out to Prove Enterprise Chops
March 2, 2010
There is still a misconception that Amazon Web Services exists to sell the company's excess server capacity, but that is not the case, CTO Werner Vogels said.
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Skype on TV: Will the videophone finally be reality?
March 2, 2010
The common use of videophones could happen through three technologies that separately aren't exactly considered bleeding edge today: high-speed Internet, a television, and Skype.
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Apple sues HTC over iPhone patents
March 2, 2010
Apple is suing phone maker HTC, alleging that the Taiwanese company is infringing 20 Apple patents related to the user interface, underlying architecture, and hardware of the iPhone.
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Is H.264 a legal minefield for video pros?
March 1, 2010
The intellectual property landmine that is H.264 has given some reason to pause. MPEGLA licenses the 1000 or so patents related to H.264 on behalf of 26 companies. Just how many patents are not licensed by MPEGLA?
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