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ownCloud 4 Released

Version 4 of the ownCloud "personal cloud" system is out. "ownCloud 4 – built through active community support – adds innovative features like file versioning, – which actively saves files, allowing users to “rollback” to previous versions – and a new API — giving developers an easy, stable and supported...

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Google, Microsoft Said to be Creating New Cloud Services

The two rivaling software giants are rumored to be in a run-off to introduce new Infrastructure as a Service platforms for the cloud, which could mean trouble for Amazon. [Read more]...

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What IT Pros Need to Know about Cloud

Cloud computing promises new career opportunities for IT professionals. In many cases, existing core skill sets transfer directly to cloud technologies. In other instances, IT pros need to develop new skill sets that meet the demand of emerging cloud job roles.

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Greenpeace Rains on Apple's iCloud (Again)

In its continuing campaign to pressure cloud providers to use cleaner energy, Greenpeace sets up a "pod" and projects images onto Apple's headquarters. [Read more]...

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Google Prices its Cloud SQL Offering, Solidifies Cloud Database Market

The cloud database market continues to solidify as Google puts a price tag on its Cloud SQL offering. With actual charges to begin on June 12, the move finally gives developers a way to see what they'll be spending on Cloud SQL, but comparing Google's offering to Amazon, Microsoft and others might still be a bit tricky. Google's Cloud SQL is MySQL-based and is intended to be used with Google App Engine (GAE). Google's pricing structure is very simple, though not as comprehensive or as expandable as Amazon or others. Google has two billing plans: a package plan and a per-use plan. The package plan has four tiers, each of which includes a set amount of RAM, storage and I/O per day. For instance, Google charges $1.46 per day for the D1 tier, which has .5GB of RAM, 1GB of storage and 850,000 I/O requests.

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