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The Cloud's Killer App? SAP's Bid to Own the Enterprise Social Space

If you measure the social activity inside enterprise-class networks, it may look like LinkedIn has a lock on the market. But if you study how employees actually connect with each other every day, Facebook is almost always the platform of choice. But because it's not really geared for businesses, it may be vulnerable to services that address needs tied specifically to the workplace. And SAP - of all companies - feels it may have the keys to the enterprise social space, including a supremely fast database and a way for employees to maintain a social profile based on her or his talents. "The cloud is the ultimate fabric where all the data resides," says Dinesh Sharma, SAP's vice president for cloud marketing, speaking with ReadWriteWeb, "whether it's data we own, or aggregations of data from other places that all come together through Web APIs - that drives a volume of data. You have access to it, and because applications are so easy to consume, it's a perfect fit for the real-time insights that HANA can produce." Sharma is outlining a strategy based on the success (which has yet to be proven, of course) of two key factors. One is HANA, which utilizes surprisingly ordinary database management schemes, but whose tables and schemas are arranged in large pools of memory rather than storage devices. That relocation of the proverbial operation table can, statistics indeed show, accelerate certain aspects of database applications by six orders of...

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Canonical Releases EC2 Image for Ubuntu ARM Server

Canonical has released an Amazon EC2 image that allows developers to test their applications running on the version of Ubuntu Server targeted at ARM hardware. The image allows users to quickly set up an emulated ARM environment...

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Xoreax Software Finds Diamonds in the Cloud

Xoreax Software announced recently that diamond-producer Sarin Technologies has has adopted the company’s IncrediBuild-XGE acceleration software. Sarin is using IncrediBuild-XGE to accelerate the performance of Sarin Advisor, a specialized diamond analysis application that maximizes the value of raw diamonds. The software calculates millions of potential diamond cutting options and identifies optimal cutting patterns based on stone attributes including size, weight, and internal flaws. Our adoption of...

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Ubuntu One vs Dropbox: Which Cloud Do You Use?

Canonical added support for PayPal to their commercial Ubuntu One cloud storage service.

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Blowing the Cloud Wide Open: Box.net to Begin Negotiable Enterprise Licenses

The generally accepted definition of "cloud services" - even the one prescribed by the U.S. Government (PDF available here) - includes the existence of metered or measured service - usually a flat rate that scales along with the service consumed.  Now one of the cloud's most prominent competitors is opening up its enterprise license program to negotiation, enabling big customers - perhaps including the government itself - to name their price and enter into long-term, fixed-price deals. Box.net's move, announced this morning, opens the door for potentially very large customers to enter into long-term arrangements that would otherwise be quite expensive. 

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