Office 2010 hits
Yet another Microsoft Office "wave" hit the beaches this week in New York City with the formal announcement of the Office 2010 family. Microsoft used SharePoint 2010 to run a virtual version of its press event. An interesting side note: With this version, Microsoft killed off discounted upgrade pricing for the desktop productivity bundle, saying customers typically update Office when they buy new PCs anyway.
Gremlins beset AWS data centerIs Amazon Web Services' Virginia facility snake bit or faulty? The AWS data center suffered three outages within a week leading some to question the real trustworthiness of cloud-based services.
AWS was forthright about the issues, updating customers regularly. One outage was caused by a vehicle hitting a utility pole. The company also urged users to look at their own AWS setups, in hopes of nipping future problems in the bud.
Citrix makes splash at Synergy bash
Citrix Systems Inc. used its annual Synergy show in San Francisco to demonstrate improvements to its contender XenServer server virtualization technology. It also drew some gasps with high-profile customer wins to its new XenServer-based tools for service providers. Rackspace, seen as the poster child for VMware's vSphere cloud onslaught, said it was moving to the Citrix offerings. The company also released another beta version of its XenClient bare-metal hypervisor.
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