Today's IT leaders need to re-imagine the role played by information technology, and that requires being able to think beyond simply modernizing what's already in place. Achieving "creative destruction" will help the organization move beyond its current practices--which currently consume the bulk of IT resources--and into a world of cloud computing, mobile usage, media tablets, and social media. That's the message being delivered by Gartner at its annual Symposium ITxpo 2011 conference.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
ClassLink has released LaunchPad Instructional Desktop View, an upgrade to the company's cloud-based virtual desktop software designed for K-12 schools.
Google has unveiled several enhancements to its cloud services, including premiere support for its app engine and database, storage, and machine learning offerings.
- By Mike Hohenbrink
Oracle is launching an enterprise collaboration and social networking tool, Oracle Social Network, which will be offered as part of the new Oracle Public Cloud services.
Oracle has announced Oracle Public Cloud, a set of integrated services that provide access to Oracle Fusion Applications, Oracle Fusion Middleware, and Oracle Database, all of which are managed, hosted, and supported by Oracle, with a unified self-service interface for provisioning, monitoring, and managing all services.
The Laconia School District in New Hampshire has upgraded its wireless network to better take advantage of its cloud-computing capabilities. According to PowerCloud Systems, which provides the software, it is the first such large-scale deployment in the state of New Hampshire.
Adobe has announced details of its forthcoming cloud service for content creators and tablet users, Creative Cloud, at its Max 2011 conference in Los Angeles. Creative Cloud is described as a hub for viewing, sharing, and syncing files created by the Adobe Creative Suite and a group of newly announced touch-based apps for tablets.
- By Stephen Noonoo
As part of what it has deemed a "Think Cloud" promotion, Barracuda Networks is offering K-12 schools and school districts discounts on its Barracuda Backup Service and its Barracuda Web Security Flex programs.
Cloud video conferencing tools bring cutting edge science to rural schools. Rural schools might have a low student-teacher ratio that urban educators envy, but they usually have fewer resources backing the educational process. One way in which some are expanding the depth and breadth of their resources is by utilizing cloud computing to tap the expertise readily found in higher education.
Gartner is pulling back on its projections for how quickly organizations will adopt cloud-based email and collaboration services. The IT analyst firm said most enterprises won't begin their move to the cloud for these operations until 2014.
- By Dian Schaffhauser