Cloud Computing & SaaS


IBM Hooks in Cloud-Based Collaboration with Free Symphony Suite

At its Lotusphere 2011 event this week, IBM debuted a new cloud-based productivity suite called "LotusLive Symphony." The company also revealed some planned improvements to its lineup of social networking tools.

New LMS from Instructure Goes Open Source

A Utah-based company has fired a warning shot across the bow of learning management system (LMS) companies, including market leader Blackboard, with the announcement that it's turning its new LMS into open source. Instructure has publicly released the source code to its Canvas learning management system, which was launched in 2010.

Google Brings K-12 Education Apps to Marketplace

Google has introduced a new education-focused area in its Google Apps Marketplace, which provides Web applications that integrate with and extend Google Apps.

HP, Microsoft Roll Out Turnkey Exchange and SQL Appliances

One year after announcing a $250 million, three-year pact to deliver next-generation data center technology, Hewlett-Packard Co. and Microsoft this week unveiled five appliances that offer Exchange and SQL Server in turnkey configurations.

Microsoft's Live@edu To Morph into Office 365

Microsoft has shared additional details for its next generation of Live@edu. Named Office 365, the set of cloud-based applications adds additional collaboration and communication components and is scheduled to appear in the second half of 2011.

Amazon Launches DNS Hosting Service

Amazon Web Services this week launched the beta of a programmable and purportedly scalable hosted Domain Name System service aimed at letting users of its cloud services create, modify and delete DNS zone files.

Google Releases Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office in Limited Beta

Google last week announced Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office, a service that will let individuals synchronize and share their documents with Google Docs.

Red Hat Acquires Makara To Build Cloud Platform Services

Red Hat this week said it has acquired Makara, a provider of software that will help the open source software provider accelerate the build-out its cloud services.

5 K-12 Technology Trends for 2011

As technology continues to infiltrate every corner of the K-12 educational space, administrators, teachers, and students are undoubtedly curious about what's coming around the bend in 2011. Will the cloud continue to reign? Will more schools embrace student-centric mobile devices? Education technology experts discuss their top technology trends for the coming year.

Education in the Cloud: 5 Questions with John Kuglin

According to John Kuglin, cloud computing could serve as the strategic component that has been missing in K-12 technology efforts--a way to deliver more and better services. The technology may answer the question that educators tend to ask after computers are purchased and 1:1 initiatives implemented: "Now what?"

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