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Cloud Computing & SaaS


Google Chrome OS Pilot Program Provides Free Laptops to High School Students

Google delivered a truckload of free Cr-48 laptops to Astoria High School in Astoria, OR earlier this month as part of its Chrome operating system (OS) pilot program. Astoria is one of several high schools in the United States selected to be part of the pilot program.

VMware Debuts Connector for Hybrid Clouds

In a move key to bridging public and private clouds based on its virtual machines, VMware this week said it will release software that ties internal vSphere VMs to service providers' cloud platforms.

Oracle Cloud File System Delivers Infrastructure for Private Clouds

Oracle released new software Monday aimed at letting organizations build private clouds by adding elasticity to their applications via a clustered file system.

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.

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