Salesforce.com, which used to be just a chi-chi SaaS house until it realized
that identifying itself with cloud computing would make it even more
fashionable, has expanded its alliance with Google. It’s come up with
Force.com for Google App Engine, described as a new set of tools and services
for application development in the cloud.
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Force.com widgetry with Google App Engine, connecting the two cloud
Both Salesforce and Google claim it will create "entirely new Web and
Under this new regime Force.com web applications get native access to Google
App Engine's Bigtable data and App Engine programs can leverage the
enterprise data stored in Force.com complements of Google favorite language
Force.com for Google App Engine creates Python libraries that... (more)
Zoho says that web apps created using its Creator widgetry can be
automatically turned into programs that will run on Google's
Python-constricted App Engine.
App Engine, remember, only supports code written in Python and a particular
species of Python at that.
Now Zoho is saying you don't need to know Python or write a line of code in
the language to run on the Google cloud - data and all.
The upstart says it's layered Zoho Creator on top of Google App Engine and
basically turned it into an integrated development environment (IDE) for App
It warns that the new widgetry isn't perfect yet - it's still a "bit geeky"
and there are feature limitations - but it's supposedly useable.
It says it can do the same thing with other languages.
Zoho claims over 130,000 applications have been built with Creator.
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Google will be open sourcing video codec VP8 , the technology that it
procured as a result of its acquisition of On2 Technologies. The initiative
is a part of its newly announced WebM project for developing open standard,
high quality video on the web. All videos that are 720p or larger uploaded to
YouTube will now be encoded in WebM. The project was announced at this year's
annual Google I/O 2010 in San Francisco and in addition to the VP8 video
codec, it also includes the already open source Vorbis audio codec.This is
expected to provide direct competition to the patent-encumbered H.264 codec
supported by Apple and Microsoft not to mention a free alternative to the
ubiquitous Adobe Flash .
With Browser makers Mozilla and Opera along with several other high tech
vendors including Skype, Logitech, AMD, ARM, Nvidia and Qualcomm losing no
time to announce their suppo... (more)
According to Brett Slatkin of Google's App Engine Team, a new a billing
feature for App Engine is on the horizon, which will enable an app to grow
beyond Google's free quotas. He also unveiled an App Engine System Status
Site that monitors the latency and uptime of various components and provides
real-time visibility into their performance, and a new Quota Details
The new System Status Site, Slatkin explains, provides a detailed view into
the performance of various App Engine components using some of the same raw
monitoring data that our engineering team uses internally. This includes:
up-to-the-minute overview of our system status with real-time, unedited data
daily overall serving status for each of our APIs, including any outages or
downtime detailed historical latency and error-rate graphs for the App Engine
Datastore, Images, Mail, Memcache, Serving,... (more)
Google is ready to start charging for its App Engine cloud platform.
For the 10 months it’s been in preview it’s been free to use but limited
to 500MB of persistent storage and enough CPU, bandwidth and whatnot to
support about five million page views a month.
On Tuesday Google said it was ready to follow through on its intention to
offer additional computing resources for a price and allow apps to scale
beyond its free quotas. It said it’s been its most requested feature.
However, it’s going to lower its free thresholds in 90 days, claiming it
overestimated the resources developers needed to get started. It thinks the
free resources will still support five million page views a month.
Under the new regime, it says developers can set a daily budget for their
apps representing the maximum amount they’re willing to pay for computing
resources each day. They allocate this... (more)
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Apple is beginning to know how Xerox PARC felt.
Like Apple did to PARC, Google has lifted from Apple again this time on
behalf of Google Apps and set up a Google Apps Marketplace where third
parties can sell business programs that integrate with Google Apps to the two
million companies and 25 million users that have reportedly adopted Google
Apps in the last three years.
The marketplace, which will irritate Microsoft, launched Tuesday with some 50
programs from companies like Intuit and Atlassian and more reportedly coming
from companies like NetSuite and SuccessFactors. Skytap is kicking in its
Google appears to want a $100 listing fee and 20% of the take “in return
for the streamlined purchase and install process and integration features
exclusive to installable apps.” It will be setting up a billing service
that manages the sh... (more)
Asustek CEO Jerry Shen said at a conference in Taiwan that Asus will show off
an Android-based Eee Pad tablet at Computex in June and start selling the
thing in Q3, according to DigiTimes.
The Eee Pad will include Flash, USB and an integrated webcam, features
Apple's iPad lacks. DigiTimes says the Eee Pad will use Nvidia's Tegra chip
and run $475-$510 with bundled carrier service.
Asus expects to sell 300,000 tablets this year.
Asustek gained fame for the original netbook in 2007, the first of its widget
to carry the Eee brand, and its success with the things has helped make one
of the top five PC vendors. The company is now reportedly expecting tablets
to deflate overall netbook demand by 10%-20%.
Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal says pricier $550-$850 laptops have been
outstripping netbooks, growing 35% in Q1 to netbooks 20% according to
Microsoft data while Int... (more)
Google has lost the guy who started and led its Chrome OS project to
Matthew Papakipos (pictured), who joined Google in 2007 when it acquired
PeakStream which he founded, tweeted the news Monday morning, saying “Now
that Chrome OS & WebGL are in good shape, it’s time for something new.
I’m going to work @ Facebook! Love the product and team. Woot!”
Google, meanwhile, is running up a Facebook clone according to a tweet
Saturday by Digg co-founder and CEO Kevin Rose that said, “Ok, umm, huge
rumor: Google to launch Facebook competitor very soon ‘Google Me,’ very
Rose’s tweet led to speculation that Google could be combining Orkut and
Buzz or doing some kind of takeover off on Google Profiles.
Google’s got to be worried about where its traffic is going these days.
Facebook is now supposed to have 450 million members, going on 500 million
"We applaud GSA for boldly embracing the benefits of cloud computing to
improve communications and collaboration across their diverse organization,"
said Ted Davies, president of Unisys Federal Systems. "We are excited to
partner with our longstanding GSA customer to more effectively deliver their
mission supporting other agencies and the U.S. citizens at a lower cost to
The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) on Thursday awarded a contract
to Unisys to create a secure cloud-based email and collaboration platform,
based on Google Apps for Government, to allow GSA employees to collaborate
and work remotely from any location at any time.
According to GSA, the migration will result in a 50 percent savings over the
next five years when compared to current staff, infrastructure, and contract
support costs. The five-year, firm fixed price task order... (more)
Talend, the global integration software leader, on Tuesday announced that
2012 marked a year of sustained growth and expansion in a market increasingly
driven by the need to maximize the value of enterprise information assets.
Providing Integration at Any Scale, Talend’s integration solutions truly
scale for any type of integration challenge, any volume of data, and any
scope of project, no matter how simple or complex. Unifying data, application
and business process integration, Talend dramatically accelerates
time-to-value for businesses.
“We began 2012 with the ambitious goal to further democratize the
integration market and to help organizations solve big data needs,” said
Bertrand Diard, CEO and co-founder of Talend. “Success was bolstered by our
unique value proposition which, supported by a flexible and future-proof
architecture, helps organizations of all s... (more)
The technologies from Google that use cloud computing like Gmail, Google App
Engine, Google Docs, etc., provide users with a cloud-oriented way of saving
their data. Google provides its Cloud services in highly secure manner and
security is certainly an imperative design component of each and every
Google’s cloud computing element like data storage, processing, server
assignment and compartmentalization. The security controls which isolate the
data during the processing in the Google’s cloud were developed along with
the core technology right from the beginning. This security is certainly a
key component. Google’s security strategy provides the security controls at
multiple levels of data access, transfer and storage. This security strategy
of Google Includes the following components – Organizational security,
access control, environmental & physical security, syst... (more)