Stories by Maxwell Cooter

SaaS on a 'tear' says IDC

Software as a Service is on "a tear" according to new research from IDC with revenue set to grow at six times faster than all software and SaaS is expected to show compound annual growth (CAGR) of around 26 per cent up to 2014.

Email is top cloud application in Europe

European cloud users see email as the first technology to be ported to the cloud, in stark contrast to North Americans who see software testing as the main reason to go down the cloud route. Furthermore, European companies are giving a massive thumbs-up to cloud with 70 per cent of IT execs agreeing that "cloud services are becoming more important to organisations as solutions to practical problems"

VMware seeks to make cloud provision easy for SMEs

Vmware is set to address the problem that many SMEs find when it come to using cloud services - the lack of expertise in-house. At its VMworld Europe conference, the company is releasing the beta of a service called Go Pro, which will enable customers who are unused tp server virtualisation by simplifying connections to the clouds.

RES reshapes its software range

Dutch virtualisation management company RES Software is to offer its VDX (virtual desktop extender) as a standalone tool.

Citrix offers enhancements in XenServer 5.1

Citrix has announced a new version of Citrix XenServer claiming to have introduced new functionality to improve storage as companies roll out desktop virtualisation and ability to support cloud services.

Dell enhances its data centre offerings

Dell is launching a new series of products to cater for the drive towards virtualisation. In common with companies like HP and Cisco, Dell is looking to develop an all-encompassing architecture within the data centre, supporting servers, storage, networking and virtualisation.

Dell offers new power-efficient server

Dell has launched a new server designed specifically for Web 2.0 applications and aimed at hosting companies. The company said DCS Viking offered extensive savings on power and cooling costs to tap into the growing need to be more energy efficient.

ArcSight beefs up security range

Security and compliance company ArcSight, which has been the subject of a takeover bid by HP, has upgraded its Enterprise Threat and Risk Management (ETRM) platform. The new version will include beefed-up ESM, the core analysis engine at the heart of the platform.

Scale brings its modular storage to the UK

Data storage vendor Scale Computing has set up in the UK and has announced its first British customer, City of London. The company, which specialises in selling to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), claimed that its highly modular approach to implementing storage would be attractive to UK companies.

Peer 1 offers cloud-based high performance computing

Organisations looking to render high-resolation graphics are to be offered a new cloud-based service. Hosting provider Peer 1 said that its new hosted graphics processor unit (GPU) in the cloud would offer considerable savings to organisations interested in accessing

AWS introduces Linux option

Amazon Web Services has introduced a way for its customers to use Linux applications within its cloud platform.

Visual Networks introduces monitoring software for SMEs

Visual Network Systems has released VPM Xpress, a cut-down version of its network monitoring of its VPM product. The tool combines data from a variety of sources into a single view enabling enterprises to isolate and repair problems at an earlier stage.

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