cloud computing

Amazon rumored to be building private cloud service for CIA

Amazon rumored to be building private cloud service for CIA

Amazon powers a variety of websites on the internet, including several popular services like Netflix and Instagram. However, it looks like Amazon is digging deeper into partnerships, as it's rumored that the e-tailer giant and the Central Intelligence Agency have made a deal for Amazon to provide cloud services to the government organization.

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SlashGear 101: Remote Computing with NVIDIA GRID VCA

SlashGear 101: Remote Computing with NVIDIA GRID VCA

This week at NVIDIA's own GPU Technology Conference 2013, we've been introduced to no less than the company's first end-to-end system: NVIDIA GRID VCA. The VCA part of the name stands for "Visual Computing Appliance", and it's part of the greater NVIDIA GRID family we were re-introduced to at CES 2013 earlier this year. This VCA is NVIDIA's way of addressing those users - and SMBs (small-to-medium businesses) - out there that want a single web-accessible database without a massive rack of servers.

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Netflix challenges developers to improve cloud computing, offers $100,000

Netflix challenges developers to improve cloud computing, offers $100,000

Netflix is looking to boost the reality of cloud computing via its OSS, taking it to the next level and helping it realize its potential. How is it doing this? Via its Netflix Cloud Prize competition, which it is using to challenge developers across the world to come up with improvements in secure, reliable, and usable, among other things. There are ten categories in total.

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Microsoft offering students 3 months of Office 365, 20GB SkyDrive storage for free

Microsoft offering students 3 months of Office 365, 20GB SkyDrive storage for free

If you remember your college days (or are currently experiencing them now), then you no doubt remember all of those collaboration projects that your professors made you work on. To help out, Microsoft is now offering college students three months of Office 365 University and 20GB of SkyDrive storage for free.

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Microsoft boasts one billion SkyDrive documents, improves sharing features

Microsoft boasts one billion SkyDrive documents, improves sharing features

While Microsoft's SkyDrive may still be considered an infant in the cloud service race, the company is poised to continually improve the service with new features, and they even announced that SkyDrive has reached the one-billion document mark, proving that the service is constantly growing and catching up in popularity.

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Dell Project Ophelia slaps Android in a USB computer for cloud-based joy

Dell Project Ophelia slaps Android in a USB computer for cloud-based joy

Dell may have ditched its Android phone plans, but it's still kicking Google's OS around, with the new Dell Wyse Project Ophelia USB computer relying on Android to turn any display into a PC or cloud gaming system. Slightly larger than a memory stick, Project Ophelia plugs into the USB port on compatible TVs or monitors and boots into a customized cloud-centric interface, remotely accessing your Windows PC and allowing you to view and edit all of your usual files. However, Dell also suggests that it could make for a great personal cloud gaming system, echoing features from OnLive and NVIDIA's new Project SHIELD.

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City of Chicago signs deal with Microsoft for city-wide cloud services

City of Chicago signs deal with Microsoft for city-wide cloud services

In an effort to move into the 21st century, the city of Chicago has signed a deal with Microsoft to bring the company's Office 365 cloud services to city employees. Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the news today, and the city will move 30,000 employees to Microsoft's Office 365 for cloud-based email and other productivity apps.

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Adobe acquires Behance to improve Creative Cloud with new community features

Adobe acquires Behance to improve Creative Cloud with new community features

In an effort to boost its Creative Cloud service, Adobe has acquired Behance, an online service where creative professionals can showcase their portfolios. With the acquisition, Adobe is looking to expand its web-based offerings with more community-focused features that users can take advantage of.

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Adobe updates Creative Cloud service with new tools, Teams, and more

Adobe updates Creative Cloud service with new tools, Teams, and more

Adobe updated some of its Creative Suite 6 products earlier, but they're at it yet again, introducing a few updates to their new Creative Cloud subscription service. The service adds a new feature call Teams, as well as a number of other features exclusive to subscribers, including Smart Object support for the Blur Gallery and Liquify tools.

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Department of Veterans Affairs signs $36m cloud-computing deal

Department of Veterans Affairs signs $36m cloud-computing deal

The Department of Veterans Affairs has signed a $36 million deal with HP and Microsoft that will result in 600,000 users being migrated to Microsoft's cloud email and collaboration services. The contract is for 5 years, and involves an initial amount of 15,000 employees being transitioned to Office 365 for Government. The rest of the staff will be transitioned over the rest of the contract's duration.

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Microsoft cloud TV platform shows up in job listing

Microsoft cloud TV platform shows up in job listing

Microsoft has always been about expanding the scope of its products to more than just a select demographic. The company's Xbox 360 is now more than just a gaming console; it's media center device meant for the whole family. According to recent job listings, even more features may be coming to the living room in the form of cloud TV.

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Google NC data center gets Street View treatment

Google NC data center gets Street View treatment

If you were wondering where the internet is housed, you're asking the wrong question - but if you want to know where Google's corner of the internet lives, you're in luck. This week Google has released not just a high-definition set of photos from several of their data centers, they've got a lovely Street View look at one in particular. Google's Lenoir, NC data center has the greatest little look-around you could hope for this afternoon.

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