The Storage Wars: Google and Amazon Battle It Out, Microsoft Turns Turtle The past week witnessed Google and Amazon slashing the price tag associated with their respective cloud storage services one after the other. Interestingly, the price lowering spree from both the giants seems more like an immediate business reflex rather than a thoroughly chalked out pricing plan. Google started the sequel by introducing to the world a novel storage form, the Durable Reduced Availability, priced at a mere $ 0.7 per gigabyte per month. This translated to a price reduction as significant as 20 percent on Google’s storage solutions, setting off shockwaves at the Amazon
Google I/O Vs. Microsoft Vs. Amazon There’s a lot of buzz about Google I/O, Google’s cloud service platform. The only problem is that it hasn’t been launched yet, and the buzz is all about whether or not Google will announce its launch or, at the very least, introduce the concept during the Annual Developer Conference. There’s been a lot of talk, supposedly from people who work for Google; however, Google itself has not yet released a statement. Back in May, several reports came out about Google’s efforts to develop a cloud computing service that would compete with the biggest cloud
Seamless Cloud Storage Solution Now Available iSpaces Offers Portal to Multiple Cloud Storage Providers iSpaces launches its new cloud storage solution today, FileSpace, offering the first and only service allowing users to seamlessly access their favorite online storage providers all together in one place. Users can simply drag and drop files between Dropbox, Box, iSpaces storage and their local hard drive from one easy to use interface. “With so many cloud storage providers available, people tend to have multiple accounts with documents in various places,” said Sunne Justice, president and co-founder of iSpaces. “FileSpace makes it infinitely easier to manage
Who can access your data, and where does your data live? Legal aspects of Cloud computing Lawmakers are often way behind technologists and engineers, and it is no surprise that there has been little legislation specifically relating to Cloud computing. Often a major lawsuit gets filed before they wake up to the implications of the technology. However, as more companies and consumers are jumping on the Cloud bandwagon, it is time that society paid more attention to the legal aspects of Cloud computing. Here are two legal issues to think about in relation to Cloud computing: Access to data. If the
What Accountants Must Know Before Choosing The Right Cloud Application Vendor With the recent worldwide popularity of cloud computing, it is expected to gain more momentum with more and more industries making use of such technology. The accounting profession can experience the most benefits because the accounting field processes a lot of data which can be housed online through cloud computing. However, not every accountant knows cloud computing and it is but expected that they have doubts as to the integrity of the technology. As such, this article hopes to explain the advantages and disadvantages of cloud computing with regards
Battle of the Document Cloud Apps: Google Docs, Apple iWorks…Which One Truly Reigns? Throughout the 1990s, 2000s, and today, Microsoft Word has served as the final word in applications designed to maximize the efficiency and output of both businesses and individual computer users regarding their documents. Attempts to unseat its status as the number-one program of its kind have been largely futile. Many an erstwhile competitor has been outdone by the thorough richness and ease of use inherent to Word and the other members of the Microsoft Office family, such as Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint. Both the computing industry and
Can Cloud Computing Be Bad For Microsoft? Microsoft and Cloud Computing share a strange relationship. On one hand, Cloud Computing threatens Microsoft’s dominance in the personal computing space through its Windows OS and Office suite; on the other hand, Microsoft accepts the inevitable progress of Cloud Computing and is investing considerable resources in that space – some may even argue, a bit too much (See: Is Microsoft Taking A Risk By Putting All Its Eggs In The Cloud Computing Basket?). Now, analysts have started asking questions whether cloud computing can be bad for Microsoft’s bottom line. According to Goldman Sachs
Google vs Microsoft: US Government Agrees to End Microsoft Bias The cloud computing market is huge, and as with any other technology, the government is one of the biggest customers (How Much Can the US Government Save by Going to the Cloud? ). Therefore, it comes as no surprise that the biggest providers clamor to claim major chunks of this pie. While Google may have been one of the earlier movers in cloud computing, Microsoft has dedicated considerable resources towards dominance, maybe overwhelmingly so (Is Microsoft Taking A Risk By Putting All Its Eggs In The Cloud Computing Basket? ).