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Virtualized application

Virtualized application: Application virtualization is an umbrella term that describes software technologies that improve Portability , manageability and compatibility of applications by encapsulating them from the underlying operating system on which they are executed. A fully virtualized application is not installed in the traditional sense], although it is still executed as if it were. The application is fooled at runtime into believing that it is directly interfacing with the original operating system and all the resources managed by it, when in reality it is not. In this context, the term "virtualization" refers to the artifact being encapsulated (application), which is quite different to its meaning in hardware virtualization, where it refers to the artifact being abstracted (physical hardware). (Source: Wikipedia)

High Availability Cloud Computing

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Brian Gracely of The CloudCast Video Channel discusses the basics of High Availability for applications in both Public Cloud and Private Cloud environments. He discusses legacy applications, virtualized applications and new web-scale applications, along with the underlying infrastructure t  read more

Microsoft to Launch ‘Office on Demand’

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Microsoft have announced that they are to offer Office 2013 on a "click to run” basis, which is an improvement on the current Office 365 and allows customers to use software, such as Word, Powerpoint and suchlike on demand. The software giant says that this is just one part of its strategy to bring Office apps "as an integrated part of our Software + Services offering  read more

Red Hat Criticised for Potential Anticompetitive Behaviour

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Red Hat has come in for criticism from the open source community regarding a policy that apparently discourages the use of rival products such as OpenStack. However, Red Hat says that the policy is only in place as it would cost too much to support the different versions of OpenStack and "its cloud software needs to be tied tightly to its Linux distribution for technical reasons.” read more

SaaS Security Provisions Inadequate, say Gartner

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A new report from analysts at research house Gartner says that commercial cloud buyers, especially those purchasing SaaS solutions, are finding "security provisions inadequate”. This is for the most part due to "ambiguous terms regarding the maintenance of data confidentiality, data integrity and recovery after a data loss incident” in SaaS contracts. This makes it more difficult to manage risk and defend themselves when it comes to auditors and regulators, as users report thei ...   read more