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IBM Bluehouse Becomes LotusLive to Challenge Microsoft, Google in SAAS

IBM sheds the Bluehouse moniker for its SAAS messaging and collaboration applications, which are hosted in the cloud or over the Web. LotusLive Engage is IBM’s enterprise applications challenge to Microsoft Windows Live and Google Apps. LotusLive integrates with Salesforce.com, Skype and LinkedIn to reach potentially 400 million new users.

Scaling Apps on the Google App Engine

It’s been almost a year since Google introduced the beta of its Google App Engine, and eWEEK Labs wants to see what applications have been built on the technology. While none have yet reached the size and power of Facebook or Twitter, some interesting tools have been built on Google App Engine, which shows promise as a viable platform for large Web-based applications.

SOA: Wanted Dead or Alive

Burton Group analyst Anne Thomas Manes set off a storm of IT industry chatter around the viability of SOA when she pronounced that service-oriented architecture is dead and the recession killed it. However, all SOA-related technologies will continue to gain importance.

Six Tips to Build Your Brand

Social networking tools such as Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and others offer SMBs new ways to build communities and your brand. Here are the best ways to build both at the same time.

Will SMBs Spend on Virtualization in 2009?

While some reports suggest small businesses won’t be slashing through IT budgets in 2009, is the average midmarket company willing to invest in virtualization technology? DataCore, among other vendors, says yes.

VKernel Capacity Analyzer a Strong Tool in VMware Environments

VKernel’s Capacity Analyzer 2.0 can use VMware VirtualCentre statistics to offer clarity in virtualization deployments. However, the virtualization tool is not a cross-platform product; it doesn’t address Microsoft’s Hyper-V virtualization technology. But in VMware environments, the virtualization tool will help IT administrators get the most out of their ESX installations.

Google Versus Microsoft: The Fight for the Future of Cloud Computing

While Google and Microsoft have each developed very different business models and attitudes toward consumers and the enterprise, both companies are preparing to clash when it comes to how the world’s cloud computing infrastructure develops in the next 10 years. While Google and Microsoft might fight for dominance in the cloud, it’s not clear which company will win or if a third company might succeed.

Ruby on Rails and Merb to Merge to Create Rails 3

Ruby on Rails and rival Merb teams have finally decide to get along. Built on the same foundation, Rails and Merb differ just enough to attract avid developer communities that often clashed. However, the desire to build a better solution brings the two together to deliver a gift to Ruby application developers looking for a stronger, more scalable Rails.

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