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.
Security vendors such as Imperva and Guardium are increasingly tying security information management to database activity monitoring. The latest example of this trend is NitroSecurity, which has integrated its NitroView DBM and NitroView ESM products.
Salesforce.com’s latest foray into cloud computing comes in the form of the Service Cloud. This is an effort to combine Google search, Facebook connections, online communities and discussion forums in a SAAS environment to improve customer services for enterprise applications users.
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.
Microsoft delivers Kodu, a new programming environment that enables users to design video games with no programming skills required. The company will release Kodu to the Xbox Live community in the Spring.
Yahoo, Mozilla and several startups have created browser plugins or widgets to help define the contextual Web, where users can derive greater intelligence and value from their Firefox, Internet Explorer and Chrome Web browsers.