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Because more and more, company employees, independent contractors, consultants and startup founders have the tools to work from anywhere, there's now an app to help them find the perfect places to go. It's called Cubefree, a free app that helps you find cafes with WiFi, power outlets, parking and even a table to share. CubeFree shows a map view with nearby cafes, along with user ratings and comments, as well as others who have checked in. This app perfectly complements the other tools the modern workforce uses to work from anywhere: Virtual Desktops hosted in data centers, documents in cloud storage, mobile work apps on tablets. To power these, all that's needed is a quiet place to sit, WiFi and power. For many that means working from home if they are out of the office, but if you're on the road or just want to escape the house or office, Cubefree may be the ticket... (more)

The Mouse That Roared… for Business by @ChrisFleck

At Citrix, we’ve been helping people access and use business apps on any device for years. Yet many of our customers depend on Windows-based applications that are hard to use on iPad and Android tablets, because so many features depend on the point-and-click simplicity and accuracy of a physical mouse. Since many people like to use an iPad, they get frustrated as they try to get work done, because no one offers a mouse that works with an iPad and other non-Windows devices. That’s why we will be launching the X1 Mouse at Citrix Synergy next week on May 12. Capable of supporting ... (more)

Virtual Missile Hits VMWorld!

Despite the early warnings Citrix has made a direct hit at VMWorld 2009, announcing enterprise-proven XenServer will now be free. The news seems to have been well received by IT shops looking for ways to save in the tough economic climate as well as by virtualization consultants expanding the options they can offer customers. Michael Goldstein, VP at LAN Associates, a VMware, Microsoft and Citrix Reseller that specializes in IT solutions for the legal industry said “ This move by Citrix is going to really shake things up. Unless the client is totally committed to VMware, we can n... (more)

Amazon EC2 Reserved Pricing Changes the Equation

Ulitzer Cloud Computing Blog Things are changing fast in the world of Cloud Computing, however one question remains the same. Will it save me money and how much? To follow up on a previous post on Cloud Economics Part One, I looked at a fairly simple example of 5 Servers for a dev/test environment and identified the incremental costs of buying 5 servers and running them on premise or a Colo and then compared that to Amazon EC2. The analysis did not include many variables such as real estate costs and labor savings which may or may not apply to the particular situation. The result... (more)

Cloud Computing Economics - Amazon EC2 vs Terremark v Cloud Express

The recent announcement of the Terremark Cloud offering has raised significant attention especially because of the competitive pricing and EC2 like features of elastic capacity and hourly charges with no commitment. On the surface the Terremark entry price of $0.036 per hour seems very low compared to Amazon EC2 at $0.10 but it's worth picking a few examples to provide a more apples to apples comparison. Not included in the comparison is the difference in storage costs which can be small or very significant depending on the circumstance. Amazon provides up to 160 GB of instance... (more)