Desperately seeking Google: Facebook’s open-hardware crusade is still missing its biggest player

When Facebook decided to open-source the hardware that makes its data centers some of the most energy-efficient and innovative in the tech industry, others tech giants were eager to join in and open-source their Internet hardware as well. But not the biggest do-gooder, greenster, data center magnate of them all: Google.

Using cloud services? 40% of you aren’t ready for the next outage

Last week a fairly minor Amazon cloud outage knocked popular Q&A site Quora and part of Salesforce.com offline. Service quality at web giants Pinterest and Dropbox was affected. It was a fairly minor incident compared to last year’s multi-day meltdown that took out Foursquare, Reddit, Scvngr, and others. But it was a good wake-up call: What are you doing to prepare your services for the next cloud failure?

Five common fears of the cloud

Cloud adoption is trending massively up and to the right. Yet many managers and CFOs are still wary about becoming heavily dependent on cloud technologies, mostly due to questions around cost, security, and the challenge of managing many disparate accounts.

Meet our first batch of CloudBeat 2011 speakers: Aaron Levie, Lew Moorman and more

VentureBeat’s first annual CloudBeat conference is only a month away. Hosted on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at the Hotel Sofitel in Redwood City, we will be exploring many cases of real and revolutionary enterprise adoption of cloud services. We’ll be cutting though the hype of the “cloud” and see how it’s changing the way business is being done from a customer perspective rather than a vendor-focused one.