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Sun Tuesday released its Studio 12 Update 1 advanced compilers and tools for Solaris, OpenSolaris and Linux. An optimized environment for the latest multi-core x86 and Sparc-based systems, it’s supposed to simplify parallel development and heighten application performance. Geared...
Recently I asked a question on twitter, one I figured would stir up some debate. (Which was the point) The question was "Does the CTO matter any more with the rise of Cloud Computing or is it all about the CIO with data reigning supreme?"
When President Obama appointed his new federal CIO, Vivek Kundra, last week, Kundra announced ambitious plans to “democratize” federal government data by making it accessible in open formats and in data feeds. His plan calls for the creation of a single point of access to all public fe...
We now have 3 days until SYS-CON's iPhone Developer Summit in New York's Roosevelt Hotel. During the two-day event, there will be nine presenters as well as exhibitors, such as Sybase. I'm guessing that for some like me, tomorrow Saturday will be travel day...
SAP has a new on-demand plan. First of all it’s for the large enterprise, its existing customers, not the mid-market it’s been lackadaisically offering its never-completely-released isolated-tenancy on-demand ERP widgetry, ByDesign.
We now have just 4 days until SYS-CON's iPhone Developer Summit in New York's Roosevelt Hotel. During the two-day event, there will be nine presenters as well as exhibitors, such as Sybase. Here are another two presenters to wet your appetite
The IT industry is faced with a complexity and affordability crisis – explosive information growth, heavily interconnected and interdependent systems, on average 70% of IT spending going to maintenance, low utilization of resources driving up fixed cost, energy consumption becoming an ...
Like a phoenix SCO has survived IBM and Novell’s attempts to force it into liquidation and then grind it into dust ahead of any decision on its summary judgment appeal.
Today is the day that iPhone OS 3.0 is available to the masses for download... On May 6th 2009, after a few rapid cycles, iPhone OS 3.0 Beta 5 was released for general consumption, still within the iPhone Developer Program and under NDA. Though the big news that accompanied it, was tha...
Figuring that the cloud may be the “most significant shift in technology since the outset of the Internet,” IBM is moving to ensure it gets its piece of what could be a $66 billion business in three years.
Sun has killed its vaunted Rock chip, according to the New York Times. Five years in development at the cost of billions of dollars, the 16-core/32-threads UltraSparc chip was meant for a line of high-end Supernova SMP servers that had already been delayed several times.
Microsoft’s Software Licensing and Protection (SLP) Services operation, which hasn’t sought any new customers since late last year, has been spun off into a Dublin start-up called InishTech.
Cloud Computing will have major impact on the way in which IT is delivered from the data center to its many clients. For CIOs, this can be perceived as a threat to the way in which they manage data center capabilities. In reality, cloud computing offers a huge opportunity for the CIO w...
Last week while EMC was distracting everybody by one-upping NetApp in a hostile play for Data Domain, Micro Focus was saying sotto voce that a mystery company, described as a financial buyer, had trumped its $75 million cash offer for Borland.
This white paper from Univa UD presents an evolutionary approach to cloud computing within a high-performance computing (HPC) context. The paper addresses the seamless and incremental process of moving from private/internal to public/external clouds, the realistic use cases, and the qu...
Code Contracts are very useful under any circumstance; however, they are particularly useful in helping distributed software development teams increase team efficiency, improve product quality, and mitigate against risks associated with team dispersion.
HP Wednesday took the wraps off the first new server family it’s created since the BladeSystem C-class was invented and ran away with the market.
Hosted Solutions, the eight-year-old infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) company acquired last year by ABRY Partners, the private equity house, for $144 million, is branching into the cloud business with an “over-architected” platform called the Stratus Trusted Cloud.
Wednesday morning NetApp raised its offer for Data Domain to $30 a share to match EMC’s bid. However, it can’t match EMC’s deeper pockets. It’s still offering a mix of cash and stock but claims its new bid is really worth $1.9 billion net of Data Domain’s cash.
EMC CEO Joe Tucci recently named "The Next Big Things in IT" as the Virtual Data Center, Cloud Computing, Virtual Clients and Virtual Applications.
Amazon has started telling people to send in their cloud data by mail. No, really. Swear to God. It’s not just us enamored of how much better people look by candlelight. Because of dead-slow bandwidth on burgeoning datasets at the customer end Amazon Web Services (AWS) has invented a n...
Microsoft says Windows 7, its new Vista-replacing operating system, will be generally available on Thursday October 22, a month ahead of Black Friday, the traditional holiday shopping kickoff in the states and three months ahead of its supposed schedule.
Sun means to go into the cloud building business Monday. It’s supposed to announce a new portfolio of professional services aimed at businesses of all sizes called the Cloud Strategic Planning Service at the CommunityOne West conference in San Francisco
Busy day for cloud interoperability related news. Google just announced a new service called Google Wave, described as an open communication and collaboration platform & protocol based on hosted XML documents (called waves) supporting concurrent modifications and low-latency update...
"We’re at the beginning of a paradigm shift in IT that’s going to be as dramatic as the introduction of the PC in the early 80s. I for one, am very excited to be involved." That, according to the Founder & CTO of The Server Labs, was his primary takeaway on getting back to the UK after...
IBM has announced that IT analyst firm Gartner, Inc., has ranked IBM as the worldwide market share leader in the Portal Products and User Interaction Tools enterprise software segment. The ranking was based on total worldwide software revenue for 2008. A rise in IBM's healthcare client...
A primary goal of Data.gov is to improve access to Federal data and expand creative use of those data beyond the walls of government by encouraging innovative ideas (e.g., web applications). Data.gov strives to make government more transparent and is committed to creating an unpreceden...
In the brave new world of cloud computing, what is the secret to building great companies? That was the question answered by Roman Stanek, pioneer of Business Intelligence (BI) in the Cloud, who on Monday keynoted SYS-CON's Cloud Expo Europe 2009. The first major Cloud event in Europe ...
IBM has announced Gruppo Amadori, a wholesale distributor of quality food products in Italy, is rolling out Linux-based desktops running IBM email, word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software to select employees.
Websense, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBSN) today revealed the findings from a global survey of 1,300 information technology managers across ten countries, asking about their perceptions of Web 2.0 in the workplace, testing their understanding of Web 2.0 technologies and assessing their organiza...
MSC Industrial Direct Co has selected the SAP NetWeaver Master Data Management component (SAP NetWeaver MDM) to transform how product information is managed throughout its enterprise. More accurate, consistent product information will help and support its growth and cost savings goals...
From tomorrow Cloud Computing and Virtualization are going to be center stage, 18-19 May, at the Prague Hilton as the Czech Republic plays host to Cloud Computing Expo Europe 2009, co-located with Virtualization Conference Europe 2009 - the first conference outside the USA in SYS-CON's...
This is a year of firsts for Microsoft: its first wide-scale layoffs, its first drop in quarterly sales and earnings, and now its first debt offering. It sold five-, 10- and 30-year bonds Monday and raised $3.75 billion on the strength of its Triple-A credit rating from both Moody’s an...
Cloud Computing is empowering users like never before, giving them access to massive amounts of compute power and storage capacity, on-demand and in real time.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Sam Johnston, of Australian Online Solutions, will be presenting at next week's Cloud Computing Expo Europe (www.cloudexpo-europe.com) May 18-19, 2009, in Prague, Czech Republic, the first industry-leading international Cloud Computing event outside ...
The overall conference theme of Cloud Expo Europe, which will take place, May 18-19, 2009, in Prague, Czech Republic is "Deploying Cloud Computing in the Enterprise." Here we present a round-up of Themes & Topics that will be covered in the rich array of breakout sessions, General Sess...
In the brave new world of cloud computing, what is the secret to building great companies? That is the question that will be answered by technology visionary Roman Stanek in his Opening Keynote at SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Expo Europe next week in Prague, capital of the Czech Republic....
Having just bought poor old SGI out of bankruptcy, Rackable Systems said Monday that it’s changing its name and will call itself Silicon Graphics International, SGI for short, from now on. The Rackable name will become the brand used on x86 clusters.
According to a press release the new Cisco Unified Service Delivery solution is optimized to enable virtualization within the data center, between data centers and across the Next-Generations Networks (NGN). Like VMWare, Cisco is trying to tap into their existing ecosystem of partners ...
When Enterprise Architecture is able to prove that it can bridge the business vision to IT’s tactical operations, its function will no longer be Hype and EA staff members will no longer need to Hope they won’t be cut. Enterprise Architecture will become an organization without which th...