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IBM – bless its mercenary little heart – trounced the Street’s Q2 projections and for a surprise raised its full-year expectations Thursday despite the lingering horror of the macro economy. It expects to exploit growth opportunities that the recovery presents.
A couple of patterns that could cause Java heap exhaustion were identified from years of research at IBM. One interesting scenarios was observed when Java applications generate excessive amount of finalizable objects whose classes have non-trivial Java finalizers. A Java finalizer perf...
We can visualize resource starvation using an elaborate rendition of the Dining Philosophers Problem. This classic metaphor of resource allocation among processes was first introduced in 1971 by Edsger Dijkstra in his paper “Hierarchical Ordering of Sequential Processes.” It’s been a m...
The mantra heard most often in business these days is "Do More With Less." For many businesses, cutting costs while trying to grow—or even sustain their place in the market—is easier said than done. What could help many businesses is gaining access to some of that $787 Billion in Feder...
With 47.68% of the company already pledged to it by its two founders, Software AG says it intends to tender for the rest of German-based IDS Scheer AG and create a global vendor of infrastructure software and Business Process Management (BPM) that has more than 6,000 employees and upwa...
IBM lost its bid for a preliminary injunction that would stop its ex-M&A chief David Johnson from going to work for Dell. District Court Judge Stephen Robinson vacated the June 4 order that let Robinson join Dell but basically restricted his activities to just looking around. IBM Frida...
A common feature of cloud computing solutions is that they enable self-service access to the services they provide. This enables users to directly procure services from the cloud, and it eliminates the need for more time-consuming, labor-intensive, human-driven procurement processes fa...
Cloud computing provides more than scaling. It provides elasticity. That means it can expand needed enterprise software resources and contract those resources that are not needed and It can do all this on demand. On the surface, this looks like a great opportunity for new cloud service...
IBM's experiment with group authorship for Cloud Computing interoperability is starting to pay off. Earlier today, Doug Tidwell posted the first draft of a Cloud Computing Use Cases White Paper produced extensively via a new Google group created to help define the various use case req...
With the spoils of the BEA acquisition now fully baked into the mix -- and with anticipation for what the pending Sun Microsystems buy brings -- Oracle is well on its way to obviating the middleware moniker. Perhaps we should call it "anyware."
“SOA serves as the foundation for the move into the cloud,” stated Dr. Kareem Yusuf, Director Product Management, WebSphere Software, IBM in his keynote at SOA World Conference & Expo in NYC Tuesday. “What are the characteristics of the cloud?” Dr Yusuf then asked. Shared infrastructur...
Salesforce.com has created Force.com Free Edition, described as everything a company needs to build and run its first cloud app, good for up to 100 users. It includes a web site with up to 250,000 page views a month, up to 10 custom objects (custom database tables) per user, a sandbox ...
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 ...
Well IBM has gone and done it, they've announced a cloud offering yet again. Actually what's interesting about this go, is not that they're getting into the cloud business (again) but instead this time they're serious about it.
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.
If your business relies on the speedy resolution of an issue from your cloud provider, then test them before you try. Send them that email out-of-hours to see how quickly and how useful the reply actually is. Try and reach someone on the phone. Look around the forums to see how many qu...
IBM has announced new products and services to help organizations more effectively align their business strategies with their investments in software. The new offerings are designed to help clients lower costs and reduce risks by providing increased visibility into the status of softwa...
After weeks of slow-moving negotiations and due diligence, CA has bought what it describes as “certain data center automation and policy-based optimization expertise and assets from Cassatt,” the failed Bill Coleman start-up that sucked up $100 million in venture money on its way to th...
IBM is suing another one of its former executives to stop him from going to a competitor. This time it’s former M&A chief David Johnson who’s bound for Dell. Last time it was chip guru Mark Papermaster after he was hired by Apple to be head of iPod and iPhone engineering.
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...
Sun had a suitor other than IBM and Oracle. It says so in its proxy statement where it tells of its blow-by-blow adventures since November 6 when Sam Palmisano, the CEO of IBM, thinly disguised in the account as Party A, approached Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz about a takeover. Sometime b...
IBM is going to start selling a thing called WebSpan, a new Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) integration platform, created by pushing its WebSphere integration software together with Hubspan’s on-demand integration platform and forming a single-instance, multi-tenant SaaS integration platf...
Earlier this month I attended the IBM Impact conference in Las Vegas. The core theme of Impact was "Smart SOA" and how cloud computing comes together in the enterprise, with the emphasis on private clouds. The core notion of private clouds for IBM is really about extending their expe...
Hubspan and IBM have announced WebSpan, a new Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) integration platform. WebSpan combines the Hubspan on–demand integration platform and IBM WebSphere integration software into a single platform that can help businesses reduce the cost, time and complexity assoc...
IBM has announced a broad portfolio of offerings designed to help midsize companies tap into the power of today's interconnected, instrumented and increasingly intelligent world. Leading the way are the new BladeCenter Express servers incorporating the latest IBM POWER6 microprocessors...
Workday, PeopleSoft founder Dave Duffield's latest company, has just gotten another $75 million in funding, a sum that would bring its total to more than $150 million and must make it the most royally financed SaaS venture on the face of the earth.
IBM's comprehensive smarter work approach takes advantage of today's increasingly instrumented and interconnected world. By improving collaboration between people and transforming business processes that are critical to success, organizations can become more agile and responsive to rap...
iRise and Ascendant Technology (Atech) have announced the immediate availability of iRise for IBM WebSphere Commerce, a pre-configured set of visualization templates that gives businesses a way to visualize new e-Commerce applications based on IBM solutions. By visualizing before build...
As the complexity, immediacy, and scope of enterprise processes increase, so does the risk of failure. Comprehensive, proactive management of next-generation information processes and services is critical. Traditional application management tools are inadequate to manage next-generatio...
What happens when your cloud provider has multiple datacenters and has the ability to move your code around based on their need (read: not your need)? One thing that any enterprise IT buyer knows how to say is “who’s throat do I choke?” When you have a composited application, who exact...
The health care industry, including hospitals, has the greatest need for sophisticated information systems because of the enormous amount of data it handles and because of its life-and-death responsibilities. Yet the implementation of large-scale and robust-enough IT systems in public ...
In this webcast from the IBM and Intel Virtual Conference Series, IBM discusses IBM System x and Intel and how to improve Datacenter ROI in 2009 with IBM High Performance Servers.
Take an exclusive look at IBM's latest innovations from IBM System x and BladeCenter. IT professionals in small and medium businesses, branch offices, and large enterprises will benefit by adopting IBM System x and BladeCenter's next-generation hardware portfolio. The discussion – led ...
In this webcast from the IBM & Intel Virtual Conference Series, learn how the HS22 offers outstanding performance, flexible configuration options and simple management in an efficient server designed to run a broad range of workloads and enable customers to lower TCO, increase control,...
IBM has gotten an eight-year cloud services contract from Kogakuin University in Japan to transform its back-office infrastructure to act more like the Internet, capable of accessing vast resource pools during periods of high volume like graduation and enrollment. The kickoff date is S...
After letting Sun go to Oracle, an outcome seen as a problem for IBM, Big Blue said its first quarter came up short on revenues. The total was $21.7 billion, down 11% against a consensus of $22.5 billion with earnings of $2.3 billion, off 1% year-over-year. Hardware revenue was off 23%...
Web Applications are now woven into the way that many enterprises operate, and the monitoring and management of these applications become extremely important to businesses that require nimble datacenters. The risks of failure rise with enterprise application complexity, immediacy, and ...
VMware said Wednesday that it earned $69.9 million, 18 cents a share in Q1, up 64% on revenues up 7% to $470 million. On a non-GAAP basis before charges, the virtualization leader earned 25 cents a share, up 14%. Its non-GAAP operating income was also up 14% to $121 million.
In this Webinar, Gartner analyst Will Cappelli talks about how applications have become central to enterprise IT operations, and how complex architectures have led to significant challenges in monitoring and managing the performance of applications. As enterprise application architectu...
IBM stole the thunder and the impending acquisition of Sun became an imminent and expected event. While hardware overlap existed in the IBM deal, IBM would have provided a much needed home for Sun's software assets. Software giant Oracle lacks a hardware portfolio, so the key Oracle ...