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VMware is scheduled today to announce the industry’s first cloud operating system ahead of delivering the thing sometime before the end of June.
In case you missed it Oracle announced this morning that it will be acquiring Sun Microsystems. The transaction is valued at approximately $7.4 billion. This news means the technology landscape is about to radically change and quite possibly, Sun hardware is now dead. The software aspe...
Well now the fat is in the fire. A ticked-off HP is coming out against Cisco with both guns blazing. It claims it's been working for years on the kind of all-in-one compute-storage-network-fabric-power-and-cooling convergence that Cisco says it has. HP says it's had such a thing in min...
Late last year I received a phone call from McKinsey & Co in regards to helping provide some insights into the cost benefits of moving to a cloud computing environment. For one reason or another we were not able to connect to complete the discussion, which after the last couple days se...
IBM is reportedly getting set to lay off “thousands” of staffers in the UK, Germany and Ireland and move the jobs to Eastern Europe, China, India and South America, according to an unconfirmed story in the Observer over the weekend. The British paper quoted Lee Conrad, the national coo...
Well, if rebuffing IBM's $7 billion offer as too low the weekend before last was a negotiating tactic then the gambit has blown up in Sun's face according CNBC. Following a Bloomberg story saying Sun wanted IBM to come back to the table - a story that made no mention of price - CNBC ru...
Trapped down a dark alley with nowhere else to go, Sun is ready to restart takeover talks with IBM provided IBM puts more starch in its commitment to actually close the deal despite whatever regulatory hurdles it has to vault, according to Bloomberg, which has it from two people "famil...
According to the latest numbers out of Gartner and IDC, HP has overtaken Dell in the US PC market for the first time since, gee, 2001. Dell lost the lead worldwide to HP in 2006. In Q1 Dell's US market share dropped to 26.3%, down 4.1%, while HP captured 27.6% of American shipments, up...
This is a blog that proposes five distinct ways in which cloud computing solutions can strenghten the efforts of development and test teams within an enterprise.
EMC Tuesday rolled out a spanking new built-from-the-ground-up high-end storage architecture for the cloud and its federated kin, the virtual data center, a k a the internal cloud, widgetry that's been a couple of years in development. Dubbed the Virtual Matrix Architecture, it promise...
Tech Mahinda, an Indian outsourcing firm 31% owned by BT, has won the auction for 51% of the scandal-rocked Satyam Computer Services for a mere $580 million, not much for a company that was valued at $7 billion a year ago. Tech Mahinda offered $1.16 (58 rupees) a share, a 23% premium; ...
SAP and IBM have been showing off the live migration of SAP applications across remote IBM Power6 systems via the cloud, a bit of widgetry developed at IBM'S Research Lab in Haifa as part of the European Union-funded RESERVOIR cloud computing project. When workloads change, the technol...
When talking of cloud computing and the value it means for an adopter, we often hear of the cost-cutting benefits. Given the current economic climate, this is a fairly convincing and accurate pitch for the cloud. However, this is far from the only benefit of the cloud. Cloud computing ...
The racks and racks and racks of commodity servers that make the Web 2.0 world and now the cloud possible are really lousy at it. They're slow, underutilized, don't scale worth a hoot, eat power and space, and now they're multi-core. They need extensive data partitioning, application-l...
Software-as-a-Service brings together many of the best characteristics of corporate IT systems and the Internet to form a new method of software delivery that is reliable, flexible and cost effective; however, this model is not without its challenges, particularly with regard to profit...
IBM has got some cloud-based software that it will host on its own data centers that it calls a survival mechanism in this economy. Formally known as LotusLive Engage, it’s promising to be out by April 7. It includes integrated web-based file sharing, contact management, online meeting...
The publication of the Open Cloud Manifesto is positive. The Cloud, driven by virtualization, is surfacing at the right time in the market and can advance computing in this generation. The concept of "openness" is necessary for innovation to thrive. Publishing an open view with multip...
Rackable Systems, the large-scale server wannabe, said Wednesday that it's buying the now bankrupt SGI for roughly $25 million in cash plus the assumption of certain liabilities. The once-great SGI closed at 41 cents a share Tuesday with a market cap of $4.78 million.
The three finance guys were arrested over the weekend. The company's founder, his brother, Satyam's ex-managing director Rama Raju and the company's ex-CFO Srinivas Vadlamani were arrested in January when the long-running scheme finally unraveled. They have remained in jail.
One topic that keeps reoccurring in my various conversations is the sudden interest in cloud centric M&A activities thanks in part to the recent IBM / Sun rumors. Being that I continuously find myself in the midst of a lot of the back room, off the record type conversations I thought I...
Sun's board rejected a formal IBM offer for the company Saturday as too low, according to the Wall Street Journal. Apparently the price IBM offered was $9.40 a share or less, down from a reported $9.55 late last week. IBM pulled its roughly $7 billion offer off the table on Sunday, acc...
Microsoft and IBM, estranged over IBM’s high-handedness in dictating a seemingly innocuous Cloud Manifesto that’s read as Big Blue’s attempt to stamp itself the ultimate leader of the cloud movement met Monday and parlayed at the Cloud Computing Expo in New York.
The Wall Street Journal, flourishing its unidentified sources, said Thursday afternoon that the price IBM is willing to pay for Sun had drop from between $10 and $11 a share to between $9 and $10 and that Sun is willing to accept the cut - yeah, like it wouldn't - provided IBM gives it...
Microsoft and IBM, estranged over IBM's high-handedness in dictating a seemingly innocuous Cloud Manifesto that's read as Big Blue's attempt to stamp itself the ultimate leader of the cloud movement met Monday and parlayed at the Cloud Computing Expo in New York. Tuesday morning they r...
In the end, it’s all about money – how much do you spend for just maintaining the status quo, and how much on supporting truly differentiating business initiatives. This drives an imperative for dynamic infrastructures, increasing resource utilization and reducing labor costs, and for ...
HP has come up with widgetry such as its so-called Sea of Sensors, 32 observations posts that track thermal activity and adjust fans, memory and I/O for cooling and efficiency. Users can also pick from four power supplies to match their workload, a technique that promises 92% or better...
Sun has been in a holding pattern since the dot com implosion. And, while Sun positioned themselves as "the dot in the dot com", that was the last innovation we have seen come from Sun. Sun, while it once had very competitive hardware, had no idea how to productize and implement effect...
IBM is reportedly transferring U.S. jobs in its global services unit to India. The Wall Street Journal said Wednesday morning that the company was expected to tell what the paper could only call "a large number" of American workers that their jobs were either being eliminated or sent t...
The Wall Street Journal said Wednesday morning that the company was expected to inform what the paper could only call “a large number” of American workers that their jobs were either being eliminated or sent to India. IBM@Alliance suggests the layoffs will be on Thursday. IBM’s earning...
Goldman Sachs expects Cisco’s advance into servers to have no impact on HP or IBM in the intermediate term. The broker reckons Cisco’s ramp will be slow and user trials of its high-end systems long. It also figures that the fact that its server seems to be compatible only with its own ...
Michael Dell claimed Tuesday that simply the talk of a Sun-IBM tie-up is an "enormous opportunity" for Dell servers since it creates an air of uncertainty around the future of Sun's Solaris-based boxes and accelerates the move to x86 Linux machines. According to reports Dell's CEO said...
The folks at the Wall Street Journal who brought us tales of IBM buying Sun for $6.5 billion-$8 billion last week were saying by Friday that due diligence was holding up any announcement. The paper seemed to think that IBM lawyers were paying particular attention to Sun's many differen...
IBM announced that American Occupational Network (AON) and HyGen Pharmaceuticals are improving patient care by digitizing health records and streamlining their business operations using cloud-based software from IBM Business Partners MedTrak Systems and The System House. By accessing t...
VMware CEO Paul Maritz and former SGI senior VP Beau Vrolyk are angel investors in the San Mateo, California start-up Apture, where Vrolyk is executive chairman. They were part of Apture’s first venture round worth $4.1 million led by Clearstone Venture Partners. Apture, which is a way...
When Wall Street Journal writes, they have their reasons. A couple of days ago they wrote that IBM wants to buy Sun Microsystems for $6.5B. To me, this is sad news. People will be laid off and some software will cease to exist.
In a deal that would significantly bolster IBM's position as the world's largest server maker, the Wall Street Journal is reporting this morning that IBM is willing to pay $6.5BN in cash to acquire Sun Microsystems.
Cisco CEO John Chambers Monday became the latest in a long line of visionaries to come down from the mountain top with an architectural roadmap to the Promised Land at an exploitable industry inflection point. If the purportedly game-changing next-generation platform scheme succeeds, C...
CEO John Chambers and "senior executives from several market leading partners" are supposed to wax eloquent on the "evolution of the data center" and Unified Computing, which, as we understand it, is a way of getting the blades to talk directly to the storage servers complements of Cis...
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