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True, the computer system Watson, created by IBM, beat all human competition in the US reality quiz show "Jeopardy!" But does it make Watson intelligent – is it an important step towards Singularity? Is it a significant step in the field of AI? Or, is the win meaningless and does not i...
We all remember the Internet bubble back in 1999-2000 era. Start-ups were getting huge valuations. The joke then was – if you are 27 years old and not a millionaire, then you are a failure. All you needed was a sign-board saying “new internet company” and stand on Sand Hill Road. Sever...
IBM wants its mainframe users to install a patch that will let IBM peer into the Specialty Processors (SPs) they have on their machines so it can see what they’re using the widgets for. And the only reason that Big Blue would want to do that is if it thinks it may lose the antitrust ...
IBM on Monday unveiled an advanced computing facility in Canada, the IBM Compute Cloud Centre, the company’s first cloud delivery center in Canada to address the growing demand from enterprises to reduce costs, increase efficiencies and access new technologies such as analytics and mob...
"New infrastructure and operations technologies such as cloud services and virtualization ... were selected by CIOs the most often and are the top-two technologies for 2011," said Mark McDonald, group vice president and head of research for Gartner Executive Programs, as the results we...
IBM and Range Technology are collaborating to build a Cloud Computing Data Center to support the development of Hebei Province as a high-end information technology and services-based economy. The center is expected to be completed in 2016. The collaboration is supposed to help compan...
IBM has become the very first company to be granted 5,000 US patents in a single year – 5,896 to be precise, more than Microsoft, HP, Oracle, EMC and Google combined. It took IBM 50 years to get its first 5,000 patents and that milestone was hit 40 years ago back in 1961. For the las...
The XC10 and XI50 Integration is compelling. The idea behind the XI50-XC10 integration is to enable faster look-up of cached data and reduced processing at back-end tiers, with use of XC10 as a general purpose caching appliance. The XI50-XC10 integration has opened up many possibilitie...
There's been a flurry of discussion this week among Internet and Web standards heavy-hitters around WebSocket, the new communications protocol supported in Chrome 4 and Safari 5. What was the main issue? Is there some kind of fundamental security vulnerability with the WS protocol? Web...
Customers who want to consolidate WebSphere workloads onto a leading Intel hypervisor environment can get a performance boost by using WebSphere Virtual Enterprise (WVE).
This high-level overview of the IBM WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance discusses current issues being faced in the information technology industry and how WebSphere CloudBurst addresses many of them.
Experience WebSphere Virtual Enterprise’s enabling of smooth, interruption-free application changes by rolling out a new edition of a Web service application that is running in the cluster.
This white paper also describes IBM WebSphere Virtual Enterprise, a product designed to virtualize enterprise applications and services across the IT infrastructure.
The EU-funded VISION Cloud initiative, led by IBM, has been launched and is focused on creating a metadata format that will enable users' data to be interoperable among Cloud service providers. This is potentially a huge development for all business, but especially small businesses, wh...
Learn how elastic caching solutions in your distributed environment can empower the application performance you need to obtain business agility and thrive against the competition while managing costs.
IBM launched a new private multi-tenant Federal Community Cloud (FCC). It plans to add Platform-as-a-Service and Software-as-a-Service offerings to the Infrastructure-as-a-Service widgetry soon. IBM also announced a Municipal Shared Services Cloud for state and local governments. I...
After Bloomberg reported that IBM was planning to buy network security appliance maker Fortinet, the company has fired back with a denial of the claim and a demand for a retraction. Bloomberg had quoted two unnamed sources who said a deal was in the works. Fortinet only IPO'd a year ...
A while back, I wrote about the importance and benefits of patterns-based middleware solutions for the cloud. You can check it out here if interested, but the gist is that by representing middleware application environments as patterns, we target traditional inefficiencies when dealing...
A filing in the Neon v IBM mainframe antitrust case managed to get past the IBM censors, who have been sealing court documents willy-nilly in the name of confidentiality agreements. Imagine not being allowed to know the grounds for Neon's motion for a partial summary judgment - and ...
Seeking an explanation for Oracle CEO Larry Ellison’s recent colorful outbursts dissing the HP board BusinessWeek went to industry analyst Rob Enderle who believes Larry had once hoped HP would sell him some of the pieces he’s missing to give IBM a run for its money. “HP is the only pr...
As the adoption of cloud computing continues to grow, many companies are looking at how they can create services more quickly and efficiently. In his session at the 7th International Cloud Expo, Dr. Willy Chiu, Vice President of IBM Cloud Labs & High Performance On-Demand Solutions, ...
In a surprise-to-many move, IBM, which always seemed to have more skin in the Java game than Sun, the technology’s nominal creator, has abandoned Harmony, the independent, breakaway, duplicative and competitive Apache Software Foundation open source Java project, to back Oracle, Java’s...
IBM has acquired PSS Systems, a privately held Silicon Valley ISV whose software helps legal departments and CIOs analyze, automate and implement information governance and legal retention policies across massive amounts of electronic business information and dispose of that informatio...
IBM has floated its CloudBurst pre-integrated cloud service delivery appliance onto its Power7-based hardware. It’s also tinkered with the x86 species of the stuff, which can be used on practically anybody’s machines. The workload-optimized widgetry automatically integrates hardware, ...
IBM is poised to become a change agent in public cloud services by enabling telecom companies to rapidly and easily roll out new "as a service" offerings to companies of all sizes, especially big ones. This week, the company announced the availability of the IBM Cloud Service Provider...
Database rival companies, Oracle and IBM, will be working together to allow developers and clients to enhance existing Java investments and the Open Java Development Kit reference implementation. Java is a general-purpose software development platform that is specifically designed to b...
Cloud companies cast a nasty pall over Wall Street Wednesday when they all seemed to drop simultaneously. Reuters said the retreat started when Equinix, the big hosting company, said it had to cut prices to keep long-term customers after it acquired Switch & Data earlier this year...
In an e-mail, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison told the Wall Street Journal that he was “speechless” that HP hired ousted SAP CEO Léo Apotheker to replace Mark Hurd, the ex-HP CEO he hired. “HP had several good internal candidates,” he told the paper, “but instead they pick a guy who was rec...
HP's board had five other finalists that "could have done" the CEO's job besides Léo Apotheker, according to what HP's lead outside director Robert Ryan said in answer to a question during a conference call with Wall Street Friday morning, but it unanimously picked SAP's castoff CEO as...
In a exercise in futility, HP first tried to get both the immovable head of IBM software and now systems Steve Mills as well as its $95 billion global sales chief Ginni Rometty for its CEO, according to Reuters. HP’s search for a replacement for ousted CEO-gone-to-Oracle Mark Hurd is...
If this is Monday then – according to the latest consolidation timetable –some big company somewhere must be buying something cloudy. And what do you know IBM says it’s buying privately held Blade Network Technologies, a data center switching outfit it’s worked with since 2002, for s...
IBM said Monday morning that it’s buying Netezza, the data warehouse appliance company that competes with Oracle’s vaunted Exadata widgetry, for roughly $1.78 billion net of Netezza’s bank book. IBM timed the announcement to coincide with Oracle’s OpenWorld festivities which are just...
"IBM is bringing analytics to the masses," said Steve Mills, senior vice president and group executive, IBM Software and Systems, as it was announced Monday that IBM is to acquire Netezza, Netezza is a leading provider of high-performance analytics in a data warehousing appliance. "We ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that IBM will exhibit at SYS-CON's 7th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–4, 2010, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Explore Cloud Expo Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities ! The benefits of cloud computi...
IBM is buying OpenPages, a close friend of Sarbanes and Oxley, on undisclosed terms. An IBM study found risk management and compliance has risen in priority by 93% since 2005 maybe because two out of three companies had encountered material risk events within the past three years. ...
Neon Enterprise Software, the Texas mainframe ISV suing IBM for antitrust, isn’t exactly leaning back in the saddle waiting for the trial to start next June, thanking its lucky stars that the district court – sua sponte – moved the proceedings up nine months. Nope. It’s just asked th...
It’s not everyday that the buttoned-down CEO of the buttoned-down IBM takes a highly public shot at a rival – however calculated – but Tuesday was a day to watch a master practitioner. In an hour-long interview at a Wall Street Journal breakfast conference Sam Palmisano told all there...
IBM and HP are competing for the hand of Israeli-based smart networking developer Radware whose acquisition will go down for close to a billion dollars according to Globes, the Israeli business paper whose inevitably unnamed and chatty sources are usually on the money. Both IBM a...
There’s nothing like six month in the calaboose to round out one’s resume. Robert Moffat, the ex-IBM server and chip chief who supposedly had a shot at being named Big Blue’s CEO someday, was sentenced Monday to six-months in prison for blabbing insider secrets to his mistress Daniel...
IBM's new zEnterprise 196 server, powered by a 4-core chip with a record-breaking clock speed of 5.2GHz per core, is a monster. The top-end 96-core unit can execute over 50 BIPS and run 100,000 virtual servers. But, is it a mainframe or is it a cloud server? IBM engineering and sale...