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Mergers & Acquisitions on Ulitzer With only the ‘you may now kiss the bride’ custom to follow, the Oracle/Sun marriage (or dare I say Sun/Oracle) is now finally complete. After months of legal wrangling which has caused nothing but embarrassment and dwindled Sun’s stature within the market sphere, reports also came out that half of Sun's 27,000 staff will be made redundant. Thus initial indications are clear that Oracle, known for its past agnosticism to open source has an eye for the merger being based on maximizing profit. In the meantime Sun’s competitors are probably smiling wryly as the delay of the merger played into their immediate interests but what threats and challenges does this partnership now pose to the once great open source vendor which did so much for developing the tech and e-commerce industry. One thing which Oracle will most probably do is addres... (more)

Cloud Computing Can Revitalize Your Career as Software Developer

Everyone knows that the longevity and ultimate success of a platform lies in the developers willing to create on that platform. Creating a healthy developer ecosystem in which both the developer and the platform vendor can grow and prosper is very important. No one knows this better than Microsoft. It has long been their mantra that “developers, developers, developers” are the key to success. With most of the new large scale websites and platforms being launched on open source platforms and now the cloud, this is becoming even more important. 4th International Cloud Computing Expo attracted more than 50 sponsors and exhibitors and expo floor was visited by more than 2,250 delegates in Santa Clara, CA If you just do some casual research, it is easy to see that the largest and most heavily trafficked sites on the web are written in languages such as PHP, Ruby on Rails ... (more)

In 2014 Big Data Investments Will Account for Nearly $30 Billion - Eventually Accounting for $76 Billion by 2020 End

DALLAS, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Amid the proliferation of real time data from sources such as mobile devices, web, social media, sensors, log files and transactional applications, Big Data has found a host of vertical market applications, ranging from fraud detection to R&D. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140821/138541 "Big Data Market: 2014 – 2020 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies, Industry Verticals & Forecasts" Key Findings: In 2014 Big Data vendors will pocket nearly $30 Billion from hardware, software and professional services revenues Big Data investments are further expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 17% over the next 6 years, eventually accounting for $76 Billion by the end of 2020 The market is ripe for acquisitions of pure-play Big Data startups, as competition heats up between IT incumbents Nearly every large scale IT ven... (more)

What is the Future of Servers?

Recently I provided some comments and perspectives on the future of servers in an article over at Processor.com. In general, blade servers will become more ubiquitous, that is they wont go away, rather become more common place with even higher density processors with more cores and performance along with faster I/O and larger memory capacity per given footprint. While the term blade server may fade giving way to some new term or phrase, rest assured their capabilities and functionality will not disappear, rather be further enhanced to support virtualization with VMware vsphere, Microsoft HyperV, Citrix/Zen along with public and private clouds, both for consolidation and in the next wave of virtualization called life beyond consolidation. The other trend is that not only will servers be able to support more processing and memory per footprint; they will also do that ... (more)

Download Windows 7 Now!

Windows 7 is really different.  It has more functionality, a better interface, and, if you keep it configured/managed, much better security than previous Microsoft operating systems. Here is another fact about Windows 7:  It is coming to your enterprise, sooner or later. And, since its functionality/features/security are an improvement over XP and older systems and since many of the issues with Vista seem to have been addressed, I think we should be accelerating Windows 7 into the enterprise. Now let me clarify so you know my bias: I also want you to accelerate Open Office and Open Solaris and Red Hat Linux into the enterprise (I’m still a supporter of Open Source for America).  And if you are running a small business like me then maybe your primary system should be a Mac.  But the enterprise user desktop battle is over and the future is Windows 7.  In fact, from w... (more)

Cordys and NCCW introduce BPMS in the Cloud to housing corporations

ICT services provider NCCW, market leader in the housing corporations sector, has signed an strategic contract with Cordys, the leading supplier of software for business process innovation. Under the terms of the contract Cordys and NCCW are jointly building an innovative cloud computing platform with which housing corporations can streamline and improve their business processes. The Cordys Business Operations Platform offers a unique combination of BPMS (Business Process Management Software) and Cloud technology allowing organizations to respond faster to changes in the market or in legislation. The application of BPMS combined with cloud based computing ensures greater flexibility and lower costs. The relationship between Cordys and NCCW has developed as a direct result of market requirements as housing corporations are increasingly expected to work within a hig... (more)

NRO CIO Named One of 10 Top Women in Cloud

CONGRATULATIONS to National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) CIO Jill T. Singer for being selected as one of the 10 winners of the first annual CloudNOW awards presented at the Cloud Connect Conference in Sata Clara, California earlier this week. From the NRO Press Release: "Considered one of the top women leaders in Federal IT, Ms. Singer was recognized for her innovative and inspirational leadership in the area of Cloud Computing. She is known not only for her presentations and writings on technologies and business changes needed for technological success, but her ability to mentor and grow the next generation of IT leaders to deliver long-term, sustained success." Over the years I have personally admired Ms. Singer for her GovCloud leadership. This admiration comes from having the pleasure to work directly with her on "the QUAD" and the subsequent Intelligence Communit... (more)

Enterprise Mobility Growing Fastest in Asia

Welcome to Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly, an online newsletter that consists of the most interesting news and articles related to enterprise mobility in Asia.  Asia is predicted to be the fastest area of growth for enterprise mobility between now and 2016. M2M industry executive Derick Tsang will bring his knowledge of M2M and telecommunications to the Asia Pacific region for Telit Wireless Solutions.  The company has created a new “president of the Asia Pacific region” position for Tsang, and he will be responsible for South Korea, China, India, Southeast Asia, Taiwan and Australia.  He will also establish Telit sales outreach in Japan. Read Original Content Chinese search engine provider Baidu will take advantage of the booming mobile and smartphone market in China and focus on mobile in 2012.  In Q4 2011 China became the largest mobile market in the world. R... (more)

CommVault And Microsoft Expand Relationship To Offer Simpana Data Management With Windows Azure

OCEANPORT, N.J., April 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- CommVault (NASDAQ: CVLT) CommVault today announced an expanded collaboration with Microsoft Corp. to offer a cloud storage capability that combines the power of Simpana® software with the benefits and flexibility of storing data on the Windows Azure cloud platform. As data is expected to double every two years, organizations are grappling with flat budgets and costly primary storage that may contain up to 70 percent of infrequently accessed, stale data[1], said Sheila Childs,  Research VP, Storage Technologies and Strategies, Gartner. The new offering provides enterprise organizations a simple, cost-effective solution to archive, index, search and access massive amounts of data for long-term retention and compliance. This combined data management solution for Windows Azure offers up to 62 TBs of cloud storage capacity a... (more)

XO Communications selects Transmode for nationwide metro network capacity expansions

Dallas, Texas and Stockholm, Sweden - June 20, 2012 - Transmode, a global supplier of packet optical networking solutions, today announced that XO Communications has selected Transmode's TM-Series for metro capacity expansion across XO Communications' nationwide network. Under the new five-year agreement, Transmode will supply its TM-Series platform to address XO Communications' need for broader and more cost-effective functionality across its nationwide network. Transmode will also provide a comprehensive services package to complement XO Communications' capabilities, including training, installation and ongoing technical support. The new deployments with XO Communications will commence immediately. "As we continue to innovate in our data and IP services portfolio of data on such a large network, we constantly strive for the best and most cost-effective solutions... (more)

As I’m off to yet another VMUG…

“Seriously, Kevin?  Are you going to VMware User Groups now?” Yes, I am.  As an IT Professional, and as one who does his best to represent the IT Professional Community as a whole, I think it’s useful to keep in touch with as many technologies and as many other IT Pros as possible.  And sure, it’s also useful for me personally and professionally to keep up with what Microsoft’s competitors are doing.  So, yes, I attend VMUGs whenever I get a chance.  (This afternoon you’ll find me at the VMUG in St. Cloud, MN) “Are you going there to stir things up, or just spy on the competition?” I don’t stir things up**.  In fact, sometimes it’s hard to just sit on your hands when there is misleading (or sometimes blatantly false) information comparing ESX or vSphere or vCenter to Microsoft’s Hyper-V and System Center 2012.  But I’m quiet, polite, and not a spy.  It’s all public... (more)