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Charles Babcock is an editor-at-large for InformationWeek and author of Management Strategies for the Cloud Revolution, a McGraw-Hill book. He is the former editor-in-chief of Digital News, former software editor of Computerworld and former technology editor of Interactive Week. He is a graduate of Syracuse University where he obtained a bachelor's degree in journalism. He joined the publication in 2003.
Articles by Charles Babcock
posted in January 2008
Industry analyst firm IDC predicts desktop virtualization will be a fresh wave of implementing virtualization technology in the enterprise, amounting to a $2 billion market by 2011.
Hyperic's HQ 3.2 also is integrated with another piece of open source code, Nagios system monitoring.
I see references to the open source "movement," as if it were a cohesive ideological gathering, like the Labor Movement of the 1930s or maybe the Wobblies. I agree there are certain shared values among open source developers and a favored way of doing things, but I've always doubted the political agenda. After the $1 billion Sun/MySQL deal, however, my doubts have been erased. It's clear there is a movement -- and it's headed toward the bank.
StackSafe says its software can capture a replica of enterprise software and then provide a virtual environment in which to test changes.
Effective management of virtualized systems can lead to energy savings of 80% and a 72% reduction in the total cost of ownership, IBM says.
Covalent supplies technical support for some of the Apache Software Foundation code that works best with Spring, such as the Apache Web Server and Apache Tomcat.
The company's shares have more than quadrupled in value since the IPO, but the stock has dropped since November.
At the Demo 08 show in Palm Desert this week, the company sets out to popularize its version of an online "to-do" binary list.
When Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz wrote the headline, "Helping Dolphins Fly," it set off a chain reaction. He was referring, of course, to Sun's acquisition of MySQL. The dolphin's image is the trademark of the open source database company. What's going to happen when MySQL is folded into Sun? SunnySQL, suggested one blogger, Evil_Work, who was no doubt inspired by Schwartz' flight of fancy. And the excess was just getting started.
The company's resource sites and software are designed to prevent IT managers from being blindsided when open source code comes in the door.
Oracle strips out Red Hat logos and offer its own Linux? Red Hat refused to be provoked. Novell wants to cozy up to Microsoft? That's a fellow Linux distributor's affair. Microsoft has patents that govern parts of Linux? No tough rejoinder from Red Hat. Now Jim Whitehurst has arrived on the scene as the new CEO. He's an engaging and experienced manager. And he's going to need all his skills to find an antidote to Red Hat's anti-leadership vaccine.
Stage Manager allows IT administrators to test software changes in a virtualized production environment before launch.
The flow of funds shows that investors believe some part of the $20 billion database market is going to shift toward lower cost open source code.
Risk management company Palamida's list includes direct links to patches that will fix all five flaws, including ones identified in Geronimo 2.0 and JBoss.
The future enterprise version of Galaxy will be available in the second quarter as an add-on for subscribers of Mule 1.5 Enterprise Edition.
Salesforce.com is offering an integrated development environment that will work in the programmer's browser window.
Acquisition lets vendor plug hole in product line and dig deeper into open source market.
The latest version of the IT Infrastructure Library is proving to be more useful to small businesses.
Does the purchase of a widely used open source database system mean Sun is transitioning into a Web 2.0 software company?
Virtual Essentials is designed to provide cradle-to-grave identification, tracking, reporting, and management of both online and offline VMs.
A survey of more than 300 Oracle users in more than a dozen cities by Sentrigo found that two-thirds had never applied an Oracle security patch.
The Verizon suit is the third filed by the Software Freedom Law Center to uphold the terms of the General Public License.
Several software teams consider Coverity's Prevent SQS a valuable product despite a number of false positives.
A project sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security spotlights defects in popular applications such as Linux and Apache. But there's also good news.
In a story headlined, Open Source Code Contains Security Holes, I referred recently to the Firebird database project as "somewhat moribund." So imagine my surprise when a reader pointed out it was named project of the month in December by SourceForge, the dominant host of open source projects. Geez. Then there was the case of the supposedly "inactive" FreeBSD Unix.
A home energy savings experiment conducted by the Department of Energy and Pacific Northwest National Lab has some lessons for appliance manufacturers.
The electronic markets indicate Romney and McCain are in a dead heat to finish among the top candidates in the New Hampshire primary, followed by Huckabee.
Popular open source projects such as Samba, the PHP, Perl, Tcl dynamic languages, and Amanda were all found to have dozens or hundreds of security exposures.
The attacker penetrated the sites by discovering applications where the site builder expected a user name, address or other innocuous information to be typed in by the site visitor.
Industry analysis groups are starting to recommend the IT Infrastructure Library for mid-market organizations with small staffs and even smaller budgets.
We reported Jan. 2 that 96% of IT managers polled by Sage Research reported running Windows on their virtualized servers and 52% reported running Linux. Without a lot more information, exactly what that means can be debated, but I think it means Windows runs on a lot of physical servers.
Version 2.0 of gOS, used on the fast-selling $199 Wal-Mart PC, integrates Google-based applications and features.
The Iowa Electronic Markets at the University of Iowa also predicts that the Democratic nominee will beat the Republican in the November elections.
Features, such as Dynamic Tracing, give it an advantage along with its ability to run on more versions of hardware.
Sage Research said 96% of the respondents use Windows on their virtual servers and 52% are running Linux.