Profile of Charles BabcockEditor at Large, Cloud
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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 2009
Germany's IGEL is less well known but is offering some redefinition of what a thin client can do and appears closely attuned to virtualization developments.
The push for cost savings will sweep virtualization solutions from VMware, Microsoft, Citrix, and others past the server, onto the desktop and into the cloud.
Desktop virtualization is not like what it sounds. It does not start with a one-by-one conversion of each user's desktop from a straightforward piece of hardware to one that runs only a virtual machine.
Attachmate's terminal-emulation software takes advantage of Vista features and has been integrated with Microsoft .Net technologies.
The trailing off of license revenue in the final quarter was a warning to Citrix that 2009 would be a difficult year, revenue-wise.
Jcx.Software has released VS.Php 2.6, an integrated development environment for Microsoft Visual Studio developers who want to work in PHP.
The software now supports monitoring of Sybase versions 12.5 and 15 as well as IBM's DB2 version 8.2 or 9.5 running on Linux, Unix, and Windows.
If IT budgets loosen up with an economic turnaround, company execs expect VMware to be a big beneficiary.
Virtual Computer, a startup that has just released in beta its NxTop bare-metal hypervisor for desktops, acquired Citrix as a strategic investor.
How is Citrix's upcoming desktop hypervisor different from its XenDesktop already on the table? Mainly, end users gain the ability to leave the network that connects their client to a host server and still operate their personal virtualized desktop. XenDesktop, on the other hand, is tethered, not free roaming.
Increased flexibility for users and improved security are expected benefits of a secure client virtual machine based on XenServer.
The new release is capable of implementing virtual machines on the largest x86 instruction set servers, including those with 126 CPUs and a terabyte of main memory.
Now part of 10g R3, the software has been integrated with Oracle's identity and access management and SOA products.
When thinking about applications in the cloud, it's best to think of new applications, applications oriented toward Web operations, and applications that do things in a way that's contrary to what you're accustomed to. In other words, think about using Google Bigtable.
Moving applications to the cloud is what the Cloud Connect conference is all about. But cloud services at this stage tend to be somewhat self-referential. They're about working with what's already available in the cloud. Look at Lasso2Go, for example, a service I didn't know I needed.
Salesforce.com, Google, and Amazon say their strategies and software help enterprises move virtualized and IT resources into a cloud computing model.
A two-tier virtualization hierarchy, where a central server feeds interactions to a corporate desktop and a client hypervisor takes over after the user disconnects, is envisioned.
The savings that flow from server virtualization are well known and accepted. The potential savings on the client side, I believe, are even greater. But that premise is much less widely accepted, and even less frequently implemented. Perhaps virtualizing end users one application at a time is the way to go.
With two additions to its Adaptive Infrastructure management products, HP is upping the ante in the race to manage physical and virtual data center servers from the same console.
The availability of everRun as a feature of the operating system could allow Windows Server 2008 to host multiple virtual machines running mission-critical systems.
The company's NephOS -- data center modeling and orchestration system product -- works with VMware's ESX, open source Xen, or Sun's xVM VirtualBox.
The joint software substitutes transaction processing Ingres for Web page-serving MySQL and integrates JBoss tools.
The purchase is expected to equip IBM with automated process intelligence for its business process management products.
For years, FileMaker has been the database of choice for Apple users. With the release of FileMaker Pro 10, the company wants to go after Microsoft Access users.
It's getting more common to see a proprietary company partner with an open source one, but even so, the alliance of SpringSource and VMware is notable. Each is a leader in its field, and their ability to work together is a boost for both.
The ODF Alliance, with Sun and IBM as principal backers, announced the countries would use ODF, not Microsoft's OOXML, as the format for government documents.