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 October 2008
The former market leader was Fair Isaac, whose rules processing system was a favorite of credit card companies and insurers.
In addition to Visual Basic, PowerBuilder and other scripting language applications, the company's Reference Framework can modernize some Cobol and C++ applications as well.
Oracle said it will combine the Haley policy platform with Oracle's existing ERP and Siebel CRM applications to create the first packaged software for social services agencies.
Interactive One hopes to expand its Web sites next year by adding one for each of its radio stations, while consolidating physical servers from 260 down to 120.
Zimbra, which already runs 20 million mailboxes, is looking to expand in educational institutions, through an advertising-supported e-mail option or as a paid-for service.
Its Open Studio software can already connect to Oracle, IBM's DB2, Microsoft's SQL Server, Sybase or any standard relational database that follows ODBC or JDBC access standards.
IBM plans to unveil additions to its Optim data management portfolio at its Information On Demand user group in Las Vegas this week.
Andy Bechtolsheim is leaving to focus on his latest startup, Arista Networks, which produces a high-speed Ethernet switch for cloud computing.
The Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, or EC2, is now ready to run Windows and the Microsoft SQL Server database. Both Windows and SQL Server operation will be in beta mode, according to Jeff Barr, senior Web services evangelist.
CEO Paul Maritz expects to bring out the VMware View 3.0 desktop virtualization management system in the fourth quarter, with "significant deliveries expected through 2009."
Updates to end-user features pull Java SE 6u10 closer into line with competitors Ajax, Adobe Flash, and Microsoft Silverlight.
Bluenog combines the development methods of open source with the technical support of a commercial company. Is this a prototype of the software company of the future?
Does cloud computing sound like fun, something your department or business unit could do while waiting for IT to come up with that new system you requested two years ago? Why not make use of somebody else's computing infrastructure, especially if they're smart enough to figure out how to give you access to it?
In the wee hours of the morning recently, I posted a blog addressed to the virtualization vendors: "It's Time To Walk The Walk, Not Just Talk," advocating greater use of the recently emerged OVF standard. Simon Crosby, CTO of Citrix Systems' XenSource unit, was four time zones away in Cambridge, England, but it only took him about four hours to track me down.
The big German chemicals company found application performance was slowed at the desktop, but a number of other advantages offset that effect.
Managed Objects produces such software products as Application Impact Management, which gathers application operational data together into a management dashboard.
The upset of BEA's WebLogic was only the first surprise in a survey of developers' preferences for application servers.
The goal is for Kensho to become an open source project with its own community and core of developers, independent from Citrix.
Symantec has launched a Web services-based way of getting its vulnerability assessment and backup and recovery services to developers of new applications.
Virtualization offers many potential savings through server consolidation and reduced server administration labor. But it also poses the age-old hazard of vendor lock-in. The field is young enough that the market leader, VMware, and the bigger companies that are following in its footsteps have not yet been called to account for their proprietary moves. But that's increasingly hard to bear when there's a solution so close at hand.
The latest version of the software adds the Dojo Toolkit, enhancing the Zend platform's existing capabilities by adding client-side features that it has tended to lack.
It's hard to know whether there's more than meets the eye with Red Hat's acquisition of Qumranet. Yes, it gets expertise in the open source KVM hypervisor, and KVM is the alternative preferred by open source developers. But what can Red Hat actually do with a desktop virtualization product? How's it going to make headway against Citrix XenServer and VMware's Virtual Desktop Infrastructure? There's potential in KVM, but is there traction in desktop virtualization for Red Hat?
EDS has helped the military in consolidating 1,200 x86 servers down to 200, each hosting multiple VMware ESX virtual machines.
CA is catching up to Hewlett-Packard, IBM, and BMC.
The acquisition of Primavera Software will give Oracle the opportunity to bundle project management with its existing enterprise portfolio.
Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. and EnterpriseDB will co-develop a feature of modern database management systems -- synchronous replication -- for the open source database.
CA Data Center Automation Manager is one of 10 new automation products launched this week, but it's the one that most reflects where data center automation may be headed.
Version 2.0 expands its support for .Net APIs, such as ASP.Net for building Active Server Pages, a Microsoft interactive Web page technology, and ADO.Net 2.0.
The KVM engine may offer some efficiencies in running virtual machines that Citrix XenServer and VMware's ESX Server lack, Red Hat said.
The SpringSource dm Server aims to simplify the deployment environment the way it has done in the development environment.
Credit Suisse rolled its own virtualization layer, putting management tools on top of all the leading hypervisors, letting it sustain a cross-vendor infrastructure.
A new iPhone application, freely available at the Apple App Store, makes use of the iPhone's social networking and viral communications attributes.
The retail software maker's products help store owners decide how to arrange stores and manage retail space for best product placement.