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 November 2008
The fairly new field of complex event processing sets parameters around a software event and triggers alerts if the rules governing it are violated.
I've noted that the DMTF.org standards body is not working on a spec for a standard virtual machine runtime, one that could be shared by all vendors. Why not? Because among DMTF members, there's no political will to do so. There is, however, a desire to create a standard VM management interface.
Tibco and OpenSpan are teaming up to combine functions from Office applications into a new composite that helps automate the business process.
I had just finished moderating a Webinar, my first, on how enterprises architect their virtual environments. One of the takeaways was, beware of the impulse to migrate virtual machines. They have to go from like to like, when it comes to server chipsets. And the first headline I saw afterward declared that information obsolete.
Microsoft is positioning its Hyper-V hypervisor and Virtual Machine Manager component of Microsoft's System Center for on premises and in the cloud support.
Support for both Java Database Connectivity and Microsoft's .Net Data Provider has been updated in the upgrade of the open source database software.
I don't remember when the Obama family strode on stage Election Night, but a review of traffic at the Clickabilty site shows a sudden drop just before 9 p.m. The drop deepens until about 9:26 and then, just as precipitously, traffic resumes at its previous level. It's a snapshot of how the Web can be trumped by traditional media.
Telelogic has played a large role in embedded software for the automotive, aerospace, defense, and telecommunications markets.
CEO Jim Whitehurst says Red Hat will perform robustly through a recession. Is that true or is he engaged in wishful thinking? InformationWeek's cover story this week, "The Open Source Enterprise," concludes that open source code gets taken more seriously in a time of IT budget cutbacks. Will that help Red Hat?
Version 6.3 connects to Microsoft Terminal Services 2008 and supports Microsoft Remote Desktop Protocol with 32-bit color and font smoothing.
The partnership will allow for exchanging messages between PHP business logic and the end-user-oriented Web applications built with Adobe's Flash Player and Flex components.
The analyzer is hoped to push MySQL query execution closer to the performance range of large commercial database systems.
Without EDS revenue added to the total, HP would have experienced a 5% growth in revenue for the year, or 2% after adjustment for the effects of currencies.
In an exclusive interview, Red Hat's Jim Whitehurst opens up about the open source software firm's short-term prospects in troubled times and longer-term opportunities for growth.
With its increased compatibility, StarOffice represents a low-cost alternative for companies looking to save on their IT budgets.
Sun's Executive VP for Software, Rich Green, has resigned, just as Sun says it will lay off 15-18% of its employees. This is an awkward juxtaposition. Sun is reorganizing its software unit; open source software is at the heart of its business strategy; and the leading spokesman for open source is going away.
I asked, how's progress coming on a neutral VM runtime format that could be recognized by all the hypervisor vendors? Winston Bumpus, president of the DMTF, said: "Nothing is under way at the moment. Nobody's proposed that we undertake that work."
Updates to the Zenoss 2.3 open source network management system include discovery and inventory of VMware-based virtual machines and detection of VM movement from one host to another.
A recent survey by Evans Data found GlassFish ranked just behind Red Hat's JBoss among developer preferences and ahead of several commercial products.
Netscaler 9 helps Web apps attain fast response times for high-priority users, while fending off resource-consuming Web spiders, scrapers, and botnets, according to Citrix.
The software will be installed as an Amazon Machine Image, a virtual machine file format based on Xen, and made available on Amazon's DevPay service.
G2One is the supplier of Groovy and Grails, a Java-like scripting language for the Java Virtual Machine based on concepts found in the popular Ruby on Rails.
The bane of the cell phone industry is that its software needs to be rewritten for every new model. And since new cell phones come along about as often as, ah, cell phone commercials on TV, that's a problem. The answer is virtualization -- break the dependence on hardware of a piece of software written for a particular device.
Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff made a splash with his announcements of ties to Facebook and Amazon's computing cloud at his company's Dreamforce user group meeting this week. "None of these announcements will produce discrete revenue," points out Steven Ashley, the Robert W. Baird investment bank analyst who shared my table at lunch. Then again, they don't necessarily need to.
Salesforce will let customers build and run applications on its platform, customize their applications, and tap into other Web-based services.
CEO Marc Benioff asserts his customers in effect are tapping into a cloud when they run their Salesforce applications from two U.S. data centers over the Internet.
With balloons floating as tethered "clouds" in front of the Moscone Center and clouds projected onto the beams of the keynote hall, attendees at Dreamforce in San Francisco probably got the picture that CEO Marc Benioff wanted to talk about cloud computing. Which he did yesterday for two-and-a-quarter hours straight.
Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff lauded Neil Young's efforts in converting a 5,000-pound vintage Lincoln into an energy-efficient, hybrid-electric vehicle.