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 February 2008
A consensus was reached by standards delegations, but opponents predicted the thinness of support overseas will translate into votes to defeat at home.
Revenue for Sybase IQ, a column-oriented database for data warehouse systems, was up 70% last year.
The company launches new hardware and software in hopes of capturing virtualization and energy-sensitive customers.
More than 20 security vendors plan to use VMsafe, a set of APIs that offer visibility into VMware's hypervisor, to watch for viruses, Trojans, and keyloggers.
The U.S. Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission have given Oracle fast-track clearance to buy the middleware vendor.
Micro Framework 2.5 contains its own TCP/IP stack to make it easier to design and build Web connections and services into embedded devices.
"This is the most important acquisition in Sun's history," said CEO Jonathan Schwartz.
The company puts its Lifecycle Manager and Site Recovery Manager products in place to compete with disaster recovery specialist PlateSpin.
The purchase lets Novell focus on data center management and its desire to capture a bigger piece of the growing virtualization industry.
The software may also be used to move workloads around, allowing for some of the servers to undergo downtime for maintenance, without disrupting database applications.
Adapter combines high-end Ethernet capacity with leading-edge virtualization and fills a gap in data center virtualization.
Open source advocates downplay Microsoft's latest move to release previously confidential data on its applications and protocols.
Vertica Systems' Stonebraker says "column" design can speed data warehouse performance.
AMD made 3,000 routines for multithreaded programming available as open source, hoping to get more developers building apps that make multicore chips shine.
Instead of offering virtualization and system management as separate products, the company sees them as part of the same thing in its emerging xVM product line.
It's better for performance reasons to focus on the columns, says Michael Stonebraker, CTO of Vertica Systems.
The company offers its JBoss BlackTie.org project over BEA's software to emulate transaction-processing monitors that connect large servers.
Company executives see improvements in overseas revenue growth as it builds out its xVM and open source database vision.
CEO Jonathan Schwartz outlines his company's vision for supplying existing and future Web 2.0 companies with the open source tools they'll need.
CEO Schwartz says that the Solaris, Java, virtualization, MySQL combo is best for development.
The SpringSource, GigaSpaces partnership will allow Java developers to build scalable software without worrying how to incorporate heavy traffic features into their application.
Innotek's VirtualBox virtualization software lets desktop or laptop computers running Windows, Linux, Solaris, or Mac OS run additional operating systems side by side.
Microsoft researcher Jim Gray went missing at sea more than a year ago. Co-worker Tom Barclay describes how the tech industry rallied to help the search efforts.
The chain's CIO gives employees the option of working with a digital document to reduce the number of printers and expensive ink cartridge replacements.
As its fifth round of funding rolls in, the company presents itself as more industry standards compliant and less of a proprietary company than VMware.
The 2.0 version of ActiveMatrix includes Service Bus, a standalone version of an enterprise service bus that can be invoked to stitch together hundreds of new services.
In an effort to leapfrog VMware, everything from desktop to data center gets a Xen boost.
The "click and run" Mobile Edge Express app is designed for small- and midsize-business users who want to get SugarCRM information on their BlackBerry devices.
New features include a full text search tool, improved overall throughput, and ANSI standard SQL/XML support.
HP used to spend 70% of its R&D budget on hardware and 30% on software, but that ratio has reversed, says Mark Potts, CTO of HP's Management Software Business.
The division is pressing ahead with improvements to its online e-mail system, even though analysts say Zimbra mail poses too much of a challenge to Exchange.
"Does a monopolist go eagerly to court?" asks the man responsible for Linux, in the face of patent threats by Microsoft.
The startup said its latest version release presents a powerful alternative to VMware's virtual lab automation software.
Beta users are being signed up for a launch of the service in March.
The deal is part of a $100 million government initiative, the National State Project of High-Grade Education, which will add computer programming to public education curricula.