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 2009
The business rules engine division has supplied four new software tools that can be used to display complex data in a rich Internet application.
"There's no excuse not to run your database system in a virtual machine," VMware CTO Stephen Herrod said in his keynote at VMworld Europe.
Microsoft has filed suit against a software maker whose GPS navigation system uses Linux. Microsoft claims TomTom infringes eight of its patents. Linux backers are keeping a wary eye on the case, but so far consider this to be a dispute over GPS mapping software.
The Open Document Format was adopted today by the British government as a basis for making future software purchases based on open standards. In general, Britain is requiring government agencies to use as much software based on standards as possible, based on its 10-point program to encourage open standards and open source. If Britain can do it, why can't we?
VMLogix's cross-platform LabManager and Stage Manager hypervisor management tools will be key elements of Citrix Essentials for XenServer and Hyper-V.
The company's new TeamInspector product monitors progress on multiple projects, separating out key statistics and indicators and presenting them in a single dashboard.
vCenter Server Heartbeat and vShield, launched at VMware's user group meeting, bring the company closer to supplying the data center operating system via its virtual machine management capabilities.
The latest version of the column-based business analytics server boasts new tools for data monitoring and management, better encryption, and faster business intelligence processing.
The software runs on commodity hardware and becomes a plug-and-play addition to a data center being built out around cloud principles.
Red Hat has moved from being a bolt-it-on virtualization vendor to a build-it-in supplier. It will include the KVM hypervisor in its next release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, earlier than expected. It's doing so because it wants to get competitive in virtualization. And it realizes the time to do so is now.
VMware's relentless growth, reporting revenue of $1.3 billion last year, has brought the two allies even closer together.
At the Cloud Computing Forum, InformationWeek asked a distinguished panel why it was necessary for every hypervisor vendor to launch its own virtual machine runtime format. If we can see the need to move workloads from one cloud to another, a common runtime format would simplify the process. What will it take, I asked, a user revolt?
As things stood before Feb. 17, neither one of them would provide technical support for the other's operating system.
The number of enterprises using cloud computing will grow to 9% in three years, says one analyst, but its impact will far exceed those modest figures.
Having consolidated and virtualized its servers using VMware's vCloud initiative, a small college is learning how much it can get done.
Endpoint Virtualization Suite suite will supply a Windows desktop to end users within corporate walls, on the road, or at home.
The OSGi Alliance just celebrated its 10th anniversary. Another vendor consortium congratulating itself? Not exactly. OSGi has done a lot to make Java less of a mountain to climb. It specifies simpler, independent modules of code that can be modified, even when the application is running. And therein lies new opportunity.
The idea of managing pooled memory to manage traffic is gaining currency in other quarters.
Instead of hiring someone to write specs for a new assembly line, ThyssenKrupp's system engineering sales force uses SugarCRM to do the work.
Staffers still at Sun have picked up the pieces and moved on under Kaj Arno's lead.
Web development stack GlassFish will likely be offered by Sun as part of an integrated set with open source database MySQL.
The company's CTO for cloud computing contrasts Google's, Amazon's, and Microsoft's enterprise data center strategies with HP's new way of thinking about clouds.
In a letter to President Obama, open source leaders ask him to make mandatory during the government's technology acquisition process a consideration of whether an application's source is open or closed.
Zack Urlocker, a key member of the MySQL brain trust, will oversee the portfolio of Java middleware that Sun offers as open source code, including GlassFish and Solaris.
VMware is bidding for thin client device makers and independent software developers to develop for its Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, now called VMware View, with a piece of open source code, Open Client, it's first Lesser GPL open source, as best I know.
The fiscal impact may come if customers conclude that his departure means there's been a significant dilution of the MySQL brain trust at Sun.
The move exemplifies PHP's growing role as the Java or business language of Web applications.
Intelligence being built into Citrix's XenDesktop 3 would effectively render the end-user presentation on the virtual desktop as an "HD experience."
The supplier of Rendezvous infrastructure messaging software is bringing out its first hardware product, looking to speed up communications for brokerage houses and other industries requiring fast messaging services.
Could Microsoft take its cash reserves and buy an open source company? Why not? Who expected Oracle and Citrix Systems to become such big investors in open source. Citrix' purchase of XenSource sure has worked out--for Microsoft, in my opinion. And that example might seed a desire for more open source code in Microsoft's camp.
He replaces Harold Goldberg, who came to Zend two years ago from a post as senior marketing manager with BMC Software.
CEO John Roberts pledges to help customers reposition their companies to take advantage of cloud computing trends and more open source code.
Much of the reader feedback to "Why Windows Must Go Open Source" is saying, "No way." But part of my hypothesis is the fact that Microsoft as a developer culture is much less averse to such a move than Microsoft as a business culture. Consider the Windows Template Library, code that's now part of Google's browser, Chrome.