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 April 2010
The merits of MongoDB, a NoSQL database management system, are detailed by its CEO.
An appliance built on open source code enables enterprises to build a pool of virtual servers and manage them as a private cloud.
Managing virtual machines, especially now that more of them they carry mission-critical workloads, remains a top concern among IT managers who have deployed virtualized servers in the data center, according to a survey on the floor of Interop in Las Vegas.
Verizon Business is branching out into cloud services, including identity management, in partnership with Novell.
Two young companies, neither of them leaders in traditional software development, have teamed up to pull enterprise Java programmers into cloud development. In this case, the cloud is specifically the Force.com data centers that already host Salesforce.com's CRM applications. It's an unlikely pairing, but it just might work.
Built on the Spring Framework, VMForce is a cloud development platform for enterprise Java developers.
Enterprise Linux customers with premium support get an open gateway to use on Amazon's EC2.
A cloud management platform makes workload building and monitoring tools available for general use.
Two former Rackspace employees form a spin-off to support the Cassandra open source database.
A cloud startup promises to save companies $1 million on IT -- or it will make up the difference.
Comprehensive systems management software covers the full Oracle stack from applications to disk drives, company says.
New features in the distro's latest version will make it possible to run heavy I/O servers, such as database servers, in a virtual machine under Linux, company says.
At the Under the Radar showcase for cloud start-ups, I was struck by how relational database, one of the defining technologies of a previous era, has become outmoded in this one. In example after example, it was obvious SQL and structured data tables are no longer the right way to go about handling data.
Data cleansing, integration, and master data management are rolled into Talend's 4.0 version of its data integration system.
By acquiring Rabbit Technologies, VMware unit SpringSource will become a supplier of tools for building service-oriented cloud applications.
The annual Linux developer meet-up is underway in San Francisco, with code producers and maintainers looking at ways to improve the process and bring in new blood.
Memcached serves as the core, but Gear6 enhances distributed cache management with persistence and a wider range of data types.
A hardware appliance multiplies the work of open source Memcached to expand the cache memory available to Web servers.
Ongoing development of the MySQL open source system is in Oracle's best interest, the company says, as it prepares to announce the public beta of MySQL 5.5.
A data analysis system running in a virtual machine sets a benchmark record, disproving the fear that virtualization overhead slows results.
Eucalyptus Systems, the supplier of open source APIs that are Amazon EC2 compatible, has teamed up with GroundWork, a supplier of data center systems management.
The trans-Atlantic 451 Group has its eye on how cloud computing is developing in Europe and the rest of the world as well as the U.S.
Large software companies are a special kind of business where their investment in existing code becomes a larger and larger drag on how fast they can move and what they can do next. The advent of cloud computing challenges big companies to change. Watching Oracle and Microsoft respond offers a study in contrasts.
The developer of an on-demand application built atop Salesforce.com has added data portability.
An important alignment occurs April 7 that will probably win little fanfare. Eucalyptus Systems, the supplier of open source APIs that are Amazon EC2 compatible, has teamed up with GroundWork, a supplier of data center systems management. GroundWork wants to gaze into the private cloud, which in the future, may often be a Eucalyptus-based stack.
The trans-Atlantic 451 Group has its eye on how cloud computing is developing in Europe and the rest of the world as well as the U.S. The old adage that European IT lags the U.S. by a couple of years applies to cloud computing--more than that when it comes to infrastructure as a service.
I had the chance recently to talk to Kia Bahnia, CTO of BMC Software, the systems management vendor. He reminded me how virtualization is first and foremost about running applications, not saving capital expenses or reducing the server footprint in the data center. Think "applications." When it comes to cloud computing, ditto.
The San Francisco supplier of services for running Ruby applications in the cloud now supports JRuby used with Java applications.