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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 May 2009
Over the last two years, Intel commissioned a study on how companies were delivering virtualization to end users. It's one of the few indicators of where this confused segment is headed. Several approaches are still on the table, but the fastest growing one is where the virtual machine resides on the end user's PC.
InterContinental Hotels is using in-memory data-sharing systems to better anticipate what amenities customers will want during their stays.
Parallel Studio is intended to work with Microsoft Visual Studio for development of Windows applications intended to run on servers with multicore CPUs.
Using the stack will let developers avoid leaning on stored procedures or triggers written in a vendor's proprietary form of SQL.
The virtualization giant will own 5% of Terremark, which produces cloud and managed IT services for large companies and government agencies.
The company is in the process of being acquired by Micro Focus International for $75 million.
The move reflects Vizioncore's sense that more mission-critical applications are now running in virtual machines and extra measures are needed to protect data.
With the threat of major changes by future owner Oracle, Monty Widenius, original author of MySQL, says the group will act as a safe haven for the open source database system.
VSphere 4 has the capability to manage the data center as a set of virtualized resources.
A repository for rules, such as the one in JBoss Enterprise BRMS, can maintain consistent versions across all relevant applications.
A new CIO, a shrinking budget, and a commitment to serving mobile employees pointed to the solution: cloud apps and a cluster of virtualized x86 servers.
The state's Public Utilities Commission is using the Open Campus application to give employees wireless access as well as virtual desktops and diskless laptops to ensure data security.
The Amazon move follows an earlier offering by open source Web site management firm Hyperic.
The migration of a running virtual machine from one physical server to another was referred to by one VMware user as "a god-like power" that he gained by using VMware's VMotion product. At the end of this year, Microsoft will catch up by offering live migration on Hyper-V.
VMWare and Citrix will be joined at the conference by Ixia, VKernal, Vizioncore, and others to show how much the enterprise has to gain by adopting virtualization.
Developers and testers can use the Surgient application to reserve server capacity to run virtual machines in the data center.
Lead developer Monty Widenius heads a new vendor-neutral alliance to provide support for MySQL users who may be left out once Oracle completes its buy of Sun Microsystems.
The company will use virtualization and Intel processors to maximize its software platforms' efficiencies.
Dazzle converts the nonnavigable IT infrastructure "into a self-service application store, like iTunes," Citrix executive says.
VControl could speed IT operations by allowing end users to configure and initiate their VM of choice without requiring assistance from IT managers.
I had the chance to corner Andrew Updegrove to talk about Microsoft's settlement with TomTom, the Dutch GPS navigation device maker that embeds Linux in its product. Microsoft claimed TomTom had violated three of its patents governing file system management. Updegrove painted the settlement as a partial victory.
CEO Rod Johnson says he's wanted to bring Hyperic HQ Enterprise systems management in-house since 2007.
Greg Scherer, CTO of the I/O device maker Neterion, explains a weakness buried in virtualization's hypervisor. When it comes to virtual machine I/O, the hypervisor has to deal with it through a software switch, and lots of I/O means frequent interruption of the hypervisor's main job, processing guest application needs.
The goal is to generate a functioning virtual desktop that uses the x86 hardware and resident Windows operating system but doesn't leave a footprint behind after its shut down.