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 July 2007
Will open source databases make incursions into Oracle? Not likely. That's the view that extends far outside the circular towers of the Oracle campus. Consider, then, the experience of Jason Weiss, software architect at national florist supplier FTD. He thinks Oracle should be worried. Actually, he said, "terrified."
XenSource and Microsoft follow VMware's lead.
The bank captured the rules and implicit knowledge of the central review committee's loan processing system and put it into a business rules engine.
BEA adds enhancements to its AquaLogic product line to let business customers use wikis, mashups, and social computing.
The test showed open source PostgreSQL results that were about 12% lower than an Oracle database system, which one backer called "a good day for open source."
Ants Software previously billed itself as a high-performance relational system; it's now emphasizing its ability to migrate database users away from Sybase to Oracle.
The software offers enhanced database integration, security, and standards compliance.
There are some neat new features in Oracle 11g -- and some intended to stave off Microsoft.
The package of applications is designed to bring service architecting and business process building capabilities to small and medium-sized businesses.
The 11g database includes an advanced feature, Real Application Testing, that's expected to help customers migrate applications to the new database with less pain than previous migrations.
The upcoming Enterprise Log Manager product is meant to simplify the expanding complexity of security products.
If Novell includes the latest version of Samba in its SUSE Linux distributions, Microsoft said it's unwilling to have its Linux subscription coupons be used in connection with any GPLv3 code.
The "Bear View" is an attempt to put into the hands of its largest trading customers an investment workstation that consolidates many trading and asset management functions.
The skills needed to manage virtualization are not so different from those that already populate the data center staff, but they're more important for handling virtual servers than physical servers.
One of the unsung features of GPLv3 is its grant of compatibility to the Apache and Eclipse open source licenses. Apache or Eclipse licensed code can now be combined with GPL code without creating a violation of the GPL. That wasn't possible in the past, or at least, not sanctioned by the Free Software Foundation.
Two years ago, less than 5% of the data center had been virtualized. By 2010, Intel projects that 25% of enterprise data center servers will be running in virtualization mode.
Evans Data found that 64.8% were targeting Windows, down from the 70% to 74% that the Microsoft platform recorded in the 2006 surveys.
Right Media's use of the latest Zend Framework may give Yahoo the means to counter Google's dominance in online advertising.