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 August 2010
VMware isn't letting much moss accumulate under its feet as it continues expanding what it plans to do with its virtualization software portfolio. VMware executives have taken to expressing the expanding horizons of virtualization as a theme. They say they refer customers to "the journey," not one set of limited data center goals.
App, previously available only for Apple devices, allows smartphone users to remotely access a virtualized desktop or PC.
Private clouds inside the enterprise will trade workloads with similar, VMware-based public clouds rendering physical data centers "quite fluid," according to CEO Paul Maritz.
I/O Director supplies high-speed data movement off of virtual machines at a lower cost than using Fibre Channel over Ethernet.
Virtualization software from Amazon EC2 designers aims to operate across multiple virtual machine formats and internal and external clouds.
Third-party tool adds reliability, accuracy, and speed to virtual machine backups and restores.
Version 2.0 of the open source Amazon EC2-compatible code contains features and functions ahead of the Enterprise edition.
Stratavia's Data Palette extends Hewlett-Packard's data center automation into application configuration, operations, and management.
Startup gets second-round financing to bring its Director cloud operating system to market.
XenDesktop upgrade lets end users run laptop applications in a virtual machine, even when disconnected from a virtualized server.
Two years ago it would have been impossible for a professional manager's association to produce a position paper, Guiding Data Centers to Cloud Computing. The "cloud" was still being disparaged in too many quarters. Now it's become respectable. I miss the days when the topic was more disputable and, in some quarters, disreputable.
BalancePoint manages across both VMware and Microsoft virtualized environments and a "Predictor" can foresee storage problems that could lead to application workload outages.
AFCOM think tank tells the 85% of its members who haven't adopted cloud computing how to prepare.
As IT shops look at their gains from consolidating servers, they realize this was just a first step brought about by implementing virtualization. Once you've consolidated, you realize how many more steps are both possible and necessary if virtualization is going to lead to more payback.
Executives tout advantages over VMWare's approach, including efficiency, ability to build virtual appliances out of Oracle products.
Keynote at the Cassandra Summit outlined features in the 0.7 release of the NoSQL database system, notably support for secondary indexes.
RightScale announced a little while ago that it was managing over one million servers in the cloud through its management platform. That would be a million virtual, not physical, machines, but the number is still impressive. Maybe the return on cloud computing lies in supplying front-end management as much as in infrastructure.
Auto-sharding and replica sets equip the open source key value system to subdivide data sets across a large server cluster.
Fortify's products pick out exposures that result from errors in programming.
In addition to Mark Shuttlesworth, CEO of Cannonical; Simon Crosby, CTO of the cloud division at Citrix Systems; and Paul Maritz, CEO of VMware, lets add another distinguished South African to the annals of virtualization and cloud computing: Chris Pinkham, founder and CEO of Nimbula.
Oracle expands capabilities of former Sun Microsystems virtual desktop product with a comprehensive approach that includes a virtualized host, standardized desktop images, high-performance multimedia, and a management console.
The non-profit foundation is trying to remove barriers to open source code adoption by easing compliance issues including providing code scanning tools that identify if open source code is linked to commercial code.
Red Hat, Rackspace, and others are taking an open approach.
Hadoop, the system that takes advantage of a large cluster for sorting masses of data, looks like a rapidly evolving piece of cloud software. Cloudera, the company that includes original Hadoop author, Doug Cutting, issued a Hadoop front end and deployment system to make it easier to use recently.
SpringSource's integration of Hyperic 4.4 with the vCenter Server aims to make the virtual machine management console the primary tool for virtual infrastructure administrators.
Acquiring the Surgient Automation Platform would allow Quest to expand in the self-provisioning and virtualized server management market.