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 September 2009
Yahoo's Zimbra unit continues to enhance its open source alternative to Microsoft Exchange and IBM LotusNotes.
HP has hired Randy Seidl, a key Sun sales executive to head up its Americas sales organization, putting more pressure on Sun.
HyperRoll's Data Performance Management Suite draws data out of all major databases to speed up reporting of financial results.
Sam Ramji, former head of Microsoft's Open Source Labs is now VP of strategy at Sonoa Systems, a startup focused on a key measure of how the Web 2.0 will operate.
The Transaction Processing Council levied a rare, $10,000 fine against Oracle for comparing an existing TPC result with one it plans to report in the future.
IBM has been investing in cloud computing for several years, although Willy Chiu, VP of IBM Cloud Labs, acknowledges it may be difficult for those outside IBM to develop a picture of what its cloud initiative will finally look like.
The data integration supplier will convert Amalto's assets into open source code for master data management.
IBM's CTO of Cloud Computing, Kristof Kloeckner, says IBM has demonstrated software engineering as a cloud process. At the end of the process, a developer deploys his application to the cloud of choice. As of today, that cloud better be running VMware virtual machines. In the future, the choice may be broader.
Release 12 of the mainframe database management tool aims to simplify DB2 administration and improve application performance.
The center will be built with IBM's CloudBurst hardware and will be used to modernize a municipal administration and economy.
What's notable about the open source project announced yesterday, Simple API for cloud computing, are the names that are present, IBM, Microsoft and Rackspace, and the names that are not: Amazon, for one, is not a backer, and let's just stop right there.
CEO Jim Whitehurst called the open source software vendor's second quarter revenues "better than expected."
The company started scanning open source code for reliability and integrity three years ago and has a Department of Homeland Security contract.
Tcat Server is based on the Apache Tomcat Server. Tcat can be used to manage Tomcat either in the cloud, or on premises behind a firewall.
Zend Technologies' Simple API project provides a common API set from which developers may call application services.
In the Sept. 11 story, "Oracle Fights IBM Poaching With Ad," I wrote that Sun used to lead the Unix server market, now IBM does, with HP second. That was once true but the reality is more complicated. HP has slipped to number three, and Sun is number two; therein lies a tale.
Low-cost disaster recovery, live failover, and a production testing environment in the 'ShadowCloud' are the lead services being offered.
Sam Ramji, Microsoft's credible open source spokesman, is leaving to join a startup and return with his family to the San Francisco Bay area. All Microsoft has to do is find a replacement. Ramji tried to push a mighty boulder up the mountain and got it at least to the first ledge. How will his successor fare?
In its first iteration, Apps.gov consists strictly of software-as-a-service applications or other Internet services.
HP will rely on Canon for multifunction device technologies and Canon will provide technical support for jointly produced devices.
Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin charges that Microsoft's goal in selling 22 patents was to get them into the hands of patent trolls.
In a relatively brief period, VMware has gone from a small company to 2008 revenues of $1.9 billion. At VMworld in San Francisco, I got a sense of how that rapid growth leads to growing pains. For one thing, some of your best customers prefer your little competitors to you.
Sugar Community Edition 5.2 gives developers a central location to produce and assemble custom Sugar apps.
Open source Eucalyptus code now supports VMware ESX Server as well as open source code Xen and KVM for private clouds.
Third parties offer products to enhance the VMware virtual machine operating environments.
It's no secret enterprises are making heavy use of virtualization in the data center. Market research shows their leading provider is VMware. With Microsoft offering virtualization in Windows Server 2008 and other free alternatives available, it's hard to see how VMware's grip will last. But VMworld offered a glimpse of why it may.
Instead of generating a single virtual server in the cloud, Savvis is proposing that customers generate sets of them for ongoing use.
Sun's ownership of the MySQL open source database is being viewed as a potential anti-competitive issue by the European Commission.
The move by the European Union will delay Oracle's ability to close the deal by up to five months.
Speaking at VMworld, Stephen Herrod foresees virtual data centers recovering from disaster before users realize a disaster has occurred.
Released Wednesday, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4 includes the KVM hypervisor, extensively tested for enterprise use.
vCloud Express is a counterstroke to Amazon EC2 cloud services.
Release 2 of Oracle's flagship database seeks to consolidate departmental, smaller systems on a data center grid.
In his VMworld keynote, CEO Paul Martz outlined the company's plans to provide seamless management consoles for internal and cloud-based virtual machines.