While Sun Microsystems' MySQL gets the limelight, with its 55 percent quarterly billings increase, other open-source database competitors like Ingres and Enterprise are also doing well.
Ingres on Tuesday reported a significant uptick in its 2008 revenue, climbing 32 percent to $68 million over $52 million in 2007. EnterpriseDB didn't provide revenue numbers, but it also recently reported a banner year, with greater than 50 percent growth in new customer accounts and "comparable bookings growth."
New Ingres customers in 2008 include Air Enterprises, Allied Express, Banca IFIS SpA, BBP Partners, CondeNast Publications, Connected Wedding, C&K … Read more
Have desktop, will travel.
VMware unveiled Tuesday its open source virtual desktop client VMware View Open Client, designed to provide users with constant access to their personal desktop on almost any device.
VMware View Open Client aims to provide organizations with the ability to host user desktops within their respective datacenters and allow their users to access their personal desktops from a variety of devices at any given time.
Jocelyn Goldfein, general manager of VMware's Desktop business unit, said in a statement:
Now we are sharing our source code in VMware view Open Client so vendors can easily optimize … Read more
Reading The Wall Street Journal on Friday, I was struck by an article detailing the changing fortunes of luxury goods manufacturers like Burberry and Emanuel Ungaro, and how much they mirror those of enterprise software vendors. Recent discounting by luxury goods companies has led once-loyal customers to question the price tags they once resolutely paid:
...[M]any fashion-industry veterans believe last fall's steep discounting of European designer goods by 70% or more did lasting damage to the perception of luxury. People now feel like they were ripped off by high prices all along--and they are vowing never to pay … Read more
Correction: Sybase reported a 13 percent increase in license revenue, based on constant currency.
Update at 7:49 a.m. PST, with comments from the conference call.
Sybase posted fourth-quarter results on Wednesday that sailed past Wall Street's earnings expectations.
With earnings driven by strong growth in its core database business, company shares jumped 7.8 percent to $27.87 in early-morning trading.
Revenues during the quarter rose to $305.1 million, up 3 percent over the same time a year ago. Wall Street was expecting the enterprise software company to make $300.3 million, according to Thomson Reuters. … Read more
If you were looking to create a start-up, and particularly an open-source start-up, you could hardly do better than to stumble upon a pre-existing open-source project with millions of downloads, widespread adoption by some of the biggest names in the industry, and a fast-growing enterprise need.
Take Lucene, for example, as CMS Watch's Kas Thomas noted on Monday. It is a hugely popular project with one big failing: no enterprise support. Writes Thomas:
Lucene has a lot going for it...(It's) one of the safest (open-source projects) around, in terms of governance and oversight (through the Apache Foundation), … Read more
VMware reported Monday a 25 percent jump in fourth-quarter revenues and an increase in its quarterly net profit, despite recessionary times gripping the economy.
The virtualization software maker generated fourth-quarter revenues of $515 million, up by double digits over the same time a year ago. That performance beat analysts expectations of $512.3 million, according to Thomson Reuters.
VMware posted fourth-quarter net profits of $111 million, or 29 cents a share, compared with profits of $78 million, or 19 cents a share, a year earlier. Wall Street was expecting earnings of 26 cents a share, according to Thomson Reuters.
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Lucid Imagination, an open-source enterprise search company, is looking to compete with established players like Autonomy, Microsoft's Fast, and Endeca, but the target is already shifting.
Paula Rooney highlights Lucid CEO Eric Gries' open-source enterprise search plan: be the Red Hat of enterprise search.
But let's fast forward a bit. Like Red Hat, Lucid will start in one area and need to expand into new adjacent markets. Red Hat can offer a stack of software … Read more
Recent Enterprise Strategy Group data indicates that security spending should maintain its current pace in 2009. There will be spending increases in some vertical sectors, like the U.S. federal government, but overall, things should remain relatively flat.
As they say on Wall Street these days, "flat is the new up." Large organizations will continue to bolster network defenses and focus on protecting confidential and private data. Given the frightening security threat landscape, this is good news.
Unfortunately, there is a caveat here. Under constant pressure to "do more with less," some chief security officers I … Read more
There is a change brewing in information security and information management. In the early days, this discipline really came down to event detection. Security information management systems scanned a bunch of data looking for needle-in-the-haystack events that indicated trouble. All other data was considered "noise" and thrown away.
With the onset of regulatory compliance a few years ago, this model went through an initial change. The "noisy" data was now necessary information to demonstrate security controls for compliance audits. Still, event data and compliance data remained separate entities.
Now things are changing yet again. In today'… Read more