Paglo is launching the public beta of their service today. Currently, Paglo … Read more
John Powell, CEO of Alfresco, has declared that the open-source industry is worth $60 billion, not necessarily because of its vendors' collective revenue, but rather because of the value of the cost savings for customers.
That's the right way to think about software: From the customer's perspective.Open source is now the world's largest software industry....You measure it in the savings people are making in licence fees....Licence fees don't add any value to the product and are purely a transfer of wealth from consumers to software vendors.
Subscription-based business models are ideal for customers because they focus the vendor on delivering constant, consistent value. License-based businesses? Not so much.
As a case in point, Alfresco (Disclosure: I work for Alfresco) just closed a deal with a large US federal agency. The project is worth over $50 million, with Alfresco at the core. But if all of that $50 million were going into my pocket it would be a success for Alfresco and a failure for the customer. Why?… Read more
I just left a meeting with a large enterprise that dumped Microsoft Sharepoint for Alfresco for content management and collaboration. While that makes me smile, the thing that I loved hearing most from the vice president of IT was her general thoughts on open source, and why it's getting more play within this media company, including Alfresco, MySQL, Liferay, and more:
The culture here is about freedom and the ability to impact things ourselves. We're adopting more and more open source because we want to be in control of our own destiny....
In some cases, open source has meant higher implementation costs upfront but lower costs over the long run.
There is a resistance here to being framed into a long-term proprietary path: Closed APIs, closed standards, and closed source force us onto a vendor's licensing treadmill - we don't want that. We want flexibility and choice. We think about IT for the long run.
Music to my ears, and money in her pocket. I meet more and more IT people just like her, people that are tired of having vendors dictate their possibilities.… Read more
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Hewlett-Packard is in talks to buy Electronic Data Systems, HP confirmed Monday.
The Wall Street Journal initially reported the two have been in talks for HP to buy EDS for $12 billion to $13 billion, citing unnamed sources. An agreement between the world's largest computer maker and the IT services provider could come as early as Tuesday, according to the Journal.
Shares of HP were down 6 percent after the story posted, and HP confirmed that trading of its stock has been halted. EDS shares were up 27 percent on the news. … Read more
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Rest easy, dear reader. They've found the major cause of global warming. It's Apple.
Thanks to the perspicacity of Climate Counts (double entendre intended!), we now know that Apple is
A choice to avoid for the climate-conscious consumer. This company is not yet taking meaningful action on climate change.
Now, before we get into this, the Macalope would like to stress that he really has no idea if Apple is bad for the environment.
But, hey, guess what?! Neither does Climate Counts! That's right, for every category where information was not available, Apple was simply given a … Read more
Electric giraffes? Got it! Playing with hot metal? Got that, too! Brian Tong checks out the Maker Faire in San Mateo, California for everything do-it-yourself.
Greenhouse gas emissions from data centers rank higher than the countries of Argentina and the Netherlands and right behind airlines, shipyards, and steel plants.
Those comparisons were compiled by consulting firm McKinsey & Company and the Uptime Institute, which on Wednesday published a report on the worsening picture--environmentally and economically--of energy consumption from data centers.
McKinsey called for the creation of a metric that combines the energy efficiency of a data center facility with the utilization of IT gear that runs in data centers. When combined, the financial impact of data centers' energy bill will become more clear and … Read more
Microsoft Research has given out $500,000 to four universities doing research in more energy-efficient computing.
The research grants, announced Monday, are part of Microsoft's Sustainable Computing Program to develop more hardware and software that consumes less power.
The grants are aimed at techniques to lower power consumption.The University of Tennessee was awarded research money to develop frameworks to account for power and performance improvements in virtualized data centers. Stanford University will design a sensor network to gather data … Read more
It's the confluence of the two hip tech trends: "green" IT and cloud computing.
IBM on Wednesday detailed its iDataPlex servers aimed at Internet companies that need compute power on-demand but also want to keep a lid on electricity costs.
They pack more than double the number of servers in a typical rack while using 40 percent less electricity.
To keep power costs down, IBM uses liquid cooling, which will allow servers to run at room temperature without costly, and often inefficient, air conditioners.
The systems allow people to create a pool of computing resources, rather than … Read more