Yahoo-Microsoft buyout brawl, one-two punch with a swift comeback punch http://www.news.com/8301-10784_3-9916001-7.html http://www.news.com/8301-13953_3-9915835-80.html http://online.wsj.com/article/SB120776803032602423.html… Read more
Don't make computers seek out data. Make the data move to where it can be used.
That, roughly, is one way to describe the racetrack memory concept, which IBM argues could one day lead to memory that could hold 100 times more data than flash memory does today and cost 100 times less. So that 2GB card you bought for $20 this week would hold 200GB, or more than a lot of notebook hard drives, and cost 20 cents.
In racetrack memory, information is stored in the domain walls, or boundaries, between magnetic regions on a wire. The domain … Read more
It's just a matter of time before Ubuntu is crowned "enterprise ready" by one of the major ISVs. Will it be able to maintain its popularity once it is popular with enterprise buyers?
Ubuntu plays an increasingly important role within the larger Linux market. According to a new white paper from IDC [PDF], Linux is big business and is ready for prime time, with IDC forecasting overall spending on hardware, software, and services for Linux to increase 25.2 percent annually through 2011, particularly at the expense of Unix:Increasingly, deployments of the Linux server operating system are expanding from infrastructure-oriented workloads to more commercially-oriented workloads such as database, enterprise resource planning (ERP) software and other general business processing, workloads that historically have been the domain of Microsoft Windows and Unix. Where once Linux was seen by customers primarily as a low-cost infrastructure solution, it is now increasingly viewed as a solution for wider and more critical business deployments.
The question in my mind is therefore, "Which of the big-three Linux vendors is going to dominate the market?" Red Hat is the obvious first choice, but I think there's a serious spoiler in the Linux market, and its name is Ubuntu.… Read more
Cote at RedMonk noted that IBM didn't once mention open source at their SOA-focused Impact 2008 Conference. My guess? IBM wants the SOA paradigm to remain a rich-man's sport and they want their army of consultants to put IBM products into place. As such they focus on "the Business" instead of just solving the problem.
Instead of embracing open source as a part of SOA, IBM is choosing to push only it's own expensive and cumbersome products, which simply doesn't make sense.
To be puckish, I bet the open source world would have a … Read more
IBM is mashing up its mashups to create a product line aimed at business people who want to make Web applications fast.
The company on Tuesday announced IBM Mashup Center, which combines a front-end tool for end-users and a server for gathering information. A beta starts on April 15.
Mashup Center is made up of Lotus Mashups, which lets people combine information from different Web sites and present them on a single screen, and also includes IBM InfoSphere MashupHub, a lightweight tool aimed at IT professionals for preparing data feeds from different sources.
IBM will continue to sell the two … Read more
Virtual computing environments still need real security, and IBM says it has the answer: "Phantom."
The company is set to outline at RSA 2008 on Tuesday a new research initiative designed to protect against new security vulnerabilities that arise when a corporation moves from a physical computing environment to a virtualized environment in which hardware is simulated and software is run on virtual machines.
At the core of Phantom is network and host intrusion protection software that sits in a secure, isolated partition and will, in essence, lock down the hypervisor, or virtual machine monitor.
IBM also will … Read more
IBM's latest supercomputer is hooked up to the watercooler.
Big Blue has come out with a new version of its high-end supercomputer, the Power 575, which can provide five times the performance of its predecessor on 40 percent of the power. A fully stocked Power 575 rack contains 448 processing cores.
A substantial part of the decrease in power consumption is due to a water cooling system that brings in chilled water from the outside, runs it through copper plates located above individual processors to absorb heat, and then draws the water out so it can expel the heat … Read more
IBM and the U.S. government are back in business.
The company announced Friday that a temporary suspension order, which had banned IBM from participating in new federal government contracts, has been lifted.
But while the ban, which lasted nine days, has been removed, Big Blue is still busy cooperating with the Environmental Protection Agency with the investigation that had triggered the broad suspension. The environmental agency is examining possible violations of its procurement process over IBM's bid for EPA business.
The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia is also investigating the issue.
For … Read more
Apple passes Wal-Mart, now No. 1 music retailer in U.S. http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/ 20080402-apple-passes-wal-mart-now-1-music-retailer-in-us.html
As expected, MySpace unveils new music service http://www.news.com/8301-10784_3-9910344-7.html http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/03/ technology/03cnd-myspace.html … Read more
Over the past year or so, IBM has been revamping its Systems and Technology Group (STG) organization in a major way.
We see those changes reflected in a major way with IBM's Power systems announcement Wednesday at its COMMON User Group Conference in Nashville.
Two aspects of the STG reorg are of particular interest here.
The first is the customer aspect. This announcement reflects its venue; COMMON is IBM's midrange user group--which at IBM historically more or less equated to System i (and its iSeries and AS/400 predecessors). However, this announcement pulls in multiple product threads--including blades. … Read more