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Content posted in April 2009
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IBM to OEM Brocade Switches. It's IBM vs HP.
Commentary  |  4/28/2009  | 
IBM and Brocade jointly announced that Big Blue will be selling Brocade network switches branded as IBM Ethernet switches. The agreement extends the existing IBM/Brocade OEM deal for SAN equipment. A lot of people will see this as a reaction to Cisco's UCS launch, but according to IBM, nothing is further from the truth. I think it pits IBM against HP.
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu: What Does It All Mean?
Commentary  |  4/28/2009  | 
Ubuntu Linux isn't just an operating system -- it's an ecosystem. Here is a quick guide to help you wind your way through this desktop jungle.
More App Stores On The Way
Commentary  |  4/28/2009  | 
Software maker Handmark has created a new platform of software designed to aid carriers and device manufacturers launch application stores for their phones, as reported by the Kansas City Business Journal.
HP's New ProBook Line Brings Some Style To SMB Notebooks
Commentary  |  4/28/2009  | 
Everybody wants to look good, even while they're working. But these days not everyone wants to pay a premium for stylish industrial design. HP's new line of ProBook notebook computers tries to bring business style to SMBs at reasonable prices. The attempt largely succeeds.
Man Thumbs 400 Page Novel On F Train
Commentary  |  4/27/2009  | 
If you consider yourself a Blackberry ninja, able to pound out email after email on the device, even you might be humbled by what Peter Brett did. He thumbed his first novel while riding the F train.
We Tweet Here: @e2conf
Commentary  |  4/27/2009  | 
Satyam Installs SAP And Its Employees Get Well-Deserved Praise
Commentary  |  4/27/2009  | 
Most of Satyam's 40,000 employees, who had nothing to do with the financial fraud that nearly destroyed the company earlier this year, have spent the past three months dutifully serving their customers and fulfilling their professional obligations. So it was nice to see a big client lavish praise on Satyam's employees upon completion of a complex SAP project vital to India's security and national defense.
BI (Business Intrusion) Software Needs A Reality Check
Commentary  |  4/27/2009  | 
Here's the ideal scenario for a retailer: you visit XYZ.com and search for a book on how to avoid annoying marketing scams. They go, hey Michael, your wife's birthday is coming up in a few days and we noticed she was cruising lingerie at Victoria's Secret. She's also buying a pair of tickets to the Dominican Republic on Thursday. Why don't you surprise her with this nice pair of high-heeled sandals that we have in her size. We know yellow is her favorite color.
Simple Tools for a Complex Enterprise
Commentary  |  4/27/2009  | 
Google: We're Not Like Pirate Bay
Commentary  |  4/27/2009  | 
In the wake of a Swedish court's decision to imprison the operators of The Pirate Bay, a Web site that helps users search for BitTorrent files in the same way that Google handles general Internet file searches, Google wants to make sure everyone understands that it's no Pirate Bay.
Candid Thoughts About Recent Gartner & Forrester Research
Commentary  |  4/27/2009  | 
My reaction to recent Gartner and Forrester analyst reports, as covered in Intelligent Enterprise articles, is that the firms are tarting up a couple of instances of questionable research.
Rob Howard • CEO, Telligent
Commentary  |  4/27/2009  | 
Cloud Vendor Cassatt Faces The End
Commentary  |  4/27/2009  | 
Cassatt, a six-year-old enterprise software company, is "close to the end" of operations, according to Forbes. Cassatt had positioned its data center management software as a platform for private clouds, but the startup's steep licensing fees are apparently more than IT departments are willing to spend in this economy.
Sprint Insider Spills Dirt On The Pre
Commentary  |  4/27/2009  | 
Despite the anticipation from smartphone fans, Palm and Sprint have kept mum about a lot of Pre details. We still don't know the price, release date, app store infrastructure, and a host of other things for a device that's supposed to launch within a few months. Fortunately, a rouge Sprint employee has a
Forget The iPhone, Job Listing Points To Android Phone On Verizon's Network
Commentary  |  4/27/2009  | 
A new job posting has appeared that suggests Verizon Wireless is considering Android devices for its network. Specifically, the job title is "Android Device Expert." Does that mean Verizon is ready to rock the Android?
The Ultimate I/O
Commentary  |  4/27/2009  | 
Researchers have sent a Twitter message by simply thinking it via a setup that read a user's thoughts, and then translated them into text. The folks at Twitter should embrace this experiment, and at least two of the wild possibilities it suggests.
Teradata, SAP Forge Enemy-of-an-Enemy Alliance
Commentary  |  4/27/2009  | 
Oracle is an obvious target... but let's not forget about IBM. Yes, SAP and IBM are strategic partners... But IBM has stepped up bundling of InfoSphere information management and Congos BI software in recent months, and that can't be sitting too well with SAP executives watching out for BusinessObjects.
The Trend Towards Open Source: It's There, But Not Inevitable
Commentary  |  4/27/2009  | 
I spent most of last week and the whole of my weekend knee-, hip-, and finally neck-deep in Ubuntu 9.04 for an upcoming feature on the OS. I had my problems with it, and from that had a philosophical "what exactly are we trying to accomplish here" moment (shilling for rant). But after the dust settled, I had a better picture of how all these platforms complemented each other.
Twitter Backlash Bubbles Up
Commentary  |  4/27/2009  | 
I was going to weigh in with yet another opinion about whether microposts reminiscent of that 1970s ad -- "if u cn rd ths msg, u cn gt a gd jb" -- presage the post-literate future or are instead our decade's pet-rock moment. However, what's more interesting is the brewing battle over whether Twitter backlash is for real or just a made-up story attempting to throw cold water on the popular Web 2.0 time-suck.
Virtual Appliances for Amazon's Storage Service
Commentary  |  4/27/2009  | 
Vembu Technologies lets managed service providers resell storage services on top of Amazon's cloud.
Apple And Verizon In iPhone Talks: Report
Commentary  |  4/27/2009  | 
USA Today is reporting that Apple and Verizon are in "high-level" talks with one another to bring a CDMA version of the iPhone to market come 2010, when Apple's exclusivity deal with AT&T expires. I don't believe it.
Samsung Shows Off Its First Android Phone
Commentary  |  4/27/2009  | 
Today, Samsung made good on its promise to deliver a smartphone based on Google's Android platform. It announced the i7500, its first foray into the world of Android. How does it compare to HTC's hardware?
Infosys, Wipro, And Tata All Seek To Hire More Non-Indians
Commentary  |  4/26/2009  | 
Infosys, Wipro, and Tata are all looking to hire more non-Indian workers to allay protectionist concerns and to recast their image as creators of jobs rather than relocators of jobs, and Wipro's plans include a second U.S.-based development center. But an ill-advised comment from the head of HR at Infosys could make this effort much more contentious than it needed to be.
Microsoft Product Improvement Is Not Innovation
Commentary  |  4/26/2009  | 
Wow. To those who say that there are no Microsoft fans, the messages from my last blog entry prove you wrong. One of the complaints was my assertion that Microsoft does not innovate anymore; perhaps the problem is in the definition of that word. To me, slow but steady improvement in existing products and services isn't innovation, it's maintenance and support. Those are important things, no doubt, especi
Gotta Go? These Three Bathroom Finders Can Help
Commentary  |  4/25/2009  | 
Sometimes you need to find a public restroom while out and about. In some cities, it's easy to find a bathroom, while in others -- including New York City -- it's pretty difficult. Here are three tools that can help you when you're in need.
Amazon Says CIO Interest In Its Cloud Services Is Surging
Commentary  |  4/25/2009  | 
Amazon says CIO interest is rising rapidly in its enterprise-caliber Amazon Web Services, and that commitment for the new business starts at "the very highest levels of the company."
Red Hat Sponsors Forum On Open Source In The Cloud
Commentary  |  4/24/2009  | 
It's often seemed obvious to me that clouds and Linux go hand in hand. Amazon's EC2 started out running workloads under Linux in a modified open source Xen file format. So why couldn't the operation of the whole cloud be based on open source code?
Obama Still Doesn't Have His Secure Blackberry
Commentary  |  4/24/2009  | 
According to the Washington Times, the National Security Agency is still working on the software to encrypt the President's favorite communications device.
Facebook Revises Terms Of Use - No One Cares
Commentary  |  4/24/2009  | 
Remember the kerfuffle a couple months ago when Facebook changed its terms of use, then took back the changes when the user community threatened to revolt? At the time, the social networking giant promised to let users vote on a new terms of use, and now it has followed through. So why doesn't anyone care?
Mobile Roundup
Commentary  |  4/24/2009  | 
This week has been packed with financial results from all the major tech companies, and AT&T, Samsung and Apple look like the big winners on the mobile phone side so far. But with all the earnings reports, a few interesting tidbits may have slipped by you, and I'll walk through them after the jump.
Despite Economy, One-Quarter Billion Phones Sold During Q1
Commentary  |  4/24/2009  | 
The global economic slowdown has seemingly impacted every company out there to some degree. The economy has been an ongoing factor in the performance if the world's handset makers, but that didn't stop more than 250 million people from buying new phones in the first quarter of 2009.
VMware Lands Two Customer Deals Over $20 Million Each
Commentary  |  4/24/2009  | 
Despite overall slumping revenue from first-quarter enterprise license deals, VMware said it booked two of the largest such deals in its history with a major outsourcing vendor and another in the defense sector. The company also released some stats on the number of virtual machines some of its biggest clients are now managing.
Federal CIO Vivek Kundra Sees Potential Of Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  4/24/2009  | 
Cloud computing has a supporter in Federal CIO Vivek Kundra, who told me in an April 23 interview that he saw potential for big savings with the cloud approach. In fact, the fed's information portal, USA.gov, is being moved to a cloud-computing infrastructure within weeks.
How The Defense Department Should Use Social Media
Commentary  |  4/24/2009  | 
The National Defense University recently released a report on how the Defense Department can benefit from social media. They did a really nice job of it too -- they're a good set of rules, not just for government, but for any organization.
Wikipedia At Risk From Financial Meltdown?
Commentary  |  4/24/2009  | 
We've all come to take important free online services like Wikipedia for granted, and sleep soundly with the knowledge that much of the work done keeping them relevant is done by volunteers. But that neglects the fact that Wikipedia and other services still need to pay for servers, storage, power and other fixed costs.
Hold Your Breath And Say 'Sun!'
Commentary  |  4/24/2009  | 
A good deal of the noise over the Oracle/Sun acquisition centered around what would happen to all the flagship software products on Sun's side -- OpenSolaris, Java, MySQL. Look no further than Monty Widenus, the original MySQL developer and founder of MySQL AB itself, for the word on that -- and the word is, frankly, not good.

Google Brings TIFF And PowerPoint Viewer To Browsers
Commentary  |  4/24/2009  | 
No PowerPoint? No problem! Google has added the ability to view TIFF and PPT files directly from the Web browser without the need to install additional software.
SharePoint 2010: Still Confused?
Commentary  |  4/24/2009  | 
Microsoft has recently announced that the new SharePoint version will be called "Microsoft SharePoint 2010"... The announcement suggests that the disappearing "Office" moniker was confusing to customers because they associated it with the client software...
RIM Tweaks Facebook 1.5 To Clear Up Bugs
Commentary  |  4/24/2009  | 
If you rushed to download Facebook 1.5 for your BlackBerry when it first became available earlier this week, you might have noticed a few glitches. You're not alone. RIM has already issued a minor update to the application to smooth out the problems.
One Billion Served
Commentary  |  4/24/2009  | 
The iPhone App Store has served up its one billionth app. This is an impressive achievement in the eight to nine months the App Store has been open. The numbers though have certainly been bolstered by downloads of apps that do little more than give a giggle or a grin shortly after downloading, only to be deleted a few hours later, like the iPint (fake beer app) or iFart (self-explanatory).
Down To Business: Get Serious About Going Green
Commentary  |  4/24/2009  | 
InformationWeek takes steps toward making the planet greener. For the first 5,000 times our May 4 issue gets downloaded on PDF, a Douglas fir will be planted.
Google Conceives Toolbar Labs, First New Feature Is My Location For Desktop Browsers
Commentary  |  4/24/2009  | 
Google has added a new lab to its series of feature-generating experimental workshops. Toolbar Labs will work on new features for the Google Toolbar. Its first official day on the job, it is introducing a new feature for desktop browsers that automatically makes them location aware.
Can An Open-Source Upstart Claim The Cloud?
Commentary  |  4/24/2009  | 
Virtualization is a crowded and very competitive market. But don't count out an open-source newcomer that could make some waves with its approach to delivering both Windows and Linux apps.
A Good News - Bad News Week For Ubuntu Server
Commentary  |  4/24/2009  | 
Ubuntu's latest Linux server push offers small business users a mix of good and bad news. The good news, however, definitely wins this round.
IBM CFO: We Had 62 Unix Competitive Displacements In Q1
Commentary  |  4/23/2009  | 
Earlier this week, IBM reported declines in many parts of its hardware business. But in spite of the broad hardware downturn, CFO Mark Loughridge said IBM convinced 62 CIOs to rip and replace Unix systems in the quarter, and that Linux MIPS were up more than 50%.
Microsoft's Model Is Not Working Anymore
Commentary  |  4/23/2009  | 
This week's contrast between Apple and Microsoft couldn't be any sharper. Both companies announced their quarterly results in the past week, and the simple summary is that Microsoft was down and Apple was up. The story behind those opposite financial directions, however, reveals some disturbing and continuing weaknesses in Microsoft's business model.
Global CIO: Have CIOs Become More Risk Averse?
Commentary  |  4/23/2009  | 
While it appears to be true, the reasons are less related to the economy than one might think.
Yes, We're Talking Mainframes
Commentary  |  4/23/2009  | 
Sure, much of our audience is thinking "Seriously dude? You're bumming me out. I've been working for a few hours and I almost have my iPhone virtualized. I'm gonna have, like, three iPhones running on one phone." But if you're one of the select few who sees the real future of virtualization, have I got a survey for you.
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