Charles Babcock

Profile of Charles Babcock

Editor at Large, Cloud
Member Since: 11/15/2013
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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 October 2008

Amazon Adds Windows To Its Cloud Computing

The Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, or EC2, is now ready to run Windows and the Microsoft SQL Server database. Both Windows and SQL Server operation will be in beta mode, according to Jeff Barr, senior Web services evangelist.

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Welcome To The Cloud. Please Place Your AMI (Whatzat?) Here

Does cloud computing sound like fun, something your department or business unit could do while waiting for IT to come up with that new system you requested two years ago? Why not make use of somebody else's computing infrastructure, especially if they're smart enough to figure out how to give you access to it?

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Crosby: Walk The Walk, Yes, But Not Down The OVF Path

In the wee hours of the morning recently, I posted a blog addressed to the virtualization vendors: "It's Time To Walk The Walk, Not Just Talk," advocating greater use of the recently emerged OVF standard. Simon Crosby, CTO of Citrix Systems' XenSource unit, was four time zones away in Cambridge, England, but it only took him about four hours to track me down.

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Virtualization Vendors: Time To Walk The Walk, Not Just Talk

Virtualization offers many potential savings through server consolidation and reduced server administration labor. But it also poses the age-old hazard of vendor lock-in. The field is young enough that the market leader, VMware, and the bigger companies that are following in its footsteps have not yet been called to account for their proprietary moves. But that's increasingly hard to bear when there's a solution so close at hand.

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Red Hat In Desktop Virtualization--Who's Buying That?

It's hard to know whether there's more than meets the eye with Red Hat's acquisition of Qumranet. Yes, it gets expertise in the open source KVM hypervisor, and KVM is the alternative preferred by open source developers. But what can Red Hat actually do with a desktop virtualization product? How's it going to make headway against Citrix XenServer and VMware's Virtual Desktop Infrastructure? There's potential in KVM, but is there traction in desktop virtualization for Red Hat?

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