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Charles Babcock is an editor-at-large for InformationWeek, having joined the publication in 2003. 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.
Articles by Charles Babcock
posted in November 2008

Can't Migrate Virtual Machines Across Different Chips? Red Hat Can

11/24/2008
I had just finished moderating a Webinar, my first, on how enterprises architect their virtual environments. One of the takeaways was, beware of the impulse to migrate virtual machines. They have to go from like to like, when it comes to server chipsets. And the first headline I saw afterward declared that information obsolete.

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When Obama Appeared On Stage, Web Traffic Dropped

11/21/2008
I don't remember when the Obama family strode on stage Election Night, but a review of traffic at the Clickabilty site shows a sudden drop just before 9 p.m. The drop deepens until about 9:26 and then, just as precipitously, traffic resumes at its previous level. It's a snapshot of how the Web can be trumped by traditional media.

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Sun's Rich Green Set Open Source In Motion; Lift-off Still To Come

11/14/2008
Sun's Executive VP for Software, Rich Green, has resigned, just as Sun says it will lay off 15-18% of its employees. This is an awkward juxtaposition. Sun is reorganizing its software unit; open source software is at the heart of its business strategy; and the leading spokesman for open source is going away.

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Next: VMware Tackles Smartphone Virtualization

11/10/2008
The bane of the cell phone industry is that its software needs to be rewritten for every new model. And since new cell phones come along about as often as, ah, cell phone commercials on TV, that's a problem. The answer is virtualization -- break the dependence on hardware of a piece of software written for a particular device.

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Software Is Dead? Benioff Says He May Have Exaggerated Demise

11/6/2008
Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff made a splash with his announcements of ties to Facebook and Amazon's computing cloud at his company's Dreamforce user group meeting this week. "None of these announcements will produce discrete revenue," points out Steven Ashley, the Robert W. Baird investment bank analyst who shared my table at lunch. Then again, they don't necessarily need to.

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Dreamforce: A Douse Of Cloud Computing, Without Getting Soaked

11/4/2008
With balloons floating as tethered "clouds" in front of the Moscone Center and clouds projected onto the beams of the keynote hall, attendees at Dreamforce in San Francisco probably got the picture that CEO Marc Benioff wanted to talk about cloud computing. Which he did yesterday for two-and-a-quarter hours straight.

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