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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 March 2010

If You've Got Big Data, You May Want Big Memory

3/30/2010
Jas Dhillon, CTO of Taser, explained to me last December how his company has gone from delivering stunning shocks to unruly police suspects to shocking the competition via cloud computing. In continuing to follow Taser's innovative approach, I found a story behind the story of how Taser was able to do this.

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Red Hat KVM Virtualization Finds Early Adopters

3/29/2010
Red Hat launched Enterprise Virtualization Nov. 3 based on yet another hypervisor, KVM. Red Hat had arrived on the scene late, what with VMware, Citrix and Microsoft already partying like it was 1999 all over again. I wondered how long it would take for Red Hat to be able to demonstrate some uptake of KVM.

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Dell Builds Out Virtualized Server Management

3/24/2010
Dell has learned a lot over the last three and a half years, as it's quietly established its Data Center Solutions business, producing cloud-configured servers for Ask.com, Yahoo, and Microsoft. Now it's crafting management systems to manage those servers like a cloud, as well.

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Virtual Lab Managers Pave Path To Cloud

3/23/2010
I've tried to make this point before: The path to the cloud lies through the virtualization of your own data center infrastructure. The two things are intertwined. And just when I'm wondering how to get the point across again, along comes a "snapshot" from Voke Research to clinch the case.

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Let Stormy Session On Cloud Standards Be Your Guide

3/18/2010
A panel Wednesday at the Cloud Connect show in Santa Clara, Calif. to talk about where cloud standards are going did not go as planned. Whatever the script, it was as if the audience had come prepared to present its point of view, and the panel members were forced to listen.

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Appistry Extends File Management In Private Cloud

3/16/2010
Appistry is expanding its Cloud IQ platform, a basis for building a private cloud inside the enterprise, to include a file storage system. Cloud IQ Storage is aimed at extremely large storage loads-- up to a petabyte -- that would enable next generation, high scalable applications dealing with masses of data.

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Cross-Hypervisor VKernel Offers Free Capacity Tool

3/12/2010
VKernel is offering a free, lightweight tool for evaluating the capacity management of your VMware virtual machines. It's an example of what you can do to get started in intelligent virtual machine management without committing to a big management framework and thousands of dollars of expense.

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Citrix Preps XenApp 6

3/11/2010
XenApp 6 will launch this month with management tools designed to ease the difficulty of virtualizing enterprise applications.

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Startup Sheds Light On Virtual Machine Network Traffic

3/11/2010
Virtualization does more than just consolidate servers in the data center, although that's been its primary role. Virtualization opens up the opportunity to manage servers in new ways. By watching traffic between virtual machines and from virtual machines over the network, Xangati has produced a new management tool.

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Taser Cloud Manager Leads Experiment In Police Evidence

3/9/2010
There's an experiment underway to see whether video recordings of police actions can be captured as they occur -- by an officer wearing a camera as an ear piece. Local police forces can't afford the system that captures the contents of the camera and stores them. But that's where the cloud can help.

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Fujitsu Produces Desktop Virtualization 'Zero Client' Monitor

3/8/2010
Fujitsu, a $47 billion IT solutions provider with 175,000 employees, has teamed up with startup Pano Logic on the "zero client" approach to desktop virtualization. It will build a monitor that contains connectors to the network, the keyboard and mouse. This approach eliminates even the tiny square device that Pano normally sells.

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Can A Little Gray Box Virtualize The Desktop?

3/5/2010
Pano Logic at the end of February received $20 million in venture capital to further its approach to desktop virtualization. What sort of client does it use? It doesn't use one other than a user's monitor and a little gray box with network and peripheral connectors. There's no CPU. Pano Logic calls it the "zero client."

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Non-Profit Agency Uses Third Party For VM Backup

3/4/2010
Customers of a dominant enterprise software supplier often shop around for specialists within their environments who do something a little better than their regular supplier. Marc Hutzell, senior systems administrator at the non-profit German Marshall Fund, is an example in virtualization software.

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CA's O'Malley: Cloud Taking On Mainframe-Like Role

3/3/2010
CA aquired cloud startup 3Tera in a move that is not characteristic of the company. For one thing, it reportedly paid a lot of money for a 20-employee firm, somewhere around $90 million, and CA rarely pays a premium. To Chris O'Malley, executive VP, the purchase is emblematic of a new day at CA.

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Can A Little Gray Box Virtualize The Desktop?

3/2/2010
Pano Logic at the end of February received $20 million in venture capital to further its approach to desktop virtualization. What sort of client does it use? It doesn't use one other than a user's monitor and a little gray box with network and peripheral connectors. There's no CPU. Pano Logic calls it the "zero client."

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