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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.
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posted in April 2010

Virtual Machines Running Mission-Critical Workloads

4/29/2010
Managing virtual machines, especially now that more of them they carry mission-critical workloads, remains a top concern among IT managers who have deployed virtualized servers in the data center, according to a survey on the floor of Interop in Las Vegas.

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VMware Plus Salesforce.com, An Unlikely Pair

4/27/2010
Two young companies, neither of them leaders in traditional software development, have teamed up to pull enterprise Java programmers into cloud development. In this case, the cloud is specifically the Force.com data centers that already host Salesforce.com's CRM applications. It's an unlikely pairing, but it just might work.

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NoSQL Needed For Cloud-Sized Data

4/20/2010
At the Under the Radar showcase for cloud start-ups, I was struck by how relational database, one of the defining technologies of a previous era, has become outmoded in this one. In example after example, it was obvious SQL and structured data tables are no longer the right way to go about handling data.

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Tale Of Two Companies: For And Against The Cloud

4/9/2010
Large software companies are a special kind of business where their investment in existing code becomes a larger and larger drag on how fast they can move and what they can do next. The advent of cloud computing challenges big companies to change. Watching Oracle and Microsoft respond offers a study in contrasts.

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Eucalyptus, GroundWork As Allies: Cloud Stack Coming?

4/6/2010
An important alignment occurs April 7 that will probably win little fanfare. Eucalyptus Systems, the supplier of open source APIs that are Amazon EC2 compatible, has teamed up with GroundWork, a supplier of data center systems management. GroundWork wants to gaze into the private cloud, which in the future, may often be a Eucalyptus-based stack.

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Cloud Computing Differences Between U.S. And Europe

4/5/2010
The trans-Atlantic 451 Group has its eye on how cloud computing is developing in Europe and the rest of the world as well as the U.S. The old adage that European IT lags the U.S. by a couple of years applies to cloud computing--more than that when it comes to infrastructure as a service.

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BMC's CTO: It Will Still Be A Heterogeneous World

4/1/2010
I had the chance recently to talk to Kia Bahnia, CTO of BMC Software, the systems management vendor. He reminded me how virtualization is first and foremost about running applications, not saving capital expenses or reducing the server footprint in the data center. Think "applications." When it comes to cloud computing, ditto.

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