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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 2007
Microsoft officials assert that software modeling is not just for the most expensive tools on the market, but for "the average developer" as well.
The database company said it's happy to leave the issue of acquisition -- or hostile takeover -- to BEA's stockholders if its Board of Directors won't negotiate.
Sun's filing in U. S. District Court in Tyler, Texas, seeks both an injunction against the Network Appliance product line and monetary damages.
As I talked to Wim Coekaerts, VP of Linux engineering at Oracle, about "Unbreakable Linux," a gap emerged between what he was saying and what Red Hat's product management director, Joel Berman, was saying. Riders of Linux's impressive upsurge are advised to "mind the gap" and try not to fall into it.
Citrix plans to make it easier to virtualize desktops for thousands of employees, letting companies tap an array of options.
BEA had rebuffed Oracle's Oct. 9 initial offer as 'undervaluing' the company.
Oracle previously told BEA it won't be upping the offer and will withdraw by Oct. 28, if the BEA board of directors doesn't allow shareholders to vote on the bid.
The virtualization software company increased revenues 90% in its third quarter over the same period a year ago after going public this summer.
The company is relying on four products -- two from OpenView and two from its acquisition of Mercury Interactive -- to focus on service health monitoring.
The case centered on posting to SourceForge elements of OpenVista, which is a patient care and hospital operations system first used by the U.S. Veterans Administration.
The station also has 588 people signed up to receive Twitter broadcasts, where the updates are pushed to recipients' BlackBerry devices and cell phones.
If BEA Systems doesn't accept Oracle's $17-per-share bid by Sunday, it will be withdrawn, says Oracle president.
Even though enterprise products have older versions of the kernel, Morton says there is a strong need to maintain the Bugzilla database and call attention to more security issues.
The XenDesktop virtualization product, which combines three separate capabilities from Xen and Citrix, will stretch from the host server to the individual desktops.
Last month, Gartner analyst George Weiss predicted applications will no longer be developed to run on Unix. This is a little like predicting the death of the mainframe -- Unix is going to be with us a long time yet -- but after looking at the Linux kernel development process, I think I know what he means.
What's Linux worth? The question has been a favorite of technology groups and cocktail party conversations ever since a character named Jeff V. Merkey offered $50,000 for a copy of Linux. The offer was a ploy. Merkey wanted it under the BSD license, which would have undermined the terms of the GPL. So he didn't get it. But we know, at least, that $50,000 proved to be a low bid.
The company revisits Internet speedup technology for its new Enterprise Services Community Networking Lab via a partnership with Akamai.
Borland Together 2007 aims to help project teams overcome the complexity of UML models with terms and notations that reflect a specific business domain.
The business rules engine, which will be embedded into NetWeaver, can check business events for regulatory compliance or monitor business processes.
"BEA was negotiating with us," explains Oracle president Charles Philips as BEA execs retort that $6.7 billion undervalues their company.
BEA's board of directors appears to think it can get a better offer if it negotiates or rejects Oracle's initial bid.
A possible intervention by German applications rival SAP can't be ruled out.
If Red Hat takes alarm and responds to the Microsoft assertions, CEO Matthew Szulik warns it will fan the fears, uncertainty and doubt that Microsoft is hoping to exploit.
The company's addition of RealOps added the ability to automate best practices, such as how to restart a stalled server and how to provision new servers.
VMotion, which can move a running virtual machine from one physical server to another, is being extended to include storage, so a virtual machine's underlying disk array can be shifted as well.
Software AG is betting its $546 million acquisition of WebMethods last April is going to pay off in SOA management.
It's a frequent, anxious query, made as the questioner looks over his shoulder at the shaky mortgage market: Are we in another technology bubble, one that will burst with the slightest jar? I'm sure we're not, but it's hard to explain why.
After 24 years, Tuxedo hides its age well and even manages to add SALT features in version 10, released this week.
A cross-licensing agreement is the outcome of lawsuits filed by security firms SPI Dynamics and Cenzic against each other.