Profile of Charles BabcockEditor at Large, Cloud
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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 2009
CA upgrades four system management products, giving each greater authority over the virtual domain as well as physical assets.
It has expanded its line of server templates suitable for configuring a workload to be sent to Amazon's EC2 public cloud.
Five copies of "Behind the Cloud" have arrived at my desk, two intended for fellow IW staffers and three for me, an embarrassment of riches. It's Marc Benioff's book on how Salesforce.com was created and built into a successful company. I am reading it avidly… but some disclosures will apparently have to wait for the sequel.
To handle extreme spikes in Web traffic, a popular television show's servers were ditched in favor of Rackspace cloud hosting.
A version of Catbird's vSecurity Cloud Edition is available as an app in Amazon's EC2-approved catalog of application services.
The integration of testing and asset management tools enables software developers to more cleanly automate deployment of new apps.
Canonical's Linux operating system includes built-in means of accessing Amazon's EC2 with a compatible set of APIs from the Eucalyptus open source project.
A single console monitors realtime application performance of both distributed systems and mainframe applications.
IBM, Red Hat, and NTT are backing the open source database maker.
Workstation 7 supports virtual machines and takes advantage of enhanced 3D graphics and other features of Microsoft's latest OS.
Eric Schmidt, Google CEO, says "the cloud" is a phenomenon that is bigger than the advent of the PC. I think he's almost got it right. Cloud is bigger than the PC Revolution, but it's big in part because it incorporates and extends the PC revolution to Internet server clusters. The cloud owes more to the PC than Eric acknowledges.
Salesforce.com and Adobe Systems are teaming up to put interactive, rich user interface applications in the cloud ahead of Microsoft's Azure launch.
Free data warehouse software is available for two x86 setting: Amazon EC2 and VMware Player.
Overall revenue growth was only 4%, but software maintenance and service revenues were up 33%.
Sun disclosed Tuesday in regulatory filings that it plans to cut 3,000 jobs from its workforce, as it awaits the go-ahead on its takeover by Oracle. It's cut 7,600 workers in three rounds of layoffs over three years, according to SEC filings. Will this mark the end of the downsizing?
Three of the fixes with the highest vulnerability rating are for the core Oracle Database Server itself.
Systems management supplier BMC Software is buying the data center infrastructure mapping software supplier. Terms were not disclosed.
What's the first thing you should do if you're thinking of developing software for cloud computing? At ZendCon, Zend Technologies user group yesterday, three members of a five member panel answered the same way: adopt Simple Cloud API, the open source cloud services interface.
Version 3.0 of the automated Java programmer platform and a Developer Edition of Spring tc Server are the latest offerings from Springsource.
Developers can deploy PHP applications on Amazon's EC2 cloud and monitor them via RightScale's Cloud Management Platform.
VMControl seeks to combine management of virtual machines on servers with virtualized storage and virtual networking.
The revamped developers' toolset will be available to Microsoft Development Network members Wednesday.
The updated virtual machine hypervisor takes advantage of Intel's Nehalem and six-core Opteron processors from AMD.
A car rental chain is using Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g to monitor 400 database systems, taking the burden off its DBAs.
More management features have been added to Version 3.0 Enterprise MX, Jitterbit's open source data integration system.
At OracleWorld, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison discussed Web-based technical support and introduced a surprise guest: Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Marc Benioff set aside his duties as master of ceremonies at the death of software Tuesday and announced on-demand applications and on-premises applications could work together. His venue was a Yerba Buena Center theater in San Francisco next to Oracle OpenWorld. He still took a swipe at enterprise software, but his talk was titled, "The Best of Both Worlds."
Virtualization could take a large chunk out of the $1.2 trillion spent on IT in North America each year, Michael Dell said at OracleWorld.
Oracle OpenWorld highlighted an Exadata database machine with flash memory that's become the transaction processing leader, the companies say.
At Oracle OpenWorld, Safra Catz and Charles Phillips, Oracle's presidents, pledged full integration of Sun hardware and software.
The software maker will demonstrate, at Oracle OpenWorld, how Oracle's enterprise apps can be run remotely, in the cloud.
The open source database maker offers a migration path for Sun customers with its latest release, Ingres 9.3.
DB2 pureScale is intended to compete with Oracle Real Application Clusters and other scalable database systems.
Addition of the ILOG JRules business rules engine enhances the enterprise business process management tool.
IBM and VMware are the vendors most dedicated to creating private clouds, analysis of developer surveys shows.
The move meshes Terracotta's distributed Java caching system with popular stand-alone open source caching product, Ehcache.
IBM is wading into online email service, a space where Google, Yahoo and Microsoft already have big presences. Is IBM staging a kamikaze run, giving itself one more place where Lotus Notes will show it's got difficulty competing? Is there a method to this madness? Why does IBM have its head in the clouds?
With XenDesktop 4, Citrix says IT managers will be able to configure virtualization options for various sets of end users.
Site Recovery Manager 4 can be used to supply multiple recovery systems for an enterprise with more than one data center.
Cloudera is trying to make Hadoop, used by Google, Amazon and Yahoo for data analysis, useful as a business intelligence tool.
Virtual machine live migration is the top new feature of Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft says.
"Our patent system is supposed to foster innovation, but for open source and software in general, it does the opposite," said a Red Hat lawyer.