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 March 2009
CA seeks to remain a virtualization vendor-neutral supplier of systems management as VMware, Citrix Systems, and Microsoft contend as hypervisor suppliers to the data center.
What was interesting about Cisco's entry into blade servers Mar. 16 was the key role that it expects virtualization to play. It trumpeted its convergence of storage and networking data on the blade. But what about its assumption that the blade will be virtualized?
The Force.com cloud platform provides an elastic environment for applications, but development in the cloud occurs within a constrained environment.
With the release of VDI 3, Sun is adding the option of a Sun-only virtual desktop software set.
The company is soliciting ideas and promoting its own recommendations on conserving resources through its Smarter Planet approach.
SLES 11 also will soon be certified to run in the Amazon EC2 cloud.
CEO Ron Hovsepian is betting R&D dollars that Linux will be "the Wal-Mart of IT," he said in his keynote at the Open Source Business Conference.
Unlike proprietary software, open source code forces developers to earn customers' subscription money every year, said Jim Whitehurst, at the Open Source Business Conference.
JBoss Developer Studio-Portfolio Edition 2.0 enables code development in studio and includes all runtime environments necessary for deploying and testing code.
Wyse updates its thin client OS to version 6.3 to allow it to monitor what type of content a server is preparing to send to the user.
Swordfish is one of several Eclipse projects to produce runtime environments for the code produced with Eclipse tools.
Even if its unified computing products don't take off, it will push the market where it needs to go.
One of the main reasons IBM is willing to pay a premium for Sun is that Sun owns Java, and Java IP is worth billions in future revenue to IBM.
At stake is Cisco's blade server, which will combine converged network components, then link to virtualized network and store resources under a single management interface.
The challenge to Amazon.com's Elastic Compute Cloud and S3 storage services is due out this summer.
I hope Red Hat follows Oracle's advice to give away its Enterprise Linux with the same speed that Oracle has exhibited in taking Bob Evans' advice. Evans, an InformationWeek director, said in a letter to Larry Ellison that Oracle should give its customers a break during the downturn and lower the annual maintenance costs.
The company's Unified Computing System brings it into direct competition with some of its existing partners, such as HP, Dell, and IBM.
There would be more migrations from Unix database servers to Linux if Red Hat made its product available for free, Oracle's chief Linux technologist said.
Reducing costs and stronger interoperability with Windows were listed as the two top issues in a new survey of IT managers.
There's been a persistent rumor circulating that Virtual Iron is about to be acquired, fueled in part by a recent Jefferies & Co. research report that said Oracle was interested in the virtualization startup. Why would Oracle, with its own Oracle VM, want a third-tier player in the virtualization market?
The company is ramping up efforts to match EDS consultants with companies looking to improve existing data centers or help design new ones.
The open source company now serves as the database underlying a social networking site, Connected Weddings.
NuVasive turned to VMware to virtualize one of its most important applications: Microsoft Exchange Server.
The bundling of VMware Infrastructure 3 will allow Stratus customers to implement continuously operating virtual machines.
Aleri and Coral8 are hoping to take on much larger competitors such as IBM, Oracle, and Microsoft.
In effect, Informix customers don't have to turn to DB2 in order to get the same capabilities.
In talking to Microsoft's Steven Martin about cloud computing, he said something that suggested how much the world has changed. Amazon runs Windows in its EC2 cloud, and Martin says, "We're rooting for them. We want them to be successful [at running Windows]." And that tells me something about the nature of Azure, Microsoft's future cloud.
Administrators can now move around ESXi files -- ESXi is the free version of the ESX hypervisor -- as well as ESX files.
"Whatever the federal Chief Technology Officer's agenda, Mr. President, think big." That was the advice that a group of commercial CIOs, CTOs, and major technology company CEOs offered the president on the task before the soon-to-be-appointed U.S. chief of technology. Open source developer Rod Johnson had another bit of advice: Support open opportunity.
The unit of Quest Software also upgraded vOptimizer Pro, a product that automates the matching of a Windows virtual machine disk space to its actual needs.
The site will continue the old discussion and forum topics previously found on SourceForge and will showcase information for business users of Linux.
Release 5 of the software combines elements of application management and database management into one IT manager's interface.
VMShield 2.0 includes a V-Tracker feature, which assigns a unique identifier to each virtual machine so that it can be tracked during live migrations from server to server.
The company's management software tells PCs to shut down after hours, checking to make sure energy-saving policies are in place and reporting on detailed use and energy consumption.