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 June 2009
Move will guarantee that Enterprise Linux packaged with third-party apps are ready to run in Amazon's EC2 cloud.
Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.com, finally got a little revenge. He wasn't in the least spiteful. Rather, he was only guilty of repeating something his former boss, Larry Ellison, said about software-as-a-service and cloud computing. An audience of cloud cognoscenti at Structure 09 loved the performance.
Ringcube Technologies' vDesk desktops will run on Sun's Sun Ray thin clients, lowering the hardware costs of virtualized workspaces.
"Cloud computing is a new way of consuming IT," says Willy Chiu, vice president of IBM Cloud Labs.
Amazon CTO Werner Vogels, Sun Microsystems CTO Greg Papadopolous, and Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.com speculate on cloud computing's future.
Oracle and MySQL are the favorite databases of developers who use the Eclipse open source programmers workbench. That's no surprise, I thought. Developers like to develop in free MySQL and deploy in Oracle, right? Actually, Oracle and MySQL are their two favorite deployment databases, contrary to what I would have expected.
The open source, file-sharing developer's environment now includes 24 million lines of code.
Virtual machine management system can provision and decommission VMs created through VMware ESX Server, Citrix Systems XenServer, and Microsoft Hyper-V.
Hyperic HQ monitors an application's performance as it runs in the Amazon EC2 cloud or in Google's App Engine cloud.
Ansca's Corona takes advantage of the Lua scripting code to compile into an iPhone application that can be sold at Apple's App Store.
RNA Networks is aggregating server RAM so it can be loaded with a large data set to speed an application's work.
Microsoft's virtualization software helped consolidate 159 servers used in assembly and component manufacturing down to 28.
The company's Changepoint portfolio management software now allows for agile software development techniques.
What standards do you follow if you're interested in getting started in cloud computing? The short answer is, there are few clearly defined standards in what remains a loosely defined area. Nevertheless, the main outline is clear. Follow the leaders and follow the Web.
Through its partnership, HP's LoadRunner testing tool can now be used to build test scenarios that will tax an application's limits.
The database giant is acquiring the intellectual property of Conformia, maker of software used in the production of chemical, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical products.
Postgres Plus Advanced Server's latest retooling could make it easier for existing Oracle users to migrate a reporting or transaction application.
The initiative lets customers build Web applications and, if they wish, their own branded Web site to be operated on the Salesforce.com infrastructure.
VMware's View spins up copies of customized desktops on thin clients throughout the hospital so staff can access patient information from almost anywhere.
The dashboard is intended to allow business managers pull key data on software development and modifications into progress charts.
Scott McNealy received a standing ovation at JavaOne in what was possibly his last appearance before the mammoth Java user group--last, that is, before Sun disappears inside Oracle once the $7.4 billion acquisition is complete. So why, if McNealy was such a celebrated leader, is his company being swallowed up?
The joint effort may one day be offered in public clouds as well being available to establish private cloud computing, executives with the companies say.
Sun's participation in the Apache Software Foundation's Stonehenge project is expected to help remove some of the last barriers between the two Web standards.
Extending its reach into cloud computing, Tibco's Silver is meant to resolve governance issues as an application is assembled for export to the cloud.
Customers of JBoss' upcoming 5.0 version will get to choose from one of three configurations in what Red Hat calls its JBoss Open Choice strategy.
The OpenSolaris 2009.6 networking stack has been rewritten to take advantage of large-scale, multiprocessor servers functioning on a high-speed network.
A comment that I liked on cloud computing came out of Sun's CommunityOne conference June 1 in San Francisco. It was from Tim Mather, a member of a panel on "Securing the Cloud--Why, What and How?" He said: "The trust boundary has moved with cloud computing but no one is clear where to."
Oracle's CEO outlined the future of Java, including the new scripting language JavaFX, saying he doesn't anticipate many changes to Java because of Oracle's acquisition of Sun.
It's unclear whether all of Sun's cloud initiatives will be intact after the Oracle acquisition is finalized, but the company is rounding up vendor support for Sun Cloud.