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 August 2011
VMworld attendees don't like the recent vSphere 5 licensing price changes--but they have little appetite for moving elsewhere, either, according to our man-on-the-show-floor conversations.
When it comes to transforming the data center, VMware is writing the story. And the theme is automation.
Launching at VMworld 2011, Recover2Cloud provides an automated way to back up key production systems. But it's not quite instant failover.
Amazon-compatible private cloud software seeks to guarantee continuous operations.
How can legacy systems tap into hybrid cloud services? New plug-ins extend the reach of IBM's Tivoli systems management software.
Third-generation Oracle VM server virtualization and management software emphasizes scalability, OVF support. But Oracle places a distant fourth in the marketshare race.
Self-service ElastiCache, an on-demand caching system, works with database applications and application servers to boost response times.
Virtualization tool vendor adds capacity management to help IT right-size VM resources.
Startup launches system to scale up MySQL databases without the need to change applications.
Cloud OS Nimbula Director 1.5 lets IT share user identities and privilege levels across multiple data centers.
I/O Director hardware now connects virtual machines to any other resource on the network, including other VMs, right inside the Xsigo box--a big timesaver.
Amazon says it will better protect key backup components to avoid another outage.
Citrix' XenDesktop will add RingCube's vDisk capabilities, supporting heavy personalization of virtual desktops while allow centralized IT control.
Software error accidentally eliminated data snapshots taken just before Sunday's outage; may complicate some customers' recovery.
Primary and backup power systems fail when lightning strikes EC2 data center in Dublin. Could customers have braced for this unusual event?
AWS uses Equinix data centers as a private networking hub linked to EC2, giving businesses a secure way to connect to the cloud service.
Good news: Data center power use didn't grow nearly as fast as predicted the past five years. You can thank cloud computing and new data center designs.