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The debate has raged for some time now about the exact definition of a 5GL. One might argue that there also is still some debate going on about what exactly is a Platform as a Service PaaS. Throw together two semi-ambiguous industry-specific buzzwords and what do you get? Well, for ...
There is a common misconception that CMMI and Agile are polar opposites. One relies on institutionalization and documentation of processes and methodologies, while the other emphasizes interaction among workers and “working software over comprehensive documentation” (Agile Manifesto). ...
Platform as a service (PaaS) is a big piece of the cloud computing puzzle, the other pieces being Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and Application software as a service (SaaS). PaaS enables the delivery of solution frameworks and components as on-demand, pay-as-you-go services. Some ...
The Linux Foundation has updated its April 2008 study on Linux kernel development, the one called “Linux Kernel Development: How Fast is it Going, Who is doing it and Who is Sponsoring it?”. The updated study found that since April 2008 there’s been a 10% increase in the number of deve...
Red Hat Monday kicked off its redesigned Partner Program, meant to give its resellers more financial, sales, marketing and technical help. It’s added a new Premier Business Partner level above the existing Advanced and Ready classifications and it will also feature specializations in R...
The open source Mono Project sponsored by Novell has put out a beta release Moonlight 2, the Linux equivalent of Microsoft’s Silverlight 2, which gives users a platform to view and use Silverlight and Windows Media content on Linux. The beta offers improved functionality compared to Mo...
Thinking of moving to a different Java application server? Need to better understand the impact of your move? The state of the economy is driving a re-evaluation of all major technology decisions. As a result, more and more organizations are switching to a more flexible and cost-effect...
The enterprise architect role is in flux, especially as we consider the heightening interest in cloud computing. The down economy has also focused IT spending to seek out faster, better, and cheaper means to acquire and manage IT functions and business processes.
Enterprises large and small are drawn by the advantages of cloud computing - pay-for-use, self-service, elastic scalability and the elimination of hardware management – resulting in very low barriers to entry and exit and high agility. However, enterprises are also concerned about secu...
RightScale, Jaspersoft, Talend and Vertica have joined together to deliver a complete business intelligence solution in the cloud. Jaspersoft’s kicking in the compute-intensive BI software, Talend the open source data integration software, and Vertica the analytic database management s...
Thinking of moving to a different Java application server? Need to better understand the impact of your move? The state of the economy is driving a re-evaluation of all major technology decisions. As a result, more and more organizations are switching to a more flexible and cost-effect...
Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) presents a challenge to software marketing people like none other in recent history. On the one hand, SOA has been the top enterprise software bandwagon to jump on for the last four years or so, but on the other hand, many vendors have struggled to t...
ZapThink considers the SOA business case as an essential SOA artifact. Architects must have a clear picture of the business motivations for SOA, not only at the beginning of the initiative, but also as the architecture rolls out. Nevertheless, there is still frequently a disconnect bet...
The Wall Street Journal recently reported that research and development spending is holding steady in the current economic slump. According to the Journal, companies spent nearly as much on R&D in Q4 2008 as they did a year earlier. Why? Because companies are wary of emerging from the ...
Singapore Telecommunications Ltd, a k a SingTel, Singapore's largest phone company and a major local player in broadband Internet services, is going into the cloud business, intending to establish Singapore as a regional cloud computing hub. It's launched Singapore's first integrate...
Rackspace Hosting has sent its Cloud Servers API to public beta, a step on the way to open sourcing the thing and a big difference between Rackspace and rival Amazon. Cloud Servers is the company’s months-old Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) widgetry and the community-developed, stan...
Loose coupling presents architectural challenges that are at the heart of planning and implementing the SOA infrastructure. Building the Service abstraction presents a simplified representation to the business but requires additional efforts under the covers to make that abstraction a ...
The mantra heard most often in business these days is "Do More With Less." For many businesses, cutting costs while trying to grow—or even sustain their place in the market—is easier said than done. What could help many businesses is gaining access to some of that $787 Billion in Feder...
Such projections have long since ceased to be news but Oracle, which will take Sun over before another quarter closes unless the regulators make some objection, rushed out a statement saying it's seen the preliminary estimates and still expects the Sun acquisition to be accretive to it...
Amazon Web Services (AWS) has become Red Hat’s very first Premier Cloud Provider Partner. Fair enough. Red Hat was the first supported operating system and JBoss the first supported middleware on AWS. Anyway, Red Hat has thought up this shiny new program to certify “industry leaders in...
Red Hat’s revenues were up 11.4% to $174.4 million in its first fiscal quarter ended May 31. Subscription revenue was $148.8 million, up 14% year-over-year. It earned $18.5 million, or 10 cents a share, up 7%. Its non-GAAP income for the quarter was $28.7 million, or 15 cents a share, ...
“We are pleased to report better than expected revenue and EPS results in Q1,” stated Jim Whitehurst, President and Chief Executive Officer of Red Hat. “Red Hat’s growth is driven in part by our ability to help enterprise customers save money in a challenging IT spending environment. O...
Jitterbit, the open source house that has taken on large-scale enterprise-grade data and application integration – problems like connecting on-premise and cloud applications and data – is pushing on to Jitterbit 3.0, a major release of its solution. The new version, when it gets here –...
When President Obama appointed his new federal CIO, Vivek Kundra, last week, Kundra announced ambitious plans to "democratize" federal government data by making it accessible in open formats and in data feeds. His plan calls for the creation of a single point of access to all public fe...
Red Hat sent its newfangled Xen-replacing KVM-based virtualization portfolio to beta Tuesday, with an eye to delivering it later this year. It says the beta program is oversubscribed. It includes a new standalone hypervisor (turning the Linux kernel into a bare-metal hypervisor, someth...
The CIA and its black ops buddies have bought into Lucid Imagination, the start-up commercializing the Apache Lucene and Solr search technologies. Lucid says search is big right now in spy circles, particularly a full-text search engine they can tinker with like Lucene. Nobody’s saying...
If your business relies on the speedy resolution of an issue from your cloud provider, then test them before you try. Send them that email out-of-hours to see how quickly and how useful the reply actually is. Try and reach someone on the phone. Look around the forums to see how many qu...
Microsoft and Novell decided to revisit their eyebrow-raising pact the other day, the one that was signed in November of 2006 to the outrage of the FOSS mob, and let it be known – na-na-na-na-na – that it produced upwards of 100 new customers in the past six months, double the rate of ...
The latest version of Red Hat’s free open source operating system, Fedora 11, is out. It’s supposed to include substantial improvements in virtualization, such as an upgraded interactive console, a redesigned virtual machine guest creation wizard and better security with SELinux suppor...
As open source development expands and deepens its innovative capabilities, JBoss Enterprise Middleware, by Red Hat, continues to deliver enterprise-class alternatives to expensive, cumbersome proprietary solutions at additional levels of the software stack. These go beyond the applica...
Wednesday morning NetApp raised its offer for Data Domain to $30 a share to match EMC’s bid. However, it can’t match EMC’s deeper pockets. It’s still offering a mix of cash and stock but claims its new bid is really worth $1.9 billion net of Data Domain’s cash.
After weeks of slow-moving negotiations and due diligence, CA has bought what it describes as “certain data center automation and policy-based optimization expertise and assets from Cassatt,” the failed Bill Coleman start-up that sucked up $100 million in venture money on its way to th...
Red Hat and 17 other companies last week sued the Swiss Federal Bureau for Building and Logistics (BBL), a government agency, in the Swiss Federal Administration Court seeking to overturn the award of a $36 million three-year contract to Microsoft for workstation widgetry, including ap...
Sun had a suitor other than IBM and Oracle. It says so in its proxy statement where it tells of its blow-by-blow adventures since November 6 when Sam Palmisano, the CEO of IBM, thinly disguised in the account as Party A, approached Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz about a takeover. Sometime b...
Google has gotten a patent on a seaborne floating data center to be housed on a cargo ship three to seven miles offshore that would be cooled by ocean waters and powered by a Pelamis wave-based electrical generator (little fishies and SpongeBob SquarePants beware).
Sun has put its open source GlassFish portfolio and identity management OpenSSO and OpenDS software on Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). Sun said it was the first step in its strategy to offer its portfolio of open source software on a variety of cloud platforms.
VMware said Wednesday that it earned $69.9 million, 18 cents a share in Q1, up 64% on revenues up 7% to $470 million. On a non-GAAP basis before charges, the virtualization leader earned 25 cents a share, up 14%. Its non-GAAP operating income was also up 14% to $121 million.
In case you missed it Oracle announced this morning that it will be acquiring Sun Microsystems. The transaction is valued at approximately $7.4 billion. This news means the technology landscape is about to radically change and quite possibly, Sun hardware is now dead. The software aspe...
Well now the fat is in the fire. A ticked-off HP is coming out against Cisco with both guns blazing. It claims it's been working for years on the kind of all-in-one compute-storage-network-fabric-power-and-cooling convergence that Cisco says it has. HP says it's had such a thing in min...
Red Hat Thursday sent its Teiid data virtualization system project out to the JBoss.org community. Teiid is called the first open source community project that aims to deliver Enterprise Information Integration (EII) with both relational and XML data virtualization. Red Hat has sponsor...