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[This post originally appeared on Joseph Galarneau's blog and is republished here in Cloud Computing Journal (www.CloudComputingJournal.com) by kind permission of the author.] When you visit Newsweek.com, the words you read started their journey milliseconds earlier from an Amazon.com datacenter somewhere in northern Virginia. And if you visited Wikileaks.org earlier this week, the bytes comprising leaked U.S. embassy cables would have traveled a similar path from Amazon servers based in northern California or Ireland. While WikiLeaks and Newsweek are very different organizations, we both relied on the 21st century equivalent of the printing press – cloud computing – to distribute our information. Amazon shut off WikiLeaks servers Wednesday, citing the company’s violation of Amazon rules, coincidentally at the same time government officials called for similar action... (more)

Top Two Technology Priorities for CIOs in 2011: Cloud & Virtualization

"New infrastructure and operations technologies such as cloud services and virtualization ... were selected by CIOs the most often and are the top-two technologies for 2011," said Mark McDonald, group vice president and head of research for Gartner Executive Programs, as the results were announced of the 2011 CIO Agenda survey by Gartner Executive Programs (EXP). "CIOs and IT have been boxed in between modest budget growth and growing legacy requirements," McDonald continued, noting that "Cloud services and virtualization are well-suited for this budget reality, as they offer similar service levels at lower budget costs." The worldwide CIO survey was conducted by Gartner EXP from September to December 2010 and represents CIO budget plans reported at that time. According to the results, CIOs expect to adopt new cloud services much faster than originally expected. Cur... (more)

XFS Makes It into the Linux Development Kernel

Linus Torvalds has merged SGI's XFS high-performance journaling file system into his BitKeeper tree suggesting that it'll show up in a future kernel release, according to LWN.net. XFS provides rapid recovery from crashes and support for large disk farms. Other journaling file systems supported by the Linux kernel include ext3, ReiserFS and JFS. ... (more)

Umm, About That $100m Microsoft Funneled to SCO

A piece of juicy compromising e-mail written by a SCO consultant to SCOsource VP Chris Sontag and SCO CFO Bob Bench last October suggesting that Microsoft had quietly funneled $86 million to SCO and that it was good for at least $106 million before tapping all possibilities happened to turn up on open source philosopher Eric Raymond's web site Thursday. Eric made it part of his Microsoft-embarrassing internal documents collection and dubbed it Halloween X. (See www.opensource.org.) He says he got it from an "anonymous whistleblower inside SCO," which is odd because, given the timing and other little niceties, one would be tempted to think that it was a bit of SCO discovery that somehow got loose from IBM. Oh, yeah, Eric is a sometime consultant for IBM and his anti-SCO credentials are impeccable. Right at the top of the kinda disjointed e-mail the consultant, one Mik... (more)

Open-Xchange Unveils Open Source Collaboration Virtual Appliance

Open-Xchange announced a Virtual "appliance" for its open source project Open-Xchange Server 0.8 - giving developers and the open source community the popular collaboration platform to run in a VMware Virtual Appliance. Virtual Open-Xchange for Debian is available free for testing and evaluation  and will enable users to quickly and easily install the leading open source collaboration suite on VMware virtual machines - essentially creating a virtual collaboration appliance. Open-Xchange plans to produce these customized images for enterprise Linux distributions including Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server - enabling advanced functionality with little or no end user complexity. Open-Xchange  is the  provider of open source collaboration software. Its flagship product, Open-Xchange Server 5, provides key messaging functions like email, cale... (more)

JavaOne 2006: Sun To Remind Industry of 7-Year History Major Open Source Initiatives

As one of the (many) datapoints flowing round the intense and upbeat JavaOne Conference that opens today in San Francisco, Sun is circulating a "timeline" of its major open source initiatives since 1999, from JSP & Servlets (part of Tomcat) and Jini back then to DReaM-CAS and Sun Java Studio Enterprise UML in 2006. Firstly, Sun notes, it has spawned no fewer than 6 different, current, and very well-known initiatives, which it lists as follows: "GlassFish GlassFish is a free, open source application server that implements the newest Java EE 5 platform features. Designed to encourage communication between Sun engineers and the community, this project enables all developers to participate in Sun's application server development process. OpenSolaris Sun open sourced over 5 million lines of code in 2005 with the OpenSolaris project. Sun continues to sponsor the project by em... (more)

Microsoft's Operating System and Browser market share slipping

Microsoft's getting squeezed at the high end of the PC market by elegant Apple computers running OSX and at the lower end by less expensive desktops and netbooks running Linux. The web metrics firm also said Internet Explorer's market share fell below 70 per cent for the first time in more than ten years, to 69.8 per cent. IE lost 1.5 points in November alone, dropping a total of 5.8 per cent market share so far in 2008, with one month still left to go. Competing web browsers Mozilla Firefox and Apple Safari gained 0.8 per cent and 0.6 per cent market shares respectively during November alone, according to Net Applications. If those trends continue, Internet Explorer will fall beneath 60 per cent market share in 2009. Source ... (more)

Why Oracle Keeping MySQL Alive Makes Business Sense: Mårten Mickos

"Having MySQL makes business sense for Oracle," former MySQL's former chief executive, Mårten Mickos (pictured), told an interviewer this week as Oracle, through its proposed acquisition of Sun Microsystems for $7.4BN, positioned itself to become the next owner of MySQL. Mickos does not agree with industry pundits who say that Larry Ellison will kill MySQL. "Larry Ellison is smart.," Mickos told an interviewer at Forbes.com "MySQL was getting around 70,000 downloads a day when I left. It's an amazing grip on young developers." In Mickos's view, with an installed based of 11-12 million, MySQL will above all allow Ellison to compete with Microsoft, "his [Ellison's] favorite enemy" as Mickos puts it. Mickos's overall verdict."They can kill the business. But I don't think they will." Another open source, luminary, Wordpress creator Matt Mullenweg (Wordpress runs its opera... (more)

So Oracle Thinks It’s Buying MySQL, Huh

Larry Ellison has bought himself a revolt. MySQL refuses to go gentle into Oracle’s uncertain arms. Monty Widenius, principal author of the original version of the open source database and a founder of the MySQL company that Sun bought last year for a billion dollars, is proposing to wrest control of the widgetry from Oracle. He has kicked off a “vendor-neutral” consortium called the Open Database Alliance that he envisions being the hub of MySQL development, binaries, derivative code, tools, enhancements as well as training and support provided by a collection of open source companies like Percona, a MySQL services and support firm and co-founder of the consortium. He has sucked out of Sun all but three of the key MySQL developers who, he says, “understand the whole system,” for his own start-up Monty Program Ab and expects the missing three to join him soon too. He... (more)

Opinion: The Real Cost of Acquisitions - the Zimbra Story

There are reports that Yahoo has put Zimbra on the block. Honestly, this came as no surprise at all to us at Zoho. I remember scratching my head when the acquisition was made; I didn't see how an enterprise/business focused open source offering like Zimbra fit with Yahoo, as a technology, as a business or strategically. Zimbra is an open source installable product offering primarily intended to be installed within medium to large organizations. Yahoo has never made an installed product in its history and is mainly focused on consumers, with an occasional foray to sell those consumer-focused applications to small businesses. Zimbra's service provider offerings made no strategic sense to Yahoo either, because Yahoo, being a service provider itself, has no interest in selling technology to other service providers like Comcast. Finally, we have been on both sides of the p... (more)

Oracle+MySQL Opponents Take to the Barricades

MySQL Journal on Ulitzer Monty Widenius, the creator of the MySQL open source database – which is apparently all that stands between Oracle and its acquisition of Sun – thinks that Oracle shouldn’t have his baby and that the European Commission – whose investigation into MySQL has put the Oracle-Sun merger in limbo – should force Oracle to spit it out to another company. Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, a guy with a collector’s temperament not given to letting things that belong to him go, has said he wants to keep MySQL and has claimed to be watching Sun’s revenue plunge by $100 million a month while he waits for the EC to finish its probe, a exercise that could take well into January. MySQL isn’t supposed to be why Larry shocked everybody and offered $7.4 billion for poor down-on-its-heels Sun back on April 20. Sticking it to IBM was probably something he relished and wi... (more)

IoT & Smart Cities Stories
While the focus and objectives of IoT initiatives are many and diverse, they all share a few common attributes, and one of those is the network. Commonly, that network includes the Internet, over which there isn't any real control for performance and availability. Or is there? The current state of the art for Big Data analytics, as applied to network telemetry, offers new opportunities for improving and assuring operational integrity. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jim Frey, Vice President of S...
@CloudEXPO and @ExpoDX, two of the most influential technology events in the world, have hosted hundreds of sponsors and exhibitors since our launch 10 years ago. @CloudEXPO and @ExpoDX New York and Silicon Valley provide a full year of face-to-face marketing opportunities for your company. Each sponsorship and exhibit package comes with pre and post-show marketing programs. By sponsoring and exhibiting in New York and Silicon Valley, you reach a full complement of decision makers and buyers in ...
The Internet of Things is clearly many things: data collection and analytics, wearables, Smart Grids and Smart Cities, the Industrial Internet, and more. Cool platforms like Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Intel's Galileo and Edison, and a diverse world of sensors are making the IoT a great toy box for developers in all these areas. In this Power Panel at @ThingsExpo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists discussed what things are the most important, which will have the most profound e...
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In his keynote at 18th Cloud Expo, Andrew Keys, Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise, provided an overview of the evolution of the Internet and the Database and the future of their combination – the Blockchain. Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life settl...
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