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Enterprise open source commentator Glyn Moody says that Android-based ARM systems, such as the chipsets for Google's Android operating system announced this week by Freescale, could be part of the next wave of price reductions that will push netbooks down to $150 and less. Moody believes that Apple will over time lose its iPhone advantage to open source solutions like Android. Here is his logic: "Freescale's announcement is still at the level of marketing hype, but it is nonetheless indicative of how people are starting to think. And the crucial element is Android, because once you have netbooks running the stack, then you will have a spectrum of hybrids that can mix mobile and netbook features. Again, this is something free software is ideal for: there are no constraints on experimentation, and the tools for trying things out are readily available. This is an aspec... (more)

Cloud Expo Silicon Valley: Lunchtime Focus Keynote - Day 3

Cloud Expo Silicon Valley $500 Savings here! The cloud is changing the way enterprises consume IT infrastructure and applications. Networks and application deployment strategies are being re-architected to manage an increasingly hybrid network where storage, utility compute and applications are being designed to move seamlessly across private and public cloud infrastructures. In his Lunchtime Focus Keynote on November 7 at the 11th International Cloud Expo, Todd Paoletti, Vice President of Product Management at Akamai, will discuss the trends, new products and roadmap to help increase cloud adoption and business agility. Explore Cloud Expo Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities ! Speaker Bio: Todd Paoletti is Vice President, Product Management for Akamai's Enterprise Cloud Division; an evolving line of Enterprise and Cloud application performance, optimization and sec... (more)

SCO to Novell: We Do Too Own the Unix IP

Embattled SCO Group CEO Darl McBride, currently the most maligned man in the industry, both publicly and privately, says that despite Novell's contention that SCO doesn't own the Unix patents and copyrights, his legal councilors say SCO does and that it could have sued IBM on the grounds of patent and copyright infringement, but decided to go with a breach of contract charge instead because contracts make a stronger case than IP any day and besides, under contract law, you can get a guy on conduct breaches - like using Unix concepts and methods, a claim that's key to SCO's case. In a prepared statement issued Wednesday morning shortly after Novell dropped its little bombshell, SCO claimed that it "owns the contract rights to the Unix operating system" and that it has the "contractual right to prevent improper donations of Unix code, methods or concepts into Linux by ... (more)

They're Mine. No, They're Mine. No, They're Mine

SCO Group spokesman Blake Stowell says the company is having a word with the Copyright Office about those Unix copyrights that Novell registered on September 22 and October 14 of last year, the ones whose existence was only revealed at Christmastime. SCO, which claims it owns them, and will be more than happy to show the copyright people what it claims is the bill of sale, wants the Novell ones overturned. But SCO's not sure it can get the Copyright Office to move expeditiously, if at all. The agency may ultimately tell SCO to go see a judge, which it figures it'll be doing anyway when it sues an end user for copyright infringement. It's expected to sue an end user any day now, which will certainly get the juices flowing. Novell, which is in the process of buying SUSE and getting $50 million for it from IBM, registered copyrights on SVR2.0, SVR3.0, SVR3.0/386, SVR3.... (more)

Munich Migration Hits Speed Bump

The migration of the city of Munich and its 14,000 PCs from Windows to Linux, the vaunted Linux win, has hit a speed bump and is behind schedule, according to reports in the German press. The delay is attributed to financial and technical issues as well as rebellion in the ranks. Evidently Munich's civil servants aren't thrilled about switching. Among other things, the ISVs that usually develop programs for the town are having trouble programming for Linux and as a result Munich may wind up using an emulator to run Windows programs on Linux. One can almost hear Microsoft, whose CEO flew to Munich last year to try to save the account with hefty discounts, mumbling about Linux not be ready for the mainstream. The city council also wants to know how much all this is actually going to cost -including retraining. It's supposed to be handed a cost analysis by May. When ... (more)

Latest SCO News is Plain Weird

Over 49,000 readers have enjoyed this article since Friday when it was published. Read another Maureen O'Gara story from the same day: IBM Dreams of Pushing Microsoft Off the Desktop and Stomping its Clinging Fingers SCO CEO Darl McBride, the most hated man in the computer industry, says he's reached for an analogy to describe SCO's experience since suing IBM. "This is like...," he's said to himself, groping for an elucidating comparison, only to conclude, "Nothing...Nothing compares to what's happened in the last year." What happened in the last few days proves his point. BayStar, the venture capital outfit that wants its money back from SCO - a highly uniquely situation even for the computer business - has suddenly and out of the blue doubled its position in the company. The Royal Bank of Canada, which BayStar brought into the $50 million investment the pair made in... (more)

SCO Gets Landmark IBM Trial Pushed Back

SCO has gotten the trial of its zillion-dollar suit against IBM pushed back two months to November 1 of next year like it wanted because IBM was dragging its feet producing the mountain of discovery documents SCO wanted and had asserted 14 counterclaims after the original schedule was set. The Utah federal court that's supposed to hear the case made the ruling last Friday, hours after it agreed to hear SCO's potentially seminal suit against Novell. The Novell suit, which Novell hoped to get thrown out on its ear, could decide who owns what Unix copyrights and basically determine how the landmark IBM suit goes. At the same time, SCO lost its bid to separate IBM's three tit-for-tat copyright infringement counterclaims from the IBM suit. SCO had complained that they were unrelated to the primary claims and would double the time needed for discovery. The judge said the ... (more)

Contrarian or Realist?

On the last podcast with Dana Gardner (http://www.interarbor-solutions.com/), which will be released shortly, Dana commented on my oft contrarian views on information technology. At the time, I took it as a compliment, but it definitely gave me something to consider about myself -- am I a real contrarian for contrarian-sake or am I just an experienced realist? With all due respect to the analyst community, many are fine researchers, but even those who were practitioners once have been out of the game for some time. Whereas I have taken great measures to ensure that I never have gotten too far away from the actual implementation work. I believe the combined view from both inside and outside the IT universe provides a well-rounded view and one that is full of realism. Perhaps my analyst counterparts know this, but fear being the messenger, because we all know the messen... (more)

Plan B2B Content for the Takeaway

Content Marketing Journal There's an evolving list of all the things you need to consider when developing B2B marketing content. One of the components often discussed is the call to action. And, yes, you still have to do that. What's important to understand is that the call to action is not the takeaway. A call to action is what you want your prospects and customers to do next. A takeaway is the specific impression or memory the audience walks away with after reading your content. A good takeaway is: Conceptual - produces an idea your content helped generate. Conversational - inspires sharing of that idea in the their own words Recommendable - promotes people to pass the content along to others Transferable - applicable to their own specific situations Visual - something they can "see" happening—not pie-in-the-sky thinking Quite often I read content that's technicall... (more)

Deputy CIO of the CIA to Keynote 1st Annual GovIT Expo

SYS-CON Events announces that Jill Tummler Singer, Deputy Chief Information Officer at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), will be delivering the opening keynote at the 1st Annual Government Conference & Expo (www.GovITExpo.com) on October 6th in Washington DC. Sponsor & Exhibit at 1st Annual Government IT Expo! Register Today and Save! Ms Singer was appointed in November 2006 and is responsible for ensuring CIA has the information, technology, and infrastructure necessary to effectively execute its missions. Prior to her appointment as Deputy CIO, Ms. Singer served as the Director of the Diplomatic Telecommunications Service (DTS), United States Department of State, and was responsible for global network services to US foreign missions. GovITExpo builds on the success of SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Expo, the fastest-growing conference anywhere in the world devoted to... (more)

Rackspace Productizes OpenStack

Rackspace has turned OpenStack into a product and is pushing it into private clouds where it will meet competition from that other open source cloud Eucalyptus. The free new OpenStack-based widgetry is called Rackspace Cloud: Private Edition and it's the first time Rackspace has extended its managed services outside its own data centers. Rackspace doesn't expect the widgetry to be a moneymaker for another couple of years. Eucalyptus would agree with that statement. Rackspace said it will manage the installations since it knows how OpenStack works and prides itself on its "fanatical support." The deployments will be set up by certified partners like Cloud Technology Partners (cloudTP), MomentumSI and China's TeamSun. They can build the clouds using a newly published Private Edition reference architecture on-premise or in a collocation operation like one of the 99 ... (more)

IoT & Smart Cities Stories
The challenges of aggregating data from consumer-oriented devices, such as wearable technologies and smart thermostats, are fairly well-understood. However, there are a new set of challenges for IoT devices that generate megabytes or gigabytes of data per second. Certainly, the infrastructure will have to change, as those volumes of data will likely overwhelm the available bandwidth for aggregating the data into a central repository. Ochandarena discusses a whole new way to think about your next...
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DXWorldEXPO LLC announced today that Big Data Federation to Exhibit at the 22nd International CloudEXPO, colocated with DevOpsSUMMIT and DXWorldEXPO, November 12-13, 2018 in New York City. Big Data Federation, Inc. develops and applies artificial intelligence to predict financial and economic events that matter. The company uncovers patterns and precise drivers of performance and outcomes with the aid of machine-learning algorithms, big data, and fundamental analysis. Their products are deployed...
All in Mobile is a place where we continually maximize their impact by fostering understanding, empathy, insights, creativity and joy. They believe that a truly useful and desirable mobile app doesn't need the brightest idea or the most advanced technology. A great product begins with understanding people. It's easy to think that customers will love your app, but can you justify it? They make sure your final app is something that users truly want and need. The only way to do this is by ...
Digital Transformation and Disruption, Amazon Style - What You Can Learn. Chris Kocher is a co-founder of Grey Heron, a management and strategic marketing consulting firm. He has 25+ years in both strategic and hands-on operating experience helping executives and investors build revenues and shareholder value. He has consulted with over 130 companies on innovating with new business models, product strategies and monetization. Chris has held management positions at HP and Symantec in addition to ...
Dynatrace is an application performance management software company with products for the information technology departments and digital business owners of medium and large businesses. Building the Future of Monitoring with Artificial Intelligence. Today we can collect lots and lots of performance data. We build beautiful dashboards and even have fancy query languages to access and transform the data. Still performance data is a secret language only a couple of people understand. The more busine...
Cell networks have the advantage of long-range communications, reaching an estimated 90% of the world. But cell networks such as 2G, 3G and LTE consume lots of power and were designed for connecting people. They are not optimized for low- or battery-powered devices or for IoT applications with infrequently transmitted data. Cell IoT modules that support narrow-band IoT and 4G cell networks will enable cell connectivity, device management, and app enablement for low-power wide-area network IoT. B...
The hierarchical architecture that distributes "compute" within the network specially at the edge can enable new services by harnessing emerging technologies. But Edge-Compute comes at increased cost that needs to be managed and potentially augmented by creative architecture solutions as there will always a catching-up with the capacity demands. Processing power in smartphones has enhanced YoY and there is increasingly spare compute capacity that can be potentially pooled. Uber has successfully ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that CrowdReviews.com has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 22nd International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 5–7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. CrowdReviews.com is a transparent online platform for determining which products and services are the best based on the opinion of the crowd. The crowd consists of Internet users that have experienced products and services first-hand and have an interest in letting other potential buye...
When talking IoT we often focus on the devices, the sensors, the hardware itself. The new smart appliances, the new smart or self-driving cars (which are amalgamations of many ‘things'). When we are looking at the world of IoT, we should take a step back, look at the big picture. What value are these devices providing. IoT is not about the devices, its about the data consumed and generated. The devices are tools, mechanisms, conduits. This paper discusses the considerations when dealing with the...