Open Source Journal on Ultizer
ActiveState, the dynamic languages experts, today launched ActiveState
Business Edition, commercial-grade language distributions for Perl, Python
and Tcl, providing organizations open source compliance, commercial support,
and cross-platform access.
"ActiveState has been a leading contributor in the open source community for
years," said Bart Copeland, President and CEO, ActiveState. "With the launch
of Business Edition, we can help companies deploying Perl, Python and Tcl in
their business-critical applications, ensure open source policy compliance,
minimize downtime and accelerate productivity cost-effectively. ActiveState's
deep technical expertise is focused on keeping client systems, powered by
dynamic languages, running smoothly, and making sure clients are in
compliance with their open source policies."
ActiveState Business Edi... (more)
Early Bird Savings Cloud Expo
Cloud computing is a game changer. The cloud is disrupting traditional
software and hardware business models by disrupting how IT service gets
delivered. Entrepreneurial opportunities abound as this classic disruptive
technology begins to proliferate, so it is no surprise that SYS-CON's
industry-leading International Cloud Expo is going from strength to strength.
The 5th International Cloud Expo, to be held April 19-21, 2010, at the Jacob
Javits Convention Center in New York, NY, announces that its Call for Papers
is fast approaching.
Topics on which submission are welcome include all aspects of providing or
using massively scalable IT-related capabilities as a service using Internet
technologies (see suggested examples below).
Help plant your flag in the fast-expanding business opportunity that is The
Cloud: submit your speaking propos... (more)
As Dell and HP slug it out to capture 3PAR, Cisco may be adopting a quieter
acquisition style and attempting - according to TechCrunch anyway - to
acquire Skype. Citing someone he refers to only as "one of our more reliable
sources," the Silicon Valley-based site's senior editor Michael
Arrington claims Cisco has already made an offer before Skype has time to
complete its recently announced IPO.
It is five years now since eBay famously acquired Skype for $1.9 billion.
Such an acquisition by Cisco, if it were confirmed, would mark a new scale
for the current round of M&A activity, which has seen Intel acquiring McAfee,
HP acquiring Palm and 3Com, EMC acquiring Data Domain, and so on.
Not to mention Oracle's acquisition of Sun, or Dell's of Perot Systems.
Speculation is rife that Google and Microsoft are both now in search of a
major quarry. And certainly IBM is hoovering u... (more)
Where cloud computing is concerned, the Enterprise IT industry has gone from
asking 'What?' and 'Why?' to asking 'How?' and 'When?' - making 2010 the year
that company after company, organization after organization, and government
agency after government agency is moving, or beginning its move, to the
One clear indicator of the groundswell of adoption is the increasing
frequency and size of the events in the international Cloud Expo series,
which recently staged a huge event in the Jacob Javits Center in New York,
and which in June (June 21-22 2010, to be exact) is bringing an expanded
event, Cloud Expo Europe (www.CloudExpo-Europe.com), to Prague, capital of
the Czech Republic.
Here is the event in summary form:
What: Cloud Expo Europe (6th International Cloud Expo)
When: 21-22 June, 2010
Where: Prague Hilton, Czech Republic
And here is the link to the Confe... (more)
Ever since I first published here my tentative list of Top Players in the
Cloud Computing Ecosystem - now expanded to a list of 250 and growing daily
thanks to community feedback via my Twitter account (@jg21) and a very kind
mention by ReadWriteWeb - there have been suggestions that another prism
through which to view cloud computing might be that of people rather than
Now Michael Sheehan has encouraged me to Just Do It, so let me get
started...as per the previous Top Cloud Players list, this list will a
work-in-progress and is totally porous, so don't hesitate to ping or tweet me
if there are folks I have missed. In particular if you are a journalist whose
"beat" is Cloud Computing, please let's be hearing from you, and we can maybe
widen this list from Cloud Bloggers to Cloud Commentators. For now though
let's get started. In alphabetical order - to av... (more)
Oracle Keynote at Cloud Expo New York
Oracle – which may or may not have broken the European Commission’s lock
on its Sun acquisition – is now being sued for fraud and copyright
infringement in California by a Georgia outfit called MB Technologies that
claims Oracle is illegally using its Bindows technology for its Fusion
Applications user interfaces.
As the name suggests, the toolkit gives a UI the look and feel of a Windows
Oracle reportedly inherited a 2004 licensing agreement with MB Technologies
when it acquired Hyperion in 2007 but told MB Technologies it only meant to
use its technology for existing Hyperion products and then only for a short
period of time.
The Georgia company claims Oracle told it that it mean to replace the Bindows
widgetry inducing it to give Oracle rights at a better price. Oracle then
allegedly retracted a draft addendum it wrote ... (more)
Today at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Glide is launching a powerful
operating system for the Google Chrome browser.
It is available for install today at http://www.GlideLife.com. Glide
effectively transforms Google Chrome from a standard browser into an OS with
a rich application suite and 20GBs of free storage.
Glide equips Google Chrome with file synchronization and automated file
format translation to speak with multiple remote Windows, Mac and Linux
desktops and all mobile platforms, web content capture, a rights based file
management system to manage data across desktops and mobile devices, a word
processor, presentation app, spreadsheet, photo editor, email client, online
meeting app, drawing tool, web publishing app, contact manager, calendar and
“Glide inserts an operating system and an unusually rich suite of
productivity and collabor... (more)
IT budgets will essentially be flat in 2010, increasing by a weighted global
average of 1.3 percent in nominal terms, compared with 2009 levels where IT
budgets declined 8.1 percent, according to results from the 2010 CIO survey
by Gartner Executive Programs (EXP).
2009 was the most challenging year for IT since the survey began in 1999, and
CIOs had faced multiple budget cuts wiping away four years of budget
increases, giving CIOs basically the same level of resources as they had in
2005. While there are some signs of recovery in the 2010 projections, these
will not overcome last year's cuts.
The worldwide CIO survey was conducted by Gartner EXP from September to
December 2009 and represents CIO budget plans reported at that time.
The Gartner EXP CIO report "Leading in Times of Transition: The 2010 CIO
Agenda" represents the most comprehensive examination of busine... (more)
Microsoft Session at Cloud Expo
Today, Brad Smith, senior vice president and general counsel at Microsoft
Corp., urged both Congress and the information technology industry to act now
to ensure that the burgeoning era of cloud computing is guided by an
international commitment to privacy, security and transparency for consumers,
businesses and government.
During a keynote speech to the Brookings Institution policy forum, "Cloud
Computing for Business and Society," Smith also highlighted data from a
survey commissioned by Microsoft measuring attitudes on cloud computing among
business leaders and the general population.
The survey found that while 58 percent of the general population and 86
percent of senior business leaders are excited about the potential of cloud
computing, more than 90 percent of these same people are concerned about the
security, access and pri... (more)
iPad on Ulitzer
There were two kinds of technology companies issuing press releases today.
Goofball ones that were somehow oblivious to Apple's planned announcement,
and thought it was just another day and their stuff would get the usual
attention. And those who watched the announcement of the iPad and realized
there was excitement to leverage, and put together their own announcement.
Now just about anyone in digital signage making an announcement that somehow
tied in to the iPad would be regarded with giggles, but Nanonation is one of
only a few companies in the space that actually have some genuine Apple ties,
history and chops, so to speak.
In the hours after the celebrated tablet was announced, Nanonation issued a
release saying its propellerheads were all over this thing.
Software developer Nanonation announced plans to support and develop new
customer-facing applica... (more)
Adobe Systems on Monday announced the immediate availability of Adobe Flash
Builder 4 and ColdFusion Builder software, next generation Flash Platform
tooling for building multi-platform rich Internet applications (RIAs). In
addition, Adobe added a new Social service to the recently introduced Adobe
Flash Platform Services. The Social service streamlines integration between
Web applications and 14 leading social networks using Facebook Connect,
Sign-in with Twitter, MySpaceID and LinkedIn.
Flash Builder 4 accelerates rich Internet application development
Flash Builder 4 (formerly Adobe Flex Builder) is a professional-grade Eclipse
based development tool for rapidly building multi-platform rich Internet
applications (RIAs) and content using the open source Flex framework.
Developers can build more intuitive Web applications that enable customers,
partners, and employe... (more)