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Archive for September, 2010


There’s a difference between having a cloud and using it

What is that orchid purple pizza box doing in the data center? Turns out the overnight shift hasn’t left the debris from its dinner in a server rack. It’s actually the IBM WebSphere Cloudburst Appliance.

Here’s the idea: You’ve created a cloud computing environment for your business. Great, but what can you do with it? Can you quickly get an application up and running? Can you efficiently provision the virtual resources it needs? Many businesses are creating internal clouds, only to run into the obstacles of provisioning and managing the applications they want to run on them. In a corporate environment, it can take weeks to get an application up and running. And you know how it is with project delays. One delay causes other projects to be pushed back – and the wasted dollars multiply.

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IBM has just snapped up BLADE Network Technologies, Inc.

IBM is not getting into the networking business. And yet — IBM has just snapped up BLADE Network Technologies, Inc. What gives?

Barry Rudolph, vice president of system network in the systems and technology group of IBM explains it this way: “This is not about IBM getting back into the networking business. It’s about integrating computing, management and storage together.” Put another way, IBM is not out to build the network itself, but to optimize the way that data center devices like servers – particularly virtual servers — handle data that is sent their way. Read more


Decisions, Decisions

Making decisions on the fly has always been critical to business success — great executives are great at filtering out noise to focus only on the relevant issues and then decide quickly. Read more


Integration and Collaboration in the Cloud

Some theorists say that the future of all IT lies in the cloud. If you accept that premise, then the logical conclusion is that it’s pointless to invest any further in on-premises IT. IT skeptic and provocateur Nicholas G. Carr sees cloud computing as a stage on the way to computing resources becoming a commodity like electricity.

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There they go again: IBM acquires Netezza

Another week, another acquisition. Continuing to build up its business analytics portfolio, IBM acquired Netezza, a vendor of business analytics and data warehouse appliances.

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It’s not easy being a verb

Try googling “Google and antitrust” and see how many results you get. (I got about 1,450,000 results in 0.25 seconds). And the number is increasing all the time, with Texas, Europe and the federal government all on Google’s case.

So it was with interest that I read the op-ed spread in today’s (9-17) Wall Street Journal. Read more


Open Pages: A Key Strategic Pickup for IBM

IBM’s acquisition of Open Pages gives the company a spearhead for its business analytics strategy – an important focus of growth at IBM. Faced with global competitors EMC and SAP, IBM had no strong message in Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) prior to the Open Pages Deal. Now, the competitive GRC landscape should prove quite vital with three giant competitors – and that’s good for customers.

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Sam Palmisano Takes Shots at Hewlett-Packard

In a rare interview, IBM CEO Sam Palmisano took some shots at Hewlett-Packard.

However, the real point of the interview with Wall Street Journal Editors is to defend Palmisano’s strategy of focusing his company on profitability and shareholder value, rather than on sheer size. In his eight-year tenure so far, Palmisano has succeeded at that, but at the cost of losing the crown of world’s largest IT vendor to HP. At one time, IBM dwarfed all its rivals. Its size was a blessing and a curse — it had unparalleled market clout, but was also the target of US antitrust investigations. Read more


Is Larry Ellison right about Mark Hurd?

Say what you want about Larry Ellison: he’s brash, arrogant – and often right. So the question is, is he right about Mark Hurd?

Ellison snapped up Hurd to be Oracle’s co-president soon after Hurd resigned amid business ethics allegations at H-P.

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Tomorrow is 9-11!

Tomorrow is 9-11-10. Nine years ago, our lives changed. Within days of the attacks, I was in New York at Ground Zero and in Queens interviewing executives at the New York Board of Trade.

Turns out NYBOT’s disaster recovery plan put the commodities trading exchange right back in business. NYBOT had been maintaining a mirrored site in Queens since shortly after the first WTC bombing in 1993. It didn’t’ take long to cut over to the Queens site and send all the traders over there. It was a brilliant plan that paid off.

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