Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-02-12

  • Sun Microsystems Discusses Changes Afoot for MySQL Database
    At the center of the immediate changes is Karen Tegan Padir, vice president of MySQL and Software Infrastructure. Sun has moved to combine its software infrastructure organization with its database group to form a unified open-source product group. The idea is to put MySQL into the mainstream of software at Sun and position the company to leverage MySQL, GlassFish and Identity Manager by tightly linking its software products together. “The charter of the combined organization will be to deliver open platforms for Web-oriented architecture, spanning identity, applications servers, databases and application integration,” Padir said. “With the unification of teams, Sun’s strategy remains the same—to achieve ubiquitous distribution of innovative, easy-to-use, highly scalable, open-source-based application platforms to gain both market share and drive software revenue growth.”
  • Microsoft Seeks Faster FAST Search
    Microsoft will integrate FAST Search and SharePoint capabilities during the next Office release cycle. Not that Microsoft is saying when that will be. But as Microsoft reveals more details about Office 14 products, the release is looking more like 2010. For anyone hoping for coordinated Office 14 and Windows 7 releases, dream on.
  • Microsoft Mum on Seeing Green From Azure
    “It’s a pay-as-you go system [and it will be] very, very price competitive,” he added. From his discussion, however, it sounded as if the pricing structure will likely be a combination of client access licenses priced per machine, per month. Azure provides an applications services platform “in the cloud” that will run in Microsoft’s own datacenters, providing the underlying backbone for applications that run in the computing cloud. The platform will enable developers to create applications that run as services supported in turn by Azure services.
  • IBM teams up with Amazon Web Services
    IBM will use Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) to offer its customers and third-party developers its software based on a pay-as-you-go system. Under the arrangement, users will have access to IBM’s DB2, Informix Dynamic Server, WebSphere Portal, Lotus Web Content Management, WebSphere sMash and Novell’s SUSE Linux operating system software. IBM is also providing free Amazon Machine Images for development and testing purposes, which is designed to allow developers to quickly build pre-production applications. Big Blue expects to have its software available in an EC2 beta in the coming month and will later announce its pricing.
  • Michael Phelps blows off IBM
    Given these events, I was very interested to see how IBM and Phelps handled this dicey situation. It turns out that I’ll never know. Tivoli General Manager Al Zollar Tuesday morning announced that Phelps called IBM last night and canceled his appearance. Zollar mentioned that Phelps was going through a tough time and IBM wished him well–very classy indeed.
  • IBM Pulse offers industry pulse
    Finally, a note to IBM CEO Sam Palmisano: Cut all event budgets by 25 percent. Smash Mouth was fun and I wished my sons were with me, but the crowd of 50-year-old techies was headed to the exits after a few songs with fingers in their ears. Forrest Sawyer was an interesting choice as behind-the-scenes moderator but he really added no value. I’m pretty sure IBM could cut unnecessary fluff like this without impacting the substance at all.
  • 10 Ways to Cut IT Costs
    Reduce, rationalize, cutback, justify. In other words, get more out of less. Executives everywhere are looking for ways to cut their fiscal outlay associated with technology services.
  • Intel, Microsoft, Sap and Others Unveil Lean, Green IT Toolbox
    The Framework was developed through the National University of Ireland at Maynooth’s Innovation Value Institute, and among the members of the consortium behind the framework are Intel, Chevron, Microsoft, SAP, British Petroleum, Ernst & Young, and the Boston Consulting Group. At its core, the Framework takes existing best practices and opens them to real-world innovation, with the constant goal of making sure that companies can get the most value from their IT dollar.
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