VMware announced the release of the latest generation of its flagship
product, VMware vSphere 5.5. Enhancements include support for larger storage
systems, support for management and deployment of big data environments, and
support for Flash Memory performance improvements. VMware vSphere 5.5 also
expanded its support by allowing configurations with two times the previous
physical CPU, memory and NUMA node limits. vSphere now supports up to a
maximum of 62TB virtual disk. This is an increase from the previous limit of
VMware also announced VMware vSphere Big Data Extensions(BDE), which makes it
easier to virtualize big data environments. With VMware vSphere Big Data
Extensions, customers can now run Apache Hadoop and Big Data workloads on
VMware vSphere 5.5, alongside other applications, to achieve greater resource
utilization, reliability and agility. BDE al... (more)
BEA announced yesterday that additional companies will endorse its "Beehive"
open source effort. Beehive received support from Hewlett-Packard, Red Hat,
and from the JOnAS and Apache Geronimo application server projects.
The project, which was first announced May 19th 2004, purports to be an
"easy-to-use, open source foundation for building service-oriented
architecture (SOA) and enterprise Java-based applications," according to
BEA's Web site. In fact, it is the source code for a large portion of BEA's
application development framework for its WebLogic Workshop product.
BEA annou... (more)
The LinuxWorld San Francisco 2004 Conference & Expo opened yesterday with a
Red Hat keynote which at times seemed like a case study and at times like a
political candidate's speech.
The keynote opened with a talk by Chris Hjelm, CTO of online travel site
Orbitz. Since its public launch in 2001, Orbitz has become one of the three
largest online travel companies with access to 455 airlines, 65,000 hotel
properties, and 23 rental car companies. It also touts 20% more choice than
its competitors in terms of travel options returned.
Linux - and Java - have played an important role in O... (more)
On June 30, IBM and two U.S. senators announced the initial deployment of a
system to link local Mississippi law enforcement agencies to a single
database of public safety information. The federally funded project will
deliver public safety information across Mississippi to the desktop and a
range of mobile devices.
The announcement, which included software vendor Tarantella, is additional
proof of Linux's importance in the government sector. The State of
Mississippi Automated System Project (ASP) will provide local officials with
real-time access to public safety information in... (more)
Bill Roth's Blog
JavaOne never ceases to amaze me. Year after year, I expect the show to be a
flop. This year is no exception. I am wrong again this year. In my cab ride
from my hotel in the Theatre District, I can see hundreds of attendees
(obviously developers) trekking their way through the Tenderloin, across
Market and Mission to Moscone. With their wheeled-backpacks in tow, the
mirthless programmers, mostly male, trudge toward the 12th JavaOne.
As always, the sonorous John Gage started out by introducing the conference,
and talking about the 81 hours of JavaOne. Ga... (more)