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The 2004 JavaOne conference opened today with the standard formula of industry keynotes. Documentary film maker and local TV personality Jonathan Karsh opened the show as the emcee. The 8th annual Java developer show began in front of a backdrop of scrolling Java (which had code for catching exceptions), Sun president & COO Jonathan I. Schwartz., started out by delivering the standard Sun executive speech touting the explosion of Java on handsets, servers, and developers writing Java. From Sun's perspective, the exciting news of the day seemed to be a new desktop window manager, a VB-like development tool, Java on a BMW and new version number scheme for the Java platform. Like former Sun executives Alan Baratz, George Paolini, and Richard Green in years past, Sun's president and COO recited the usual Sun bromides of "Everything and Everyone Connected to the Network,... (more)

LinuxWorld, San Francisco: "We View Cloudscape As Important As Eclipse," Says IBM

IBM and the Apache Foundation announced that IBM is contributing the Cloudscape product it acquired from Informix to the Apache open source program. The project name for the effort will be "Derby." The contribution amounts to more than 500,000 lines of Java code. In related news IBM also clarified its Linux distribution strategy. An IBM press release said that Derby will be "a Java-based relational database with a two megabyte footprint that is fully embeddable and requires zero administration support." In conversations with IBM executives, they repeatedly emphasized that Cloudsc... (more)

CIA Falls for Cloud Computing in a Big Way

Cloud Computing Expo on Ulitzer The most anticipated talk of the day yesterday, at the 4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo, was by the deputy CIO of the CIA, Jill Singer. Her talk was entitled, "Enterprise Cloud Computing, the Infrastructure’s Final Revenge." She acknowledged the problem with defining Cloud Computing, and then went on to give her paragraph-length definition of “the cloud”. Her talk focused on the part of the Cloud behind the firewall. “Today’s CIO must increase the flexibility of the infrastructure,” said Singer. “Today’s CIO must manage cost to... (more)

VMware Announces Availability of vSphere 5.5

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 2TB. VMware also announced VMware vSphere Big Data Extension... (more)

J2EE, Democracy, and Sausage

Back in the beginning of October, I was dragged into the middle of a raging e-mail argument. The argument was whether J2EE was a success, and if it was too complicated. This was like waving a red cape in front of a Spanish bull. I felt then, as I feel now, compelled to respond. Full disclosure: I am writing this as a member of JDJ's editorial board. However, I am an unabashed J2EE partisan, and I remain a Sun employee. While I no longer work on the Java platform, I am proud of the work my team did, and the work the current team is doing now, in defining and evangelizing the Java... (more)